The Picnic House, opened in 2012 by Portland restaurateurs Aaron and Jessica Grimmer across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, has become one of the staples of downtown Portland’s flourishing culinary scene, welcoming guests to enjoy its seasonal, picnic-inspired New American cuisine, historic space, and heartfelt hospitality. We offer family style dinners designed to spark conversation and create a warm atmosphere with your guests, as well as traditional plated dinners and shared appetizers for a cocktail event.
Situated in the nearly century-old lobby of the original Heathman Hotel in the heart of downtown Portland, OR, The Picnic House takes occasional time-off from its highly-acclaimed lunch/dinner service to transform into a first-class event space. We have hosted everything from gubernatorial luncheons to corporate mixers to holiday parties to weddings. With a full-service, individually-tailored event menu, a capacity of 125 seated (175 standing), and a venue that exudes the historical charm of Old Portland, The Picnic House is the perfect venue for your next event! We're also currently booking events in our adjoining Jazz Age-themed cocktail bar, Barlow Artisanal Bar!
PICNIC HOUSE PRIVATE DINING
Enjoy the full experience of The Picnic House with a private event. This option boasts plenty of room to mingle for a large cocktail party, as well as some versatile spaces around the restaurant for any extras you may want! We have a perfect space for a dance floor and DJ, Photo Booth, or silent auction. Whatever you have in mind for your guests, we can help you create it in our space.
THE GRAND ROOM
The Grand Room of The Picnic House sits in the nearly century-old lobby of the original Heathman Hotel and retains the original hand-tiled floor and fluted wood columns. Your guests will love the soaring ceilings, grand piano, and grand staircase in this beautiful semi-private space. This room is perfect for your dinner or cocktail event, with our beautiful antique bar as the centerpiece to the large open space.
THE PICNIC HOUSE SEMI-PRIVATE
Enjoy Our semi-private space for smaller parties in the front of The Picnic House. Your group will have the same access to our cocktail, wine and beer program, as well as options for family style or plated dining for your group. This space sits below floor to ceiling windows and offers an affordable semi-private dining option for your guests. Seating for 25 also includes a place for stationary appetizers, which will allow your group to have a cocktail hour before their dinner.
This Jazz Age-inspired cocktail lounge is perfect for your cocktail event or dinner. The carefully-curated cocktail list celebrates classic Hollywood allure with an emphasis on modern craft cocktail methods, including liquid nitrogen-chilled glassware, clarified syrups and juices, and hand-engraved ice cubes. The thoughtful food menu brings a farm-to-table approach to dishes that hearken back to the glamour of Old Hollywood. This space also provides a wonderful private lunch option.
If you are looking for the ambiance of Barlow, but with a smaller guest list, this option is perfect for your group. A portrait of classic film star Janet Gaynor looks onto this open space, situated underneath a beautiful crystal chandelier. Your guests will have full access to our creative cocktail program along with a customized menu to fit your needs.