Kennedy School

★★★★☆
Grade school turned hotel, restaurant and bar helps revive a neighborhood--and lots of childhood memories.
  • 5736 NE 33rd Ave

    Portland, OR 97211

    Cross street: Northeast Jessup Street

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  • 503-249-3983

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Daily 12am-11:55pm

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The joy of a burger, a fireplace and a quiet comfortable place to sip brown whiskey. It's not cutting edge and it doesn't need to be. Kennedy School is clubby yet accessible, one of the bigger and more impressive McMenamins reclamation

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★★★★★

The joy of a burger, a fireplace and a quiet comfortable place to sip brown whiskey. It's not cutting edge and it doesn't need to be. Kennedy School is clubby yet accessible, one of the bigger and more impressive McMenamins reclamation

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One of the more impressive of the McMenamins spots, it's worth the visit just to explore and experience the courtyard in the summertime. The food, as always, is a disappointment.

3
★★★★★

One of the more impressive of the McMenamins spots, it's worth the visit just to explore and experience the courtyard in the summertime. The food, as always, is a disappointment.

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have been here several times, and never had a bad experience. McMenamin's food isn't horrible, but it's not a 5 start restaurant either-nor does it pretend to be. They have good bar food, and a fun atmosphere. My husband and I have been

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★★★★★

have been here several times, and never had a bad experience. McMenamin's food isn't horrible, but it's not a 5 start restaurant either-nor does it pretend to be. They have good bar food, and a fun atmosphere. My husband and I have been

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Believe what you hear about their mediocre food and not so great service....it's generally true.

This place, however, still has my heart. I love the idea of taking an old school and making it a hot spot again. It's a beautiful space and

3
★★★★★

Believe what you hear about their mediocre food and not so great service....it's generally true.

This place, however, still has my heart. I love the idea of taking an old school and making it a hot spot again. It's a beautiful space and

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My date wanted to come here because she had never been. I was hesitant because I know how they are here and their food is usually horrible, but she wanted to go and I wanted my date to have fun. It started off as typical McMenamins fashion, rude servers or hosts and bar tenders and a creepy somewhat dirty establishment. The employees always have an attitude before one word is even spoken. It doesn't matter which city you visit, with McMenamins it is always the same.
I put in my name in with the host to get a table at their restaurant, Courtyard. He told me 30-45 min. just to get seated and the restaurant was only maybe half full. There were empty tables and no one else in line. Did they have a server on break or what? Geez! So he gave me the pager and I said OK we'll be waiting at the bar. We were sitting there for at least 45 min. and another couple that came in way after us (I know this because they came in the bar looking for a seat and they weren't waiting at the front when I put my name in).
What happens next is why I hate McMenamins and will never go back to this place. The host walks up to the bar tender and starts talking to him maybe 10 feet from us and at the same time the couple who came in after us is getting seated in the booth we should have gotten. Now I was pissed. I held up the pager toward the host and said we are still here. He said oh I guess it didn't go off, we are having trouble with a couple of the pagers what number is it? I wanted to say are you kidding me was it too far to walk to the bar and get us in person?! Jackass! So now we get seated in a huge booth (that by the way was vacant when we got there 45+ mins. before). Now we have to sit so far across the huge booth that we can't even talk to each other. The food was surprisingly decent, it's usually very bland or greasy.
I've heard from people who have worked for the McMenamin brothers that they work you to the bone with minimum pay. I did tip the waitress 20% because she actually did a great job, but for the business establishments and most employees they get a D- on customer service and overall experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

My date wanted to come here because she had never been. I was hesitant because I know how they are here and their food is usually horrible, but she wanted to go and I wanted my date to have fun. It started off as typical McMenamins fashion, rude servers or hosts and bar tenders and a creepy somewhat dirty establishment. The employees always have an attitude before one word is even spoken. It doesn't matter which city you visit, with McMenamins it is always the same.
I put in my name in with the host to get a table at their restaurant, Courtyard. He told me 30-45 min. just to get seated and the restaurant was only maybe half full. There were empty tables and no one else in line. Did they have a server on break or what? Geez! So he gave me the pager and I said OK we'll be waiting at the bar. We were sitting there for at least 45 min. and another couple that came in way after us (I know this because they came in the bar looking for a seat and they weren't waiting at the front when I put my name in).
What happens next is why I hate McMenamins and will never go back to this place. The host walks up to the bar tender and starts talking to him maybe 10 feet from us and at the same time the couple who came in after us is getting seated in the booth we should have gotten. Now I was pissed. I held up the pager toward the host and said we are still here. He said oh I guess it didn't go off, we are having trouble with a couple of the pagers what number is it? I wanted to say are you kidding me was it too far to walk to the bar and get us in person?! Jackass! So now we get seated in a huge booth (that by the way was vacant when we got there 45+ mins. before). Now we have to sit so far across the huge booth that we can't even talk to each other. The food was surprisingly decent, it's usually very bland or greasy.
I've heard from people who have worked for the McMenamin brothers that they work you to the bone with minimum pay. I did tip the waitress 20% because she actually did a great job, but for the business establishments and most employees they get a D- on customer service and overall experience.

