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The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - 48 Reviews - 7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (503) 408-1414

The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar

7937 SE Stark St (at SE 79th Avenue)
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 408-1414
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The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - Portland, OR
The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - Portland, OR
The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - Portland, OR
The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - Portland, OR
The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - Portland, OR
The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar - Portland, OR


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I have been a fan since this restaurant opened. The food is soooooooooooooooooooooo consistently good! The emphasis is quality food with attentive service. I have to admit being i...


Four of us had dinner there last night ( Oct 14,2011) and the general feeling was while the staff was fine and the ambiance OK the price / entree ratio left a bit to be desired. ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/3/2012

Disappointment. The service was slow and unfriendly. The prices were high. The food, dry and flavorless. For being in a group of 6, I got the pleasure of being charged 20% gratuity for all this fine service. They claim this is the new industry standard. I guess they think they are a trend setter or something, but after researching this, I've found this not to be true. more

Good Dessert 10/16/2011

Four of us had dinner there last night ( Oct 14,2011) and the general feeling was while the staff was fine and the ambiance OK the price / entree ratio left a bit to be desired. Two of us ordered the cast iron skillet fried chicken, one ordered the duck crepe and one the seafood pot pie. All were somewhat dissapointing. the fried chicken was overdone but the mashed potatos that came with them were interesting even if a little pasty. The seafood pot pie rated an ""Ehh"" from the lady who ordered it and my wife thought the duck crepe was pretty good to start but soon started tasting ""odd"" (I had a couple of bites and thought it much better than my chicken"". All the entrees besides being lack luster were rather undersized portions to boot. Even the women thought so. \r \r The side dishes we ordered, 2 salads. biscuits and collard greens, were pretty small portions and plain yet carried primo prices. I think a small serving of mixed greens with a bit of ~ blue cheese dressing for $7 (seems to be a favorite price for stuff) doesn't build customer loyalty. Three buttermilk biscuits (good) with a small paper cup of butterand a small conainer of honey for $7 again was a better deal, but not much. \r The collard greens I found interesting, kind of a sour pickled taste, but weren't a hit at the table. Probably my fault since I was the one that said ""oh I like them"".\r \r The high point of the meal was the shared desserts. we had a chocolate turtle ($7) tart that was delicious but way to small and the other couple shared a crisp of some sort. I wish I could say the deccaf coffee was excelent but I can't. Acceptable would be the best I could do.\r \r The whole meal with 3 glasses of wine and a beer came to $125 which seems a bit steep considering the quality and amout of food consumed. We weren't positively impressed by our dinning experience.\r \r I'd say if a couple went there with a coupon and ordered very carefully they could do better than we did, but it may not be worth the trouble considering the number of places with tasty meals and better prices in Portland. more

Worst martini I've ever ordered. 8/12/2010

We sat at the bar, ordered the fries, they looked cool, but were super greasy. Had the salad with egg, I could take it or leave it. As a non-meat eater, I was hard pressed to find much else to order. I wanted to leave at that point, just wasn't interested in trying anything else on the menu, especially after my martini wasn't even cold or dirty. more

Dinner birthday needs a re-do 10/17/2009

My family took me out for my birthday to the Country Cat last night. We had good service from the servers to be sure. The menu looked interesting and my son chose the chicken, I chose the pork, and my wife the lamb. I have to say that we were not impressed with any of the dishes. The chicken was the worst.... almost not edible because of the hard, dry, fried coating. The pork and lamb looked good and the sauce was a good mix, but the amount of fat in each was way too much and by the time we sorted the fat from the meat, there was not much left to eat. I was really expecting a superb dinner from Cats but was underwhelmed. Pros: service Cons: Main courses (lamb, pork, chicken) more

Disappointed 7/12/2009

Truly disappointed in our main courses. The chicken was dry, overcooked with a heavy tastless hush puppy breading, the Rib Eye was the worst cut I've ever seen served. We could tell from our neighbors plates that food is delivered generously so we skipped apps and wish we hadn't because those might've been good. The food menu sounds delicious and the drink menu is original and our choices were good. The greens shined while everything else just missed the mark. When the box for leftovers showed up I had to tell our excellent server it wasn't necessary...just didn't want to take any of it with me. Had such high hopes for this unique menu, but the cooks have to love the food too and they just don't seem to. Don't think we'll be back, but those greens may force me to give them another try. Pros: Tasty Greens, Decor, Service Cons: The Rest more

