Kachka

4.6
977 Reviews
$31 to $50
Eastern European
This summer, Kachka has morphed into “Kachka Alfresca” -- an open air concept located in the upper level parking lot behind the restaurant. Each party will be seated in their own rooftop 'cabana', safely distanced from other guests. All ordering is done online or by phone to minimize contact with the staff. Kachka Alfresca serves some of Kachka’s classic dishes (dumplings, Herring Under a Fur Coat, caviar and roe), but most of the menu is essentially a new one, a creation inspired by chef Bonnie Morales’ upbringing in Chicago in the 90s, and the American food of the era that she craves for comfort — Cobb Salad, Spinach-Artichoke Dip, stuffed potato skins, burgers, molten chocolate cake — but each made from scratch with a very Kachka twist. It’s a crazy delicious mashup menu that could only come from the minds of the Morales’.

For more info about Kachka, and our deli Lavka please visit our website: https://www.kachkapdx.com/about-us

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 977 people are saying
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LBYJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

AAMAAAZING foods. The ordering and social distancing are a little weird but really, I'd jump through a lot of hoops for the food and drinks. I'm glad the wellbeing of staff and customers is so important.

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DoinitaN
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good, location excellent service also pretty fast. However the built-in 20% is not called for as we had to bus our table to the other end of the settlement. Silverware was thrown in with the compost or such n no one wanted to touch anything...🤨

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vipTaylorS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were lucky enough to score a table at Kachka Alfresca the last weekend they were open during COVID. I was so impressed by the precautions they were taking. We ordered way to much food via their website and food was brought out as it was ready. The Poblano Dolma was to DIE for it felt like mexican/soviet fusion.

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dnjco
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable, service was on point as usual, and really appreciated the opportunity to dine, but be socially distant and outdoors.

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IOIIOI
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The Alfresco dining is nice, but some heaters would have made a big difference in level of comfort sitting outside.

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KatL
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It’s COVID life. They did great with they way the world is at this time.

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JoanneM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is getting chilly at night, so make sure you bring a jacket for the outdoor dining here. The food was great, but some also came out just a bit cool, which is probably because they try to bring it out in the fewest groups they can. I am willing to deal wither that, since it helps decrease the number of times staff has to interact with unmasked customers. I’ll still try to go back one more time before the rain comes.

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YummyFoodNomNom
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with lots of choices for sharing...or not! Tasty cocktails and cool ambiance in the parking lot. Plenty of space for social distancing or a last minute reservation. It was quiet but that is also courteous to the neighbors in the apartments above.

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LanceH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think the food is good but the lamb burger is very small. All portions are small actually for the price. I feel like it's very expensive. It was $46 for 1 person. I think that's OK for a rare night out. I would love to be able to frequent more often. Great concept. Over all I like it alot.

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Matt
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place! Great menus and nice to try different foods! Fast service. Will be nice to be able to dine in but they did a good job using a parking lot for outdoor dining.

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LeslieM
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the outdoor dining. The Alfresco setting really works. Thanks for being so persistent in developing a very nice experience.
Of course the contact-less ordering system is awkward. I don't like having to give my credit card # over the 'phone. I noticed that the servers place the plates "as they come out" in a pretty haphazard fashion -- looks like they've been trained to put them as far away from where the people are seated as possible.
However -- as always, we LOVED the food! You have some new interesting menu items, as well as keeping the old favorites. I hope the weather holds, and we can come back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great experience, was our first time dining out since March.

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vipmarleneb
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The outside parking lot converted to dining feels very safe from the virus. Picnic tables under canopies without much interaction with waiter contact. Very casual with phone ordering, paper plates, do you own busing of table. Happy hour menu is a bargain.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thanks for joining us, Marlene! We appreciate the support.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delectable! And everything looked beautiful to boot! Highly recommend

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit, Jennifer! Hope to see you again soon.

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Martin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Love the food, not much customer service. Space heaters would be a nice addition. It was a cold evening.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Martin!

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JohnH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Very tasty and unusual recipes. The outside patio dining is extra-ordinarily well designed and as safe as any that I've been at. The only downside, was that the lamb burger was the size of a slider and in my opinion way too over cooked. But maybe that's how the chef believes it should be made? I'm not an aficionado of Russian cuisine.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Hi John! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. Your burger should be juicy and perfectly cooked -- we hope you brought this to the attention of the host or a server so we could make it right. We hope to see you again soon!

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Eric
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables nice and spread out. Contactless service made it easy and safe to dine out. Great food, good music, overall enjoyable experience.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Thanks for joining us, Eric!

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JULIEM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy happy hour. Covid social distance friendly as they are hosting on the rooftop of the building.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thanks for joining us for happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dumplings were AMAZING, we tried all four types and were very impressed with each. The khachapuri was also incredible and the cocktails were good (and very strong). The service was also great, they were attentive even with the no-contact COVID-19 measures.

Also a COVID-19 note: dine-in service is completely outside and no-contact. All the tables are covered with canopies, but it is still COLD in bad weather. This didn’t affect my rating, because I appreciate that restaurants are doing what they can to stay open and serve people during the pandemic. Just remember to dress for the weather. 😊

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thank you for your support! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your dumplings.

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JoanneM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was one of my first times out to eat since March, and I could not have been happier. The tables were well distanced, everything was clean, and, as you would expect from them, the food was great. The spinach artichoke bread was a perfect indulgence. The drinks were quickly delivered and high quality. I will be back again.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thank you for your support, Joanne! We are thrilled to hear you felt safe and enjoyed your visit.

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KASA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and they do an incredible job at no contact service.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thank you for your support! We appreciate you!

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JonathanR
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic menu, great service, with the most perfectly executed COVID safety procedures I've yet experienced.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thanks so much, Jonathan!

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vipSellwoodian
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They’ve done a great job with the outdoor setup. Felt very safe, though ordering a bit awkward (by phone).

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thanks for bearing with us through the awkwardness! We appreciate your support.

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LieselD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic AND modern. A thoroughly wonderful restaurant.

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DavidN
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We're long time customers, in both locations. Love the food and have always had an enjoyable experience and great service, until this last visit. We also very much want to keep supporting the owners & staff of our favorite local restaurants which we know are struggling during the pandemic. So we don't mind still tipping 20%. You should Not force customers to do this - it's not a good look. We were in this week with our daughter, a party of 3. We had raved about Kachka for years. In short, the food was great as always. The service was both non-existent and with came with attitude. We had to ask for extra plates & cutlery a couple of time since we had bussed the prior course. Why not bring fresh plates when you know your guests are constantly throwing everything away - or at least ask? We couldn't find anybody to bring us another place setting so my wife walked across the entire rooftop garage deck (from table C4) to the entry to get one from the hostess. The hostess was taken aback that we no longer had our place settings. We had also bussed our table ourselves several times during the meal as directed but were tired at the end of the meal so left our 2 water bottles on the table. The hostess asked us to turn around, walk back to C4 and buss the table! Really!? That's the service I'm being forced to tip 20% for!? We'd like to keep coming back and recommending Kachka but frankly am reconsidering our continued patronage. Hopefully, it was just a bad night for a few staff. Thanks for listening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food ranged from bland and boring to actively unpleasant. We are wondering if this is a placeholder menu for COVID times, but I do not understand how this place has the reputation it has. The jalapeño chicken was on par with a stuffed chicken breast bought from a Costco freezer. The stuffed mushrooms were tiny (menu says large) and I could not detect any cheese in them. Just a couple of small mushroom in some butter with a sprinkle of bread crumbs. Just awful.

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vipSteamer
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and contactless service cleverly using online ordering system. Food as tasty as always!

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KileyP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and good Happy Hour pricing! We’ll be back!

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks so much for joining us, Kiley!

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OlgaW
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food and service, I do not recommend this place.

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Hi Olga. We hope you brought your dissatisfaction to the attention of our staff while you were still at Kachka so we could make it right.

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Libby
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good food. I like their outdoor seating area they are using during covid. I think their food is pretty over-priced for the quantity and complexity of their dishes. I probably wouldn't return often due to the cost per dish.

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Hi Libby! Thanks for taking the time to give feedback. We've just debuted a new Happy Hour daily from 3-5 and everything is under $10!

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MarinaF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The ordering process was tedious and slow. Having traveled extensively in Russia, only the names of the food remind me of Russia.

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Hi Marina! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. Our traditional Russian fare is still available for takeout via Lavka, our market. Kachka Alfresca is a pop-up featuring the nostalgic foods of Chef Bonnie's childhood in 90s Chicago, using preparations and ingredients inspired by Russian food. If you're after the traditional stuff, check out Lavka! Spacibo.

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scsw
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love coming to Kachka. We come at least once every 2 weeks. Love the new seating out doors. It really is a great new menu. The drinks are great and the service is wonderful.

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks to you both for visiting Kachka Alfresca! Your support means a lot to us.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Nice area and fast service. They charge an automatic 20% tip which is disappointing since you have to bus your own tables

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks for bearing with us and supporting our staff through a pandemic!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal as always, I appreciate Bonnie and Israel's inventiveness reimagining the menu and creating an outdoor space while maintaining the Kachka experience. I was able to enjoy a meal at a restaurant maintaining proper social distancing guidelines without it feeling burdensome.

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KimC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pelmeni was delicious. Bit of a small serving though for the cost at happy hour. I also had a happy hour Coney Island Iced Tea. Very over priced and not worth it.. It was served maybe in a 6oz plastic cup filled with ice for $7. Look forward to trying the dinner menu but might stay away from the cocktails if they're all under poured and small.

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback, Kim! May we suggest our house vodka infusions? It's straight booze and delicious.

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Sweetpotato
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The atmosphere, vibe, and drinks were super fun and had us excited for the food. We were really disappointed with the food.

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CaitlynZ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great! I loved the environment and really hope they continue with the outside area option.

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thanks for joining us, Caitlyn! We appreciate the support.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

The Covid dining experience was horrible. Order from your phone, bus your own table, pay more because it’s Covid times. The dumplings are good but overhyped. I’d do carry out maybe but otherwise I’m saving dining out until Covid is behind us.

Kachka
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thanks for bearing with us through the unique challenges of being open right now. We are interested in keeping our guests and staff safe and appreciate your understanding.

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Armstros
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alfresca was a fun experience. I haven't been dining out since COVID, or frequenting patios etc because it's still risky, but decided to check out this new outside arrangement from Kachka because seating and contact was very distant and limited.

The food was good and came out promptly after order. I actually really liked ordering from the site after sitting down. I've seen this in other countries too (ordering via an app or table's tablet etc while you're there) I think it's efficient, easier on the staff.

All around good vibes. Wish they would put out a Spotify playlist or something. Tunes are groovy.

Double down on tips for service people!

Kachka
Responded on September 8, 2020

Thank you so much for your support! We appreciate you. And great idea about the Spotify playlist -- you are definitely on to something!

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