The Picnic House
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Our 1st dinner destination in Portland and we will definitely be returning. Loved the sampler as I could try 3 different dishes and have enough to share !
We arrived on time for our 5:45pm reservation. They put five adults at a table meant for four. One hour later we still had not received our order, despite letting the server know we needed to leave for a show. When the food came one of our party wasn't served and needed to get her dinner in a to go box, and the others had to eat their dinner within 10 minutes. Altogether horrible service.
First, I have to say 'Bring Back the Roasted Veggie Sandwich'!! I love the Picnic House, but yesterday it was almost overpoweringly noisy!! Will I go back? You bet I will. The food is great and the food servers are super. Great value for money.
Love this place. See my other review for gushing adjectives.
Surprised at how unbusy it was for a Thursday night. Two great salads, and two of the best soups I’ve ever had. Did not try entrees, but what we had was outstanding. Excellent wine list too.
Great lunch specials!
Lovely ambiance, taking care to utilize the aesthetics of an historical building. Good options prepared well, with great complimentary flavors. Went on labor day, so the lack of patrons made for extra-good service. We'll definitely try it again.
I had some of the best King Salmon I have ever had, super fresh and the sauce put it over the top. Loved the crispy skin too. My husband had the fried chicken and he loved it too.
It was great
Got the picnic basket with a salad, broccoli and Brussels spouts and a burger. Too much food for me, but all of it was fantastic!
Great lunch menu!
Came here with 10 girls for a bachelorette party. The hostess and our waiter were so accommodating and lit some sparklers (upon request) as the bride-to-be was walking in. The decor was very unique and made for some great photos. Most importantly, the food was amazing!
I love this place. Every dish I’ve had has been exceptional, and the designer cocktails are immaculate. Really cool ambience too. Friendly, knowledgeable wait staff that isn’t afraid to endorse the best stuff. 10/10
Food was good but uneven. Mushroom soup was delicious but salad was soggy and drenched in dressing. Personnel was friendly and efficient. Nice space.
This is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots! The food is delicious, great service, fabulous bar, great location especially when visiting the museums or concert venues in the area!
Cute place, big tables, vintage and good food. I highly recommend.
The portion size for cost was poor.
The quality of ingredients poor: diced canned beetroot not good enough for a beetroot salad.
Had made a booking with a specific request to be private and we were placed in the middle of the room before we requested to move.
Quality of service not up to ‘tippable’ standards.
The food was really poor which is really disappointing as we have been there before for lunch and it was good! The grilled cheese was like cream cheese and bread, gnocchi was not chewy and was more like bread. Mac and Cheese was under cooked. Seems like they spend more money on the decor than the food. I’m not sure the chef was working when we came.
I generally really look forward to meals at the Picnic House. I love the atmosphere and enjoy the 1/2 and 1/2 options with choice of soup, salad and/or sandwich. However, this trip I was pretty disappointed. 1st I love their soups but am unable to currently eat dairy so this generally limits me to their soup of the day, which, when I inquired regarding it I was told, "We have no soup of the day, today". OK, so no soup. Next, decide to order a main salad and abandon my beloved 1/2 because the only non-dairy sandwich option was not speaking to me. Decide on my salad and we waited for quite a while, to order. The waiter took my order, with expressly no cheese, to only return a bit later to let me know that that particular salad is premade with the cheese mixed in, and asked if that would that be a problem? Yep, allergy. OK so then waiter to goes to get a menu so I can change order and is gone for several minutes before her returns to take my 2nd order. I ordered a full salad with chicken. while the portion was bigger than the 1/2 portion that I generally get, it was not substantially bigger or. I was given 3 slices of chicken for a steep add on and was still hungry and ended up ordering bread to fill up on. Not the best showing by far. I still like the food but value for money definitely doesn't add up unless you do the combo meals.
Great location and walking distance to shopping and other attractions in Portland. Back of restaurant is dark so ask for seating up front by street windows if this is an issue. We ate the pick 3 from the menu. Mac n' cheese options were very goodand indulgent. Brussel sprouts were over fried and dripping in oil so hard to eat. Soup was too salty to finish and salad was also dripping in dressing although this is my fault because could of asked for dressing on the side. Waiter was very nice. Also serve local wines.
Food is fresh and delicious. Service is done with a smile. Efficient, quick, attentive. Whenever I visit Portland, I go to Picnic House at least once.
The food is awesome and the price is good. Service is so so.
We waited almost an hour of our lunch order even though it was just soup and sandwich combinations. Then when the orders came 1/2 were wrong and when I went to tell our server she just stared at me dumbfounded and did not say a word so I walked away. Later she became all defensive and said she wanted to say something but thought I didn’t want to talk - however she passed by our table repeatedly and never once asked how things were going or offer to do anything to remedy or concerns. I would not recommend for a large party unless you want to wait an extensive amount of time for mediocre food. Very disappointing. I have dined there before this and was hoping to impress our out of town friends but sadly it was an embarrassment.
Good food and really friendly and nice server but asked for an egg on my salad and got chicken. Asked for vanilla ice cream and got salted caramel. Oh well...
The Picnic House serves delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. We actually forgot to order our appetizer and I’m glad we did: between the porch chop special I had and the lamb chops my partner ate, we were stuffed.
The room is a little loud (lots of hard surface for sound to bounce around) but otherwise it was a great dinner. We will be back!
Not the best food - weird sauce on a pretty good salmon. The burger was good but Jack rabbits is best for a burger.
Wonderful food and the service was professionally done. We have eaten here three times and are always pleased
Amazing place for lunch, always a go-to spot for me.
The mushroom soup is so good
I eat there often with Clients, for the money the food is ALWAYS EXCELLENT and super enjoyable. The Half Sandwich and soup is what I always do and recommend! Great atmosphere and staff!
Good for lunch and options for soup, salad and sandwich for fixed price. large area so very noisy but food is good for quantity and price
Fun but pricey. Wait staff is excellent. Cocktails were interesting and unusual. Tasty,too.
We went to see Wicked. Nice place for food and great service!
Exceptional service and excellent food, the ambiance was romantic and we had a fabulous time. We will definitely be back!
Excellent. Every single thing was delicious. Fantastic service and cool space. Sausage Plate - Mac and Cheese - Fried Brussels
Our group all requested the varied lunch combo option of soup/salad/sandwich and all the meals were very delicious and nicely presented although the two people having soups mentioned these to be a bit too salty! It was also rather noisy in the restaurant but we were okay with that for the most part.
The Picnic House is a great place to eat with clients, friends, and family. I particularly love the way they make their martinis, which in my opinion is one of the most subjective cocktails. The noise level in the restaurant can get loud during the lunch hour. I haven't seemed to notice it being as loud during happy hour, but I usually sit at the bar and am closer to the person I'm talking with, so can hear better anyways.
Good food and service. Thanks!
Great restaurant for dinner. Friendly servers, amazing tasting food, and convenient downtown Portland location. Everything we had was delicious from the vodka gimlet to each of our dishes. We went on a monday evening and it was pleasantly quiet so we could carry on a conversation. Highly recommend this restaurant, we loved it!
Great food, attentive and knowledgeable staff and the atmosphere was fun and lively without be overbearing or too loud. 10/10