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Sunset Cafe Restaurant

35 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic
Welcome to Sunset Cafe Restaurant & Lounge and our newly renovated dining room and lounge area,

Sunset Cafe in Cambridge, MA first opened in 1965 by the Castanheira Family and was operated by two generations until 2016.

In 2017 Sunset Cafe Restaurant & Lounge reopened under new ownership and management offering a diverse variety of traditional Portuguese flavors for a memorable dining experience.

We are committed to providing you a delicious meal and give you the familiar sense of home from the moment you step through the door.
Sónia Cunha, Paulo Correia & family
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Portuguese, Mediterranean, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch / Dinner
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 547-2938
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Hunting St
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Parking details
There is also a few Public lots in the area
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Special events & promotions
We can designate a small section of our dining room with a room divider
to give you and your guests a sense of privacy.
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Gift Card
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 35 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMiriam (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was excellent. Choices for Vegans were limited, but the waitress let me choose sides, including collard greens, broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes. What was labeled as “rice” turned out to be rice pilaf, which was a disappointment to me.

Kabrera (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

The appetizers were great, but the main course was simply divine! We chose the backed stuffed shrimp and grilled octopus with veggies! I'm still licking my fingers....

vipHappydiner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

The Cafe has been remodeled and is bright and clean and friendly in ambiance. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious and healthy real Portuguese cuisine. A treasure in the steadily renewing East Cambridge.

vipNancy (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Soup and salad were good. The main course was not super fresh- likely had been frozen. Very few patrons on a Friday night- dining area was almost empty.

Rachel27 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Great food and service, plus live music on Saturday. Wonderful experience, we will go there again.

vipJojo (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2016

Must do for great Portuguese food. Had succulent seafood, great service and a lovely ambiance. Everything was delicious -- such great value. Highly recommended.

vipBabaganoosh (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2015

It continues to amaze me how under appreciated the Sunset is. Easily the best "bang for the buck" of the four Portuguese restaurants in the area. Large portions of delicious food accompanied by amazingly tasty and inexpensive Portuguese wine.

vipAfoodlover1962 (New England)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Great lunch food and service was fast served.
Great Portuguese food with generous servings of fresh food combined with good flavors.
Ambiance is quiet but we found easy parking off the street .
The restaurant located away from the buzz of Cambridge restaurant scene is really a find .

vipArlingtonMA (New England)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

Based on the other recent reviews I was really hoping to like this place - sounded like it might be a nice neighborhoody hidden gem. Unfortunately what we had was very ok food and slow, fairly incompetent service. The only thing worse than the taste of the sausage appetizer was its presentation -a six inch by 3 inch slab of meat rolling around on a big plate. The cod was decent but the scallops were small and tasted like they were too old or had been frozen and thawed too many times. There were 2 waiters working their butts off on a fairly busy night while another guy just stood around. He seemed content to just keeping telling them someone else needed their attention (as if they didn't know) instead if actually pitching in to help himself.
There are lots of good restaurants around. I would recommend skipping this one.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

The food was the best Portuguese food I ever experienced in Somerville (and there are a ton of restaurants in that neighborhood.) Our waiter was professional and clearly experienced. The atmosphere romantic but noticeably empty for a Friday night. I recommend the Portuguese codfish cakes and their signature Bife á Sunset dish.

My only criticism is that I asked for my extra food to be placed into a take away container and only 1/2 of it made it into the bag. The bill was close to $100 for 2 people with wine included. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant.