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Atasca

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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
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Perfect Service! Great food...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
Nawlins007
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Victor, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Victor, New York
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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: Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?