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I've been going to the Kennedy School for years for their movies, live music, and outdoor courtyard. Inexplicably, I only recently was introduced to the Boiler Room Pub, downstairs near the South parking lot door. It's the most interesting room in all of the Mc. Pubs. Industrial/factory articfacts galore, and the real authentic 50+ year old stuff. If you know someone who's into machinery, take them here for an unusual experience.

4
★★★★☆

I've been going to the Kennedy School for years for their movies, live music, and outdoor courtyard. Inexplicably, I only recently was introduced to the Boiler Room Pub, downstairs near the South parking lot door. It's the most interesting room in all of the Mc. Pubs. Industrial/factory articfacts galore, and the real authentic 50+ year old stuff. If you know someone who's into machinery, take them here for an unusual experience.

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Good place to take out of town visitors to.

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★★★☆☆

Good place to take out of town visitors to.

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This old school has been converted into a McMenamin's Hotel where you can go and drink all you want and then stay the night at the hotel keeping you from having to drive under the influence. While this is always a good idea this is much more exciting than your normal hotel and bar. This place has both a movie theater and a hot pool on site, as well as rooms with chalkboards you can spend hours decorating. There is also a restaurant and multiple bars with exciting names like detention and the boiler room. Best of all McMenamin's has great food and beer. I personally enjoy the Ruby Red. There are multiple McMenamin's locations and I hope to check out more of them in the future. Best of all its completely a reasonable price and many packages even come with food and beer.

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★★★★☆

This old school has been converted into a McMenamin's Hotel where you can go and drink all you want and then stay the night at the hotel keeping you from having to drive under the influence. While this is always a good idea this is much more exciting than your normal hotel and bar. This place has both a movie theater and a hot pool on site, as well as rooms with chalkboards you can spend hours decorating. There is also a restaurant and multiple bars with exciting names like detention and the boiler room. Best of all McMenamin's has great food and beer. I personally enjoy the Ruby Red. There are multiple McMenamin's locations and I hope to check out more of them in the future. Best of all its completely a reasonable price and many packages even come with food and beer.

Pros: hot pool, movie theater, multiple bars

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I am so glad they rescued this history! We come for movies, food, and beer but did originally stay the night here. The rooms are the old classrooms lined in chalkboards and our stay was very fun.

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★★★★★

I am so glad they rescued this history! We come for movies, food, and beer but did originally stay the night here. The rooms are the old classrooms lined in chalkboards and our stay was very fun.

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If you know McMenamins, then you don't need to read about their menu, though there are some nice additions to it here. What I love is the unique atmosphere. The downstairs boiler room pub is just too cool. Once again they did a great job of converting a very mundane part of an old building into a special room The main floor courtyard is wonderful on any evening it isn't raining. Worth a trip.

2
★★★★☆

If you know McMenamins, then you don't need to read about their menu, though there are some nice additions to it here. What I love is the unique atmosphere. The downstairs boiler room pub is just too cool. Once again they did a great job of converting a very mundane part of an old building into a special room The main floor courtyard is wonderful on any evening it isn't raining. Worth a trip.

Pros: Seasonal beers done right

Cons: Distance from my home!

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I'm fron Southern California, and it's been difficult finding good eats in Beaverton. I went out to this restaurant/bar/movie theater and was pleasantly surprised! After we got through the long wait, Friday night, ended up ordering dinner from the bar, and having it delivered to us at their theater located in the same building (you can imagine how big this place must be). I even had wine while I was having dinner. Not the coziest seating, but definitely different from California. Love it! Can't wait to take my friends who'll visit soon.

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★★★★★

I'm fron Southern California, and it's been difficult finding good eats in Beaverton. I went out to this restaurant/bar/movie theater and was pleasantly surprised! After we got through the long wait, Friday night, ended up ordering dinner from the bar, and having it delivered to us at their theater located in the same building (you can imagine how big this place must be). I even had wine while I was having dinner. Not the coziest seating, but definitely different from California. Love it! Can't wait to take my friends who'll visit soon.

Pros: movie theater and restaurant all in one

Cons: crowded on weekends

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If you pop on in to the Boiler Room on any given Friday or Saturday night be sure to bring a patio lounger! I swear to God and all creation, McMenamins must mean "neat places with horrible staffing and boring food" in the Irish dictionary. This place is not only under-staffed, but the help they do have seems more interested in their second-hand-store fashion than getting things out quickly with a smile.

And for the record, the french fries at ANY McMenanmins are the most horrible tasting potato products you will ever put in your mouth. The fascinating thing is that they've always been that way. Always. And the rest of the food is so sub-par as to be considered filler. Surely a public taste-test would reveal what everyone already knows: that no one goes to McMenamins for the food.

People go to McMenamins because they either want to show an out-of-towner "how cool" it is, or because their establishments are usually crowed and so want to feel their group is part of something bigger going on.

Come for the beer and decor, but do not expect more.

