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Portage Bay Cafe Restaurant & Catering

#112 of 3,354 Restaurants in Seattle
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391 Terry Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
206 462 6400
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7:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions
Description: Portage Bay Cafe Restaurant and Catering is a Seattle restaurant with a...
Portage Bay Cafe Restaurant and Catering is a Seattle restaurant with a primary focus on clean, organic, fresh and 100% locally sourced food items from around the Pacific Northwest. We serve breakfast and brunch 7 days a week, as well as lunch 7 days a week. We offer a wide range of catering options as well - private dining, private parties, wedding, box lunches and various other catering options. We have three locations in Seattle - Roosevelt, Terry Avenue in South Lake Union and Ballard.
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    Very good
  • 27
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Local, organic and delicious

We found this place online and booked a table for breakfast. It wasn't really necessary to book, as the restaurant accommodates quite a large crowd. They serve local and organic food and do it nicely. We had superb service, 6 happy diners and plenty of refill in the coffee. I had the Farmer's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Arne B
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place online and booked a table for breakfast. It wasn't really necessary to book, as the restaurant accommodates quite a large crowd. They serve local and organic food and do it nicely. We had superb service, 6 happy diners and plenty of refill in the coffee. I had the Farmer's hash with pepper bacon and haven't had... More 

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Thank Arne B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Brought my parents here for breakfast....they're still talking about how great it was. Only downfall, it's quite loud in there, so when you're with your elderly parents it's challenging to hear each other. Food was delicious...I am a huge fan of the bar...especially the whipped cream! Make reservations!

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Thank Vicki S
Honolulu
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

I lived in Seattle for a few years and one of my go to Saturday breakfast places is Portage Bay. Why? Toppings bar of course! Now that I don't live in the states, when I do get a chance to visit Seattle, I always try to make it a point to schedule a weekend breakfast there. I love that they... More 

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Thank 673sherylk
Colorado
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We had brunch here. My husband loved his French toast. I have celiac and ordered one of the only gluten free options on the menu - hash with vegetables. I informed my server that I had celiac and had her check the ham, to be sure it was gf. When the dish arrived, I double checked by asking if the... More 

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Thank Scotlandtravels
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Love this locally sourced breakfast spot. Make sure to make a reservation as there is always a crowd. Joe's scramble, any Benedict, French toasts, or the daily specials are scrumptious AND you have leftovers for lunch!!

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Thank Mary G
Santa Monica, California
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102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

Still a great place for breakfast though I have never been wild about the interior ambiance slightly icky. A very cold sterile environment that is cafeteria like. If your going to have surgery this is a good place to go for a delightful breakfast. To I enjoyed vegan banana pancakes, joes scramble (eggs, mushrooms, spinach and cheese, potatoes and wheat... More 

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Thank Bradley1965
Calgary, Canada
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I would have given this place a 5 out of 5 because my meal of Huevos Rancheros was absolutely delicious but unfortunately my girlfriends dish of Migas was just okay...it was a pretty boring dish with not much flavour. I would definitely go back and try out some of the other things on the menu. The benedicts look very good... More 

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Thank Rob H
Kitchener, Canada
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

When we went I got the 'Specialty Pancakes' that happened to be carrot - they were savoury and sweet with an amazing cream cheese topping. My friend got the french toast with the breakfast bar. Fun, cool atmosphere and the food came out pretty quick. Definitely on the pricey side but with huge portions, it's worth it if you can... More 

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Thank Nicole L
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65 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

The French Toast here is the fluffiest French Toast I've ever had. I didn't care too much for the fruits on the breakfast bar as I thought it tasted better without the extra fruit. The whipped cream was good though. My friend got the smoked salmon Benedict and the salmon tasted like it was doused in salt. Normally smoked salmon... More 

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Thank Julia P
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70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We went here our first morning in Seattle and I say it set the tone for good food! I had the hash with the cold smoked salmon and ham! The ham was stupid good! My two companions were wishing they had my plate. I will say portion size is large so be prepared to eat!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 391 Terry Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206 462 6400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions

Description

Portage Bay Cafe Restaurant and Catering is a Seattle restaurant with a primary focus on clean, organic, fresh and 100% locally sourced food items from around the Pacific Northwest. We serve breakfast and brunch 7 days a week, as well as lunch 7 days a week. We offer a wide range of catering options as well - private dining, private parties, wedding, box lunches and various other catering options. We have three locations in Seattle - Roosevelt, Terry Avenue in South Lake Union and Ballard.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm

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