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Portage Bay Cafe

Portage Bay Cafe

Breakfast Spot and Café$$$$
University District, Seattle
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  • Jack Z.
    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.
  • 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."
  • Miraj S.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
  • 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!
  • Justin M.
    Justin McKissickApril 24, 2016
    Just go. Everything is good. If you love anything and everything breakfast, this is the best place I've gone to in Seattle.
  • 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!!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SmithOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Buckwheat pancakes are amazing, especially with fresh fruit and whipped cream from the breakfast bar.
  • Stephanie V.
    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.
  • Maram A.
    Maram AlRashed3 weeks ago
    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😅
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WhiteNovember 19, 2015
    Delicious!! Get pancakes or French toast and go to the fruit bar, you won't regret it.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Yatharth G.
    Yatharth GuptaAugust 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.
  • Eboni L.
    Eboni LovellOctober 21, 2011
    Sooooo good. Excellent specials and regular items. Try the French toast, and any of the omlets are delicious!
  • 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.
  • Clayton H.
    Clayton HibbertOctober 15, 2012
    They take reservations for breakfast. Highly recommended. The wait is often 45-60 minutes otherwise.
  • Philip S.
    Philip SeifiMarch 15, 2015
    Excellent, healthy foods, particularly a great choice of breakfast dishes.
  • Aaron L.
    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.
    Jenn PMay 27, 2015
    Delightful breakfast spot. Good selection. Always busy, make a reservation.
  • Valor P.
    Valor PolandAugust 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Rancher's Breakfast--best of everything. You will not be disappointed!
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KawachiAugust 27, 2012
    Pancakes Dave's way, perfect portion size and you get a trip to the toppings 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
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WJuly 8, 2012
    Rancher's breakfast is awesome and a ton of food. Amazing pancakes!
  • Jaci V.
    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.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EhlkeJanuary 24, 2015
    Getting a reservation is a pointless endeavor. It reduces your hour wait to 55 mins.
  • Vikki K.
    Vikki KApril 8, 2013
    Make sure you get the French toast made with challah bread and NOT another type of bread.
  • Desiree H.
    Desiree HicksOctober 16, 2015
    Mimosas and French Toast on challah bread?! Amazing combo with the 'Breakfast Bar' <3
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeAugust 8, 2014
    Love that coffee is provided while waiting to be seated. This place understands priorities.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoshiSeptember 3, 2015
    Gluten free French toast - so so so good.
  • Becca H.
    Becca HJune 18, 2015
    Amazing food. Pricey but worth it.
  • Kumiko I.
    Kumiko IdeSeptember 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.
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaDecember 24, 2014
    Toppings bar, breakfast food, omelette, chorizo, French toast
  • 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.
  • Eva L.
    Eva LiangOctober 6, 2013
    Great breakfast bar selection with unlimited toppings!
  • Jordana S.
    Jordana SaletanJune 5, 2015
    A little pricey for what you get with the lunch menu. But the food is great.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DoaneJuly 22, 2011
    So good. Don't try and go on the weekend though unless you want to wait
  • Aaron
    AaronMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I enjoy the flavors they put together, but nothing is as crispy as it should be (e.g., potatoes, French toast, bacon), leaving a soggy, but flavorful, mess.
  • Katie K.
    Katie K.August 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Crab cake eggs Benedict. Like, eggs Benedict... on crab cakes. I do not need to elaborate here.
  • Nancy J.
    Nancy JohnsonMay 15, 2011
    Visiting Seattle so it was my first time. Sunday at 9:40am & we were told 35-40 min wait. We waited over an hour while watching people being seated after us. Food was just so so. Meat in veggie entre.
  • Larry L.
    Larry LiebermanNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    mayor really? i guess we go here a lot. this place is awesome and kid friendly. best breakfast in seattle, imo.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BrownMarch 19, 2013
    I read another tip on here about the salmon hash, so I tried it out. Very, very disappointing. Only get this if you like a giant plate full of soggy, boiled, slightly nauseating root vegetables.
  • Allie S.
    Allie StrongFebruary 8, 2016
    Unless you like canned fruit, skip the dessert bar (that everyone raves about).
  • Matt R.
    Matt RJuly 31, 2012
    It might very well be the very best breakfast place on the planet. No joke.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MathewsNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Crab cake eggs Benedict is the best thing on the menu.
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WolfeAugust 2, 2013
    Everything but the french dip was good
  • Kaitlin D.
