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“Okay food, great atmosphere” 3 of 5 stars
Review of McMenamins Kennedy School

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 249-3983
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Ranked #397 of 3,540 restaurants in Portland
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Portland, OR
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Okay food, great atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This food here is just okay, typical mcmenamins fare consisting of burnt hamburgers, great fries, overpriced hommus. that being said, they have a great happy hour price on their food. Best thing about this place is the location and atmosphere. You can walk the halls of this former school before or after you eat for a real treat with regards to typical mcmeniamins artwork.
during summer months, the outdoor patio is a great place to hang out and have a beer.
The boiler room bar is a great place for a drink, and they also have a cigar bar too.
Many thursday nights, they have free shows in the old gym.

One of my favorite locations to bring people from out of town to get the portland vibe.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Portland, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Something for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The thing I like about The Kennedy School is that there are so many different bars and things to see/do. My friends and I especially like the Boiler Room Bar which was the schools boiler room. All the others have their perks, but this one has felt the most at home for us.

Visited January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Glad we stopped in.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Stop 2, on our McMenamins mini tour. Stopped in to have a late lunch and check out the property on our way from the Grand Lodge to Edgefield. Cool ambiance with all the different lights and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. We were there during happy hour and took advantage of that, good food and drink specials for sure. Our waiter was super nice, gave good suggestions and made us laugh. They have a huge outside seating area that would be great in the summer.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“decent food, slow service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It's a cute dining room, but every time I've gone the service is super slow. The food is typical McMenamins, okay but nothing to rave about.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is a neat place to visit. It was a school converted into bar/restaurant. The food is good. Nothing memorable, but decent prices. The atmosphere is one of fun. Weather permitting, it his a nice outdoor patio. They also hold events there include movie night, so check their schedule.

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