Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

★★★★☆

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Friday To Saturday From 07:00 PM To 01:00 AM Sunday To Thursday From 07:00 PM To 12:00 AM
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I just returned from a fairly disappointing first visit to Rimsky-Korsakoffee House. The dessert itself was alright-- I personally did not enjoy mine but the rest of the group loved it, so it was probably a matter of taste. Regardless, the

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★★★★★

I just returned from a fairly disappointing first visit to Rimsky-Korsakoffee House. The dessert itself was alright-- I personally did not enjoy mine but the rest of the group loved it, so it was probably a matter of taste. Regardless, the

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It's been about a year and a half since the first (and only time) I've visited this coffee house at the suggestion of a friend. Not to say that I haven't gone back on my own accord but rather because I live in Sacramento. The inside of the place is really engaging and interesting with their theme on classical music composers, which is was already an interest of mine. The spaciousness of the room and the proximity of openable Windows makes for a comfortable environment. The one drink that I ordered was quite one of the most delicious coffees I can remember having, a caramel Apple latter or something along those lines if memory serves right. It definitely had a definitely a comparably homey feeling to a couple of coffee shops I frequent in Sacramento. Now that being said I somewhat regretably come to the reason why I decided to write this review; the service. Now I'm not one to sit here and berate a business that doesnt rightfully deserve it, but after reading review after review about how terrible the wait staff is at this place it helped me to remember my experience. Similair to most reviews I'd read, I too had come one afternoon right after they'd opened. I was the only patron there which right from start I thought to be maybe a bad sign. I sat myself as the somewhat obvious sign on a cluttered and undiscernable menu board stated. I got up and began walking around looking at the bios of the different composers on each table expecting a server to pop out of the kitchen at any moment. When close to a half an hour passed by of me looking at all of the ons and outs of the place I began to realize that I hadn't seen one other person, server or customer in that time. I began to think that maybe I wasn't supposed to be there. I heard some commotion from the kitchen so I walked back there and sure enough six people, presumably employees were standing around a table talking. The one woman that managed to break away from the conversation was pleasant and amiable from what I can remember. After seeking her out the service was a tad quicker than Id expected on my first impression but still slow to say the least. I had only enough cash for one drink though I would've loved to have stayed and had a second and third if my delicious caramel apple latte, unfortunately I'd been unaware of their cash only policy that was meagerly stated on their aforementionedly cluttered menu board. My time there ended with me seeking out the woman again in the kitchen to pay my bill despite the fact I was the only patron there even an hour after they'd opened. I haven't had a chance to go back since and based on the other similar sounding reviews I've read I wouldn't be so inclined. As I frequent coffee houses in Sacramento, a city comparable to Portland in culture and ambience Id definitely say I was satisfied with quality and uniqueness of the product and the establishment. I wasn't however impressed with the service though do believe in second chances for places that seem like they can easily redeem themselves from their other qualities.

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★★★☆☆

It's been about a year and a half since the first (and only time) I've visited this coffee house at the suggestion of a friend. Not to say that I haven't gone back on my own accord but rather because I live in Sacramento. The inside of the place is really engaging and interesting with their theme on classical music composers, which is was already an interest of mine. The spaciousness of the room and the proximity of openable Windows makes for a comfortable environment. The one drink that I ordered was quite one of the most delicious coffees I can remember having, a caramel Apple latter or something along those lines if memory serves right. It definitely had a definitely a comparably homey feeling to a couple of coffee shops I frequent in Sacramento. Now that being said I somewhat regretably come to the reason why I decided to write this review; the service. Now I'm not one to sit here and berate a business that doesnt rightfully deserve it, but after reading review after review about how terrible the wait staff is at this place it helped me to remember my experience. Similair to most reviews I'd read, I too had come one afternoon right after they'd opened. I was the only patron there which right from start I thought to be maybe a bad sign. I sat myself as the somewhat obvious sign on a cluttered and undiscernable menu board stated. I got up and began walking around looking at the bios of the different composers on each table expecting a server to pop out of the kitchen at any moment. When close to a half an hour passed by of me looking at all of the ons and outs of the place I began to realize that I hadn't seen one other person, server or customer in that time. I began to think that maybe I wasn't supposed to be there. I heard some commotion from the kitchen so I walked back there and sure enough six people, presumably employees were standing around a table talking. The one woman that managed to break away from the conversation was pleasant and amiable from what I can remember. After seeking her out the service was a tad quicker than Id expected on my first impression but still slow to say the least. I had only enough cash for one drink though I would've loved to have stayed and had a second and third if my delicious caramel apple latte, unfortunately I'd been unaware of their cash only policy that was meagerly stated on their aforementionedly cluttered menu board. My time there ended with me seeking out the woman again in the kitchen to pay my bill despite the fact I was the only patron there even an hour after they'd opened. I haven't had a chance to go back since and based on the other similar sounding reviews I've read I wouldn't be so inclined. As I frequent coffee houses in Sacramento, a city comparable to Portland in culture and ambience Id definitely say I was satisfied with quality and uniqueness of the product and the establishment. I wasn't however impressed with the service though do believe in second chances for places that seem like they can easily redeem themselves from their other qualities.

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PortlandBluePoet must be pals with someone who works at Rimsky's, is all I can say. Several years ago I swore I would never set foot in this overpriced, overhyped PITA of a restaurant again, after the time my friend and I went in and it

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★★★★★

PortlandBluePoet must be pals with someone who works at Rimsky's, is all I can say. Several years ago I swore I would never set foot in this overpriced, overhyped PITA of a restaurant again, after the time my friend and I went in and it

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I have had the pleasure of eating yummy desserts and drinking perfectly prepared coffee and tea at Rimsky's several times over the past few decades. I am frankly shocked at the negative reviews, as they are thoroughly contrary to my experiences! I am a New Yorker, and am not known for my patience or zen attitude. Rimsky's is a busy and popular place, a combination of a European-style coffee house and a zany, Portland restaurant. I've always had a wonderful time at Rimsky's, including just a few days ago. It's truly one of the most special spots in the city - one that helps "keep Portland Weird" (and may Portland always be so!)

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★★★★★

I have had the pleasure of eating yummy desserts and drinking perfectly prepared coffee and tea at Rimsky's several times over the past few decades. I am frankly shocked at the negative reviews, as they are thoroughly contrary to my experiences! I am a New Yorker, and am not known for my patience or zen attitude. Rimsky's is a busy and popular place, a combination of a European-style coffee house and a zany, Portland restaurant. I've always had a wonderful time at Rimsky's, including just a few days ago. It's truly one of the most special spots in the city - one that helps "keep Portland Weird" (and may Portland always be so!)

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Surprise! The other reviews are right, the waiters and waitresses here do not kiss your boots as you walk in.

If you want people to suck up to you just because you're ordering food from them, go somewhere else. You're not the kind of people who'll enjoy Rimsky's anyway.

However, if you aren't in a huge hurry, want some delicious dessert, good coffee, or a variety of tea all wrapped up in a quirky ambiance complete with volumes of guestbooks with random poems and drawings, as well as live music from talented people around Portland, then it's an excellent establishment to go to.

Again, if you want to be served immediately, don't carry cash (there is a sign right next to the "please find a seat" sign that says they take cash only, for literate people), or have a problem with the artsy Portland crowd, you may be frightened away - this place is a real restaurant, not a polished consumer flytrap.

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★★★★☆

Surprise! The other reviews are right, the waiters and waitresses here do not kiss your boots as you walk in.

If you want people to suck up to you just because you're ordering food from them, go somewhere else. You're not the kind of people who'll enjoy Rimsky's anyway.

However, if you aren't in a huge hurry, want some delicious dessert, good coffee, or a variety of tea all wrapped up in a quirky ambiance complete with volumes of guestbooks with random poems and drawings, as well as live music from talented people around Portland, then it's an excellent establishment to go to.

