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50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1548
(617) 621-6991
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Ranked #151 of 548 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
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Additional Information about Atasca

Address: 50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1548
Phone Number: (617) 621-6991
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Portuguese

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