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Portage Bay Cafe – Seattle, WA


391 Terry Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 462-6400

Other locations:
4130 Roosevelt Way NE &
2821 NW Market
Seattle, WA

Other reviews: YelpCitySearchUrbanSpoon, TripAdvisor

Prices: $10-$25 for breakfast/lunch



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Portage Bay Cafe prides itself in serving all organic, sustainable, locally sourced dishes.  Tucked away in an industrial park/loft neighborhood in South Lake Union near Denny Way & Thomas (near the flagship REI store), the space is cavernous and seats a ton of people.  But don’t let that fool you and think you’ll be able to walk in and sit down.  This place is uber popular and you need to arrive early to get a table.  During good weather, there’s a small outdoor patio, but remember, good weather and Seattle don’t really go hand in hand.

We’ve been for both breakfast and lunch.  Neither were a disappointment.  For lunch, we tried the short rib sandwich which was TDF (to die for).  At breakfast we had Migas and eggs with grits.  While prices can be a bit spendy for breakfast, you won’t go away hungry. Portions are huge.  If you’re looking for a lighter breakfast, we’d suggest splitting a dish.  As you walk to your table, you’ll pass a “toppings bar” filled with just about anything you could imagine to top waffles, pancakes or dessert.  Portage Bay closes for the day each day around 2:30PM.  There is no dinner service.

Service here was very good.  While it took a couple of minutes for our server to arrive, once we placed our order our food was delivered in less than 10 minutes and that was during prime time and a full house.  One thing to keep in mind is due to the popularity and since things are locally sourced, Portage Bay does tend to run out of menu items throughout meal service, so it’s a good idea to make a backup selection in case yours is not available.

Parking can be a challenge at peak times of the day, as you’re limited to finding a spot on the street.  With REI and a few other shops within a couple blocks, you can easily park once, have lunch and catch up on some window shopping without moving your car.

[box type=”info” ]This Portage Bay location is huge on the inside and because of it’s large capacity, high ceilings and concrete floors, it can be hard to hear during peak times. Skip this location if you’re looking for a quiet spot. [/box] 

Last modified: January 12, 2014