• Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Breakfast and brunch restaurant with two vegan dishes on the menu which are farmer's hash with tofu and sauteed mushrooms and banana pancakes. Gets busy but online reservation is available. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm.

14 Reviews

First Review by shrangy


Points +386

04 Feb 2023

Ah, not that great.

The vegan options were very limited and the farmer's hash (arguably an easy dish to make well) was basically a veg sauté that lacked flavour and badly needed something rich/some carbs. No one wants a bowl of (fairly plain) veggies (and a large piece of dry bread without any vegan butter?) for brunch. And definitely not for $20.

Pros: Friendly staff



Points +744

02 Jun 2022

Haiku Review

Huge hash with veggies
Too filling root vegetables
Sort of okay-ish

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-28

Pros: Some vegan options., Hot sauce variety on table , Tasted fresh

Cons: Almost all vegan options were a hash .., Lacked salt and seasoning


Points +40

31 Dec 2021

Poor vegan options

Vegan options limited and the vegan hash was very bland and boring. The meat and veggie options looked good but very bad for vegan options.


Points +66

08 Aug 2021

Pretty good food!

The banana pancakes and “the farmers daughter” were both pretty good, but not a ton of food for the price


Points +251

02 Feb 2020

Good breakfast

Seattle is short on good breakfast spots, but Portage Bay has several locations and is a reliable choice. The banana pancakes and berry bar never disappoint.

Pros: Well run and efficient , Friendly staff

Cons: Only a few vegan choices. , Busy on weekends. Make a reservation, Noisy when crowded


Points +22

19 Aug 2019

Bleck. I ordered the tofu scramble -

wasn’t scrambled,
- no seasonings bland and boring

Pros: Orange juice , Water , Potatoes


Points +688

26 Mar 2019

Wow, best vegan pancakes!

Ordered 2 full portions of the banana vegan pancakes (1 for me, 1 for my friend). And holy moly it’s such a huge serve, 1 portion alone could have sufficiently fed us both. So tasty and fluffy! And the fruit buffet we loved- plenty of fresh fruit, seed, nut, syrup toppings to choose from. We couldn’t finish our pancakes so brought the rest home with us!

Pros: Huge portions, Potato hash, Fruit bar

Cons: Very busy


Points +121

01 Dec 2018

Great food!

Really yummy vegan scramble. The vegan banana pancakes are okay, but I’d rather pancakes from Wayward.

Pros: Good vegetarian options

Cons: Limited vegan options


Points +414

02 Aug 2018


Portions are big, but hash was missing potatoes and pancakes missing banana. Missed an espresso machine too. Service was pretty good.


Points +18

21 Mar 2018

Good serving size but food was bland!

Went with some friends for breakfast this morning and ordered the vegan hash. The only other options were Vegan banana pancakes or oatmeal, so I went with what seemed like the most interesting option. The hash itself was basically just a few slices of tofu atop a bunch of veggies and potatoes (luckily I added avo for extra flavor!!), and a piece of toast on the side. It tasted fine, but nothing special. They did have a pretty good local hot sauce that I poured over top, but at the end of the day it was really just basic vegetables and some plain tofu! Not worth it for the price, but at least it was a pretty large portion and I took some of it home for later.

Pros: Good service , Large portion sizes

Cons: Plain, bland flavors, Overpriced


Points +226

03 Jan 2015

Disappointed in Vegan Options

Very small selection of vegan options here and when my order of vegan hash came to the table, there were approximately 5 small pieces of tofu included. I'm guessing that isn't even close to the amount of eggs included in the non-vegan option. But what was most frustrating was that half-way through breakfast I discovered a piece of meat mixed into the hash. The server was apologetic and offered 50% off my meal, but it didn't quite seem like enough compensation.

Cons: Loud, Crowded


Points +361

02 Jan 2015

Nothing Spectacular

Not the best option for vegans - they only had 3 vegan options when I ate there, and they were just okay. At least their house-made English muffins are vegan and good.

Pros: House-made English muffins are vegan

Cons: Limited vegan options

The Hungry Vegan

Points +2926

07 Nov 2014

More Vegan Items Please!

There are only 2 vegan options for brunch here, but both are really good. The tofu scramble is totally different from what I make at home, and I'm thinking I need to switch. It was loaded with veggies and potatoes. The pancakes are great too. There's a fruit bar where you can load it up with all sorts of yummy stuff. I wish they had a vegan whip. I don't think they have vegan butter either.
I had to wait 30 minutes to get my table, even though I had a reservation. You can get a pitcher of mimosa to pass the time, so it's not too bad.

Pros: Delicious!, Pitchers of mimosa, Fruit bar

Cons: Long wait, Only 2 vegan items


Points +16

02 Sep 2014

Pretty Good

The Banana Pancakes were delicious--you get to pick toppings at a topping bar. They have fresh, organic fruit at the bar, along with syrup and some non-vegan butter, etc. However, the hash was disappointing-- my husband and I both ordered it and there were only two pieces of potato between our dishes. But, the veggies in the hash were great; they included more variety than you usually find (a variety of mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, etc.).

Pros: friendly staff, great banana pancakes, large portions

Cons: loud

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