Continues to be AMAZING! 7/8/2009

I have been a fan since this restaurant opened. The food is soooooooooooooooooooooo consistently good! The emphasis is quality food with attentive service. I have to admit being irritated with reviews who say they aren't ""seated quickly"", and then grade a restaurant down. Everything may not be to your PERSONAL taste, but remains creative, sustainable and achingly GOOD! Take your server's recommendation... they know the menu and will insure a quality experience! Make sure you come BACK for brunch... OMG! Pros: Fabulous Service! Cons: No Lunch! more

Little too city 4/27/2009

Food was good but too pricey for the neighborhood. Seemed like I could get myself some Ice and a Lady of the night two blocks down! Pros: Meat eaters Cons: Location more

A little bit country, a lot of good food 4/12/2009

We went as a large group. I had read the reviews prior to going, so felt I was prepared for any ""issues"" that might have come my way re: tough meat, curt service or over rated food. I didn't find any of those things. \r \r The food was delicious - well balanced, NOT too complex or fussy, and very carefully prepared to bring out the best features of each item. Well worth the prices.\r \r Our group tries everyone else's entrees, and usually orderes several shared aps too, so I had a taste of a wide variety of items. The only item I didn't care for was the salad greens - don't know if they were just unusually bitter, or if they were designed to be so - either way, the dressing seemed to enhance the bitterness, so I gave it to my sister, and she ate every bite. Maybe just me.\r \r I had duck and it was excellent - a larege portion, so I shared. It was crispy on the outside, pan seered I think after roasting, and purrrrfect on the inside. Desserts were tasty too - cherry cheesecake was outstanding with dense not-too-sweet preserved black cherries.\r \r Reports of fried chicken, burger, salmon were all positive as well. Ravioli - if you like truffles you'll love it: paper thin pasta, generous truffle flavor inside and a hearty slice of truffle on top of each rav.\r \r Atmosphere - eh. Nothing spectacular - forgettable, actually. They could work on that a little to boost status from a neighborhood spot to a destination dining experience.\r \r Service was attentive eye-candy. tattoos galore and fun jewelry. Nothing intimidating or ""too cool for school"" as far as I could see. \r \r All in all, I will most likely go back. Pros: mussels, duck, mashers, biscuits, o-rings Cons: atmosphere - forgettable more

the place kick back and chow down 3/30/2009

I went to Country Cat a few weeks ago for brunch for the first time. I loved the interior - contemporary diner setting with a cool color scheme of orange and grey with beautiful wood. It kind of reminded me of the doug fir a bit inside. The menu was simple, with a clear point of view. Adam Sappington, the head chef, was running around with his overalls on - adorable! I opted for the WT - biscuits, sausage gravy and a fried egg on top...mmm. It was delicious!! The gravy was chunky goodness but was not heavy and didn't leave me feeling like I was about the heave over from a heart attack. My partner had the eggs benedict which were good, but I preferred my WT (White Trash?!) Anyways, I LOVED this place. Good people, great food and warm setting. Definitely one of the best brunches in town! Pros: biscuits and gravy Cons: What are the drawbacks? more

