The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar
The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecountrycat.net/
  • Phone: 5034081414
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Daily: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adam Sappington
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 80th
  • Public Transit: Trimet Busline #15
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is off-street parking in the back of the building as well as street parking surrounding the restaurant.
A word from The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar
**WE DO NOT RESERVE ALL OF OUR TABLES TO ALLOW FOR WALK-IN CUSTOMERS. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT TO FIND OUT OUR AVAILABILITY.**
At The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar, American craft cooking is truly at its prime. The cozy, soulful restaurant is nestled in southeast Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood. The seasonally focused menu represents the best local offerings from surrounding markets ranging from ranch-direct meats to produce freshly picked from neighboring farms. Adam and Jackie Sappington have blended their talents as Chef and Pastry Chef to create this family-driven and community focused eatery.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (45)great for brunch (26)kid-friendly (20)great for lunch (14)good for groups (11)special occasion (6)hot spot (5)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Been Better in the Past
    Rayh
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Third time at The Country Cat. While the food was solid, it has slipped a bit from our past visits. While I would not move it off my list of place to go...it has moved down a bit on that list and it will be a while before we return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicken
    cls2013VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We came for the fried chicken and enjoyed but the gravy on the mashed potatoes was not really to our liking. (Four in our party.) Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Girlfriend Brunch
    CanadaCathie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We visited Portland f m Seattle, on a girlfriends getaway weekend. We tried to find yummy spots to eat and this was definitely a fabulous find. We made reservations since there were four of us, and when we arrived, even though there was a really long line of folks waiting to get in, we sailed right in and were seated immediately. We decided to order four different dishes and share them. It was a really good idea as that way we were all able to taste some really great dishes. They are famous for their fried chicken and after tasting it, it's easy to see why. It was amazing. We also shared pumpkin pancakes with Apple compote and salted caramel drizzle, de-constructed beef hash and a basket of pecan cinnamon rolls. It was fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What We Expected
    Jumo53
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for over a year after I heard how great the fried chicken, biscuits and mashed potatoes were. When we arrived our table was ready and service was quick...so good so far right? All 3 adults ordered the chicken and an order of biscuits. Food came fast and we were so excited to finally try it but much to our dismay we all looked at each other with a not so excited look. The mashed potatoes and gravy were way to sour and not what I remember country gravy tasting like. The chicken was crisp but a little bit dry and somehow mine had a few gobs of the coating that had not completely cooked. Biscuits were dry and we had to get more honey to get them down. Might have been a bad nite, so we'll try again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT BREAKFAST
    Wvtedwards
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We, along with another couple , are working our way through as many of Portland's breakfast gems as possible and this place rates way up there. Fun menu, very friendly staff, and reservations for group of 4 or more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very nice, but very noisy. Hard to hear ones dining companion across the table. But food and service terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Mediocre all around. Fried chicken was good but mashed potatoes with gravy was boring and no vegetable, salad or biscuit included just 2 pieces of chicken in a bowl with mashed potatoes and a tablespoon of gravy for $15. The side of greens was excellent - perfectly tender and tangy. The Whole Hog was very tasty. A bit off the beaten path for a Portland tourist - about a $25 taxi ride one way from 6th St. So many more great places to eat I would not return or recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as Always
    PreppytheWhale
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of our favorite spots to hit after a long day of sewing! Wonderful food and drinks, we always eat to bursting. We tend to be the last table there before close and we never feel rushed to leave. The staff is always polite and we look forward to our monthly visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Quality not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After seeing an episode of Diners Drive-ins and Dives, my wife wanted to celebrate her birthday dinner with fried chicken at the Country Cat. Out of the five of us that ate there, I am the only one that enjoyed his meal. I had "the whole hog" pork plate. My wife's chicken was very bland and under-seasoned (I tasted it and I concur). My daughter and her boy friend were very under whelmed by their dishes. They did like their special formula Long Island Iced teas. The wait staff was very courteous and attentive. I just don't think this place is worth the drive from the West Side.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual service, good food
    Willmon
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    In a place with an active bar, I don't like my server to be a bartender. The food was good, but it doesn't live up to its current reputation. The braised beef was tasty, but lacked decent presentation. The panfried chicken was excellent, but the accompanying mashed potatoes and gravy were sludge. Really, a restaurant must respect its gravy. Collard greens were a nice accompaniment, vinegary and tender. Glass wine selections were excellent. The oatmeal peach crisp for dessert was pleasing. Coffee was good; no refill was offered. With these cautions, I would recommend the Cat to friends. But with Portland's range of restaurants I probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, well presented with attentive service. Decor/ambience unremarkable. Onion rings, catfish, salmon, duck, trout all hits at our table. Jerky was actually quite good, but weird to eat as an app. Kids cleaned their plates. Best desserts: 3 puddings and peach cobbler. Flourless chocolate cake was really good, but not right after a heavy meal. Icebox cake was good too but not special. The main downside was that it was extremely LOUD in the restaurant which detracted from our dining experience and service since we had to yell and repeat in order to be heard.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mama J
    Pickyperson
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Heard about the Country Cat on Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives show...the chicken was great, the biscuits the best and the pork plate was really good. I will go here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good dining experience
    Beanball
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We haved enjoyed Country Cat a few times now and know that we will always have a great experience. Someone at our table has always ordered the Hog Wild signature dish and it's always a hit. This time I ordered the vegetarian crepe. It was fabulous! Country Cat is a perfect place to take out of towners. Aside from the food being top shelf, the prices don't break the bank. Madeline was our server and she is very attentive and helpful with the wine list and food descriptions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The cat delivers!
    DougieZVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My second visit an they just do a great job! Excellent server (again!) and the food is consistently great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food High Amp Noise
    shoshannah
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was good- my husband and my brother had fried chicken and mashed potatoes- that was all-no vegetables at all. I would think for $15 they could have added some vegetables. I had salmon on a small bed of greens and vegetables. My sister-in-law had the duck; our food experience was very good if a bit skimpy (see veggie comment) but the noise level made it impossible to converse except by leaning over the table towards each other. The floor is cement, the booths we sat on were wood, no draperies- nothing to soften the decibels. We all agreed that though the food was great, ambience is also part of the dining experience and we would not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Northwestern Cuisine
    VirgocookVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place bills itself as Northwestern, but goes beyond. The menu has much more than the usual items - try the duck - SOOOOO good! Everything we tasted was good. Deciding what to get is the problem. Duck is so good I'll probably get that again, although there are a lot of tempting traditional dishes like fried oysters and salmon. Drinks are innovative. We did go on a Friday so the place was packed and noisy, which isn't the best. The modern design has too many hard surfaces which makes too much noise. Also service was a little slow. However, I would definitely be up for another try (maybe a week night) because the food is so exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great entertainment!
    Lndr4life
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were told to never eat at a restaurant if you can't see into the kitchen. We love the Country Cat bar, where you are practically IN the kitchen! So much fun. And wonderful food, too! Chicken fried steak was outstanding. As was the Bloody Mary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superb food!
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have been to Country Cat several times and are always impressed by the creative and fresh dishes we order. They use local, seasonal ingredients to create unique and delicious fare. Reasonably priced too! No frills ambiance and a bit loud......otherwise...we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Big To Fail Dump!
    isabel
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Worst restaurant in Portland! While waiting to be seated we were at bar and were charge for a beer and a glass of wine $44.00 When we complained they said they hit the wrong key in computer. Fix it!. Ours was a party of five and when one of the them requested a variation on the Whole Hog it was refused by the unfriendly/rude waitress and again by manager due to strategically portioned out the food to maximize revenue. I would had walked out but out of respect for my friends we stayed. That person did not ordered. Stay away of this to big to fail neighborhood dump.
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  • great neighborhood spot
    jayne
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    this restaurant excels at providing the Portland foodie scene in a local neighborhood establishment. We visit even though it isn't our neighborhood! The service was superior on our most recent visit creating an added plus to good food and a fun environment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Special
    1saj
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went to Country Cat because it was listed one of Portland's best. Checked in with hostess 3 times over 45 minutes before being sat - we had a reservation, but she "forgot" my name and gave away our table. Our server was extremely rude. When we asked questions about the menu, she acted like we were idiots and was annoyed. Her service was very inattentive. When my husband finished his iced tea, she walked by and took his glass away. He had to flag her down and ask her for another. Their 'famous' fried chicken was just ok. Absolutely nothing special. Our server did not check on us after our food arrived. Very disappointed. We were visiting Portland for fun and good food was our main objective, wish we picked somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait
    WhatsUp
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Country Cat has been on our list of "places we need to try". We were not disappointed. Our party of 5 had a hard time deciding what to order so we ordered 5 main dishes and shared each one family-style. Loved them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual.
    BeeGee
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Once again a superb meal. Exciting different food served beautifully. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best brunch food in SE Portland!
