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Kika Tapas
Kika Tapas

Kika Tapas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kikatapas.com
  • Phone: (617) 245-6030
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Michael Brunson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 350 Third Street
  • Public Transit: Red Line - Kendall
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Located in the Watermark Building on Third Street. Entrance to Kika on Broad Canal Way. Validated parking at Kendall Square South Garage (entrance on Kendall Street) after 4pm. Metered parking available until 6pm.
A word from Kika Tapas
The owners of Tapeo & Solea bring a modern Spanish tapas restaurant to Kendall Square. Named and inspired after Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's hit movie, Kika, the bright interior and retro design offer a unique and eccentric way of dining on tapas and sipping on homemade sangria in a glowing environment. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious options for dinner and drinks. Great service!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant and nice find in east Cambridge. Mostly groups and young couples when we ate there on a nice breezy summer evening. We had a babysitter with our kids but there was one brave couple there with a toddler who seemed to do ok. Great sangria. Nice dessert. Tapas menu very good-to-excellent."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "On a Saturday night, Kika Tapas is not lively, because of its location in Kendall Square. Don't be deterred - the food is excellent and the staff is attentive and helpful. With a party of four, we tried several dishes and were delighted with every one of them. The room is beautiful, and very comfortable and immaculately clean. Also the wine list offers excellent options. I suspect that weekdays are lively (if not, they should be, because the food is great!), and this restaurant deserves a loyal, full-time following. We'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Consistently tasty tapas, good variety. Ceviche and lamb meatballs were 2 dishes that were especially good"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Not my first time dining at Kikas but certainly the worst time dining there. Perhaps it was an inexperienced cook due to Memorial day weekend but whatever it was it was not good. Crab/avocado appetizer was particularly bad and had to be sent back. The normally reliable braised short rib was tough and dry, not at all what I have come to expect. Lobster ravioli was tasty but luke warm when it go to us, which is hard to do since the restaurant was empty. At least the sangria was good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is one of many new places in Kendall Square. There are a lot of tables outside, and a large handsome interior with a substantial bar. Everyone was warm and welcoming. Fun, different menu of Spanish tapas and a good wine list. The 4 items we tried were yummy - Brazilian cheese bread, eggplant, bacon wrapped prunes stuffed with goat cheese, applewood sausage with foi gras. Portions are not large, good for each person to get a taste. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food, very friendly waitress, warm ambience...... how can one go wrong. EVERY single dish we ordered (meatballs in sauce, braised artichokes, garlic shrimp.... and, and, and...) was a winner. Plan to go back again. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Not much to add - just all around excellent food - ingredients seems very fresh and preparation/presentation was outstanding. Great stuff. Our second visit and it didn't disappoint."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Kika, along with Solea, are our favorite Tapas places in Boston. Terrific selection and good value for the price. Avery nice balance between seafood, meat and vegeterian plates. The Palella is outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great dinner with friends on a friday night! Food and service was excellent. Menu has variety and interesting choices. Easily accessible-parking close by."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A group of us went here Friday night hoping for some good, authentic spanish tapas. We had one good dish: the short ribs. Although we ordered two of them and they had slightly different tasting sauces on each. The garlic shrimp were bland, the cauliflower fritters were gummy and seemed undercooked. We had to send the chicken dish back because it was so tough we could barely cut into it. The desserts were good: crepe & churros. I probably wouldn't come back here."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were there on a Saturday night around 6 and the place was empty. I don't know if people don't really know about it or if it just isn't popular? The restaurant is beautiful and the service was good, but the food wasn't really too exciting. We found a few of the dishes to be a little bland. If I were to go back for something it would be for the salmon with spinach. The salmon was cooked perfectly. I think this could be a great bar spot because it is just so beautiful inside. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "So hoping this would be charming, but it was far from it. Meat in a bowl of sauce that sloshed about when cut was what one guest had to endure. Most of the guests finished their meals before the final guest even received theirs. Servers were not listening to guests requests and the wait was way to long. May have needed"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Very disappointed. Went to sister restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston in February and had a great meal with good service and great ambience. The food was okay but portions were smaller than in Boston and not as good. The mojito tasted like a cheap margarita mix with two mint leaves. There is no ambience and the service was horrible. Waiter never aplogized for the drink and never asked how our food was or if my wife wanted another dirnk. The palce was empty on a Saturday night and yet the waiter was not attentive at all."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was first time there so cannot tell if my experience is typical. We arrived early for lunch, The service was great and noise level very low - seemed to be only about half full, so might be noisier at other times. The first course was a goat cheese with tomato sauce spread on bread - which was great. But the main course which was a Spanish salad with tuna fish, boiled eggs, etc. - was disappointing. Either there was no sauce or it was without much taste."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The service was good -- the food was FABULOUS. Dinner was a little expensive (about $55 each, no alcohol, included dessert, tax, and tip), but it was an outstanding dining experience. The crab and avocado (Palta Reina) was a great combination of tastes and textures. If you eat shrimp, do not miss the sauteed shrimp, asparagus, whipped eggs, fried bread (Revuelto). The chicken empañada was very tasty. The grilled chicken breast (Pechuga) was also quite good, though the sauce was the best part. This restaurant isn't anywhere near places I usually go, but I will go out of my way to return. It was almost empty on a Monday night. I hope it gets busier -- it would be a shame if it had to close for lack of diners."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "It's good time to taste different restaurant and we had good exprienecs"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I love tapas and dig the culture of Spain. When I heard there was a tasty tapas place in town I was excited. Unfortunately the experience was similar to seeing a movie that others have hyped a lot -- a let down. I went during restaurant week, which I'm impacts the restaurant in terms of volume, level of service, etc. However, my issue wasn't with the wait staff; while they were a bit slow on the draw with the ordering that wasn't too big a deal since we weren't in a rush. The issue was with the ambiance and the menu. The food was bland (I love garlic shrimp and am disappointed when this staple doesn't work) and they had odd twists (Mambo Cab instead of Mambo Taxi -- ok, a nitpick but still). It wasn't bad, but should have been great."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Restaurant Week deal was not a discount from regular prices for the items we could pick; very expensive."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Kikas Tapas has outstanding tapas. My husband is Spanish and said it was the most authentic dishes he'd had outside of Spain. You can't get higher praise! We ate the grilled shrimp in garlic, mixed olives, fried calamari, grilled artichokes, and mixed wild mushrooms. You get complimentary bread to compliment all of the dishes and they will offer you a second serving of it. For desserts, we had the chocolate tarte & tres leche which were divine. The service was attentive, but never intrusive. She happily explained any of the dishes when we had questions. She was very knowledgeable about the wine list, too. The design of the restaurant is funky, yet cosy and inviting. We'll definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We booked Kika for a Saturday evening looking forward to a nice Tapas dinner. We were surprised to find the dining room fairly empty on a Saturday at 7:30, but it was restaurant week in Boston, and perhaps the competition was stiff. Overall we found all of the food served to us (we ordered off the restaurant week, prix fixe menu) to be good, tasty and served in generous portions. Not the best Tapas ever, but good. Food came from the kitchen very quickly, almost too quickly, and we had to ask our waiter to slow us down. We did have a few service issues with our waiter, he asked us if we wanted to order food before asking us for a drink order, and then later forgot to bring my Sangria. Kika is worth a try."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went because of restaurant week, but it seemed like it would be a better deal to simply order off the menu. Favorite dishes were the sautéed spinach with pine nuts and raisins, sautéed mushrooms, and the salmon."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food, service and ambience were terrific.... What more can you ask for? Very reasonable prices and an eclectic variety of Spanish foods."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "It was nearly empty on a Monday night, so service was quick and it was very quiet."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We are tapas lovers and frequently visit restaurants which offer them. Kika Tapas had a wonderful selection beyond the basics. I absolutely loved the artichoke mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta and the lamb meatballs. Everything else was delicious too. The atmosphere was elegant and modern which is a rarity in tapas places and the music wasn't too loud."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The service was amazing and so was the food. I highly recommend the paella."