Again, if you want to be served immediately, don't carry cash (there is a sign right next to the "please find a seat" sign that says they take cash only, for literate people), or have a problem with the artsy Portland crowd, you may be frightened away - this place is a real restaurant, not a polished consumer flytrap.

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We often take out of town guests to Rimsky's, but will never do so again. After waiting 25 minutes to be served, a male server came by and casually asked if we'd been helped. He didn't seem surprised that we hadn't.

One of our party ordered a milkshake, and the server LITERALLY looked down his nose at him and informed him that, because they didn't have a blender (?), they couldn't possibly make a milkshake. We asked if they had (a) ice cream (b), chocolate syrup, (c) milk, (d) a glass, and (e) a spoon to mix it with. He informed us that his "wrists were too weak" to mix a milkshake by hand. We kinda gave up at that point.

When everyone else's orders came to the table, he had the person closest to him pass out the spoons, dishes, and desserts to the table. I suppose the strain of passing out the orders was too much of a strain on those weakened wrists of his.

We'd also brought a Scrabble board, which he managed to douse with water while distractedly trying to fill someone's water glass, -- he did not even NOTICE that he had done that, just kind of walked away afterwards and started talking to some friends of his that had just shown up at the door.

In short, the service here is terrible, and that's saying something in Portland. I guess we should have apologized for showing up, spending money, and expecting to be served?

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★☆☆☆☆

We often take out of town guests to Rimsky's, but will never do so again. After waiting 25 minutes to be served, a male server came by and casually asked if we'd been helped. He didn't seem surprised that we hadn't.

One of our party ordered a milkshake, and the server LITERALLY looked down his nose at him and informed him that, because they didn't have a blender (?), they couldn't possibly make a milkshake. We asked if they had (a) ice cream (b), chocolate syrup, (c) milk, (d) a glass, and (e) a spoon to mix it with. He informed us that his "wrists were too weak" to mix a milkshake by hand. We kinda gave up at that point.

When everyone else's orders came to the table, he had the person closest to him pass out the spoons, dishes, and desserts to the table. I suppose the strain of passing out the orders was too much of a strain on those weakened wrists of his.

We'd also brought a Scrabble board, which he managed to douse with water while distractedly trying to fill someone's water glass, -- he did not even NOTICE that he had done that, just kind of walked away afterwards and started talking to some friends of his that had just shown up at the door.

In short, the service here is terrible, and that's saying something in Portland. I guess we should have apologized for showing up, spending money, and expecting to be served?

Pros: Desserts are not too bad

Cons: Service Staff

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I've been going to Rimsky's for 8 years. In high school, it was a fun place to go- relatively cheap desserts, a rotating, seasonal menu and a unique atmosphere. As we got older though, we grew up and be began noticing rising prices, worse and worse service, how dirty it always was, warm tap water, and the food on the seasonal menu is somehow always out so you can't even order it.
We tolerated all these negatives, to occasionally go there for the mocha fudge cake, until a final straw ended it- none of us will ever go back.
We showed up an hour before closing, and were told we were there late. One other group were the only other customers. It took twenty minutes for the waitress to take our order, and then twenty minutes to get our desserts. Mine was red velvet cake, that was crunchy and obviously old and not stored properly.
We waited for the waitress to leave a check- and she never came back. We left the cash on the table, without a tip, and left.
After driving home, I realized I'd left my cell phone there. They were still open, so I called to see if I'd be able to come back to get it. The waitress answered, and threatened to throw my cell phone in the garbage, because I hadn't left a tip for her "terrific service." She told me the next time I went to a restaurant, I should consider not being such a b*tch, or I should not be forgetful. I went to the restaurant, and a different woman gave me my cell phone- I told her what had happened, and she shrugged and shut the door.

Although Rimsky's was a decent place to go in high school, for people looking for something besides some of the worst service in Portland, I would not recommend Rimsky's at all. Try Papa Haydn instead- the prices are higher, but it's clean, friendly, and worth it.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been going to Rimsky's for 8 years. In high school, it was a fun place to go- relatively cheap desserts, a rotating, seasonal menu and a unique atmosphere. As we got older though, we grew up and be began noticing rising prices, worse and worse service, how dirty it always was, warm tap water, and the food on the seasonal menu is somehow always out so you can't even order it.
We tolerated all these negatives, to occasionally go there for the mocha fudge cake, until a final straw ended it- none of us will ever go back.
We showed up an hour before closing, and were told we were there late. One other group were the only other customers. It took twenty minutes for the waitress to take our order, and then twenty minutes to get our desserts. Mine was red velvet cake, that was crunchy and obviously old and not stored properly.
We waited for the waitress to leave a check- and she never came back. We left the cash on the table, without a tip, and left.
After driving home, I realized I'd left my cell phone there. They were still open, so I called to see if I'd be able to come back to get it. The waitress answered, and threatened to throw my cell phone in the garbage, because I hadn't left a tip for her "terrific service." She told me the next time I went to a restaurant, I should consider not being such a b*tch, or I should not be forgetful. I went to the restaurant, and a different woman gave me my cell phone- I told her what had happened, and she shrugged and shut the door.

Although Rimsky's was a decent place to go in high school, for people looking for something besides some of the worst service in Portland, I would not recommend Rimsky's at all. Try Papa Haydn instead- the prices are higher, but it's clean, friendly, and worth it.

Pros: Good coffee, desserts are almost always great, good menu

Cons: horrible service, dirty, warm water, crowded

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If I could give this place no stars I would have. Do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this place as possible! We went there to relax and have some dessert on a Sat night. Of course we expected it to be busy but it was obvious the managers did not bc there was only ONE person on the floor working. It was sad watching this poor girl dressed in what looked like a bad trip to Goodwill running around like a chicken w her head. cut off. It did explain her seriously bad BO, which for someone serving food to others is just unsanitary and disgusting.

After eating very mediocre food and getting our check, we watched our cards sit on the table for 20 mins as the girl and now one other lady (who was
wearing pajamas) repeatedly walk past our table and ignore us. I finally flag one of them down and they THEN proceed to tell us they only take cash. Couldn't they have mentioned something sometime during the 11 times they looked at our check as they walked past our table? We left our cash with 0 tip and walked out. they wouldn't have even noticed if we just left wo paying but we have more class than that.

Needless to say, we will NEVER go back. Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY.

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★★★★★

If I could give this place no stars I would have. Do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this place as possible! We went there to relax and have some dessert on a Sat night. Of course we expected it to be busy but it was obvious the managers did not bc there was only ONE person on the floor working. It was sad watching this poor girl dressed in what looked like a bad trip to Goodwill running around like a chicken w her head. cut off. It did explain her seriously bad BO, which for someone serving food to others is just unsanitary and disgusting.

After eating very mediocre food and getting our check, we watched our cards sit on the table for 20 mins as the girl and now one other lady (who was
wearing pajamas) repeatedly walk past our table and ignore us. I finally flag one of them down and they THEN proceed to tell us they only take cash. Couldn't they have mentioned something sometime during the 11 times they looked at our check as they walked past our table? We left our cash with 0 tip and walked out. they wouldn't have even noticed if we just left wo paying but we have more class than that.

Needless to say, we will NEVER go back. Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY.

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In the midst of a recession, would you want to be treated like you're a nuisance by the immature poseurs at Rimsky's who "work" as "servers"?

As a native of this great city, I find it ironic that Rimsky's is considered by some reviewers as a 'Portland must" with a "Portland feeling", presumptiously adding that it is not "McCoffee." These people just don't get it.

A good restaurant/cafe knows that its customers pay the paychecks, spreads word of mouth, and keeps the business alive. Hospitality is at the heart of a great restaurant. That said, it amazes me how Rimsky's gets any business after how they treat people. I had been going to Rimsky's for years, at the urging of a friend. I thought the place was mediocre from the start, but the live music provided at times was enjoyable, and there's a suspicious table that moves at random times, which provides amusement and surprise. The decor is pretentious in that it's supposed to have a "hip" and "urban" ambience, with doodles on pieces of paper to decorate the tables. The desserts and coffee aren't bad, but they're not great, either; you can buy the same quality desserts, if not better, from Safeway's bakery for a fraction of the price. As far as I understand, Rimsky's only takes cash and checks. This can be a hastle if you don't live in the stone age (seriously, they need to update that).

