WEST SEATTLE FOOD: First day for Portage Bay Café in The Junction

(WSB photos)

As announced last week, today is opening day for Portage Bay Café‘s new West Seattle Junction location, the former Agave Cocina spot at 4725 42nd SW. We just went over for photos.

Today is a soft-open day, for which they took a limited number of reservations, so they opened at 9 am and are closing at 1 pm. Regular hours will be Thursdays 8 am-1 pm, Fridays 8 am-1:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 8 am-2 pm, Mondays 8 am-1 pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Above is the famous “bar” where you can choose toppings for your pancakes or french toast. For now, we’re told, they’re offering the same breakfast/brunch menu as the other PBC locations, but once they’ve truly settled in after a few weeks or so, the chef will also have a location-specific fresh sheet. We first reported Portage Bay’s West Seattle plan in August; this is the southernmost location for the mini-chain, founded a quarter-century ago by John Gunnar.

18 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE FOOD: First day for Portage Bay Café in The Junction"

  • RW January 6, 2023 (12:54 pm)

    So glad they opened in West Seattle. I often ate at the U-District location and have missed going there since I retired.  Can’t wait to make my first visit.

  • Yay January 6, 2023 (1:35 pm)

    Do you need a reservation for brunch?

  • yeah January 6, 2023 (1:55 pm)

    their website says to make a reservation and for 2 people the only opening I saw left was 1:45. 

  • Alkibean January 6, 2023 (1:55 pm)

    I just tried to make reservations for this Sunday… Nothing! I guess people are excited!

  • WS Neighbor January 6, 2023 (2:27 pm)

    Years and years ago I used to eat at their location on the Montlake Cut.  So I am a fan of Portage Bay Cafe..  …….Also loved Agave. They were really good and I loved to go there for lunch. 

  • flimflam January 6, 2023 (3:43 pm)

    Spot looks great – I’m surprised they’ll be keeping such short hours but they’d know better than me!

  • Michael Waldo January 6, 2023 (3:45 pm)

    It is a pity they are not open for dinner.

    • Wes C. Addle January 6, 2023 (6:44 pm)

      That would be weird. It’s a breakfast joint. 

    • Leigh January 8, 2023 (1:13 pm)

      None of their restaurants do dinner, it’s solely Brunch. Weird comment 

  • Leigh January 6, 2023 (4:34 pm)

    Went this morning (actually in the photo above), it was great, as usual 

  • Junction Lady January 6, 2023 (5:30 pm)

    Welcome to West Seattle 🤩

  • Al King January 6, 2023 (5:50 pm)

    For those lamenting shorter hours. Restaurants all over the city (and country) would LOVE to be open longer hours. Problem? NOT ENOUGH WORKERS. You can help by a) going to work at your favorite restaurant or b) telling your family and friends they need to work in the restaurant industry.  Keyboard complaining isn’t enough to get-and keep them open longer hours. 

  • Orb January 6, 2023 (7:54 pm)

    So excited for this restaurant!!

  • anonyme January 7, 2023 (6:49 am)

    I’m eager to try this place once the furor dies down.  Benedict is my favorite; extra hollandaise, please.

  • Maria Johnson January 7, 2023 (12:43 pm)

    Do you have eggs Benedict at your brunch

    • WSB January 7, 2023 (12:45 pm)

      The menu is linked in the story. Short answer, yes.

  • John January 7, 2023 (5:47 pm)

    Love the quality of their ingredients. This place and Geraldine’s are my favorite breakfast spots in town. Really glad they’re making the move.  Welcome to West Seattle!

  • Sue January 9, 2023 (12:58 am)

    I drove by today (Sunday 1/8) around 12:30 p.m. and the line was out the door to get in. Glad there’s so much interest!

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