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Atasca

4.1
330 reviews
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$30 and under
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Portuguese
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

Atasca is a Portuguese restaurant that also does take-out orders. The quiet and comfortable atmosphere makes it a perfect place for a date night. For warmer nights, there is an outdoor patio that is available for both drinking and dining. A full bar is accessible to make sure that you have your favorite drink or to try something new. Atasca offers salt cod with fried potatoes,bacalhau lagareiho and cataplana. Broiled salmon, crepes and camarao com queijo de cabra are also on the menu. Atasca serves many desserts, including Pasteis de Nada and Bolo de Chocolate served with raspberry sauce. Whether you are a couple or in a group, you are sure to find something for everyone. You can make reservations to ensure a seat upon arrival but walk-ins are also welcome.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Phone number
(617) 621-6991
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph A. Cerqueira
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Portland Street
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Parking details
Parking Meters until 6:00pm, Kendall Square Parking Garage
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Public transit
Kendall Square/MIT Station on Red Line
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AvidRita (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

The Portuguese menu items are quite delicious -- especially enjoyed Cataplana and the Bachalau (dried cod, but prepared to be very moist and richly flavorful). Great appetizers as well, especially the shrimp/goat cheese item. The room has a Mediterranean feel, well appointed and comfortable without pretension. It's the sort of place where you can hear each other talk in conversation, with a gentle hum of diners in the room. Service was very attentive and ready to attend to any need. Wine list was good enough, if not remarkable. Parking may be challenging at times, so plan ahead. Occasional celebrity spotting.

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gtcarter (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

Food was OK, expected a bit more flavor and spice. Service polite and friendly. Place was very quiet the night we dined there.

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vipMikeE (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2015

Great for a business lunch

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vipBford (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

Excellent family-run Portuguese, best of Cambridge and very good in Portugal too! Specializes in sea food. Atmospheric, in spite of office-building location. Right near Kendall theaters. Great prices for quality ingredients and preparation.

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vipKingodisco (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2015

I had lunch here with my boss. The atmosphere is quite charming, quiet and authentic. Food was great. Will try fish next time.

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vipFabulous (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

We've been to Atasca before and it's never a disappointment. We had a new waiter this time who handled our large party capably and answered all of our questions thoroughly. Portuguese food is not typically vegetarian friendly but Atasca makes a lovely vegan friendly grilled and sauteed vegetable and rice dish that is outstanding meaning that this vegetarian can eat there happily with her Portuguese in-laws whenever they visit. It's also a great place for a relaxed meal. They never hurry you out the door. It's an almost European feeling and it's nice.

The decor is lovely, the staff always helpful, and the food is top notch. Our favorite Portuguese place in Cambridge.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2015

If you've never tried Portuguese food before, you are missing out! You cannot go wrong with ANY of the appetizers, especially the shrimp with the spicy sauce and the octopus. The steak alfacinha is a classic as well as the bacalhau com natas! Love this place!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

An excellent dining experience in all aspects service food management everybody was more than accommodating

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Francine (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

we enjoyed as much the food as we did like the service.
we recommend it !

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vipPinzimonio (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

what a really terrible decision to renovate the patio. The old patio was by far the best patio in the whole Boston area... I felt like in a piazza in Europe with grapes and a fountain and privacy and everything you need to a relaxing dinner. And now I feel like I am in the middle of a street with cars and lots of noise coming through from the AC units on top of the buildings across. I used to come all the time all summer long for that old patio. Never again unfortunately with the new patio... all the ambiance is gone...

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Gowiththeflow (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

Comfortable and friendly, not expensive, nice meal before or after a movie at the Kendall. Service is friendly but no one ever seems to be in the dining room which can certainly be problematic if you would like another glass of wine or spill a glass as happened at our table and no one on the staff noticed as we spent several minutes cleaning it up.
(And they were practically empty.) The food is about what you would expect at this price. Solid, almost interesting. This is a go to place for me... I wish their act was a bit more together.

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viprarachan (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

My first visit to a Portuguese restaurant and I loved it. My bf greatly enjoyed his seafood and my chicken was delicious. The staff was very friendly and provided excellent service. This place is a must try!

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vipFoodExtraordinaire (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

Very good food & drink offerings....very authentic.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 3, 2015

The menu read as if the dishes were going to be great, traditionally prepared Portuguese gems. Not! The bread was shameful. They obviously took short-cuts in the prep of the Paella. The clams in green sauce were a bit rubbery. Server was way too talkative in the beginning..and then kind of forgot about us. All-around Bummer.

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JohnHarvard (New England)
2.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

I've eaten there many times and generally like it. But this last time, Saturday, we ordered seafood stew that was completely mundane and disappointing. Filled with calamari and a red sauce that could have come from a can. Not sure I'll ever go back.

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vipCaviar (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

Good service, nice spot, my girlfriends fish was overdone - mine was better but not awesome - just good. Good wine values.

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vipdmiller204 (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

Nicely located in Kendall Sq. We sat outdoors in the very nice patio separated from street by fence and grape vine. We were however advised this is all to be ripped out next week. Do not know what will replace it... Food was very well prepared and tasty and I assume a fair representation of Portuguese dishes. All in our party were satisfied. Service was ok and price per quality seemed reasonable

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vipGreatPortugese (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

We ate at Atasca with two other couples and it was terrific. It was a first time for everyone in the party and we all left feeling really good about the experience and looking forward to returning. The grilled sardines were terrific. Our friends had the crabcakes (said they were ok - could use more crab) and the grilled veggies were yummy. My husband and I each ordered the CALDEIRADA DE PEIXE - a variety of fresh seasonal fish (salmon along with a white flaky fish) with roasted tomatoes, onions, white wine, herbs and potatoes. It was delicious - not heavy, generous portion and very tasty. Our friends had the BACALHAU DE CEBOLADA - dry salt cod with caramelized onions and peppers, surrounded by Atasca fried potatoes (excellent). The service was terrific. The manager came over a few times to see how we were doing. We will definitely be going back! Also, the prices are very reasonable. Thanks!

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KaranW (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

We went to Atasca to relive the Portuguese vibe from our five year stay in the Azores Islands. We found the flavors of Atasca reminiscent of days gone by and the atmosphere very cultural s though in a Portuguese friend's home. The staff was warm and gracious, and treated us as though we were in their home. Maria and Olivia attended tour every need and given we were a party of 8, that was quite a feat.

Bravo Atasca, for your authenticity, your welcoming staff, and great food~

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toko (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2015

A true gem in Cambridge compared to other overrated restaurants. The best cod fish in town. I strongly recommend it. I will keep coming ...

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