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Portage Bay Cafe & Catering

Portage Bay Cafe & Catering

Breakfast Spot and Café$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
  • Keridwyn D.
    "bit of everything and includes trip to toppings bar"(4 Tips)
    Liam R.
    "Rancher's breakfast is the best deal on the menu!"(2 Tips)
    Calvin T.
    "If you order the Migas, be sure to add the slow roasted pork."(3 Tips)
    Laura G A.
    "Great service and the Dungeness crab eggs benedict was delicious!"(3 Tips)
50 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • toppings bar
  • brunch food
  • rancher
  • pancakes
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  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsJuly 9, 2016
    We were looking for a nice place to eat after visiting the Locks and found this place just a short walk away. Great service and the Dungeness crab eggs benedict was delicious!
  • Liz B.
    Liz BrownNovember 29, 2014
    One of my fave brunch places in Seattle and seriously worth the wait! Coffee is amaze. They have gluten free and vegan options. Definitely get the pancakes and do the fruit bar.
  • Hollie
    HollieOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    For a great gluten-free breakfast, order the buckwheat pancake "Dave's Way" - you get an egg on the side. Then hit the toppings bar for a delicious helping of fruit and/or whipped cream or syrup!
  • Elif G.
    Elif GumrukApril 2, 2015
    They serve the best breakfast in the Seattle area. Great fresh ingredients, and always a good freshly brewed coffee. I always drop by at least once when I'm in the area.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MislinskiJanuary 23, 2013
    I prefer this location over the South Lake Union area one, it's smaller and quieter. The baked french toast is amazing. The portions could feed a small country, so show up hungry.
  • DenMom & MoMo W.
    DenMom & MoMo WMay 4, 2014
    All in all - really good. Maybe a bit pricey, but, given it's a good GF place, worth it. Waitstaff leaves something to be desired. Rest of staff was really good.
  • Robby D.
    Robby DelawareJune 22, 2012
    The Ballard Portage Bay. It's about 3 years old or so. There's several Portage Bay locations in Seattle. It's ok, not a greasy spoon. Classy and sophisticated.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PowellSeptember 26, 2015
    The vegetable frittata was so good! Topped with delicious goat cheese. I will be back and order it again.
  • Joey B.
    Joey BrantleyOctober 13, 2015
    Had Phil's breakfast. Potatoes were just ok. Toast and bacon were both great. Definitely want to try their breakfast bar!
  • H S.
    H SofiaSeptember 29, 2010
    Kid friendly - high chairs, large bathroom with changing table, friendly staff, plenty of space between tables and adjacent to kids' consignment shop. Only ? is parking situation?
  • H S.
    H SofiaSeptember 29, 2010
    Prawn and chicken salad with udon noodles is delicious. Prawns taste very fresh; chicken breast is a bit dry but well seasoned; and the seasonal veggies are flavorful.
  • Jen E.
    Jen ElmerOctober 1, 2011
    The French toast is amazing and you can do wonders with the toppings bar. Also be sure to try the potatoes!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoppolaOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great brunch menu, try the spiced apple cider mimosa and red flannel hash.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RoundhillAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the NoWait app and get in the queue. You can see the wait time in the app!
  • Calvin T.
    Calvin TingJanuary 2, 2014
    If you order the Migas, be sure to add the slow roasted pork. So satisfying.
  • Bill J.
    Bill JohnsonJuly 10, 2012
    Make a breakfast sandwich on the cheap by ordering just sides (toast, egg, bacon/sausage)
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherFebruary 28, 2015
    Fast service regardless of what you order. The staff are like friendly machines.
  • Randy O.
    Randy OmDecember 8, 2009
    Go to Portage Bay Cafe for breakfast and try the Southwest Benedict. Think "eggs benedict" but with yummy cheddar-jalepeno-black bean cornbread instead of an english muffin. Read more
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GogicSeptember 7, 2011
    Worth all the crazyness on the weekends for the duck confit frittata.
  • Keridwyn D.
    Keridwyn DellerNovember 28, 2010
    Try the ranchers breakfast - a bit of everything and includes trip to toppings bar
  • January F.
    January FredericksFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Risotto Bene is to-die-for. I dream of it on a weekly basis.
  • Rae R.
    Rae RosenJuly 4, 2011
    everything at this restaurant is fabulous. worth every penny
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DallyApril 22, 2012
    Incredibly delicious gluten free options here!
  • Emily T.
    Emily TMay 18, 2013
    The ratatouille omelette is to die for!
  • Priyank
    PriyankJanuary 26, 2014
    Long queues for brunch! Consider calling in for a reservation.
  • Beau G.
    Beau GundersonDecember 17, 2016
    The Uli's apple chicken sausage is great.
  • Ronald H.
    Ronald HealeyAugust 15, 2014
    Crab cake eggs Benedict. Just do it!
  • Chuck T.
    Chuck ToporekNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Five words: Dungeness Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.
  • Majed A.
    Majed AlolayanOctober 28, 2015
    The pancake is really good.
  • rachel V.
    rachel ValdezAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Phil's breakfast w Peppered Bacon! It's da bomb diggity!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoppolaSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The hollandaise sauce is on point.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PAugust 18, 2016
    The pancakes are huge and delicious.
  • Hazel Grace
    Hazel GraceFebruary 20, 2010
    Local, sustainable, organic and yummy. Great place to spend your dollars in a positive way.
  • Talal A.
    Talal AlrabiahApril 1, 2015
    I didn't eat yet, but it looks very good! 😍
  • Julia W.
    Julia W.June 26, 2011
    Long lines on weekends and families. Bring patience.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HerrinAugust 21, 2011
    The migas is the breakfast of the gods of Olympus.
  • NoWait, Inc.
    NoWait, Inc.February 5, 2014
    Skip the long wait times and host stand. Get in line from your phone using NoWait -
  • Nikki O.
    Nikki OverwayMarch 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Joe's scramble with whites only and tomatoes. Amazing!
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItNovember 12, 2011
    Found Rice Porridge as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at Read more
  • seattle I.
    seattle Inside OutApril 22, 2012
    Has anyone noticed how attractive the staff is? YUM
  • Kanisha A.
    Kanisha AlexanderMarch 17, 2013
    They have gluten free.
  • Arlene S.
    Arlene SilverioOctober 2, 2011
    Toppings Bar all the way!
  • Teresa T.
    Teresa ThiessenMarch 17, 2010
    Check out the new "local" version of a favorite breakfast place.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SSeptember 13, 2014
    Berry bar!
  • Scott M.
    Scott MeisJuly 16, 2010
    Stellar, my go to Ballard brunch joint.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SpoernerNovember 25, 2014
    Great Breakfast
  • Snap Krackle P.
    Snap Krackle PopOctober 24, 2012
    Try the Bacon
  • Liam R.
    Liam RJanuary 24, 2010
    Rancher's breakfast is the best deal on the menu!
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HerronMarch 17, 2010 breakfast on the menu.
  • michelle b.
    michelle bJuly 3, 2012
    Service sucks. SLU is way better.
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