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“One of the best!”
Reviewed March 17, 2017 NEW
The food is excellent, the menu creative and extensive, the service perfect, and the atmosphere inviting and cozy- what more can you ask for?
The tapas menu is great- their mussels are delicious and easily enough for two to share. My favorite tapas is the tempura fried avocado stuffed with fresh tuna- amazing. Prices are reasonable for this level of gourmet preparation. Their specialty drinks are so good- and the server actually left the shaker so that I could get the last of the mixed drink when I was ready- who does that? Highly recommended- you will not be disappointe
“New Years Eve Dinner”
Had an excellent dinner at Mooncussers for New Year’s Eve. Great food & service. My wife had a great ribeye, and I the lobster, clam & mussels. Appetizers and desert were unique and wonderful as well – great way to end the year and get ready to kick off 2017.
“Ambiance aplenty !”
Greeted by the host and his wife and then shown every consideration. The dinner was delicious and the service was excellent. I plan to return whenever the dinner bell rings in Harwich.
“Had a wonderful stay!”
I visited Mooncussers Tavern last week with my boyfriend and stayed for 2 nights. We both very much enjoyed our stay. The staff are great and were very welcoming. The room we had was very clean and warm upon our arrival. They also have a restaurant on the main floor that was fantastic.
We chose to eat here based on the good tripadvisor reviews. Our server was really helpful with recommending certain dishes and the ideal number for the tapas menu. We ended up ordering 5 dishes between two of us, two of which were considered to be the larger of the tapas dishes.
My nieces rehearsal dinner was here. Food and service was wonderful. One of the appetizers served was their Guacamole. It was some of best I have ever tasted. I had salmon as my entree–excellent! Highly recommend Mooncussers Tavern for a delicious meal.
Unique menu, We all loved our dinners. The salmon was delicious! Excellent service. The steak was tender and flavorful. The seafood pasta was full of lobster. Will definitely return.
“Outstanding Friendly Service”
My wife and I joined 45 others (family and friends) who gathered at Mooncusser’s for a surprise dinner to celebrate a 60th birthday. Don’t think we could have picked a better place for Jean’s well poured drinks and delectable dinner that tavern owner Patrick and his fine staff provided. What stood out was the outstanding friendly service. A nice place…
This is one spot that you must stop for dinner or drinks the food is out of this world and the drinks are awesome. Very friendly and the service is great
“a classic cape spot!”
mooncussers tavern is my favorite spot on the cape. the ambiance is perfect, the appetizers terrific, the drinks, the best! we have had several lovely evenings at mooncussers and are never disappointed in our choice when we visit! do NOT miss this lovely, lovely tavern!
“Great Service, food and atmosphere.”
We went there on a Saturday night in November and the parking lot was full! Which we weren’t expecting. We walked in and was greeted promptly and the host asked if we would like to sit in the tavern or dining room. We chose to sit in the dining room. There were two servers in the dining room and they… More
Reviewed November 22, 2015
Atmospheric bar and restaurant. Food was really good, especially the steak. Good choice of wine. Well worth a visit.
“The salad presentation and flavors are fabulous….”
Reviewed September 29, 2015
Our group of 6 have been to many restaurants in the Harwich area….we wanted to try something new and interesting…after reading a few reviews on Trip Advisor we selected Mooncusser…we were not disappointed….the service, presentation and food was top shelf…the whole experience was a perfect start to our vacation…
Reviewed September 9, 2015
Delicious and inventive fare. My wife and I were there twice in 2 nights and each time shared 3-4 tapas. Duck infused burgers were delicious as were the shrimp tapas, excellent hand cut parmigiana truffle fries, wonderful lobster cocktail and reasonably priced wines by the glass. Sat at a table one night and at the bar the other and each.
“Gem on the Cape”
Reviewed September 7, 2015
Visited Mooncussers for the first time on our recent trip to the Cape. What a wonderful restaurant. Beautiful ambiance, great food and service. Prices are reasonable for the quality of food you get. Our waitress was very knowledgable about the items on the menu, and wasn’t afraid to make suggestions, which was greatly appreciated.
Reviewed August 30, 2015
Food was excellent.
