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Mooncusser, Boston, MA

Mooncusser

4.9
4.9
957 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Mooncusser serves a $105 4 course prix fixe tasting menu showcasing local seafood from head chef Carl Dooley. Since opening in 2017, the restaurant has been awarded top seafood honors by Boston Magazine and other local publications. Mooncusser is on the 3rd floor of the building at the corner of Stuart St. and Columbus Ave. with great views of the Castle and Park Square. Also check out Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood, our casual ground floor bar open for lunch and dinner.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 917-5193

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Carl Dooley

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Columbus Ave.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Full Bar

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Tasting Menu

    $195.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ring in the new year at Mooncusser! Join us for a 6-course celebratory tasting menu on New Year's Eve! Tasting Menu $195/person Optional Wine Pairing $85/person Price listed excludes tax & gratuity.

What 957 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Innovative

  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Best Overall

  • Boston

    Best Food

  • Boston

    Innovative

  • Boston

    Good for special occasions

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. B

    Bigdog

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seasonal tasting menu. Staff very friendly. Wonderful place to have fine dining experience. Need reservations. Sells out early when we were there.
  2. ST

    StephanieT

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we had a bad experience. It started with giving us a table with no tablecloth, unlike all but one other table. The restaurant wants to put itself as a fine dining, and the tablecloth makes a difference. It followed with a very loud atmosphere, we could barely understand the waiters describing drinks and dishes. It was not only noise from the people in the restaurant, but also the music which had nothing to do with fine dining. We had to ask to turn the music down, because we couldn't even hold a conversation. It continued with the service, very rough serving from the waiters, banging plates on the table (no tablecloth) and interrupting conversation to serve and describe the dish. All dishes came super fast, not good for a "tasting" menu. Next, the "amuse bouche" although good was a spicy ceviche which killed part of our taste buds and deteriorated our experience of the next dishes. Who starts dinner with a spicy fish dish, when most of the rest of the prix-fixe $95 menu is seafood based!! I liked the first and second dish (both fish), at least what I could taste of them. My daughter had the pork belly which itself was good, but the chinese mustard, very strong, finished up her tastebuds, we tasted it, it was too strong and took over the pork belly. Last, the dish I was looking forward to the most, cod cheeks ended up being dry and chewy, total opposite of what it should be, cheeks are supposed to be the best part of the fish! Dessert was a total miss, almost broke a tooth on the nuts spread over the chocolate pot de crème, with on top the most bitter cranberry sorbet I ever tasted, it left us with a very unpleasant bitter taste. Overall, the experience was far from fine dining, but prices were at a Michelin star level. we paid $500 with tip for 3. I didn't even talk about the wine tasting, which was the smallest amount served ever seen at $55! At that price point, you expect a lot more! We were very upset as we left!
  3. S

    Sloane

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional food and service. Price fixed menu with unexpected dishes and flavors. Every plate was a success. Chef who presented one course in person is very talented. Service was professional and well paced. Fine dining as it should be and priced accordingly. We'd return without hesitation.
  4. a

    arthurs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a Michelin level experience! Every single dish was well executed and presented. The flavour profile was clean and well coordinated throughout. will eat here again and will bring my family and guests. Well done!
  5. JR

    JaredR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food! Run, don't walk, to this place. I particularly enjoyed the unique wine pairings!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special Food
  7. CB

    CarolineB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal and wine pairing. Very surprised by unique flavor combinations and pleased with the whole meal
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was great but a bit slow.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best seafood restaurant in Boston.
  11. W

    William

    Los Angeles

    307 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    307 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    the four of us enjoyed our meal very much. Service was a little slow. Three water glasses were empty and I had to ask for water refill a couple of times. The Amuse-bouche were very good and the empanada was my favorite. I thought that there were too many dishes with spice, e.g the first amuse bouche, the venison, the butter squash salad. the individual dish was not too spicy but for me there were more spicy dishes for the entire dinner. I like the pear sorbet as a palate cleanser. I tasted both desserts. and enjoyed them both. the almond with the chocolate was very good as was the hazelnuts in the butternut squash salad. My daughter had the wine pairing and enjoyed all of them except for the wine paired with the butternut squash salad. we've eaten at the restaurant before without the prix fixe and have had the lunch downstairs in the bar. we enjoy your food and would recommend the restaurant for lunch or dinner.
  12. HE

