Kachka

4.7
388 reviews
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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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Austin
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must for visitors and local! Russian cuisine at it's best! My i suggest: chicken liver mousse,beef tongue,siberian pelmeni, golubtsi, mushroom stroganoff and polimbor sandwich for dessert. Puschka for drinks or ANy drink you want, we had several and everything was perfect! make reservations or squeeze in at the bar. Both locations are serving the same dishes.

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

The food was absolutely delicious. Fun, festive environment. Felt authentic but in a Portlandy kinda way.
Cute decor. Quality ingredients. Kind and professional staff. Loved the herring under a fur coat and the horseradish vodka.

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KC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic and waitstaff was very knowledgeable about the menu. The pacing was challenging. Too many small dishes were brought at once, making it rushed and filling the small table so much we could barely move the dishes around. In addition, by the time we go to the last dish on the table it was cold. Then there was a long lag until the main course came (which was welcome, as we were getting full). However during this time, none of our dishes were cleared from the first course, which left the table quite crowded.
So the food was great and the ambiance was really nice. Service detail have some room for improvement.

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BC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! The whole experience. We especially enjoyed the knowledgeable and attentive staff.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had some friends in from out of town and wanted to take them for a special dinner. The three of us tried a variety of dishes. Our server, although I don’t remember her name, was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. Service was prompt. All in all, between the three of us, we all ate well and had an excellent experience for really not that crazy of a bill.

Would definitely come back.

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l
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. You don't get food like this anywhere else in Portland.

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B
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious beyond what we even thought. The dumplings and chicken skewers were our favorites!

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CG
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love Kachka. I've been there three times and it never disappoints. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go there by myself one of these days and order one dish of every dumpling and eat them all myself. I hate sharing the dumplings. I cannot recommend this place enough. I tell everyone I know to go there. It's a great foodie dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Will not return.

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KA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, must try the sour cherry dumplings as dessert! Great service and makes for a good date night.

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G
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food. Unique to us and wonderful! The service by staff was flawless. We will definitely return to explore the offerings more!!

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MZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for his 35th Birthday. It was our third time and it was just as good as the first time. I recommend this place to all my foodie friends, or even just people I know looking for a delicious dining experience.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this place! We tried the Ruski Zakuski and everything, yes everything was amazing and so much food that we didn't need anything else. I tried the Russian Standard flight and my partner had Odin Be With You flight with our Ruski Zakuski. For mid level, it seemed top shelf, great tasting flights for the price. Though we were full we had to try the cacao nib infused vodka with hazelnut chocolate kolbasas, great ending to a fabulous meal. It wasn't just a meal, it was an overall experience. Great food, amazing service and atmosphere!

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KO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed that (2) printed menu items were unavailable

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Everything is made from the heart. Can't wait to go back and try more of the menu.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible and they do a good job of mixing up the menu seasonally while keeping the best items. Cocktails are really good, too! If you don't drink - the tea menu is great.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had so much fun dining at Kachka. Our server Stephanie was charismatic, knowledgeable, and helpful. My only complaint was that drinks were slow to come. Can't wait to come back!

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JS
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance.

great new location

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OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

very disappointing and mediocre, dumplings and soup were excellent. the rest was not impressive.

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MW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first Russian restaurant that I’ve been to that truly felt like being back in St. Petersburg around the holidays. It’s authentic, creative, and delicious.

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m
Amarillo
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This exceeded my expectations! We got a vodka flight or two, the ruskie zakuski, the lamb tartare, and the cheese dumplings. Everything was outstanding! It was so much having a new tasty experience like this. Our server was awesome. I can't recommend this enough.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding, as always! The food was perfect, and, combined with nostalgic decor and specialty vodka infusions, created a very authentic experience. A+ from a fellow expat!

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Portland
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Kachka never disappoints. Took a friend to enjoy their take on Dumpling Week: a soul-warming bowl of delicate chicken pelmeni in broth with pickled veg and sour cream. Outstanding! Could eat this dish every day during the winter.

Other dishes included the delightfully sweet beet and walnut rolls and steelhead caviar with blinis, butter, egg, and chive goodness. Infused vodkas are always fun to sample. The chicories were refreshing and offset the rich chicken liver spread with perfumed Bergamot jam.

