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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DT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Kachka amid the coved–19 “ crisis”. First, we were happily surprised we could get in so quickly with limited reservation time. Secondly, our waitress Erin was wonderful. The restaurant was taking extra precautions by providing us with only one set of menus as to help keep the spread of any unwanted germs. Thirdly, their food is always amazing, I had the tasting menu (unfortunately I can’t remember the names of the dishes) and my husband and daughter ordered Cherry, cheese, butternut squash dumplings, lamb shashlik and we had one of our favorites, hearing under a for coat. Everything we tasted was beautiful. We absolutely love this place, but I prefer the original location because it reminds me of my husband’s grandmothers house.

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Debbie, thank you so much for joining us with your family. We really appreciate the support!

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was delicious, our server took our friend’s food allergies seriously, and we will definitely return.

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you, Caroline! We absolutely respect food allergies and are so happy you enjoyed your visit.

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V
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. One of our favorite restaurants in town .

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Your support means so much to us! Thank you.

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ML
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really appreciate all the extra safety measures Kachka took to ensure all their guests were protected. They discarded menus after each party, and gave us separate serving utensils with each dish so we weren't serving communal dishes with personal silverware. Additionally they gave recommendations for dishes that were easy to safely share. It allowed a group of us to get together in the middle of a crazy time.

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you for joining us! The safety of our staff and guests is so important to us. We appreciate the review!

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CG
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. From the vodka flight to the cherry tart dessert! Great ambiance. Simple "Russian kitchen " feeling complete with Russian music playing. Great service!

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thanks for joining us, Cyndy! It is our pleasure!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my partner went in during dining month and those butternut squash dumplings were AMAZING! Too bad they are not on their ongoing menu!

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thanks for joining us, Mena! Who knows, maybe they'll be back! We also have them available for takeout while supplies last.

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d
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Dinging the service because it took awhile to get things going after being seated. After that, service was good. Food is always first-rate.

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Service is so important to us at Kachka, and we are sorry to hear this wasn't your experience. Thank you for the feedback!

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always. Go for the tasting menu and add some dumplings. You won't be disappointed. We finished with the cocao nib vodka in place of dessert - such a fun way to end the meal!

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you for the review, Diane! You can't beat cocoa nib vodka for dessert!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a pleasant experience at Kachka. First time eating Russian food at a restaurant and was interested in seeing how it would be represented. The people at Kachka really know what they’re doing. Highly recommend.

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you for the review and the stars! We appreciate it.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were absolutely amazing. When I visit Portland again I will definitely be coming back!

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you for the stars, Jill! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your dinner.

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PE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good was delicious. Our server worked hard, but I didn’t get my vodka shots until most of my meal was gone. Server was cheerful, attentive when we requested individual checks and a good time was had! Your pork shashliki with apples and special bread was fabulous!

Kachka
Responded on March 18, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Timely service is important to us at Kachka, and we're sorry this wasn't your experience, but we appreciate the feedback!

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c
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great drinks and vert good food!
Service was slow .
Noise level high.

OO
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katcha is excellent in every way. The food, the service, the ambiance.

Kachka
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thanks for the support, Ollie!

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MS
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Relatives in town

C
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. However the dumplings, all four flavors, were the best. Would definitely return for more. We did enjoy the cherry dumplings mixed with the meat dumplings for contrast in flavors.

Kachka
Responded on March 8, 2020

We're so glad you enjoyed our handmade dumplings! Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you again soon.

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TC
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Would have liked to give it 5 stars, but I take issue with businesses that add a surcharge of 5% for "Health and Wellness". Owning my own business if would be like me adding a 5% surcharge for toiletries or anything else. There is overhead and costs to run a business. I normally tip 20% for good service which our server Erin certainly gave us, she was super in all areas, but as we told her, she was only going to receive 15% due to the 5% surcharge.

Kachka
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hi Tom! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We prefer to be transparent with our guests when it comes to costs, which is why we keep the Health and Wellness surcharge separate. This surcharge helps but certainly does not cover the cost of providing healthcare to our staff, and many of our guests are happy to support the cause. It is unfortunate that you punished your server for receiving healthcare with a smaller tip, but that is your choice.

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A
Chicago
270 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cutest decor and the most incredible food. I've never been to Russia before but was truly transported through the cuisine here. The Ruskie Zakuski is an absolutely must order for solo diners or groups and a great way to try so much of the menu.

Kachka
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Amber! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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CS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Weird that all my ratings are 4 stars but the overall experience is 5 stars. Somehow the total package comes together as greater than the sum of its parts. Worth checking out and deciding for yourself.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely wait staff with great recommendations and care. Amazing food!

Kachka
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you for the support!

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EJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is wonderful in taste but a little small for the price. It is a good place for something fun and different.

