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Kika Tapas

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391 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Portuguese
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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 ,
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Phone number
(617) 245-6030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Brunson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
350 Third Street
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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.
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Public transit
Red Line - Kendall
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 391 People Are Saying
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4.0
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3.8
service
3.8
ambience
3.6
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We love tapas..so we tried Kika. The location in Kendall Square is fun and energizing. The seating is super comfy. The staff very friendly. The food was very good. Favorites: The Lamb Meatballs in Truffle Cream sauce, The croquettes of the day(chorizo), and the vegetable and goat cheese stuffed eggplant rolls. Would recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Service and ambiance was unreal. I chose this place for a date night per its connection with Solea Tapas in Waltham on Moody St, and although it doesn't have the same, authentic Spanish style, it was a wonderful experience.

We will be visiting this restaurant again.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food is ok, not special. Servers are not very polite.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Went there for my birthday dinner which was noted in my reservation but they did not even acknowledge my birthday. Nothing special provided for my birthday; no candle, no happy bday greeting, nothing. Food was just ok. Waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu. The seafood fideos was literally plain spaghetti from a box with seafood for $38! Not something you'd expect to get from a tapas place.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Dine out menu! Fun experience!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I loved the food and the atmosphere! The tapas were really great and very filling. The sangria was awesome too!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Hosted a low key birthday dinner and very much enjoyed ourselves.

The food was definitely the highlight, with very tasty dishes for most palettes and diets. We had about a dozen tapas, from grilled artichokes to beef empanadas. Everything was tasty!

The decor and atmosphere are also fun, with nods to Pedro Almodovar throughout.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

👍 it was good

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Overall, it was a good experience. The server was very pushy and got annoyed when we weren’t ready to order, and seemed like he was trying to get us out the door quickly - even though we were literally the only people in the restaurant. The food was good and came out quickly, and the sangria was great.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The service was nil expect for the host. Generally, the food below average when compared to their other restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good vegitarianh and novegitarian o

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We had a very lovely evening. The food was beyond delicious. A must go back

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It was cozy, quiet enough for good conversation, but lively. The food and wine we had was great, the service excellent, the atmosphere not rushed.

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great experience as always! Great food and drinks. Friendly staff and easy going ambiance. Strongly recommend this place for tapas.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a great time, very nice place good service

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Loved the food options - first time, will definitely be back!

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1.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was very tasty and fast. Roasted potatoes, grilled artichokes , tenderloin in Chimmachura, lamb chops, lamp albondigas. I will be going there again!

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2017

There are four restaurants, shoulder to shoulder, in this nice quiet side street in Kendall Square. In my mind, Kika is the best for lunch, given its variety and good hot food. It is not frufru, and thankfully more substantial than sandwiches or pizza.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

I am never disappointed! Their sangria is the best ever, with a new fall apple flavor. Their steak is probably the best kept secret in Cambridge-a great steak at a Tapas restaurant. All of their small plates are delightful!

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Great location with garage and street parking nearby. Great atmosphere and great food. Had about 8 different Tapas and they were all delicious. Paella was also very good. Had several deserts which were also delicious.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2017

When I lived near Cambridge, which ended in late 2015, I really liked this restaurant. So on my recent visit (November 2017), I went there with a colleague. It was good, but only two of tapas,
Duck Leg and Eggplant Rolls, were excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

One of out favorite tapas places! Great food and a super nice staff!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Nice little find. Good atmosphere and lots to chose from on the menu. Great Sangria. Good friendly service. Would definitely go back.

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2.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was lacking flavor all around. Was dismayed that gratuity added to tab without informing me because we chose to eat on the patio. Nothing on the menu about this; we were only 4 people.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

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 😀.

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2.0Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Great service. Authentic Tapas. Recommend the ceviche and white sparkling sangria. I would eat here again

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Decent service, nice outdoor seating, but man was the food salty...

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Not only was the food delicious and varied, but the staff and owners could not have been more welcoming and hospitable. My friends and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Birthday celebration

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on July 4, 2017

The steak was more fat than anything else. Other choices were boring.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Kika Tapas has a great location (near canal-Kendall) but could sharpen its menu so that there are some really exciting offerings. It's good but just not where it could be!

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