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Mooncusser, Boston, MA

Mooncusser

4.9
4.9
902 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

11:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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

What 902 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

    Seafood

  • Boston

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  • Boston

    Best Food

  • Boston

    Best Service

  • Boston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. E

    Eatery1999

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    By focusing on a small number of options for each of the four courses in the prix fixe menu, the chef turns out superbly flavored selections, from a surprising amuse bouche of ceviche under a cayenne-inflected parmesan cracker, to delicious halibut or blue fish entrees. Although it may seem a reach, I advise the wine pairing - not only are the choices wonderfully matched to the dish, but it is a chance to discover wines you will definitely want to try again. Staffing was excellent, service efficient and attentive but neither cloying nor missing a chance to nicely dress the table. The space is small, but well laid out tables allow private conversation. It has no sound reduction technology, so intense cheer from one table sometimes required the servers' description of offerings to be repeated. Flatware, glasses, cloths all elegant. Plates allowed each dish to nestle in for its happiest presentation (and for sauces - so delicious - to be spooned up at will). Should you need to wait a bit for your seating, the Cusser's Back Bay Bar downstairs has two attentive mixologists and a neat collection of cocktails and wines or beers. In summary, don't miss it.
  2. M

    Milo

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding,we enjoyed everything we had. The space was a bit noisy but definitely highly recommend restaurant
  3. S

    Stephen

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything tastes great. I love that the menu changes every month.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Visiting Boston for a few days. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience. Service was amazing.
  5. k

    kenj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect evening with a first time visit to Mooncusser. The entire staff were friendly, polite and professional. They were also very informative with whatever questions we asked. A special mention to the chef for adding a convert to the "win" column. Up until Saturday night my wife would shy away from any form of raw tuna. After enjoying the Big Eye Tuna Carpaccio, she is now a fan. All four courses were delightful. Thank you Mooncusser for a first class evening.
  6. TJ

    TravelinJan

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meal experiences I've ever had. You MUST go. The food, ambiance, and service were all wonderful. Well done, Mooncusser!
  7. TL

    TimL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional flavors & freshness, very creative menu. Each dish paired beautifully with wines (we got the Prix Fixe w/ wine pairings).
  8. SI

    SIZZ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was meticulously elaborated and exquisite, the wine pairing was perfect, and the team was just about as good as it gets. What a gem!
  9. HM

    HungryMama

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed the ambiance and the menu approach as well as the wine pairings. Everything was very very good but just missing the “wow” for 5 stars.
  10. JG

    JustinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I were passing through Boston, so we only had one night for dinner in Boston. We absolutely chose the right place. Everything from the staff service to the food & wine was perfect. We shared everything on the wine-paired tasting menu, and we enjoyed everything.
  11. AR

    AndrewR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought it was fantastic. The options are limited so this isn’t a place for picky eaters. But it’s really high quality and most dishes had some original twist or slightly experimental quality that I really found interesting and well done (although folks who prefer classic standards may be less enthralled). Maybe my favorite higher end meal that I’ve had in Boston for the past few years
  12. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    278 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    278 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mooncusser is one of the best restaurants in Boston, or anywhere. Chef Carl’s menus change frequently and showcase his broad range of skills and influences. The food is always beautiful and unique. The hosts, servers, and food runners are so warm and welcoming (never snooty, even though the food is so elevated). Everyone there is so well trained on the food and wine, and they explain each course really well. The portions are perfect, and the food and service are a real value for the money.
  13. MH

    MrsH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wow wow wow so delicious! The food was outstanding and the staff were very knowledgeable especially Stewart, the GM, and Annie. Every dish was unique and nothing I would order by description but was so flavorful and good! Plus really unique wines and a good cocktail list. Overall great vibes.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, everything was excellent. One of the best dining experiences in Boston.
  15. KN

    KNNN

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and drink. Well informed staff. Nice romantic atmosphere. You may even bump into a local celebrity dining there.
  16. M

    Mick

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A bit off from our first visit. First night of a new menu, service slow, general manager came to apologize and explain.. No one at reception when we arrived, or left to validate parking. But the food was amazing and our server friendly and apologetic. They were closing by time we left
  17. g

    guss

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints and always exceeds expectations!
  18. DW

    DavidW

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every phase of the meal. A wonderful evening.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. I also did the wine pairing and found each choice to be a lovely complement. Very nice dining space and appreciated the eclectic background music. As the restaurant filled, noise level was “moderate” but was fine—kept the vibe dynamic vs stuffy. I rated the value as “Good” because it is on the pricier side—but the cost does reflect the quality and service. As for dish size, with all the courses, I was sated and found them to be a perfect size. My companion, a “bigger eater”, was not full but also not left hungry. I could see returning a couple times a year, checking out the seasonal menus, for a special evening.
  20. SS

    StephenS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant with creative, tasty food and fantastic wine pairings!
  21. KT

    KelseyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best meals we’ve had in awhile, and delicious wine list/pairings. Made for a great night!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was spectacular, the service was top notch, and the wine pairing was a perfect complement to the meal!
  23. s

    selkie

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always. - outstanding foo.d and wine. Love the space. Great service.
  24. MF

    MichaelF

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each course was executed to perfection. Spacing between courses was perfect as well. I cannot wait to return!
  25. F

    Fridaynightdatenight

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing 4 course experience. In fact, my wife and I ordered different selections and shared, giving us 8 different tastes of phenomenal cooking. Every course, every bite was fantastic and we were simply blown away. Still talking about the meal hours later. We will go back!!
  26. TB

    ThomasB

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Every course was amazing.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. SF

    SFfoodfan

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Prix Fixe menu, service and ambiance
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. AD

    AverageDiner

    Exclusive

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 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
  38. 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, delicious food and impeccable service.
  40. 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.

FAQs

Mooncusser is rated 4.9 stars by 902 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 23 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

    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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