    KateJherm
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My favorite place to catch up with friends and family. I recently accepted a new job and was excited to bring my folks out for brunch. Always amazing food and service. The eggs Benedict and the smoked brisket are to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast is the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I have enjoyed everything on this menu. The sweet cream biscuits are the best and their pancakes are top notch!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group of 10
    dihughesVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our reservations were for 10 at the 5 pm opening. Needless to say the food came out kind of slow, but when it arrived it was worth the wait! We sampled pretty much across the menu and I can highly recommend the onion rings which is sort of a misnomer as they were more like onion straws. The buttermilk biscuits were great. I had the Fish Fry, which was tasty. The table also tried the Pork three ways, the chicken with Spaetzle. All in all, we were highly satisfied and would return. Also a word for our server Brian. He was great! He managed a ten top with it's various questions and demands without missing a beat. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Country cat southern cooking
    brody
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Of the four of us I was the only one some what disappointed with the food. My fried chicken was a little too crunchy and dry but tasty. The appetizers were good. The noise level is high but the service is good. Prices re reasonable .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience thank you!
    gddl
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    we had a great time.....kid friendly and EVERYTHING that we ordered was AMAZING! Loved our server....wish I knew her name....my dad had watched them featured on tv in Alaska and he hit it big! great job all of you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somewhat disappointing
    foodlover
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The noise level was so loud that often we could not hear one another at our table. We all had the fried chicken (5 of us) and were somewhat disappointed that it didn't live up to the hype but it was moist inside and crisp outside. Just needed more seasoning. Did not care for the liquid smoke flavor in the mashed potatoes. Onion rings were very good as was the homemade ketchup they were served with. The neighborhood did not lend itself to enjoying eating outside. The service was very good. We also liked our desserts-trio of puddings and rhubarb crumble.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 129 reviews are from the The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar reviews archive.
  • hard to hear.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food and service great. Good place for families. Noise level too high hard to hear some of our party of six.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    yummy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food and service was outstanding! We enjoyed every bit of it. We rarely have dessert but we wanted to try it and it was crumpteous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maintains a great standard
    curwenVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    As usual, good food and friendly service. Brought two visiting UK friends and they were impressed with our local eating place. My only small comment was that the grilled loin needed the steak knife to cut it - a bit on the tough side. The rest of the pork (I had the "Whole Hog") was excellent. Reasonable beer selection and the cocktails went down well. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but interesting location
    LucyD
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The fried chicken was quite good- not fatty or greasy. The drink I had- the "boss" was really good. I probably wouldn't go back simply due to the location... It took us an hour to get there ( we live far on the west side) and the rest of the neighborhood was "up and coming" with a lot of work still ahead of it- which isn't really our style. Overall, this would be a good place to go if it were a lot closer, especially for drinks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre, at best
    chgolil
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The fried chicken could have used more salt and the onion rings less salt. My husband ordered the 'whole hog'. The last thing that he got to was the pork chop which was barely cooked. When confronting our waitress about it we asked for it to go because we were all finished with our meal and the kids were getting antsy. When we got home it was the same pork chop and it was still way undercooked. It seemed to be thrown on the grill, on the one side, and wasn't cooked nearly long enough. So, not only did the meal not come off our bill but we ended up with the same pork chop that still wasn't cooked. It was my husband's main reason for going there after watching it on 'Diners, Drive-ins & Dives'. Major disappointment.
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  • Disappointing this time around
    pdxpower
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Country Cat is usually one of my go-to places, especially for brunch, but this visit left something to be desired (mainly better food). I brought out of town guests out who were excited to eat at a place featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives. We asked what dishes they are known for and got them (Fried Chicken and the Whole Hog). The fried chicken was ok. Didn't knock it out of the park but no complaints. The Whole Hog, though, wasn't good. The grilled pork chop was so grisly that half of it remained on the plate. The crispy pork belly was decent. The braised pork shoulder was the best part except they only gave us this tiny spoonful. The beef jerky appetizer didn't thrill any of us and the onion rings, while tasty, were oversalted.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the hype
    JoeRex
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Second time for dinner here and had yet another great evening. First saw this place on triple d. After our first trip here trying the dishes featured on the show I knew the place was worth all the tv exposure. Fried chicken and the whole hog were as good as expected. Second visit we tried the lamb and braised beef and it was perfection. Also the sides were wel worth it, check out the grits and greens. I look forward to trying the rest of the menu. Service both visits were fast and friendly, not always the case in places that are that busy. They do take reservations for 4 or more and I would recommend taking advantage of that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit the Road to the Cat!
    Run4FoodVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was our visit to the Cat and the next time we are Portland we will be going back some more, some more, some more, some more. The whole hog was great as was the fried chicken. The small plate beef jerky we took some home with us, and the biscuits melt in your mouth. So hit the road Jack and find your way to the Cat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    one of the best DDD we have been to. good food. we have eaten at over 70 of Guy's restaurants. my wife's salmon was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't disappoint!
    Mush
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I had been looking forward to trying Country Cat since seeing it on the Food Network. The server was amazing, attentive and warm. The food was fabulous! The restaurant was clean and neat and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feastingthruportland
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We celebrated a birthday night and had a great casual night out. The ribeye with fried clams was excellent as with the pork platter. They had great cocktails and finished with a rhubarb cobbler. Excellent service. We will go back to try the fried chicken....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet