Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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
We went to this restaurant before a show at the Schnitz. Great location and we brought our 12 year old daughter and her friend. The bartender made them a fantastic mocktail and they felt so special. Food was fabulous and they made sure we got out on time to see our show. We will be back.
Whent to dinner with a friend and found out we had so many options in ordering, so i picked 3 things and so did my friend.food was good and service was clean, prompt, and funny. Thanks vest guy for making our night fun even though it was busy. Cocktails were fantastic!
One of my favorite places is The Picnic House. Great atmosphere and delicious food! Came here with co-workers and out of town co-workers for lunch. One in our group loved the grilled cheese so much he asked for another 1/2. Since he ordered the sandwich and soup combo, the sandwich was kind of small. It's on really great bread but it is rather small. Since we were already eating it should have been easy to slip this request in to the cook and get it out fairly quickly. It took a very long time and the server even said there were orders ahead of it. Everyone at the table was done eating before it came out. Either the server was not communicative to the kitchen or the kitchen was not flexible or customer service oriented. Would give 5 stars but for this and that the server was good (smiling, checked back a few times) but a bit robotic (it was very busy). Try the soups, they are all fantastic.
I made a reservation about 40 min prior for 7 pm and we were seated right away. The drinks order was taken immediately and within 10 min we order our dinner selections including three appetizers. The food was served promptly and it was excellent. Moderate noise level. Moderate prices. Highly recommended.
Great service. Teresa was attentive and friendly. There were only 2 tables of guests in the whole place and we were seated right next to one of them, don't get that. I love the menu, choose 3 different dishes to create your meal. Tomato Soup and the Mushroom Soup are fabulous. Great drinks. Perfect menu , all around fun time for all of us.
We had dinner on a regular Tuesday night at the Picnic house and it was incredible. Although East Portland has a vibrant dining scene, this place downtown is very much worthwhile. Rachel was taking perfect care of us the whole evening and was just one of the nicest individuals you will ever meet. The lamb and the rose were simply amazing, but the new pastry chef's special smores panna cotta was one of the best desserts we ever had the pleasure of eating. Make your way down there, it's worth it.
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.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.