Portage Bay Cafe

Portage Bay Cafe

Local. Organic. Sustainable.

Eat like you give a damn!

We serve local, organic, sustainable breakfast, lunch & brunch in four Seattle neighborhoods. We also host private dinner events in our bright, open cafes.

Happy Father's Day from Portage Bay Cafe!

We are open today from 7:30am - 2:30pm at all four Seattle locations!

Reservations & Info:


Portage Bay Cafe & Catering | Seattle Brunch And Breakfast

Father's Day is THIS SUNDAY and now is the time to make your reservation at one of our four locations!

Here's hoping this weekend brings rest and relaxation to all of the dads out there!

Happy Father's Day from Portage Bay Cafe!


#fathersday #dadsdayofrest #eatlikeyougiveadamn #organicbreakfast

portagebaycafe.com Serving organic brunch, breakfast and lunch in the University District and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle; includes news and menu.

The #SeattlePRIDEParade is coming and we are gearing up!
Come celebrate with us on June 24th!

#PortageBayCafe #PortageGayCafe #OrganicallyGay

RIP Anthony Bourdain. You showed us how food and humor and curiosity about other cultures can bring us all together. The world is lesser place without you.

If you are in pain, please know there is help and love for you. Let's all check our knots.

Portage Bay Cafe is taking part in this year’s Seattle #Pride Parade and our “uniforms” just arrived!

This year’s parade is Sunday, June 24th and we hope to see you there! More updates to come!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Our cafes are open Memorial Day from 7:30am - 2:30pm with BRUNCH ALL DAY! Come see us and enjoy the long weekend!


#memorialdaybrunch #happymemorialdayseattle


Portage Bay Cafe 6-7-18 | FareStart

Portage Bay Cafe at FareStart Thursday, JUNE 7TH!

A FareStart dinner prepared by the women chefs of Portage Bay Cafe, including Farestart graduate Chef Tanya Murdock.

This 4-course dinner features ingredients sourced from Northwest farmers and distributors. Space is limited.



This is your chance to win a free registration to the Portage Bay Cafe Lake Union 10K this August!! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️😀

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Portage Bay Cafe!
Have a great day and enjoy the beautiful weather!

#mothersday #thanksmom #momsbreakfasta

Register now for the Portage Bay Cafe Lake Union 10K!
The race is this August and space is limited. Free post-race breakfast from us!


Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union - Reservations - Breakfast & Brunch, American (New), Cafes - Seattle, WA - Find Open Tables - Yelp

Happy Mothers Day Weekend! Today is the day we confirm our reservations, which means today is the day we get cancellations. We've had a bunch of openings pop up at South Lake Union, so If you are still looking for a table, go online at https://www.yelp.com/reservations/portage-bay-cafe-south-lake-union-seattle-2?from_reserve_now=1 and check out availability.

ps: THANK YOU to those who actually cancelled your reservation, instead of just not showing up! We love you and hope to see you soon!

yelp.com Make online reservations, find open tables, view photos and restaurant information for Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union. Serving local, organic & sustainable breakfast, lunch & brunch in the vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood since 2008.


Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard - Reservations - American (New), Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes - Seattle, WA - Find Open Tables - Yelp

Join us at Portage Bay Cafe in Ballard this Saturday and Sunday to welcome the Nordic Museum to the neighborhood!

This weekend only, our Ballard cafe will offer a selection of Nordic-themed specials!

Take a look at the menu below and make reservations HERE:

Welcome #NordicMuseum!


It’s new menu time! Come see us for new items starting next week.

Working on the new menu!
More details coming soon...

Travel Channel's Food Paradise is filming at Portage Bay Cafe's #Ballard location TODAY from 10:30am to 1pm!

Come grab lunch and support our #local #Seattle business!

#foodparadise #seattlefoodie


Portage Bay Cafe & Catering | Seattle Brunch And Breakfast

Travel Channel's Food Paradise is filming TODAY at Portage Bay Cafe in Ballard!

Come by, grab lunch and maybe even get on TV with us!

What: Food Paradise at Portage Bay Cafe Ballard
When: 10:30am-1:30pm
Where: http://www.portagebaycafe.com


This is a very fun race with a very tasty breakfast at the end. Hope to see you there!



Save yourself a few bucks on the best summer 10K by registering for the Portage Bay Cafe Lake Union 10K before 11:59pm THIS Friday!

Featuring a post-race breakfast from us, plus gender specific tech shirts, finisher's medals and a flat, fast course.

This race benefits Girls on the Run of Puget Sound!

REGISTER HERE (prices go up on SAT.):

lakeunion10k.com Lake Union 10k Run - Join Portage Bay for the eighth annual Lake Union 10K run or walk along the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail. Race starts and finishes in Lake Union Park, with course running clockwise around the lake.

A friendly reminder that our Ballard cafe is having some technical issues with the phone system, but we are OPEN for business!

Phones should be back up in no time, but reservations available online anytime!


