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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 - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Oasis just outside Kendall Sq

Atasca is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. Very good, authentic Portugese food, nice atmosphere, friendly owners. In warm weather, enjoy a lunch in their shaded sidewalk patio.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
New Orleans, Louisiana
Good for:
  • Large groups
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English first
Barrington, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tremendous seafood in this neighborhood restaurant. The food reminded us of Lisbon. Service was very good and as I am not well versed on Portuguese wine, we relied on the waiter to help us select a Red which was excellent. The Walter's Platter appetizer including shrimp, octopus and squid is a meal unto itself. We will return!

Thank golazo52
New Orleans, Louisiana
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Atasca is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. Very good, authentic Portugese food, nice atmosphere, friendly owners. In warm weather, enjoy a lunch in their shaded sidewalk patio.

Thank ModdyinVermont
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped for dinner on cold October night. Restaurant was peaceful and beautifully decorated with ceramic plates covering walls and quiet regional music in the background. We ordered appetizer from a server who was extremely hard to understand (heavy accent) but was very polite and quick. Warm bread, olive oil with roasted garlic along with Queijo con Pate arrived very... More 

Thank Edyta O
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The place, the owners and the wait staff provide a nice, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy an excellent, we'll-prepared meal. Being Portuguese I know and appreciate Portuguese food and having tried many of the items on the menu, I've never had a bad meal. I would recommend you try any. If it sounds good, it is. Kudos to Joe and Maria,... More 

Thank PortAzor
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

Thank drmillerlg
Level Contributor
15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

Thank Darrell M
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121 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 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 

2 Thank GoIndians
Victor, New York
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218 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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 

1 Thank Nawlins007
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 Thank jwides33
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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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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, Spanish, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups


Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?