Kachka

4.7
491 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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WO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great choice for a group dinner; very interesting and unique dishes. And VODKA.

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N
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. This is a truly amazing restaurant. Very authentic and delicious food. We had so much fun trying new things.

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IR
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, attentive and friendly service makes you feel like you are dining at the house of a lovely Russian friend who happens to be a kickass chef.

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k
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I am Russian and was very excited to visit this Russian place as we don't have any in Seattle. I went there for the lunch menu and was very disappointed with the menu selection. If you are looking for the equivalent of NY Maria Ivanovna type of place, this is not for you. The menu is somewhat Americanized. The food we tried tasted fine, but was different from your childhood flavors.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. A defenetive upgrade for a home version of Russian cuisine I grew up on to a chef level. Highly recommended:)

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

Spacibo! This means so much to us. Hope to see you again soon.

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c
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Food was excellent and the atmosphere was fun. I have already shared our experience with friend and family. We will enjoy Kachka again when guests come to visit.

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again with your friends and family!

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat in the city! The waitress was amazing and guided us through the menu and we loved everything we tried. The dumplings were a favorite.

Kachka
Responded 5 days ago

Rachael, we're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Thanks for leaving us a review! We hope to see you again soon.

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

My favorite restaurant in America

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

Wow! Thank you!

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

Great food with veriaty of menu choices, friendly service and fun decorations.

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the review.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service we were given was top knotch, and the food/drinks were fantastic.

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

Spacibo! We appreciate this so much! Hope to see you again soon.

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

If you like vodka, then this is a must. If you live in Portland, then this is a must. Great experience and atmosphere that makes you feel transported to a swinging disco babushka club. Definitely worth a taste if you are in town. Magnificent and lively!

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

Swinging disco babushka club? You've totally made our day! Thank you so much!

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P
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eclectic mix of food and vodka. Enjoyed the energy and experience.

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you, Peter! We're happy you enjoyed your time with us.

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k
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great food, great service and really fun place.

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thank you for visiting us, Kristen!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fancy comfort food! Wonderful place for a special occasion with a group, a happy hour or a fun date night.

Kachka
Responded on May 9, 2019

Alice, we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner. Hope to see you back soon!

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

We went Kachka for our anniversary. Interior was so cute that reminded me of Russia.
Food was great, looked good and tasted even better.

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Spacibo! Thank you so much for visiting us. We hope to see you again soon.

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S
Portland
68 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love being yo share

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D
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a trip down from Seattle to try Kachka and was not disappointed! The food was authentic, flavorful and memorable. The service was friendly and helpful. And the restaurant itself hit a nice balance between modern and a classic Russian/Soviet home setting. The pictures I saw online beforehand did not do it justice. I'll look forward to going out of my way to return again, particularly to try some of the appetizers that I didn't get a chance to sample on this visit.

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Thank you so much for making us part of your Portland trip! We hope to see you next time you're in town.

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PW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service, great recommendations from waitress. Good food. Noise level to high...and music could have been lower.

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Thank you for sharing dinner with us, Patricia! We are currently working to reduce noise levels and hope to see you again soon!

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TH
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time to Kashka. Great exploration of food and Vodka. Definitely recommend for cultural cuisine experience, great simple food, flavorful journey, Grilled Quail and Lamb tartare my favorites. Must have the Beluga Vodka.

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

We agree on the Beluga vodka! Thank you for the review, Thomas.

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JU
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't experienced Kachka, make a reservation. Now. We are grazers, so the selection of multiple zakuskis - little bites - fit perfectly to spotlight each dish. You can order as much or as little as you like. If you are not familiar with Russian cuisine, the wait staff is very knowledgeable and can make recommendations. If you are familiar, you will find old favorites and soon-to-be new favorites. Don't miss the Siberian pelmeni (little cheese-stuffed puffs, similar to ravioli) in a rich-but-light house-made sour cream sauce. Just wonderful, even if a classic - blini - we absent. And don't forget to include a vodka flight - superb!

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Jane, we appreciate the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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HH
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, superb ambiance and accommodating for our infant!

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Hannah, we're happy to help! Thank you for bringing your family in to dinner!

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E
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kachka never fails! Wonderful food, love the family style service. Be sure to try to buckwheat custard for dessert!

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Thank you, Erin!

