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Portage Bay Cafe

Portage Bay Cafe

Breakfast Spot and Café$$$$
University District, Seattle
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    Katie Y.
    "Toppings bar, breakfast food, omelette, chorizo, French toast"(6 Tips)
    Eva L.
    "Great breakfast bar selection with unlimited toppings!"(5 Tips)
    Eboni L.
    "Try the French toast, and any of the omlets are delicious!"(18 Tips)
    Asha
    "Pork belly eggs Benedict!!"(10 Tips)
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  • Jon B.
    Jon BrennanAugust 17, 2014
    If you're in the mood for a sweet breakfast, the French toast is the way to go. So delicious. Top it off with some fresh fruit and whipped cream from the complementary "breakfast bar."
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    Jack ZawOctober 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are looking for a perfect brunch on a weekend, this is the right place. Try their various selection of Egg Benedict ranging from wild-mushrooms to salmon and more.
  • Miraj S.heart icon on user image
    Miraj ShahJuly 12, 2015
    Farmer's hash and oatmeal crusted french toast danced in my mouth! (Big portions too). The fresh, local ingredients are tasty, and you can gorge on fresh berries at the Breakfast Bar
  • Hanan M.heart icon on user image
    Hanan MalMay 25, 2016
    West coast Benedict is perfectly cooked! Roasted potatoes where sweet and crispy. The unlimited fresh toppings for pancakes and french toast is such a great idea! Unfortunately coffee was terrible!
  • Spencer S.heart icon on user image
    Spencer SorrellOctober 16, 2013
    Came Saturday PM for brunch. Food was incredible (Pancakes: Buckwheat, Classic, Swedish, Rancher's Breakfast). Take a trip to the fruit bar! A particular waiter needed a lesson in personal hygiene....
  • Skyler L.heart icon on user image
    Skyler LothAugust 16, 2014
    Called in and wasn't too much of a wait. They also have daily specials yum. If you like eggs Benedict then you're in for a treat: there were 5 different types when I was here
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin McKissickApril 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Just go. Everything is good. If you love anything and everything breakfast, this is the best place I've gone to in Seattle.
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JohnsonSeptember 6, 2014
    There's really no better brunch place in all of Seattle. For $15 you can get the freshest and most savory foods of the Pacific Northwest. Get the Rancher's breakfast!
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 14, 2018
    I highly recommend coming here for brunch when in Seattle. Service,food and coffee are great.
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff SmithOctober 17, 2014
    Buckwheat pancakes are amazing, especially with fresh fruit and whipped cream from the breakfast bar.
  • Vanessa W.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa WhiteNovember 19, 2015
    Delicious!! Get pancakes or French toast and go to the fruit bar, you won't regret it.
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GogicJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten free French toast is unbelievable for those of us with the intolerance. Just subbed gluten free for the special French toast with nectarine compote, nom!!
  • Maram A.
    Maram AlRashedMarch 29, 2017
    Their salmon egg benedict is perfect delicious, the swedish pancakes is okay, I didn't like the fruit bar they're not so fresh! The coffee is bad😅
  • Mark S.heart icon on user image
    Mark SullivanOctober 4, 2019
    Fabulous brunch sport on a Sunday morning, but be prepared to wait, the place is big, but it is also packed.
  • Kanin S.heart icon on user image
    Kanin S.June 13, 2017
    Great place for breakfast or brunch, with unlimited toppings for pancakes and such. Booking is recommended though.
  • Philip S.heart icon on user image
    Philip SeifiMarch 15, 2015
    Excellent, healthy foods, particularly a great choice of breakfast dishes.
  • Stephanie V.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie VolckmannNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the buckwheat porridge w/ carob chips is horrendous. if I were truly vegan, that would send me to the closest steakhouse for a giant cut of porterhouse steak. and I LOVE most food.
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BrodyMay 12, 2021
    The crab benedict is so, so good! Plus, great hot sauces and a lovely outdoor space for brunch.
  • Joey A.
    Joey ArceoMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Rancher's Breakfast and the pancake bar. Chicken apple sausage or peppered bacon will do you well either way. Just go with it.
  • Erika Rae W.heart icon on user image
    Erika Rae WulfertMarch 5, 2019
    Really good organic/local rotating menu...they really do it up nicely with fresh everything
  • Clif B.heart icon on user image
    Clif BarnesMay 21, 2019
    GF Swedish pancakes are mega dope. / avoid seats by berry bar. Lots of coming and going thru side door - walkin
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DaySeptember 19, 2023
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  • Lisa V.
