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About The Picnic House
The Picnic House offers picnic-inspired French-American cuisine, craft cocktails, and a comprehensive wine list in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. Located at the crossroads of Portland's Business and Art District and directly across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Picnic House is located in the lobby of the original 1920's Heathman Hotel and has retained the original 30-foot vaulted ceilings and fluted wood columns.
20% gratuity for parties of 8 or larger. One check for parties of 5 or more (up to three forms of payment per check).
Portland, OR 97205
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French 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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Picnic House Ratings and Reviews
Had been a couple of years since we'd been here, so game to try again. Service was just right, prompt, cheerful, not over bearing. However, once the place is full you cannot carry on a conversation. The noise level is horrible and the tables are jammed up against one another. Food was just fine, but the noise is a deal breaker.
With a name like "The Picnic House" my party was expecting more of a traditional picnic ambiance or menu. I'm not sure how they came up with "The Picnic House" but the menu is not picnic type items (Burgers, Hotdogs, Steaks, etc...) and is quite a bit more upscale than that. At the very least we were hoping for a atmosphere that was more conducive to a picnic.
If you take the false expectations, from the name, this restaurant was good. The inside reminded me of something that you would see in a 1920's brothel with the standup bar at the end, staircase to it's right and extraordinary paintings. The food was flavorable and delicious although nothing that I would expect to munch on at a picnic, however the available selections on the menu left much to be desired.
Overall it is a good place to eat if you are in the area...just don't expect it to have picnic flair.
Love this place for lunches! Always a great spot for a quaint lunch for two but they have large tables for larger groups as well. Took my mom and in-laws here for lunch and we loved the soup/sandwich combo - tomato soup was delicious! They loved the ambiance and the service was excellent. Great for a quicker lunch for a lunch meeting or a place to grab a bite while shopping downtown. I've heard dinner is very good too!
I have been here many times for business lunches. Food and service are great; love the lunch combos. Portions are ok. I get hungry before 5 if I have lunch here at noon. It can be very noisy here, so be prepared. This is the only place where another guest has ever walked over and told me to talk quieter; there's something about the way noise travels in this space (or perhaps the lady was just uptight). I recommend the restaurant overall.
Picnic house was wonderful. The option to choose 3 half orders of each (soup, salad & sandwich) was perfect. We got to try a bit of everything and the size was perfect. Would definitely recommend!
We had the
Tomato soup- Very Good
Wild Mushroom Soup-Big mushroom flavor (Obviously, but so delicious for mushroom lovers)
Grilled Tomato sandwich
Brown Rice Salad
I had a poor experience at Picnic House the last time, but we used to enjoy it, so gave it another shot. We were sorry we did. It was pretty empty, but they tried to seat us in a dead corner. We asked for a table closer to the center. Our two servers seemed not to talk to one another, and brought the wrong food to the wrong person at the wrong time. The food itself was forgettable. Sorry, Picnic House, we won't try again.
We went for a date night and it was ok, but expensive. The inside is interesting and has some neat charm. My husband ordered the scallops and we were surprised at the small amount of food for the price. Luckily he was not very hungry. I ordered the hamburger and it had a bit of a charred taste although the center indeed seemed medium. It was all ok food, but not fabulous and was quite pricy. There are so many restaurants to choose from in Portland that I don't think we'll be back.
Our server was in a very bad mood and reacted really poorly when we asked some questions about the menu. She clearly did not know much about the food and was angry that we wouldn't just go ahead and order. That would be fair if this was a cheap, fast restaurant, but it's not. The food was good, but not amazing, which means it was a bit overpriced. Given the price/ambiance I expected the food to be more creative, but the flavors were mainly salt, sugar and cream. Which are perfectly tasty, just not a special dining experience.
I like the spin on the classic food with a slight flare. The server was excellent and explained all dishes, desserts, and drinks. The ambiance is always excellent with a very different feel that is both semi-casual and slightly formal, as if your in some old Victorian library or coffee house in Paris. The odd but eclectic feel seems to be a perfect Portland fit.
We went here before a show at the Schnitzer for the first time and enjoyed it. As a vegetarian, I would have liked more than one entree option but that option, the mac and cheese, was delicious! My friend had the fried chicken which he felt had too much cumin but was otherwise pretty good. We also had the brussels and broccoli starter and it was amazing. The host, server and bartender were all really wonderful and the service was quick enough to get us out of there with time to spare before the show. I'd definitely go again and would recommend it to others.
I went for Portland Dining Month last Thursday evening w/ two friends I hadn't seen in a while. Everyone in there was very nice. My only regret was not getting the soup over the salad on the PDM menu. The salad was bland, even after putting salt & pepper on it. With that said, my shrimp diablo linguine was very tasty and my dessert was amazing! The dessert was a yogurt mousse with a sugar snap pea sorbet, compressed strawberries & a meyer lemon gel. It's a must have and hopefully they'll put on their regular menu. I would recommend this restaurant to others and I will be going back. Just don't get the butter lettuce, apple, sugar snap and cucumber vinaigrette salad. Not sure what they were thinking with that one. I would have given them the highest marks if it wasn't for that.
I set up a reservation online to enjoy Portland Dining Month with a friend. Upon walking in, I was not greeted once despite others stopping in before and after me who were acknowledge (maybe since there was a larger birthday party happening). Although this was an unfortunate start to the evening service wise, it ended up going well. After we were seated we had a great experience with delicious foods and cocktails.
We went there as part of Portland Dining Month. The restaurant was full when we arrived due to an event at the Schnitz. About an hour after we arrived, the restaurant cleared out leaving behind our table and two others. The restaurant went into closing mode even though it was only 7:30. We asked our server about an aperitif, he left to check, and never returned. We never saw him or the drinks again. Someone else delivered our check.
The restaurant seems to suffer from an identity crisis. The front third looks like the outdoors and goes along with the Picnic House name. The back two thirds, which looks like it can be closed off with a curtain, has printing plates on the wall, is dark, crowded, and loud. Checks are delivered in old books. It looks and feels like a completely different restaurant.
The food was pretty good. The spring asparagus soup was delicious. The second course was good but not exceptional. Unfortunately, the chocolate cake with cherries dessert was dry and reminiscent of Little Debbie cakes.
I can't recommend The Picnic House. The last time we went, about 4 months ago, the food was quite good. This time it was very mediocre. I had the fried chicken served over potato salad. The potato salad was just not good. If I had thought about it, I should have requested mashed potatoes instead. The BBQ sauce that was drizzled over the fried chicken tasted like it came out of a bottle. My husband ordered a cheeseburger, & he was not impressed. Ordered cheesecake for dessert. It was so salty, I could barely eat it. Weird. It was depressing spending that much money for a meal we didn't like.
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