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Mooncusser, Boston, MA

Mooncusser

4.9
4.9
876 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

7:00 PM


Booked 21 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 876 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
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Best Overall

  • Boston

    Best Food

  • Boston

    Best Service

  • Boston

    Best Value

  • Boston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. TB

    ThomasB

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The menu was not to the standard I had anticipated based on prior visits
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Every course was amazing.
  3. A

    Angel

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went to Mooncusser to celebrate my birthday this past Saturday night - we were attracted by the rish dinner, tasting menu (not too many decisions to make) and the opportunity for wine pairing. It was fabulous! Very interesting dishes, with good flavor, crunch and acidity. The wine pairings were very well done and not selections we have seen elsewhere or would have chosen ourselves. Highly recommended.
  4. JE

    JennyE

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was some of the best food we have had in Boston. Great ambiance and service as well.
  5. C

    Camden

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here and it was just wonderful. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Food was fantastic and so were drinks. Great place for a special occasion dinner or splurge!
  6. SF

    SFfoodfan

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Prix Fixe menu, service and ambiance
  7. n

    nancyc

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely anniversary dinner here - food was terrific and the dining room had an air of serenity. The Bernardaud china was a nice touch. The chef and staff were SO accommodating about modifications to our dishes so that we could eat gluten & dairy free and we didn't feel one bit compromised - it was all excellent. Pre-pandemic, we would celebrate our anniversary at Season to Taste in Cambridge because of Carl Dooley; now we have followed him to Mooncusser and it did not disappoint. Looking forward to trying the more casual Cusser some time soon, too.
  8. LM

    LeahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good dinner and it was quiet and relaxing. We felt we had time enough between courses to relax. Portions were perfect size to be able to finish the tasting menu.
  9. GR

    GeorgeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and had so much variety! Staff was friendly and attentive!
  10. DR

    DeborahR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best dining experience I’ve ever had. The food was amazing. We were so glad we included the wine pairing. It says four courses, but really it was almost seven with all the extras. Definitely worth the price. We wanted to go back again the next evening too.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had. Delicious and beautiful dishes, great drinks, and impeccable service.
  12. AD

    AverageDiner

    Exclusive

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    An amazing array of dishes served up which are paired very well with different wines over the night. Service is good and the location is unique. Would definitely recommend to others
  13. S

    Slb86

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal! The reviews have all been great and our experience exceeded our expectations. Every course was better than the next. The flavors were complex yet the food was accessible and not over the top. The standout of the night was the oysters with spicy green tomatoes! So seemingly simple but complex and delicious. Loved the snack courses, the wine paring and the popsicle. We were so full when we finished because we had to eat everything. Look forward to coming back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, delicious food and impeccable service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Carl and his team put together an outstanding experience. The wine pairing mixed perfectly with every course.
  16. B

    Beverly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated next to the window and could watch the sunset. The service staff was extremely on top of their game. As soon as we finished a dish it would be cleared, and the next course was served promptly. They also had good wine recommendations. The food was delicious. We had two “before the menu” appetizers consisting of oysters and biscuits. The main courses were delicious. The chef stopped by our table to clear our plates, and we commented that we were enjoying the fresh herbs. He said that he tried to make sure every dish had herbs, acidity, and crunch. Indeed every dish did! It was superb!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both dining room and kitchen were fantastic - great, attentive, and friendly service with well seasoned and creative food.
  18. CC

    CoreyC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really knowledgeable wait staff (food AND wine). Food was excellent
  19. ND

    NataliaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed the place and the service, selection of wine and overall experience. However the food was not exactly what you'd expect from a restaurant like this and for this price. Dishes were presented very nicely and we enjoyed the overall experience, however the combination of tastes was far from perfect.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine parings were excellent as well as service. Looking forward to next month’s prix fixe menu.
  21. J

    Jana

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply fantastic!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to try the new menu items because they change every month. We couldn’t pass up this months menu (which ends on 7/13). As typical everything tasted great. All of the dishes were unique and had a cohesiveness to them. No ingredient felt out of place. None of the dishes were boring in terms of flavor profile either. I highly suggest doing the wine pairing as the wines they select perfectly compliment the dish. Some of them the point where I would not drink the wine without the accompanying plate. I hope they maintain their wine & food pairing ethos. I still rate this Bostons best restaurant.
  23. WT

    WorldTraveller

    New England

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best restaurant in Boston. The prix fixe menu and little extras (the raspberry pop) offers something for everyone. Great that the menu changes each month! Service is impeccable. We will return, often!!
  24. T

    Trey

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, well thought out food delivered with impeccable service. $95 for a tasting menu of this caliber is an absolute steal.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Attentive service
  26. CO

    CheapOnMondays

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true fine dining restaurant without a big ego. The foods make you picture a jolly chef who genuinely enjoys the kitchen. As all the other mediocre over-hyped "high-end" "fusion" restaurants branding themselves with "international influences" upset me with bland overpriced foods desperately looking to please the good old boring "expensive tastebuds" by taking out authentic spices, this place boldly presents incredible new flavors while simply calling itself a "local seafood spot."
  27. A

    Adam7271

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    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.
  28. I

    Ilovefood

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very impressed with the menu. I tend to want a whole food experience and not just good food. This met that standard. Inventive and fun.
  29. C

    Cowhoma

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    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.
  30. s

    selkie

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    Butters

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Stunning presentation. Beautifully done.
  32. 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!
  33. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    273 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    273 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!
  34. m

    mjro

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully elevated and tasty dining experience.
  35. 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".
  36. 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 .
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. NL

    NancyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing- every bite. The service was impeccable.
  40. 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!

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Mooncusser is rated 4.9 stars by 876 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 21 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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