    HENRYH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophisticated, eclectic, superb. Superbness needs no adjectives.
  13. l

    lesc

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are regular patrons of Mooncusser because it is one of the finest dining establishments in the Boston area. The chef, Carl Dooley, is a wizard at inventing amazingly creative dishes that not only taste great, they also look great. He also pays attention to food textures, making each bite an adventure! The menu is prix fixe, with two selections available for starter, appetizer, main, and dessert. Wine pairing is also available and highly recommended. The menu is fish-oriented augmented by occasional meat and/or plant-based selections. The staff is well trained, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. While you may have a primary server, service is an ensemble affair with various staff members assisting in providing the customer a first rate experience. Mooncusser is not cheap, but it is the perfect place to celebrate a very special occasion. You will not be disappointed.
  14. k

    kris

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding! The food was unlike anything I have every had. Super unique pairings and flavors. The chef came to our table and was so gracious - we had no idea who he was until after, such a nice person. Highly recommend!
  15. JC

    JackC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and interesting food, great place to catch up with an old friend.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and well paced, an excellent meal from start to finish.
  17. KS

    KaraS

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was terrible. We are foodies and have high expectations and this was not good.
  18. JF

    JessF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelin star worthy! Absolutely memorable dining experience.
  19. PF

    PatrickF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice atmosphere and close to Copley Square. With a prix fixe menu that changes monthly, for $95/pp you get a solid four course meal and then some. We each selected from different options for every course to beat sample what they had on offer. Most ingredients were very fresh and the dishes were well plated. Robust flavors with just the right amount of spiciness. We would recommend Mooncusser to others.
  20. JM

    JML51

    New England

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food was fantastic. Everything was so fresh and innovative. The chef was very nice. But it was so much food, by the time desert came, we were all stuffed! The ambiance is very nice but unfortunately, you have to walk through a rather dingy bar to get to the elevator. The service was quite slow and a bit inattentive. I would have had another glass of wine but it was never offered.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each course was a delicious palette of flavors and textures. Creatively and thoughtfully organized combinations that were the work of an artist and well executed by the team in the kitchen. One of the best meals I’ve had in years.
  22. AM

    AMYB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, but they were out of one of the options which was a little disappointing. Cocktails were good too!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With a Price Fixe menu, and two items per course, we each had something different. Amazing creativity. No two items were the same!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service - down to earth. Each dish was special.
  25. SC

    SuperCrispy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pre fixe menu. Lots of creativity in light yet flavorful seafood dishes.
  26. WT

    WorldTraveller

    New England

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent dinner! Each monthly menu we have tried has been delicious. Every course has layers of flavor that sometimes surprise. Being adventurous, I ordered the venison, which I tend not to like. This version was exceptional, not gamy and enjoyable taste combinations. Order anything at Mooncusser knowing that it will exceed your expectations.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keep it up guys super wine super food!!
  28. F

    Foodfan

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambience was perfect. We had a very enjoyable dinner and would highly recommend this restaurant.
  29. RR

    RichardR

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing food. So much flavor. They are not afraid to add spice that tickles the palette.
  30. K

    Katkit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious creative food drawing inspirations from Thai, Japanese, Italian, American and local source, seasonal ingredients etc. If anything need improving, the entree was more traditional American than all the other courses. Loud level was loud and hard to hear, but if you book a later reservation like 8:30pm, it gets quieter as people leave for the night. Services was overall great, just need more attention to refilling water. Would def come back on their new monthly menu.
  31. L

    Louismama

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best if not the best restaurant in Boston at this moment!
  32. HY

    HenryY

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on the menu was outstanding. Service was excellent and we never felt rushed. Wonderful restaurant especially for a special occasion.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! I choose Mooncusser to celebrate my birthday and the stuff was so sweet and professional. They help me cut the cake and bring it to table with a cute candle!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  35. EC

    ElleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner is in a wheelchair, and the service was incredibly accessible, kind, and accommodating. The food was absolutely extraordinary - every bite was surprising and balanced. Such artful and creative courses! Highly recommend going with someone else and ordering one of each dish to try all of the offerings
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Such a beautiful and elegant room and ambiance. Fabulous wine list. The portion sizes were substantial! Everything we ate was ethereal. Friendly and attentive service. Will definitely be back we LOVE Mooncusser!!!! ❤️♥️
  37. K

    Kris

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible
  38. DB

    DBKol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a lovely evening with professional staff and fine food. The dishes were imaginative and well balanced.
  39. NT

    NeleT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    In Europe this restaurant would probably have a Michelin star. Fix menu , sometimes strange combinations that turn out to be delicious .
  40. JS

    JoeS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Wonderful food and hospitality

FAQs

Mooncusser is rated 4.9 stars by 957 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Mooncusser

304 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116-5242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carl Dooley

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Full Bar

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