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
Great location for casual dining before ...
Great location for casual dining before the theater. Menu was a little spare, but everyone found something they could eat. My chicken casesar was a little limp, but others found their food well prepared. I've had lunch at PH before, which I found much more appealing.
The only issue we had was with our servi ...
The only issue we had was with our service. It took about 7-8 mins after being seated to get our drinks order taken...another 10 to get the actual drinks. That's almost 20 mins in the restaurant before getting a drink. When the server returned with our drinks we placed our order with a starter and entree. After 35 mins waiting, our entree arrived; no sign of the starter! When we advised that we had not received our starter, we were told it was coming. What? Our starter was coming along with our entree? Odd!
The quality of the food however was very high. So good in fact that it almost makes me not care that the service was that bad but in reality you don't order a starter to have it come a minute or so after your entree and have it be made out to be 'normal'. We ended up getting everything complimentary without complaining so the server at least recognized the fault but with the level of competition in Portland, it's very unlikely we will return here. The starters ended up going home, untouched, in boxes.
Picnic House is a great choice for dinne ...
Picnic House is a great choice for dinner-before-the-Schnitz. It's nothing fancy, but it hits the sweet spot between quick bite to eat and upscale date night. The cuisine is best described as well-executed comfort food - the fried chicken is a standout - but the atmosphere and service elevate the experience. Great overall experience at a modest price point.
The food was very good. I had the skirt ...
The food was very good. I had the skirt steak with mushrooms and it was excellent. We had the homemade hummus and pita for appetizers which was very good and the malted milk ball ice cream merengue for desert was fantastic and very creative. The decor is Art Deco old hotel with some very interesting features. I would definitely go back. The service was very good and the waiter knew the history of the old building.
My wife had the fried chicken. She said ...
My wife had the fried chicken. She said it was delicious and not greasy. It was generous serving. I had the house hamburger. It was cooked perfectly and was quite tasty. The accompanying fries were equally tasty. This restaurant, with its casual ambience and good, and not expensive, entrees is a great addition to the downtown area.
Menue was predictable and uninspired, bu ...
Menue was predictable and uninspired, but the food tasted good. Our server was a bit snooty. I would rather stand in the cold and eat something that blows my mind than overpay for an atmosphere and location with food that makes me say meh. Cocktails were the best aspect of the meal.
I am from out of town, so I was looking ...
I am from out of town, so I was looking for a place to have dinner a short walking distance from my hotel. I saw that Picnic House was very close and made a reservation. I was very pleased with the ambiance and the quality of the food and service. I had the meatloaf and a Caesar Salad, both of which were very tasty. Our server told us the history of the building which was quite interesting. I ended up going back there two night later for dinner. I highly recommend it!
We really enjoyed the great food. When ...
We really enjoyed the great food. When they offer bacon in the Mac and Cheese, just say yes. The cheese tray appetizer was amazing. The ambiance was wonderful, I was there on a date with my girlfriend, and it was a superb choice.
We arrived a bit late but our table had ...
We arrived a bit late but our table had been held for us. We let the server know that we were trying to make the symphony. He graciously checked with the kitchen and told us our order would be out in plenty of time. He kept an eye on the clock and the food was served promptly, was delicious and the check was quickly delivered. Excellent service! Thank you to our server! We will be back.
The Picnic House consistently delivers c ...
The Picnic House consistently delivers creative and delicious scratch-made soups, salads and sandwiches. Personal favorites are the kimchi chicken sandwich, the cold poached shrimp sandwich and the special African peanut soup. Good coffee too. Great lunch option!
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.
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