Now, let's get to the charlatanism, er- I mean, the service. Take it from me and believe the negative reviews. The last time I was there I had a bad experience with the waitress. I tried to offer a suggestion in regards to the menu, and she just snapped. She was extremely rude in her demeanor and was all attitude. The things she spewed out of her mouth made her look like a spoiled, immature, unprofessional brat - self-awareness was not part of this girl's personality. Needless to say, the last time I was there was just that, the last, and my friends and I won't be back.

For those who want the "Portland Experience" please take note that this is not what Portlanders are like. Portland is known for being a city with weird but polite people, and Rimksy's does not have that essence. The service is embarrassing, and their desserts and coffee is average, at best. Grab the Oregonian's A & E and try the other indie coffeehouses in P-town; they are all over, and I promise you'll find better with better staff, that offer the kind of service that makes Portlanders proud, not to mention keeps them coming back.

If McCoffee is looked down upon by wannabe urbanites, sorry, but I'd rather enjoy a McCoffee and pay what I'm getting for than visit this rude, pretentious, and overhyped place ever, ever again.

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★☆☆☆☆

In the midst of a recession, would you want to be treated like you're a nuisance by the immature poseurs at Rimsky's who "work" as "servers"?

As a native of this great city, I find it ironic that Rimsky's is considered by some reviewers as a 'Portland must" with a "Portland feeling", presumptiously adding that it is not "McCoffee." These people just don't get it.

A good restaurant/cafe knows that its customers pay the paychecks, spreads word of mouth, and keeps the business alive. Hospitality is at the heart of a great restaurant. That said, it amazes me how Rimsky's gets any business after how they treat people. I had been going to Rimsky's for years, at the urging of a friend. I thought the place was mediocre from the start, but the live music provided at times was enjoyable, and there's a suspicious table that moves at random times, which provides amusement and surprise. The decor is pretentious in that it's supposed to have a "hip" and "urban" ambience, with doodles on pieces of paper to decorate the tables. The desserts and coffee aren't bad, but they're not great, either; you can buy the same quality desserts, if not better, from Safeway's bakery for a fraction of the price. As far as I understand, Rimsky's only takes cash and checks. This can be a hastle if you don't live in the stone age (seriously, they need to update that).

Now, let's get to the charlatanism, er- I mean, the service. Take it from me and believe the negative reviews. The last time I was there I had a bad experience with the waitress. I tried to offer a suggestion in regards to the menu, and she just snapped. She was extremely rude in her demeanor and was all attitude. The things she spewed out of her mouth made her look like a spoiled, immature, unprofessional brat - self-awareness was not part of this girl's personality. Needless to say, the last time I was there was just that, the last, and my friends and I won't be back.

For those who want the "Portland Experience" please take note that this is not what Portlanders are like. Portland is known for being a city with weird but polite people, and Rimksy's does not have that essence. The service is embarrassing, and their desserts and coffee is average, at best. Grab the Oregonian's A & E and try the other indie coffeehouses in P-town; they are all over, and I promise you'll find better with better staff, that offer the kind of service that makes Portlanders proud, not to mention keeps them coming back.

If McCoffee is looked down upon by wannabe urbanites, sorry, but I'd rather enjoy a McCoffee and pay what I'm getting for than visit this rude, pretentious, and overhyped place ever, ever again.

Pros: Live music, moving tables

Cons: Bad, bad service

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The people who love this place must be the kind of people who think being cool is the end all be all of their existence. I had a date bring me here one night swearing it was a fabulous place to relax and have a cup of coffee. I can't relax and enjoy my coffee in such a dirty establishment and if you care about decent service go elsewhere! I swear if you turned on the lights there'd be a mad rush of rats and roaches. Disgusting!

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★☆☆☆☆

The people who love this place must be the kind of people who think being cool is the end all be all of their existence. I had a date bring me here one night swearing it was a fabulous place to relax and have a cup of coffee. I can't relax and enjoy my coffee in such a dirty establishment and if you care about decent service go elsewhere! I swear if you turned on the lights there'd be a mad rush of rats and roaches. Disgusting!

Pros: Interesting concept

Cons: Everything else

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I didn't even get to try the desserts at this place because the service was so bad I had to leave. I came here with my family (Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother in-law) so we sat at ourselves (as instructed by the sign at the door) at the one table big enough to accommodate our group. As our server was taking our order she was informing us they were out of waffles (ok, those aren't made to order?) -fair enough we can get something else. Then another server came to our table to inform us there was more bad news...we were going to have to move to make room for a group of seven. Is that ok? No its not, because the table she tried to move us to was barely big enough for three people, let alone 5. AND it was dirty! We were also given the impression that we had no choice in the matter and HAD to move. I heard her mumbling to the group of 7 that we were not happy...no kidding! Amazing powers of perception! and yet she didn't care how we felt really and in fact seemed to expect us to leave, which we did! Im sorry we where there first and the other folks had already pushed 2 tables together and seemed to be making the best of their situation. So we left, and quite frankly I will never be back. I don't care how "quaint" and "quirky" they think they are, its no excuse to treat anyone the way we were treated.

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★☆☆☆☆

I didn't even get to try the desserts at this place because the service was so bad I had to leave. I came here with my family (Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother in-law) so we sat at ourselves (as instructed by the sign at the door) at the one table big enough to accommodate our group. As our server was taking our order she was informing us they were out of waffles (ok, those aren't made to order?) -fair enough we can get something else. Then another server came to our table to inform us there was more bad news...we were going to have to move to make room for a group of seven. Is that ok? No its not, because the table she tried to move us to was barely big enough for three people, let alone 5. AND it was dirty! We were also given the impression that we had no choice in the matter and HAD to move. I heard her mumbling to the group of 7 that we were not happy...no kidding! Amazing powers of perception! and yet she didn't care how we felt really and in fact seemed to expect us to leave, which we did! Im sorry we where there first and the other folks had already pushed 2 tables together and seemed to be making the best of their situation. So we left, and quite frankly I will never be back. I don't care how "quaint" and "quirky" they think they are, its no excuse to treat anyone the way we were treated.

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We love this place. Great vibe, music, coffee and dessert. Plan to spend some time just looking around and reading some journals.

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★★★★★

We love this place. Great vibe, music, coffee and dessert. Plan to spend some time just looking around and reading some journals.

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This easily one of my favorite spots in Portland. The ambiance is homey, and quirky, with great classical music on most nights-- in fact, each table is named for a renowned composer. The desserts are excellent, and not very expensive. And the servers are great, at least the ones I have encountered. They were prompt and very friendly, even when the place was swamped. Rimsky's is a quintessential Portland experience, an absolute must for visitors to town. Much preferable to all the lame coffee chains which have sprouted up all over the place.

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★★★★★

This easily one of my favorite spots in Portland. The ambiance is homey, and quirky, with great classical music on most nights-- in fact, each table is named for a renowned composer. The desserts are excellent, and not very expensive. And the servers are great, at least the ones I have encountered. They were prompt and very friendly, even when the place was swamped. Rimsky's is a quintessential Portland experience, an absolute must for visitors to town. Much preferable to all the lame coffee chains which have sprouted up all over the place.

