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The Picnic House

#154 of 3,415 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
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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New York City, New York
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stumbled across this place and liked the look of the interior so we sat down for a late lunch. We each had a Combination: Pick Three lunch option: Soup, salad and sandwich. All was yummy at a fair price and the

Thank MorganPaar
New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Picnic House is located in down town Portland in what had been a hotel lobby. The conversion to a restaurant appears to have worked out well with a rather spacious eating area with some side rooms for private gatherings with the main dining room below a several story atrium and the bar at the far end. The walls are... More 

Thank FinallyDisappointed1
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Tiger Tail drink was unique and refreshing. Try one, $10. Smore cake dessert was delicious. Other food that went buy as I sat at the bar looked good.

Thank Charlie_Bites
Portland, Oregon
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363 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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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100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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 

1 Thank nlarue
Atlanta, GA
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 

1 Thank skippie_8
Portland, Oregon
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203 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 

1 Thank TheRealPhilGold
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143 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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
Madrid, Spain
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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 81 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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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?