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Mooncusser, Boston, MA

Mooncusser

4.9
4.9
850 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Mooncusser serves a $95 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

10:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 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

What 850 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Fit for Foodies

  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Best Overall

  • Boston

    Best Food

  • Boston

    Best Service

  • Boston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Attentive service
  2. A

    Adam7271

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've eaten at Mooncusser twice now, and both times the experience was outstanding. The creativity of the menu is rivaled only by the quality of the service. Everyone involved in our dining experience is superbly attentive, friendly, and can easily answer any questions you may have. The only possible note I may have is the portions of the wines poured if you choose the pairing option could be a tiny bit more, but that really is a silly, minor point. If you're considering dining here, go for it. We can't wait to return.
  3. C

    Cowhoma

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always my evening at Mooncusser was fabulous. The food is creative and looks gorgeous. The service is attentive without being intrusive. I continue to be awed by the place.
  4. s

    selkie

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, as usual . Great wine pairings. Once again Carl Dooley and his team provided superb food and a very memorable evening
  5. B

    Butters

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Stunning presentation. Beautifully done.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding food, awesome wine pairing, pleasant and unassuming. Can’t wait to go back!
  7. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    268 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    268 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly wonderful! I returned to Mooncusser for the second time, and I was delighted by a completely different menu which was equally stunning. I absolutely love the style of cooking. The servers are amazingly kind and generous with their time. They explain all the wine pairings and good in great detail. Definitely a value for what you get, too. I can’t wait to see what the next iteration of the menu will be!
  8. m

    mjro

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully elevated and tasty dining experience.
  9. P

    Penenden

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very interesting prix fixe 3 course menu. Each course had two choices that were mainly seafood. I had pork for my third course which was great. Quite a lot of spice used but I did not find the food "hot".
  10. SV

    SVin

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening . Excellent food with great service . A must go place in Boston .
  11. KE

    KESunday

    New England

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mooncusser offers a truly unmatched dining experience. Chef Dooley has a talent for putting his own spin on world flavors in a way that honors multiple cuisines over the course of a single meal. Every combination is so thoughtful: familiar yet surprising. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, without any pretense. It feels as if they are as excited to explain the dishes as you are to eat them. And for a prix fixe menu without any misses (and even some bonus bites), it's an unbelievable value.
  12. KW

    KevinW

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I travelled to Boston for a few nights and Mooncusser will be my most vivid memory. Every single bite was delicious. The menu was so well put together, each course was full of complex flavors that came together into a perfect bite. The portions were great and the service was wonderful. I will be back next time I’m in Boston.
  13. NL

    NancyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing- every bite. The service was impeccable.
  14. M

    Mick

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly exceptional food and service. Impossible to rate it was so good. Delicious food, new tastes and textures. Undersells and over delivers. Four course prix fixe with either/or choice from each. But there was a delicious "shrimp cocktail" with hunks of shrimp and I think fish in an orange sauce to spoon on tasty chips. Toasted sourdough bread with spring peas in a cod and white sauce, and to cleanse palate, raspberries in sherbet. Two of us had tuna crudo, a third soft shell crab. All had scallops in a spicy hot sauce, spiced swordfish entree, and German chocolate cake, like nothing you've ever seen or tasted. Great cocktails, couple of choices for beer, a few wines by glass, and two pages of white and red bottles. A huge bargain for the price. Not to miss!
  15. S

    Sarah

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the dining experience at Mooncusser is INCREDIBLE! Every dish on the 4 course pre fix menu was delicious. Wonderful balance of flavors and textures, and nice sized portions. There were also many additional small plates added through the meal including a starter, and intricate bread dish, and a pallet cleanser before dessert. We left very full and very satisfied! We didn’t do the wine pairing although it looks wonderful. Their cocktails were intricate and delicious! We will definitely be back.
  16. AP

    AshbyP

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous experience at Mooncusser. Everyone on the staff was friendly, helpful, and engaging. The food was exceptional and the wine pairings were particularly thoughtful and delicious. My husband and I agreed that it was one of the best meals and dining experiences we have had in many, many years. A real gem!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saxony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. If Michelin gave stars in Boston Mooncusser would have at least one.
  18. AS

    ArmonS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative dishes. Love their food and the drinks were quite good as well
  19. BB

    BenB

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall good, average tasting menu type of place. Food was great, but nothing special about the restersunt itself. We just went for a casual dinner and was good for that occasion but would recommend somewhere a bit more special for a special occasion.
  20. s

    stevenr

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best wine and food pairing we’ve in a Boston restaurant in a very, very long time.
  21. c

    carov

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!! Love the combination of flavors, colors, the perfect quantity The only minus is the Echo of the place
  22. JM

    JulesMacrae

    New England

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for another fabulous dinner
  23. KT

