Atasca
Atasca

Atasca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atasca.com/
  • Phone: 6176216991
  • 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
42 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (16)special occasion (13)romantic (12)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • WOW
    kentVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great place!
    NoelleVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    OTdiner
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portuguese Food for Cambridge
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    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!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here and I'll be
    DynahVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambience
    ginger
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice find
    drnick
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We sat outside despite it
    avi8ors
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was a little worried when
    W000
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    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,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Apps, Drinks, Food, Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    a reliably good restaurant in Kendall Square, near the theatre and a good neighborhood restaurant. While all the food was good, it doesn't compare with some of the other restaurants in the area, which are superb. However, I'd recommend the sardines which were totally tasty and though listed as an appetizer, hearty enough for a light main course.
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  • Wonderful dining experience
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Wonderful food and service in a cozy environment. My wife and I always eat here when we visit Boston. As a matter of fact , we enjoyed it so much we ate 3 meals in 3days!! Excellent Portuguese food. Big portions at very moderate prices. Great Portuguese wine list also very reasonably priced. Definitely a dining baragin in the Boston area. The staff is first rate, knowledge and very friendly. They made us feel like regulars. I can't say enough about Atasca. Don't pass up the Bacalhau ,and Rice with shellfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining!
    SenoraMVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    We love the pretty patio at Atasca. Our dinner was delicious, with leftovers to bring home. We're never disappointed there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    Rmv1
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The food was good. The service was fair. Parking was a problem.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Anna
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    They have the best service in Miami. Also, every dish I had was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I strongly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atasca Could Be More "Portuguese"
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Lunch at Atasca was tasty, in a pleasant ambiance, with a nice server. The outdoor area was charming though not usable due to rain. Our server got a rather weird reprimand from the owner or manager (?) which seemed to reflect an unfortunate tone, of trying to be "fancier" than necessary or desirable. This confirmed the impression (both of 2 times I've been to Atasca) that it's trying too hard to be "upscale" vs. "ethnic." The traditional Portuguese dishes (like pork and clams, which I had) aren't as authentic as I would hope.. too bland.The prices are high overall, considering. Many other Portuguese restaurants manage lower prices with ethnic flair (pottery, etc ) as well as heartier, more authentic and delicious food.
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  • Good Value
    Kingcole
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Solid traditional Portuguese food, with emphasis on fish and pork. If you like this kind of food, as I do its a fine place to go. Its also a very good value. (It is striking that Open Table does not list this as a basis for recommendation, but it is still important to a few people.) It also has a pleasant outdoor patio, but neither I nor anyone else wanted to sit outside in the recent heat wave.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome!
    ktclarkVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Atasca is always wonderful, the food deliciious and the service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portugal in Boston - heaven!
    Elizabeth2013
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Always a wonderful meal with excellent service at Atasca. The staff are fantastic, the ambience perfect. The food is exceptionally good and the wine list the most impressive choice of Portuguese wines I have discovered on the east coast. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, not as good as it
    Cambridge
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Overall, not as good as it used to be. The haddock, which was described as a special that evening, was overcooked. I would still recommend the restaurant, but with advice that they ask for details about how each dish is prepared.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Based on the other reviews, I was hoping for a nice meal, but it was so, so BAD. The bread was stale, the dressing on the salad was non-existent (did they put any dressing on?), and the main course was very bland. Our server never came to the table to ask how our food was. And to top it all off, we got a $30 parking ticket! It was an expensive night for a terrible meal.
