Kachka

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Eastern European
Chef Bonnie Morales cooks the food of the former Soviet Union, including many dishes inspired by those she grew up eating in her Belarusian family. Meals at Kachka begin with a table filled with zakuski,
Russian drinking food paired with vodka. The warm and lively atmosphere at Kachka turns dinner into an event, fueled by a parade of dishes marked by deep and vibrant flavors such as dumplings, cured fish
and pickled vegetables. Kachka serves over 50 different vodka selections, as well a list of house made infusions, craft cocktails, and a curated list of beer and wine with a focus on Eastern European producers. The only Portland restaurant to be included in America’s Essential Restaurants of 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Eater, one of GQ’s Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015 and Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant nominees in 2015, and was a semifinalist for 2015’s James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to try different types food

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KW
Portland
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my first trip to Kachka (or any Russian restaurant). I was very pleasantly surprised by how light, complex and delicious the food was. The service staff was very friendly and helpful. I think we had 3 servers waiting on us all night (we were a party of 3).
All in all, it was a wonderful meal and a wonderful experience.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting us, Kathy! We're so glad you could try something new with us.

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P
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So delicious, we will return again and again! Magical vodka flights! Amazing dumplings. Get a fish board and some caviar! ❤️

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Spacibo! Thank you for the support!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and vodka were delicious. Dumplings and horseradish vodka are a must. Service started out quickly but then got very slow.

Kachka
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon!

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CA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish food, delish atmosphere, and delish service. Loved everything about it.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Christine, thank you so much for joining us for lunch!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great food! Variety, good prices. House infused vodka was awesome!

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon!

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m
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always bring out of town guests. Excellent food and a very unique experience.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing Kachka with your friends -- it means so much to us.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The caviar was spectacular! The presentation beautiful! Our waitress did a stellar job at explaining the differences between the various caviars on the menu. We tried the dumplings which were perfect, so light and savory. For dinner we had the lamb and rabbit. Both dishes were excellent. We finished by sharing the strawberry cake for dessert. It was magnificent! Worth returning just for that alone. We highly recommend Kachka.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Mariah, we're so pleased you enjoyed your dinner at Kachka. Thank you for the wonderful review! Hope to see you again soon.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twee opulence, what else can I say? The food was spectacular and the ambiance was perfect. If you love Eastern European food, there’s none better, or mine finely presented!

Kachka
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the stars and support!

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PD
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun and a wonderful different night out.

Vodka flights... not your college vodka mind you. Really does pair well with the food. Sharable everything from cold small plates to hot small plates to mains. The dumplings are the star of the show as is rabbit in a clay pot. Have your server be your guide and buckle up for a night of Russian comfort food.

Kachka
Responded 6 days ago

Excellent words of wisdom! Thank you for the review.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quaint spot with Russia memorabilia, in an open setting; super delicious food, extremely fresh and traditionally inspired. Great service as well.

Kachka
Responded 6 days ago

John, we appreciate this so much. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience for my wife’s birthday! It was a very fun, sharing meal that had something for everyone! Thanks!!

Kachka
Responded on June 9, 2019

We're so happy you could celebrate with us! Thank you!

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Boise
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as usual

Kachka
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thank you for the support! Hope to see you again soon.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

seated right away, service was excellent and server knowledgeable about Russian foods and tridition

Kachka
Responded on June 9, 2019

James, thank you for joining us! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

extremely fancy place, the ambience is very ruski, and serves the best rabbit you can get.

Kachka
Responded on June 4, 2019

Spacibo, Anant! We're so happy you could join us.

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BS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The authentic food brings me back to my childhood, and that’s a loooong time ago. The friendly and time conscious wait-staff round out the dining experience. 5 Stars all the way.

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you so much for the support and great review! We're so glad our family's recipes bring you back to the memories of yours. Hope to see you again soon!

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, reminded me of my childhood in 1980s West Germany.

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Spacibo, Rose! We're so happy to hear your visit sparked nostalgia. Hope to see you again soon!

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DM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Service and food was very good although the menu changes are not reflected on the website so some guests were disappointed with the selection. Also not crazy about the 5% upcharge for health insurance. Shouldn't that be an internal expense?

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Daniel! Our Health and Wellness fee helps (but doesn't cover the cost) to provide all our staff with Health and Dental Insurance. Rather than wrap these into the prices on our menu, we prefer to be transparent. Hope to see you again soon!

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MS
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. The dumplings were to die for and we would definitely order them again. The rabbit was so tender and tasty. Everything was a bit rich so a little on the heavy side and we should have ordered some of the pickled veggies but now we know for next time.

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thanks for the review, Mary! It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. And yes, a little acid from the pickles can definitely aid with the smetana!

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z
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Exceeded all my expectations. I will certainly be back for other menu items.

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

We look forward to seeing you again! Thank you!

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S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We visited there with our Russian friend and we all loved the foods. Infused vodkas were quite interesting, worth a try. We wish the seats (seating spaces) had been a bit larger, as we had purses and jackets with us.

