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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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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
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jess (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

Food was of high quality, though a rather limited selection. I came for brunch and was surprised to be handed a menu that clearly said "Dinner Menu" on the top. I guess they serve dinner for every meal?

The ambiance had the feel of an insular neighborhood hangout. The waiters and staff hugged and laughed loudly with certain groups of patrons who were clearly frequent diners, while treating my party, who had never been there before, with a certain coldness, like we were outsiders. Kind of strange from the perspective of potentially winning over new loyal frequenters... maybe that's just part of the culture. In any case, good food experience, strange service experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

Our waiter, John, was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and very tasty.

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jzpopentable (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2016

Excellent service. Knowledge staff, great wines to pair with the wonderful examples of Portuguese cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Ordered the lunch special on the reccomendation of my friend. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Soup and fish with salad. Perfect amount of food for lunch. Great service too.

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viplahela (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

From the addictive fresh, hot potato chips to the bean salad and roasted (on the bone!) swordfish to the paella and flan it was a delicious dinner. The place was buzzing but the service never lagged or presented complications. All in all a great, fun evening.

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vipEliza (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

Atasca is tucked away on one of the more quiet corners of Kendall Square, within easy walking distance of the subway. There's plenty of parking nearby too.
On a weeknight, it was nice a quiet in there. I had reservations but they weren't necessary. Our waiter was very attentive, almost too attentive, but brought out our wine and food as soon as it was ready.
The wine list is very good and reasonably priced, especially for Boston. There is a good variety of Portuguese and South American wines with many options by the glass. The waiter's recommendations were spot on.
We had the crab cakes and bean salad as appetizers and both were excellent. For dinner, my friend ordered the Caladeirada de Peixe (seasonal fish with roasted tomatoes and veggies) which was very good. I tried the grilled salted cod and it wasn't my liking. There was way too much oil on the plate, enough to coat everything too generously. That was the only negative of meal, though.
Desert was good with a huge portion that was too much for two people. They have a small selection of port and brandy that made for an approachable after-dinner drink.
All in all it was a positive experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

It was ok for lunch but I would not host a dinner here

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

The food was amazing as it always have been. Visit last week for a 3 year anniversary with my lovely lady and we always have a great time. Joe, the owner is a great guy... our main waiter was a little bit in a rush but he settle down towards the end. The second waitress was very helpful when my lady spilled her wine. (+1 for the waitress).

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vipDave (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2016

We had reservations for 6 people. We arrived and our table was immediately available. The waiter was new, but was very attentive and passionate about the meals. We ordered a mixed appetizer and some mussels. They were both very tasty. 3 of us ordered the lobster special, which was outstanding. The other dinners had seafood, and were not disappointed. Every commented that they enjoyed their dinner. The cost with drinks, dessert and espresso was very reasonable. This is a great find that I will return to in the future.

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Anthony (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Went here for Valentine's Day and my GF and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The crab cake appetizer was delicious, and everything seemed very authentic Portuguese. I highly recommend the Capirinha to drink. Great ambience and perfect for a date. Service was excellent

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Superluminal (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

What a splendid place with attentive service. The menu is wide ranging and gives tremendous exposure to Portuguese food in Cambridge. Favorited: we will return.

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daveback (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Pork tenderloin with garlic&mustard sauce was outrageously decadent!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

Elegant surroundings and sound levels appropriate for dinner conversations.

Our party of three met for a business dinner. I picked Atasca over a nearby "vibrant" restaurant recommended by our host. Our waiter helped us manage the menu with excellent choices and wine pairings.

Two of us chose to create a meal with selections of starter dishes. My colleague chose to start with SARDINHAS GRELHADAS. He received a generous portion of large fish. They were characteristically flaky with a mild sardine flavor. Excellent preparation. I chose LULAS Á ALHO. I was delighted by both preparation and flavor.

Our companion chose PASTÉIS DE CARANGUEIJO and enthusiastically reported the crab cakes exceeded his expectation. He followed with PERNA DE CARNEIRO receiving a generous portion of lamb chops, perfectly prepared and balanced by side dishes. We both chose CAMARÁO COM QUEIJO DE CABRA, an outstanding dish balancing the flavors of shrimp and goat cheese baked in a casserole of tomatoes, herbs and jalopeno peppers.

We enjoyed our visit and were especially pleased with the wonderful attention and advise of our waiter/host.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2016

Atasca is a cozy and comfy little piece of Portuguese beauty located right in MA's Cambridge or "Little Portugal" as I like to call it. I decided to take my girlfriend there for our 3 year anniversary. Patrons will find the atmosphere quiet, warm, and welcoming upon entry. The staff is very friendly and enthusiastic about their food and spirits. Very appropriate for a classy and quiet dinner. As someone that is half-Portuguese and is familiar with the cuisine I think of seafood, red meat cooked with wine, good hot vegetables, and good wine. I was able to experience the first 3 only because I had Sagres, a Portuguese beer for my drink which was delicious. Our server was a quick and always on the move and did a fantastic job serving my girlfriend and I. For starters we had the SALADA DE POLVO (octopus salad) and the LULAS FRITAS COM PIMENTOS (fried squid with hot peppers). Both were utterly wonderful. I've had octopus a few times, but this was the best octopus I ever had. The fried squid was pretty simple, but delicious nonetheless. For the main course I had BIFE ATASCA COM OVO A CAVALO which is a steak with a fried egg on top. It came with thin sliced fried potatoes. It was a powerhouse of a dish. Hearty, filling, and utterly delicious. My girlfriend got their seafood special, an entire fish grilled. I had a bite and it was tender and flavorful. For dessert, I got the custard flan that was made with port wine and lemon. I don't remember exactly what my girlfriend got but rest assured it was delicious. The desserts were small sized, enjoyable, flavorful and did not overwhelm us. If you are in Cambridge or want a great taste of quality Portuguese cuisine, Atasca is a must.

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JJJJ (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

My husband and I have been to Atasca several times now, each time we've ordered something different. We will keep coming back - the menu is diverse and everything coming out of the kitchen has been a home-run for the foodies that we are. We've been there for both lunches and dinners.

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