About The Picnic House
Portland, OR 97205
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
During a short visit to Portland, I went ...
During a short visit to Portland, I went to this restaurant twice for lunch. They have soups, salads and sandwiches and them separately or as a combo of two or three. Very reasonably priced with creative options. The mushroom soup and shrimp salad sandwich were my favorites.
The food was absolutely fantastic. We we ...
The food was absolutely fantastic. We were here on NYE and it wasn't very busy, which was nice for noise.The restaurant is so cute as well. The only problem was the service. It took a good 10 minutes to get water (there was probably only 15 people in the restaurant) Finally someone who wasn't our server came over and apologized about our server going MIA. Beyond that the service was decent at best. But overall, very pleased.
Phillip was our server, and I have had h ...
Phillip was our server, and I have had him many times before; always quick, responsive, informative and just over all pleasant. My family of 6 and I decided to eat lunch at the Picnic House and everyone was super impressed with the service, quality of food, and the timeliness of service. Great job!! and Thank you!!
When we arrived we were told that they d ...
When we arrived we were told that they don't take reservations from open table and we would have to wait for a table to become available. This seems odd because they obviously allow people to use open table for reservations. Picnic House needs to get their act together.
Overall good experience. Friendly and he ...
Overall good experience. Friendly and helpful waitress. Food and service was quick and got us to our show at Arlene Schnitzer quickly. Only complaint is the prices were very high especially for portion sizes! $28 for a cheap cut of steak (skirt) and only got a tiny piece of meat. Food tasted great though- just not really worth the cost for the portion sizes! I'd probably give it another try though- I hear lunch is great.
I've had great experiences at The Picnic ...
I've had great experiences at The Picnic House before, but tonight was hardly enjoyable. While the food and ambiance were great, the service was terrible. Our server, Butch, largely ignored our table. I was having dinner with my two daughters before a show next door, and given the attention he showed the other tables, it appeared he felt he could neglect a table with a woman and two children. We ordered food and drinks immediately after sitting down, and while our server checked with us once briefly, I had to flag him down 30 minutes into our meal for a glass of wine. Additionally, our empty plates sat in front of us for 30+ minutes after we had finished eating. I do not appreciate being treated differently than other tables simply because I am a woman dinning alone with children.
A group of friends had loved PH in the p ...
A group of friends had loved PH in the past and thought of it again when it was time to do our holiday exchange. We had reservations at 11:15 am and were the only ones in the restaurant besides one other table. We were seated promptly and our orders were taken. 45 minutes later, our order had not arrived and in that time, the server didn't check in on us. We were told that a lot of people had arrived and the kitchen was back logged. An hour and 15 minutes later, we got our food which was mediocre. The grilled cheeses were mostly bread, the tomato soup was too creamy, the beet salad was drenched in dressing. The mushroom soup was good and the roast beef was also tasty. We never received an apology but the server did thank us for our patience. The consensus of the group was it would not be a place we'd likely go to again. Too bad, great memories and better food from it last year.
The food was delicious, as usual. The Ch ...
The food was delicious, as usual. The Christmas decor was fun and we always love looking at the big wood slab table. We were especially grateful this week as you were open during the snow storm and it was a warm, inviting place to relax before the theater. Thank you.
Love the picnic house. Was a little bit ...
Love the picnic house. Was a little bit loud this time with a large bachelorette party there which was annoying but besides that it was great as usual. It's a good location that's not hard to find parking near, close to the Schnitz if you're going to a show, usually relaxed atmosphere, good food, etc.
We arrived before 5 and were sent next d ...
We arrived before 5 and were sent next door to the bar until they opened where it took 20 to get waited on. Went back at 5:15 to a very empty restaurant. Again we didn't get immediate service, so we decided to leave as the menu was just too pricey for a pre Ale fest meal.
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.
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