The Picnic House
723 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205Neighborhood:
Downtown Portland - SW
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
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,
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
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The Picnic House reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (90)great for lunch (67)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (39)romantic (23)hot spot (20)great for brunch (13)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- Love this placeOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/18/2014took my family out to dinner here after having a fantastic lunch a few weeks back. The chicken was amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good decor/food. Slow serviceOrangesDined on 10/16/2014We generally enjoy the picnic house and love their creative dishes. However, there are times when they get overwhelmed and the wait time for a meal gets exceptionally long. This is especially true of evenings when there is a popular event across the street at the Schnitz.
- Excellent food and presentation!LovepdxdowntownDined on 10/15/2014Love the lunch plate where you can choose a sandwich, soup, and salad from the menu. They have so many great options to include!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Meh!LorelaiDined on 10/14/2014Mushroom soup was overly salty and the wild boar stew was heavy on the cloves and salt as well. I am always suspect when I taste overly salted foods. Price points reasonable, but not food to rave about.
- Great for lunch-make a reservationFrenchFoodieDined on 10/14/2014Great lunch spot, gets busy during lunch so either come early or make a quick reservation to ensure you don't have to wait to be seated. -During busy times, can wait anywhere from 5 - 20 minutes to be seated. Highly recommend their shaved turkey sandwich with saba and fresh green apple. Best item on the menu! Their Shirley-Temple with house made black cherry syrup is great too!Special Features:
- fun findkaterinaDined on 10/11/2014The Picnic House was delicious! We enjoyed the special with wild boar, reminiscent of our visits to Italy. The brussels sprouts appetizer was very good. The service was outstanding and genuinely attentive, dessert options were varied. I recommend the affogato!Special Features:
- the extra milesewspeculDined on 10/10/2014We came as a party of 10, post wedding. The picnic house had specially purchased sparklingcider at our request, and seated us in an area where conversation was easy. The small plates were to die for, and every entree was great. Kudos in particular to culotte steak and salmon. Service was friendly and attentive and really helped to make us feel special. We will absolutely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great lunch at the Picnic HousethemusicmanDined on 10/4/2014Our first visit to the Picnic House was delightful. Our wait staff made it a great experience and the food was delicious. We all had different sandwiches and each was on a different type of bread. I had the best grilled cheese that I've ever had along with the tomato soup. It did not have a strong seasoning which I really liked. The desserts were unique. The dark chocolate pudding with marshmallow covered with gramcracker crumbs was quite the treat.Special Features:
- MaxbenderDined on 10/3/2014Service was good and friendly. First time at this restaurant. Prices seemed reasonable and food was very good. Look forward to returning again.
- Fantastic food and ambiencesebell75Dined on 9/27/2014I took my partner here for his birthday. The menu had just enough variety fit many tastes, while also being limited enough to keep one from taking too long to decide what to have! Had the crostini as an app, which I would highly recommend. The vegetarian stuffed mushroom entree was amazing (don't normally like brussel sprouts, but these were delicious), and the pan-seared chicken was fantastic. Dessert was just as good as the meal, and the drinks were well made. They have a great wine list, with a generous pour. If you have an evening planned at the theater complex downtown, I would highly recommend you stop here first for dinner!Special Features:
- lnoahlnoahDined on 9/25/2014Food was excellent — "normal" with a flavorful twist, atmosphere was fun. We will go again and again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Poor Service2014TDined on 9/24/2014I made a reservation for 12:15. We arrived at 12:08pm and was told it would be a few. There was not many people in the waiting area. However, at 12:10pm more poeple came in the door, each time she would ask if they had a reservation and they would say no. We where the last to be seated at 12:20pm. It took over 25 minutes for the waitress to even come over to our table. Then when she did it took her even longer to come back to take our order. The food was great, however service was terrible. I certianly will not be back anytime soon.