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Came for an early dinner before a show in Boston, our first visit. Went with the tapas and were not disappointed. Papas Bravas very tasty but not too thickly sauced. The avocado/crab/mango timbale was light but refreshing and flavorful. Also got the chicken croquettas, shrimp in olive oil and sauteed spinach with pine nuts and raisins, which was delicious. The restaurant was very quiet, mainly because it was very early for dinner and a really cold, Monday night. All in all, based on this experience we highly recommend this place. Also, service with a smile. Salud !"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food was ok. The server was less than nice, and slow. She forgot to put our apps in and then seemed upset with us for canceling them upon the arrival of our dinner. Drinks were good. Small wine list. I've been to the other locations owned by the same owner. Much better than this establishment. Paella was good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was good, service was a little slow but better than being rushed. Went early Saturday night and sat right down with only a few other tables filled. Picked up just before we left."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very good food and I would definitely go ahead. Big fan of the artichokes, croquettes and the lamb meatballs. The grilled ship and roja was straight forward and not something you would be wowed at. The short ribs was much tougher than I assumed it would be. It had a good flavor but all of short ribs I've had just fall apart and this wasn't that. The bar was completely empty on Saturday night but I could imagine it would be a fun place to go when it gets more crowd. The El Matador drink was amazing - just enough kick but not overpowering. All the staff were great."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My bf & I, just had some of the best tapas ever. The restaurant is nicely decorated and spacious. The staff are welcoming and courteous and very helpful. The food is excellent and full of flavor. There's a parking garage next door and with validation it is very cheap and convenient. We will absolutely be back here again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a great evening of catching up with a friend and we enjoyed sharing multiple tasty tapas. Standouts were the rolled eggplant, baked goat cheese in tomato sauce, shrimp and garlic, duck and cherry sauce. Tasty wines too. Will come back for sure."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The decor and atmosphere of Kikas was very good and stylish. The food tasted good, it wasn't the best food I've ever had but it was good. The lamb meatballs were delicious and I would recommend them. The sangria was also delicious. I would go back again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We were a big group on New Years Eve and Kika was perfect. Each dish that we ordered was delicious and so were the drinks! Perfect choice for us."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A few friends and I went for lunch on a Friday before the holidays. We got there a bit before noon as they were just opening up, and good thing because 1/2 hour later all the tables appeared full. We had a variety of tapas, really liking the short ribs, the bunuelos and a shrimp, egg and asparagus item. The sangria is very good also. The service was a little slow and the waitress seemed impatient with us when we were taking a minute to order another round of tapas. Perhaps they were short-staffed ..... Good food and a fun vibe - definitely check it out."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Food and service was great. The restaurant is nicely done and ambiance was good. I would go to the restaurant again."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We chose Kika based on other reviews from open table. The ambience is a bit different but everything we ordered was quite tasty and the service was friendly and efficient. Definitely recommend the cauliflower fritters"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I had never heard of this place, found it online and we tried it on a whim as it was near the movie theater. Although this is mainly a tapas place, my husband and I shared the paella. I can't say enough good things about this dish. They offer it in 2 sizes for sharing, in three varieties, and it is chock full of whatever you choose. We had the Valenciana - sausage and seafood - and it was outstanding. I'm still thinking about the flavors. The sangria was also quite good. We will go back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It was not even a third full but request for bread never came, gambas al ajillo were tiny and the food generally wasn't vibrant and fresh tasting. Happy that my allergies are cheerfully accommodated."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "This is a lovely place. As soon as you walk in you feel , yes, as if you could be in Spain. It's red and boisterous, sensual and the waitresses wear skimpy tight outfits. The food is not bad either but the place is totally disorganized. Soup arrived 30 minutes late. Half the soup in the bowl was cold; the other hot. We sent it back."It's gonna take a while," the waitress said, somewhat perturbed. When it did return to the table 15 minutes later she tossed it in front of us. I have no idea if I received the bowl I had already eaten out of or the bowl of the man across the table who had a cold. When the check did arrive, we were charged for desserts that we never ordered, ate or saw."
    Dined on 11/23/2013