Portage Bay Cafe - Roosevelt

4.7
209 Reviews
$30 and under
Breakfast
Located in the University neighborhood of Seattle since 1997, this original location sets 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 Andrew and his team create weekly specials to further highlight our food-producing partners.

Portage Bay Cafe on Roosevelt is a large, airy, boisterous space with lots of energy and we have covered outdoor dining all year round. We look forward to serving you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 209 people are saying
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AnnP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce were delicious!

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JayL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great space for eating outside during a pandemic. It's warm on the patio.

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MichaelN
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would have gone 5 stars, but for the fact we had a 11:15 reservation and didn’t get seated till 11:45. 30 min is a bit much…maybe if they offered a coffee or mimosa while we waited (not free, but added to our bill) would have been a nice touch.

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Rahmi
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great fresh food and friendly and fun service.

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MaryD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fresh delicious healthy breakfast
Highly recommended

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docwilson
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was really great! Busy busy and there was a little wait even with the reservation. Need to show proof of vaccination for dining. Everyone really enjoyed their meals!

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PeterW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodated our party of 7 with indoor seating, good distancing between tables, confirmed vaccination status before entry, good ventilation throughout, excellent menu choices and food quality, best brunch on campus

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Celebrating birthdays! Had to wait for a table even though I made reservations. Very noisy but we love the food!

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rea1208
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The music was too loud to talk across the table, one simple meal of pancakes was delivered after others finished their meals including a pancakes with applesauce (must take a lot more time to not put applesauce on pancakes). The open food bar doesn’t make sense in a pandemic when vaccinated people spread the virus. Disappointing choice to say the least

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AmyF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a must for breakfast when we are in town visiting Seattle. Never disappoints.

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MeganG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portage Bay is the best breakfast spot in Seattle. I love their vegan options, both are full of flavor, fresh off the farm and truly delicious. Their seasonal menu is also incredible and so fun to get you in the holiday mood. Whenever a new friend comes to town to visit, I take them to Portage Bay because it never disappoints. Thank you Portage Bay!!!

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Sterling
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

normally very good food but this time food was cold and eggs were overcooked - ordered eggs benedict and was disappointed. I will be taking a break from this place awhile - there are so many other better options in Seattle

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PaigeK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely the best place I ate at in Seattle! I had the bananas foster French toast and it was perfect. The others at my table had the migas and biscuits and gravy and they both really enjoyed their meals. I would definitely come back, and wish that we would have gone our first day because we would have gone back every morning!

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SuzanneD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative foods and some traditional standbys always with fresh ingredients. Appreciate the outdoor tables... although kind of defeats the purpose (minimizing COVID risk) when unvaccinated/untested people are able to eat at outdoor tables. Not 100% sure what my choice might be in the future with regards to guessing which seating option is best for us. Otherwise, appreciate the effort on Portage Bay's part to experiment with options and hope they are prioritizing their staff's health. That is a win-win for all of us.

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TimD
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday breakfast while visiting Seattle

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SavoredMoments
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can always depend on the food being of high quality and consistently good.

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SuzanneS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Delicious. Unique. Fresh and healthy. What really impresses me is the professionalism in seating us (we had reservations). The place is mobbed on Sunday morning, and yet they seated us right at the reservation time. The system runs more smoothly than any restaurant I've visited.

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LeaD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and very busy place. Make sure to make reservation or else the wait will be quite long

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CherylV
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit due to our other place being closed down, didn’t know what to expect however this exceeded our expectations.

Great place great food , staff couldn’t have been kinder very fun and the guy we had was super nice.

Definitely will be back !

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Abbbzzz
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Loved their pancakes!! They have very few options for vegans which needs to improve!

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klyles
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Portage Bay. They are SUPER busy so I'd completely recommend reservations. Whenever we have reservations we get in right at the time we've reserved. The staff is always friendly and the food is wonderful!

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michellec
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too many people during covid times. Crazy busy day, but the staff and the food didn’t reflect it at all as it they were fantastic.

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vipKarenL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly service. Lots of choices on the menu and delicious food.

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ThatWasYum
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, with focus on quality locally sourced ingredients. Strong coffee.

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CarolR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was fast, and food delicious! We only had to wait for a table about 20 min on a Friday at noon. And we had to wait a little for coffee refill.

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DarrellJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to eat outdoors and were accommodated. Our server was attentive, but no too much so, and the food was great.

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teachbeach
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious!

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danielam
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place is my One to go!!! Always. They are so nice and the food it's amazing!

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a lot of food allergies and the staff at Portage Bay we’re very accommodating. Food was excellent. Beautiful patio setting and the blankets for your seat or lap were a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! Great place for us to take out of town guests. Would highly recommend.

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ChrisD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great breakfast spot. We ended up eating here twice and everything was great, really good flavors.

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EricS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Server was disinterested and annoyed, food was cold and too salty, and when the server picked up the plates the were 80% untouched she didn’t bother asking if the food was OK. I’ve loved Portage Bay for years but I will not go back.

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PaulaA
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and fun atmosphere.

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GraceD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The server was rude and not personable at all. She didn’t great us when she got to the table. I ordered a scone and coffee and she said she would “bring it right away”. She brought the coffee 10 min later and the scone 16 minutes later. My eggs Benedict and side of potatoes was literally cold and I asked her to heat it up and she said she would get me a new plate instead. I said thank you. She returned 5 minutes later and said the “kitchen was too busy to make a new one” so she heated up my plate in the microwave instead. The kitchen being too busy is not an excuse and she should have followed through on her word. She also was not apologetic at all for the low quality of my food. Overall she was a terrible waitress. Not friendly and some of the worst customer service I’ve ever experienced.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious at the Roosevelt location but the noise level on the Saturday morning we were there was very loud.

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vipjhaver
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite place to eat breakfast before Husky football games. Amazing farm to table food!

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LyndaG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very busy and noisy before a home Husky football game. But the food and the service continue to be top notch.

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CSueC
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for breakfast! The fruit and whipping cream are the best topping for the yogurt pancakes.

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RyaD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely amazing food. Definitely should make reservation, though.

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Fanny
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location near the University of Washington. Food is delicious. Service outstanding. Took our grandson there and he loved it.

The only criticism I have is there is too much hard surface - noise factor is loud on Sunday mornings. Hard to hear conversations.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Portage Bay Cafe - Roosevelt using the Order Online button. Portage Bay Cafe - Roosevelt also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 547-8230.

Portage Bay Cafe - Roosevelt is rated 4.7 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.