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The Picnic House

#161 of 3,412 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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723 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205-3012
+1 503-227-0705
11:00 - 14:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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Portland, Oregon
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335 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was looking for a new place to have lunch and found this restaurant/bar by chance. Service was friendly, though not especially attentive. I ordered what turned out to be a rather novel approach to a BLT and a cup of soup, both of which were very good, though service could have been a little faster. The rehabilitation of the... More 

Thank Eugene F
Sydney, Australia
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97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having read good reviews about this restaurant I had formed a certain expectation. Upon entering the staff was prompt and welcoming. I had a very friendly waiter. The decor is quite nice and generally people seemed to be enjoying themselves comfortably. My meal was served and all I could see was a piece of meatloaf, 2 pieces of (what looked... More 

Thank nlarue
Atlanta, GA
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived pretty late for dinner after checking into a nearby hotel. Service was very slow. We sat for quite a while before anyone came over even though only a few tables and plenty of staff walking around. The slow pace/lack of attention continued throughout the dinner. Appetizer and meal arrived at same time. Food was well presented but kind... More 

Thank skippie_8
Portland, Oregon
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203 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'll start with the pluses - the food and bar are both really good. We actually came in first for a drink, and liked the look of the menu so much we made reservations for a week later. Unfortunately, service does not do the food justice. Staff is friendly enough, but very rushed and disorganized. Pacing is completely screwy -... More 

Thank TheRealPhilGold
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140 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Great lunch. Got the 3 item combo and was a great fill up. Wild mushroom soup was really good, delicious. Salad had nice bacon lardos and chunks of gorgonzola. Got the special sandwich with my combo. Service was excellent and we were served and cleared rapidly. It was a great value lunch downtown. Would definitely return.

Thank Aaron F
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Having spend many hours in a work conference in the nearby Hilton Hotel I was looking for a tasty, heathy and modest priced lunch. This place ticked all the boxes. I had one of the best crafed Virgin Mary's I have ever tasted and had the combo soup, sandwhich and salad lunch including a great IPA beer, cheese and brocolli... More 

Thank superfoodieMadrid
Hilo, Hawaii
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178 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were there for lunch and had a limited amount of time. We got our orders quickly and everyone was pleased with what they had. Salad, soups and sandwiches were all excellent.

Thank HLW648
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Nice atmosphere, good service and good food. We had the pulled pork sandwich, tomato sandwich, cheddar beer and Caesar salad. All very good and slightly different.

Thank onestateatatime
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236 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch; and it was very good. Nice menu, excellent soups, nice wine list..., Service, even though very busy, was attentive, excellent Both their salads and sandwiches were excellent

Thank SouthernTravel
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Went there with a large group and they were very accommodating. The food was amazing and the beer selection was good. They had a great IPA on tap. The service during the meal was incredible and even better afterwards. After returning home from my business trip to Portland, I realized I had left my expensive sunglasses here. They found them... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 723 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205-3012
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-227-0705
Built in the historic lobby of the original Heathman Hotel. Great for Groups, Grab & Go, or Dine In. Rent a Picnic Basket filled with food and take it to the park.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?