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IG
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience all around! This is consistent each time we go to Kachka. Food & service are superb. Best vodka in town:)

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Spacibo, Irina! Thank you for the support!

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CJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time there! Great food, friendly service. Always enjoy trying new food and brought my husband and another couple that also enjoys new food adventures. We will all be back. Thank you!

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

Cindy, thank you for trying new things with us! We look forward to seeing you again.

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EA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for those who are adventurous and want to try new things! Service was great. Would recommend!

Kachka
Responded on April 25, 2019

Thank you, Edmundo! We appreciate the stars. Hope to see you again!

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but The portion is too small. I like the appetizer.

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Austin
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience, everything we tried was phenomenal. A favorite experience was the caviar sampler which was one of the best plates I had in ages. Our waiter was an exceptional guide throughout.

Kachka
Responded on May 4, 2019

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!

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KS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious. I will be craving those dumplings for years to come!!

Kachka
Responded on April 25, 2019

Spacibo, Katie! We'll have them waiting for you for your next visit!

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CN
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Easter lunch with our moms and 9yr old daughter at Kachka and it was perfection! The sharing of Zakuski, the dumplings and the beverages were exactly what we needed! The service was outstanding as usual.

Kachka
Responded on April 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing Easter with us, Crystal!

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NC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! An adventurous experience, especially if you haven't had Russian food before. Such a commitment to immersion from the decor to the music and of course the very, very well done food. Herring under a fur coat was worth the trek here alone. Highly recommend

Kachka
Responded on April 25, 2019

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit, Nicholas! Thank you and we hope to see you again soon!

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Cool restaurant, excellent food, only downside was slow service.

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

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

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EB
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed trying Russian food for lunch - first time but we love trying new things. The menu isn’t completely straightforward and I wished our server had spent more time explaining things and providing some context. We started with the black cod board which was tasty since we were hungry but it was rather plain. Then split the chicken & veal dumplings which were great! We ordered them classic style which came in a lovely butter and vinegar sauce. Our mains were just okay - the smoked salmon blini and grilled quail - there were a few pieces of smoked salmon and nothing was particularly hot or textural. Dessert blew us away - a lightly sweet ricotta cheesecake. Would love to try their dinner menu but will be more inquisitive next time.

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for joining us for lunch! We love sharing the story of Chef Bonnie's family and the tradition behind the food we serve. Hopefully next time we can provide more context.

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R
Portland
93 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, I had the stuffed cabbage and my wife had the chicken kiev for the first time. Both were divine. This is my comfort food that brings me back to my grandma's cooking. We will return. Oh, i love green tomatoes and they have them, too.

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

It makes us so happy to hear that you were transported to a nostalgic memory while joining us for dinner. We hope to see you again soon!

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SR
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, as usual. We were initially sorry that some of our favorite dishes were sold out by the time we got in but it gave us an opportunity to try new items on the menu which were as good! Never fails to amaze. Great job!

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

Sanjay, we appreciate your kindness and review so much! Thank you for supporting us, and we hope to see you again (with a full menu!)

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Z
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! We will be back soon! The food was great and the staff is fantastic!

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

Spacibo, Zagri! We appreciate the stars!

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. I am Russian and have taken both of my parents here and they both loved it! It's always a fun experience and the food is delicious. I had chalodetz for the first time in a long time. I used to hate it as a child, but I was surprised how much I liked Kachka's version.

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

Funny how tastes change! Thank you for sharing our family's food with your family. We hope to see you again soon.

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TP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very homey feel with great, interesting, well executed food! I can't wait to go back!

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

Theresa, we can't wait to have you! Thank you!

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I had heard about Katchka through LATimes food critic Jonathan Gold. He spoke very highly of their food. I guess my expectations were set too high because my own experience was much different. I found their food to be to heavy and not at all artistic. Their green borscht was lacking flavor and was a disappointment. Their dumplings were too rich and heavy. Both of us had stomach discomfort for the rest of the night. The herring under a fur blanket was okay, but nothing to write home about. We also had their cabbage rolls with pork which was so so. Service was terrible. Too much time between courses, especially the last one. And they left dirty dishes on the table between courses. Needless to say we will not be back

Kachka
Responded on April 22, 2019

We always appreciate reviews, as they can help us to be better. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.

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