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/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Picnic House Ratings and Reviews
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.
This restaurant was actually disappointi ...
This restaurant was actually disappointing. The food was uninspired, overcooked and under seasoned. Additionally, I feel as though they wanted to jump on the "shared plate" bandwagon to seem more trendy and it was not a good idea. We were seated in the back of restaurant, which was 70% full, while the front was completely empty - this is a backwards model for any restaurant ever, as it makes the place feel empty right off the bat. I don't think that I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
I ate there for lunch and got half sandw ...
I ate there for lunch and got half sandwich and half salad. It was delicious. The tables were close together so it's not the place if you are looking for private dining. It's a cool atmosphere and the food is delicious! I would definitely recommend this neighborhood gem.
We chose The Picnic House for dinner bec ...
We chose The Picnic House for dinner because we had tickets to the Opera nearby. We arrived as the restaurant opened for dinner (5pm) so it was very quiet and empty, but people steadily arrived throughout our dining experience. The menu is limited, but the food is very good. The macaroni is delicious. Our server (I wish I could remember his name) was very kind, helpful and efficient. I would return again in the future.
This is my 3rd time here and it was deli ...
This is my 3rd time here and it was delicious as always. I had the same waiter as last time who was very accommodating and fun! No rushing and no problem when we wanted to go- the check was out promptly and easily split between me and my friend no problems. Over all it's adorable and delicious!
Nice, quirky spot with tasty innovative ...
Nice, quirky spot with tasty innovative dishes. We were in a bit of a rush but our server assured us we would make our concert. Paying took a bit long but that was only a slight negative. I had the Pork Shoulder and Polenta. I loved it. My wife had the meatloaf and said it was good, but I think she would have preferred to get the Pork Shoulder after tasting mine. We will definitely go back.
A friend recommended The Picnic House to ...
A friend recommended The Picnic House to me and since then I have taken many people there. It never disappoints, though the noise at times can be a bit overwhelming. Still, it has good food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere.
Delicious but limited menu meant for sha ...
Delicious but limited menu meant for sharing. We shared the Caesar Salad which was more than enough for two as a starter. I had the parmesan risotto with duck leg confit and my son had the mac and cheese. While my risotto was quite tasty, I really loved the duck. My son said that his mac and cheese was one of the best he's had at any restaurant. If you need just a bit of sweetness after dinner, try the Salted Caramel Affogato. If you feel you can go a bit heavier on dessert, then by all means indulge in the S'mores Cake. Both desserts were exquisite!
Really good Brussels sprouts and broccol ...
Really good Brussels sprouts and broccoli appetizer. They were out of pork shoulder, which was a bummer. The only item that left me unimpressed was the Lion House rolls. The thyme butter was good, but the rolls were a bit hard and tasteless. My expectations for six bucks were for something fresh and warm at least.
First visit was pleasant
This is a small place tucked into the middle of the block. It has been open for 3 years but we had never heard of it. It is the old (original) lobby of the Heathman Hotel, complete with original tile on the floors. The space is rather dark, with a bit of an odd layout; the bar is against the back wall and tables stretch clear to the front window (I would think the bar and waiting area would be near the front door). There is a huge mirror on one wall just before a beautiful set of stairs that lead ... nowhere (storage, we were told). I would never sit in front of a mirror reflecting myself eating.
The service was good , at least from our server Rachel, who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about menu options. The greeter at the door looked bored, didn't acknowledge us and then tried to give us a table next to the stairs. When we asked if we could be seated in the main dining room, she shrugged and just led us over to a different table. About ten minutes later, another couple was seated right next to us, despite the fact that there were at least ten other empty tables in the room.
Food was good; nice options to share the dishes. Small plates/ large plates.
Decor is a little odd: for such an elegant old building , it is a bit of a disconnect to have picnic benches and flat wood square tables.
We found the restaurant on Open Table or Yelp; otherwise would never have known about it. We were on our way to a movie. I would go again in a similar situation; doubt I would make it a destination restaurant .
Good Food and Hard Working Staff
The Picnic House may not be for everyone. The decor is not fancy, the seating not terribly comfortable, and the menu does not cover the full breadth of people's interests. But this place is really good. The food was simple yet delicious. The staff was perhaps the hardest working team I have seen in a long time. The bar is small, but the two bartenders were skilled.
Best Sandwich of My Life
I made a reservation on a whim and I'm glad I did. The Picnic House has such a fun vibe from the design to receiving your meal ticket in a good book (The Hardy Boys). I ordered the charred tomato sandwich and it was brilliant. The tomatoes, cheese combination, greens and pesto combined together to become the best sandwich I've ever eaten. I ordered the Vogue and could have drank all afternoon. Vodka, cranberry and champagne...For dessert, I selected the grilled angel food cake with almond brittle and berry compote. It was a lovely ending for a wonderful meal.
I will be back!
Nice place, good food but...
I really don't understand the wait and the need for reservations. The food is good, and well priced, but I certainly wouldn't call it "amazing". The ambiance is nice, and it is in a great central downtown location. This was my second time here, and enjoyed it.
We where out for a special evening with the family and wanted to try a new restaurant. Upon being seated we waited over 15 minutes for our server. After our drinks came it was another 15 minutes before our order was taken. There was no sharing with our meal as the portion where small. My husband had to leave the table to find the server to pay our bill. I would not bring my child back because I feel there was nothing for him. Our dinner was over 100.00 for three people. That being said we will not be visiting your establishment again.
Cocktail suggestion menu had some intere ...
Cocktail suggestion menu had some interesting suggestions to get us laughing - of course the HANKY PANKY made with gin was a good choice - served up. We would rate as a due again! We had three in our party & shared the 3 lion rolls with cashew thyme butter - good balance with the HANKY PANKY. Entrees were risotto, beef, meatloaf. We shared bites and all were well presented and tasted good. Then off to a concert at the Schnitzer. Great location for a before event pre party.
The restaurant was very cute and the ser ...
The restaurant was very cute and the service was great. The food was ok for the price and I would have recommended going until I saw the bill. The living wage fee got me. It wasn't the amount but the principal that the owners would put a fee on the meal to help them pay for their employees living wage. They should either put a note on the menu explaining it or hide it in the price of the meal. I have friends that own restaurants and they explained that it is up to the owners discretion. I went to one other place that did that but at least they told you up front. For that reason I won't be going back there nor will I recommend it.
Great for families on special occasions.
We went to a musical on Broadway for my daughter's 11th birthday and thought the Picnic House we be a fun place to go afterwards for dinner. My daughter and her friend loved the caesar salad, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and rolls. My wife and I enjoyed a nice and reasonably priced pinot and the delicious braised beef roast. The service was excellent.
Great restaurant with delicious craft co ...
Great restaurant with delicious craft cocktails. I enjoyed the old fashion immensely. The tomato basil soup and mushroom soup were very rich and flavorful. The chicken and waffles had a great light batter and the braised beef was super tender. Wonderful meal and drinks in a cute calming environment.
Found this restaurant searching on phone ...
Found this restaurant searching on phone. It's a little out of the way for the show at Keller, but walked was fine. The food was excellent. Mac & cheese was great. Meatloaf was good. Ambiance was great. They can serve picnic style to share with the table or order separate.
We arrived at the restaurant about 10 minutes before our 7:15 reservation. As we walked past the windows, we could see the dining room. There was not a soul there, not a customer, no wait staff, no person at the podium. What an unusual experience. We hesitated to go in, as all the restaurants around the area were teeming with people, both inside and out. We tried to cancel the reservation, as we became very uncomfortable since no one was visible, we did not want to enter into an uncertain situation.
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