Hmmm, not impressed 3/14/2009

Perhaps I chose poorly from the menu, or perhaps I'm just picky. Either way our dinner at Country Cat last night didn't leave me planning to go back. \r Our group goes out monthly to a new restaurant to try it, have been doing this for 7 years now, and this was my first visit to Country Cat. It's worth noting the service was good (not great mind you, but good), very friendly, mostly prompt and attentive. A very minor nit, and one many ""open floor plan"" restaurants face, the kitchen aromas fill the restaurant; last night when we walked in we were met with a wall of ""smell"" (I say smell not fragrance or essence because it was an overwhelming 'fishy' odor that initially put me off due to it's strength).\r After settling in this is where the real disappointment begins. Our table ordered an assortment of salads, starters and meals along with mixed drinks, beer and wine. Everything showed up in a timely manner and together (+points). First penalty, many (maybe all) the mixed drinks were iced (now i know times are tight, but this does two bad things - 1, it reduces the drink to about 20% of it's volume, and 2, it waters down the flavors almost instantly) - lesson learned, stick w/ beer or wine here. On the appetizer, this is purely a personal taste thing, but I ordered the mushroom ravioli - wow, really NOT good. It's hard to describe it, but the texture was a bit like what i imagine that slimy stuff is on jellyfish on the beach, and the taste... well, it had layers of taste... which just went from bad to worse. Maybe that was an off night for the ravioli, maybe it's just not my palatte... hmm.\r Now the main course, for which I had high hopes, I ordered the ""whole hog"". On a side note, my wife ordered the braised beef and absolutely loved it. Two others in our group ordered the chicken, and had a similar reaction. My meal though - well here are the good points, it came on time... the pork chop was two bites worth, about twice the size of my wristwatch face, the pulled pork portion, average, but the worst was the piece of pork belly - tough and tiny. Oh, and all in all for two of us, our dinner bill topped $100.\r So will I be heading back to Country Cat, maybe, sometime in the future, when I don't have anywhere else to go, and I want an $8 beer, sure, but I think that will be a LOOOOOOOOONG time from now. Sorry Adam, I think you have some house cleaning to do here. Pros: Service Cons: Overwhelming food smells, middle of the road tastes more

downhome food with a PNW twist 3/1/2009

I took my family to the Country Cat for brunch. The food and friendly service at the country kitchen was fantastic. I had eggs benedict with smoked steelhead instead of ham and I loved it. My husband said that the Chicken was not southern fried chicken but the taste was just as good with the twist of Maple syrup. We will definitely go back. The only con was that the hostess seemed a bit slow. I was with my elderly father and there are no chairs to sit in while you wait. I saw a table open for about five minutes before she came back to the front to seat us. But I wouldn't let one employee ruin the experience or my review overall. Pros: excellent chicken and bloody mary's Cons: a bit slow being seated more

A new favorite 2/9/2009

My boyfriend and I are new to the Montavilla neighborhood, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover the Country Cat on a walk. I am so impressed by the quality and creativity of the food! The fried chicken is amazing, crispy and tender. We have only experienced brunch thus far but I can't wait to go back for dinner. It's a really warm and inviting atmosphere and the staff are all very charming and hip. I very much appreciate that the owner decided to open in our neighborhood when I'm sure he/she could have had enormous success somewhere downtown. (Very lucky for us!) Pros: Creative and delicious take on classic meals. Cons: None yet. more

Good place for birthday dinner 2/8/2009

A friend and I celebrated both of our birthdays with a dinner at the Country Cat. Both of us were happy with our meals and appetizers. Portions were good size, so we didn't have room for dessert. I have already recommended this place to other friends. Pros: Nice service, good size portions (value for your money) Cons: A little hard to find parking and dark side streets. more

GRUBBING 2/2/2009

Great food, comfortable space, friendly service. They will fill you up in a great way. I will be back for more soon. Pros: open 7 days, great room, hog plate Cons: nothing, worth the trip more

Great place for a family breakfast. 1/10/2009

We decided to try Country Cat on the recommendation of friends. Our son has some food allergies that are not easy to work with and although they got it wrong on the first try, they bent over backwards to make it work for him. They were gracious and sweet, and the owner came over personally to make sure everything was ok. The food was very good, and I especially liked that the delicious corn muffin came with honey and butter already mixed together. Extra points for the very tasty espresso drink. Pros: No wait at 9am, very clean, changing table in the bathroom. Cons: Slightly more expensive than other similar restaurants (worth it to us though.) more

Great food, great drinks and great service 12/30/2008

My husband and I went there for my birthday. We had planned to go to Portland City Grill, but the review for it only highlited the view, and being French the food for me is more important than some city view ( that I can see from OHSU anyway). Driving by these restaurant to go to work, we decided to give it a try and we were very pleased. My hubby is very difficult for his food and wanted to order the hmaburger; but in the last effort he ordered the Hog plate that he completely finished. We ordered for appetizer the potato duppling that were delicious for such a simple dish. We also had dessert: the Pudding trio: wonderful. The service was excellent, and our waitress was very helpful. I like the fact that it has an open kitchen and you can see them cooking. I'm sure that if this place was located near downtown in a more hip neighborhood they will charge more; but thanksfully their prices are low compare to the quality and the creativity of the platte of meals that they served; kudos to the chef and his wife for giving us such a great restaurant in this area of town. And by the way, we tried the Chehalem ""cerise"" gamay and merlot mix wine: so much flavor. Pros: on the East side and nearby theater more

