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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes, great food. Service: great. Ambiance is mediocre, at best. Horrible commerical building, zero character. The interior is mediocre, again at best. Some tacky "Russian" crap on the walls. Stupid. The metal tables, for a place with price-structure like this, are deplorable. Overall, the food is amazing, the physical plant is deplorable. No class at all.

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

One of my favorite restaurants - great food, fabulous drinks, foodie staff. Just don't go with anyone hearing impaired, or you'll have to text across the table. Its loud, even when its not full.

Kachka
Responded 18 hours ago

Thank you for the support, Anna! We appreciate it.

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TS
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love food, service and great atmosphere. If they get busy, the service can be slower... but that would be same for any other places, and they tried to make the best to serve us.
I will totally come back for the dinner and do vodka flight!

Kachka
Responded 18 hours ago

We'll get your vodka flight ready! Thank Takako!

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was exquisite on par with the best Russian food to be found in New York and Washington DC. Also better than the tourist food to be found in Saint Petersburg LOL. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and provided very good suggestions. Pricing was good considering the food quality. Definitely will go back.

Kachka
Responded 18 hours ago

Thank you, Allan! We're so pleased you enjoyed your experience.

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MO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was such a unique experience for all four of us! The cons: The portions were small and so we didn't get much to eat since we were sharing each dish four ways. So it was like tasting "nibbles". I was still a bit hungry after spending $200! I thought the prices were a bit high for the small quantity on each plate. Not too much of a selection for dessert. The wait time for the dishes coming out was a bit long. I now see why they allow 2 /12 hours to eat! Believe me, you'll need it. The pros: the food was outstanding! A must is the lamb skewers. UNREAL. If we had known they were that good, we would have ordered TWO as we each only got 2 pieces of lamb and the birthday boy got the last piece. It was fun trying all the different foods and one vodka flight. The free parking right next to the restaurant was a huge plus. We would definitely go back and order a bit differently. Our tummies were singing for hours! It was definitely the most unusual dining experience for all of us and although there were a few things that we didn't like, there's no denying that the FOOD WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! And THAT is what we will remember.

Kachka
Responded 18 hours ago

Thanks so much for celebrating with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Russian Food experience! The ambiance, the food, the music all brought me back to my childhood Russian/Ukrainian food. Superb!

Kachka
Responded 18 hours ago

Katya, that's one of the best compliments we can receive. Thank you so much for joining us!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

What a wonderful find! Excellent food and attentive service; maybe a tad bit overly attentive at times, but not annoyingly so. I have no doubts that this will become a regular goto for an authentic Russian dining experience.

Kachka
Responded 6 days ago

We're happy you enjoyed your dinner! Thank you for the review.

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, especially for birthday and other anniversaries. My girlfriend really loved the place!

Kachka
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

katchka is an absolutely phenomenal experience, every time!

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you so much for the support!

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CF
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, interesting food, plus unique non-alcoholic/alcoholic drinks. Have eaten in the real Ukraine and another former SSR, and this is even better! Parking was available when we needed it to reach our entertainment destination on time, but it's a short walk from the 15 bus. Will keep returning to enjoy other menu items we didn't have room to chose this visit. Decor is wonderful, enjoyed the folk music too although this location can be a but loud for table conversation at times.

Kachka
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for dining with us! We're so happy you enjoyed the menu. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating the life of my Russian grandmother. The waitstaff were kind and generous with their service - we ordered a lot of infused vodka and many small plates, which I'm sure was a lot of work on their end. The food is always innovative, approachable, and delicious and we will remember the night fondly.

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

We are so honored that you chose to celebrate with us. And many small plates and vodka infusions? -- that isn't work at all! Sounds like you really did it right! Thank you so much for the review.

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S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Russian restaurant. Started with Caraway infused vodka, which was great, and I don't even like vodka. Proceeded to order the mak-a-rita cocktail, which was a perfect sip along drink throughout the meal. Dinner consisted of heirloom tomato salat, herring under a fur coat (couldn't resist that), sour cherry dumplings and stuffed pork cabbage rolls. A perfect combination of tasty foods. We'll be back next time we are in town.

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for making us part of your Portland trip! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner. See you next time you're in town!

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LE
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Food and service. Only downside is that the music is way too loud.

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Layla! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon.

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BT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was date night and was thinking of trying something different so we chose Kachka.We had such a great time and food was amaaaaazing!! Waitress was friendly and very helpful in choosing our dishes. Food was amazing and tasted so great.

Thanks Kachka for a lovely experience! <3

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

We are so happy to have been part of your date night! Thank you for the review and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Omfg!!!! This place is awesome!! They have some really interesting drinks. I had the 'you've got mail'. Excellent drink!!! We started with the Kutab. The lavish is unbelievably delicious and baked perfectly. We had for mains the Golubsti (cabbage rolls) & Tabaka (a wonderfully spiced and baked chicken thigh quarter w/ potatoes). Not one bad bite!! We did tea sweets for 2 for dessert. Service was impeccable!! Can't wait to go back and try some other things.

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for joining us for dinner! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the meal.

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RA
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience! Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable of the unique menu. Great with a group, so you can try even more dishes!

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thanks so much, Rebecca!

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LC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was given the Kachka cookbook so I was very excited to taste some of the dishes I had read about. The excellent waitress helped us order an interesting range of dishes and drinks and checked on us often but not too often. The food was fantastic, the salmon caviar with blini, the unusual vodka flights and the rabbit in a clay pot will have me dreaming until I can return.

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

Leslie, it is such a pleasure to read your review. Thank you for supporting our business and family recipes! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again.

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j
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly didn’t know what to expect as I have not eaten this style food before - we loved it, delicious and for sure want to come back for more

Kachka
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you for trying new things with us, Julia! We hope to see you again soon.

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b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Always love the vodka and salads here.

CM
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
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 on September 20, 2019
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.

Kachka
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you for your support, Kayla! We appreciate it so much!

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
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.

Kachka
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thanks for stopping by for lunch, Rachelle. We hope to see you again soon.

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OO
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food kept arriving at our table we didn't order. Waitress described my caviar as "the small grayish kind" and then it came bright yellow and she called it "saffron cured". There's no such thing. Herring under a fur coat was salty beyond belief in the herring layer and bland as all get out in the other layers. Wine selection left my husband wanting. He didn't order another glass. The dumplings were gorgeous ... really enjoyed them! Our friend's chicken had to be sawed off the bone with a butter knife that was provided. Really an overall odd experience.

Kachka
Responded on October 8, 2019

We appreciate that you took the time to leave feedback. Caviar and roe are very important to our program and we are sorry there was confusion in the ordering process. We hope to see you again in the future!

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun birthday dinner

j
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
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.

Kachka
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you for joining us, Judy!

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EW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
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

Kachka
Responded on September 28, 2019

Erica, we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner and dessert! Thank you for trying new things with us.

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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 on September 18, 2019

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
2 reviews
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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 18, 2019

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 on September 18, 2019

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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