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About The Picnic House
The Picnic House, opened in 2012 by Portland restaurateurs Aaron and Jessica Grimmer, 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 Executive Chef Drew Benyo’s dinner program features meat & cheese boards, veggie-forward share plates, and bright, savory entrees that emphasize the restaurant's relationships with local purveyors. 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.
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, 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
Service was not great and took forever. Prices have gone up and there are way less options. Burger was ordered med rare and very well done. We wanted more than one drink but no one ever came back, missed out on an extra $40! Won't be back, used to be much better.
We wish the food matched the ambiance and the service. It is a great, vintage dining room, one you might expect in Portland. Our waiter was very attentive and savvy. Unfortunately, our meal was one disappointment after the next. Stay far, far away from the "BAKED DELICE DE BOURGOGNE EN CROÛTE," a laughable carb-loaded platter that is just begging for a vision. The "roasted stone fruit" was literally a burnt peach with a dab of honey in the empty pit. My dry pork chop was served on a bed of corn that tasted like it came from a can (it probably didn't...but it sure didn't taste fresh). We had at least two other brewery burgers on our trip that were WAY better than the one my wife had at Picnic House. Finally, we thought we were ordering coconut ice cream, but instead got a coconut and sweet potato blend! It was so bad, we've been joking about it ever since. This meal was the only one we reserved on our trip to Portland, yet it was our least favorite of the week.
Third time having lunch at Picnic House, a sign of how much I like it. The combos of half salad, half sandwich, half soup--two of three or three of three--are excellent value. The choices are interesting, and the portions are generous but not overwhelming. The tomato basil soup is superb as is the wild mushroom soup, which is not cream-based, so that what you get to savor is the mushrooms.
Service is attentive and efficient. You do not feel rushed, but your needs are checked on. Like many restaurants in old downtown buildings, Picnic House has a quiet elegance that adds to the pleasure of the food and service.
My wife and I loved the atmosphere of this place. The server was very friendly but seemed pretty stressed out. Food was ok. I got the fried chicken and it was overdone. I would recommend swinging by here for an evening drink, but probably not dinner. We also ordered an appetizer which never came but was still on our bill when the check came. We didn't have time to stick around so just paid the check the way it was.
First visit for dinner. We had previously been for lunch. Dinner menu was a bit limited. Burger was outstanding though. Still prefer lunch menu.(love the mushroom soup and the salads!) Also service was slow but it was pre theater time so that may have been why.
We had reserved for a party of 8 for lunch on a Saturday. The tables were ready for us, the service was excellent and the menu choices satisfied 2 teen-age girls, a vegan, and a "meat and potatoes" guy. The ambiance was just perfect and our friends from Illinois were delighted.
We brought out of town family, knowing Picnic House would have a variety of foods, prepared very well, and celebrated our daughter's high school graduation. We were a party of 8, but they can handle much larger parties. Lunchtime was loud, but so are most places.
Inventive soups, and great staff.
Recently had dinner with family that flew up for my wife's surprise baby shower. No one aside from my wife and myself had eaten here, and it was nothing but praise from everyone. If any of our friends or family want to eat out, but have never been here, we always suggest it. Great place for a quick lunch, or a dinner date before going to a show.
The most recent visit to Picnic House yielded a pleasant dinner, but unlike my previous encounters, this one was just about or just slightly above average. We ate there for lunch and had some of the most incredible sandwiches, then tried dinner about 2 months ago and I could not quit raving about how good it was. This time around both dishes (mine and my wife's) were nothing to really write home about. Based on this last experience I would not recommend this to others at this time. I will try again in a few months, hopefully the food is better then. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad at all... just not great like the last few times we have been there.
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.
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