Portage Bay

24 ratings
$$ • Cafe
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Pancakes
44% of 18 votes say it's celiac friendly
4130 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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Beware of cross contamination. I was severely glutened here from the pancakes.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Shared equipment means not gluten-free. Have gotten sick from buckwheat pancakes here.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Be prepared to wait. After an hour plus wait we finally got a table then it was another 10min before our server came to our table. I told my server I was Celiac so everything needs to be Gluten Free, I ordered the Hueto’s Rancheros after a long wait it was brought to the table and noticed the corn tortillas were deep fried, I asked the server if this was GF, she took my plate away and after much discussion with other staff she came back to ask me if they could remake it. They remade it with soft corn tortillas. They did offer a trip through the fruit bar while I waited, which I declined. It’s busy, it’s loud and the service was marginal, no refill of our waters and I had to ask for more coffee. I’m not sure it’s worth the wait or the risk.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pancakes

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Cafe

Photos


Gluten Free Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Butter and Lingonberries.
Portage Bay menu--many gluten free choices.
Inside dining and open kitchen at Portage Bay on Roosevelt Ave.
GF Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Sauce and Lingonberry Butter.
Fresh berries to put on Swedish Pancakes.
organic GF pancakes
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I have celiac disease and feel very comfortable eating there. Not once have I gotten sick. The staff is knowledgeable and food is cooked separately. My only warning would be the fruit and whipped cream bar that is open to all, which may give cross contamination; however upon request they will bring you knew fruit and whipped cream! Tasty food. Great options

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I didn’t get sick from the farmers hash bowl, and it was delicious. I can’t speak to other cross contamination- prone items.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I had the Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Sauce and Lingonberry Butter with fresh berries. The wait staff is very helpful. If you worry about getting berries from the complimentary fruit bar, they will bring you berries from the kitchen in small bowls. Very nice! While I enjoyed being able to eat Swedish Pancakes, I think they should have been more delicate. They were rather dense.

Update to my review. Today, 5-1-2018, I had Swedish Pancakes again and they were amazingly delicate and delicious! It was a good day! I never have a problem eating here, but I always eat the same dish.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Wish this place would take some precautions. Ate breakfast here Saturday morning and was sick the rest of the day. Not even a little bit celiac safe. Why bother offering gluten-free? :(

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This place was great! Our waitress was very knowledgable about cross contamination and helped me find something safe to eat. I settled on an omelette that was awesome. I avoided the GF pancakes because I felt the risk for cross contamination was too high. My omelette came out wrong and even though the boy who brought it out was very rude, my waitress very quickly corrected the order.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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While we love their omlets, braised greens and more main entrées that are gluten-free, preventing cross contamination and sharing detailed allergen ingredients is not their priority. Their gluten-free french toast is tasty, but it shares a non-dedicated grill and the gluten-free toast uses the same toaster as regular bread, this can be seen from the dining area as the kitchen is an open plan. I emailed the restaurant, identified our family as Celiac-positive, and asked about any shared equipment or hidden gluten in their ingredients because my kids' tummies hurt after eating there. I received a somewhat snotty response that only large restaurants are required to disclose that information. Their slogan is "eat like you give a damn" - well, we do, but apparently not all of their staff gives much of a care about customers who are asking for allergen concerns, not trying to steal proprietary information. Also, the wait times for a table are unbearable on the weekends, especially with kids in tow. I advise going to their website for a reservation a few days prior to your visit if you want to try it out.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Delicious food but I get sick every time I eat there. Not severe symptoms but sick from contamination

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Great spot, however I have had issues w cross contamination. They use the same toaster for regular and GF bread so if you're very sensitive I would steer clear. Yummy food overall.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Nice atmosphere, great, fast service & delicious, good quality food

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious! So many gf options, like Swedish pancakes!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Choose from options like rice and tapioca flour Swedish Pancakes and Vegan Banana Pancakes or pick Gluten-Free French Toast made with homemade bread. The options are mouthwatering and wor th the wait. All served with maple syrup.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Amazing GF French toast, GF Swedish pancakes and more!!!! Was Sooo excited to find a great GF breakfast spot!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Excellent!!! Organic, GF, CF options! I had the GF Swedish pancakes and they were excellent!! So thankful to finally have a GF CF breakfast place Be prepared for cross contamination. I just took 2 gluten digest pills and had no problem. I'm celiac and highly sensitive to gluten

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Not celiac friendly. #CrossContamination.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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MAJOR cross-contamination, but luckily they warned me about it before I ordered. Not as gluten free friendly as they advertise. French toast goes in the same exact batter as the non gluten free version and the toast is toast in the same toast. Seriously disappointed.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Glutened here immediately. Knew it after a few bites. They don't do anything to prevent cross contamination (they warned me not to get the toast or GF pancakes, etc) so I got the hot buckwheat, but was so sick anyway. Should have trusted my instincts and not eaten here at all. 100% not safe for celiacs. Go to Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe instead, they are awesome: separate prep areas and safe delicious food.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Great menu! Great staff! And the food is to die for :) I feel safe eating here.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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If you are gluten free in Seattle and don't go here for breakfast you are crazy. Gluten free French toast, pancakes, toast, and it all tastes amazing. And there's a toppings bar with fruit and nuts etc. Sausage and potatoes also all yummy. It's a good thing I don't live nearby, I'd be broke and huge. Oh and the coffee is perfect and served in huge mugs

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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You know this place is great by the line outside. But come a little earlier to skip that. We have found delightful sumptuous g- free options. Friendly staff, good service.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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What a great recommendation from a friend — Swedish pancakes are GF and GF French Toast and regular GF toast are options too!! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and all the offerings! This is a must try!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Great GF options and staff was knowledgeable. Also great options for my non-celiac husband. Flavorful and great quality!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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I think they had a slip a few years back but seem to take GF and other allergies very seriously now. I'm still fairly new to being diagnosed but have felt yuck after eating at some places and felt GREAT after eating here. Plus their GF bread is YUM. Frankly everything was yum. They do have a dedicated toaster so even had toasted bread. YAY!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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The gf bread was freshly baked, the dish was excellent, and there was an allergy marker on the plate. Perfect!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers outdoor seating

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