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Salmon Bay Cafe

5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
+1 206-782-5539
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average7%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Diner
5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

Salmon Bay Cafe is just off the trendy Ballard Market Street area but it's not your usual Ballard restaurant. It's the kind of place you want to hang out in for conversation for hours on end. Fishermen that just got off work mix with hipsters...More

Thank matski_001
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Ownership has changed, they cut corners and the food is not worth it. I ordered and specified no cheese or sour creme on my plate due to a food allergy but the kitchen ignored the wait person's instructions. Then the meal came out and the...More

1  Thank Elana56
Ten H, Manager at Salmon Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Dear Elana56 - First of all, thank you for leaving us a review! I am disappointed and sorry that you had a less-than-satisfied experi nice recently. Our entire team, both front and back of house, is committed to provide our guests the best service and...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

No. Pomp here. Just good food and very good coffee. Ive paid a lot more for coffee and not has as good. The servers all walk around with a pot in their hands just like a real diner! We were there for a late breakfast,...More

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

In Seattle overnight and in middle of nowhere walking around looking for somewhere for easy breakfast that is oatmeal and de ENT coffee and found it here. Friendly vibes. Warm waitress. Old fashioned diner. Love d it.

Thank muzzmashe
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Being from MN this place reminded me of Mickeys Diner. A hearty breakfast diner style! We had great service. The portions were huge! I had an omelet with bacon, cheddar cheese, Avacado and sour cream. I had a pancake on the side. All excellent! I...More

Thank stpaulyamy
Reviewed 4 September 2016

The Salmon Bay Cafe in Ballard is open at 7:00 AM and serves very good food with great service. Parking is tight but the food is worth it.

Reviewed 25 July 2016

Really wanted Eggs Benedict with salmon and found it here! Friendly service and customers! Great find on our way to the locks.

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Nothing fancy about this place, the interior dining area is a little old and quite plain. Food was very basic, but good. Service was also good and staff was very friendly. Would recommend for a leisurely easy going breakfast.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 3 April 2016

A "real" place that doesn't take itself seriously. Very good sandwiches, well-made scrambles, fruit that is fresh and tasty, nice cinnamon buns served hot, tasty pancakes (tho' I'm not sure that was real maple syrup), and our bacon was overdone. All in all, well worth...More

Thank Ruhu61
Reviewed 20 March 2016

They don't make 'em like the Salmon Bay Cafe any more, and that's too bad. The place exudes the charm of a place that has been serving breakfast forever. No pretensions, just the patina of age and countless repetitions. The food is okay. I take...More

Thank BackpackerNoMore62
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Susan N
17 March 2017|
Response from Ten H | Property representative |
Unless you have a big group, there isn't really a need for reservation.
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Restaurant Details

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USD 2 - USD 15
American, Bar, Cafe, Pub, Diner
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Ballard
  • Neighbourhood: Ballard
  • Phone Number: +1 206-782-5539
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Salmon Bay Café's hip and fun staff serve traditional American breakfast and lunch (and soon dinner), great coffee, and beer, wine, or cocktails from our full bar. No small plates, no gastro-novelties-Ballard already has plenty of joints like that. Our goal is to offer something different: comfort food with home-cooked deliciousness. Great meals at great value!

C'mon down to the waterfront and check out working-man's Ballard: fisherman-sized omelets, habit-forming seafood benedicts, two-fisted sandwiches and full plates for hearty appetites. We have great veggie options, too. Not hungry for hash browns today? Substitute a small mountain of beautiful fresh fruit. We bake to-die-for muffins on the weekends and we've got plenty of free parking-how many restaurants in Ballard can say that?

The café has been serving the fishing and shipbuilding community since 1970, generating a loyal following. So when it's time for an update, we knew we had a tradition to uphold. We've renovated, but with an eye to preserving the Jersey Shore diner feel that our long-time regulars and new Ballard buddies love
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