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Salmon Bay Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
+1 206-782-5539
08:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 14:30
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Los Angeles
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110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 could have shared my omelet but the prices were such that I didn't really care.... More 

Thank stpaulyamy
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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
Statesboro, Georgia
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458 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 a revisit (and another after that!)

Thank Ruhu61
Seattle, Washington
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153 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 the home fries over the hash browns, and I won't order the biscuits and gravy... More 

Thank BackpackerNoMore62
Mercer Island, Washington
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155 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

My father-in-law introduced me to this place and the food is totally awesome. This is mainly a breakfast and lunch diner catering to the maritime industry. Everything in the place is ancient and I love the old black and white boat pictures on the walls. You can't find a place to eat any closer to the water. I think just... More 

Thank Robert K
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Salmon Bay cafe is one of those old-time Seattle cafes that caters to the working class and especially to those who work around the shipyard. You will get simple food, simply prepared. The meals are hearty and the quantity abundant. It's down by the waterfront and been around for years so it's a little worn around the edges. It's not... More 

1 Thank J T
Portland, Oregon
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

I've loved having breakfast at this place over the years, so I was excited to bring my sister here while in Seattle. Although the coffee was good and the jam was tasty, the rest of our meal was awful (and I never give bad reviews!). The crab and shrimp omelette was so bad we didn't eat it.....snow crab tasted like... More 

Thank SharonO503
Ten H, Manager at Salmon Bay Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Sharon, I'm sorry that your recent experience was not great. I took over the management of this place recently and do appreciate your feedback. We are working diligently to make improvement to this iconic place. Though changes take time to realize, I do hope that you will give us another opportunity to make it right in the near future.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
07:30 - 14:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?