Kachka

4.7
288 reviews
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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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Eastern European, Russian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 235-0059
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bonnie Morales
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belmont
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Parking details
There is a free 2-hour parking garage adjacent to our building. The lower level is accessible from 11th avenue and the upper level is accessible from 12th avenue.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
What 288 People Are Saying
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RG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kachka is the absolute bomb. Their dinner special during happy hour is about all you need but order the dumplings too cause Dumplings!... Get a Russian cola cause it’s such a treat and oh yeas they put a bird on it 🙌

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K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely solo dinner here while visiting Portland. Food was fantastic and service was great. The sour cherry valeniki was amazing as well as the herring under a fur coat. Would definitely go back as well as recommend.

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DL
Portland
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. Really loved all the infused vodkas and cocktails. The menu is creative, the presentation is beautiful and the wait staff really know their stuff.

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O
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I didn't know I loved Russian cuisine until I ate here. This was my third visit and I enjoy it more each time. Don't leave without trying the vodka and caviar. Great place to celebrate any special occasion.

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o
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meh.. you’d think that because this place is impossible to get into that it would be a game changer. But unfortunately for me and my friend, it wasn’t so. It wasn’t horrible or anything, just sorta meh. Food super salty and somewhat bland. Perhaps that’s Eastern European cuisine, but from previous experiences, I think it’s not. Service was a bit much. Either very opinionated or very annoyingly present. Not good at reading social cues nor body languages.

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m
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All three of us in our party enjoyed the variety on the menu, and our food was excellent. Our server was really helpful. The only downside was that the music was too loud- made it a bit hard to talk.

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OS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food menu, great selection of Vodka, authentic atmosphere, and friendly staff. Highly recommend!

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CG
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new go to “special night” restaurant. ❤️

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T
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service with knowledgeable wait staff. Generous portions. Well prepared food & unique. Noisy but fun. Each item was delicious.

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is one of two locations. The lunch menu is limited but adequate for a quick bite. The prices are a bit much for what you get. Have not tried everything to get a more accurate assessment of the place. It is a bit more fancier than the other location is what I was told - the other location is more of bar/happy hour scene.

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OM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a good restaurant. You should go eat their food. Once again, it is very good.

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KT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Very dimly lit inside - made it difficult to read menu. Noise level was loud that evening with comedians competing to be loudest table but outside the control of wait staff.

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time but not our last for sure. Service was impeccable, food was great, highly recommend the flight of vodka, dumplings, cabbiger rolls .

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TL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place! Fun delicious food with fun people makes for an amazing night!

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MR
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been trying to get in to Kachka for months. We were going to the Arlene Schnitzer Theater and got an early dinner reservation at 5:30 p.m. There were 4 other people there when we began and it was packed when we left at 7 p.m. The serving staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. Each dish was amazingly creative and flavorful. Every time we took a bite, we said, "That's incredible!" We had Solyanka Soup which tasted like a Russian Grandma's home, Lamb Kufta, Kefir Marinated Chicken Thighs, Brindza (paprika sheep cheese spread), a cold Zakuski with barley, and vodka. It was perfect!

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SY
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed dining at both locations five times in the last year and have loved each and every occasion. Very different foods, beautiful presentation and yummy. I'll be there again soon!

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SW
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff all very gracious and helpful. Such a fun restaurant with delicious food.

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Old location was charming, cozy and fun. Obviously they have decided to sell out with this new location. Overpriced food and vodka, snooty service and the absolute worst caviar I have ever had- bland, deflated and mushy it was the opposite of what caviar should be.

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AP
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit. EXCELLENT! Our 25th wedding anniversary with friends. Server helped steer us toward great choices. Sampled many items for the table. Everything very good. The most enjoyed were the Herring Under a Fur Coat -7 layer dip Russian style, the Potato Vareniki - potato pillows with a caviar beurre blanc sauce - to die for AND the Imerulian Khachapuri - smoked cheese in a pillowy crunchwrap!! Will definitely be back.

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TH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Order several plates to share and listen to the servers recommendations. They know their menu well.

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R
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Other then the wait person insisting that we order all of the food together at the same time I loved the food and experience!

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JC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Kachka. We had a wonderful experience. The food is Russian and the menu is unusual and meant to be shared, but our server guided us through expertly. The food was interesting, inventive, and delicious. We had the duck confit potato salad, the lamb kabod, and the rabbit hot pot and they were all delicious. We noted a lot of interesting vegetarian options. The modern space was attractive and spacious, if a little noisy.

