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Atasca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atasca.com
  • Phone: (617) 621-6991
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Portuguese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Joseph A. Cerqueira
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Portland Street
  • Public Transit: Kendall Square/MIT Station on Red Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Meters until 6:00pm, Kendall Square Parking Garage
A word from Atasca
A Portuguese word for tavern; Atasca is a visit into beautiful Portugal. This popular Kendall Square location serves simple, yet traditional lunches and authentic yet, modern dinners. The inclusive Portuguese dinner and wine menus allow for customers to experience a complete Portuguese meal. Portuguese Pottery, fresh flowers, and rustic walls filled with Portuguese plates are all part of the romantic atmosphere at Atasca. You can enjoy intimate meals with a group of friends or family and even with that special person. There is something for everyone at Atasca from cozy dinners in a warm corner to a light lunch in our summer esplanade. Atasca is the perfect place to indulge in tasty food, spectacular wines and pleasant service.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Atasca remains one of the best and most authentic Portuguese restaurants in the Boston/Cambridge area. Especially noteworthy are the various fish and seafood dishes and the Portuguese wines are a treat, especially since they are reasonably priced and not well known in the US."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went to Portugal recently and enjoyed the food so much we have been craving it for weeks. We decided to try Atasca and I have to say they are the best of all Portuguese restaurants in Boston. You have to try it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been here several times and have always enjoyed their seafood. But I had their duck special this time and loved it. The seafood was excellent as always. Be back soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food well prepared with good variety. Prices were not cheap but reasonable. Wines prices were fairly high - out of line with food prices. Otherwise a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Recommend the following: sauteed squid, octopus salad for starters, grilled shrimp for entree and coconut cake for desert."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "we enjoyed everything about this restaurant, it is especially good for fish lovers. We also had a fun waiter."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good food, mediore service. I would try it again in all fairness."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My friends and I met here after work. The weather was beautiful, so we were able to sit outdoors. The menu was interesting, being Portuguese, and had something to suit each of us. The only negative was that the service was slow, despite the place not being terribly crowded. Would recommend it and come here again."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "always good great fantastic waiter. Atasca is our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been to Atasca about a dozen times. I am not Portuguese, but what I have figured out is that it is a very authentic Portuguese restaurant frequented by Portuguese people. They have a number of salt cod dishes which I happen to love growing up with Italians who also use salt cod. I have tried many of the dishes and all have been wonderful. Service can be a little less formal with some of the waiters not speaking perfect English. The prices are reasonable. I would attribute the lower ratings to those who come expecting their idea of an American gourmet restaurant and perhaps being disappointed in that they are not accustomed to Portuguese food and the informal style. I think the place is wonderful in every respect. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "we took our admins to lunch. this was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised with the food and service which were both beyond expectations.i recommend Atasca!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Enjoyable experience for all concerned. Staff was attentive and the food was delicious. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We found the food to be very good (try the shrimp and feta appetizer - yum!) and the staff to be very helpful. We could've used more water throughout dinner, but that would be my only complaint."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was not that tasty as I had anticipated. The restaurant ornaments were very nice, perfect for a romantic dinner!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Everything about dinner was fantastic. Our waiter was fine and attentive, he explained some dishes for us and was dead on with his recommendations. I got a special, a meal with 4 (count 'em, 4) meats. Every bite was amazing. My 3 friends were equally please with their meals. The hostess also came by to check on us mid-meal. I would go back here anytime."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "There are lots of restaurants in the area, and Atasca is better than many of them. Having been fortunate to have been to Portugal, I thought that both the room and the food were authentic. Beyond that, the food was tasty and the prices were reasonable. Having seen an Indian movie before dinner made it quite a multicultural evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend took me out for dinner to this amazzzzzing restaurant. The staff is really friendly and attentive. Food was flavorful and cooked well. The drinks were also delish. The ambiance had a romantic yet homey feel. The seafood was by far my fav...everything from the shrimp , the crab cakes, mussels, best clams ive ever had and the lamb shank is TO DIE FOR! Definitely will be back time and time again!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Brilliant restaurant, excellent food, charming staff. A perfect night out. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was great and I enjoyed the strawberry capirinha. We'll return, for sure!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I felt that this restaurant was like eating in Portugal. The shrimp dish that I ordered was amazing! our waiter was very friendly, and made our dining experience enjoyable. I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "For the price, the food was average. Their signature dish, Arroz Valenciana, was very bland and overall disappointing. The best dish was sautéed squid with polenta croutons. The seafood was fresh so the meal was fine, but not notable. I would not likely return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My wife and I were planning to be in Kendall Square for date night on a Friday. I made a reservation for Atasca, as it was one of the better-looking restaurants with a reservation available on short notice. The restaurant feels like the kind of place you might take someone on a first date: warmly decorated, but not too stuffy or fancy. Service was pleasant, if a little slow. The menu has a lot of choices for meat and seafood eaters; vegetarians might have a tough time. We enjoyed everything we ordered, from drinks through dessert. With its location just a couple blocks from the Kendall Square theater, we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "There are some outstanding aspects to Atasca and we will definitely go back. For appetizers, the grilled sardines my wife had were fabulous and I am generally not a grilled Sardine fan. On the other hand, my sautéed squid appetizer was just ok - nothing bad, but nothing memorable- although the fried polenta croutons were fabulous. The dish as a whole could have used a little more garlic and a little more lemon juice. For mains, my grilled Bacalhau was the best salt cod dish I have ever had. They soak the salt cod in water for 3 days and then grill it to perfection. The cod had a softness and chewiness simultaneously. I was delighted. My wife's broiled jumbo shrimp in a light spicy tomato sauce could have been spiced a little more."