McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge

3.9
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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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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.8
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4.3
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service but the lighting is very dark. Hard to read menus for example

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TariT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Slow service. Even when they aren’t busy. Sad really as many other mcminnemins we’ve been to rate much higher.

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Anonymous
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The soup was cold. The vegetarian patty was not like any of the other McMenamin locations and it was dry as can be. It took 30 minutes for our waiter to take our order. The whole experience was disappointing.

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MaraleeM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It's a McMenamins, so the food is pretty much all the same: just so-so. Best thing by far was the cajun tots! Our server was very friendly, although not super attentive. We did go on a Saturday evening, so it was packed! It's definitely a fun place to go for the ambiance and environment, just would recommend going with low expectations for the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Beer orders were promptly filled but the dinner order was never filled due to “printer malfunction” in the kitchen. After waiting for 40 minutes we flagged down our waitress who never checked on us other than taking the second beverage order, not even noticing that the other customers next to ours whom she’s served have almost finished their dinner. The manager came and apologized to us and took the beer charge off. Then miraculously the food arrived in 5 minutes. At that point it’s been 59 minutes since we’ve placed the order and we didn’t have time or energy to eat the food. We told the manager to box up the food and nobody brought the box to our table. After waiting for another a fee minutes we just left the restaurant exhausted and hungry. Not a pleasant experience at all.

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BlaineB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I would recommend MMKHL to a friend.. great people, good food..

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KariK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was taste less except for the Cajun totes. My burger had no flavor and my bun was moist and soggy. My husbands fries where under cooked and gross. Would not recommend.

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KevinW
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time the beer was wonderful. The food was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone! It is a beautiful building and the bar is top notch!

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DanaG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I'm mixed on if I would recommend to a friend. For the ambiance & outside experience, YES! For the food & service, not so much. I had read that service was slow & was prepared for this, but we waited for a bit after we got water for our server to return to take our order & then waited over 30-40 min for our food. When it did come, the fries were limp & warm & I felt strongly that our order had been sitting under the heat lamps for awhile. Not impressed on that end. May try again, but not holding out for great expectations!

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DaveO
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love Kalama Harbor Lodge. The reasons I gave it 4 stars is because: 1) I found a hair in my eggs and couldn't finish them; and 2) the mimosa's were not as expected - watery and barely any orange juice - we asked for more OJ, but only got a tiny bit more. The mimosas are not worth the $10 each. We were celebrating a college graduation and a 29th birthday and our server was so sweet. The view was fantastic, the staff was nice, and the ambiance environment was great!

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TamiR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Your hotels are so fun. You were so full however, that I didn’t get the room I wanted, but the one I stayed in was lovely just the same. Check in and check out, greeted by such nice people
Dinner was at first not so good. The steak was ordered to be medium to rare on the more rare side, and was delivered pretty much well done. We didn’t eat it and honestly we decided not to complain about it, but your amazing waitress noticed we didn’t eat it. She took it back and brought us a new steak that was much better. Kudos to your waitress for making our dinner a much better experience.

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RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was great! Food was good as was the service. We enjoyed our evening very much!

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JoeF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dined for lunch. Food was good, but a bit pricey. A roll or sliced bread would have made it much better. Waitress came by a couple of times but never offered to refill our waters. Waitress was very friendly and the food arrived within a very reasonable time, and all together, 4 of us. We will go again.

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RalphW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It took far to long for our food to be served (again). The portions of food compared to cost per dish is way over priced. My wife and I have been to the restaurant twice now and in each case the overall experience has been the same. We will not be going back and I certainly would not recommend the restaurant to anyone. Not worth the money or time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the Mcmenamins are great! The cloud bar on the 4th floor of this location is my favorite! Love it here!!

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DonaldS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Well the dinner menu in my opinion was lacking many choices. We were thinking seafood fettuccine, but unfortunately they were unable to accommodate us. We settled for pizza which was good, but nothing special for a Christmas Dinner.

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StewartL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic time in a very nice venue. I hope that the next time we go the sun will be up and clouds parted so we can enjoy the view. It is a bit spendy but for a special occasion, I would highly recommend it.

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Gardenista
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanks for making my mother's birthday special! We had a lovely time!

