The Picnic House
The Picnic House

The Picnic House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.picnichousepdx.com/
  • Phone: 5032270705x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:00 AM - 3:00PM (Mon- Sat)
    Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Mon-Wed); 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Thurs-Sat)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jessica Grimmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us at www.PicnicHousePDX.com for catering information,

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Salmon between Park & Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Picnic House
Located at the crossroads of Portland"s Business and Art Districts, the Picnic House is a excellent place for a quick, great-tasting lunch before heading back to work as well as the perfect place for dinner and drinks before or after seeing a show at one of Portland's theaters. Built out of the lobby of the original 1920's Heathman Hotel, the Picnic House offers a great ambiance of 30-foot vaulted ceilings and fluted wood columns along with Steam Punk touches of a monocled bear in a bowler hat and walls covered in moss and mosaics of copper printing plates. Head chef Jessica Grimmer creates seasonal menus that are familiar and nostalgic yet different and daring enough to peak both your interest and your appetite.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Picnic House reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)great for lunch (57)good for groups (52)neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (35)romantic (16)great for brunch (14)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • nice surprise
    JannaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was great to find this wonderful restaurant just across the street from my hotel in Portland. My server was so personable, and my salmon dish was superb. I will go back the next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Very loud. Portions relatively small, but prices good for quality and location. Drinks good, but small and spendy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    PDXdiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Exciting location, pleased to be able to host a business dinner right downtown within walking distance from meetings instead of having to get everyone in cars to the Pearl or Northwest. Plenty of staff on hand yet no one would acknowledge our presence, hostess finally sauntered to the front was ready to seat us, told her there was a reservation which she couldn't find then acted like it was a problem to seat us in an empty restaurant. Got seated and literally had to flag down the waiter EVERY time we needed anything. Several staff would walk right by, no one would make eye contact. So annoying. Only saving grace was the food, some was good some was very good. Stop trying so hard to be Portland hipsters and just do the job you're hired to do
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, service was ok but left something to be desired. Servers were timid and did not visit the table frequently.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Lunch Spot
    Portland541
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was delicious, mostly sandwiches and salads, but all very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DE13
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife had the cast iron chicken breast and said it was very good. I had the maple-brined pork chop and it was ok- the bread pudding that came with it was very good, though. Our reception by the hostess was luke warm and the waiter, though nice and professional, was absentee for long stretches even though we dined early in the evening and there were only a few other customers. The seating for two is a little awkward in that it is extremely close to the other two tops. The facility is nice and this restaurant has potential but we think they have some work to do.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    tanguera
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    After a long drive we were happy to sit down at this unusual restaurant. It is built on/around the old lobby of the Heathman Hotel, and preserves its original black and white tiled floor and certain elements of its design. The server not only knew its history but was very proud of how the space was turned into a restaurant. The food was excellent - mushroom soup, skewer of beef tenderloin, and the stuffed portobello all made for a very satisfying supper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Group Meal
    RobFromDCVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We hosted a large group dinner for my team. The service was attentive and thoughtful. Everyone enjoyed their meals and there was much talk about the cheesecake made with goat cheese the next day. I would also recommend the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as shares. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    ColHogan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was blown away by how good the food was. Too bad the service was poor -- I think the waiter was not too experienced -- I wont let that get in the way of me returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food!!! Priced very well with excellent quality
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at great prices!