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you so much for visiting us, Stormy! Next time please let us know--we have coat hangers available to free up more seating space. Hope to see you soon!

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SA
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit, and we can't wait to return. Truly a great dining experience?

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Spacibo, Sara! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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m
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was great, and was spot on with several of the Eastern European dishes my family has in their recipe book. Its cliche, but it reminds me of grandmas dishes. Moderate volume due to the design of the room, but we were positioned well and avoided the brunt of it.

What amazed us the most is that we ate everything we could fit, had stellar vodkas and service to go with it, and the bill was half of what we expected. Great value for money! We're already talking about going again, and I'm looking forward to it. Hope to bring some friends this time.

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Not cliche at all! We absolutely love hearing about when dishes spark nostalgia. Your review means so much to us--we hope to see you again soon!

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a very good restaurant with interesting fare which had never tried before my recent dining experience. Each dish we ordered had a uniquely delicious quality and was well presented. I would definitely recommend Kachka to anyone willing to sample some very tasty and unexpected combinations of flavors. I also loved their house soda beverage.

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thanks for sharing dinner with us, Claire!

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RT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flights of fancy...and vodka. I went with my fiance last Friday - get a reservation; it was super busy. We enjoyed flights of vodka, dumplings, and cabbage rolls. He considers himself a cabbage roll expert, and he believes these are the greatest he's ever had. We had a mid-priced caviar (the butter and blinis), and the farmer's milk cheesecake was more cake-y than rich, which for me was perfect. If we lived in Portland we would be back regularly, but we will always make time for Kachka when we come to town to visit.

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you for including us in your trip to Portland! Bravo to your fiancee for being a cabbage roll expert--that sounds like an incredibly delicious expertise. We appreciate the review and hope to see you next time you're in town!

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RK
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a fun and interesting restaurant. The meat dumplings were superb and the staff were very helpful in terms of helping us to order from a menu we were not familiar with. We also enjoyed the lamb kebab.
The idea of drinking straight vodka with a meal was a new experience for us and pretty fun! The only dish we didn't love was the sour cherry dumplings for dessert. Too much dumpling and not enough cherry. Kinda heavy and not sweet enough. But in general, the meal was very unique and satisfying. I would come here again.

Kachka
Responded on June 9, 2019

We're so glad you could try some new things with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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b
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

But I would warn them the service is slow. We ordered vodka and caviar before our meal and it took 30mins to get.

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AU
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and food! Great to go with a large party and explore the whole menu.

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you, Allison! We appreciate your feedback!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

Kachka
Responded on June 3, 2019

Thank you for joining us! We appreciate the review.

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AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You guys never disappoint. Our latest visit was a large family gathering, and everyone left satisfied. The cabbage rolls were a hit, as usual, and this time I indulged myself with the clay pot rabbit, which was ridiculously good. The caviar beurre blanc with the potato vareniki had us arguing over who got to lick the bowl. Strong drinks (I'm a fan of the Earl Grey vodka,) excellent service, and remarkable food. We often eat before a show or concert, and the meal is always timed accordingly. Thanks for the ride. Next time, the trout is going down!

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Amy, we can't thank you enough for the support and this wonderful review! We're so glad you and your family could dine with us, and we look forward to seeing you once more.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a bad dish on the menu, but definitely get the garlic broth with those dumplings. And don’t be afraid to try something new.

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Excellent advice! Thanks for the review!

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w
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All excellent. Wait staff were able to answer all of our questions about Russian foods and vodka.

Kachka
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you, Willy! Service is important to us and we're so glad you could experience that. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved most all our selections, especially the herring “under a fur coat.” I did not like the small fried smelt. They were gritty and did not taste like the smelt I’m used to from the ocean. I absolutely adored my Zubrouka custard for dessert.

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Kachka and we loved it just as much as the first time. Incredible food, great service and we love the decor.

Kachka
Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you for joining us once more! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your support!

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NE
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the food and atmosphere. It was busy and the service was a bit sporadic but forgivable. We’ll be back!

Kachka
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thanks so much for joining us on the weekend, Nancy! We hope your next visit will be even better.

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JH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great ambiance, and out standing food. Polished traditional Russian dishes, we will be back to eat the part of the menu we did not try this time!

Kachka
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us, Jacob! We look forward to seeing you again.

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KS
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were amazing! Also, very grateful for the acoustical tiles.

Kachka
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thanks Keri! We are still working to adjust the noise level.

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e
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Incredible and interesting food with great drinks.

Kachka
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thank you for joining us! Hope to see you again soon.

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there with a few friends. Loved the food and more importantly I liked the fact that they explained the dish with the ingredients when they bring out the food.

Kachka
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thank you for joining us! Eastern European cuisine is new to so many people that we're happy to share our knowledge. We hope to see you again soon!

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WO
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great and creative meal, fried smelt, dumplings, cabbage rolls and that VODKA! Horseradish infused.....YUM!

Kachka
Responded on May 20, 2019

Thank you, Wayne! We appreciate the support.

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