Kachka

4.7
224 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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(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 224 People Are Saying
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KK
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun and interesting meal! Great service, knowledgeable staff, nice atmosphere

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RW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance. They put us in a back room, where we got poor, infrequent service. We asked for recommendations for food and we were willing to order anything and everything on the menu, being it was a special occasion and all. Yet our server seemed disinterested in explaining and leading us through the menu and she wasn't very helpful. Our table was empty for more than 10 minutes before they'd bring out another dish. This happened all night -- it made no sense. Our drinks came out super slow too. We'd order drinks and then they'd arrive 15 minutes later. Empty plates and empty drinks were the scene at our table most of the evening. One drink actually came out five minutes after we paid and signed our bill and were getting up to leave. The server was clearly distracted by something other than us and she seemed aloof and almost put out to serve us. I cannot believe this is how Kachka serves a group of 7. Our expectations were high. Unfortunately it was a sad, disappointing experience.

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KD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

More of a tapas restaurant. Waitress indicated we were ordering enough food for our table of four so we ordered 6 items. Basically each person got one to two small bites of each item. We left hungry and stopped and got something to eat on the way home. Not our cup of tea.

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RB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

went there for the Herring under a fur coat and enjoyed that just because its so beautiful -- but we loved the roe with the challah and blimis. The bigger newer restaurant isn't as cozy as the older one -- but its still fun dining of food that you probably wouldn't make at home.

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MT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Kachka for a fun and delicious dining experience on a rainy Monday night for our family of four (all adults, parents and twenty somethings ). The food and vodka were different , tasty and fun , We had the appetizer sampler to start but the entrees (Rabbit in a clay pot and the trout) were out of this world. Favorite appetizer was the Baltic Sprat Buterbrodi (smoked fish on pumpernickel) . We were all very impressed with the kindness and knowledge of the service. It was very busy and we were first timers but everyone we came into contact with was helpful. One of the diners in our party had several dietary restrictions and our server took the time to go through the menu with her so she could enjoy a variety of wonderful offerings with the rest of us. Even the tea was exceptional.

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KB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was amazing...such completely different flavors and mixtures than you will get anywhere else. We tried the cold sampler, which was fantastic, and then a couple warm options, particularly the 3 meat dumplings. I've been dreaming of the dumplings ever since.

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RM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Noise level (high volume music that was pounding at times combined with hard surfaces) was maddening/painful and made it hard to enjoy conversation and the excellent food. At times we couldn’t understand our server, and sometimes she missed what we were saying, too. I will hesitate to return due to the noise level.

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S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here twice. Once in a larger group and once with my husband. Both times the food was outstanding and the service was great. Dress up a little! Definitely a trendy, fun restaurant.

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meal was outstanding. This is a shared plate type of restaurant which give you the opportunity to try several different dishes. The food seemed authentic to me, but I've never been to Russia, so it's hard to know for sure. We arrived on time for our reservation but had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. It is a small restaurant and we had a group of 5 so maybe that was part of the problem. I felt like the wait staff might have been trying to "upsell" us. We ended up ordering too much and as out of towners we couldn't take home. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got engaged here and Taylor and the whole team made sure my last minute and harried pre-proposal plans went off without a hitch! Lovely service and a deliciously pickled meal made for a perfect night.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious!! Absolutely loved everything here. Especially the sour cherry dumplings ❤️ And pickled watermelon 🍉

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AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. The horseradish vodka is amazing.

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YS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was my first time eating at Kachka. I guess I was expecting full plates, with enough leftover to take home in a bag. We had a variety of appetizers and a shish kebab for lunch, but I have to admit, I still felt hungry when I left. Don't expect a big bread basket or your entrée to come with a free side of rice/potatoes or other vegetable. However, the food seemed authentic, the ambiance was OK, but not very intimate and too hard to have a private conversation with my friend with tight table spacing and people sitting very close to us.