    Lisa VFebruary 25, 2012
    Great place for brunch, though it gets crowded fast on weekends. The swedish crepes are delicious. Excellent toppings bar for pancakes.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BloczynskiFebruary 8, 2010
    For brunch on Sundays, I fully recommend anything that you can take to the toppings bar... it's amazing! Also, call ahead to put your name on the wait list. Sometimes they quote over an hour wait!
  • Asha
    AshaAugust 6, 2017
    Pork belly eggs Benedict!! Great coffee too and all the juice is fresh
  • Edy K.
    Edy KizakiAugust 23, 2011
    Great berry bar for the pancakes and waffles! Wonderful omlettes and excellent coffee. Everything is healthy and sustainable and yummy!
  • Nancy N.
    Nancy NguyenJuly 21, 2013
    For waiting about 30 mins to be seated, I expected more. Food was good, but not worth the wait. It's cool that they use local and organic products. Come early on a weekday to avoid the long wait.
  • Ya G.
    Ya GAugust 28, 2011
    Reservations will avoid the 40 minute wait on weekends. Get the phil's breakfast w/ fried eggs, bacon & French toast on challah bread.
  • Aaron L.heart icon on user image
    Aaron LimJanuary 11, 2014
    Get rancher's breakfast. Syrups and fruits on the bar to add to your pancakes. Very packed for Saturday brunch/breakfast.
  • Jenn P.heart icon on user image
    Jenn PMay 27, 2015
    Delightful breakfast spot. Good selection. Always busy, make a reservation.
  • Matthew I.
    Matthew InmanMay 25, 2012
    One of the best breakfasts in Seattle. The side of toast alone is an atom bomb of delicious in your mouth.
  • Eboni L.
    Eboni LovellOctober 21, 2011
    Sooooo good. Excellent specials and regular items. Try the French toast, and any of the omlets are delicious!
  • Desiree H.heart icon on user image
    Desiree HicksOctober 16, 2015
    Mimosas and French Toast on challah bread?! Amazing combo with the 'Breakfast Bar' <3
  • Josh E.heart icon on user image
    Josh EhlkeJanuary 24, 2015
    Getting a reservation is a pointless endeavor. It reduces your hour wait to 55 mins.
  • Clayton H.
    Clayton HibbertOctober 15, 2012
    They take reservations for breakfast. Highly recommended. The wait is often 45-60 minutes otherwise.
  • Sarah J.heart icon on user image
    Sarah JoshiSeptember 3, 2015
    Gluten free French toast - so so so good.
  • Becca H.heart icon on user image
    Becca HJune 18, 2015
    Amazing food. Pricey but worth it.
  • Lisa H.heart icon on user image
    Lisa HinchliffeAugust 8, 2014
    Love that coffee is provided while waiting to be seated. This place understands priorities.
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KawachiAugust 27, 2012
    Pancakes Dave's way, perfect portion size and you get a trip to the toppings bar!
  • Kumiko I.
    Kumiko ISeptember 8, 2009
    Fabulous spot for a big, hearty brunch; focus on fresh, local products. Many of the breakfast items (such as French toast) include a free trip to the fruit bar.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChanDecember 16, 2009
    The house-smoked wild salmon hash with grilled organic vegetables, scrambled eggs, toast, and a cup of coffee was one of the BEST brunches I've ever had. Read more
  • Vikki K.
    Vikki KApril 8, 2013
    Make sure you get the French toast made with challah bread and NOT another type of bread.
  • Jaci V.heart icon on user image
    Jaci VezinaJuly 21, 2012
    I ordered the crab cakes benedict from a tip recommendation but they were out of crab cakes :( the chorizo sausage scramble was pretty good though. B/f was not impressed w Phil's breakfast.
  • Katie Y.heart icon on user image
    Katie YamadaDecember 24, 2014
    Toppings bar, breakfast food, omelette, chorizo, French toast
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WJuly 8, 2012
    Rancher's breakfast is awesome and a ton of food. Amazing pancakes!
  • Jordana S.heart icon on user image
    Jordana SaletanJune 5, 2015
    A little pricey for what you get with the lunch menu. But the food is great.
  • Eva L.
    Eva LiangOctober 6, 2013
    Great breakfast bar selection with unlimited toppings!
  • Jacob M.
    Jacob MorrisJanuary 13, 2010
    Great weekday lunch spot. Less busy, great menu, enough food for 2 meals - Club sandwich with potatoes is particularly delicious and filling.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PriceApril 24, 2016
    Probably best to make reservations before hand
  • Allie C.heart icon on user image
    Allie CaldwellFebruary 8, 2016
    Unless you like canned fruit, skip the dessert bar (that everyone raves about).
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