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★★☆☆☆

If you pop on in to the Boiler Room on any given Friday or Saturday night be sure to bring a patio lounger! I swear to God and all creation, McMenamins must mean "neat places with horrible staffing and boring food" in the Irish dictionary. This place is not only under-staffed, but the help they do have seems more interested in their second-hand-store fashion than getting things out quickly with a smile.

And for the record, the french fries at ANY McMenanmins are the most horrible tasting potato products you will ever put in your mouth. The fascinating thing is that they've always been that way. Always. And the rest of the food is so sub-par as to be considered filler. Surely a public taste-test would reveal what everyone already knows: that no one goes to McMenamins for the food.

People go to McMenamins because they either want to show an out-of-towner "how cool" it is, or because their establishments are usually crowed and so want to feel their group is part of something bigger going on.

Come for the beer and decor, but do not expect more.

Pros: Decent Beer, Neat Building

Cons: Long Waits, Lackluster Food

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Stayed for a night with my wife both had a real great time. What could be greater than a fun afternoon of playing games going here going out to dinner then watching a movie followed by a stroll. I know getting to not have to drive home plastered and staying right there were it all went down.

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★★★★☆

Stayed for a night with my wife both had a real great time. What could be greater than a fun afternoon of playing games going here going out to dinner then watching a movie followed by a stroll. I know getting to not have to drive home plastered and staying right there were it all went down.

Pros: Everything you need is right there

Cons: A little noisy

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The service was great, the waitress took our jokes with a wonderful spirit, was very professional, the food was great (complements to the chefs), the drink was great and the sweets were amazing, the whole atmosphere was very nice and encouraging, we were there on Cico de Mayo, the only things if they would just have longer happy hours until 7:00 or even 8:00 because by the time we leave our offices and drive there the happy hour will end so help us out here guys, we love your place but we also love the Happy hour ;) it was a great experience and I loved it, for sure I am going back there with my friends, family, everybody and his dog, it fit for all.

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★★★★★

The service was great, the waitress took our jokes with a wonderful spirit, was very professional, the food was great (complements to the chefs), the drink was great and the sweets were amazing, the whole atmosphere was very nice and encouraging, we were there on Cico de Mayo, the only things if they would just have longer happy hours until 7:00 or even 8:00 because by the time we leave our offices and drive there the happy hour will end so help us out here guys, we love your place but we also love the Happy hour ;) it was a great experience and I loved it, for sure I am going back there with my friends, family, everybody and his dog, it fit for all.

Pros: Wonderful and fast service the waitress was just great.

Cons: The happy hours are too short.

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Plan on staying a while, you don't want to rush your experience. Take a tour around the school, check out the different rooms/bars, the photos and history... Truly an experience! Awesome food selection and their brews can't be beat. Ruby is my favorite, but the IPA, Porter and Stout are worth checking out. Or try the Rubinator (a combo of Ruby and Terminator Stout). Spring/Summer evenings are especially nice on the patio when the big fireplace is lit.

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★★★★☆

Plan on staying a while, you don't want to rush your experience. Take a tour around the school, check out the different rooms/bars, the photos and history... Truly an experience! Awesome food selection and their brews can't be beat. Ruby is my favorite, but the IPA, Porter and Stout are worth checking out. Or try the Rubinator (a combo of Ruby and Terminator Stout). Spring/Summer evenings are especially nice on the patio when the big fireplace is lit.

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Communication break down burger is so good! I love the atmosphere of the Kennedy School, not so happy with the service when they are busy, but the burger makes it worth it and the fries, holy cow make sure your order ranch to go with them!

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★★★★☆

Communication break down burger is so good! I love the atmosphere of the Kennedy School, not so happy with the service when they are busy, but the burger makes it worth it and the fries, holy cow make sure your order ranch to go with them!

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I usually eat in the Courtyard Restaurant. The menu has lots to choose from. The quality of food is consistently good. Service is always attentive. The drinks are wonderful, my favorites are the Ruby beer or their Lemon Drops. The atmosphere is extremely appealing. There is something for everyone here. I've gone for drinks with adults, movies with friends, dinner with the family (including little kids). This place is good for small and large groups. The desserts look good, but I'm always too full to try them.

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★★★★★

I usually eat in the Courtyard Restaurant. The menu has lots to choose from. The quality of food is consistently good. Service is always attentive. The drinks are wonderful, my favorites are the Ruby beer or their Lemon Drops. The atmosphere is extremely appealing. There is something for everyone here. I've gone for drinks with adults, movies with friends, dinner with the family (including little kids). This place is good for small and large groups. The desserts look good, but I'm always too full to try them.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Sometimes busy and hard to find seating right away.

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We went here for my husband's 20 year high school reunion. It was a GREAT place for it. People could stay all night there if they wanted/needed. Food was good and of course, the beer was great.

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★★★★☆

We went here for my husband's 20 year high school reunion. It was a GREAT place for it. People could stay all night there if they wanted/needed. Food was good and of course, the beer was great.

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People who live in Portland have no idea how amazing a place like McMenamin's is. The fact that you can watch a movie AND get a beer for under $10 is amazing. Every time I visit Portland, I go to a McMenamin's and catch a movie. Also, while on my soap box, Portlanders also take for granted they are spoiled with some of the best beer in the country, no sales tax and a climate that is way better than people say (I still tell people I meet that it rains every day in Portland so they won't move there and make the traffic worse). Portlanders, drink an amazing micro-brew for me!

