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About The Picnic House
The Picnic House, opened in 2012 by Portland restaurateurs Aaron and Jessica Grimmer across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 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 the Executive Chef Jessica Grimmer's dinner program adds curated meat & cheese boards and bright, savory grilled offerings to the mix. 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.
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
The Picnic House is decorated in a delightful "outdoor" way. The food is excellent with seasonal choices. The service was excellent. I would not return with someone with whom I would like to visit. The noise level prohibited conversation, perhaps exacerbated by a loud and noisy crowd just below us.
Took my mom and 8- and 12-year-old daughters (who can be a little finicky) after a morning at the Portland Art Museum right around the corner. Made reservations. It was delicious, convenient, great ambience (stuff to look at), kid-friendly, we could talk and laugh and it was informal but special. Would totally go there again. The finicky among us were quite pleased.
A member of my party was unhappy with the noise level at our table, and quite aggressive in complaining about it. The management went out of their way to accommodate us at a different table in a very quiet area. They were gracious and friendly throughout the evening, even when the acquaintance I was dining with was (unfortunately) not. I greatly appreciated the grace they showed under circumstances that I found personally mortifying. Also, the Brussels sprouts/broccoli dish was *ridiculously good.* I’ve been talking about it for two days now. Would definitely return the next time I’m in Portland!
The ambience and the beautiful old architecture really were great. The food portions were too small. The seating policy is Clumsy. Had to wait until my date arrived before I could be seated. That policy excluded the opportunity to surprise my date, have drinks ready as she walked in. I was disappointed by that. Meanwhile, about 10 other parties were seated while I was waiting. For that reason I would not recommend it for a special occasion. It would’ve been the same had I not made reservations. What’s the point of making a reservation if they make you wait anyway? I would recommend it only for casual occasions. Host was not accommodating at all.
We've been to the Picnic House a few times. The service has always been great. I was a little disappointed in the food this time. My soup was not hot and the salad greens were a bit on the wilty side. They have great combination options for lunch so no matter what you are in the mood for, you will find something that fits the bill. Becuase of the open atmosphere, it gets quite loud so if you plan on having a business lunch, go early or try and find a table in the corner somewhere.
I made reservations for 3, but when I arrived, they said it was for 2. I couldn't be seated, so we went next door to 'the Barlow". We wanted drinks from the picnic house menu but Barlow couldn't. We were very disappointed in the picnic house mistake and the inability of the barlow to fix us their type of drinks when they already get food from there.
We were delighted to discover that Picnic House had added the wonderful options, many vegetarian, on its lunch menu to its evening fare. A combo of salad, soup, and a side was plenty to share. Picnic House has the best tomato soup I've ever had, just enough basil and creme fraiche, and the rice salad with yams, almonds, arugula, and sweet peas is not to be missed. Service is friendly without being obtrusive.
Had a quick dinner before attending a concert nearby. Service was good, although the appetizer we ordered was very slow to come. However, the waitress comped us on that, so no harm done. the food was good, cocktails imaginative, waitress was very nice. Watch out for the roasted shishito peppers, we have had them many other places and they were never as spicy hot as at The Picnic House. Buyer beware. The associated bar, Barlow, next door was also good for after-concert drinks.
We were very happy with our food and service at The Picnic House. I have lived in Portland now for only 3 months and have been to many restaurants. This is one of the best meals I have eaten so far. The wild mushroom soup was delicious, the salmon with maple wasabi glaze was delicious and we loved the sweetcorn spoon bread. Everything was fresh and imaginatively presented. We told them we were going to a show and server and kitchen were very accommodating. Much appreciated! We are looking forward to returning soon!
The staff was very nice and accommodating. They were also knowledgeable about their food and drink selections. Unfortunately, the food was not as good. We found the soup to be too thick and the salmon overcooked. We also felt that $18 for a single piece of salmon, about 5x2 inches, way over priced. It comes a la carte, no vegetables/side..just the salmon.
Very nice casual restaurant serving unique comfort food. It works great for business meals and for a good pre-theatre meal. Quick walk to the Arlene Schnitzer Hall and the other PCPA theatres. The charcuterie and cheese boards are very nice and make for a quick pre-theatre meal. Other menu items are very good as well. Very good comfort food, casual atmosphere and friendly staff make for a great place for all dining occasions.
Had dinner here with my partner. The Picnic House had a welcoming and approachable entrance, with a simple menu outside. Inside, it was very elegant and spacious. The interior design and layout makes for a warm, comfortable feeling. I imagine since this is a new restaurant, not many people know about it, so it was very relaxed inside. Service was very kind and understanding, and the food was served beautifully, and tasted as good as it looked. There is a short menu- a handful of options for lunch and dinner, soups, salads, entrees, desserts, and drinks. There is a bar as well. I recommend this place for the atmosphere, and its simple but delicious menu.
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.
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