Service was excellent. Shout out to our waitress, Caitlin. I recommend red sangria, pepperdelle lobster, shrimp and scallop and the chocolate bread pudding!
“Wonderful food and lovely music”
Reviewed August 21, 2015
We had the tasty tapas appetizers, as well as entrees. The locally caught fish was exquisite. There was also some live music–blues music. We were a large party (9 people) and the host did a wonderful job of accommodating our needs.
Reviewed August 15, 2015
We went last week the the food was out of this world. Really delicious-everything! It is the best option on the Cape if you need a large table for 10 or 12 or more. That said, our service was terrible the night we went. All our courses came out at once so be very clear about your wishes there. But great great food!
“Out of the way, but ohhhh so worth it”
Reviewed August 13, 2015
We saw the pictures and the reviews written by others and simply had to go and check it out ourselves. It’s easy to find and worth the drive. Mooncussers is in a very quaint older home which has been modified with several large rooms. The food is absolutely fabulous from the Drambuie Mussles to our mains of Scallops and Risotto and Tenderloin with potatoes au gratin with asparagus. We finished our meal with wonderful crime brûlée. In addition to the food they have a fantastic bartender who makes the best martini’s. The owner of the restaurant made a point of visiting each table throughout the evening. Our waitress Lori was fantastic and does the work of three people. She’s busy but never makes you feel rushed and is extremely attentive to all of her diners. She really made our meal.
“Pre wedding reception”
Reviewed August 7, 2015 NEW
Last month our son got married in Harwich, MA and since this would be a destination wedding we wanted to host a large reception the night before the ceremony, for over 100 out of town guests. We were challenged to find a nice venue that would book our event on a Friday night, featured outstanding food, and had a real “Cape Cod” ambience as well as the capacity to hold a large crowd. The answer was Mooncussers Tavern…as everything about our experience was excellent! Damien, Patrick and the entire staff were amazing. We settled on a delicious menu with cheese stations, pass around hors d oeuvres, and a fabulous buffet. Everyone had a great time and the Mooncussers Tavern staff were extremely attentive and helpful. It was a wonderful evening and the perfect setting for a magical weekend wedding.
“Best restaurant on Cape Cod”
Reviewed August 7, 2015
We found Mooncussers Tavern when they opened a few years ago and it’s one of the restaurants we make sure to visit on our annual trip to Cape Cod. The food, atmosphere and service can’t be beat.
“Beautiful French food”
Reviewed July 29, 2015
Booked here last minute on holiday from UK. Lovely welcome. Food delicious Tenderloin,Sea Bass And Steak Frite ordered and cooked to perfection
“Lovely Evening – Good Food & More…”
Reviewed July 22, 2015
We had a lovely experience at Mooncusser’s – it’s really more than just a “tavern”. It does have that aged and vintage atmosphere, but it’s certainly not tavern food. Our group of four went from soup to nuts, as they say and no one was disappointed with a bite. The Dirty Peppar martini was quite tasty, and the Striped Bass (we got the last order of the night!) was super. Like Ocean House and Cape Sea Grille, if you want to be sure to get a table, do make a reservation.
Reviewed July 5, 2015
Wonderful meal in a charming place with impeccable service! The seared bluefin tuna was absolutely outstanding as was the salmon – both comparable to Le Bernardin in NYC. Recommended with not the slightest hesitation.
“Great service, homey atmosphere ”
Reviewed May 24, 2015
The Mooncusser has the timeless elegance of a historic home, with wooden seats and candlelit tables. Our server was knowledgeable on the menu and recommended based on our tastes. While my boyfriend and I were having a debate on the name for “one who makes wine” (yes I was right, it’s a vintner!) the owner joined us and chatted for a while; Patrick is such a sweetheart! The avocado and tuna tempura tapas app was delish, as was the 8oz steak. We will definitely be returning on our next trip to the Cape!!
“Excellent food and atmosphere”
Reviewed April 27, 2015
Relaxed atmosphere and excellent food! We went on a Friday night — not a big place so definitely make a reservation.
“Special Evening at Mooncussers!”
