Kachka

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$31 to $50
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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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Portland
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, convenient parking, and try things that you're not sure that you'd like. You probably will.
Uncomfortable 'church pew' seating along most tables. They need cushions and a way to heat the place.
Otherwise, the servers are knowledgable and terrific, the food delicious.

EL
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate a birthday. The space is great; although I still have a soft spot for Kachinka. Attentive but in no way pushy servers. The food was good and we had a nice array. Loads of things reminded me of my Russian step grandparents. The new store above the restaurant is a nice touch.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Emily, we are so happy to hear that you experienced some nostalgia at Kachka. It's one of our favorite compliments! Hope to see you again soon.

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LS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and unique cuisine. Fun setting. The dumplings in fancy broth are heavenly.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, Lisa! We're so glad you could join us.

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K
Portland
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The menu provides you with a wide variety of choices. On this occasion we had dumplings with pork, beef and cheese. Absolutely delicious! We had a small rectangular piece of dark bread with a little smoked fish on top with some hard boiled egg, mayo, and herbs. There were four in the serving and this appetizer is scrumptious. We chose the cabbage rolls with a wonderful tomato sauce and the brick chicken for the main course. And they did not disappoint...delectable. Can't wait to return in December,

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your continued support of Kachka. It means so much to us! Looking forward to seeing you next month!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent time celebrating my birthday with friends. Vodka flights are a must!

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us! Happy birthday!

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Portland
192 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best way to enjoy food at Kachka is to order a bunch of small plates to share and you can't go wrong with it. Great choices of vodka, a must try, if you like vodka.

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

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

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AW
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had no idea what I ordered or ate but it was AWESOME!! Wait staff helps you with great recommendations, I have been here twice and loved it both times. Highly recommend for something new and different

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for trying new things with us, Adam!

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MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm married to a Russian native and have visited Russia several times and this is the real deal. Terrific food and atmosphere. Makes you feel like you're in the USSR circa-1981. A fun spot to try very different dishes from what we're used to as Americans. And buy the cookbook--the Golubtsi is my go-to entrée when I am hosting a dinner party for people I want to impress!

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Michael, thank you so much for this fantastic review! We're so glad you enjoy our family's recipes via the cookbook. Your support means a lot to us! Spacibo

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great and tasty restaurant. Expect very small portions thought

Kachka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us!

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service and excellent food. Each course exceeded expectations

Kachka
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us, Brian! Hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific great place to dine and enjoy authentic Russian cousine

Kachka
Responded on November 13, 2019

Spacibo! We appreciate your support.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE!

Kachka
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you!

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DM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is always changing and it's always a great time. The fig branch infused vodka was a revelation.

Kachka
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you for the continued support! We're so glad you're just as excited about the fig branch vodka as we are.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service. Dumplings were delicious. Will come back to try the rest.

Kachka
Responded on November 7, 2019

We look forward to seeing you next time! Thank you.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Definitely would recommend and can’t wait to go back. Service was amazing and the food was exquisite

Kachka
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you so much for the review! We appreciate it so much and hope to see you again soon.

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I do miss the ambiance of the old one, but the food was just as amazing as ever!

Kachka
Responded on November 7, 2019

Melissa, thank you for joining us at our new location. We appreciate the review!

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GO
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Our server was HORRIBLE- they were so rude.
My husband took some time to order- but she was super rude and said she would leave the table if he did not say what he wanted now!
Please let them know this was not ok!

Kachka
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. Service is very important to us at Kachka and we're sorry to hear this wasn't your experience.

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DH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, staff were knowledgeable about the menu items including the wines. Not having any food like this ever before allowed my imagination to take over. I enjoyed the chicken, rabbit and lamb dishes very much. Dessert was very good as well.

Thanks Kachka!!!

Kachka
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you, Dennis! We're so happy that you came to try new things with us. Thank you for joining us!

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f
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Interesting concept but the execution is just OK. Some of the dishes were quite good but others were ordinary. Service was great – super friendly and helpful in navigating the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food amazing. Music horrible. It was like eating in a loud nightclub with thumping dance music blaring the same techno beat (Eastern-european themed)the entire time. We had to lean in and shout over music none of us could stand. If the volume wasn’t so loud maybe we could have ignored it but it was intrusive and ruined an otherwise great meal.

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We appreciate your time.

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AN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The waitress Anna G was horrible. Didn’t smile. Didn’t say hello. Didn’t ask how we are. Didn’t explain the menu. Didn’t check in with us. Didn’t offer us refills on drinks or ask if we wanted to order anything else. Pretty much ignored us. This was my 3rd time there and the dumplings are amazing. We’ve never had such horrible service. Very disappointing.

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Amy, service is very important to us at Kachka and we're sorry to hear this wasn't your experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The rabbit - bland, the chicken awful taste, the cabbage rolls overcooked, had to ask three times for more little pancakes for the caviar, even the butter was not good, the dumplings were sour tasking

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Hi Joseph. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your dinner -- we hope you'll bring it to your server's attention while you're still in the restaurant so we can make it right. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a great atmosphere for some delicious well thought out food! Cannot wait to go back. Now one of my favorites.

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Jessica, thank you so much for visiting us! We look forward to seeing you again.

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OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There's an old Russian saying... This place is f** awesome!

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Spacibo! This made our day!

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OT
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great spot for something different. The food, staff, restaurant all very nice and well worth the experience.

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for visiting us! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DE
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Kachka. One of my favorite restaurants. I wanted to take my mom but she's very weird about trying new food. As soon as we got there, I knew she was confused by the menu. I ordered for us and figured she might enjoy it but wouldn't really be that impressed. Boy was I wrong. She loved the food so much we ended up getting a second helping of everything. The waiters were polite and helpful as always and at the end of the night, mom couldn't stop talking about how great everything was. This was my first time at the new location and I loved the new atmosphere. The old one was great too but this was a nice mix of modern and old world charm. I can't wait to go back again!

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for bringing your mom to Kachka! We're so glad she was along for the ride. The recipes are our family's, and sharing them with your family is everything we could hope for. We hope to see you again soon!

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JN
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently terrific! Simply, my favorite dining experience in Portland.

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Jeffrey, your support means so much. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

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FA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. It was nice to check out the lunch menu too!

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for the review, Faith! Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

When making a reservation try to secure a table in the front section (not in the back room). Service could be better, but there’s only so much one can hope for in PDX...

Kachka
Responded on October 31, 2019

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

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kachka is the best restaurant.

RS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place in Portland. Every time I have someone visit the city, I make a reservation here. We share a few infused vodkas, we eat some of the awesome dumplings, and we have a few more of those infused Vodkas.

The ambiance can't be matched, the James Beard award winning chef is not to be missed, and every single thing is amazing.

Kachka
Responded on October 20, 2019

Thank you so much for your continued support! It means so much to us!

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SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Kachka
Responded on October 20, 2019

Hi Stephen. Our restaurant is decorated with artifacts from Bonnie's childhood home and kitchen, reproductions of famous Russian paintings, photographs of Bonnie's family, and a wooden façade depicting Baba Yaga's house on chicken feet. We're sorry to hear you did not enjoy them, but we wouldn't call it "tacky Russian crap."

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AW
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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 on October 16, 2019

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

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TS
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 on October 16, 2019

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

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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 on October 16, 2019

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

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Happy hour is a great value & the food is delicious. Wait staff seems a little overwhelmed.

Kachka
Responded on October 20, 2019

Thanks for joining us, Rebecca! We appreciate the stars.

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MO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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 on October 16, 2019

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Kachka
Responded on October 16, 2019

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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 on October 11, 2019

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

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