    Kaitlin DingmanFebruary 5, 2016
    The potatoes were rock hard like they had been sitting under a heat lamp over night and took up half the plate. The prices did not reflect the quality of the food. Will not be returning.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PriceApril 24, 2016
    Probably best to make reservations before hand
  • Alex H.
    Alex HoMarch 27, 2013
    Pretty much the best French toast in the world.
  • Meshari A.
    Meshari AlthobaitiDecember 28, 2014
    Their pancakes are the best!!!!!!!
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GrahamAugust 12, 2014
    Buckwheat pancakes never cease to amaze.
  • Brooke
    BrookeMay 31, 2016
    Waffle, pancakes, breakfast potatoes
  • P. W.
    P. WilsonJuly 3, 2015
    It was OK. The hour wait seemed a little excessive. Might be a good spot if you're super hungry but prices seem a little bloated.
  • Erik F.
    Erik FinmanOctober 17, 2014
    The pastries are AMAZING!!
  • Cora
    CoraJuly 6, 2010
    The quesadilla at Portage Bay is amazing: crisp and very flavorful.
  • D. Lee G.
    D. Lee GroomsJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the French Toast - Freedom Toast!
  • Phil K.
    Phil KatzDecember 23, 2015
    Oh mama those pancakes.
  • amina s.
    amina saifyOctober 7, 2011
    Banana Foster French Toast is to die for.
  • Jen
    JenNovember 25, 2012
    Liven up your mimosa with fruit from the fruit bar. Noms.
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItOctober 29, 2011
    Found winter grits and eggs as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • Nadia C.
    Nadia ChilmonikMarch 10, 2015
    Great buck wheat pancakes!!!!
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LittleDecember 31, 2015
    Everything is amazing!
  • Allie S.
    Allie StrongFebruary 8, 2016
    Unless you like canned fruit, skip the breakfast bar.
  • Sara
    SaraFebruary 1, 2016
    They take reservations!
  • Lara W.
    Lara WSeptember 3, 2010
    Chicken Sausage Scramble is the best! To die for :D
  • Ariel B.
    Ariel BApril 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Greek Omelette is amazing!!!
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrOctober 23, 2015
    Anything that gets you a shot at the bar
  • Jean T.
    Jean TabakaDecember 27, 2011
    Vegan and gluten-free pancakes!!!!! Yea!!!!!!!!!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SDecember 29, 2014
    Such good salmon hash
  • Leila G.
    Leila GomollApril 20, 2015
    Love the Swedish pancakes!!
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BusheyJune 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Migas is great!
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrNovember 1, 2015
    Get waffles and hit up the food bar.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony StevensFebruary 13, 2011
    The wait on a Sunday morning was 90 minutes. Bring a book.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon FeatherstoneOctober 29, 2016
    Be prepared to wait...a loooong time.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewFebruary 16, 2015
    Brunch with organic ingredients
  • BlueHolly
    BlueHollyFebruary 25, 2013
    DON'T PUT THE NAPKINS (AKA DISHTOWELS) ON YOUR LAP--THEY SHED!!!!
  • Eric V.
    Eric VealMay 17, 2013
    Avoid the prime rib dip
  • Jessica P.
    Best brunch.
  • Kathy G.
    Kathy GillOctober 6, 2010
    Pepper bacon is always awesome here!
  • Staci S.
    Staci StringerSeptember 3, 2009
    Skip the line and call in your reservation- it's always busy at portage bay!
  • Aurora W.
    Aurora WilliamsSeptember 5, 2010
    Slow service and cold food. I think that the staff is over-extended because of the place's popularity. Hate to say it, but not as good as it used to be.
  • Tokz V.
    Tokz VOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    cant go wrong with a trip to the toppings bar here!
  • Claudia D.
    Claudia DubuqueSeptember 27, 2014
    Salmon benedict
  • Frank D.
    Frank DevinNovember 10, 2016
    always good
  • andres m.
    andres mhMay 11, 2016
    Jack fruit breakfast
  • Giena L.
    Giena L.April 14, 2011
    Vegan banana pancakes!
  • Hiro S.
    Hiro SFebruary 9, 2011
    having breakfast
  • Aaron
    AaronFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Migas with chorizo!
  • Viki S.
    Viki SafinaJuly 3, 2014
    Взяла italian omelette !!безумно вкусно
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