Reviewed March 15, 2015
We were so excited to have the opportunity to dine at Mooncussers with very special friends. We anticipated an over-the-top experience from conversation with many of our guests who have dined here, and we were not disappointed to any degree! Very special friends arrived at our Inn from afar, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity of a reservation with Mooncussers…..from the moment we were greeted at the door, we knew we were in for a special evening! The warmth of the atmosphere, the staff, the menu offerings…..five star! From the beautiful smiles and kindness given so freely from our wait person….to the perfect preparation and presentation of the pork, the tuna, the shrimp, the ribs……unending wonderment!!!! We will return again and again and again…..and of course, recommend Mooncussers to all our guests who frequent Chatham Gables Inn. Mooncussers is special, by far!
“Excellent service, food and drinks ”
Reviewed December 15, 2014
We came in Saturday night and it was very busy. Got our table right away. Drinks were fabulous, we all got martinis, and shared a few appetizers. The tempura Tuna avocado was AMAZING, the French fries unbelievable delicious, and the service along with all was stellar. We would highly recommend going!
“Our new favorite on the Cape”
Reviewed November 8, 2014
Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere on Cape Cod, who knew?? The food, atmosphere, and service are outstanding. It’s a destination for foodies on the Cape. They feature a Tapas menu along with a small, but eclectic dinner menu. We’ve sampled the shrimp, pork belly, carpaccio, beef shank, and pork chop. they are all amazing. The ambiance is very relaxed in this old Cape sea captain’s home. The owner’s hospitality ensures that you will have an unforgettable dining experience. If you love great food, this is a place you have to try.
Reviewed October 24, 2014
Just returned from a wonderful meal at a quaint tavern in Harwich recommended by a friend. Low ceilings, warm wood and live music added to a delightful evening. The food was spectacular, especially the Mushroom soup. The salad was alive with textures and the presentation was fun. The staff were encouraging and warm and informative and very efficient.
A great evening and we will definitely go again!
Reviewed October 19, 2014
This was our first time at Mooncussers. ..We were extremely pleased with the service, cleanliness, and food. This is an inventive chef who likes combining unusual flavors, so those with sophisticated palates, get ready to be delighted! The reverse can be true, too, as my husband says that he wasn’t thrilled with the lavender creme brulee (although he ate every bite!). However, he loved the blue fin tuna and the mussels drambuie, as well as the raw Wellfleet oysters (they brought him the traditional cocktail sauce and horseradish, as he didn’t care for the ginger/cilantro sauce which I loved! ). I had the scallops, which were divine! Thank you, Mooncussers, for being so accommodating– We can’t wait to come back!
“Phenomenal anniversary dinner”
Reviewed September 6, 2014
My wife and I just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with dinner here. The entire experience was fantastic. We were sat immediately, granted it’s after Labor Day, but we called prior and they were helpful saying to stop by and there was no wait. When we arrived, our waitress was incredibly friendly and so knowledgeable. My wife is quite the foodie so we wanted to try a lot of dishes. The restaurant has a tapas menu as well as entrees etc. We opted for the tapas. We of course chose what sounded good to us, but we asked our waitress’s opinion and she most definitely didn’t steer us wrong. Her recommendations were spot on and she even at one point told us to forego a dish because it was our second round and we were ordering too much. HA. Says something about us, but says something for the service and her looking out for our stomachs and wallet. We highly recommend the Parmesan Truffle Fries, the Beef Carpaccio and the Drambuie Mussels. At the end of the night, they treated us to a complimentary round of sparkling wine to celebrate, and the owner came over and asked how everything was and congratulated us on our anniversary. Clearly, we were happy. The food was spectacular. The drinks were delicious. The service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was white table cloth yet casual, and perfectly Cape Cod. We highly recommend this wonderful family run business.
Reviewed July 3, 2014
MOONCUSSERS is a little gem in the Cape Cod area. We spent 2 nights in the area and both nights we went for dinner there. Extremely good service, great host and hostess. Not only were they friendly, but they gave us a lot of great tips for the area. My favorite dishes were the Advocado and Tuna Tempura appetiser, and the chocolate pudding dessert. I am a chocolate-addict, and must say this one has made it to my top 5 chocolate dessert list….
