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).
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
Loved that atmosphere and closeness to t ...
Loved that atmosphere and closeness to the theater. The food was very good and came quickly. The cocktails were also well done. Main snag was the service. Difficult to get contact with our waiter. Had to literally go get him to place order both times. Waited 20min and no one approach the table. Lots of waitstaff rushing around, looking stressed, but not actually connecting with customers. A bit more training or something is needed. They looked so stressed out, I felt stressed But again the quality and speed of food from the kitchen was excellent
While the food was good (not great), the ...
While the food was good (not great), the table for 4 that they seated our party of 5 at was very uncomfortable due to the crowding. The restaurant is so loud we could not hear each other without shouting. Not a pleasant evening yet high priced.
The location is perfect for a pre-play / ...
The location is perfect for a pre-play / pre-show dinner at the PCPA or Schnitzer Hall. Good menu; good drinks. And staff is super friendly. (I think many are actors, so when you tell them "we are theater people" at the start of the mean, for timing purposes, that is a well received).
Interesting that were 4 of us and we all ...
Interesting that were 4 of us and we all went for the fried chicken, which quite good as was the side of creamed corn. We also had an excellent beet salad and tomato bisque soup, very good. Great location if you are going to the Schnitz. Only have to park your once.
The Picnic House exceeded my expectation ...
The Picnic House exceeded my expectations and I couldn't have been more thrilled with the service and accommodations! My party reservation was originally for 15 people for a baby shower, but 5 more people attended unexpectedly. I was feeling a bit nervous about that, but our waitress (I wish I could remember your name- you were so kind and accommodating and patient and gave outstanding service!) eased my nerves and set up three smaller tables. Everyone had a wonderful time! We laughed, and celebrated our friends' soon-to-be newest addition to their family with fun hats, gifts, drinks and great food served for lunch! To top it off, our waitress was kind enough to take a few photos of our large and loving group of friends and family. Thank you, Picnic House! I will definitely be coming back and recommending you to friends and family.
I am new to the area and selected The Pi ...
I am new to the area and selected The Picnic House for its proximity to the Arlene Schnitzer hall and generally favorable reviews. Overall, I was disappointed with the choice and will not be going back. The food was decent but overpriced, service was mediocre, and our server was uppity. When we asked her to describe a dish, she responded... "what do you want to know?" . Lastly, I love historic places that have been preserved for their original character, but this one seems to have gone awry. The whimsical eclectic décor just didn't work.
Had dinner here prior to an event at the ...
Had dinner here prior to an event at the Schnitzer. Cocktails were delicious. Comfort food was amazing. Had the fried chicken. It was so good! One member in my party had the mac and cheese and said it was one of the best she has ever had. Everyone had a great time and we all loved our meals.
Hostess did not pay us attention when we ...
Hostess did not pay us attention when we walked in. Continued a conversation about work with a co-worker for a least two minutes. Service was just ok. Didn't leave cheese off my salad as requested. Menu was different than online. Need more gluten free options also.
I was disappointed that there weren't as ...
I was disappointed that there weren't as many salads on the menu as there were last winter when I had lunch there because that's what I went for, a combination plate of good non-green salads. That was no longer an option.
We went for dinner before a show at the ...
We went for dinner before a show at the Schnitz . and it was our first time there. The food was tasty, local, and up fast. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. The noise level was loud at 6pm and it was difficult to hear my companion without raising my voice and losing our privacy. I'd recommend the Salmon and they have fried brussel sprouts here which I love. I thought they could use a tad more seasoning and a tad less oil but that's just my opinion. Good cocktails put us in the right vibe for the show.
I have been to PH a lot but am doubting ...
I have been to PH a lot but am doubting if I will return. Took my mom. Service is always lacking and they just never seem to improve it. Soup was luke warm. Coffee was $3.50 for a small cup and no offer for refill. Seems the value if a $30 lunch was just not there.
Everything was okay. I had the duck ris ...
Everything was okay. I had the duck risotto, which was not very good. My colleague had the grilled cheese and liked it. Service was about average (maybe below for this type of establishment). We only had one night in Portland, so I wish I had gone elsewhere.
neat building, but they brought the entr ...
neat building, but they brought the entrees out too quickly (before we could finish our starters). Further, the pork shoulder we received was just a miniture version of that served at the table next to us. The risotto was flavorless but the other dishes were passable. Overall, I'd describe the experience as fair. There are much better dinning experiences in Portland (e.g. Andina)
We have eaten here a couple of times for ...
We have eaten here a couple of times for lunch, first time for dinner, we we're not impressed. We had the fried chicken, it wasn't very hot was more like room temp, the baked beans were good but they were also cold. Maybe dinner isn't their best but lunch seems to be good.
The Picnic House is one of my favorite l ...
The Picnic House is one of my favorite lunch spots, so I was a bit disappointed when my go-to sandwich (the shrimp salad) wasn't as good as usual and the salad looked kind of tired. I'll assume that this was a one-time miss and will be back, for sure. But I'll also be watching. My other experiences here have been 4-5 stars.
The location and ambiance of this place ...
The location and ambiance of this place is amazing which is why we were so disappointed when our food arrived. 3 in our party had the house special - Fried Chicken. Not sure what we were expecting but $25 bland chicken nuggets was not it. Another in our party had the Risotto, again just bland and tasteless. Would not recommend this place
The food was really uninspired. The Riso ...
The food was really uninspired. The Risotto was really just a massive pile of rice garnished with a few shreds of duck and a pinch of arugula. Everything else tasted fine, but it was overpriced and not very interesting.
Very good for & service with large quant ...
Very good for & service with large quantities of food and reasonable prices. The half sandwich/half soup or salad was really a full sandwich and half salad. Both the grilled cheese and turkey sandwiches were delicious.
Picnic House is a comfortable restaurant in downtown Portland, and I look forward to dining here again in the near future.
We've eaten at Picnic House a number of ...
We've eaten at Picnic House a number of times, and I was surprised at our last visit. Dishes were not up to par (greasy broccoli and cauliflower among other things). What surprised me the most was that our small and large plates to share came out within 10 minutes of ordering, all at exactly the same time. I wasn't sure if they were trying to turn the table (but it wasn't busy), or if the chef just had things waiting so the food wasn't cooked to order. As a dining experience, having six dishes on the table (for 3 people) made it feel very un-special and made it difficult to appreciate any individual dish. Perhaps it was an off night.
The food prices are inflated for the por ...
The food prices are inflated for the portions served. The food was not fresh and the mash potatoes had the texture like it was a powder box mix. The ambience was nice though if your not looking for food. It's apparent the owners are trying to squeeze operating costs by offering lower quality food for higher prices. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant and will not return.
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