Atasca
Atasca

Atasca

  • 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.
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Atasca reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (18)romantic (17)fit for foodies (16)great for outdoor dining (14)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, great service, amazing food... Warm an inviting
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodvaluelover
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Water was attentive. Food was tasty, well presented, filling. My daughter and I split a fried kalamari appetizer served in a sauce with fried polenta--excellent. For the main dish I had the special, Portuguese stew made from boneless beef ribs. I'm a fan of beef ribs, and the meat was nicely flavored and tender and could have stood on its own, as could have the vegetable stew, but the two together were very good. $22. My daughter had a lamb shank roast that was also nicely cooked and tasty. $19. Really nice food at what for the area are very reasonable prices.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable, comforting -- and Very Good
    tchamp
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This review is based on many visits over several years: Like other Mediterranean cuisines, Portuguese food is accessible and homey. Family-owned, Atasca provides first-rate, authentic Portuguese dishes in a quiet, comfortable environment (with a lovely outdoor seating area for the summer months). The "Walter Sampler" and other seafood appetizers are outstanding (try the lulas a alho) ; the octopus salad is tender and succulent; the desserts are delectable and nicely portioned. (Pasteis de Nata is a personal favorite.) The list of Portuguese wines, while not extensive, is well-chosen to complement the menu (and not too pricey, which is a nice change in Cambridge). Always a good choice for an unhurried weekend meal with friends and family, Atasca is also a good spot for an efficient business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific menu & top-notch service
    DiningOut12VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We've been to Atasca a handful of times over the past couple of years. The food is always delicious, the service is attentive, and the ambiance is quiet for meetings or conversations. It is a wonderful place to bring family or professional colleagues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Paelha is a must!
    Susan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great service along with excellent traditional Portuguese cuisine. The paelha is worth the wait!
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening
    Mar64VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a great evening with six friends at Atasca. We have enjoyed their food for years since they started out in their smaller location. It's a pleasure to see the restaurant grow. The food is traditionally Portuguese. Lots of fish, great San Gria, interesting side dishes and all at reasonable prices. Sitting on the patio is a treat in warmer months. Service is slow but nibbles at the table kept us happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting to know portuguese cuisine
    MA390
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Atasca was the perfect place for a romantic dinner. As we went on a weeknight, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The service was superb, particularly when we were deciding on a wine to go with our food. The appetizers were great and I wish we had ordered more. The arroz de marisco was good. We will be going back soon for another night out.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Decent dinner spot
    IndigoAzul
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was great! Food started off good(small plates/appetizers). Main course was not as good as the starters. Salmon was over cooked, lamb was not consistant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good wouldn't say I NEED to go back
    Josey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The apps were really good (chicken shish kabob, shrimp casserole and the Crepes). But the paella was nothing phenomenal, if anything overlooked.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portuguese food.
    Scinrasile
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    You will expieriemce a little bit of Portugal. Great appetizers and Bacalhau.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly unusual, warm ambience
    outontown
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our office group including significant others enjoyed a lovely evening at Atasca. The food was fine and the drinks were voted delightfully different (using Portuguese ingredients) and reasonably priced. Various seafood dishes got thumbs up. The passion fruit mousse was also a big hit. We may easily make this an annual outing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Portuguese dining
    TOdine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Atasca offers a beautiful authentic portuguese dining experience. We were excited to try this place since we had future plans to visit Portugal so we wanted a place that offered an authentic experience. The outdoor patio is quiet, unexposed and relaxing which we really admired. The menu had many great options which made it difficult to decide on which dishes to get. We opted for 4 dishes among the both of us which was plenty of food. The food was delicious with lots of traditional flavors that pleased our palettes. One only thing we were slightly disappointed with was slow service and lack of water refills by the server. Atasca offers a relaxing and romantic evening for those interested in traditional Portuguese food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cultor
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cod fish (lagareiro and natas) were excellent, good wine and the service was perfect
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 239 reviews are from the Atasca reviews archive.
  • Used to be a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I used to live in Boston and LOVED Atasca! I went for the first time in 6 years and I won't be back. The service was SLOW and unprofessional. Even paying was challenging. We were initally charged nearly 250$ for our $209 bill. Even after fixing it, we were over-charged $8 which we deducted from the server's tip. The food was not good. Pork was VERY dry even though it was served in sauce. The apps came out slowly and at different times. Even the sangria which I used to RAVE about was lacking in fruit and too sweet.
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  • Long wait for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was very good & the staff were very personable but it was incredibly slow to get entrée. We ordered the special, which was halibut. It took 2 hours from the time we rec'd our appetizers until we got our entrees.
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  • Excellent Portuguese Bistro
    BainesVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A bit of Portugal in Boston
    melijerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    flevy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • Alway enjoy the food here
    DRRQVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Recommend the following: sauteed squid, octopus salad for starters, grilled shrimp for entree and coconut cake for desert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • most enjoyable
    hannahthedog
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    we enjoyed everything about this restaurant, it is especially good for fish lovers. We also had a fun waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BellyClam
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good food, mediore service. I would try it again in all fairness.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a get-together
    kennedycenterconcertgoer
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marciemVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    always good great fantastic waiter. Atasca is our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An enjoyable experieice every time
    frankc
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Atasca is very good
    johnrh1958
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Best Bet for Portuguese food
    BBC52
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Enjoyable experience for all concerned. Staff was attentive and the food was delicious.
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighborhood Find
    VAFamilyof5
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wizards night
    leegrid30
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was not that tasty as I had anticipated. The restaurant ornaments were very nice, perfect for a romantic dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Allissa
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to Kendall Square Cinema
    OmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing Staff,Service, and Food
    KlassyKlinks
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Portuguese heaven in Boston...
    ElizabethE
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Brilliant restaurant, excellent food, charming staff. A perfect night out. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice atmosphere
    Daniela
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was great and I enjoyed the strawberry capirinha. We'll return, for sure!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    Kimmyg
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine but not outstanding
    AldoEats
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
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  • Great find
    maxim0512
    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.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will definitely return
    BergyfanVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Portuguese ......
    Maria3
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.