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Atasca

50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1548
(617) 621-6991
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Ranked #144 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Portland Street
Transit: Kendall Square/MIT Station on Red Line
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went to Atasca after not visiting for awhile. First impressions are lovely as the entrance is a small patio that artfully separates the restaurant from a busy street. Inside the decorations are warm and welcoming and the music of Cesaria Evore wafts softly in the background. The service was excellent and the choices attractive. Wines were very reasonable by the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

...And sometimes, you don't want fancy for lunch you want affordable, fresh and quick. Working in Technology square, we have no shortage of lunch options in the Kendall Square area but Atasca is a nice change. It is worth the 5 minute walk and is a quieter lunch option if you need to hold a lunch meeting rather than the... More

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Marshfield, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We had a wonderful dining experience at Atasca. The tiny white lights and beautiful spring flowerboxes out front in the patio showed such attention to detail that I already knew it would be great. Wine/drinks great. Atmosphere warm and comfortable. Our appetizer of chourizo pate and Portugese cheese with toasted bread started things off right, and our dinners were much... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This was the WORST restaurant experience we have ever had! We had been there once before and had a lovely meal. This time, we were 3 couples. The men ordered a seafood stew which they all liked. The women ordered a grilled shrimp dish. All 3 of us could NOT eat the shrimp. They were soaked in salt and were... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Had dinner there tonight with the GF...it was a rainy evening and the place was pretty empty when we arrived. I was excited to finally try the restaurant as we've heard only good things. Plus, I've spent some time in Portugal and was looking forward to some more of the great food we've previously had in the country. We did... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

The restaurant is small but it was able to accommodate our 20 people group without any issues. The staff was very efficient and helpful in selecting food and drinks that are traditional to Portugal. The timing between drinks, appetizers, main course and desserts was just right. The owner was watching the whole action from the bar and it was well... More

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