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Atasca

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European, Portuguese
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50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1548 (Portland Street)
Kendall Square/MIT Station on Red Line
(617) 621-6991
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Interesting and Pretty Tasty Food

While visiting Boston, my cousin took me to Atasca in Kendall Square, Cambridge for dinner. I have had limited experience with Portuguese food, so I was defintely curious. We started off with some delicious bread with a really good olive oil and garlic dipping sauce. I had the Febras de Porco... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
drmillerlg
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Chattanooga
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  • Large groups
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Chattanooga
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

While visiting Boston, my cousin took me to Atasca in Kendall Square, Cambridge for dinner. I have had limited experience with Portuguese food, so I was defintely curious. We started off with some delicious bread with a really good olive oil and garlic dipping sauce. I had the Febras de Porco, which is marinated pork loin medallions sauteed with white... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went after catching a movie at Kendall Cinema. We were seated promptly and our orders taken when we were ready. We had a group of five friends who enjoy talking so it took us a while to make our decisions on food but our waiter was gracious and patient. The food was tasty and fresh. No complaints from anyone... More 

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Boston
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

First visit, around the corner from Kendell Square Cinema. Fun atmosphere, perhaps a little too much fun as a group of six, obviously drunk, spent most of the evening yelling at the top of their lungs. Service is very good, prices reasonable if not cheap. Portions are large so don't over order. Food is fine if not exactly special. Lots... More 

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Victor, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Picked this place off Trip Advisor looking for something unique. Found it! Family dinner of 6 with 2 teenagers turned into a great time: something to be said about entertaining and professional service. Ben did a great job making suggestions, jokes and being spot on (thanks Ben!). The food was great...highly recommend the cataplana and the Portuguese chicken cordon bleu...both... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had a fantastic family and friends gathering to celebrate a my 50th birthday as well as our 20th anniversary. Maria and Joe the owners of Atasca were so kind, warm and friendly in helping us plan for our group of twenty. All the food was excellent ! The shrimp with goat cheese appetizer is one of the best dishes... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were lucky to get the last table in the outside patio on warm July evening. Lucky because it was very noisy inside - a large party. We had Sardines followed by Cataplana and Pork Medallions. The waiter ( who was amusing) recommended the Portuguese Avelada Vinoi Verde wine which is slightly sparkling and has a bit of a pear... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Arguably the best of the many Portuguese restaurants in the area. Gracious, hands-on owners insure that the meals are consistently wonderful. Lovely indoor dining room and an al fresco patio that is an oasis in a crowded neighborhood. Only negative is the prices, which have risen over the years, making this more of a special occasion destination.

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The seafood was amazing! The server Ben was great and funny was always asking what we need. He also gave us free drinks! That's what you call good service!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

great atmosphere and service....very friendly...but the food did not meet its mark. The codfish in cream had no cream in it for example ...a little pricey and not authentic I'm sorry.I hope it changes.

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

The for was less than expected. I am visiting Cambridge and the concierge suggested that I tr the restaurant because it had the best local seafood. Trust me, this cannot be true. I ordered the shrimp. The were cold and prepare poorly. If I did not know better they were pre cooked and only heated to orde. This surprised me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1548
    (Portland Street)
  • Public Transportation: Kendall Square/MIT Station on Red Line
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 621-6991

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: European, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?