(photo credit: funtoosh)

[03/18/18]   Good Morning! Our Ballard location on Market St. is having technical difficulties with their phone system and will be unable to receive your calls today. We are working hard to fix this issue. The location is OPEN and still taking reservations through our website www.portagebaycafe.com

Thank you!

A big thank you to LightArt for installing new ECHO sound proofing at our 65th location! What a difference!!


Photo: LightArt


Washington Ensemble Theatre | Auction

Washington Ensemble Theatre's 14th Annual Gala is THIS Saturday, March 10th at Rainier Chapter House!

Support #SeattleArts with an auction that includes donations from Portage Bay Cafe!


washingtonensemble.org Your favorite sacrilegious and snarky theatre company wants you to join them for the best NO SURPRISE party of the year! Food, drinks, auction items, and a chance to amaze your friends with your new moves on the dance floor. Grab your party hats and noise makers, because it’s no surprise this part...


Portage Bay Cafe & Catering | Seattle Brunch And Breakfast

All Portage Bay Cafe locations are NOW OPEN at 7AM on weekdays!

We're opening early to accommodate the early birds.
Come see us and start your day off right!

Reservations and Info at:

portagebaycafe.com Serving organic brunch, breakfast and lunch in the University District and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle; includes news and menu.

Opening at 7am beginning February 5, 2018!

Lake Union 10K

The Portage Bay Cafe Lake Union 10K registration opens at midnight tonight (Jan. 17)!

The 10k is August 12th. Details below. Come out and support Girls on the Run of Puget Sound and enjoy a tasty post-race breakfast from us!

Registration opens at midnight tonight with a 24 hour opening day sale! Last year we sold out, don't miss out on the Portage Bay Cafe breakfast, medal and flat, fast course. Race day is August 12. www.lakeunion10k.com


Portage Bay Cafe & Catering | Seattle Brunch And Breakfast

Portage Bay Cafe is open from 9am - 3pm on New Year's Day!


#happynewyearseattle #happynewyear

portagebaycafe.com Serving organic brunch, breakfast and lunch in the University District and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle; includes news and menu.


Ballard | Portage Bay Cafe Pop-up December

Portage Bay Cafe #Ballard still has a few seats available for TONIGHT'S 20th Anniversary Holiday Dinner!

Call us at 206-783-1547 or just WALK IN!

See the "Classic Comforts" menu here:



Portage Bay Cafe & Catering | Seattle Brunch And Breakfast

We've had a lot of folks asking about our holiday hours as they plan for the next few weeks. So...here they are!

• Dec 24: 7:30-1:30p
• Dec 25: closed
• Jan 1: 9-3p

Go to www.portagebaycafe.com to choose your location and make your reservation. Happy Holidays from Portage Bay Cafe!

portagebaycafe.com Serving organic brunch, breakfast and lunch in the University District and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle; includes news and menu.

Now, we're not saying that eating a Rancher's Breakfast before every home game is the secret behind Stefan Frei's amazing play, but just in case, we're bringing one with us to Toronto for him. Not taking any chances. #DefendOurCup #GoSounders

Seattle Sounders FC

Only 3 Portage Bay Cafe Holiday PopUp Dinner dates left for December!

To celebrate our 20 year anniversary, each cafe is offering a dinner menu unique to that location for one night only.

Our cafe on 65th is THIS FRIDAY December 8th!
Ballard & South Lake Union on December 15th.

Space is limited and seats are selling fast.
Menus and Reservations HERE:


Sixty-Fifth | Portage Bay Cafe Pop-up December

Thank you to everyone who came out for our 1st Holiday PopUp Dinner at Roosevelt last night!

Portage Bay Cafe on 65th is next —> Friday, December 8th!
Special menu designed by our chefs at that location to celebrate 20 years in #Seattle!

Just a few seats left.

#local #portagebaycafe #seattlechristmas

portagebaycafe.com All proceeds to go Portage Bay Staff!

[11/25/17]   Our Ballard Cafe will be closing early on Monday, November 27, and stay closed until Thursday, November 30th, for repairs.


Pop-up Dinners

Portage Bay Cafe is hosting 4 Pop Up Dinners this December and YOU ARE INVITED!

Each location is offering a unique menu designed by one of our chefs. Plus, all proceeds go directly to Portage Bay Cafe employees! Happy Holidays are coming soon!




To the millions of guests we've served, we are humbled by your continued patronage.

To the one thousand+ employees who've come through our lives, thank you for your dedication, humor and your hard work. We've watched a lot of you become adults, graduate from high school, college and grad school; get married and have kids; go off and start your own business or go off to make your mark on the world. Thank you for being a part of our Portage Bay family.

Thank you to Peter & Jane, our kids who grew up as the Cafe did. Portage Bay is truly a family business and having you grow up and choose to work with us is such a blessing.

Lastly, thank you to our friends both old and new. You have boosted us up when we struggled and celebrated with us when we succeeded.

It's been a great 20 years,
John & Amy Gunnar


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4130 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 14:00
Thursday 07:00 - 14:00
Friday 07:00 - 14:00
Saturday 07:30 - 14:30
Sunday 07:30 - 14:30
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