Pros: Great music, atmosphere, desserts, coffee, tea & service

Cons: Bathroom is upstairs

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Rimsky's has been a favorite spot of mine for more than 15 years. Usually I try to make it down there on Tuesday evenings, when world-class classical guitarist Jeff Ashton is playing (if you close your eyes, it's easy to imagine Segovia himself playing there-- Jeff is that good).
The service has always been friendly (and sometimes with a dash of wit), in my experience. We who are regulars to Rimsky's know that, when you first come in, it's crucial that you TAKE A MENU and sit down at a clean table when one becomes available. A long time ago I made the mistake of sitting down (without a menu, since I knew what I wanted) to a table which hadn't yet been cleared from the previous diners, and I was ignored until I got the waiter's attention. He then told me that he thought I had already finished eating! Lesson learned.
The sundaes are elaborate... sometimes they go a little overboard on how much they give you, but that's nothing to complain about! I really love it when they have cobblers-- apple or peach or berry... the dessert chef does an excellent job on those. When there is no cobbler, my favorite standby is the chocolate "poe de creme" (the first word actually ends with a "t", but citysearch tells me that word is "inappropriate"). Deee-licious! The espresso reminds me of Europe-- it's done just right, unlike that over-roasted swill you'd find at a national chain coffee shop.
The atmosphere at Rimsky is quirky and friendly. One thing I might suggest is possibly hiring a seating host/hostess... because sometimes -- especially on busy nights -- the front lobby can be a little chaotic. But all in all, I would highly recommend this Portland original.

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★★★★★

Rimsky's has been a favorite spot of mine for more than 15 years. Usually I try to make it down there on Tuesday evenings, when world-class classical guitarist Jeff Ashton is playing (if you close your eyes, it's easy to imagine Segovia himself playing there-- Jeff is that good).
The service has always been friendly (and sometimes with a dash of wit), in my experience. We who are regulars to Rimsky's know that, when you first come in, it's crucial that you TAKE A MENU and sit down at a clean table when one becomes available. A long time ago I made the mistake of sitting down (without a menu, since I knew what I wanted) to a table which hadn't yet been cleared from the previous diners, and I was ignored until I got the waiter's attention. He then told me that he thought I had already finished eating! Lesson learned.
The sundaes are elaborate... sometimes they go a little overboard on how much they give you, but that's nothing to complain about! I really love it when they have cobblers-- apple or peach or berry... the dessert chef does an excellent job on those. When there is no cobbler, my favorite standby is the chocolate "poe de creme" (the first word actually ends with a "t", but citysearch tells me that word is "inappropriate"). Deee-licious! The espresso reminds me of Europe-- it's done just right, unlike that over-roasted swill you'd find at a national chain coffee shop.
The atmosphere at Rimsky is quirky and friendly. One thing I might suggest is possibly hiring a seating host/hostess... because sometimes -- especially on busy nights -- the front lobby can be a little chaotic. But all in all, I would highly recommend this Portland original.

Pros: atmosphere, MUSIC, service

Cons: they don't take credit cards

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don't waste your time hoping this place will be any good. the atmosphere was quite charming; nothing else was. we sat at a table near the piano for 30 minutes and no wait staff came over and talked to us at all. i did see two waitresses and as one took an order she looked over at us and smiled. the other one just ignored us completely. it is a rather small space and i just don't understand how this place keeps business when it ignores customers. finally, nobody was coming out from the kitchen for a good 15 minutes and we just decided to leave. as we did, another patron got up and went and knocked on the kitchen door for service. ridiculous.

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★☆☆☆☆

don't waste your time hoping this place will be any good. the atmosphere was quite charming; nothing else was. we sat at a table near the piano for 30 minutes and no wait staff came over and talked to us at all. i did see two waitresses and as one took an order she looked over at us and smiled. the other one just ignored us completely. it is a rather small space and i just don't understand how this place keeps business when it ignores customers. finally, nobody was coming out from the kitchen for a good 15 minutes and we just decided to leave. as we did, another patron got up and went and knocked on the kitchen door for service. ridiculous.

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I went once Rimsky's and that was enough for me. The service was really bad. I waited for 30 minutes only to finally sat down to find overpriced, average food and boring drinks. The coffee was old, and the "mocha fudge cake" was bland, a small serving, and over rated by the arrogant waitress. Even though the food was average, and the coffee needed to be replaced by a fresh cup, the waitress was the one single thing I would rate as horrible. She was rude, didn't give me honest answers to my questions, and seemed to be put on by someone asking about the items on the menu. I could tell she could care less about me. After she dropped off my desert ( only took her 10 minutes to get it and the coffee to me), I never saw her again till she brought out my ticket. She never checked to see if I was satisfied with the service, nor did she offer to refill / replace my coffee. She took the most time drawing a cat on my ticket. that was the best part of my whole Rimksy's experience. If she spent as much time tending to her customers and less time drawing cats on ticket stubs, maybe she would get a better tip and more returning customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went once Rimsky's and that was enough for me. The service was really bad. I waited for 30 minutes only to finally sat down to find overpriced, average food and boring drinks. The coffee was old, and the "mocha fudge cake" was bland, a small serving, and over rated by the arrogant waitress. Even though the food was average, and the coffee needed to be replaced by a fresh cup, the waitress was the one single thing I would rate as horrible. She was rude, didn't give me honest answers to my questions, and seemed to be put on by someone asking about the items on the menu. I could tell she could care less about me. After she dropped off my desert ( only took her 10 minutes to get it and the coffee to me), I never saw her again till she brought out my ticket. She never checked to see if I was satisfied with the service, nor did she offer to refill / replace my coffee. She took the most time drawing a cat on my ticket. that was the best part of my whole Rimksy's experience. If she spent as much time tending to her customers and less time drawing cats on ticket stubs, maybe she would get a better tip and more returning customers.

Pros: Nice building ...

Cons: everything inside the building

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I think this is one of the most run down coffee shops in Portland, at one time this was a great place but you can tell no money has been invested back into the place. It is dirty, the service is slow and the food is over priced and lacks the quility for this type of market. The food is nothing more special then buying some ice cream at Fred Meyers and some frozen berries and putting it on top. The menu is limited and the coffee is nothing special. The service is the worse thing about Rimsky's . ... If you have a few hours to waste, don't mind paying high prices , and love to be treated like dirty by the employee's go to Rimksy's.

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★☆☆☆☆

I think this is one of the most run down coffee shops in Portland, at one time this was a great place but you can tell no money has been invested back into the place. It is dirty, the service is slow and the food is over priced and lacks the quility for this type of market. The food is nothing more special then buying some ice cream at Fred Meyers and some frozen berries and putting it on top. The menu is limited and the coffee is nothing special. The service is the worse thing about Rimsky's . ... If you have a few hours to waste, don't mind paying high prices , and love to be treated like dirty by the employee's go to Rimksy's.

Pros: location

Cons: prices, SERVICE, dirty restroom and lobby

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I went to Rimsky -Korsakoffee House with a few friends for the first time just this past night. And it was a wonderful experience. The coffee was good, I had a delicious soy milk mocha, with hazelnut flavoring added in. And to go with it I had a sundae with chocolate syrup, and the best brownie I've ever had. I tried a bite or two of pretty much everything else my firends got, and it was all just as good. The honey lavender lemonade stood out especially so.

The staff was friendly, attentive (and it was busy, too. I'm not sure what some of those other reviewers are on about... I didn't feel neglected at all...), and even fun. The whole place is full of personality and interest. It's decorated in the most delightful ways, and there's just so much to take in. (Be ready for a surprise the moment you walk into the bathroom!) Furthermore, the pianist who was performing that night made the overall atmosphere just wonderful. I had a great time, and plan on going back soon. If you're looking for a late night coffee and/or dessert place, you can't do much better than this. I don't have any complaints.

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★★★★★

I went to Rimsky -Korsakoffee House with a few friends for the first time just this past night. And it was a wonderful experience. The coffee was good, I had a delicious soy milk mocha, with hazelnut flavoring added in. And to go with it I had a sundae with chocolate syrup, and the best brownie I've ever had. I tried a bite or two of pretty much everything else my firends got, and it was all just as good. The honey lavender lemonade stood out especially so.

The staff was friendly, attentive (and it was busy, too. I'm not sure what some of those other reviewers are on about... I didn't feel neglected at all...), and even fun. The whole place is full of personality and interest. It's decorated in the most delightful ways, and there's just so much to take in. (Be ready for a surprise the moment you walk into the bathroom!) Furthermore, the pianist who was performing that night made the overall atmosphere just wonderful. I had a great time, and plan on going back soon. If you're looking for a late night coffee and/or dessert place, you can't do much better than this. I don't have any complaints.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere, live music, parking, value

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We went to Rimsky's pretty late in the evening, and it was still quite packed. We ended up sitting at the large table in the back next to the kitchen. Prior to taking our seats, a number of us had to use the toilet -- the restroom decoration is quite amusing! However, upon exiting the restroom, my husband noticed a used syringe with a needle carelessly tossed in the display -- it was quite evident that the syringe was used for recreational, rather than medicinal, purposes. He didn't want someone to be hurt by it, so he picked it up with paper towel and hunted down an employee who could dispose of it. They didn't seem to give a toss about it. I would expect that an employee would at least try to smooth over such an incident, but they simply took the syringe without a word and walked away.

Aside from that, the desserts and drinks were delicious (and decently priced), and the atmosphere was fun (live music, not too noisy), the wait staff was friendly enough (though service was a bit slow), and the house itself is quirky (there's little surprises all over the place). Had I not been rather turned off by the syringe in the restroom and the employee's response, or lack thereof, I would have rated my experience at Rimsky's above average. (I also wouldn't give high marks in overall cleanliness...there's a sort of "dirty" feel to the place.)

I'm going there again over Labor Day weekend with a friend visiting from out of town, so we'll see how things go in Round Two.

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★★☆☆☆

We went to Rimsky's pretty late in the evening, and it was still quite packed. We ended up sitting at the large table in the back next to the kitchen. Prior to taking our seats, a number of us had to use the toilet -- the restroom decoration is quite amusing! However, upon exiting the restroom, my husband noticed a used syringe with a needle carelessly tossed in the display -- it was quite evident that the syringe was used for recreational, rather than medicinal, purposes. He didn't want someone to be hurt by it, so he picked it up with paper towel and hunted down an employee who could dispose of it. They didn't seem to give a toss about it. I would expect that an employee would at least try to smooth over such an incident, but they simply took the syringe without a word and walked away.

Aside from that, the desserts and drinks were delicious (and decently priced), and the atmosphere was fun (live music, not too noisy), the wait staff was friendly enough (though service was a bit slow), and the house itself is quirky (there's little surprises all over the place). Had I not been rather turned off by the syringe in the restroom and the employee's response, or lack thereof, I would have rated my experience at Rimsky's above average. (I also wouldn't give high marks in overall cleanliness...there's a sort of "dirty" feel to the place.)

I'm going there again over Labor Day weekend with a friend visiting from out of town, so we'll see how things go in Round Two.

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We arrived at 7:20 on a Friday in mid-August and were the first customers of the evening. We seated ourselves by an open window and enjoyed the breeze, and enjoyed the breeze, and enjoyed the breeze. After almost 10 minutes, a pleasant server broke away from the group of employees cloistered in the kitchen. Without a minute by minute description, let's just say service was so slow that a group of three women came in, seated themselves, waited a few minutes and left without any staff approaching them. A foursome nearly did the same. But, we knocked on the kitchen door to hand them our payment -- and let them know they had other customers. Maybe early evening service is slow because the staff is pacing themselves for the later night crowds.

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★★☆☆☆

We arrived at 7:20 on a Friday in mid-August and were the first customers of the evening. We seated ourselves by an open window and enjoyed the breeze, and enjoyed the breeze, and enjoyed the breeze. After almost 10 minutes, a pleasant server broke away from the group of employees cloistered in the kitchen. Without a minute by minute description, let's just say service was so slow that a group of three women came in, seated themselves, waited a few minutes and left without any staff approaching them. A foursome nearly did the same. But, we knocked on the kitchen door to hand them our payment -- and let them know they had other customers. Maybe early evening service is slow because the staff is pacing themselves for the later night crowds.

Pros: Yummy ice creams

Cons: Quirky staff

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My wife and I had literally just moved to Portland, and this place was on my short list of places to go that were close to our new home. We needed a late-night coffee stop, so we could get on the internet with our laptops, and organize the next day in our new city. In retrospect, we could have chosen better, I'm afraid. The atmosphere was already quite lively when we arrived, and we were lucky to find a table in a back corner of the room next to the kitchen. We had a charming waitress who was friendly and courteous, and considering how busy the place was, we can't really complain about the occasional waits between visits to our table.

I worked in plenty of food industry jobs during my college years, so I understand how that economy works, and I ordered additional drinks and desert items every time our waitress returned, so she wouldn't feel like we were wasting her time. During our stay, a couple of tables next to us turned over once, so I assume that's why the waitress suddenly showed up with our check already added up - a bit ill-timed, as I had been waiting for her to return so I could order more drinks. A minute later, a harried woman - who I assume was a manager - came over and asked us to pay our check and vacate our table, stating that we had been there all night since they opened the doors, and were just "taking up space", and that other paying customers might need the table. Not only was she mistaken about some of her assertions, but as far as customer service goes, it was just plain rude.

To the person who posted a review suggesting that people ignore all the negative reviews - this was something that actually happened, and whether it is typical of the service or not, it is nonetheless inexcusable and disrespectful. This review is not a knee-jerk response - far from it, I waited weeks before posting it, when we had some time to review businesses we've been in. No issues with food or ambiance, but we were offended, and will not likely return.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I had literally just moved to Portland, and this place was on my short list of places to go that were close to our new home. We needed a late-night coffee stop, so we could get on the internet with our laptops, and organize the next day in our new city. In retrospect, we could have chosen better, I'm afraid. The atmosphere was already quite lively when we arrived, and we were lucky to find a table in a back corner of the room next to the kitchen. We had a charming waitress who was friendly and courteous, and considering how busy the place was, we can't really complain about the occasional waits between visits to our table.

I worked in plenty of food industry jobs during my college years, so I understand how that economy works, and I ordered additional drinks and desert items every time our waitress returned, so she wouldn't feel like we were wasting her time. During our stay, a couple of tables next to us turned over once, so I assume that's why the waitress suddenly showed up with our check already added up - a bit ill-timed, as I had been waiting for her to return so I could order more drinks. A minute later, a harried woman - who I assume was a manager - came over and asked us to pay our check and vacate our table, stating that we had been there all night since they opened the doors, and were just "taking up space", and that other paying customers might need the table. Not only was she mistaken about some of her assertions, but as far as customer service goes, it was just plain rude.

To the person who posted a review suggesting that people ignore all the negative reviews - this was something that actually happened, and whether it is typical of the service or not, it is nonetheless inexcusable and disrespectful. This review is not a knee-jerk response - far from it, I waited weeks before posting it, when we had some time to review businesses we've been in. No issues with food or ambiance, but we were offended, and will not likely return.

Pros: quaint atmosphere, potential for a fun get-together (if you leave right away (I suppose)

Cons: apparently more concerned with turning over tables than treating existing customers with respect

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I discovered Rimsky's just in the fall this past year, and I have been back over there quite a bit. I live in the burbs, and whenever I'm up in Portland, I check this place out. The atmosphere is fun, crazy, and energetic. There isn't any time you'll be displeased with the great amount of desserts they have to offer. The Fool is by far the best item on the menu, but get there quick because they run out of them quick!

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★★★★★

I discovered Rimsky's just in the fall this past year, and I have been back over there quite a bit. I live in the burbs, and whenever I'm up in Portland, I check this place out. The atmosphere is fun, crazy, and energetic. There isn't any time you'll be displeased with the great amount of desserts they have to offer. The Fool is by far the best item on the menu, but get there quick because they run out of them quick!

Pros: Delicious, great place to hang with friends or date

Cons: Sometimes they get realllly busy, so service can be a bit lagging

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Rimsky's has a lot going for it: rich and creamy desserts, a unique atmosphere, a cozy dining room in an old Victorian. Sadly all of these great things are ruined by a management that has no idea how to provide good service. During a recent visit for a friends birthday our large party of ten was pushed around, and treated rather rudely by two different managers. My friend had called ahead to check if bringing such a large party was acceptable and was told that they could accommodate us. They clearly could not. While our actual server was quite friendly and thoughtful we were essentially pushed out the door by a manager after a short stay because there was another party of 10 that needed our table. While I'm sure if you were to go on a weekday night or any afternoon your service would be fine, the management of Rimsky's apparently does not know how to provide service for crowds on Friday and Saturday night. I personally felt so dejected and insulted by the end of the night that I will never go back.

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★★☆☆☆

Rimsky's has a lot going for it: rich and creamy desserts, a unique atmosphere, a cozy dining room in an old Victorian. Sadly all of these great things are ruined by a management that has no idea how to provide good service. During a recent visit for a friends birthday our large party of ten was pushed around, and treated rather rudely by two different managers. My friend had called ahead to check if bringing such a large party was acceptable and was told that they could accommodate us. They clearly could not. While our actual server was quite friendly and thoughtful we were essentially pushed out the door by a manager after a short stay because there was another party of 10 that needed our table. While I'm sure if you were to go on a weekday night or any afternoon your service would be fine, the management of Rimsky's apparently does not know how to provide service for crowds on Friday and Saturday night. I personally felt so dejected and insulted by the end of the night that I will never go back.

Pros: Wonderful Desserts

Cons: Horrible Service

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I love Rimsky's! The desserts and coffee are always great (mmm, Rasputin's Vice Sundae) and the waitresses have always been friendly and personable (sometimes very silly)! I don't know what's going on with the bad-review-ers -- maybe they wanted a more Starbucks-ish place, where you snap your fingers and get your exact latte like always with the same "Have a nice day!" and you're gone in 60 seconds? Too bad, because Rimsky's is NOT that place! Sure, sometimes it takes a little longer to get your order, but so what? Did you go there in a big rush to eat and run? Why? Where else is there candle-lit live classical music? Where else does the secret table do that thing -- oops, shhh! Where else would you find a little blue alligator at the bottom of your hot chocolate?

I'd say, for those of you who need a clone-copy, drive-through, Dunkin' McRestaurant/Yuppie/power-lunch experience, then absolutely stay away -- you don't have the time or energy for this place. :)

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★★★★★

I love Rimsky's! The desserts and coffee are always great (mmm, Rasputin's Vice Sundae) and the waitresses have always been friendly and personable (sometimes very silly)! I don't know what's going on with the bad-review-ers -- maybe they wanted a more Starbucks-ish place, where you snap your fingers and get your exact latte like always with the same "Have a nice day!" and you're gone in 60 seconds? Too bad, because Rimsky's is NOT that place! Sure, sometimes it takes a little longer to get your order, but so what? Did you go there in a big rush to eat and run? Why? Where else is there candle-lit live classical music? Where else does the secret table do that thing -- oops, shhh! Where else would you find a little blue alligator at the bottom of your hot chocolate?

I'd say, for those of you who need a clone-copy, drive-through, Dunkin' McRestaurant/Yuppie/power-lunch experience, then absolutely stay away -- you don't have the time or energy for this place. :)

Pros: Totally unique, very cozy and laid-back, has *secret things*

Cons: There are only two really big tables for extra-large groups, and only one couch!

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If you've just moved to Portland, Rimsky-Korsakoffee is a "must do."

No, not for the service (it's terrible.) Nor particularly anything else.

Because, although the desserts are excellent, and the ambience is unique, the real reason you have to go is so that you can become a genuine Portlander.

After all, at what other coffee shop, can one ask for an ice cream sundae and be told:

"I have no idea what you're talking about." (Said by the waiter while peering down haughtily at us.)
"Um, this ice cream sundae here, on your menu." (Said we, while pointing at the menu.)
"We don't make ice cream sundea's."
Perplexed, we looked at each other, then back at the menu's.
"Um, ok, what kind of ice cream do you have?"
At that point, the waiter (again, haughtily) stated the various choices (which did include ice cream sundea's.)

So with that, we had been RIMSKIED.
So, go ahead, try Rimsky's and you too will have a story to tell your friends.
Good service can be gotten anywhere, Rimsky service can only be had at Rimsky-Korsakoffee.

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★★★☆☆

If you've just moved to Portland, Rimsky-Korsakoffee is a "must do."

No, not for the service (it's terrible.) Nor particularly anything else.

Because, although the desserts are excellent, and the ambience is unique, the real reason you have to go is so that you can become a genuine Portlander.

After all, at what other coffee shop, can one ask for an ice cream sundae and be told:

"I have no idea what you're talking about." (Said by the waiter while peering down haughtily at us.)
"Um, this ice cream sundae here, on your menu." (Said we, while pointing at the menu.)
"We don't make ice cream sundea's."
Perplexed, we looked at each other, then back at the menu's.
"Um, ok, what kind of ice cream do you have?"
At that point, the waiter (again, haughtily) stated the various choices (which did include ice cream sundea's.)

So with that, we had been RIMSKIED.
So, go ahead, try Rimsky's and you too will have a story to tell your friends.
Good service can be gotten anywhere, Rimsky service can only be had at Rimsky-Korsakoffee.

Pros: Great desserts, terrific music

Cons: Service

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Do not go to this place. Don't give them any business. We were treated terribly. Waitress had no manners or decency, let alone any hint of professional ethic. She literally acted like barbaric trash, and you'd certainly find a nicer gal in Portland's roughest areas. Basically, this business doesn't take cards as payment. Nice to see that this site states as such, but you wouldn't know it walking into the place! No clear sign is present that they do not, just extremely fine print that practically takes a magnifying glass to see on the upper right hand corner of the already cluttered menu . After having to go to the nearest Plaid Pantry for cash to pay our bill, the unapologetic, careless waitress told us that it is the customer's responsibility to know the business doesn't take cards. How do they figure? Is a customer supposed to call before hand to ask them if they accept a visa!? Long story short, after telling them they need a larger sign of some sort somewhere in their establishment -- let alone on their door -- this waitress told us to just not come back! Oh, she used the f-word at us, too. We certainly won't ever go back, and recommend that others do not, as well. People in Portland's Old Town on a dark night will treat you better than you'll receive at Rimskey's. "F" minus grade. No class, no politeness, no satisfactory service. Oh, and by the way, we paid our bill, of course... but we shouldn't have after the treatment we received. Don't go to this place. There are much better coffeehouses in Portland that deserves your business, and this place just isn't it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Do not go to this place. Don't give them any business. We were treated terribly. Waitress had no manners or decency, let alone any hint of professional ethic. She literally acted like barbaric trash, and you'd certainly find a nicer gal in Portland's roughest areas. Basically, this business doesn't take cards as payment. Nice to see that this site states as such, but you wouldn't know it walking into the place! No clear sign is present that they do not, just extremely fine print that practically takes a magnifying glass to see on the upper right hand corner of the already cluttered menu . After having to go to the nearest Plaid Pantry for cash to pay our bill, the unapologetic, careless waitress told us that it is the customer's responsibility to know the business doesn't take cards. How do they figure? Is a customer supposed to call before hand to ask them if they accept a visa!? Long story short, after telling them they need a larger sign of some sort somewhere in their establishment -- let alone on their door -- this waitress told us to just not come back! Oh, she used the f-word at us, too. We certainly won't ever go back, and recommend that others do not, as well. People in Portland's Old Town on a dark night will treat you better than you'll receive at Rimskey's. "F" minus grade. No class, no politeness, no satisfactory service. Oh, and by the way, we paid our bill, of course... but we shouldn't have after the treatment we received. Don't go to this place. There are much better coffeehouses in Portland that deserves your business, and this place just isn't it.

Pros: Zero

Cons: Vile service

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I can't comment on the coffee. We went for dessert, which was good, but it was hard to flag down a waiter. I thought I saw one, chatting up someone near the front door. I waved, and he waved back. Then he dissapeard. Nice work, dude. Probably not coming back or recommending this place to anyone. Service was slow. I went to the kitchen to pay my bill, and found a line of other people trying to find some wait staff. Since I counted three waiters that evening, I can't imagine what the problem could have been.

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★★★☆☆

I can't comment on the coffee. We went for dessert, which was good, but it was hard to flag down a waiter. I thought I saw one, chatting up someone near the front door. I waved, and he waved back. Then he dissapeard. Nice work, dude. Probably not coming back or recommending this place to anyone. Service was slow. I went to the kitchen to pay my bill, and found a line of other people trying to find some wait staff. Since I counted three waiters that evening, I can't imagine what the problem could have been.

Pros: great music (live, classical guitar)

Cons: service..... uh, sure. nice theory.

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Great old house, fantastic Chocolate Raspberry Fools and Cafe Borgia (they use their own home-made fresh orange zest flavoring for the coffees), and the occasionally eccentric and opinionated waitstaff might strike up a chat if it's not too busy (some may even sketch diagrams of the desserts -- or their own cats -- on the back of the menu for you). Occasionally the service is a little scatterbrained, but the place is so cozy and there's so much to enjoy (like live classical music most nights and the current 26-piece alphabetical art exhibit), that a little wait is far more pleasure than trial, and the results are worth waiting for. If berries + chocolate+ cream was an acceptable food group, I'd be there *every* night instead of every other...

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★★★★★

Great old house, fantastic Chocolate Raspberry Fools and Cafe Borgia (they use their own home-made fresh orange zest flavoring for the coffees), and the occasionally eccentric and opinionated waitstaff might strike up a chat if it's not too busy (some may even sketch diagrams of the desserts -- or their own cats -- on the back of the menu for you). Occasionally the service is a little scatterbrained, but the place is so cozy and there's so much to enjoy (like live classical music most nights and the current 26-piece alphabetical art exhibit), that a little wait is far more pleasure than trial, and the results are worth waiting for. If berries + chocolate+ cream was an acceptable food group, I'd be there *every* night instead of every other...

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My girlfriend and I stopped in there one evening right at the time that they open. We sat down and could hear the wait staff in the back chatting. We waited and waited for a half an hour! Nobody came to our table or even came out in sight. We tried to make enough noise to be heard and nothing. It was well into opening time so there was no excuse! Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

PROS: Love the decor
CONS: No service

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★★☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I stopped in there one evening right at the time that they open. We sat down and could hear the wait staff in the back chatting. We waited and waited for a half an hour! Nobody came to our table or even came out in sight. We tried to make enough noise to be heard and nothing. It was well into opening time so there was no excuse! Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

PROS: Love the decor
CONS: No service

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Though somewhat difficult to locate, this is a great little place to sit and sip to your heart's content, let alone indulge in a great dessert and listen to some of the local musicians. When I was there, a classical guitarist was performing relaxing tunes. Great for unwinding, studying, a romantic spot.

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★★★★★

Though somewhat difficult to locate, this is a great little place to sit and sip to your heart's content, let alone indulge in a great dessert and listen to some of the local musicians. When I was there, a classical guitarist was performing relaxing tunes. Great for unwinding, studying, a romantic spot.

Pros: Nice ambience, excellent coffee/dsrt

Cons: Hard to find, can be crowded

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I love this little oasis in the city! In a world of Walmart type coffee houses, Rimsky's offers the jittery a place to go that pleases all of the senses and soul. To visit here is to understand the heart of Portlanders. Casually chic and culinarily yummy!

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★★★★★

I love this little oasis in the city! In a world of Walmart type coffee houses, Rimsky's offers the jittery a place to go that pleases all of the senses and soul. To visit here is to understand the heart of Portlanders. Casually chic and culinarily yummy!

Pros: coffee, desserts, casual atmosphere

Cons: busy

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Rimsky's is a tried & true coffee/dessert house, but its real accomplishment is it's integrity. You can smile when you walk in thru the oversized frontdoor for many reasons. Firstly you have just stepped inside a secret garden of a place. And yet its packed-out inside. Warm and inviting with live piano and intelligent convos, this is the sweet spot for taking a date, or mingling with friends. Everything is worth ordering on the ever-changing hand-written menu. Be sure to check out the surprising decor; the slowly rotating table, painted face 'coming out' of the wall paper, and the bathroom that reminds me of sunny days at the lake. This place is ecclectic & magnetic. Keep it a secret!!!! One more thing, bring cash cuz getting your bill can take, well, an hour!!!

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★★★★★

Rimsky's is a tried & true coffee/dessert house, but its real accomplishment is it's integrity. You can smile when you walk in thru the oversized frontdoor for many reasons. Firstly you have just stepped inside a secret garden of a place. And yet its packed-out inside. Warm and inviting with live piano and intelligent convos, this is the sweet spot for taking a date, or mingling with friends. Everything is worth ordering on the ever-changing hand-written menu. Be sure to check out the surprising decor; the slowly rotating table, painted face 'coming out' of the wall paper, and the bathroom that reminds me of sunny days at the lake. This place is ecclectic & magnetic. Keep it a secret!!!! One more thing, bring cash cuz getting your bill can take, well, an hour!!!

Pros: Live piano, Ecclectic, Super secret

Cons: Busy, Small, snooty service

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the staff here is epic! they are friendly even when under-the-gun busy~~which happens~finding a table can take a bit, but never mind--just take in the fairytale quality of your surroundings! go visit the bathroom upstairs, also!

Extreme supreme Desserts & Coffee! Great place for a date, or a group of friends and an afer-movie dissection!

PROS: Staff Heroes, Imperial Desserts, Fairytale Decor
CONS: NONE

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★★★★★

the staff here is epic! they are friendly even when under-the-gun busy~~which happens~finding a table can take a bit, but never mind--just take in the fairytale quality of your surroundings! go visit the bathroom upstairs, also!

Extreme supreme Desserts & Coffee! Great place for a date, or a group of friends and an afer-movie dissection!

PROS: Staff Heroes, Imperial Desserts, Fairytale Decor
CONS: NONE

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i've been in rimsky's sometimes where i sit for 20 minutes without being waited on at all, and other times where i get served right away. the food is great, the drinks usually are too. and the atmosphere is always rocking, especially when theres live music.

PROS: good food
CONS: unpredictable service

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i've been in rimsky's sometimes where i sit for 20 minutes without being waited on at all, and other times where i get served right away. the food is great, the drinks usually are too. and the atmosphere is always rocking, especially when theres live music.

PROS: good food
CONS: unpredictable service

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After reading several of these negative reviews I have to say they are all hogwash! This is a great place to go for a friendly warm eclectic dessert coffee experience. You get wonderful live guitar and piano music, guitar being my first choice, but the staff is very opposite from what other's have said negatively about them. I found them to be very friendly, and fun in fact, any time I have gone. I have always felt like I was visiting someone rather then going into a place to buy a cup of coffee. So don't listen to these other peoples negative takes on such a great place. Go you won't be sorry!

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★★★★★

After reading several of these negative reviews I have to say they are all hogwash! This is a great place to go for a friendly warm eclectic dessert coffee experience. You get wonderful live guitar and piano music, guitar being my first choice, but the staff is very opposite from what other's have said negatively about them. I found them to be very friendly, and fun in fact, any time I have gone. I have always felt like I was visiting someone rather then going into a place to buy a cup of coffee. So don't listen to these other peoples negative takes on such a great place. Go you won't be sorry!

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly, Yummie

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The place seems like it was put together by someone who really loves people, and I liked the sense of community in the pictures and things left behind under the tabletops and hanging from the ceiling. Also the mural in the stairwell and the underwater bathroom :) My Aunt was visiting me from out of town and took us to Rimsky Korsakoffee because she remembered they had the Best chocolate dessert she'd ever had, and twenty years later, it was still there, and just as good as she remembered it! It was the best I'd had too, and it was a very special treat to go there and try it.
The experience was marred though by an obtrusive, disrespectful waiter that really got on my nerves.

2
★★★★☆

The place seems like it was put together by someone who really loves people, and I liked the sense of community in the pictures and things left behind under the tabletops and hanging from the ceiling. Also the mural in the stairwell and the underwater bathroom :) My Aunt was visiting me from out of town and took us to Rimsky Korsakoffee because she remembered they had the Best chocolate dessert she'd ever had, and twenty years later, it was still there, and just as good as she remembered it! It was the best I'd had too, and it was a very special treat to go there and try it.
The experience was marred though by an obtrusive, disrespectful waiter that really got on my nerves.

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I love this place for its cozy, welcoming atmosphere, really tasty desserts, and for the live music. There's a singing waiter that works here who is always friendly, although I can't say that for the whole staff. Come here wanting to spend awhile chatting as the service can be slow.

2
★★★★★

I love this place for its cozy, welcoming atmosphere, really tasty desserts, and for the live music. There's a singing waiter that works here who is always friendly, although I can't say that for the whole staff. Come here wanting to spend awhile chatting as the service can be slow.

Pros: Affordable, Unique

Cons: Hard to find parking

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Maybe everybody else went on a bad day, but I adore this place! Fabulous desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate! Great live music, decor like a fairytale, and a few table secrets! Be sure to take a trip to the bathroom, even if you don't need to go! Staff is superfriendly and accomadating! Cheers guys!

2
★★★★★

Maybe everybody else went on a bad day, but I adore this place! Fabulous desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate! Great live music, decor like a fairytale, and a few table secrets! Be sure to take a trip to the bathroom, even if you don't need to go! Staff is superfriendly and accomadating! Cheers guys!

Pros: Inexpensive, Cozy, Great Hang out

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Recently had a dessert date at RK and was very disappointed. Coffee was not hot and had a very bad flavor; both my date's cake and mine tasted STALE! We couldn't believe it. If you go to RK, don't expect attentive service - you will have to bribe the wait staff for a refill on your coffee. Great music and ambience don't make up for lousy java, bad service, and terrible desserts

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★★☆☆☆

Recently had a dessert date at RK and was very disappointed. Coffee was not hot and had a very bad flavor; both my date's cake and mine tasted STALE! We couldn't believe it. If you go to RK, don't expect attentive service - you will have to bribe the wait staff for a refill on your coffee. Great music and ambience don't make up for lousy java, bad service, and terrible desserts

Pros: Music, Ambience

Cons: , Cold Coffee, Bad Service

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This may be hard to find if you are not looking, but it is well worth the stop. Unique atmosphere with excellent desserts. Good coffee selections, but not always served hot. Service can be good or bad depending on the visit. I would visit again.

2
★★★★☆

This may be hard to find if you are not looking, but it is well worth the stop. Unique atmosphere with excellent desserts. Good coffee selections, but not always served hot. Service can be good or bad depending on the visit. I would visit again.

Pros: Great dessert, unique atmosphere

Cons: , coffe not hot

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So, my table hasn't moved any of the three times I've been to R-K. Whatever, no problem, better still. A mild problem was that my coffee smelled really unsavory two of the times. The dessert more than made up for these minor disappointments, and the music is great.

(Ah, and if you don't know to seat yourself and do just the right thing with the menu, you won't get served for a really long time, and you'll get attitude about it to boot.)

2
★★★★☆

So, my table hasn't moved any of the three times I've been to R-K. Whatever, no problem, better still. A mild problem was that my coffee smelled really unsavory two of the times. The dessert more than made up for these minor disappointments, and the music is great.

(Ah, and if you don't know to seat yourself and do just the right thing with the menu, you won't get served for a really long time, and you'll get attitude about it to boot.)

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I love the fact that Rimskys is kind of a little secret. Never see any advertising for it, doesn't even have anything outside letting you know of its existence. Just looks like an old house! Once inside it's heaven. A quiet, eclectic space, with soft music, good food and beverages. Love to go there for quiet, inexpensive evenings out.

2
★★★★★

I love the fact that Rimskys is kind of a little secret. Never see any advertising for it, doesn't even have anything outside letting you know of its existence. Just looks like an old house! Once inside it's heaven. A quiet, eclectic space, with soft music, good food and beverages. Love to go there for quiet, inexpensive evenings out.

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As well as yummy desserts and calming piano music, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House is more than meets the eye! Make sure to visit the restroom and chat with the staff if they're not busy.

2
★★★★★

As well as yummy desserts and calming piano music, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House is more than meets the eye! Make sure to visit the restroom and chat with the staff if they're not busy.

Pros: staff, location

Cons: parking

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This place is one of my favorite places to go and enjoy coffee with friends. The atmosphere is great as is the cafe vienna...I love it

2
★★★★★

This place is one of my favorite places to go and enjoy coffee with friends. The atmosphere is great as is the cafe vienna...I love it

Pros: Cafe Vienna, Good Desserts

Cons: inattentive serice

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I ordered a double capp, but got a cup of swill with sudsy foam... this is not specialty coffee.

1
★★★☆☆

I ordered a double capp, but got a cup of swill with sudsy foam... this is not specialty coffee.

Pros: desert, atmosphere

Cons: their coffee

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I love this place! Great desserts, good coffe, awsome atomsphere! GO THERE!!

2
★★★★★

I love this place! Great desserts, good coffe, awsome atomsphere! GO THERE!!

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Last year for my first wedding anniversary, my husband took me to Rimsky's and I was blown away at how much I liked it. Everything was so....well, how should I put this......comfortable. I loved the music and the atmosphere was incrediable. I think we might make it a tradition to go there every year for our anniversary.

2
★★★★★

Last year for my first wedding anniversary, my husband took me to Rimsky's and I was blown away at how much I liked it. Everything was so....well, how should I put this......comfortable. I loved the music and the atmosphere was incrediable. I think we might make it a tradition to go there every year for our anniversary.

Pros: great music, not to crowed, GREAT bathroom

Cons: parking

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I love this place for atmosphere! What a wonder, and as an employee told me, more than two decades without a sign. Absolutely amazing. The employees were friendly and open, the coffee was great. A perfect after-movie destination!

2
★★★★★

I love this place for atmosphere! What a wonder, and as an employee told me, more than two decades without a sign. Absolutely amazing. The employees were friendly and open, the coffee was great. A perfect after-movie destination!

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Any meal here is full of surprises. We went to dessert at about 11 and the place was jumping. The piano music can get a little loud, and the nearby tables in a close space can also get noisy. Desserts are delicious. The ambience is very personable and a surprise lurks in every corner of the house. Prepare for some "comapny" if you make a trip to the restroom.

2
★★★★☆

Any meal here is full of surprises. We went to dessert at about 11 and the place was jumping. The piano music can get a little loud, and the nearby tables in a close space can also get noisy. Desserts are delicious. The ambience is very personable and a surprise lurks in every corner of the house. Prepare for some "comapny" if you make a trip to the restroom.

Pros: Good Dessert, Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Noisy

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Rimsky's is quite an event. Whether you want a romantic evening alone in the corner with your Special Someone or a funky night with friends, this is the place for you. Live music, mismatched everything, and originality - this place has it all!

2
★★★★★

Rimsky's is quite an event. Whether you want a romantic evening alone in the corner with your Special Someone or a funky night with friends, this is the place for you. Live music, mismatched everything, and originality - this place has it all!

Pros: The Bathroom, The Tables, The mugs and napkins

Cons: Hard To Find, Can Be Crowded

 

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