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My group loved the variety of appetizers that were available. We ordered about 5 and they were all delicious. Our server Nicole was excellent. Not over bearing and at the same time very attentive. The entrees were very good. The only complaint was that I asked for my tuna steak to be medium well and it was prepared well. Not how I like my tuna stake. The staff was professional, calling to confirm reservation and party size. I would dine here and try something else."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food and service was superb we all had different seafood dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals. The crab, cod and veal cakes were outstanding appetizers, great coffee and aperitif list, very enjoyable evening with clients that were Portuguese."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "They do a nice job introducing you to Portuguese food."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The service was excellent until it got mildly busy, then we had to flag down our waiter several times. The menu looked really exciting and interesting, but the food was quite bland."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It's not my first time here and my experience has always been good. This time I was also surprised with the "special of the day". Prices are reasonable for the quantity and quality. I highly recommend it, especially if you like Mediterranean (portuguese in this case) taste."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Tried this place after movies with friends at the nearby Kendall Cinema...never really had Portuguese before so that was cool, we like trying different ethnic food. The food was generally pretty good (but dishes took quite some time to come out of the kitchen and it wasn't that crowded). Word of warning though - be careful if you've never tried salted cod (featured heavily on the menu). The waitress did tell me it's an acquired taste so I do not fault her one bit...and I'm glad I tried it...but it is far from my favorite, so I don't think i'll need to eat it again. :("
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "fantastic food, carefully authentically cooked. The fish stews and superb. Just a great place for an unusual meal that will transport you to sunny Portugal."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This place is great for groups - have been a couple times and has been great every time. Had the pork tenderloin which was a tad dry but over all really good."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This is the place to go to enjoy a wide variety of small plates, with an emphasis on seafood. I recommend the cold octopus salad and anything with squid. Wonderful steamed mussels. We broke away from seafood to have the braised beef short ribs entree which was great. Wash everything down with an excellent and inexpensive vino verde. Service was friendly and helpful. The small plates are generously sized and a good value. It was a fun and entertaining meal."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This year I was in charge of planning the holiday lunch for my department. I wanted to do something that would be fun, a little bit different from the ho-hum usual, delicious and festive - all whilefitting into our budget. Atasca delivered! The food was terrific, the atmosphere was festive, and the serviceice was excellent."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Would definitely recommend this for Portuguese food in the area. Good traditional fare, reasonable price, nice setting. Would go back, can't think of a restaurant in the area with as strong a showing for Portuguese/Azorean cuisine. Nice job!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "First time here and I'll be back! The food was creative and varied. The wait staff helpful and worked together well. Overall a very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The feel of the restaurant was welcoming and the atmosphere at once alive and cozy. The food seemed to be cooked fresh and the Portugese wines we tried were good; my husband was less thrilled by the Portugese beer. It would be a an easy and reliable choice for dinner out with friends or dates; and although it was too cold to sit outside, the outdoor seating looked nice so we will keep it in mind for the summer."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Really enjoyed our evening here. The host John was really friendly without being overbearing. Food was good with a nice selection od portuguese food which is a nice change from italian! A pleasant change to be able to eat fish as it should be (grilled whole) rather than the unnatural fillet. TherThe rice pudding was a little too sweet for me but the chocolate dessert my friends had was very good."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We sat outside despite it being a bit chilly, it was quite nice! Even though you are right next to a busy street, you feel very secluded in their beautiful patio dining. The food and service were both fantastic! Prices were extremely reasonable."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Was a little worried when we walked in and found the place practically empty, but Atasca was actually really great. We took my cousin here while he was in town. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and it was nice and quiet since there weren't a lot of people. Most of our group had a special stuffed chicken. It was tasty (especially the fries), though one of them was a little drier than we'd prefer. Overall, I'd definitely go back. Portions were large enough to have lunch the next day, but I didn't have enough restraint and ate the whole thing anyways,"
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "We had group of 7 this weekend at Atasca and had a great time. Super warm and friendly atmosphere - very personable and family feel from the wait-staff and owner/manager(?). Appetizers were great - try the Paté and anything with the portuguese cheeses! We all had something different for our entree and everything came out great. Good mixed-drink selection too with some creative and delicious drinks, good authentic portuguese wine and beer lists too (the beer list is small though). Overall really liked this place and will go back next time I'm in Cambridge."
    Dined on 9/20/2013