“Awesome, as usual!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014
This is one of our favorite places when vacationing in the Harwich area. Started off with the dirty peppar martini. Can’t really go wrong with that! There were three of us, me, my wife and a good friend. We did tapas for dinner and they were fantastic. The Drambuie mussels were superb! You could honestly put the sauce on a piece of leather and it would be delicious. Great atmosphere and to top the night off we think we saw a wizard! What fun!
“Mooncussers – Great Consistent Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014
Recently a group of two couples went to dinner here. We sampled a variety of items on the menu; all of which were very tasty. It was a Sunday night so the restaurant was quiet with a few tables occupied and several people at the bar. Service was delivered smoothly and with good attention. The food was very well done, as good as the time we had been several months ago. We sampled a variety of things from the tapas menu as well as entrees.
Potato Leek soup – just the right amount of flavor, not to thick as to overwhelm.
Mushrooms al Ajillo & Seared Scallops tapas – Very flavorful and light; red onion pesto was very good
Shellfish Pappardelle Prima – Wonderful blend of seafood and parppardellle pasta
Pan Seared Scallops – Four large scallops over asparagus risotto, yummy.
Atlantic Salmon – Salmon and stir fry, very tasty
A wonderful second visit with the surprise of live dinner music as well. A very enjoyable consistently good dinner venue; definitely a foodie spot.
Visited March 2014
“BEST IN HARWICH PORT MA”
Reviewed April 5, 2014
Good off street parking. Cocktail menu- plenty of beer and wine opts -Tapas- i had mushrooms that are very good. Roasted duck fingerling pot and broc, Best ive ever had. very well seasoned.
Thanks to my server Matt i will go back soon.
Visited April 2014
“Exceptional food and service”
Reviewed April 28, 2014
This location has hosted several different restaurants over the past years, but the current owners have it right. The food here is just outstanding. The Tavern side, where you can sit at the bar or at little tables- the restaurant occupuies many rooms of an old, Cape Cod house- offers a Tapas menu extrodinaire- you should try every single item on it! The dining room side, slightly more formal, also offers some of the Tapas choices, and afull a la carte dinner menu. The service is attentive but not stuffy. There is live music some nights. Really a stand-out restaurant in an area with many to choose from.
Visited March 2014
Reviewed April 29, 2014
WE have driven by this restaurant and several times since moving to the Cape a couple of years ago but never had the chance to stop. Tonight though was different. A friend called and suggested a small group of get together at Mooncussers and have drinks and dinner. There were seven of us total and when we arrived at about 6:00pm they had live music in part of the restaurant. As we wanted to spend sometime talking and catching up we opted for a table in the bar area. Sitting was almost immediate and we were right near some very large windows. Annie the owner had greeted us we entered and while speaking to her we learned she was from France and she runs the place with her two sons. They do a great job keeping the place warm and friendly. Some of our party ordered tapas and some of us ordered dinners. All of the food arrived at the same time and it was all nicely presented. The tapas were large and there was plenty to share. Two people had the day boat scallop entre and I had the foie burger. Everything had been individually prepared and was delicious. The foie burger was a duck infused burger with a fried egg and garnish. It was probably the best burger I have had, and I have eaten many burgers around the country. The staff gave us plenty of time to sit and talk and never rushed us. Any requests for drinks were promptly filled. We had a combination of bills in terms of who paid for what and once again the staff was very accommodating. Truly a very uniques and satisfying expoerience.
“They get the details right”
November 10, 2013
We started with mussels and one of the best steak carpaccio I can ever hope to have. The bread, perfectly toasted with butter, a sprinkle of sea salt, herbs, Parmesan shave, truffle and of course, the steak. My friend and I threatened to come back every night for this dish! Entrees and dessert were each treated with the same care. The setting is an old, cozy inn, there was a jazz duo playing and the servers just the right balance of attentive and friendly.
“Dreaming of those duck infused sliders”
September 27, 2013
We’d been wanting to try this place so we waited until the crowds left. Sat in the tavern and it was quite cozy. We decided to have a tapas assortment and started with the duck infused sliders. We momentarily thought about cancelling everything else and just getting more orders of those; they were that good. Also the gambas, charcuterie plate, tuna tempura, gruyere tart among others. Outstanding. We actually saved some room for desert and our deserts (an orange flan and a light chocolate mousse) were perfect. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back to eat our way through the rest of the menu!