    WAgirl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Recently dined with 4 colleagues. Had the cheese plate and charcuterie (both deelish) plus cocktails, bottle of wine, small plates, entrees all for less than $250. Service was adequate. We liked the ambience- felt spacious and charming. The beets were fantastic, as was the cauliflower even though it was a tad dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Delicious lunch! The food is so fresh and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendy and delicious
    academicouttolunch
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a convenient place to meet friends or colleagues for lunch-a special treat!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So tasty!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Was able to accommodate a large group on short notice. Food was AMAZING - small plates were great to share & entries are a good portion size. Very fairly priced - shared some small plates, each had an entree, split 4 desserts, & had wine/beer - bill was around $45 per person. You must get the pavlova for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • convenient for theater
    aw3200
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Convenient location for before or after theater. Service somewhat slow and inconsistent. Food was good, but not memorable. Their new bar is Barlow's, next door. Very interesting ambience and good appetizers.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific sandwiches
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I went for lunch. They had a nice variety of sandwiches which are also served as half-sandwiches so that you can try more than one. The half-sandwiches can also be combined with half salads and cups of soup. try the smores dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mary
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went to Picnic House because of the reviews and everything was so fantastic. 8 of us shared four small plates to start (beets, cauliflower, crositini and brussel sprouts). Then everyone loved their dinners - lots of yumms! And dessert - we shared the smore pie and grilled pound cake and the smore was so fantastic. Our server was wonderful, friendly and attentive. I'd go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delicious Menu at Good Prices
    franky
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The 4 of us enjoyed every order though our favorite was the stuffed portobello mushroom. The kitchen was cooperative when they could remove bacon. The interior is quirky and fun. The wait staff was outstanding and patient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but super loud
    anbayanyay
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was very good though the entree portion was smaller than I expected. It was still enough as it turned out and the appetizer was quite large. Decent beer taps, friendly service. One observation was that it was really loud. If I'd been carrying a conversation I'd have had trouble.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Took a little too long to order but otherwise great food and very nice servers. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came here with a group to celebrate a friend's 40th bday. Wonderful atmosphere & decor, delicious food & cocktails, excellent, friendly service. Looking forward to bringing my husband here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    kristin
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have gone for dinner and for lunch and both times excellent food. The only thing I would say negatively is that it is a little loud and hard to hear. But the food is worth the loudness!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic find
    FloMofoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great spot for a lunch (or brunch); close to hotel where our convention headquartered, food was delicious, service was impeccable, very reasonable prices as well. Thank you Picnic House for an enjoyable meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DebbieJ
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The ONLY thing I found lacking about the picnic house was the lighting in certain areas. My friend and I both noticed the flourescent lighting which seemed a little harsh in the front of the venue. However, the food was delicious and the drinks were fabulous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love2eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very good. They seemed to be short-handed and consequently lacked in service.... hopefully they can fix this but I've talked to a couple people who have had the same experience. Lunch took an hour and 15 min. which doesn't sound that bad but we had people that needed to return to work. I changed the number in my party and they were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality and Creativity
    FoodTravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Picnic house is serving up quality, locally sourced ingredients in creative preparations, and they are reasonably priced. Our server, the bar manager, was very knowledgeable on the menu and was able to make some great dining recommendaions. He has put some stupendously original and creative drinks on the menu, of which we tried too many! Can't wait for his 'Barlow' speakeasy to open in the adjoining space. P H has a small selection of local microbrews and a good selection of reasonably priced wines. Menu prices are reasonable too. The hostess was a bit 'rigid,' shall we say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    BartonKeyesVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    In Portland for a conference, someone in a group had a birthday and we decided to come here. It did not disappoint. All the food was fresh, inventively cooked and presented, and incredibly flavorful--worthy of some of the coolest (though not the most pretentious) restaurants in Manhattan, where I live, at 2/3 the price. Service was friendly and informative. A terrific experience overall and we'd recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOWZA!
