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).
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, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Picnic House Ratings and Reviews
We chose The Picnic House for dinner bec ...
We chose The Picnic House for dinner because we had tickets to the Opera nearby. We arrived as the restaurant opened for dinner (5pm) so it was very quiet and empty, but people steadily arrived throughout our dining experience. The menu is limited, but the food is very good. The macaroni is delicious. Our server (I wish I could remember his name) was very kind, helpful and efficient. I would return again in the future.
This is my 3rd time here and it was deli ...
This is my 3rd time here and it was delicious as always. I had the same waiter as last time who was very accommodating and fun! No rushing and no problem when we wanted to go- the check was out promptly and easily split between me and my friend no problems. Over all it's adorable and delicious!
Nice, quirky spot with tasty innovative ...
Nice, quirky spot with tasty innovative dishes. We were in a bit of a rush but our server assured us we would make our concert. Paying took a bit long but that was only a slight negative. I had the Pork Shoulder and Polenta. I loved it. My wife had the meatloaf and said it was good, but I think she would have preferred to get the Pork Shoulder after tasting mine. We will definitely go back.
A friend recommended The Picnic House to ...
A friend recommended The Picnic House to me and since then I have taken many people there. It never disappoints, though the noise at times can be a bit overwhelming. Still, it has good food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere.
Delicious but limited menu meant for sha ...
Delicious but limited menu meant for sharing. We shared the Caesar Salad which was more than enough for two as a starter. I had the parmesan risotto with duck leg confit and my son had the mac and cheese. While my risotto was quite tasty, I really loved the duck. My son said that his mac and cheese was one of the best he's had at any restaurant. If you need just a bit of sweetness after dinner, try the Salted Caramel Affogato. If you feel you can go a bit heavier on dessert, then by all means indulge in the S'mores Cake. Both desserts were exquisite!
Really good Brussels sprouts and broccol ...
Really good Brussels sprouts and broccoli appetizer. They were out of pork shoulder, which was a bummer. The only item that left me unimpressed was the Lion House rolls. The thyme butter was good, but the rolls were a bit hard and tasteless. My expectations for six bucks were for something fresh and warm at least.
First visit was pleasant
This is a small place tucked into the middle of the block. It has been open for 3 years but we had never heard of it. It is the old (original) lobby of the Heathman Hotel, complete with original tile on the floors. The space is rather dark, with a bit of an odd layout; the bar is against the back wall and tables stretch clear to the front window (I would think the bar and waiting area would be near the front door). There is a huge mirror on one wall just before a beautiful set of stairs that lead ... nowhere (storage, we were told). I would never sit in front of a mirror reflecting myself eating.
The service was good , at least from our server Rachel, who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about menu options. The greeter at the door looked bored, didn't acknowledge us and then tried to give us a table next to the stairs. When we asked if we could be seated in the main dining room, she shrugged and just led us over to a different table. About ten minutes later, another couple was seated right next to us, despite the fact that there were at least ten other empty tables in the room.
Food was good; nice options to share the dishes. Small plates/ large plates.
Decor is a little odd: for such an elegant old building , it is a bit of a disconnect to have picnic benches and flat wood square tables.
We found the restaurant on Open Table or Yelp; otherwise would never have known about it. We were on our way to a movie. I would go again in a similar situation; doubt I would make it a destination restaurant .
Good Food and Hard Working Staff
The Picnic House may not be for everyone. The decor is not fancy, the seating not terribly comfortable, and the menu does not cover the full breadth of people's interests. But this place is really good. The food was simple yet delicious. The staff was perhaps the hardest working team I have seen in a long time. The bar is small, but the two bartenders were skilled.
Best Sandwich of My Life
I made a reservation on a whim and I'm glad I did. The Picnic House has such a fun vibe from the design to receiving your meal ticket in a good book (The Hardy Boys). I ordered the charred tomato sandwich and it was brilliant. The tomatoes, cheese combination, greens and pesto combined together to become the best sandwich I've ever eaten. I ordered the Vogue and could have drank all afternoon. Vodka, cranberry and champagne...For dessert, I selected the grilled angel food cake with almond brittle and berry compote. It was a lovely ending for a wonderful meal.
I will be back!
Nice place, good food but...
I really don't understand the wait and the need for reservations. The food is good, and well priced, but I certainly wouldn't call it "amazing". The ambiance is nice, and it is in a great central downtown location. This was my second time here, and enjoyed it.
We where out for a special evening with the family and wanted to try a new restaurant. Upon being seated we waited over 15 minutes for our server. After our drinks came it was another 15 minutes before our order was taken. There was no sharing with our meal as the portion where small. My husband had to leave the table to find the server to pay our bill. I would not bring my child back because I feel there was nothing for him. Our dinner was over 100.00 for three people. That being said we will not be visiting your establishment again.
