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About 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.
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Portuguese
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday : 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:30pm - 11:00pm ,
350 Third Street
$31 to $50
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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.
Red Line - Kendall
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Kika Tapas Ratings and Reviews
I've gone to Kika several times for quick and tasty business lunches. This time, the whole restaurant smelled bad--like sulphur. I'm not sure if it was sewage or hard boiled eggs? I hoped for the latter as I chose to not relocate our quick business lunch. Our server didn't acknowledge a single one of us as we said hello and thank you for the waters. She barely found it possible to talk to us throughout the meal. I'm going to move on to a different go-to place for my business lunches.
Sadly the first 3 items I ordered from the menu were not available
The stuffed eggplant had an excessive amount of garlic and was served in a bland tomato sauce tasting as if poured from a store brought can. Similarly the batatas bravas were bland and dunked with hot sauce.
My wife and I had a nice meal. Sharing tapas was enjoyable. Patatas bravas, crabmeat timbale, eggplant dish and shrimp with garlic were tasty and filling. Service was good; portions were ample and the atmosphere was nice. A nice Spanish dining experience in Cambridge!
Staff was very welcoming and friendly. The menu was full of great options. Unfortunately they did not have one of the tapas that I wanted to try but overall the food was excellent. Great service. I recommend that you try one of their “Almodóvar inspired cocktails”. I hat the Patty Diffusa and it was excellent!
I’m hesitant to share my true feelings about this hidden gem for fear the next time I want to go I won’t be able to get a table, but others deserve to enjoy this fun, lively restaurant serving up authentic Spanish tapas (and doing it well), so I will risk it!
Really liked the duck with berry sauce and clams in white wine sauce. Shared 5 dishes amongst 2 adults and 2 little kids. Just the right amount, no leftovers! Can't wait to try the Paella next time, it takes 20-25 mins so we didn't want to wait with 2 hungry kids 😀.
While the food was truly excellent, I have never had such poor service. Not once did the waitress check in without one of our group members going to get her. In addition, we were seated in a mostly empty restaurant next to a larger group that was so loud that we couldn't even hear each other speak. The outside looked to be having fun, but on the inside, we did not.
I didn't even know that this area of restaurants with outdoor seating existed, except that I saw Kika named as a restaurant participating in Restaurant Week. We wanted to try something new for Restaurant Week and so selected Kika. I definitely recommend it and especially want to recommend all that great outdoor seating. That is rare in metro Boston.
Food was average and mediocre. I wouldn't say the food is bad, but there was nothing special about the tapas. I didn't realize that Tapeo in Back Bay was a sister restaurant and I remember the food AND service at Tapeo being better. The service at this place could be a little friendlier.
The tapas items we ordered were really excellent. We tried the following items: ceviche, the beet/garbanzo salad, patata bravas, the grilled artichokes, the mussels in broth, eggplant roll, and the brazilian cheese bread. The salad was exquisitely flavored, the mussels and the broth they were in were excellent, the eggplant roll was done perfectly so that the texture was maintained. The star of the collection was the artichoke dish with garlic and olive oil which was really outstanding. The brazilian cheese bread also was very good. The patata bravas was as good as I have had elsewhere. The only dish that disappointed some was the ceviche which was not quite distinctive in flavor and the mix of seafood in it somewhat meagre with shrimp being the dominant component, having little else and especially no scallops. The service was acceptable but given that it was somewhat empty at lunch time, we still had a tough time getting the attention of our waitress, suggesting that even for the somewhat lean period, they might have been understaffed, or less attentive. Go for the food which is very good, the prices are a little on the high side relative to competing tapas places in the Boston area and the service has room for improvement.
I chose Kika Tapas for a Sunday date because of the small plates, since my wife and I already had a big lunch earlier in the day.
The tapas were excellent. The sangria was perfect. I recommend the sauteed artichokes and the empanadas. We shared an excellent dulce de leche crepe with berries as dessert.
Maybe the price of the tapas should be adjusted a little because the final bill was a little higher than what I was expecting for small plates.
The food is excellent. It is just unfortunate that the system through Open table let you book a table but once you arrive they refuse to give you a table if all the hosts are not here. I had to wait for my friend outside in front of the restaurant. In addition of the very poor welcoming experience they overcharged my card and I had to call my bank to fix it...really non acceptable !!!
We had lunch a few days earlier and tried several tapas, all really really good. Then we went back for dinner and the steak-just unbelievable, also tried the white and red berry sangria, both excellent. Service and hospitality second to none. My new favorite place in Cambridge!
First tried this restaurant during Restaurant Week. I was so impressed that I went back with some friends who were kind of fussy eaters. They enjoyed everything as muc h as I did. I particularly liked that the waitress really took the time to answer questions, and to provide separate checks for 4 people!
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