September 15, 2013
I’ve been twice and recommended the restaurant to friends who all rave about this hidden gem. the food is terrific. The owner is present. Fred Fried on guitar is a treat.
“Holy Cow! It’s soooo good!!!”
September 3, 2013
The food was absolutely incredible! We are NYers and we’ve eaten in the finest restaurants around….Mooncussers may be in sleepy Cape Cod, but the food rivals any you could think of! We popped in without reservation on a Thursday evening around 5pm, with 3 kids 10 and under in tow. Our waitress was lovely and so sweet to our kids. We started with the carpaccio which was perfect! And the shrimp! Oh my goodness, the sauce should be illegal!!! You could easily ruin yourself…but it was oh so good!!! Our oldest 2 had chicken fingers, but our baby (8yrs) enjoyed the scallops over asparagus risotto – heaven! I’m not sure if any of us spoke during the entrees, I think I blacked out and came to in time for dessert. I had toasted almond creme brûlée – tasted awesome – just like its Good Humor cousin. If you’re on the cape, this is not one to miss!!!!
August 12, 2013
A place that truly brings something different and special to this area! While there are only a few “traditional” tapas on the menu, it is inspired with small plates, which is the route we took, rather than entrees. Overall – the food was faaaabulous. I think I could eat the pork belly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner once a day for a week straight! We had our kids with us (9 and 5) and they could not have been more welcoming to them. Our kids are relatively good eaters for their ages – but it would have been no matter, even without a printed kids menu. Patrick, the host, and Bridget, our server, were positively lovely. Great wine list…really just a super find. Go!
“Shame on us!”
July 31, 2013
My wife and I had driven by this place many times while on our way somewhere else. We finally stopped in for a drink. We started ordering one and ended up ordering three apps. All three were amazing! Make sure to try the Gambas Shrimp with some bread. Damien (co-owner) was behind the bar and extremely helpful with our beer and wine selections. Drinks were extremely reasonably priced too. The atmosphere was great. There are 2 bars. One hosts music such as the Irish session band that we caught the end of. The other is in the dining room. We can’t wait to go back! shame on us for not stopping in sooner!
What a place! My wife and I needed a well deserved nice dinner on the cape and a quick yelp search found this place as just what we were looking for.
We decided to sit in the bar area as we were dressed very casual and we definitely didn’t stick out. Bar was already full when we got there at 5:30pm but there were a few tables free.
We ordered the cheese plate, 2 Brewster oysters, mushrooms ajillo, avocado and tuna tempura, and duck infused burgers. Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious! We were both full when we were down.
Tack on 2 martinis each and our bill came to $96. Pricey, but worth it. We met the owner, Patrick, on our way out and he was very friendly. We told him we would definitely be back!
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We tried Mooncussers for the first time after hearing good things from friends and it was amazing. My date and I each had an appetizer and entree and we were blown away with how delicious everything was. My date had the maple glazed pork belly which was melt-in-your-mouth amazing and I had the tuna avocado tempura which was equally as interesting and delicious. For dinner I had the scallops with an asparagus risotto and it was cooked to perfection. My date had the duck infused burger and is still raving about it. Big portions, big drink pours and excellent service – we can’t wait to go back!
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I ate here with 2 others this past Sunday night and it was the best overall meal I’ve had this trip to the cape (I come for a full week every August). I had the pappardelle pasta with fresh seafood and the 2 others had the scallops. Everything was amazing and we were impressed at how perfectly all 3 meals were cooked as well as how large the portion sizes were. We met the owner, Patrick, and he couldn’t have been more friendly- taking the time to ask us where we were from, refilling our wine glasses and checking on us from time to time. Always a good sign when the owner is there and present during a meal. Our waitress was great too.
I’ll end this by saying that the overall feel of the restaurant was just really inviting and cozy. I love that the tables in the main dining room are around the bar- it just gave the place a warm, unstuffy feeling. I will definitely be back here to try some of the tapas and to sit at the bar. Great place- a true cape cod gem.
