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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CM
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

If you like hard boiled eggs, then wow are you in for a treat. Overall, the food was meh. Everything was overwhelmed by either salt or underwhelmed in flavor. Things that were pickled, needed more pickle. Things that were “smoked” had zero notes of smoke. The salmon rillette was bland and tasted like canned salmon. The house cured salmon roe was bland and tasteless. It’s almost as if their cure removed the fresh briney flavor of the roe.
The place is loud! Like super loud.

Strike 1: the tarragon soda sounded really good. I ordered it and they were out. ON A FRIDAY NIGHT! Very disappointing. We both got ginger beers and were never offered a refill. Kind of a bummer.

Strike 2: the buttermilk soup tasted like dish water. I think we both had 1 taste of the little shot and were not impressed. This was a very poor concept of a chilled soup. Sour and badly seasoned.

Strike 3: the veg pate or whatever it was came out on broken crisps and made eating the indiscernible vegetable mush messy and unpleasant.

Maybe the trick is to drink a lot of vodka and not care that the food is mediocre. I don’t know. Came highly rated to us, and boy were we disappointed.

The black currant dessert was good, best thing we had. Did not taste like black currant however.

Will not return.

KB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go here almost once a week now it seems. Every time I am there the staff welcome me with a “welcome back” of some sort. Even whom ever is simply dropping my food. Always get some variation of the same few dishes (but always the sour cherry dumplings). I even love the mugs the coffee come in, I think I order it sometimes simply for that. Always just an experience, as opposed to just a meal. Thank you to the staff for being so wonderful constantly and sweet. One of my Portland favorites, maybe even my top.

RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch menu was limited and food didn't seem as good as it normally is but I understand they just had construction issues and were struggling to remain open (no fault of their own). I've been to Kachka multiple times before and it was always outstanding for dinner. Horseradish vodka is phenomenal.

P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun birthday dinner

j
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time. All the plates were well presented and extremely tasty.

EW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The dumplings are amazing and the herring in a fur coat was also very good! I was nervous it try it but pleasantly surprised. There is a HUGE selection of vodka at all different price ranges and the waitress was very knowledgeable when we asked her for recommendations. We also had the plum skoner for dessert, and that was a 10/10

IC
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Portland has many excellent restaurants and usually we pick different ones each time we visit (from California). But we just have to visit Kachka every time. It is very unique and very seldom we can eat and drink Russian dishes / champanskoye. The service is always top notch. Highly recommended to everybody who is curious about (or like) Russian food.

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the support. It means so much to us! We look forward to seeing you next time you're in town!

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MJ
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The food was exceptional and exotic!

K
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Our main server was annoyed with us but otherwise everything was fantastic! The owner went above and beyond to make our grandmother’s 90th birthday special. The other servers were also wonderful who tried to accommodate us. Festive atmosphere, food was good, drinks fantastic! We had a lot of fun! Highly recommend Katchka.

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

Spacibo, Katya! Thank you for celebrating your grandmother's birthday with us!

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food as always and fabulous service as always. .

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Maggie!

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best service I have ever experienced! The food was beautiful and perfect. We will definately be back!

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, Lucinda! We're so glad you had a nice visit!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chef's choice is a great way to experience a lot of unique dishes. The dumplings are incredible and the vodka infusions are a great complement to everything.

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

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

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D
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Another fabulous meal! One person in our party has a couple of food allergies, and our server kept us informed on what we could and could not share as a table to keep her safe. The rabbit was rich and delicious, and the beef tongue so soft we could cut it with a fork!

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for joining us for dinner! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great serving staff, good, convenient location, main complaint would be that the music is very loud.

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for having dinner with us!

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e
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely wonderful! Very unique and delicious. The service was professional and Swift and absolutely unpretentious. The price seems very reasonable for the quality And perfect preparation of the food. The rabbit was one of the most marvelous dishes I’ve ever had at any restaurant ever! Highly recommend it!

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

Eric, thank you for the review! Hope to see you again soon.

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II
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an excellent experience, very comparable to the Russian Tea Room in New York. Having Russian ancestors helped me understand the choices as I grew up on some of them. We will be back!!!

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

Spacibo, Ivan! We look forward to your next visit!

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R
Portland
105 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual everything was superb. Because we are there so often, they even had my favorite appetizer for me, even though it was not on the menu and gave it to me at no charge. For a starter we had the Prawn Olivier Salad which I liked better than the chicken Olivier. My wife enjoyed the lamb lyulya which was exceptional and I enjoyed the stuffed cabbage (Golubtsi) which I love. We also had berries and Smetana which we devoured. plus coffee. Because is it is so reminiscent of my grandmothers cooking (I am 77) this is a wonderful reminder of food and love from my early life.

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

It means so much to have you visit! It's our pleasure, and we look forward to seeing you again.

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S
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the pelemeni

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thanks Steven!

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KJ
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a fun meal. We were very thankful that our server helped navigate the menu. We loved trying so many different things. I would imagine it would be even more enjoyable with a large group that you can order more things to try! Refreshing to have such a well executed and high quality experience with a strong sense of soul and identity.

Kachka
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you, Kyle! We're happy you enjoyed your experience.

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BA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing about this experience rocked. The staff was amazing, the food was amazing, the drinks were amazing, the interior of the restaurant was amazing, literally even the temperature inside the restaurant was perfect. Hell yeah I'd go back. I'm gonna take my god damn Mom here, and she's going to talk about it every single year at family Christmas. I for one, can't wait.

