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Jan 12, 2007 07:08 PM

Atasca or O'Cantinho?

I know both are owned by the same people, but I see a lot more postings on O'Cantinho. We have a friend who is Portugese and he and his wife recommended Atasca. I had plans to grab some dinner there this weekend, but I'm wondering if O'Cantinho is better? Opinions?

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    1. Atasca
      the atmosphere, the food and service

        1. If the original Atasca on Broadway were still around, I'd choose that. Atasca #2 (on Hampshire Street near One Kendall) doesn't have nearly as much charm as the original; I think it's kind of sterile and corporate-looking. The food being equal (which I think it is), I prefer the more rustic, casual atmosphere at O Cantinho. And I believe it has a bigger selection of dessert pastries, perhaps due to its former role as a Portuguese bakery.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I miss that Broadway location, too. I think the menu at Atasca is bigger and a bit more upscale, though they certainly share some dishes in common. If you're going in a group and want to experiment with a lot of different dishes, I would choose Atasca. (I agree with MC that the room feels corporate.)

            I think O Cantinho is charming. The service is less formal and more personal. It would be great to dine solo, with a small group or even a date (but maybe not on a first date--it's too quiet, zero privacy). MC is right in that the dessert options may be more (check out the front case) and oh, do they make a great cappuccino.

            O Cantinho is less expensive overall.

            1. re: MB fka MB

              It looks like something is at/coming to the Broadway location. There's a sign with something Sol on it. It isn't a tanning salon or anything is it?

              1. re: Joanie

                Yes, Con Sol opened in the Broadway location. Charming interior, although a little devoid of patrons as no one seems to know about it (and yes, it looks like it could be a tanning salon from the outside). Don't know who the owners are but the staff is very friendly and the food tasty. They bill themselves as 'Iberian cuisine' rather than straight Portuguese but I don't know that I can distinguish.

                They didn't have a alcohol service at first, but now that has arrived so I can recommend it fully.

          2. I'll be blunt: which is less expensive?