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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).
Portland, OR 97205
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
We went here before a show at the Schnitzer for the first time and enjoyed it. As a vegetarian, I would have liked more than one entree option but that option, the mac and cheese, was delicious! My friend had the fried chicken which he felt had too much cumin but was otherwise pretty good. We also had the brussels and broccoli starter and it was amazing. The host, server and bartender were all really wonderful and the service was quick enough to get us out of there with time to spare before the show. I'd definitely go again and would recommend it to others.
I went for Portland Dining Month last Thursday evening w/ two friends I hadn't seen in a while. Everyone in there was very nice. My only regret was not getting the soup over the salad on the PDM menu. The salad was bland, even after putting salt & pepper on it. With that said, my shrimp diablo linguine was very tasty and my dessert was amazing! The dessert was a yogurt mousse with a sugar snap pea sorbet, compressed strawberries & a meyer lemon gel. It's a must have and hopefully they'll put on their regular menu. I would recommend this restaurant to others and I will be going back. Just don't get the butter lettuce, apple, sugar snap and cucumber vinaigrette salad. Not sure what they were thinking with that one. I would have given them the highest marks if it wasn't for that.
I set up a reservation online to enjoy Portland Dining Month with a friend. Upon walking in, I was not greeted once despite others stopping in before and after me who were acknowledge (maybe since there was a larger birthday party happening). Although this was an unfortunate start to the evening service wise, it ended up going well. After we were seated we had a great experience with delicious foods and cocktails.
We went there as part of Portland Dining Month. The restaurant was full when we arrived due to an event at the Schnitz. About an hour after we arrived, the restaurant cleared out leaving behind our table and two others. The restaurant went into closing mode even though it was only 7:30. We asked our server about an aperitif, he left to check, and never returned. We never saw him or the drinks again. Someone else delivered our check.
The restaurant seems to suffer from an identity crisis. The front third looks like the outdoors and goes along with the Picnic House name. The back two thirds, which looks like it can be closed off with a curtain, has printing plates on the wall, is dark, crowded, and loud. Checks are delivered in old books. It looks and feels like a completely different restaurant.
The food was pretty good. The spring asparagus soup was delicious. The second course was good but not exceptional. Unfortunately, the chocolate cake with cherries dessert was dry and reminiscent of Little Debbie cakes.
I can't recommend The Picnic House. The last time we went, about 4 months ago, the food was quite good. This time it was very mediocre. I had the fried chicken served over potato salad. The potato salad was just not good. If I had thought about it, I should have requested mashed potatoes instead. The BBQ sauce that was drizzled over the fried chicken tasted like it came out of a bottle. My husband ordered a cheeseburger, & he was not impressed. Ordered cheesecake for dessert. It was so salty, I could barely eat it. Weird. It was depressing spending that much money for a meal we didn't like.
This is our second visit to Picnic House in the past month. We find the food tasty and service good. In my review in Tripadvisor, I faulted Picnic Hour for fried chicken hat appeared almost as soon as I ordered. The server this time tried to explain why, but still it did not make much sense. What I also did not particularly care for was the stacking of supposed crispy fried chicken on my potatoes. My wife this time had the salad and salmon mousse. The salad was very good and the mousse quite smooth and good. I had the meatloaf. - tasty. This time, the serving on polenta could be excused because that could make sense. Why we will not come often is because of a limited menu. There are three items around $30 and then 4 around $24. Of the lower price ones, why should I have a $19 hamburger (it would have to be made of beef tenderloin to tempt me at that price) and a $17 mac and cheese. Finally, I have had better $9 creme brulees, and that is my favorite dessert
The servers were well trained and this always helps. Overall, I find picnic house to be good with tasty food and very good service.
Now, I said I would recommend it. I would because of its proximity to symphony and because a reservation can be made.
The host also busses so you can be standing around for a while waiting to be greeted. We had a reservation but are not regulars, maybe that is why we got dumped at the table that stops the draught from the front door bothering other diners. This is my educated guess as most other tables in the front half of the place were empty. I will take duct tape to secure my napkin, if there is a next time.
The food was decent.
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.
We had a great dinner, cool space with history, and nice people. My only negative was that once dinner was serviced no one checked back with us. We would of like to ordered one more round of drinks. My main reason for writing this is that i have had lunch there several times and has had the same issue once food was served no follow up.
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 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 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 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, 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.
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