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Portage Bay Cafe

Portage Bay Cafe

Breakfast Spot and Café$$$$
University District, Seattle
93 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • pancakes
  • toppings bar
  • french toast
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  • Jack Z.
    Jack ZawOctober 21, 2015
    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
    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.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Clayton H.
    Clayton HibbertOctober 15, 2012
    They take reservations for breakfast. Highly recommended. The wait is often 45-60 minutes otherwise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Valor P.
    Valor PolandAugust 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Rancher's Breakfast--best of everything. You will not be disappointed!
  • 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.
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KawachiAugust 27, 2012
    Pancakes Dave's way, perfect portion size and you get a trip to the toppings bar!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WJuly 8, 2012
    Rancher's breakfast is awesome and a ton of food. Amazing pancakes!
  • Vikki K.
    Vikki KApril 8, 2013
    Make sure you get the French toast made with challah bread and NOT another type of bread.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EhlkeJanuary 24, 2015
    Getting a reservation is a pointless endeavor. It reduces your hour wait to 55 mins.
  • Desiree H.
    Desiree HicksOctober 16, 2015
    Mimosas and French Toast on challah bread?! Amazing combo with the 'Breakfast Bar' <3
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoshiSeptember 3, 2015
    Gluten free French toast - so so so good.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeAugust 8, 2014
    Love that coffee is provided while waiting to be seated. This place understands priorities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaDecember 24, 2014
    Toppings bar, breakfast food, omelette, chorizo, French toast
  • Eva L.
    Eva LiangOctober 6, 2013
    Great breakfast bar selection with unlimited toppings!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RJuly 31, 2012
    It might very well be the very best breakfast place on the planet. No joke.
  • Allie S.
    Allie StrongFebruary 8
    Unless you like canned fruit, skip the dessert bar (that everyone raves about).
  • Scott M.
    Scott MathewsNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Crab cake eggs Benedict is the best thing on the menu.
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeMarch 7, 2015
    The wait is worth it! Great food!
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