Mooncusser Fish House

4.6
282 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Mooncusser is an elegant New England Fish House serving local fishes alongside sustainable alternatives. A wine list of 400 selections and gracious service complement the cuisine.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Saturday: 5-10 PM
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Phone number
(617) 917-5193
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Carolyn Johnson
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Cross street
Columbus Ave.
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Parking details
Park at the 10 St. James Garage across the street from Mooncusser. Enter on either Stuart St. or St. James between Arlington and Berkeley. We are directly across from the parking atrium exit. Parking fee is $9 for up to 2 hours and $11 for up to 3 hours. Please ask your server or the host to stamp your ticket.
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Beer, Wine
What 282 People Are Saying
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J
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a wonderful evening, from Julia greeting us at the door and being very accommodating , the food was excellent, and the service that Meg provided, with her knowledge of the menu, and her excellent recommendations made the dinner great.

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l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Do not know why this restaurant has received great reviews. Food was good but not anything outstanding. Would not go back.

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TM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy surprise! Excellent seafood dinner though there were non-seafood items on the menu. Three course prix fixe was an excellent value. Well done, understated surroundings and a quit environment even though most tables were full. Will definitely return.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant does not have liquor license. Only beer and wine. Restrooms on a different floor with one toilet in the restroom, so you have to wait your turn for both mens and womens.

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third meal. Consistently excellent. Very creative dishes

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very-well and artfully prepared. The service is quite good as well. The wine is a bit pricey for what you get. There are better and cheaper wine options they could add to the menu.
Still, it's a place I would definitely go back to often.

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b
New England
234 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We liked the atmosphere, kind of up upscale city with a street view from the third floor. I had the whole grilled fish which was delicious, although lots of small bones. Service was excellent. I wish the menu had a few more choices, as it was a bit limited. I so enjoy a restaurant with a tablecloth and a candle!

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NS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mooncusser may be the best dining experience in all of Boston. Wonderfully prepared fresh fish, most attentive service, and lovely ambience. Our second time there, and it was every bit as good as the first time.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, amazing fish tasting menu. Great single glass wine pairing selected by the waitress. Every single dish was exquisite. Dessert was perfect. Not too sweet, and great pairing of tangy and sweet. Everything fresh and local. Atmosphere quiet enough to talk, but loud enough to not be overheard, around 7 pm on a Saturday.

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AP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic place for special occasion. Food and service were superb.

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic elegant contemporary dining on 3rd floor of flat iron building with high ceilings and tall windows by the table-clothed tables on one side(facing the ‘Castle’), with booths, and closer spaced tables along the smaller windows on the other side of a low divider. Excellent , colorful and deliciously original creations. Friendly, informed and efficient wait staff.
5-star experience in every way.
Ground floor Pub also looked inviting as seen on the way to the elevator (if you aren’t up to the grand staircase to the 3rd floor).

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MF
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service, Great Food,and Great Portions A must-go-to restaurant in Boston!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food impeccable and service terrific

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DD
Chicago
221 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If you are looking for a seafood dinner that progresses from crudo to tuna steaks, this is the place. The progression of dishes from light to meaty was perfect and the wine pairings were well selected. Oddly, they do not have a liquor license (though the bar downstairs, nominally part of the same restaurant) does. US liquor law oddities at their best! That aside, food and service were very good in this relatively small, quiet, white tablecloth restaurant.

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KW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was fantastic. They took great care of us, and went the extra mile at every turn.

The food was great, and the wine fantastic. The ONLY knock is that it is beer and wine only. No cocktails.

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PM
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from wine recommendations to food preparation and presentation. The staff were friendly, courteous, and helpful. The ambiance was very relaxing and it was quiet enough to have a proper conversation. Would highly recommend

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EJ
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great ambiance, great food and service.

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f
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The dinning room is on the third floor and overlooks the city on both sides; the bar is on the first floor. The food was creative and delicious and service was attentive. Will definitely go back.

My only potential criticism is their wine list, which had very few bottles under $90. Their wines by the glass compensated well, they were well chosen and 4 glasses of the nicer offerings were in the $50-60 range.

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P
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall, I found the food quality, flavor and creativity to be underwhelming: a bland chowder, an even more flavorless swordfish, and a dessert that was an afterthought. The only highlight was an Oregon chardonnay that the somm recommended.