My family has had a house in Harwich for 30+ years so we know all of the restaurants well. We went here because a friend of mine recommended it and it was one of the best places I’ve ever eaten in all of cape cod. The food was amazing, the atmosphere is perfect – one side more of a casual cozy bar scene with tables and the other more of a dining area – and the staff is genuinely so nice and friendly. Patrick the owner came over to check on us a couple of times and was so down to earth and unassuming despite his incredible background and world travels. It’s the kind of place you leave and immediately start telling your friends to check it out because it’s the kind of place everyone – all ages and personalities – will love.
The portions are huge – we thought we were gonna explode but couldn’t stop eating because it was so good. My dad and I had the scallops with risotto which was one of the best scallop dishes I’ve ever had – and I live in NYC and eat at amazing restaurants frequently. My friend had a pappardelle pasta with shell fish which was also great.
This spot has had a bunch of mediocre different restaurants and owners over the years so we never bothered to go – so happy to see it finally turned into something amazing. Hope it doesn’t get too popular that we can’t get reservations though 🙂
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I visited Cape Cod this past weekend and went to Mooncussers Tavern in Harwich. It was such a great experience.
Mooncussers in Harwich is what a restaurant/tavern should be like.
While visiting friends and family last weekend we decided to grab something to eat along with a few cocktails. My local friends recommended Mooncussers, so that’s where we headed. I had my reservations about it due to the fact I had never been and the location has yielded a few different names in the past. That feeling subsided as soon as I walked inside. It was around 7:30 on a Saturday night and was quite busy. We headed straight for the bar and there were empty seats waiting for us.
The bartender, who is the son of the owner, brought us our drinks of choice and handed us menus to look over, which contained a large variety of tapas as well as entrees. We decided to do a little bit of flavor exploration, so we went with the tapas. Among the things we ordered were a cheese plate containing locally made cheeses from the Chatham Cheese Company, Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Beef Carpaccio, and Duck Infused Sliders. The food was phenomenal, absolutely delicious and full of flavor. The presentation was top tier and the portion sizes were consistent. The food at Mooncussers is in a league of its own.
After eating we decided to have a few more cocktails. One of my friends had a unique drink recipe that she had obtained while in Charleston SC. We were simply discussing it back and forth and how good it sounded, when the bartender overheard us and asked if he could try and make it. He got the recipe and began muddling away…literally. The drink was fantastic and we were obliged that he took it upon himself to make it. Toward the conclusion of our visit, a man came over and introduced himself as Patrick Wiseman, the owner of the establishment. I introduced myself and he shared some brief stories about his past relationships with my father and uncle in their younger days. It was a nice treat to see that my roots are still strong on Cape Cod. After we settled up, as soon as I walked out the door, I knew I wanted to go back. That was the impact that Mooncussers had on me, and I think that type of impact is what a great restaurant needs in order to survive, especially on Cape Cod. I don’t see Mooncussers going anywhere but up.
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I originally thought Mooncussers was a bar, but boy was I pleasantly surprised. My husband and I had dinner and drinks at the bar to the left. This is a charming place. The owner is very nice, and the staff is helpful and friendly. Our bartender Shantae (sp?) was friendly and made great recommendations. We had tapas..scallops, cheese plate, salad, lobster crostini, and our favorite..the duck sliders…OMG..they are AMAZING!! Don’t pass this place by…It’s charming, and the food is Awesome. This place is a unique offering on the Cape. And although we love all the fried seafood the Cape has to offer…this place is a welcomed variety for foodies like us.
We’ve come to Chatham for years and this is easily the best meal we’ve had. The fries are worth it; the diet can wait! The pork belly brioche is a totally cool play on some breakfast favorites. My wife had the scallops and she raved. Though my sensibilities said I shouldn’t get the burger at such a nice spot, I went for it. It did not disappoint. The duck infusion adds great depth and tenderness. The egg on top was better than any cheese could be; doubt all you want til you try it. The sangria was freshly made and very tasty. Our server was super nice and very accommodating for my allergies. Very friendly owner as well. In an area where mediocre food is often over-priced, this is a must eat. The rates were fair and every bite was true gourmet.
We were here the first weekend they opened and knew it seemed very promising. When we returned (finally) this weekend we were wowed. We were thrilled to see the place thriving and were lucky to get two seats at the bar. The martini menu looked interesting so we tried one and I had the sangria which was very tasty. The food however was truly outstanding (by Boston standards). We had the lobster crostini and beef carpaccio tapas which were delicious and the scallop risotto entree which was absolutely delicious as well. The service is friendly and excellent. The owner is very welcoming and makes sure everyone is enjoying their experience. The ambiance is wonderful, with an old tavern feel and live music that is not too loud and that everyone was enjoying. We wanted to stay on after we had finished. With so much (expensive) mediocrity on the Cape this is a true gem.
No Cape Cod food here….and that’s a good thing. Without a doubt the most amazing meal and desserts we have ever had. Knowledgeable staff and very gracious owner/bartender/ manager. This is a place were you can tell the employees take pride in there work and what they’re serving. Forever a regular!
This place is going to be selling out a lot based on my visit. The quality of the food was way beyond ordinary and fairly priced ($20-30 entrees). The staff was experienced and attentive. It has a little bit of sophisticated pub charm and probably not too good for toddlers. The room can get a little loud with every seat occupied, but it will not keep me from coming back! Looking forward to another visit, excellent
We decided to make the tapas menu our dinner that night and we couldn’t have been more pleased. We had seven things off the menu and we couldn’t decide which we liked the best. I even asked the owner for one of the recipes and he willingly gave it to me! I haven’t tried it yet, but I am going to. I doubt I will be able to recreate the delicious food.
Went on Saturday night this past Memorial Day weekend. This place back in the day was the Country Inn for the long term Harwich folks. I wanted to try this place since I had been driving by a few times. The food was so delicious and we had Tapas style. They also have entrees as well. Everything we got was excellent. Avocado tempura with fresh ahi tuna inside and two sauces on each side Lobster crostini and a beautiful salad. Bread comes to your table warm and wonderful. We each got a drink and the martini glasses were large and the drinks were well made. I would go back for the soft music and super food.
We just returned from my first visit at Mooncussers Tavern. New co-owner, Damien Wiseman, did a terrific job in guiding us through the food and beverage menu. My pomegranate clementine martini was not too sweet and very tasty. The duck infused burger was also a special treat. The tapas menu and the small (but growing) entree menu provided original, a good variety and filling food. The atmosphere was outstanding with wide-board pine floors, warmly painted interior and windows overlooking tasteful landscaping. The service could not be better.
This new tavern/restaurant has been been open for about 3 months and deserves to be tried, enjoyed and visited again and again. It is open year around and a terrific addition to dining on Cape Cod. As local business owners and year around residents, we are delighted to have such a great new option for a dining experience.
Go and enjoy this establishment. They also plan to offer rooms in the future. In the meantime, have fun in the warm and friendly atmosphere of Mooncussers Tavern. It is sure to become a favorite of many.
We arrived at our hotel late on a Friday night during the off-season (early October). The options for food at that hour were limited, but fortunately I found Mooncussers! The tapas menu offers a bunch of great items that match up nicely with their selection of beers, wines and cocktails. I had a Geary’s IPA to go along with the Duck Infused Slider and an order of Rosemary Béarnaise Fries. The fries were awesome – the sauce was light and delicate, and perfectly complimented the texture of the potatoes. The slider was good, too. The wife had a glass of wine along with the Grilled Artichoke with Hollandaise sauce – perfectly prepared, succulent and tender. The atmosphere in the dining area was perfect…low-key, with a TV or two showing sports behind the bar, a few locals mixing it up over beers, and several groups savoring the wonderful food and drink. I will definitely hit up Mooncussers again when we return to the Cape!
Perfect way to end the workweek–tapas and libation. Really nice bar where we nabbed the two open seats. I ordered a ginger lemon drop martini and hubby had a Allagash White on draught. YUM! Our barkeeper was spot on with just the right amount of attention. We did two courses of tapas. Starting with the cheese plate and the stuffed calamari. Great textures and flavors! Second course was Gambas al Ajillo and rosemary béarnaise fries. The shrimp were large and cooked perfectly. The fries were addictive. We will definitely sneak back again when our son is otherwise engaged.
Someone recommended this place to us and we have already been here twice during our vacation. The Mushrooms and the lobster roll with rosemary fries were delicious and our son loved their burgers. He said it is the best burger he has ever had.
Chef’s Secrets: Mooncussers Tavern opens in Harwich
By Stephanie Foster
Most recently, it was Circadia, an upscale restaurant at 86 Sisson Road in Harwich Port, but old timers remember it as The Country Inn. Now, thanks to Patrick Wiseman, a 38-year veteran of the hospitality business, and his son, Damien, the revitalized property has a friendly, neighborhood ambience again.
Mooncussers Tavern has been refurbished from top to bottom and sparkles. Chef Shawn Custer spent weeks scrubbing the kitchen until it met his standards from his days at Wequassett. Bar manager Damien refinished the beautiful wide-board floors (circa 1830), added French doors that may one day lead to outdoor dining on a stone patio. He redid the U-shaped bar and added new lighting and a new bay window making it a simple, pleasant place to be, uncluttered and refreshing.
The effect is clean and light, which is exactly how Chef Custer describes the food. Tables sport white tablecloths protected with glass and candles. The gold walls and wood beams add coziness and warmth. The many fireplaces will add the real thing come winter, as the tavern will be open all year.
The tavern seats 47 and another nine at the bar. Other areas of the inn can be opened as needed or for private functions. With an entertainment license and separate raw bar, ($1.50 to $1.75 per item) the place will be hopping.
The menu offers tapas, or Spanish appetizers meant to be shared as well as an eclectic mix of dishes including seasonal specials. Prices run from $8 for pan- seared scallops served with paprika-apple butter to the Seafarer’s lobster roll for $14. (The Chatham Seafarer is run by the same family.) Wine is offered from $6.50 to $10 per glass, craft beer is on draught and there is a martini menu.
Meet Chef Shawn Custer
How did you become a chef?
I washed dishes in a restaurant when I was 15. After I graduated from high school, I went to an apprenticeship program in the culinary school at Colorado Mountain College.
What do you like about being a chef?
I love to eat. I grew up in the kitchen in a ranch/farm community. I watched my mother and grandparents cook. We had family dinners and great food. The vegetables came out of my grandparents’ garden. They were great cooks and got me into it. Cooking is about enjoying good food.
How did you end up on the Cape?
I’m from Colorado. I heard about an interview at 28 Atlantic with Bill Brodsky. It was the job opportunity on the other side of the world that drew me here. Later, I heard about the position here from the sous chef at 28 Atlantic.
How would you describe the menu?
It’s simple but has sophisticated flavors with a Spanish and French influence. We lean toward tapas. It’s almost like a tasting. You order several small plates and share. We have a good mix of lighter dishes like shrimp, sauteed al ajillo ($8) and oven-roasted mushrooms ($5) and grilled artichoke ($7).
Everything is home made: sauces, salad dressing, marinades. The seafood is local. Only the bread is out sourced. We’re open for dinner now and hope to be open for breakfast soon.
What’s the most popular item?
The duck-infused burger ($15) It’s the best burger on Cape Cod. It’s a way to get more flavor and it’s incredibly juicy. We serve it with fresh aioli mayonnaise spread on an onion roll with tomato, lettuce, red onion and topped with a fried egg. You have a choice of three kinds of hand cut fries. Bernaise, sea salt, or white truffle parmesan fries.
What ingredient couldn’t you cook without?
Fat of any kind. Butter, olive oil, duck fat. If it’s used right it really sets off a dish. For example pan seared scallops. I throw in a dab of butter and spring of thyme at the end and it makes them delicious, much better.
What’s your favorite food?
Beef. A nice perfectly cooked piece of meat is my favorite food. My stepfather owns a free-range cattle ranch. I get the best meat when I go back home. My personal favorite in the restaurant is the beef carpaccio ($9). I marinate the beef tenderloin then cook it with clarified butter to caramelize it. When it’s cool, I freeze it. Then, shave it to order. It’s served on a fresh baguette with shaved parmesan and confit garlic aioli.
Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Blackfish in Truro. The first time I ate there the food blew me away. I had the best grits I’ve ever eaten in my life and pork belly. I was sold. Grits are very popular now.
If you go:
Mooncussers Tavern, at the Harwich Port Seafarer, 86 Sisson Road is open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Closed Tuesdays in the Fall. Kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Telephone 508-430-1230.
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