- Service Needs Some WorkMaggieOCDined on 9/23/2014The food is very good but so is food all over Portland. Service is uneven and unpracticed. I had a 6:00 reservation on a Tuesday night. Restaurant was close to empty and the very young hostess seated me at the one table next to the kitchen? I don't think so. I asked for a different table and she gave me my pic. Save the bad table for the people who show up when the place is packed and don't have a reservation.Special Features:
- hidden awesomenesslittlePDXrowerDined on 9/22/2014one thing: best grilled cheese and tomato soup EVER. moderate sized portions (I don't like heaps of food, it's "just right" for me), great flavors - our server was a bit overwhelmed with lunchtime crowd but it wasn't so bad (we were not in a hurry). Wine list is small, but selections seemed appropriate for menu offerings. Heard about this place from friends, I'm definitely going back and bringing more friends. Recommend using OpenTable for reservations around lunch and dinner, otherwise you will be waiting for a bit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gorgeous food, gorgeous restaurant!SamosaDined on 9/20/2014A beautiful restaurant. Decor and ambiance were amazing. The food did not fall short. We had a couple of small plates so were able to try a good selection. The crudités with cheese was phenomenal. The beets were exceptionally tasty and really different. The espresso beef tenderloin had a strong flavor and was cooked to perfection. The best part was definitely dessert. A pavlova oozing with Creme Anglaise and sprinkled with berries. If I lived in Portland I would be a regular here!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Let downHonestDinerVIPDined on 9/20/2014After reading many reviews both pro and con we decided to give this place a try. The decor is a little disjointed and the lighting harsh. Our appetizers were OK, but the entrees were disappointing. The skillet chicken was served in a cold skillet and overlooked. The salmon, slightly over done, and the strawberries were a big miss. The pork chop was under seasoned, and par for the course it was over cooked. The only star was the bar - great mixologist was fantastic and very creative - go for drinks and skip the food.
- fine for the money3foodliesDined on 9/20/20143 of us had a traditional dinner with either soup or salad + main course one Saturday night. The restaurant staff were pleasant and service was good, though not really attentive. Soup portion was tiny, compared to the salad which was definitely enough to share and loaded with fresh berries. Main portions were large. The salmon was overcooked(though not dry) and incredibly hot- certainly it was microwaved! It was not edible until it cooled. The roast chicken was fine. Prices were quite reasonable ($18 for the main course). We saw others sharing multiple dishes- perhaps that would have been more interesting.
- Good at a snails paceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/17/2014We had over 2 hours for dinner before a show across the street at the Schnitzer. Service for dinner, while not fast was ok. No one stopped by to check on us throughout out meal, if we needed anything or wanted another drink we had to try and stop any staff we could find. We flagged someone down for a dessert menu and once we were able to again flag someone down to order, it took an additional 45 minutes to come to the table. We were almost late for show. While the food itself was good, I would not recommend if you have some place to be after dinner. For a place near a theatre, not a good strategy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FindScrumptiousnessDined on 9/16/2014Chose this place over others in the area for their reasonable prices on entrees and were not disappointed in the quality of the food. The porkchop was extremely moist and filled with flavor. Could have used an option for a reasonably priced side or dinner salad. I went with the mushroom soup as a starter, and although tasty, I would have preferred a salad. The ambiance was fun and eclectic. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for dinner before a show.Special Features:
- Great Lunch SpotErikVIPDined on 9/16/2014Went with the Soup, Salad, and Sandwich combo. The beer cheese soup and BLT here are amazing. Really dig the architecture and styling inside. Don/t be fooled by the unassuming exterior. The sandwich menu is amazing as well. Check it out!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved Everything I OrderedVelk1976Dined on 9/13/2014I was on a girls weekend with friends. We walked into Picnic House a little skeptical of the name and the small menu. But the food was the best. One friend had the salmon with the strawberry glaze. I am not a big salmon fan, but was delicious. I had salmon envy and will try to make it at home. I ordered the chicken, not expecting much. It was so flavorful and juicy. I also split the mixed salad and it was great too. The berries and dressing were perfect.Special Features:
- nice surpriseJannaVIPDined on 9/11/2014It 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/8/2014Very loud. Portions relatively small, but prices good for quality and location. Drinks good, but small and spendy.
- DisappointingPDXdinerDined on 9/8/2014Exciting 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 doSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/5/2014Great food, service was ok but left something to be desired. Servers were timid and did not visit the table frequently.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming Lunch SpotPortland541Dined on 9/2/2014The food was delicious, mostly sandwiches and salads, but all very good!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DE13Dined on 8/30/2014My 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.
- Excellent foodtangueraDined on 8/28/2014After 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:
- Great Group MealRobFromDCVIPDined on 8/27/2014We 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:
- Amazing foodColHoganDined on 8/26/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GreatOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/26/2014Great food!!! Priced very well with excellent qualitySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food at great prices!WAgirlDined on 8/25/2014Recently 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MissyDined on 8/25/2014Delicious lunch! The food is so fresh and creative.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friendy and deliciousacademicouttolunchDined on 8/22/2014This is a convenient place to meet friends or colleagues for lunch-a special treat!Special Features:
- So tasty!!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/21/2014Was 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:
- convenient for theateraw3200Dined on 8/13/2014Convenient 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:
- Terrific sandwichesMikeVIPDined on 8/9/2014I 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:
- MaryDined on 8/8/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Delicious Menu at Good PricesfrankyDined on 8/5/2014The 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:
- Great food but super loudanbayanyayDined on 8/5/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.