    sdn8tv
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were only in the area for a few short days. The Picnic House is a MUST for anyone who goes to Portland. The wine list is not so hot - but the food, mixed drinks, and ambiance are all STELLAR! Patrick was our server and he was great. The McMule (drink) = FANTASTIC! We had the chicken and sirloin, both were outstanding. We couldn't stop talking about how good the food and atmosphere were. There were kids there, so I suppose it's family friendly, but I would see this more as an adult place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brown rice salad is a must
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The brown rice salad makes me come back again and again. Also, the grilled cheese. And the pudding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating for allergies
    GlutenFreeTraveler
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    So we had a work meeting and I have crazy allergies. They were very accommodating. While they do not have Gluten-free bread they can put any sandwhich on a bed of greens. All 4 of us at our table really enjoyed lunch. I recommend coming late for lunch if you would like a little quiter time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • character restaurant
    WinOneVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This restaurant is inside the old lobby of what once was the Heathman Hotel, per staff there. Just loved the high ceiling and spaciousness of this gem of a restaurant. The sandwich and soup combo were delish and priced right.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Made a last-minute reservation for a large party for lunch and the staff have everything ready for us within minutes, and they were very accommodating and considerate (some members of the lunch party were a little late...) I've only been here for lunch, but the food has always been consistently good. I always look forward to dining at the Picnic House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    looking4delish
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Simple items with sophisticated flavors. Fantastic selections with enough variety to please everyone in our group. YUMM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Visit was a treat.
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had gone a couple of weeks ago and was impressed. So, I decided to return with my spouse. We had a really good experience. The service was super friendly, plus they were short one person . . . thus, they get extra points for degree of difficulty. We had a great suggestion for a glass of Pinot Blanc from Alsace; kudos to the server. EVERYTHING on the menu sounds amazing, so one is almost forced to choose the "sampler" portions. The kitchen fulfilled the promise. The mushroom soup was very fresh and perfectly salted. The salads had the right mix of ingredients and the roasted tomato sandwich was full flavored. PS - They are opening a cocktail bar next door - Harlow - so that will make the list too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A New Fave
    Dave
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There isn't much to dislike about The Picnic House. Mains/Appetizers that I can vouch for: Duckfat Potatoes with Horseradish Crème, Beet Salad, Cast Iron Chicken Skillet, Pan-Fried Salmon, Stuffed Portobello Mushroom (while the stuffing was a bit on the dry side for me, the flavors were exceptional), Sirloin Coulotte with Parmesan Quinoa Polenta (even better with a dash of the Horseradish Crème on the side), and Cheese Crostini with Honey and Almonds. As far as drinks go, The vodka-based Wallflower was an interesting concoction of rhubarb and tarragon, while the whiskey Gardenhead was particularly refreshing on a hot Portland day. Great prices with a bustling vibe, Picnic House is definitely worth a try if you haven't been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special lunch
    dwntwn
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Picnic House is a good choice for treating yourself, a friend or a small group to delicious hand-made food and beverages. On this occasion, we came here for a special lunch for a party of 8. We made an early (11:30) reservation as we've noticed it can get busy at the usual noon-ish rush. Service was friendly and fast and food was excellent. We like the way the menu is set up so you can choose combinations of lunch offerings if you wish to try more than just one item. The lower level can get a little noisy if there is an especially lively group but overall the noise is a moderate buzz. If you are alone or with 1 or 2 others the bar is a wonderful place to sit for skilled bartender service and often there is no wait even during lunch-rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoped for Better Dinner
    Rocky
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Tomato soup was good, salad good. My corn bread was cold and very dry - not moist as cornbread should be. Our server was very friendly, but he was serving many tables so we didn't see him much as the restaurant got busier. seemed a little shortstaffed. Good place but not great. I was a little disappointed, but i would try it again for lunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch!
    safarsagood
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This is a great spot, with an open, bustling space. We had a wonderful lunch - the roasted tomato sandwich was delicious! I had to go again the following week because I was still thinking about it. And, so cool that they take lunch reservations - even for two!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good downtown dining
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We really enjoyed this place. We chose it for it's location but we're surprised by the nice selection and quality of options. We didn't expect salmon and pork chops from a place called the picnic house. The service was quite good. All in all, a good place who dine when downtown.
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  • Delicious!
    bellastellaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    i can't believe that we haven't been to Picnic House before now. We had company staying over the week of July 4th and took a large group to lunch on our way home after an airport run. We all loved what we ordered. I can't wait to go back to have another BLT. The best bacon EVER!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic