McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
The new hotel includes 40 guestrooms with private bathrooms and individual lanais, most with a view of the river. The property will include a restaurant & lounge with wood stoves and a bar made of salvaged radio telegraph poles, as well as a wrap-around outdoor patio with views of the river and four firepits for which to gather ‘round.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.6
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JenniferK
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had fun. Cajun tator tots rock. Our waitress was amazing.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.
Fun place to have your dinner outside and to be able to look at the river.
Staff was very polite and not overbearing at all.
Can’t wait to go back!

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vipJhc3
Palm Springs
132 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A very pleasant outside dining experience on the banks of the Columbia, amidst the riverside park.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, the culture and food of McMenamins is awesome. There are a few new hires that are overly annoying, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time.

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CandiceT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Gorgeous view. Nice staff. Couldn't help but feel a little bit rushed. We were seated outside and told that we had to order soon because the grill was shutting down. We did so, but then several people were seated after us and were continued to be served food well into the hour. Huh? A little bit confusing. Again, there was no rudeness. Just didn't really understand the disclaimer. I will still come back and recommend this place.

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LorenzoN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The indoor and outdoor dining areas were clean and comfortable. The hosts and staff were professional, personable and accommodating. The food was delicious and prices were very competitive with area restaurants. Overall an outstanding experience and we plan to visit again soon. Love it! Lorenzo

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DebbieG
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very good about environment of restaurant. I would recommend going and sitting inside or out. We sat in the bar in a booth and could watch the boats going down Columbia River.

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ShaneL
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jerry is a wonderful waitress!

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KimP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was delicious, and beautiful view of the river!

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JulieM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed a Saturday morning breakfast on July 4th. A beautiful property with great surroundings and a nice walking path. Service was friendly and food was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Our family came to celebrate an out of state nephews birthday. We had several tables due to Covid we could only have 5 per table. We ordered in a staggered fashion so we did not over whelm the staff. It took over an hour to be able to order. Our food came one person at a time. Food was cold and terrible. The menu is so small and offering were not good. This is the second time in the last month we have eaten here. We will never come back here to eat. Service is bad and the food is worse.

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We were surprised by the limited menu vs. pre-covid, and I didn't get a well-done burger, too pink! We had a window seat with a great view, and our out-of-town guests really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We spent the night at the lodge and had breakfast downstairs on the waterfront. It was very good food and service, as well as beautiful environment.

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AlisonS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it! Enjoyed the beer samplers. Yummy food and great staff. I went twice in a week. Lucky me.:)

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LarryJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good enjoyed the food and service

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ShaneL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jerry is an excellent waitress! Makes you want to return!

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TiCe
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to be able to sit by the river and watch the ships go by. Menu is limited but lot more choices than I remember on the beverage list. Lots of stuff besides Edgefield products.

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Rissa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Had to call multiple times to figure out how to make a reservation. Upon arriving the hostess was extremely rude. The food was good but pretty expensive for not great quality.

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KatieR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We waited 20 for a beer..the waitress ignored us the whole time we were waiting..

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ARussell
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Harbor Lodge! We came here to celebrate my birthday, originally planning to sit outside, which would be lovely in good weather. Unfortunately, it was cool and windy, and the staff gladly moved us to an inside table with a view. They were very accommodating, even with all the restrictions during COVID re-opening. The food was fast and tasty, and the drinks were (as always) phenomenal. Five stars!

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ShawnaS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would eat in the mail restaurant. Very good food and service.

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KenM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful place to have dinner and relax. We enjoyed watching the river while dining outside and saw many boats cruising by. The dinner was great and service was outstanding. We were impressed with the attention to the Corvid virus problems and very good social distancing efforts. This is the second year in a row we have enjoyed this restaurant on our Anniversary. Looking forward to having our 39th there next year!

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AmyB
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our waitress was not very engaged. We didn’t see much of her. Had to ask someone else for our check multiple times. Very disorganized

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StevenChinook
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Credit for just re-opening food was very good limited menu look forward to going back again location and atmosphere is great.

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Bumper
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Under the current circumstances and demands, it was great to be able to finally eat indoors and visit with my friend! Food was good, as always. We will be back. In fact, we have decided to meet there once a month. I live in Portland; she lives in Rochester, WA.

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StuartC
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my second visit in less than a week. Love the outside ambiance if only the weather would accommodate! Their were 11 of us to be “brought inside” on Saturday due to weather and the staff was very helpful in doing so. Tables for 5-4-2 were within seeing distance. Wednesday was a “sisters lunch” outside and we were very well taken care of. Thanks for being open during this difficult time.

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GeneB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in 3.5 months to eat at a restaurant. Patio, sunshine and breeze was wonderful. The wait staff very informative about masks, distancing, etc.

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GreggP
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They are a very nice resturant and the location is superb. Staff was great and very helpful. They followed all the social distancing policy and felt very safe eating there. Only drawback was took some time getting our meals and they had cooled off very fast. But great value for your money and the location along the river is fantastic.

