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Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

86 reviews
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$50 and over
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Brunch (283)
  • Fit for Foodies (163)
  • Kid-friendly (142)

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Portage Bay Caf� in Ballard is located in the Seattle, Washington area and is focused on serving its customers with organic, sustainable food. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch hours, and the concentration on healthy food is a great thing for those looking to get a hearty meal without any negative effects. As an example of what the Portage Bay Caf� has to offer, you can check out their salads, like the domestic prawn and chicken soba noodle salad.

If you�re looking for a sandwich for lunch at the Portage Bay Caf�, there is a nice selection from which to choose. You can see on the menu where the local places that are the sources for the ingredients of the Portage Bay cheeseburger and the Cuban sandwich.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Serving our full breakfast menu
Seven days a week
7:30am to 2:30pm
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Phone number
(206) 783-1547
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mandy Kraus
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Cross street
28th and Market
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Parking details
We share a small triangle parking lot just to the west of our front door.
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Public transit
There are bus stops just a block east of the front door
Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

I always enjoy Portage Bay's's one of my favorite places for brunch, however I made a reservation for 11:00 am with the intention that we wouldn't have to wait as long as usual when not making a reservation. We arrived at the restaurant at 10:45 and checked in. They said they would get us in around 11:05. We were not seated until 11:30; 30 minutes past our reservation time. It made me wonder why I even bothered to make a reservation at all.

LOLO (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

The. Best. Brunch. Ever. Toppings Bar= Heaven on Earth! This place puts a smile on your face and makes your tummy super happy. Don't miss out or, you'll be sorry!

eggsnbacon (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

I wish reservations were actually honored. I shouldn't have to wait 40 minutes after my reservation time. The food was good, though, as always, and I will definitely return. I just wish their methods of reservations was different.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

I normally go the Portage Bay with local friends but I had four out of town guest come in and they loved this place as much as the locals do.

Debbie (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

Our family went to Portage Bay for brunch on Sunday. It was our first time, and the place was packed...sounded like it was at least an hour wait for people coming in! We were so pleased to have gotten reservations through Open Table!! My husband and I arrived on time and our table was ready for us about 10 minutes after we got there. Our kids got stuck in traffic, so arrived about 20 minutes later. The waitress never once let us think she was irritated, just graciously told us to relax and enjoy! When we all ordered our food, it came quickly after that and it was all fantastic!! The girls were thrilled with their Mickey pancakes, and even more excited about the whip cream and berries they could slather on top!! I had their corn beef hash, which is one of my favorites, and I can honestly say it was better than any I have had before! Full of fresh, perfectly cooked veggies, and the best tasting corn beef! We will definitely be coming back to Portage Bay, and we will definitely be making reservations first!! Thanks for a perfect brunch!!!

Daryl (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

We were thrilled to find that they take reservations, so we had a very short wait for our table on a very busy Sunday on the holiday weekend. The service was excellent and the food was as well. The breakfast bar was a great way to dress up French toast. The only thing that would have improved the setting would have been a bit of air conditioning or more fans but the heat was forgotten as soon as the food arrived. A definite recommend.

vipJuneauite (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

Good, solid, large breakfast/brunch egg and other dishes in a large, loud, light filled warehouse space down by the Ballard locks. Interesting menu and definitely not pretentious. This is a high volume, busy, busy place. Good breakfast and long line for tables! Make reservations if you can.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

Very good quality, large portions. quick service. pleasant atmosphere

HungryGuy (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

The food is always great. Suggest making reservations on-line or you may be waiting on the weekend.

Ripfortens (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

First time using OpenTable which was AWESOME and so easy, used straight from Google the night before. My breakfast (2 pancakes w/ breakfast bar) was outstanding but my husband's first (and now last) experience was horrible. He HATED the Banana's Foster French Toast which I tried and agreed. Service was non existent...we weren't even checked on till it was time to pay. Super busy and extreme close quarters, basically back to back with everyone. Then to top it off a baby was being nursed right next to my husband (which we don't mind one bit and support) but the baby spit up and we smelt it all which really made my husband gag. :( So needless to say he is never going back. I would love to but will want to go later in the day instead of 9:15 AM on a Sunday.