YUM!!! 12/30/2008

I went to the Counrty Cat with a small group for our ""office christmas party"" and was very impressed. The atmosphere is great- kind of retro and hip- and very laid-back. Our waitress (I can't remember her name) was very nice. She really took care of us, offering advice on what to order, which plates were good for sharing, etc. She checked on us often and we never had to wait for refills or anything like that. The food was great!! comfort food at its best. The fried chicken is a must, the onion rings were divine!! I was worried when I read reviews saying that it was very loud, but although it was loud, I didn't really notice and had no problem carrying on a conversation (and the place was full most of the time we were there, so I can't imagine it gets much louder than that). The prices were much better than I was expecting, especially since the food was so good and in pretty large portions. We spent around $90 for the three of us (before tip) for starters, dinner, dessert, and drinks. (we didn't have cocktails- so that would have driven the price up a bit). Not bad for I night out. Pros: great food, cool atmosphere, friendly service Cons: a little out of the way more

Disappointed 11/29/2008

The first time we ate at The Country Cat (last July) it was delightful. I loved the range of flavors and the skillful execution of my meal. I took my kids there last night and it was quite a different experience. There was still a nice variety of items on the menu and as a vegetarian I really appreciate that there is more than one choice for me among all the meat. \r \r My autumn crostada had a lovely filling but the crust was tough and overcooked. Its burned taste overpowered the delicate filling of sweet winter vegetables. I know that such crusts aren't the easiest thing to execute skillfully but honestly I would have been embarrassed to serve something so poorly executed. My sons' burgers were tiny and were served adorned with slimy brown lettuce much past its prime. And the autumnal salad I ordered, while quite tasty, was wildly overpriced given that it consisted of a few grapes, one quartered fig, a tiny slice of toasted baguette, three leaves, and a smear of a very tasty cheese. Quite good but at $11Ifelt I'd been had.\r \r I understand that times are tough and that restaurants are suffering which is exactly why I chose to splurge and take my family out for a good meal. But I felt that corners were cut and my experience was nothing like my delightful first visit. \r \r One additional comment: I left with a headache because The Country Cat is so loud. It's nearly impossible to carry on a conversation.\r \r If you have tons of money and lots of free time to go out regularly, then do visit The Country Cat often. You have good odds of having a pleasant experience at least some of the time. But if you're watching your money and restaurant meals are a splurge, I'd suggest looking for a restaurant with better odds of providing a satisfying experience. Pros: varied menu, good intentions, pleasant servers Cons: inattention to detail more

We love this spot! 11/19/2008

Fantastic place to bring your is perfectly cooked and moderately priced. The owners are unbelievably warm and gracious. It's far from our house but SO worth the drive! Keep up the good work. more
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Owner Message

  • Sitting at the dinner table with family and friends is how memories and traditions are built. After 11 years at Portland's Wildwood Restaurant and Bar, chef Adam Sappington has created a casual, family-friendly atmosphere offering great food and service. His wife, Jackie, prepares the desserts. She has been Pastry Chef at local Portland hotspots such as, Cafe Azul, Lauro Kitchen, and New Seasons. Items like Rhubarb Pie, Chocolate Pudding with baked-to-order cookies, and the Fallen ice cream cone, will complement the dinner menu.
    The menu has a wide offering of vegetarian, seafood, and meat appetizers and entrees. The menu reflects the season- Spring vegetable Hand pies, wild king salmon, and Cast Iron skillet Fried Chicken with braised Bibb lettuce and Asparagus. A kids menu is available, and kids under 10 eat for free on Sunday.


  • Tattooed hipsters, wizened 80 year olds and Montavilla neighbors of all ages meet up at this soulful, family-friendly dinner house where the chef cooks in overalls and vestiges of this former...

  • 11/4/2009 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm Sat-Sun 9am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Montavilla, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program