Cocktail suggestion menu had some intere ...
Cocktail suggestion menu had some interesting suggestions to get us laughing - of course the HANKY PANKY made with gin was a good choice - served up. We would rate as a due again! We had three in our party & shared the 3 lion rolls with cashew thyme butter - good balance with the HANKY PANKY. Entrees were risotto, beef, meatloaf. We shared bites and all were well presented and tasted good. Then off to a concert at the Schnitzer. Great location for a before event pre party.
The restaurant was very cute and the ser ...
The restaurant was very cute and the service was great. The food was ok for the price and I would have recommended going until I saw the bill. The living wage fee got me. It wasn't the amount but the principal that the owners would put a fee on the meal to help them pay for their employees living wage. They should either put a note on the menu explaining it or hide it in the price of the meal. I have friends that own restaurants and they explained that it is up to the owners discretion. I went to one other place that did that but at least they told you up front. For that reason I won't be going back there nor will I recommend it.
Great for families on special occasions.
We went to a musical on Broadway for my daughter's 11th birthday and thought the Picnic House we be a fun place to go afterwards for dinner. My daughter and her friend loved the caesar salad, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and rolls. My wife and I enjoyed a nice and reasonably priced pinot and the delicious braised beef roast. The service was excellent.
Great restaurant with delicious craft co ...
Great restaurant with delicious craft cocktails. I enjoyed the old fashion immensely. The tomato basil soup and mushroom soup were very rich and flavorful. The chicken and waffles had a great light batter and the braised beef was super tender. Wonderful meal and drinks in a cute calming environment.
Found this restaurant searching on phone ...
Found this restaurant searching on phone. It's a little out of the way for the show at Keller, but walked was fine. The food was excellent. Mac & cheese was great. Meatloaf was good. Ambiance was great. They can serve picnic style to share with the table or order separate.
We arrived at the restaurant about 10 minutes before our 7:15 reservation. As we walked past the windows, we could see the dining room. There was not a soul there, not a customer, no wait staff, no person at the podium. What an unusual experience. We hesitated to go in, as all the restaurants around the area were teeming with people, both inside and out. We tried to cancel the reservation, as we became very uncomfortable since no one was visible, we did not want to enter into an uncertain situation.
Outstanding Food and Service
Met some friends here for lunch and the ambiance was comfortable with beautiful decor. We all ordered salads. One friend was just awed with the beauty of her salad and it tasted just as good. The other guest I was with had a Caesar with grilled radicchio and the perfect amount of dressing. I had a beet and apple salad with arugula. The beets were marinated with aromatic spices (I think) and really added to the earthiness and richness of the beets.
The waiter was attentive but not intruding. All around a great time.
Our family of 4 had dinner at The Picnic House before seeing a symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The location could not have been more convenient. We parked in a structure a block away, and walked just around the corner. The decor is girly and outdoorsy in the front room (This Alice In Wonderland, though not so zany), and men's smoking lounge in the back (though with several small dining tables instead of cigars). Our waiter Cooper was exceptional, and the food came out very, very quickly. My boys, 11 & 13, are picky, but enjoyed the gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup, and the mac and cheese. I had the risotto, and my husband has the fried chicken. I thought the food was very good, though not out-of-the-ordinary. I would return again for the convenience, but not for the restaurant itself. If you're with women for a girly lunch or dinner, request the front of the restaurant, but for a date or grown-up group, request the back, which is darker and has more ambiance.
The mushroom soup is so delicious, it sh ...
The mushroom soup is so delicious, it should come in a bigger bowl! The bread for the sandwiches is perfectly crunchy and you can't go wrong with any. Only surprise was the caesar said came with blue cheese. Not typical in a caesar but still delicious.
Love this place, but ....
Love the restaurant, location, staff, menu, etc. But I notice things like my favorite grilled cheese sandwich seem to be shrinking, and the soup and sandwich were barely warm when served. Still tasted good, but, definitely not as great as when they first opened.
My 9 year old loved the mac and cheese, and he special ordered no broccoli in it (they did a great job of extracting the pre mixed broccoli out of it). I ordered the risotto - it was slightly undercooked, although they used saffron which balanced the flavor nicely. They made an excellent old fashioned. It is overpriced for what you get, but I was happy to pay to be close to the Symphony.
Fun Night with Family and Friends
Have a great time and meal here... was in town for a conference. Service was A1 great. Would recommend again. Did to other friends attending the conference came for lunch - all was very pleased. All the dishes were great - heard the soups were very good ... I had the fried chicken did not disappoint. Deserts were also delish!
Picnic House is just solid all the way around: Interesting food, attentive service, original drinks, and realistic prices...don't know what else you could want except maybe free food....or dancing girls/dudes. If you haven't tried, I'd say give it a go.
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