Kachka
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thanks for joining us, Erica! We have a daily Happy Hour from 4-6 if you're looking for a great deal.

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at a lovely place. Thank you!

Kachka
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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RO
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Vibe was very energetic even at 9pm on a Sunday. Service was great. Fun food experience

Kachka
Responded on February 26, 2020

Spacibo, Robert! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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DL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was packed with enthusiastic diners. I highly recommend the sour cherry dumplings.

Kachka
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for joining the enthusiastic dining crowd, David! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lit in a way that was familial but lit

Kachka
Responded on February 24, 2020

Love this. That's exactly the vibe.

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had tried Russian restaurants several times and decided Russian food just wasn't my thing. Kachka changed that for me. Food is awesome, service is awesome, and even price is reasonable when factoring in the quality. Can't wait to go back.

Kachka
Responded on February 24, 2020

Your review makes us so happy! Thank you for sharing in our family's food and giving it another shot. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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AN
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern take on Russian cuisine. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is comfortable. The best part is the staff. They are friendly, helpful and enthusiastic about their restaurant.

Kachka
Responded on February 24, 2020

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the review, Andrew.

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service and loved the music. I look forward to going again when i next visit Portland!

Kachka
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for making us part of your trip to Portland!

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting menu, good food, but way too loud for normal conversation.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, cool ambiance

Kachka
Responded on February 20, 2020

Spacibo!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks are awesome

Kachka
Responded on February 20, 2020

So are you! Thank you for the review!

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BC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Kachka amazed us again with the quality of its food and beverages. This is the fifth time we return. We tried the special Hungarian-inspired langosh -- delicious (even though not the same as the favorite treat I remember eating while a child in Transylvania). A great idea to expand Kachka's geography with specials from Soviet satellite countries. We were sad to see that the pickled mushrooms were off the menu (the pickled green tomatoes paled in comparison). We were very positively surprised by how good the teas were. We recommend drinking tea alongside the infused vodka. The horseradish vodka remains our favorite. The pelmeni remain to-die-for. Yum! We cannot wait until our next visit.

Kachka
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us, Beau! Don't worry, the pickled mushrooms will be back!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was all very good and the feel of the restaurant is great (music, decor, dinnerware, etc.). Our server was very short and dismissive of our group. In fact we asked twice for an item we ordered and never received it.

Kachka
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Service is very important to what we do at Kachka, and we are sorry to hear this wasn't your experience. We hope to see you again soon.

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EQ
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time on our anniversary at Kachka. It was Valentine's Day and was very busy, but I loved how we were not rushed and were encouraged to stay and keep enjoying our time. Food was fantastic as always.

Kachka
Responded on February 17, 2020

Evan, thank you so much for celebrating with us! Happy Anniversary!

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KH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I highly recommend this place. The food is amazing, and the whole vibe is delightful.

Kachka
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for the support, Kelly!

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EC
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Many vegetarian options. The sour cherry vareniki were really great! Vodka flights are really fun.

Kachka
Responded on February 16, 2020

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

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Maybe this is just Portland... but the service here is SO slow! The waitress would walk by our table multiple times as if she can’t see us waiting for her. It was strange. That said, I loved the cherry dumplings!

Kachka
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Expedient and thoughtful service is very important to us, and we're sorry this wasn't your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food as always is fantastic! The service quality really falls off as the restaurant gets busy, and the staff clearly just don’t pay much attention and are rushed. It took us some time just to get the waiter’s attention. The ambiance is forced and somewhat cheesy. But I’m comparing it to the original Kachinka, which has fantastic ambiance! Overall I recommend Kachka, but maybe just once to try the food. It is just simply not worth the expense and the ambiance to make it my regular to go place.

Kachka
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our restaurant is filled with artifacts from Chef/Co-Owner Bonnie's family, reproductions of famous Russian paintings, and the facade of Baba Yaga's house -- we've put a lot of thought into the appearance of our restaurant! As for the expense, we source our ingredients thoughtfully and make just about everything from scratch, but if you're hoping to catch some great deals, join us for our daily Happy Hour from 4-6pm! Thank you.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service was very slow, very long gaps of time between food. We had to ask about our food several times, and the waitstaff seemed irritated. We were brought dishes which we did not order on two occasions. Food was very tasty.

Kachka
Responded on February 14, 2020

Service is very important to us at Kachka, and we are sorry to hear that this wasn't your experience. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback, which can only make us better. We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Kachka is just lovely, I can’t say enough good things. Great staff, lovely atmosphere, intimate setting, unbelievable food and just and all-around fantastic place. Can’t wait to go back!!

Kachka
Responded on February 14, 2020

Your support and review mean a lot to us! Thank you for visiting Kachka!

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C
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun night out. I would recommend this place if you want something different.

Kachka
Responded on February 14, 2020

Spacibo, Caro! We appreciate the review and hope to see you again soon.

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