Your jealous friend in San Diego.

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★★★★★

People who live in Portland have no idea how amazing a place like McMenamin's is. The fact that you can watch a movie AND get a beer for under $10 is amazing. Every time I visit Portland, I go to a McMenamin's and catch a movie. Also, while on my soap box, Portlanders also take for granted they are spoiled with some of the best beer in the country, no sales tax and a climate that is way better than people say (I still tell people I meet that it rains every day in Portland so they won't move there and make the traffic worse). Portlanders, drink an amazing micro-brew for me!

Your jealous friend in San Diego.

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I have eaten at the restaurant a few times and it is just ok, but I really love watching movies here! Couches+beer+good movie = fun

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★★★★☆

I have eaten at the restaurant a few times and it is just ok, but I really love watching movies here! Couches+beer+good movie = fun

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This renovated schoolhouse has been turned into a hotel, restaurant, movie theater, and community gathering spot. It is a nice place to catch an older movie while having pizza and an excellent microbrew. The restaurant food is okay, not great, but the fun atmosphere makes up for it.

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★★★★☆

This renovated schoolhouse has been turned into a hotel, restaurant, movie theater, and community gathering spot. It is a nice place to catch an older movie while having pizza and an excellent microbrew. The restaurant food is okay, not great, but the fun atmosphere makes up for it.

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User pancakesthebunny's review is exactly spot on. I usually like to go into more detail but I'm not sure I could do a better job. In summary, the food is miserable. Our breakfast was barely warm at best and quite terrible. The coffee took forever to arrive and sat empty for quite some time once it was poured. Please tell me how you can screw up breakfast? Is there an easier meal to make than scrambled eggs and sausage? It seems to me McMenamin's is resting on their reputation and letting complacency take the lead. Very cool building and theme but huge disappointment in the restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

User pancakesthebunny's review is exactly spot on. I usually like to go into more detail but I'm not sure I could do a better job. In summary, the food is miserable. Our breakfast was barely warm at best and quite terrible. The coffee took forever to arrive and sat empty for quite some time once it was poured. Please tell me how you can screw up breakfast? Is there an easier meal to make than scrambled eggs and sausage? It seems to me McMenamin's is resting on their reputation and letting complacency take the lead. Very cool building and theme but huge disappointment in the restaurant.

Pros: Neat building, tasteful restoration, cool amenities

Cons: deplorable food, lacking service

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McMenamin's pubs enjoy more popularity than they should. The buildings are fascinating - especially the Kennedy School, which is almost like a freaky haunted house. The soak tub is a neat feature, but it closes at 10pm. And the movie theatre is affordable, comfortable (with couches!) and usually has good movies, especially the movie afternoon for moms with kids.

However, the food at the Kennedy School is severely lacking. I can't stress that enough. The salsa is like flavorless ketchup - how do you mess up salsa? The only decent menu item is the tater tots. It should be noted that the McMeniman's at Edgefield has equally bad food - serving overcooked (possibly previously frozen?) shrimp and cold chicken at $20 a plate. Drinks are interesting but overpriced, and the bartenders I've had there couldn't mix a decent mojito even with my explicit (but friendly) instructions.

Overall, it's a great place to go once or to take your tourist friends, but the food, drinks and prices make it a one-time thing. It's "cool" and "trendy" but every time I hear someone say that it's "the way to get to know Portland and Portlanders," I cringe.

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★★☆☆☆

McMenamin's pubs enjoy more popularity than they should. The buildings are fascinating - especially the Kennedy School, which is almost like a freaky haunted house. The soak tub is a neat feature, but it closes at 10pm. And the movie theatre is affordable, comfortable (with couches!) and usually has good movies, especially the movie afternoon for moms with kids.

However, the food at the Kennedy School is severely lacking. I can't stress that enough. The salsa is like flavorless ketchup - how do you mess up salsa? The only decent menu item is the tater tots. It should be noted that the McMeniman's at Edgefield has equally bad food - serving overcooked (possibly previously frozen?) shrimp and cold chicken at $20 a plate. Drinks are interesting but overpriced, and the bartenders I've had there couldn't mix a decent mojito even with my explicit (but friendly) instructions.

Overall, it's a great place to go once or to take your tourist friends, but the food, drinks and prices make it a one-time thing. It's "cool" and "trendy" but every time I hear someone say that it's "the way to get to know Portland and Portlanders," I cringe.