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JM
New England
50 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service slow - not the waiter’s fault. Understaffed. Freezing! AC too high. Not a welcoming atmosphere

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L
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and food quality. We were early so it was very quiet. Once more people arrived then the energy picked up. Excellent overall!

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f
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Creative, though approachable menu options and impressive tasting menu. We love this place and visit anytime I'm in Boston

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here for my fiancé’s birthday and had an amazing dinner. The prix fix was great, I would recommend! I had called beforehand to arrange a chocolate cake and he really enjoyed it.

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MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Bluefish i have ever had. So delicious.
The wine steward directed to a suberb bottle.

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JW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Mooncusser because of a recommendation from Cheryl Julian of the Globe. We were looking for an upscale location with excellent food and good service for our anniversary . We got both. The food was outstanding, the wait staff knew their stuff and the ambiance and view very pleasing.
It helped that they served oysters for $1/each in the bar just before our reservation. We will go back and have recommended Mooncusser to others.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely our favorite seafood restaurant in Boston. Consistently good food and extraordinary service. If you are not obsessed with ambiance features like high ceilings and decorations, this is the restaurant to go to.

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been a fan of Caroline's cooking for some time (from her other restaurant 80 Thoreau). This meal was wonderful as always. Because of the focus on seafood, it was even better! Of special note were the Tuna tartare with cantaloupe and the corn soup. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mooncusser is a must if you're into seafood or tasting menus!!! They do it right from start to finish and from drinks to desserts. The awards are rolling in and are well deserved! The seafood tasting menu is spot on - dishes very well conceived and executed to a tee. All of the courses were perfectly cooked and I do mean perfectly. The wine pairing is always a homerun. The service (as well as the food) is Michelin level. A true gem in the Boston food scene and the pinnacle for seafood.

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Much nicer and well-staffed than I expected...a little on the pricey side, but VERY WELL WORTH IT!
Our wait staff was inundated with questions, which he handled expertly - with patience and aplomb.
Service was excellent; knowledgeable, courteous, timely. Definitely coming back with a more friends.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my meal here. The seafood was excellent with great flavors.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Friendly server but a bit forgetful.
Food took a while, long gaps between courses. Good once it arrived.
Unpleasant table near the elevator, bright lights on the table every time someone went to use the restroom!
I would return but wouldn’t rush back.

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j
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food at a reasonable price. A good wine list also at a fairly reasonable price. Service was a bit slow this evening.

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ZC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Seafood was of decent quality but preparation was not good. Food was bland, not properly seasoned and unbalanced. Tasting menu was quite pricey considering the mediocre quality of the dishes. Service was attentive however and the bread was quite good. Overall disappointing and definitely not worth the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the menu with wine pairing.. I think is the best experience to try all the place has to offer. Great service great ambience. Very very good food.

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MA
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very nice ambiance and excellent service. The menu was attractive but the dishes we selected did not rise enough to meet our gustatory expectations.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Sometimes you get the less expensive and less impressive items on the menu for the special menu. Not the case here, I had the seared scallops. The three of us each had a different appetizer and entree and they were all fantastic. We will definitely be back.

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f
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Mooncusser for Boston Restaurant Week. The Dine Out menu was selective but very representative of the restaurant. We thought the smoked mackerel terrine appetizer and the Scallop and Hake entrees were all excellent. Unfortunately the chilled cucmber soup with smoked mussels was much too salty but I was allowed to select their seafood chowder in place of the soup which was excellent. The desserts were uneven. The chocolate cake with plum sorbet was very good while the pavlova was crusty and very hard with no soft marshmellowy center. We enjoyed our wine and beer selections. The service was also excellent. We would consider returning to try their tasting of local fish menu.

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G
New England
144 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the distinct pleasure of dining at both 80 Thoreau and Mooncussers during Restaurant Week. Both offered outstanding choices for dining and a fine red wine was suggested for each meal. Service was impeccable and allowed us to enjoy a leisurely meal.

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C
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience is exceptional with lots of attention to detail. The food is excellent and presentation is artistic. Table setting and room create the feeling of being in a special, but not fussy, place. The quality lives up to the owners' first restaurant, 80 Thoreau.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was fine... it's just that for the price it wasn't a good value.

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