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AL
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

They sat us at 9:30, which was the earliest we could get in, but we felt rushed

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LL
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I would only recommend this restaurant to a friend who isn't going to go there while hungry. After we were seated, we were warned that the food comes out in stages - so my 9 friends were done eating their numerous shared starters and were ready for dessert by the time my meal came. Literally, they started being served right away and my meal came almost 2 hours later. We were seated at 6:30 and my meal came at 8:15. I was famished and angry at that point. I ordered the $24 pork schnitzel meal and although it was probably tasty, I didn't enjoy it because of how long I was made to wait.
That said, we were in a large group so it was mandatory that I tip 20% (5% of that is a "health and wellness" tip).
I knew in advance that we would have to figure out our own bill - so it took quite a while to figure out the $533 tab between 10 people. We never did get it straightened out so I think some people paid more than they had to. Yes, we could have split it 10 ways, but some of us are on a budget (me) and so I did not want to pay $53 for my $24 meal.
As for the service, our server was friendly. after taking everyone's order - except mine - she buzzed off (the restaurant was busy) and so I had to flag her down to get her to take my order. That 5 minutes probably meant my meal got put in after a few other tables orders, which would explain why it took so long to come out.
The ambiance is pretty (the massive rug on the east wall looks worn - like it came from a real Russian family or castle), the claw like carvings on the pillars had history and the new location is much better than the one on Grand. There is also parking next door. I didn't know so I parked 4 blocks away. That was fine. It was a nice evening and I could use the exercise.
In all, I had an okay experience - but my friends had a much better one, since they were fed timely.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Russian / Soviet food. Exceptionally made and well executed concept. Kachka captures the spirit of Russian spirit. Have a shot with pickle back, enjoy blinchiki with shashlik and herring under coat. Amazing

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V
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the location on Grand and this was amazing as well

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RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food remains amazing. I love their food. The new location is loud so going with a large group was hard.

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EW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kachka hosted my friends and I for a special, adventurous, and delicious meal. I came away happily satisfied by both the food and delicious vodka. I would highly recommend this lovely restaurant to any and all slightly adventurous foodie, it will make you rethink comfort food.

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IZ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was able to find room for all of my MeetUp group members to sit down and I'm very thankful they did that. So great staff! Food is good and vodka is interesting.

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P
Portland
93 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The noise level is so loud as to require shouting to be heard at our own table. I am partly Russian so I am aware of how Russian food should taste. Our Kachka visit did not provide the tastes I am familiar with.

The two dumpling types we ordered came closest, but the accompanying broths were bland at best. The pickled cabbage was fair, but had too much caraway. The sweet and sour cabbage rolls were neither sweet nor sour. The two provided rolls came to our table as hard as could be and lukewarm (good sweet and sour cabbage should be hot, infused with a sweet/sour richness and mouth tender). The two types of shashliki we ordered were disappointing as well (the lamb skewer was salty, while the beef chunks were tiny).

We selected Kachka due to its “Restaurant of the Year-2014” designation, we guess that such an approbation does not last forever.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had heard nothing but amazing comments about this restaurant for over a year. We were really looking forward to our first meal there. The wait staff were all very nice, they just never showed up. I wanted a drink and I waited over an half hour just to get someones attention. We all loved the idea of family style with dishes coming out as they were ready but ours were never ready. Other tables around us were getting all kinds of food, specially the one next to us. We were given the frist 2 items within about 30 minutes but then waited a very long time for anything else to show up. The only thing that came quickly was our dessert but we had to wait forever for them to ask if we wanted dessert. It could have been where we were seated which was the frist table as you walk in behind a wall.

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m
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fascinating food..wish they would offer more entrees, menu gets old quickly. Noise level is ridiculous for a new building..can't even here the cool russian music. Don't expect to talk if you go on a weekend.

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RB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We brought our best friends to the restaurant on a busy Friday night. We had to wait nearly 45 minutes before our drinks arrived, and had a feeling that no particular waiter was assigned to us. Throughout the evening we had to constantly raise our hand to ask for service. It was nearly an hour before our food arrived.

The hostess ended up taking our orders, and was gracious enough to apologize for the service. Our meal took over two hours to complete, and not because we’re slow eaters.

I realize that they are relatively new to the space, and still getting their feet under them in terms of handling large crowds. I totally get that. However, after two months of operating in the new space, we thought that the service should have been better. The shame of it is that my friends are regular diners of the best restaurants in Portland. I’m sorry they had not the best first impression.

