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The Picnic House

#165 of 3,449 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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Hilo, Hawaii
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212 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have never tasted mushroom soup as delicious as theirs. They have a varied offering of salads and sandwiches. It is a casual place but with excellent food. We found on-street parking the two times we visited there. I found the rice/veg salad too heavy on the rice and yams and it had too few other vegetables, but the other... More 

Thank HLW648
Charlottesville, Virginia
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139 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had lunch at the Picnic House- good local restaurant. Interesting menu, great service. Would recommend.

Thank 949ww
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only a short walk from the Portland Art Museum is The Picnic House. A 'quaint' restaurant one the 1st floor of an old hotel. We had a very good half sandwich w/soup or salad at a reasonable price.

Thank craigp10301
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67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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
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229 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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
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167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
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107 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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?