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The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

4.5
586 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
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At The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar, American craft cooking is truly at its prime. The cozy, soulful restaurant is nestled in southeast Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood. The seasonally focused menu represents the best local offerings from surrounding markets ranging from ranch-direct meats to produce freshly picked from neighboring farms. Adam and Jackie Sappington have blended their talents as Chef and Pastry Chef to create this family-driven and community focused eatery.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Daily: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 408-1414
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adam Sappington
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SE 80th
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Parking details
There is off-street parking in the back of the building as well as street parking surrounding the restaurant.
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Public transit
Trimet Busline #15
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Best fried chicken in the city

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I always LOVE The Cat; however, brunch can be crowded. Even with a reservation, we waited 20 m for a table, then another 55 m for the food to arrive. It's great if you have time to spare. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great experience at the County Cat! Reserved for a business dinner, and the food and service was s exceptional! Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing food, service and overall experience. The cuisine was fresh, gorgeous and creative. Everything about this place is off the charts. The fried chicken is EVERYTHING.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We drove up from The Dalles, OR to see The Celtic Woman at the Schnitzer. I was looking online for a good place to eat and everything downtown seemed so expensive and parking is always an issue. We stopped on our way and were very pleased and loved our meal. It was a treat we don't often get to do. Now can you come to The Dalles and open up a 2nd restaurant. We need a good farm to table organic healthy restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food was wonderful and service was outstanding. Unique dining experience, especially for out of town guests. Will definitely go there again.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Braised beef was delicious with the fingerling potatoes. Their fries are amazing. Order biscuits with butter and honey for an appetizer. Fried chicken did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always good. Excellent food value and nice ambiance .

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Celebrating two couples anniversaries - we asked the waitress for the four favorites for her - and ordered them. We had great fun with her planning the bottle that would enhance the chicken, salmon, and pork! No small task. We three tasted until we picked the bottle - she was patient - nay encouraging - to our task! Our designated driver was jealous! Then we tasted all around - my favorite was the pork -3- ways, secondly, the chicken. But all four were delightfully done. The 4th was the beef. It's a straightforward, casual place with heartwarming menu choices, each executed with spirit and novelty. Happy to return!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food with huge portions! Unfortunately the service was lacking, and even after the brunch rush was gone, getting what you needed from a waitress was tough!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I was excited to try Brunch here. Despite a couple of issues, I enjoyed the meal and would return.

We had a reservation and was seated promptly. Server quickly checked in and got our drink order. She got our food order after a bit of a wait. Then, we waited for almost an hour before the food arrived. The waitress refilled our drinks a couple times. As the wait got long she apologized and said we got behind a big order. Whatever.

The food arrived at last and we dug in. My fried chicken with spoon bread was awesome. It had a small side salad that was very good. The spoon bread was a large chunk of dense corn bread. A little sweet, with pecans on top and drizzled with syrup. So moist and delicious. And, it paired well with the super crunchy fried chicken. This dish was 5 star worthy.

My wife's order of pancakes were horrible. Thin and had a strangely hard exterior. Not crisp. Tough. Inside was not fluffy at all. The sausage that came with the pancakes appeared to be store bought. Meh. Did the pancakes sit under the lights too long? Who knows. She was totally disappointed.

Our friends egg dishes looked fine and they appeared to enjoy them.

Guess we'll go back and I'll stick to the chicken.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

A trip to Montavilla was in order to experience this eatery. A 3 time 'James Beard' nominee, preparing what could be simple NW fare, with an amazing touch. Complex and layered flavors, even with what could be basic fried chicken. The greens had pieces of meat within, a smoky flavor and just the right bite. The salmon dish was actually a medley of seafood, again with layers of flavor. The wedge salad was a new one for me, made with tender bib lettuce, versus a chunk of iceberg. Add the egg on top, and I could have made that my meal. Decent drink selections rounded out the menu.