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    notable wine list
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  • Sardine Heaven
    EJOGVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Never saw such big sardines ever - not even in Portugual - and they were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for Portuguese dishes
    robert
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Standard US dishes are OK. Portuguese cuisine is excellent. We'll go again, together or with friends. A real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atasca June 10th
    Johnb
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Very appropriate that I dined at Atasca on day reserved as Portugal's national holiday as I felt I was back in Portugal withthe authentic decor, spectacular presentation of the dishes, and the superbly tasty menu offerings! A must try for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atasca Review
    Dario
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    As a Portuguese who likes good food and is used to try different restaurants. I have to tell that this restaurant is really good. The food is such good as you can find in Portugal. And the Pastel de Nata which are really difficult to find so good as LIsbon were just amazing. They also have a considerable wine list with the most common Portuguese wines. Highly recommended. Best, Dario
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Woking in Technology square we have plenty of lunch options and I feel like Atasca is almost always forgotten. Smaller and tucked away from the heart of it all, it is definitely worth the extra 5 minute walk. Extremely fresh seafood everytime I eat there!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atasca is a hidden gem just
    Pammer
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Atasca is a hidden gem just outside of Kendall Square offering authentic Portuguese foods. You must try their fried potatoes - these wonders that at first glance you think are potato chips, but their robustness, crisp on the outside and yummy on the inside are a great accompaniment to meals. The traditional bachalau was perfect, just salty enough but not toooo salty. And the Bife Atasca com ovo a Cavalo served with those fried potatoes - hits the spot everytime. Definitely give Atasca a visit, you will not be disappointed with any menu choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Outting!
    Morisa
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    This is a hidden Gem! The food was great, the service was excellent and the environment was warm. We will go back and will refer our friends and family. Kind Regards, Morisa
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and nothing else
    RRJBVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The food was disappointing and lacking in flavor. The grilled whole shrimp in piri-piri sauce was tasty but the entrees were bland, lacking in seasoning and flavor. The pork in the paella was overdone and chewy and there was no sign of the linguica at all. The charcoal grilled dry salt cod was charred to the point of tasting burnt and had no seasoning at all. The service was the only redeeming quality of the place. The waiter was funny, patient and attentive. For the price, you expect a lot more!
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  • Especial
    Joseph
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Great place to Dining, I'm waiting for good weather so I can dining outside
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Portuguese restaurant
    bgourmandVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Atasca is a cute, friendly Portuguese spot decorated with lovely pottery and tiles, which I love. The food is not fancy, but pretty good for a reasonable price. We often see family groups in here, and always go here after a concert at the Dante Center across the street (I sing in a chorus there). The staff at Atasca is always welcoming and ready to explain about any Portuguese dishes or wine you may have a question about.
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  • We shared a wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    We shared a wonderful evening with friends at Atasca. The food was tasty, many dishes featured seafood and there were lots of interesting seafood and meat combinations that were new to some of us and fun to try. We had excellent service from a knowledgeable, professional, and personable server. Would absolutely return next time I visit the area.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great food served by friendly
    KJS82VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Great food served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our waitress made good food recommendations and when we had a question about the wine that she couldn't answer she sent the owner over who was very friendly and answered all of our questions and more. Will absolutely be back again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland, greasy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Food was really subpar. My fish was greasy and tasteless, not to mention, filled with bones. I found it quite disappointing given its decent rating. The service was good though.
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  • I don't know why this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    I don't know why this place remains undiscovered. It's right across the street from the noisy and crowded 1 Kendall Square, yet it's always relaxed and quiet, and it's easy to get a reservation. I have traveled to Portugal and I find Atasca very authentic. Amazingly attentive service, really excellent food, nice wine list. I often end up ordering a bunch of appetizers and sharing them - sort of a DIY tapas approach. I love Atasca and urge you to try it if you're in the mood for a quiet, relaxed lunch or dinner.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • A great evening
    DfromNewtonVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We chose this restaurant purely from the Open Table list of restaurants that had an opening for four the same day at a good time. Turned out really well. There was a large menu which could satisfy a picky eater in our foursome. The food was really excellent. Familiar ingredients with a different flavor. . The atmosphere was charming and felt very European. The waiter was very attentive. They were accommodating when we arrived late for our reservation due to a late arriving babysitter. We had empanadas, chicken skewers, a vegetable plate and a sardine plate for appetizers, all we're good. our friendsloved the seafood paella for two. MI loved my shrimp with broccoli Rabelais and Portuguese fried potatoes. Higly recommend
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • I have been to the Atasca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    I have been to the Atasca many times and this time I was very dissapointed.
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  • A little bit out of the way
    NoelleVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    A little bit out of the way when you are going via public transit, but well worth the trip. Great, great food and even better atmosphere. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant is a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    This restaurant is a gem! We made a wonderful dinner out of several appetizers and a bottle of vinho verde. We would definitely go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate