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About The Picnic House
The Picnic House, opened in 2012 by Portland restaurateurs Aaron and Jessica Grimmer across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, has become one of the staples of downtown Portland’s flourishing culinary scene, welcoming guests to enjoy its seasonal, picnic-inspired New American cuisine, historic space, and heartfelt hospitality. The lunch menu consists of a seasonal rotation of artisan sandwiches, inspired salads, and housemade soups, while the Executive Chef Jessica Grimmer's dinner program adds curated meat & cheese boards and bright, savory grilled offerings to the mix. The Grand Room of The Picnic House sits in the nearly century-old lobby of the original Heathman Hotel and retains the original hand-tiled floor and fluted wood columns.
Portland, OR 97205
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:00 AM - 3:00PM (Mon- Sat)
Dinner: 5:00 PM -10:00 PM (Mon - Sat)
Salmon between Park & Broadway
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us at www.PicnicHousePDX.com for catering information.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Picnic House Ratings and Reviews
Promptly seated at noon for our reservation. The room was about half full. The only negative to the entire event was that it took longer than expected for our server to come to our table and get drinks. Everything was great. The server was very attentive after this.
Overbearing service—-wouldn’t stop being pestered about everything. Primary server said ‘fabulous’ about a million times, ugh. Also did the ‘we’ thing: what are we having tonight? Do we want more drinks’ —- double ugh. Two different people asked us about clearing plates when we’d already just told another not yet. Two different people asked us about dessert, etc etc.
I ordered the lamb chops and they were delicious. However, nothing came with them. Potatoes and a vegetable would have been nice. I also had potato soup. While, it was good, it didn't have much of a potato flavor and I was expecting something thicker. I had the Pavlova for dessert. I found the merange too sugary and the cream filling a bit bitter. I wish I had a different dessert.
The service was fantastic!! We had an amazing waiter who took care of us. He was very attentive and made sure that we were happy. The food was good, but nothing to boast about. The menu wasn’t too diverse but it offered a decent sandwich section. I thought for the price that it was a little on the expensive side for a sandwich you could get for $10-$15 instead of $18. The environment was lovely and the noise level was perfect. Nothing but low hums coming from people. Overall, we enjoyed our time but thought the prices were a little expensive for what it was. (Mainly sandwiches and some appetizer-like things). I don’t think I’ll be going back there on my account. I just think the overall food vs price just didn’t end up balancing out in the end.
Disappointed... Overall, food and service were good until I got charged. Server marked us as a table for 8 when we were clearly 7. This automatically made his tip 20%. Sadly, that's what I would have tipped anyway. It was very unethical and a crappy thing to do.
As we arrived at the restaurant for our 9:00 pm reservation booked through Open Table they we were turning off the lights and the doors were locked. No one came to the door to talk to us as we stood outside for a few minutes even though they could see us. We walked away annoyed and disappointed.
The restaurant has changed a bit (expanded) over the years. Loved the old, smaller feel when the beautiful large wood table was placed in the front of the restaurant and the nice cozy bar-like area in the back. Came here for wine and small plates before a sold-out show. The shared food was very good. Service was the problem. With a big show and most restaurants packed, would have been nice to see more servers staffed for the evening to minimize the wait. That is my only complaint/issue. Highly doubt will revisit this restaurant again.
Monday night and I had a 7:00 reservation for three. It took 10 minutes to be seated and another 15 before a waitress come by our table. I suggested that they were maybe understaffed but was told, no, it was a "show" night. But throughout the two hours we were there our waitress was tending bar, tables and more, and the tables were all pretty full. The food was very tasty but portions were small. The food is served on wooden "planks" which I can't believe are entirely sanitary. We loved the lamb chops (very tender), the salmon, and the baked yam. The Brussel sprouts were just ok. The craft cocktails were tasty but pricey at $14. The tequila one was very good. We had fun and the decor was interesting.
We have been to Picnic House in the past. We enjoy the ambiance of the place and an overall location, however, I must say food this time was mediocre, nothing special. The brochette plate bread was kind of still and I was not to impressed with the salad either. Perhaps the quality of the food went down. It is hard to say since we are not frequent patrons.
The Picnic House is decorated in a delightful "outdoor" way. The food is excellent with seasonal choices. The service was excellent. I would not return with someone with whom I would like to visit. The noise level prohibited conversation, perhaps exacerbated by a loud and noisy crowd just below us.
Took my mom and 8- and 12-year-old daughters (who can be a little finicky) after a morning at the Portland Art Museum right around the corner. Made reservations. It was delicious, convenient, great ambience (stuff to look at), kid-friendly, we could talk and laugh and it was informal but special. Would totally go there again. The finicky among us were quite pleased.
A member of my party was unhappy with the noise level at our table, and quite aggressive in complaining about it. The management went out of their way to accommodate us at a different table in a very quiet area. They were gracious and friendly throughout the evening, even when the acquaintance I was dining with was (unfortunately) not. I greatly appreciated the grace they showed under circumstances that I found personally mortifying. Also, the Brussels sprouts/broccoli dish was *ridiculously good.* I’ve been talking about it for two days now. Would definitely return the next time I’m in Portland!
The ambience and the beautiful old architecture really were great. The food portions were too small. The seating policy is Clumsy. Had to wait until my date arrived before I could be seated. That policy excluded the opportunity to surprise my date, have drinks ready as she walked in. I was disappointed by that. Meanwhile, about 10 other parties were seated while I was waiting. For that reason I would not recommend it for a special occasion. It would’ve been the same had I not made reservations. What’s the point of making a reservation if they make you wait anyway? I would recommend it only for casual occasions. Host was not accommodating at all.
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