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McMenamins Kennedy School

$$ - $$$American, ,
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7302
+1 503-249-3983
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“tater tots” (15 reviews)
“burger” (21 reviews)
“salad” (22 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7302
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well I finally had to opportunity to visit this restaurant. IT. WAS. FUN. A renovated school, into a watering hole and dining stop. Entertainment is provided by the staff. Roaming opera singers. School themes everywhere. The burgers were great. The local beers, great. Service was...More

Thank Greg K
Reviewed 17 October 2017

There are a lot of places to go drink in Kennedy School. But if you feel like having a meal then the Courtyard Restaurent is the place to go. You can eat inside or eat outdoors on nice sunny days. To get to the Restaurant...More

Thank RSNN
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

You’ll find great food in this restored school built over 100 years ago. This McMenamins has outdoor seating, full bar - more than one, hotel, theatre, and soaking pools. If you’re just coming for the food it’s well worth. It’s a busy and lively restaurant....More

Thank MacRanger
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I did not stay here, but I did visit and ate and had some of their beers. It is an old middle school that was made into a hotel/ bar/ restaurants. The food was good and like all the McMenamins places they have a lot...More

Thank iLOV3F00D
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Quirky place that is worth a visit even if you don't stay at their hotel. Interesting to see how the school is converted into different bars/restaurants/movie theater and hotel. Unique atmosphere, eccentric design, fascinating experience. We had dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant, which by itself...More

Thank picolina
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Order a flight of whiskey and a flight of beer and an order of tasty Cajun tots, kick back by a fire pit and chill-lax. The staff will keep the fire going.

Thank Lawrence D
Reviewed 24 September 2017

McMenamins is such a unique group in Portland. Kennedy school is proof of that. McMenamins is a old school that has been transformed into a hotel/restaurants/bars all in one building. Almost like an urban resort, you never have to leave. The hotel is on the...More

Thank lmstrad83
M J, General Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and your food. We hope to see you for a movie soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to this McMenamins location and it was horrible derived. It took 75 minutes to get out food. The wait staff disappeared for long periods. The bar manager finally comped our meal and said the kitchen manager was not on site....More

Thank Kevin M
M J, General Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

We are very sorry to hear about your experience during Oktoberfest. We underestimated the popularity of this event and assure you the long wait you experienced is not the standard. We do hope you will give us another chance in the future. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

The venue is amazing. There are so many different areas. Loved the boiler room bar which felt like an Irish pub with dim lighting and great wait staff. Ate in the courtyard. The food was excellent. But the food delivery was sooo slow. Over 40...More

Thank ddemara
M J, General Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for writing a review. We appreciate all of your feedback and are glad to hear you enjoyed the venue. We are sorry for the long waits for food and beverage and will be reviewing your comments with our team. We strive to have...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

Interesting options and very good food. The service was fine. Interesting to eat at an old school. Even the walk into the restaurant was interesting.

Thank skormama
M J, General Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again.

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Yes - there were at least 3 holiday parties there tonight for private groups
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:00 am
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7:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7302
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-249-3983
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  • This restaurant is at McMenamins Kennedy School
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