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*We have both indoor and outdoor seating available. Our outdoor seating is a fully enclosed and covered pergola structure with heaters adjacent to every table. We will try our best to ensure you get your seating preference, but cannot guarantee it. Please call during business hours to confirm any seating requests.*
If you are having difficulty finding a reservation you are welcome to stop by for walk-in seating. We seat our bar and covered/heated patio for dinner nightly.
Be sure to see our custom-built LED cherry tree from our upper level dining area!
Chef Chris and his team create weekly specials to further highlight our food-producing partners.
Portage Bay Cafe in Ballard is a large, airy, boisterous space with lots of energy. We look forward to serving you soon.
- OTOpenTable DinerSeattle / Eastern Washington •1 review5.0Dined 1 day agoEvery time I come to this place I’m blown away by the food and drinks. Incredible!More infoThe Ballard CutPrice: Expensive• Farm-to-table• Ballard•4.8
- RSRebeccaSSeattle / Eastern Washington •2 reviews5.0Dined 4 days agoLoved San Fermo! Stuart really made our evening :) The food is soo good. Dreaming of the mortadella raviolis and the chestnut crab pasta, truly superb. Cocktails were also outstanding, best mule I've ever had. You can taste the ginger beer and the perfect amount of alcohol. Chestnut cake with butternut squash ganache was the cherry on top, going to figure out how to make that at home <3 Will definitely be back, worth the price point absolutely. Beautiful small low light space with a nice soft choice of music, would be a great date, anniversary, or small celebration spot. Sad the party limit is 5 people but totally understandable given the size of the space! Gives me more opportunities to come back and try their rotating menu.More infoSan FermoPrice: Very Expensive• Italian• Ballard•4.7
- MMMarcusMSeattle / Eastern Washington •1 review5.0Dined on Nov 23, 2023Wonderful as always. Consistently great sushi and a nice environment.More infoMoshi Moshi SushiPrice: Expensive• Japanese• Ballard•4.7
- OTOpenTable DinerWisconsin •1 review5.0Dined on Nov 18, 2023We had a great date night at Sailfish! We had the best time chatting with our waiter (Joey) and the head chef (Zach) came out to talk to us because we were a huge fan of the blueberry custard pie dessert we had! Everyone was so so nice. The bartenders also love going off menu and creating fun drinks based on your liquor of choice and a flavor - highly recommend this place!More infoSailfishPrice: Expensive• Seafood• Ballard•4.4
- RRicoSeattle / Eastern Washington •5 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023Delicious food and friendly service. We will come back again.More infoParish NWPrice: Expensive• Creole / Cajun / Southern• Ballard•4.5
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Lined with coffee shops, breweries and boutique clothing stores, Ballard and Fremont are two of the most popular neighborhoods in Seattle. On any given afternoon, young couples can be seen pushing strollers and sipping organic, fair-trade coffee. While you're enjoying the boutiques, satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the many vegan bakeries and cafes. Fremont natives refer to their home as "the Center of the Universe," and for good reason. From steakhouses and contemporary American fare to Hawaiian and Mexican options, locals have access to various types of cuisines. The area is especially noted for its sushi bistros and seafood fine dining.
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