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Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard, Seattle, WA

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

4.6
4.6
350 Reviews
$30 and under
American
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Great for brunch
  • Kid-friendly
Located in Ballard since 2006, this location continues the Portage Bay Cafe mission of local, organic and sustainable fare. From our Crab Cake Benedict to our signature House-Made Challah French Toast, our items are carefully crafted to use the best seasonal and organic ingredients available. In addition to our famous brunch items, our menus include a variety of amazing salads and sandwiches.

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 783-1547
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chris Rivers
  • Private party contact
    Tracy Buck: (206) 551-4084
  • Neighborhood
    Ballard
  • Cross street
    28th and Market
  • Parking details
    We share a small triangle parking lot just to the west of our front door.
  • Public transit
    There are bus stops just a block east of the front door
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 350 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Great for brunch

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Kid-friendly

  • Seattle

    Great for brunch

  • Seattle

    Kid-friendly

350 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eggs Benedict remains one of my favorite breakfasts so their special was intriguing: the Korean-inspired Bulgogi Eggs Benedict. Basically, the classic benedict but instead of thinly sliced ham it is Korean bbq beef that is topped by the 2 poached eggs* and instead of hollandaise there was a mild gochujang sauce. For $20. It was very tasty poached eggs on the Benedict were lovely. Our server Erin was incredibly helpful and provided outstanding customer service. Also ordered the piña colada pancakes which indicated there would be pineapple on top and was pretty excited to see the coconut cream arrive. Everything went well until a bite into it the pancake revealed there were unexpectedly actual coconut flakes inside -- which introduces the texture that is not a favorite. Erin actually went back and took a look at the menu and realized the description missed that element, and refunded that order on our tab. Despite that the flavor profile was really wonderful. I would gladly order a version without coconut flakes in it. Friend ordered the huevos rancheros (gf) (v) $16 with 2 corn tortillas | 2 eggs* any style | mole verde | spicy beans | queso diablo | pickled onion. Highly recommend for brunch. Just make sure to use the reservation service because the lines are long otherwise.

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  2. Carbonara

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delightful service was exceptional we really love that we can make brunch reservations at this place.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great spot for breakfast/brunch! Everything was delicious.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. We have been here multiple times over the years & every visit the staff has been extremely pleasant.

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  5. MRSK

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and coffee, and friendly service. Really appreciate being able to make reservations for brunch, as well as the focus on sustainable sourcing.

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  6. MarkR

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was a bit of a letdown, but service is excellent.

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  7. LauraUnterseher

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service at the table were great, as always. We were disappointed though, to not be seated until almost 30 minutes after our reservation time. I had made a reservation for a particular time for a reason, and it threw off our plans for the rest of the day. A short delay is understandable, sometimes people linger or whatever, but half an hour implies they weren't actually holding a table for us.

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  8. CraigJ

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a good experience. The service was excellent and the food was good. It was very noisy, so it was a little difficult to talk around the table and hear everyone.

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  9. Rajani

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This has always been a top spot. Food though did not hit it right for me. I ordered farmers hash, felt very dry and flavorless

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  10. TheresaE

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the food and service. We went early with a toddler, there were other families there at the same time. Felt welcomed.

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You can order delivery directly from Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard using the Order Online button. Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 783-1547.

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard is rated 4.6 stars by 350 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

2821 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    28th and Market
  • Neighborhood
    Ballard
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We share a small triangle parking lot just to the west of our front door.
  • Public transit
    There are bus stops just a block east of the front door
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Rivers
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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