We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Picnic House

#164 of 3,449 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
723 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205-3012
+1 503-227-0705
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

193 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 192: English reviews
Level Contributor
46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've eaten here in the past, and I remembered it as a nice place. Not the case anymore: very pricey for what you get. My wife had scallops and got three small scallops for $30. I ordered a glass of wine and it was the smallest wine pour--4 ounces of a $9 bottle of wine (1/6) for $7. Their wine... More 

Thank Dar Sigfusson
Beaverton, Oregon
Level Contributor
229 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here for lunch with several co-workers. It was immediately apparent that having a conversation was going to be difficult because of all the hard surfaces the volume in the restaurant was quite loud. I ordered the mixed greens and berries salad with chicken. I think $15 was steep for this rather small salad but it was good. Two... More 

Thank Traci S
Gympie, Australia
Level Contributor
69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm in love with the large table in this venue - a great throwback to the timber history of Portland. The service was fun and friendly; waitstaff were well informed of menu choices and exact in being able to state, recall and deliver a range of meals of varying dietary options to a large group. Gotta love that attention to... More 

Thank tourismteach
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We decided to try Picnic House because of its proximity to the Snitz, and because we had read good reviews. While we were not disappointed, it only rates as average. First, the service was quite good and attentive. By their placing a water carafe on the table saved me from remarking about letting y water glass remain empty. The food... More 

Thank dick_mary
Cambridge, Maryland
Level Contributor
47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I was in Portland for four days and went to lunch here twice. Delicious soup/sandwich/salad options. Both days I had the mushroom soup. The shrimp salad sandwich was wonderful. All of their sandwiches are perfectly balanced with unique flavors.

Thank Kim J
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
106 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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 NomadicFrames
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
386 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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
Level Contributor
102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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

Been to The Picnic House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Picnic House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?