Pros: very interesting building

Cons: bad food, bad mixed drinks, high prices

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My husband and I often choose Kennedy School for low key evenings out. As many others have mentioned, the food is not particularly stellar, (burgers are rather cardboard, but toppings are lush and tasty), but you can't beat the funky, homey ambiance. We arrive early, and wander through the fun, art filled halls, checking out all the murals, mosaics and frivolous artistic flourishes that can be found everywhere, along with copious amounts of school memorabilia. McMenamins employed local artisans, and the witty Portland aesthetic pervades the building, which is just a beautiful elegant structure to begin with. We order food at the restaurant and bring it into the gym to settle into a comfy couch for the film. Very homey, with fun and no cooking or cleanup. A great cheap date. We always seem to get lucky with street parking

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★★★★★

My husband and I often choose Kennedy School for low key evenings out. As many others have mentioned, the food is not particularly stellar, (burgers are rather cardboard, but toppings are lush and tasty), but you can't beat the funky, homey ambiance. We arrive early, and wander through the fun, art filled halls, checking out all the murals, mosaics and frivolous artistic flourishes that can be found everywhere, along with copious amounts of school memorabilia. McMenamins employed local artisans, and the witty Portland aesthetic pervades the building, which is just a beautiful elegant structure to begin with. We order food at the restaurant and bring it into the gym to settle into a comfy couch for the film. Very homey, with fun and no cooking or cleanup. A great cheap date. We always seem to get lucky with street parking

Pros: bursting with silly creativity

Cons: wish the food were a little better

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Love McMenamins wherever they are and the Kennedy School is included. Great place, great atmosphere, good food. Excellent restuarant to go for something different.

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★★★★☆

Love McMenamins wherever they are and the Kennedy School is included. Great place, great atmosphere, good food. Excellent restuarant to go for something different.

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This McMenamins location is as different and yet outstanding as all of the others I've experienced. It is a great location to go just for drinks, drinks & dinner, or drinks, dinner & a movie. Gosh, as if that is not enough, you could also stay the night in one of the old classrooms which have been converted into hotel rooms.

No matter what you go to Kennedy School for .... be sure to have some of the fries or tater tots!

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★★★★☆

This McMenamins location is as different and yet outstanding as all of the others I've experienced. It is a great location to go just for drinks, drinks & dinner, or drinks, dinner & a movie. Gosh, as if that is not enough, you could also stay the night in one of the old classrooms which have been converted into hotel rooms.

No matter what you go to Kennedy School for .... be sure to have some of the fries or tater tots!

Pros: great brew; tater tots/french fries; ambience

Cons: limited beer-alternatives for those who don't care for beer; parking lot fills up quickly

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What a weird place to have a pub, but the old school works perfect. The bar/dining is the only place in the building i've been so i can't say about the rest of the place but the food is the standard mcmenimins (which is good tavern food) and the beer is well, the best around. Didn't they start the whole micro brewery thing?

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★★★★☆

What a weird place to have a pub, but the old school works perfect. The bar/dining is the only place in the building i've been so i can't say about the rest of the place but the food is the standard mcmenimins (which is good tavern food) and the beer is well, the best around. Didn't they start the whole micro brewery thing?

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Yes they have the market on this niche....but the service is the worst! Been there 3 times since March 2005 and each time they have forgotten to bring the appetizer (item served prior to a meal!) completely or bring it with the meals.

We sat at the table for 35 minutes after placing our order....person brought out my salad and when I told her I didn't have any untensils she said she'd tell my waiter. Ten minutes later the waiter came by with the appetizer...and I still couldn't eat my freakin salad.

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★☆☆☆☆

Yes they have the market on this niche....but the service is the worst! Been there 3 times since March 2005 and each time they have forgotten to bring the appetizer (item served prior to a meal!) completely or bring it with the meals.

We sat at the table for 35 minutes after placing our order....person brought out my salad and when I told her I didn't have any untensils she said she'd tell my waiter. Ten minutes later the waiter came by with the appetizer...and I still couldn't eat my freakin salad.

Pros: Good beer

Cons: Lousy Parking, Long waits, Horrible Service

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You would have to understand the whole McMenamins thing to really understand any of their locations, but this has to be one of the coolest ever. Theater, Detention Bar (smoking), Honors Bar (non smoking), the Gymnasimn for large parties, they have a soaking pool, gift shop, Hotel rooms, etc. It literally has everything that you would want for the First dates, dating scene, or romantic evening with your signifigant other. My husband and I are total regulars at the Detention and have our firends totally hooked. The food is good, the atmosphere is great, staff is friendly, and its in the neighborhood!

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★★★★☆

You would have to understand the whole McMenamins thing to really understand any of their locations, but this has to be one of the coolest ever. Theater, Detention Bar (smoking), Honors Bar (non smoking), the Gymnasimn for large parties, they have a soaking pool, gift shop, Hotel rooms, etc. It literally has everything that you would want for the First dates, dating scene, or romantic evening with your signifigant other. My husband and I are total regulars at the Detention and have our firends totally hooked. The food is good, the atmosphere is great, staff is friendly, and its in the neighborhood!

Pros: Atmosphere, Price, Staff

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I went to Kennedy School 2 years ago with my then-girlfriend. The ambience is dark, but comforting. Kinda like what would happen if everyone in the school aged 30 years instantaneously, then just decided to start drinking. The local brews are great, and the foods ok. But the idea of drinking in detention hall really appealed to me. We didn't stay the night but were tempted to. Parkings a little difficult, but its worth the time finding it.

