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“You've heard of farm-to-table?”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Kokanee Cafe

Kokanee Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Portland, Oregon
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49 reviews
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“You've heard of farm-to-table?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Well how 'bout stream to table? That's what could have been said of my wife's dish at Kokanee Cafe a few nights ago; grilled, stuffed, fresh trout filets, stacked on crispy polenta, a bed of spinach beneath, and surrounded by other savory delights. Probably didn't, but could very easily have come from the picturesque Metolius River, bubbling by just yards from where we were sitting. I chose a more ordinary sounding halibut cheeks dish, served with grilled asparagus on a bed of lentils, flavored with pork belly and tangerine. Prior to that, we'd shared a small plate of wild mushrooms sauteed in a garlic beurre blanc, and a beet salad that, besides beets, came with slices of plums, peaches, strawberries, some blueberries, almonds, hazelnuts, and a light dressing of honey and goat cheese. Having thoroughly enjoyed it all, we seriously contemplated making a dessert of the entree of grilled salmon, which was served on a bed of fresh cut fruit, having heard several at the next table over rave about it.

Point is, Kokanee Cafe is serving up some innovative, fresh, seriously good cuisine in this idyllic, woodsy setting, and after decades of visiting the Bend and Sisters area, we've yet to find a better place for dinner. Camp Sherman is worth the drive regardless, but a meal at Kokanee Cafe can make it something special. My one negative comment is that the screened porch/deck area can get pretty warm in the heat of summer months. And I'd suspect that the inside of the small restaurant gets warmer still, as I doubt there's A/C in there.

  • Visited July 2014
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful spot in the country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

It's worth driving out of Sisters to come here. Cafe doesn't actually describe it, its an excellent restaurant serving very good food, and allowing you to bring your own wine if you want to. We had a very pleasant evening here, with all the above, and attentive servers. We will definitely go again, next time we are in Sisters

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank StephenBP
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kuna
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Like everyone says, what's a place like this doing out in the woods?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Never would have found this place if it weren't for TripAdvisor but it sounded so intriguing we had to check it out. We got reservations at 8:30. Full of lots of people who didn't look like they'd come for the camping. Bread comes with olive oil and a house made spice mix. I had poached tuna, which is basically like a sous vide headcheese except with tuna, on greens. Unusual but tasty. Daughter had sauteed mushrooms, which were absolutely awesome. Young man had the daily special antipasto platter and it was really great but we sort of forgot what everything was by the time we got it. I do remember there was a deep fried poached egg. For the entree I had the lamb. It is not the most enormous portion I've ever had and it was a little fatty but it tasted amazing and I loved the housemde pancetta crisp hiding under the creamy, crispy polenta. Daughter ordered the vegetarian pasta special and they brought her the vegetarian plate by mistake but they corrected it quickly. We didn't have dessert but they looked great. Chef came out and checked in with us and the server also came over when she found out we were from Idaho. We'd try it again. You can sit outside but two of us have mosquito issues so we ate indoors. :)

  • Visited July 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Wholesome food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

We visited Kokanee Cafe on a round trip from Bend over the McKenzie Pass. The location was perfect for the early evening during the return leg back to Bend. The alternative would have been somewhere in Sisters. Salad starters were fine and we split a double cut pork chop for our main course which was no problem at all for the cafe. A full chop of this size each was just too much. It was served with wild mushroom bread pudding, broccolini, and a jus. The chop was nicely cooked but we both felt the bread pudding was a work in progress and with a few herbs, thyme and sage in particular and a bit more seasoning with a dash of sherry and it would be right up there. Overall it was wholesome ranch style cooking and presentation. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful.

Visited July 2014
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San Luis Obispo
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“not like last time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Was very excited to go back here after visiting last September but we were disappointed. The food was not bad, it just was not great. The antipasto plate that changes daily (I think) tasted as though it was left over from the day before, actually none of it had much taste. The seasoning they give you with your bread and dip in olive oil was very nice. Would like that recipe actually. My salmon was very good but my husbands pasta dish seemed tasteless. Our server was excellent and the atmosphere is lovely especially if you can sit outside on a nice evening. Inside is very charming also.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank susieQbee
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