Kachka
Responded on September 5, 2019

This review made our day! We're so happy you had a great time and appreciate you! Looking forward to seeing you and your mom sometime soon!

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f
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and cheerful waitstaff. We enjoyed a wine that is produced by one of our relatives in Hungary! It was wonderful to be able to sent them a photo of us drinking their wine.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy vibe and service was great! Food was incredible to say the least and the menu had quite a large variety. Get a vodka flight!!

Kachka
Responded on September 5, 2019

Great advice! Thank you for the review!

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JS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th time at the restaurant, this time with friends from out of town.
We all loved it. Great food , very tasty and so different. perogies like mom made

Kachka
Responded on September 5, 2019

Jeffrey, thank you for supporting us! We're so happy to have you!

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SG
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Katcha many times...again another fantastic evening. Excellent food, presentation, service...just overall the best! Thank you so much.

See you again soon.

Kachka
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you, Steve! We appreciate your support.

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C
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of four was extremely pleased with each dish. And the Vodka flights were fun.

Kachka
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thanks for having fun with us! We appreciate the review.

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SA
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unique and excellent tasting dishes, couldn’t go wrong picking any assortment of starters apps, mains or other.

Compots were good not overly sweet. Felt like old grandma was in the back slaving away just for us.

Kachka
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thanks for joining us, Sarah! We're glad you enjoyed our family's recipes.

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K
Portland
74 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious dishes. Large assortment of special Russian dishes to select from. Can’t wait to go back to try another assortment of dishes. Great attentive service and extremely cordial.

Kachka
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you! Hope to see you again soon.

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MF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The service was outstanding, very friendly, patiently explaining the authenticity of each dish.

Kachka
Responded on September 2, 2019

Mark, we appreciate the feedback and are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner. Thank you for the review!

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LM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Food - Excellent [Zakuski Experience, rabbit, Siberian Pelmeni] - have been waiting to taste Herring Under a Fur Coat again, as a former Russian colleague had made years ago. Some dishes may have been too salty for 1 of our group, but Mmmmm! Service - Excellent. We dined early and food/drinks kept coming. No hovering. Later, may have competed with service to other diners. Music - very loud, bouncing off the hard surfaces. Music should be in the background, not foreground, while eating so people can talk without yelling. I'm a global gastronome and cook. I revel in tasting and learning the history of food worldwide. I read Kachka last year from cover to cover and was relishing the day when I would eat at the restaurant. I toasted the woman who helped us find a parking spot with her favorite horseradish infused vodka. Ura! I was not disappointed with Kachka.

Kachka
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for the review, Lillian! We appreciate the support.

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous, the service perfect amount of attentiveness, the setting casual and comfortable. We will definitely be back.

Kachka
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you so much for visiting us! We appreciate the review.

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b
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to go for shared dishes. We tasted from the full menu and everything was tasty! Herring under a fur coat and the cabbage rolls were 2 of the stand outs.

Kachka
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for joining us for dinner! We're so happy you enjoyed your meal.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing experience! My husband and I, along with some friends, visited Portland OR from Nashville TN and were curious to check out the food scene that we had heard so much about. We were not disappointed! The service was friendly despite being busy, the food was amazing and we had a wonderful time!

Kachka
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you so much for leaving a review! We're thrilled to be part of your Portland trip and hope to see you next time you're in town.

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O
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time at Kachka on our first trip to Portland this weekend. Sat at the bar and did some vodka flights during happy hour. The bartender was super friendly, helpful, and knowledgable about the vodka infusions and made great suggestions. We had the cheese dumplings off the happy hour menu which were outstanding and MUST. The famous herring under a fur coat was surprisingly not our favorite. It felt a little one-note, lacked texture and needed salt. We asked for a side of the pumpernickel crackers which helped, but won't be ordering that next time we dine here. We also had the Kutab which we loved and would definitely order again. Overall, a great experience and can't wait to try more dishes next time!

Kachka
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for making us part of your Portland trip! We're so glad you tried some new things with us.

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KP
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect, everything was fantastic. The only thing I was disappointed in the cold buttermilk soup as it was too watery for me. I would have preferred it to be thicker.
We can to try the cookbook we’ve had since last Christmas.

Would love to have the cabbage schnitzel with the turmeric aoli recipe that’s not in our book.

We came from California to eat at your restaurant and it did t disappoint.

Thank you

Kachka
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you, Kathy! We appreciate your support!

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S
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect summer menu, service and excellent food. The tomato salad is a must and don’t miss the fish board.
The food continues to evolve and change.

Kachka
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for continuing to support us! We're so lucky to live where we do with such fantastic produce.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A wide variety of small plates and vodka flights. Price is a bit much for the amount of food, even for Portland. We ended up eating a number of dishes with hard boiled eggs and potatoes. Might be good for a meal that someone else is paying for.

Kachka
Responded on August 23, 2019

Hi Tom! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We have a great Happy Hour everyday if you're looking for a deal -- 4:00-6:00 in our Lounge. The menu even includes dumplings!

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AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite meal during our visit in Portland. From service to food to just overall experience. Amazing. Thank you.

Kachka
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for making us part of your Portland trip, Angela! We're so happy you enjoyed your experience.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vodka and pickle juice!

Kachka
Responded on August 23, 2019

So true! Thank you!

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SF
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice new location. Delicious food, helpful staff. Recommend it.

Kachka
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Sarah!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly. Staff explained foods clearly. Felt comfortable asking questions.

Kachka
Responded on August 20, 2019

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

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