The new space is lovely, though lighting in some areas too bright for dinner and could be a bit softer. Thanks for always being creative, delicious, and festive, Kachka.

Now I need to find a date to enjoy Kachinka.

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KB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get together quarterly for a special/new dining experience and Kachka has been on our list for awhile. We shared many, many dishes - some of the cold appetizers and a few main dishes as well, so basically made our own tasting menu. So many dishes I was skeptical about as some of the individual ingredients I wasn't crazy for, but once put together, the flavors sang.

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LF
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing; our server was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Bougie restaurants are a dime a dozen in Portland but this place is really special.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed with their service. It took almost an hour and a half for the food to arrive since the time they took our order and we had to ask multiple times for clean plates. And there was a 20% gratuity automatically added given our group size and an additional 5% for health and safety. The service level did not reflect these additional charges.

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EB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been to Kachka before, and had been wanting to go forever. We finally found the right occasion to come in, and we loved everything. We really appreciated help the the menu from our server and the staff, as we are not super familiar with this type of cuisine. Our favorites were the tartare, the rabbit, and the dumplings...but we really did enjoy everything we got. The only thing I think I would hope for next time is more veggies on the menu. We plan on coming back again for sure and hope to bring our family and friends. Thank you so much for everything! You really made our anniversary special <3

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NY
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience, food quality was outstanding, beverage program is authentic and creative. You don't find this type of establishment every day. It certainly made me forget where I was for a few hours. Bravo

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

31st birthday for a friend

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Kachka was an amazing experience. we chose well by sitting at the bar. The bartender was very helpful in our journey into Vodka land. We shared small plates that where delightfully presented and tasty. Great date night!!

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SW
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our family evening at Kachka. The service was excellent, enthusiastic and with good timing - gave us time to decide and then food came at a reasonable tempo. We shared everything, ordering various smaller plates such as the herring in a fur coat - great - the pelmeni and vareniki, also very tasty, and one main: the mushroom stroganoff is really rich and wonderful. (As an entree for one person it might be overwhelming, but shared it worked out really well). Of the desserts, we all really enjoyed the banana napolean best.
The music became gradually louder towards the end of our meal, and I'd have preferred that not to happen, but generally we were able to converse without having to raise our voices until then.
We will definitely come again!

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service staff were AMAZING. Food was incredible, and the vodka was tasty!

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ON
Portland
68 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience. We ate ourselves silly and are so happy. 2 of us shared assorted pickles, bread and salo, radishes and honey, Herring under a Fur Coat, Cod salad, cod liver pate, pelmeni, then tea and 2 desserts. Oh and a vodka flight per person. All this and just about $50 per person for wonderful food you can't get anywhere else.

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LH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to celebrate with two other couples at a place none of us had ever been before. Kachka was festive and lively, the food was deliciously authentic and the vodka choices were amazing. Definitely out of the ordinary and ever so memorable.

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FF
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Kachka was outstanding. The service was a bit slow and scattered, but the staff were super friendly and the food was incredible. Would recommend 10 times over. The smoked fish plate and the chicken skewers were standouts. Hoping to go back soon.

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S
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this creative and excellent restaurant. Menu evolves and changes on a regular basis. Fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. The staff is friendly and always helpful. Plus the vodka is cold and plentiful.

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NT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is amazing, the ambiance is good, this is easily one of the best places in Portland to Eat. Get the caviar, the horseradish vodka, a flight of vodka, the seafood tower, and some bread. Skip the dumplings. The service was the worst part. 20-30 minutes just to put in a drink order after sitting down is unacceptable when you are spending over 150 dollars on a meal for 2. This can be rectified if the owners would just hire another waitress/waiter for orders. Other than that the place is great.

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, cant remember the names of the foods, but who cares -- a reason to go back and back we will go!!

Horseradish Vodka Awesome bought some Beaver to mix my own the next day.

Loved It --

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Want to break out of the usual options: American, Italian, Asian. . .give Kachka a try. The unique "former Soviet Union" influenced menu is a real treat and the execution is great.

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MC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reminds me of a modern version of my childhood! Delish!

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