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SB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious combinations of flavors. Service was very good and I appreciate the servers pleasant and patient accommodation to my dietary situation and many questions about the menu options. Food was delicious. I certainly hope to return to try more items on the menu.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Was a busy night so everything took a little longer but well worth the wait!

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MA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try something different. Great food & service. Dumplings & cabbage rolls were the bomb. Oh yeah cant forget the vodka. Definitely recommend.

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SO
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Zakuski Experience is amazing. All you really need is that and a few drinks and you are set.

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SK
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really great Russian place with wonderful food and a great staff.

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YL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great decor, atmosphere, but couple of things that were a negative for me. First: hachapuri was soooo salty that I could barely finish it. Someone must've salted it and they shouldn't have been. Second: the prices were very high for what you get. After couple of drinks, two appetizers, and two main dishes we came home still feeling hungry.

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LG
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! First time eating Russian food and well worth it. We went for lunch because they were booked for dinner for the weekend. Definitely go here and try a lot! The cocktails Are also amazing. The dumplings are heaven on earth.

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W
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This place may be great if you've never been to the Caucasus. The staff was really friendly, the space was cute. This was nothing close to authentic, though. I don't think there was a single other Russian speaker there while we were dining and our food was underwhelming at best. We ordered 100mg of vodka, the assorted meat tray, basturma, pickles, bread and butter. The bread and butter never came, the pickles were not pickled all the way through, the salo was unrecognizable, the rest of the meat board felt like a Boar's Head spread, and don't even let me start on the basturma. This was blasphemy. Kachka used the Armenian spelling of this dish, when I saw the familiar name on the menu, I knew this is where we needed to go for a taste of home. What was put in front of us was the thinnest cut, doused in oil, saddest excuse for basturma that I have ever seen, and I have eaten basturma from a roadside stops. We had to scrape the basturma from the plate with our fork, and what we put in our mouths lacked flavor all together. This was the most expensive meal we splurged on since moving to town last month, and we had to order Dominos when we got home.

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HO
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful atmosphere. I tried new things, which is always exciting — some I loved, others I didn’t like so much but it was still fun! Everyone was welcoming and kind, something not always the norm in Portland dining these days. Highly recommended!

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time eating here. Flew in from North Idaho and wanted to give it a try on our way through Portland. Did not disappoint. Excellent food!

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E
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give Kachka 6 stars, I would. The food is outstanding, and you should definitely try the Zakuski experience to try as many things as possible. Portland is such a great city for top-notch restaurants, and Kachka is one of the very top.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service! First time eating this kind of cuisine & everyone (including a friendly customer) was super helpful with fantastic suggestions that I wouldn’t have considered on my own! So glad I listened as everything was soooo delicious!! We will definitely be going back soon & often! Great atmosphere!

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R
Portland
91 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here many times because it is so good. It reminds me of my grandmother's cooking from the Ukraine and I am in my late 70's. One of my favorites are the green tomatoes which they do not always have. The other favorite is stuffed cabbage (Golubtsi) which is enough food for two people unless you are very hungry. The many versions of vareniki and pelmeni which are as remind me of my childhood. This is why I say it is authentic. The food is outstanding no matter what you eat. These are my favorites but there is so much more.

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. No attention to the customer. Aloof waiters. The food was decent. The prices were to be expected in this part of the country.

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OT
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The back dining room of this place felt very Russian to us, with the old lace curtains, the dark walls, the low golden light and the oil paintings. The perfect backdrop for enjoying Russian vodka. The place was packed and it was hard to hear; still, the service was excellent. Good cocktails, but the wine list didn't impress. The food ALL needed seasoning! Really disappointing - there didn't seem to be salt or pepper on any dish whatsoever, making everything taste flat. Too bad because otherwise we'd rank the food 5-stars. Recommended: the lamb skewer, the cheese dumplings classic style and the sour cherry dumplings fried, the smoked black cod, the buckwheat pudding. Amazing! Everything else we had (and we had a lot) was very good but, again, suffered from lack of seasoning. Still, this is a fun place and we recommend it highly.

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TK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our orders were taken and food was served quickly. The staff was helpful about explaining the menu and recommending drinks/vodka accompaniment. It was truly a delightful evening.

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very flavorful unique food! Fun vodka selection as well. The stuffed cabbage was delicious!!

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g
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! First time here,had the dumplings and crepe, both simple and bursting with flavor.
Rose tea was wonderful too. Atmosphere is cozy. I felt I should have had a vodka to complete the experience, but it was too early, which by the looks of it, didn't stop anyone else!

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