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★★★★☆

I went to Kennedy School 2 years ago with my then-girlfriend. The ambience is dark, but comforting. Kinda like what would happen if everyone in the school aged 30 years instantaneously, then just decided to start drinking. The local brews are great, and the foods ok. But the idea of drinking in detention hall really appealed to me. We didn't stay the night but were tempted to. Parkings a little difficult, but its worth the time finding it.

Pros: Great Drinks, Ambiance, Drinking in Schools

Cons: , Service slow if busy

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McMenamin's has good beer, an awesome ambience, great drinks and good movies on the cheap. But they are known, at least in my circle, to have bad food. It's bland and the burger literally tastes like cardboard. I really wonder at how this place got a 9.5 rating for their burger unless folks are too drunk off the good beer to remember the similiraty between their burgers and cardboard.

It's a must-see for visitor's in town - the McMenamin's have taken abandoned city properties and turned them into real Portland jewels. The pizza and burrito are good choices, but otherwise go for a tour of the school, a few drinks and a movie - skip the food.

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★★★☆☆

McMenamin's has good beer, an awesome ambience, great drinks and good movies on the cheap. But they are known, at least in my circle, to have bad food. It's bland and the burger literally tastes like cardboard. I really wonder at how this place got a 9.5 rating for their burger unless folks are too drunk off the good beer to remember the similiraty between their burgers and cardboard.

It's a must-see for visitor's in town - the McMenamin's have taken abandoned city properties and turned them into real Portland jewels. The pizza and burrito are good choices, but otherwise go for a tour of the school, a few drinks and a movie - skip the food.

Pros: great artistic design, fun place to see, cheap movies

Cons: , slow service, generally bad food

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My friends and I go to the theatre atleast once a week, and we love it! It only costs 3$ to get in, 2$ for the early shows, and it is movies that were just in the theatre... great for if your not sure that its a movie youll like, or if you're just too cheap to pay 10 bucks at a regular theatre.... not to mention you get to sit on leather couches and chairs, and bring your food from the restaurant with you. we drink our milkshakes on a couch, and enjoy the giant screen movie... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!!

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★★★★★

My friends and I go to the theatre atleast once a week, and we love it! It only costs 3$ to get in, 2$ for the early shows, and it is movies that were just in the theatre... great for if your not sure that its a movie youll like, or if you're just too cheap to pay 10 bucks at a regular theatre.... not to mention you get to sit on leather couches and chairs, and bring your food from the restaurant with you. we drink our milkshakes on a couch, and enjoy the giant screen movie... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!!

Pros: multiple bars, inexpensive, good food

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I Think the food is great and the service has always been wonderful when we have gone! My daughter has a house just down the street so when we are in Portland we always go here if for nothing other then a drink or a great Sunday breakfast. This place is intertaining and is great for social gathering. We stayed over in one of the rooms before too, what a bargain!

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★★★★☆

I Think the food is great and the service has always been wonderful when we have gone! My daughter has a house just down the street so when we are in Portland we always go here if for nothing other then a drink or a great Sunday breakfast. This place is intertaining and is great for social gathering. We stayed over in one of the rooms before too, what a bargain!

Pros: friendly staff, helpful staff

Cons: , parking can be hard

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Really cool place, but not so good food! Worth going for a beer and to see the building, but not for the food.

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★★★☆☆

Really cool place, but not so good food! Worth going for a beer and to see the building, but not for the food.

Pros: atmosphere, cool building, beer

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The atmosphere is eccentric and relaxing. The beer is a must have. However the food should be ordered only after you have had your first three beers...by that time it will taste good.

While half the menu is decent and worth having while sober, there is enough bland unappetizing dishes to avoid it all together. The burgers leave one wishing they had ordered the pork chops. The fries are quite soggy leaving one wondering how they cooked the deep fired halibut and made it so delicious.

Come after 10pm and enjoy happy hour, the prices make the food taste great and the beer flows like water.

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere is eccentric and relaxing. The beer is a must have. However the food should be ordered only after you have had your first three beers...by that time it will taste good.

While half the menu is decent and worth having while sober, there is enough bland unappetizing dishes to avoid it all together. The burgers leave one wishing they had ordered the pork chops. The fries are quite soggy leaving one wondering how they cooked the deep fired halibut and made it so delicious.

Come after 10pm and enjoy happy hour, the prices make the food taste great and the beer flows like water.

Pros: Casual & Inviting, Outdoor Fireplace

Cons: Service

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THe only thing worthwhile about McMennamins is that they remodel great old buildings. Food is typical and no matter which location I go to, service is bad!

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★★★☆☆

THe only thing worthwhile about McMennamins is that they remodel great old buildings. Food is typical and no matter which location I go to, service is bad!

Cons: slow service

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McMenamins is a great place for those looking for a safe comfortable place to have some tame (but alcohol weak) beers. If you want more taste, variety and flavor in your beer plus more food choices, try some of the other lesser known brewpubs around town.....(Old Market Pub or Alemeda Brewpub)

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★★★☆☆

McMenamins is a great place for those looking for a safe comfortable place to have some tame (but alcohol weak) beers. If you want more taste, variety and flavor in your beer plus more food choices, try some of the other lesser known brewpubs around town.....(Old Market Pub or Alemeda Brewpub)

Pros: Safe for newcomers, predictable, Lots of locations

Cons: TOO predictable, Weak beers, Same old, same old...