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RetirementDinner
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made reservations for Thanksgiving Day. Didn’t see that Open Table and the resort website made mention that it was a buffet (Turkey and all the fixin’s). Sides were in chafing dishes, but cold. Turkey and gravy was very good.

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KathyG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This location and the grounds are so cool and interesting. Will definitely go back when we visit our friends living in Kalama.

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JoelL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first trip to this location and a very pleasant one it was. After it first opened, we heard they got off on a bad start. It was no surprise that they would get the kinks ironed out and that they did, we had a wonderful time.

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vipShay48
Portland
59 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

We always enjoy McMenamins and they did a fantastic job with decor and ambiance at Kalama Harbor Lodge. Very fun to visit. Music was a little louder than we like it.

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Whatweretheythinking
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our first experience there was great, this last time... not so much. Our waitresses took over 30 minutes to get our order in, and up to an hour to actually get our food. We had multiple waitresses, that didn't seem too personal or attentive to the customers. The servers were great and more helpful then the actual waitresses. We talked to someone after the service we received, and the first thing out of her mouth was I hope you're not looking to get compensated.... like really, you're lucky I still paid.

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vipSherriR
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our food was really good by the time it arrived. Service was extremely slow. We sat for 20 min waiting for our server to arrive. She did apologize but then wasn’t very attentive throughout the remainder of our visit. Still, she was very friendly. But our time is valuable too.

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TraciB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I paid $15 for the special, Chicken with Blueberries, cucumbers and cucumber dressing (?). The lettuce was wilty and soggy, the dressing WAY too much and the serving size was pretty small for the price.

The room was fairly dark, not enough bright lighting and the noise level made it hard for me to hear my friend when she was speaking.

Overall, I think it was overpriced.

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PhilipW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

IT would have been nice to have had a view of the water, since we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary. Just like any other McMenamins as far as atmosphere goes.

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JimH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Don't go there for the food or the service. While the server did her best they were obviously short of staff. 30 minutes from when we were seated to when our drink order came. The food was typical McMenamin's mediocre food. Stick with the burger selection and you will be fine. A very nice building and atmosphere overshadowed by mediocre food and service.

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JeffL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

With reservations, we waited over an hour for breakfast. The food arrived very cold and poorly prepared . $77 dollars for 4 people for breakfast, not oncluding the tip.

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DavidH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We waited more than an hour for food
Burger and tots. Thats ridiculous

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DavidV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views are amazing and so was the food, we will be back for sure.

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KathleenW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Great view sitting on the Columbia River. But you can sit by the river for free and not spend money for bad food and terrible service. We spent 3 nights in a different McMenamins and they do not care about the quality of their food or their service. You would think witj the amount of money the brothers have made that they would serve some decent food and have sone standards for their servers..

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4yourpleasure
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was an amazing delight! I made reservations through Open Table and requested a table outside overlooking the river. We were seated immediately. Our server was efficient and polite. We were celebrating a birthday and he wished the birthday girl a very happy birthday, which delighted her. I had the Brewer Salad, it was wonderful and the added grilled chicken was cooked to perfection. Lunch was served in a very timely manner which delighted me because I was prepared for a long wait. I'll definitely go back there for lunch. I'd love to stay there in a room overlooking the beautiful Columbia River. Our lunch was delightful, and watching the ships pass was spectacular. Anyone waiting a good meal, great drinks and likes the water would love having lunch at the Kalama Lodge.

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vipGayleW
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was our first visit & we enjoyed lunch in the pub. We waited about 45 minutes for our meal, but I we weren’t in a hurry. Fun place & very popular.

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CheriM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great time! The Cod was amazing and so was the goat cheese appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Busy on Friday night. Reservations a must. Nice view of river.

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kayR
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little noisy but that was due to the young men sitting at the table next to us.... they were talking over each other and got louder and louder.
French fries were OK... a little oily but good taste.
Salad, clam and chowder were excellent

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Anonymous
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The view is extraordinary but the food was okay. When you sit outside, you get served by the outside kitchen, which does not cook chicken! So odd! We’ve had better food at other locations. The waitress was friendly and attentive.

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DonS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. Service was great. When making the reservation I asked I hoped for a window table and we didn’t get one. The group before us and so did the group after us.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food delivery takes way too long but is getting better. Servers and food are great!

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