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PatriciaK
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect evening. COVID rules followed with staff wearing masks, guests asked to wear them going to and from table(sadly everyone did not) Tables spaced apart, paper menu's water fill-ups were not from a pitcher but a new glass brought to your table. Menu choices reasonably priced. Very busy for Father's day, reservations recommended just in case it is a busy night. Indoor and outdoor seating, sat inside as evening was a little cooler. Beautiful view in Pub and Cloud.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Our server was slow and scattered. My mother who is 69 wanted to order off the kids menu. Our server made a big deal like she needed authorization. Also, my mother had double knee replacement surgery 3 weeks ago. The chairs outside were unco6. We asked if she could sit in of of the lower cushioned chairs. Again, we were made to feel as though we were committing a crime. Iced tea refills were sparse. Our waitress also paid more attention to the tables on either side of is. Due to the service, we will not be back. Our servers n as me was Amanda T.

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KimberlyB
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall this experience was lovely. I had to ask to be re-seated outside due to the wind since I was on the corner it was whipping me. I asked twice, the second time they moved me.

They try to keep all the people with dogs in one area outside which can make it harder for the dogs, as they want to say "hi" to each other!

My server was friendly - attentive. The salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious the vegetables were fine, but there wasn't much (8 or 9 thin spears asparagus). I was still hungry so I ordered another item.

I'll be back as this is one of the only places you can be so close to sand, water, food and seating outside within 30 minutes of my house! Thanks guys. Cheers

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JanS
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fun time together. Food was excellent as usual.

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none
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

2 stars mostly due to poor service at the Kalama location. Read on:
McMenamins is one of my favorite restaurant chains. I'm a wine club member. I LOVE their cajun tots, a good Commie burger, a good variety of brews on tap and wine. Big fan of their pizza.

The reservation process went VERY well on Open Table. I even got help from Kalama to reorganize into 3 tables for social distancing for 9 people outside. Very accommodating for a Father's Day lunch.

Food was good, not as good as usual, though. Like I said, I love McMenamins, and I realize that restaurants are just opening up again for dining, but this first visit to Kalama was disappointing.

We were seated and right off the bat the server said they were coming back with waters and drink orders. We asked to put in an appetizer order of cajun tots at that time (1145am). Place wasn't empty, but sure as heck not crowded.

Waters came back quickly, got our drink orders in, everything seemed ok. We were pretty casual, enjoying the scenery of the Columbia opening fathers day gifts, but we were ready for our wine, beers, sodas etc. Got those 5-10 minutes later

12p, still no tots, but at least got our food order in.

My mom's lunch was a salad with added chicken, which is on the menu, not special order. My wife and I ordered a small pizza and a salad to share. Some burgers for everyone else, one with soup.

You'd think pizza takes a little longer, and you'd get salads first. We got the pizza around 1230 before any other item of food, even the tots appetizer.

Dad's bunless burger (with tots btw) comes out basically the same time as the pizza. Burgers come out 5 minutes later (soup is cold). Mom's salad arrives...but no chicken. Still no appetizer tots, which we tried to cancel,but got around 1250 anyway. Mom didnt get her chicken until 12:55.

We asked for the check as we got our appetizer, knowing we had to leave soon. Got it at 1:20p because wait staff-person left in her back pocket and forgot to give to us.

#cmonman

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Libbi
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the new Covid 19 expectations it was nice to see that social distancing was taking place through the whole establishment. Service was not as quick as usual, but it was nIce to have a leisurely time with family and not be right up against other dining parties. To be honest, I would not be upset if this became the new norm. The food and drinks were great. Sad that the dessert menu was very limited, but understandable.

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Bhpy4evr
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was delicious!
Thank you to everyone at Mcmenamins Kalama Lodge who worked on Father's Day. What a wonderful day!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly and accommodating staff. Beautiful setting. Safe yet still fun dining experience.

AM
AliceM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This restaurant has an outstanding deck! It is surrounded by a lovely garden and faces the Columbia River. I love the atmosphere. I also enjoy the menu, especially the grilled items. The wine and beer list are great and perfect for the menu.

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LoisE
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The weather and everything was perfect. Thank you for being open!!!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been out for several months and really have always enjoyed McMenamins. We wore our masks into the restaurant until seated, with adequate spacing. Your staff ALL wore their masks. The meal was excellent - what we expected - and we really enjoyed the setting. Our only concern was we saw very few other guests with masks. That is, when lining up to enter the establishment, entering and wandering around, etc. Many of the guests did not appear to be paradigms of health and so had to wonder. Anyway, I think we will come your way, at Kalama, again but, if you don't start turning away those who do not share a concern for the virus our next visit will be the last.

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LYNDEEC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience sitting outdoors on the bottom floor watching the ships and walkers
passing by in a lovely Hawaiian ambiance. Food was great! So was the beer!

I highly recommend this experience.

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