All in all, a decent meal in a great local establishment. Will I return? Maybe not soon, due only to the distance from home, and the number of similar venues in Portland. But if I lived closer, this place would become a regular haunt for our household.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

As always, the brunch at Country Cat was great, and the Bloody Mary's extraordinary. The server was very attentive and personable, without being overbearing. I especially appreciated that they had toned way down or eliminated the background music. In the past, the loud music had been overpowering.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a nice time for Mother's Day. The food did not rock us for a loop but it was fine. We got what we wanted and that worked for us.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went to the Country Cat for the first time for Mom's Day with the family. Food was great and the service was awesome. Server was very patient considering she had to explain a couple items to my kids. Really fresh food and cocktails did not disappoint. Will come back here for sure. The portions are big. You won't leave hungry.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We celebrated Mother’s Day and our son’s birthday. Our server was great. Menu offerings looked good. Prices were too high for what we got. My husband is vegan and there were fewer options on the menu than there were online. He does eat fish sometimes though so ordered the fish and chips. They were awful: greasy and dry. Probably won’t return.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

So good we stopped at the airport location three days later on our way out of town.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love going to Country Cat. Brought some work friends here for a dinner and everyone loved it! A lot hadn't been before and ordered the fried chicken, and all said they would be back!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The music was too loud, we couldn't hear each other speaking. Food was good, service was good.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Interesting and tasty food, but very noisy. Good if you want something different and worth the time. But not romantic nor is it good for a large group that wants to converse.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing food, grrat place. Service was a bit slow, but friendly .

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We like eating there.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE the simplicity of the menu and food, not too much done just PERFECT

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We love brunch at The Country Cat. It's a great place to take our family when they are visiting.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Came here based on some recommendations from good friends who know good food. This place did not disappoint. Everything tasted good. From the appetizer to the entree to the drinks. Service was good. Our son, who's 14 months loved the biscuits and the wine braised beef and carrots and parsnips. We will definitely make the trek out here again if we are ever in Portland.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Went for two Birthdays and we all had the fried chicken dinner. All four of us enjoyed the dinner and service was great! Good biscuits too!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Some of our dinners were very warm and some were not. Mashed potatoes were good but on the cold side. Salad was very plain. Lettuce only, no other veggies. Bread was an extra charge and it was terrible. I would not go back. Service was excellent !!!!!!
It was very loud, hard to talk without yelling accross the table.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Met 4 friends from our if town who'd heard about it in TV. Shredded pork and sweet sausage gravy with Sunday Brunch were awesome! Great service. Yes, they do take and confirm reservations.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The noise-level generated by patrons rose to a level that each had to talk over each other. There is no sound deadening for the acoustics (floor rugs, wall hangings, ceiling absorption devices) and I had to resort to reading lips to understand what people across from me were saying. Of course kids added to the mix made it worse. (Oh and my last audibility check showed I can still hear very well in both ears :). Despite that - its great food and service......

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Enjoyed the food. We will go again, but not for Sunday brunch. Too busy.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

First time eating here and wasn't disappointed. We had reserved a table for 5. Was ready when we got there. Food was amazing. Best Fried Chicken and greens! Our service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Service excellent from the moment we stepped in the door. Food is always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I had my first Country Cat to-go meal at PDX & I was hooked! It made a long & tortuous flight to Florida go much more quickly with my country ham sandwich taste sensation. A year later my husband & I then took the trek over from Beaverton to the Stark location to have the fried chicken & collard greens, along with some kind of cobbler that was out of this world. Fast forward to today, when I met my family for a casual Easter dinner, and once again the food & cobbler (rhubarb this time!) was out of this world delicious! I actually like the atmosphere there, with the cooks calling out the orders & the different amazing aromas coming from the kitchen. You can tell it used to be some kind of diner before it became the Country Cat, that I imagine my Dad frequented when he worked at Mr. Plywood down the street in the late 60's. Love everything about it, even the prices seemed reasonable for the high quality food presented.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch. This place is always yummy.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We had to wait for our reserved table until most of us arrived. Stood around for 10-15 mins. It was SO NOISY. That was the biggest distractor, that and they did not carry any Riesling.
The food was good, not great. The chicken, pork and fish were a little over-cooked.
I was a little disappointed compared to the last time I was there a few years ago.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

First time visiting. Food was tasty, service was quick and efficient. Will definitely be back to try some more.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Super service from greeting to check. The food is top notch without being pretentious. The fried chicken and the salmon were perfect! Will be back for sure...

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I’ve eaten here about four times. Every other time the service is great. It was not on this trip. Still great odds, everyone has a off night so I was t too worried. The food was amazing as always. So good!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a lovely time and all four of us really enjoyed our food.

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