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My husband and I booked a room after a neighbor had recommended it, and we're really glad we took her advice.

Before making restervations, I checked out City Search to see what others had said. I was leary about what was said about the service. Yes, the service wasn't great -- if you need something, you need to interupt an employee (sometimes while their chatting with other employees) and ask for it. Employees will ask you to favors for them. Helping guests doesn't seem to be high on some employees' list.

With the service aside, my husband and I had a great time. We each got a key that allowed us into the soaking pool, several movies that night, breakfast in the morning -- all included in our night's stay. It was out of the ordinary and memorable. :-)

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★★★★☆

My husband and I booked a room after a neighbor had recommended it, and we're really glad we took her advice.

Before making restervations, I checked out City Search to see what others had said. I was leary about what was said about the service. Yes, the service wasn't great -- if you need something, you need to interupt an employee (sometimes while their chatting with other employees) and ask for it. Employees will ask you to favors for them. Helping guests doesn't seem to be high on some employees' list.

With the service aside, my husband and I had a great time. We each got a key that allowed us into the soaking pool, several movies that night, breakfast in the morning -- all included in our night's stay. It was out of the ordinary and memorable. :-)

Pros: Memorable/Unique, Bonus goodies, Humorus Details :-)

Cons: Service/Employees

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Kennedy School is fun, relaxing, and a perfect retreat from the busy downtown atmosphere. I have lunch here at least once a month, and rejoice when the patio opens. It is the perfect place to relax with a pint, a great burger, and great company. Best of the McMenamin's. :)

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★★★★★

Kennedy School is fun, relaxing, and a perfect retreat from the busy downtown atmosphere. I have lunch here at least once a month, and rejoice when the patio opens. It is the perfect place to relax with a pint, a great burger, and great company. Best of the McMenamin's. :)

Pros: Patio, Lots of Parking, Food

Cons: None

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The Kennedy School is one of the best things about our neighborhood. It's a great place to take kids for lunch or visiting relatives for dinner. It's also a great place to grab pizza, beer and a ($3) movie or just to hang out in detention (or the honors bar if you prefer) with a friend and enjoy some mixed drinks. You can even smoke a cigar in detention! Live music on Thursday nights is a lot of fun, and the kids love to just run up and down the halls while we check out the artwork. Dinner on the patio in summer is also great fun. Only negative is service can be painfully slow on busy nights.

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★★★★★

The Kennedy School is one of the best things about our neighborhood. It's a great place to take kids for lunch or visiting relatives for dinner. It's also a great place to grab pizza, beer and a ($3) movie or just to hang out in detention (or the honors bar if you prefer) with a friend and enjoy some mixed drinks. You can even smoke a cigar in detention! Live music on Thursday nights is a lot of fun, and the kids love to just run up and down the halls while we check out the artwork. Dinner on the patio in summer is also great fun. Only negative is service can be painfully slow on busy nights.

Pros: totally unique, lots of stuff to do, cheap movies

Cons: slow service

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Great place to go with friends to enjoy yourself! Enjoy a movie or walk around always something to do.

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★★★★★

Great place to go with friends to enjoy yourself! Enjoy a movie or walk around always something to do.

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I love going to a movie drinking beer and eating good food all while relaxing on a big cushy sofa with great friends... The Kennedy School is always a place I suggest to friends.

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★★★★★

I love going to a movie drinking beer and eating good food all while relaxing on a big cushy sofa with great friends... The Kennedy School is always a place I suggest to friends.

Pros: wonderful

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The Kennedy school was just a great idea. It is so cool to be drinking at school, listening to live Jazz, or just relaxing in a theater watching a flick. All in the comfort of what was a typical grade school.

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★★★★☆

The Kennedy school was just a great idea. It is so cool to be drinking at school, listening to live Jazz, or just relaxing in a theater watching a flick. All in the comfort of what was a typical grade school.

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You can't help but have a fun time there. The service is friendly and the food is decent.

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★★★★★

You can't help but have a fun time there. The service is friendly and the food is decent.

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It was fun to look around the school and learn the history of it. I tried the pancakes made with their beer and they were quite good. Unfortunately the service was the worst I have ever had in Portland. My dad ordered huevos rancheros and the yolk was basically solid (he had ordered over easy). He sent it back and didnt receive it until the rest of us were done with our meal. We asked for cream and never got it. I asked for a box and never got it and then I saw our server sitting down eating breakfast! Our tab was never brought to us and when we complained he gave us a dirty look and said that he was on break! The most frustrating thing about the impossibly slow service was that the restaraunt was virtually empty. Needless to say, I would never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was fun to look around the school and learn the history of it. I tried the pancakes made with their beer and they were quite good. Unfortunately the service was the worst I have ever had in Portland. My dad ordered huevos rancheros and the yolk was basically solid (he had ordered over easy). He sent it back and didnt receive it until the rest of us were done with our meal. We asked for cream and never got it. I asked for a box and never got it and then I saw our server sitting down eating breakfast! Our tab was never brought to us and when we complained he gave us a dirty look and said that he was on break! The most frustrating thing about the impossibly slow service was that the restaraunt was virtually empty. Needless to say, I would never go back.