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ED
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you! Unique and delicious - get the Hering under a Fur Coat. Drinks were excellent and waitstaff was super friendly too. Next time I’ll be trying some of the vodka - maybe the flight! Oh and get the dumplings !!

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L
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food served by nice attentive wait staff. We will be back

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K
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect in-between of a nice dinner out and relaxing in your grandma’s living room. Eggplant rolls were amazingly delicious (apparently eggplant + pomegranate = magic). Dumplings also on point. Don’t really know what authentic Russian food should taste like but pretty sure they nail it. Service was great, our server helped guide us through the menu and gave helpful recommendations. Great spot for date nights and group gatherings alike.

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K
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I love the old location, but prefer this menu. It has a bit more of an industrial feel than I think matches the food vibe. I will say the noise level is much improved at the new location. Food was great as always, with the exception of the watermelon pickle juice back. I was bummed that when we ordered the pickle juice we weren't informed that it wasn't traditional pickle juice. I wouldn't have ordered it. I don't think it goes well with their infused vodkas.

Besides the food, the service was HORRIBLE. Waiter failed to put in our appetizer request (came after prodding over a half hour later), neglected us, missed two items we had ordered, then tried to deliver a one of our dumpling orders AFTER he'd offered us dessert menus. He actually never came back to ask if we wanted anything from the dessert menu. We also had to track down our check. Overall, the worst service I've had in many years.

Lastly, the table next to us had two small children that were up and down, banging on the bench seat, and one threw a napkin at the candle and started a fire. I know we can't always sit next to whom we wish, but the staff should have intervened at some point.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It deserves all the awards and excellent reviews. It’s not cheap, but you will be rewarded with the best Russian cuisine that you can anywhere in my opinion. Try the cold Zakuski tasting menu.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, a comment to Open Table: the categories under "What would you recommend this restaurant for?", above, leave out some critical categories...how about adding "everyday dining", "date," "special occasion", "business meal", and "friends get-together" to the list? I'd want to go to Kachka for all of these--plus "cultural exploration."

I loved everything I ate, and we probably tried half the menu. My suggestion: Order things that are unfamiliar to you, and expect to be delighted!

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CC
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The new space is nice, much bigger and definitely an improvement on their former small location. The food is awesome, service is good, but it's too damn loud in there! We could barely hear our companions speaking and had to all lean in toward the center of the table, ear to face to hear each other. That spoiled an otherwise great evening.

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A
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding. My only complaint is the noise level, but that's to be expected, I suppose, with such a small space. My party of four shared a number of starters, and the ultimate comfort food, the dumplings and the stuffed cabbages. I'll definitely be back!

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KG
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooo much good food I didn’t want to stop eating ordered to much and had lots to share and take home

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food! Service is slow, but not in an inattentive way. More just a relaxed atmosphere. Definitely do not feel rushed. Great place to hang with friends and enjoy the day noshing on delicious eats.

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RS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Kachka is Russian for duckling, but there are no ducklings available for purchase. Instead, you can try many different kinds of vodka, and different vodka infusions. Ordering 30 gram pours and sharing them is a great deal of fun. Ordering 100 gram pours and sharing them is even more fun. Everything with cheese in it is made of amazing.

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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. Serviced deserves 10 Stars, as does atmosphere and food.

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R
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an adventure. Everything was amazing. Herring under a fur coat was to die for. The dumplings melted in my mouth. I was obsessed with the stuffed cabbage rolls. We drove all the way from Seattle to dine at Kachka. It did not disappoint. I highly recommended doing the chefs choice on the cold small plate starters. At $30 a person, it did not disappoint.

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NS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been long time patrons of Kachka, and we were very excited to check out their newest location. The new, extended menu was great! You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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JS
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Most of food was okay. Don't like false advertising on menu, the lamb kabob was merely GROUND lamb and extremely tasteless.
Seating is too close together, I don't understand why restaurants are inconsiderate of customer comfort.

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o
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our first visit. The food was great and the service informative and prompt. We will be back.

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