    KeriT

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding creative food and excellent service! Very accommodating allowing us to share the wine pairings along with the dishes.
  24. d

    drpamelafromtexas

    San Antonio

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Drinks were amazing and service was great. The wines were very nice and complimented to food well. For Boston the pricing of the menu was good and the food is nicely prepared. The selections were a bit all over the place so there seemed to be somewhat of a lack of focus although the food was very good. I would go back without hesitation.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with high quality food and top notch service. Each course had unique flavors and we really enjoyed our time!
  26. DM

    DuncanM

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Dooley has done it again. We were huge fans of Table at Season to Taste, his prior restaurant. Mooncusser is its equal in food and service, with a nice room.
  27. MM

    MMcD

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible! Everything was beautiful and tasty.
  28. A

    Annie

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday dinner… the food was delicious and the wine pairings really interesting. If I lived in Boston, I’d be back on a regular basis
  29. BB

    BillinBoston

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mooncusser provides by far Boston's best food. Innovative combinations of flavors, magnificently prepared. Right up there with the top Michelin-rated restaurants in France. Its prix-fixe menus (no a la carte dishes, you get two choices for each of four courses) are expensive, but the expense is proportionate to the quality of the food. The ambiance is not distinguished--a relatively small space a little awkwardly upstairs, with restrooms a floor below located awkwardly in relation to the kitchen--but the room is quiet, with widely spaced tables appropriate to a really high-end restaurant. A unique and delightful experience.
  30. DD

    DiscerningDiner

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything they served (and we ate everything on the menu) was beautiful and delicious. The prix fixe $95 was well worth it. We added the extra $55 for wine pairing was a little uneven - largely successful, but challenging in spots and not always inspired. Came away feeling like the food was great and great value while the wine pairing was good and questionable value. That said, I’ll definitely be back - the menu changes every month, so it looks like we’ll have to get in there pretty regularly.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent prix fixe menu with a good variety of flavors, textures, types. Great service too. Get a cocktail downstairs beforehand.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s spectacular! We have been chef Dooley followers for years. Fans of the old Table at Season to Taste will remember the incredibly thoughtful four course dinners with two choices per course and perfect wine pairings. Thankfully, this concept continues and hard as it is to believe - seems even more elevated than before. We aren’t really dining indoors in general, but make the exception for Mooncusser (ceilings are high, tables aren’t crowded too close, ventilation seems good too and it’s just worth it). I’d be remiss not to mention how fabulous the service is. Seems like people enjoy working there and it shows. We’ll be back again soon!
  33. A

    Audrey

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t believe we only discovered this place now! It was fantastic. We sat at the bar and the bartender Daniel was super friendly and attentive. All the servers were very polite, and everyone seemed happy and just nice. Everything ran so smoothly - from seating to meal service. The food was fantastic- we were two so ended up having everything on the menu. It was all delicious. Courses were a nice size and not too heavy. Flavors were perfect. My husband had the wine pairing and I will do that too next time. The Chef came out to serve our dessert and check on how our meal was. Also, the cocktails were really good. Congratulations to the restaurant for running such a tight ship, with great quality and service, especially these days that is harder and harder to find. We can’t wait to come back next month for the next menu!
  34. A

    Anotherfoodie

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The May pre-fixe offering was fantastic! Two unexpected amuse-bouche courses were delicious and thoughtful touches that made an impressive meal even better. The waitstaff was attentive and fun - and loved that chef Carl Dooley was out and about greeting us and other guests throughout the evening. A great experience overall - will definitely be back!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall the meal was a flavor bomb. There are two choices for each of the four plates. My son picked one of the option and I picked the other to sample the whole menu. Each item was so good. If I’m ever in Boston again I will go back.
  36. K

    Karen

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was simply outstanding. Each dish was unique, perfectly seasoned, amazing flavor combinations, and each felt really special (we went with all the seafood options on the tasting menu). In addition to the selections we chose from the menu, we were also treated to a couple other little bites prior to the first course that absolutely delicious. Highly recommend this dining experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Food is fair overall however nothing special re the ambience and echoing noise and not a good choice of music for the dinner being served. Male toilet tap was out of order and female toilet tap was adjusted to very hot water …minor details but +$300 for two doesn’t justify the value overall.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent! Prices fix menu was amazing. A truly talented chef. Small portions left me hungry tho.
  39. KW

    KatieW

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience at Mooncusser! First time customer and very impressed. The food was excellent and the wine pairings elevated every course. The staff were super nice and very knowledgeable about the menu. I will definitely be back!
  40. SM

    StevenM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu was excellent. Would definitely come back when for the next variation. Just wish the beer selection was be broader. Wait safe was very polite and knowledgeable. Well done!

FAQs

Mooncusser is rated 4.9 stars by 850 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Mooncusser

304 Stuart St Boston, MA 02116-5242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 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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