Portage Bay

10 recent ratings
$$ • Cafe
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Beer, Bread/Buns, Pancakes
100% of 9 votes say it's celiac friendly
391 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

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Celiac

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Had the gluten free French toast with homemade in house bread and complimentary berry bar and fresh cream! As a celiac this was a dream meal! Great service and fun cool atmosphere

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?

— Some

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

— Excellent

Updated yesterday read full review

Celiac

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DELICIOUS GF FRENCH TOAST. I was a bit concerned it wasn’t gluten free because it so good! their food is fresh and the service is amazing. Definitely would recommend if you’re in the area.

Safety


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

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

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

Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Good selection of GF, staff seems knowledgeable. I always get a scramble and GF banana pancakes

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • 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
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

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
Updated 4 months 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

  • Beer
  • Bread/Buns
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pancakes

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Healthy
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

Photos


yummy GF french toast!
Gluten-Free Pancakes at Portage Bay
Gluten-Free Breakfast at Portage Bay
GF Swedish Pancakes (taken/shared 10/20/21)
Swedish pancakes- super sweet .. and kinda doughy.
GF Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries and Lingonberry Butter.
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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

Updated 7 months ago read full review

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

Updated 7 months ago read full review

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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
Updated 9 months ago read full review

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
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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We ordered the swedish pancakes and the farmer's hash. Both gluten free (chose gluten free toast with the hash). Everything was wonderful with generous portion sizes. We did contact-less pickup on a Saturday morning and food was ready quickly with fast pickup. Definitely would order again!

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Was great, the staff was knowledgeable about gf options, food came out with allergy toothpick and I didn’t have any issues afterwards! The Swedish pancakes were so good!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Many gluten free options. If you have celiac, ask for food to be prepared separately. Waiter was very accommodating. Banana pancakes were delicious!!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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UNSAFE!!! Menu had multiple gf offerings; wait staff assured me they do gf all the time. I was VERY clear that I was celiac & it was NOT a lifestyle choice. My gf Swedish pancakes were paraded out with a flag listing “allergy”, & manager assured me all care had been taken. Food was delicious, had a lovely brunch with family. One hour later, I was vomiting explosively from the Chihuly museum back to our apartment. My family was terrified as I was too sick to talk for hours. The meal may have been gluten free, but when you cook gf pancakes on a griddle where you’ve cooked wheat products, it’s contamination. Much staff retraining needed. My first visit with my son & newest daughter-in-law was nearly ruined as I was too ill to do much. Definitely not friendly for celiac & sensitives.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They warn about cross contamination, but I've never had a problem eating the Swedish pancakes. They're delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Went to brunch there 2 days ago. Service was awful, when food came it was tepid, eggs were overcooked. Bacon was burnt around the edges and chewy in the middle. My friend has been in the bathroom with food poisoning from the crab cakes for a solid 24 hours and I an starting to experience symptoms of cross contamination. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Good options, high cross contamination

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Decent GF options. I got the buckwheat pancakes and they were great. Great fruit bar.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Gluten-free pancakes!! I have eaten several gf dishes/gf places lately and felt bad afterwards. That wasn’t the case here! I wish I had tried this place earlier.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Wait staff was knowledgeable and food was great! I had the chilahuevos with uli's chorizo. We sat on the patio near a heater and it was very nice. Menu has several gluten free options. I am celiac and did not get sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I was a bit worried going here since there are many opportunities for cross contamination at a breakfast place. I generally stay away. I ate here often prior to my celiac diagnosis. I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to eat here safely. I had the farmer's hash with bacon. It was served with gluten free bread, but I did not eat the bread. The food was delicious and most importantly, I did not get sick. I will go back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent food. Menu has GF options clearly marked. Food arrives with allergy flag.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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It was ok. The service wasn’t the best. They had a few options. I was super excited to try their gf bread, but the server didn’t care to offer it to me. I ended up getting gf pancakes- they were ok. VERY SWEET... kinda saggy. :( Their berry bar was delicious and their homemade whipped-cream was absolute Devine. Less sweet then the actual pancakes.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of GF options. I had French toast (with topping bar). Egg options too! Delicious!!! Strawberry kiwi mimosa 😍

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Wonderful! House made GF bread sooo good. Had GF banana fosters French toast, amazing. Staff very knowledgeable

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Delicious gluten free French toast and my daughter didn’t get sick. Good options. Huevos Rancheros were amazing!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I have been here several times now. The homemade gluten free bread is amazing. I prefer as toast than in French toast. My new favorite is the Swedish pancake which is gluten free as the standard. They also offer a GF banana pancake that I have not tried yet. I’ve only eaten breakfast food here so far, but sandwiches looked awfully tasty when my table mates got these on my last visit. I highly recommend checking it out.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I love this place!! Always have the GF Swedish Pancakes. It’s the only way they make them—gluten free, with tapioca starch and rice flour. You can also add more fruit and whipped cream from the “toppings bar.”

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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So good. I was real sad when I took that last bite of my Swedish pancakes. I was warned that they make bread for all of their locations here, so there is a risk of cross-contamination (flour floating in the air and such) but assured me they do all they can to prevent it in other ways. Gf folks can choose from Swedish pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, French toast and vegan banana pancakes. They have a toppings bar for your pancakes and toast which was an awesome touch.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Not a ton of options, but the breakfast hash thing was pretty good. No stomach problems after.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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We stopped in for breakfast, once we got there the server did everything to not convince us to stay, including reminding us "you know this is a bakery". The sous chef came out and assured me she could make something safe. I would not recommend this place if your truly celiac.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Good options. Lots of gluten free if you're intolerant. For celiacs there are fewer options but they seem to know gay they're doing. I was very clear about how sensitive I am and how sick I would get. The waiter was great and went through their process with me. No reaction and the pancakes were wonderful. Speak up and you should be fine!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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They have items listed as vegan & GF. The gluten free pancakes were amazing!! Fresh fruit bar with the pancakes to pick your own toppings. All locally sourced. Staff was very knowledgeable.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Celiac

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Eat here frequently. Celiac. Have never reacted

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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The menu is confused and confusing. We received glutinous toast on our gluten free order. There were bits of other menu items in my hash. They do not get my vote of confidence. Not celiac friendly.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Celiac

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Love their GF French toast.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Updated 6 years ago read full review

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celiac friendly-ish. I couldn't have bread or pancakes or potatoes. we went for breakfast and I had an omelet with fruit. no reaction, but it wasn't love either.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GF options, but not as many as I had hoped. Plates and silverware seemed dirty, as if they had been handled by many hands and possibly contaminated. Would probably not go back.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I immediately felt sick a few minutes after my first bite which never happens. I had pancakes. Maybe I should have had an egg dish or something without spreads and sauces.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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NOT SAFE FOR CELIACS. When our waitress heard I was celiac she advised me not to eat any of the gluten free products because they use the same toasters and even French toast batters

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Would give zero stars if I could. Despite "GF" entries on menu, massive cross contamination.

I had a long conversation with our server about cross contamination, and all seemed well. He seemed to understand that I was celiac, assured me that eggs would be done in their own pan, etc.

Yet, unbeknownst to me, they cut & toasted "GF" toast on the same cutting board and in the same toaster as the normal bread.

Fortunately I asked more questions, and didn't eat the toast, but I still left with a really bad feeling.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The banana french toast is amazing!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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amazing gluten free pancakes, TONS of GF, vegan, and organic options. ^_^

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great place to eat! Worth the wait (hostess said 45 min wait, we waited 20). Big portion sizes. Most places with a GF option add an up charge and you get a smaller portion, here you have the up charge but get the same (or bigger) portion. Just looking at the menu makes it look expensive, but the portion sizes are worth the price; which makes it about mid range on price. Only reason I am not giving 5 stars is; the sitting area feels like a school cafeteria, with cement floors and the tables packed in tight. It made it really loud, which made me feel like I had to yell across the table.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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I was so grateful to order my first non-homemade gluten free pancakes since going gluten free. I got the vegan pancakes- recommended by the waitress as the best syrupy option. They were fluffy and awesome!!! The only problem I had is that my first batch came out undercooked but they made a second fully cooked batch for me and I loved them!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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So many gf options. I tried the Buckwheat pancakes and I did not like the taste, but this was my first experience with buckwheat. The waitress helped me select a different dish. I got the crepes with lingonberries and they were amazing!!! Highly recommend for good service and excellent food.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Worth the wait. Great gluten free options. Had the buckwheat pancakes with the fresh fruit bar - delicious!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Yummy home made bread. Watch out for communal jelly which can get crumbs. Best GF French Toast we've ever had! LONG lines on weekend mornings.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Hands down my favorite breakfast spots in Seattle!!!

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Notified them I was celiac. Personally watched the cook handle bread and cut bread and then touch my food. Don’t eat here if you’re celiac.

Safety


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

— Not at all

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?

— Not Much

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

— Poor

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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

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

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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I always have the Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries and butter. Absolutely delicious!!! You are also welcome to help yourselves to the numerous bowls of various berries, fruits and whipped cream available at the counter. I have never had an issue with these pancakes. They are made with tapioca flour and cornstarch.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I’ve eaten breakfast here several times now and never had a problem. I always double-check that they’re toasting my bread in a GF toaster and I request a new/clean jar of jam, and they’ve always been happy to oblige. I haven’t tried pancakes or French toast, though - only classic eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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