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Let's go to that school/bar place is what I hear when company's in town. McMenamin's has stopped being about the food and the beer and started being about the experience. And I still love it. Sure the food's above average, but I'd only put up with super-greasy fries for the chance to watch a movie and drink beer in a school! And that's why I love going to all of the McMenamin's flagship places; it's an experience. And since the Brothers McM have become one of the premier restorationsists in the state, and want to make it fun and enjoyable, I'm glad to pay them for it.

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★★★★☆

Let's go to that school/bar place is what I hear when company's in town. McMenamin's has stopped being about the food and the beer and started being about the experience. And I still love it. Sure the food's above average, but I'd only put up with super-greasy fries for the chance to watch a movie and drink beer in a school! And that's why I love going to all of the McMenamin's flagship places; it's an experience. And since the Brothers McM have become one of the premier restorationsists in the state, and want to make it fun and enjoyable, I'm glad to pay them for it.

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Everytime friends want to go someplace interesting I always recommend the Kennedy School. This last time was no different. I wish it were. Although never impressed with the service at any McMenamins establishment (since they must get their service skills from the folks at Powells). This last time was an example of how to do everything wrong! Our server took ten minutes to ask about drinks, then taking yet another 20 minutes to deliver. Our food request had to wait another 30 mintues, while the food itself took another hour. After getting our lukewarm, average food (nobody goes here for the food anyway), we were forced to eat with a wonderful bleach scent that the waiter decided to use right under our table! Fighting the urge to grub and dash, I paid for the meal and spent the rest of the evening apologizing to my friends for a loathsome evening!

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★★☆☆☆

Everytime friends want to go someplace interesting I always recommend the Kennedy School. This last time was no different. I wish it were. Although never impressed with the service at any McMenamins establishment (since they must get their service skills from the folks at Powells). This last time was an example of how to do everything wrong! Our server took ten minutes to ask about drinks, then taking yet another 20 minutes to deliver. Our food request had to wait another 30 mintues, while the food itself took another hour. After getting our lukewarm, average food (nobody goes here for the food anyway), we were forced to eat with a wonderful bleach scent that the waiter decided to use right under our table! Fighting the urge to grub and dash, I paid for the meal and spent the rest of the evening apologizing to my friends for a loathsome evening!

Pros: Atmosphere, Unquieness

Cons: Service, Parking

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The McMenamins have taken an abandoned school and turned it into a hotel with several bars and restaurants. There's also a movie theater. Have a brew in detention. Or the teacher's lounge. As someone who attended elementary school not too far from here, it feels VERY weird to be drinking in a building like this. But that's what's great about it.

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★★★★☆

The McMenamins have taken an abandoned school and turned it into a hotel with several bars and restaurants. There's also a movie theater. Have a brew in detention. Or the teacher's lounge. As someone who attended elementary school not too far from here, it feels VERY weird to be drinking in a building like this. But that's what's great about it.

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I moved from Oregon to Georgia about a year ago and I never thought Id miss the McMenamins empire I crave McMenamins old standby beers like Ruby and Hammerhead, as well as the best seasonal beer ever: Kris Kringle. The Kennedy School was my favorite location; its patio is particularly cool. Lots of space between tables (perfect for parents with strollers) and long tables for large group dining.

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★★★★☆

I moved from Oregon to Georgia about a year ago and I never thought Id miss the McMenamins empire I crave McMenamins old standby beers like Ruby and Hammerhead, as well as the best seasonal beer ever: Kris Kringle. The Kennedy School was my favorite location; its patio is particularly cool. Lots of space between tables (perfect for parents with strollers) and long tables for large group dining.

Pros: patio, beer selection, theater

Cons: typical pub food

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This review is for the general grounds, restaurants and auditorium, and not as a hotel guest - I've never been in one of the rooms. The Kennedy Sch

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★★★★☆

This review is for the general grounds, restaurants and auditorium, and not as a hotel guest - I've never been in one of the rooms. The Kennedy Sch

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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in a converted school, you'll love the Kennedy School. This hotel and restaurant is inside an ol

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★★★★☆

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in a converted school, you'll love the Kennedy School. This hotel and restaurant is inside an ol

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One of a small chain of family-owned quirky brewpubs, this multi-media experience is perhaps my favorite. Located in an old elementary school, this Mc

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★★★★★

One of a small chain of family-owned quirky brewpubs, this multi-media experience is perhaps my favorite. Located in an old elementary school, this Mc

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Ever used to dream of cracking open a beer in class? Maybe just pulling out a hamburger and fries while you listened to the teacher lecture Even if you were the smiling apple in school, there is something intriguing about drinking and

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★★★★★

Ever used to dream of cracking open a beer in class? Maybe just pulling out a hamburger and fries while you listened to the teacher lecture Even if you were the smiling apple in school, there is something intriguing about drinking and

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