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Salmon Bay Cafe

5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
+1 206-782-5539
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible2%
12 Dec 2017
“New ownwes over the years but the same good food!”
5 Oct 2017
“Eggcellent breakfast”
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American, Cafe, Diner, Bar, Pub
5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

There are certainly trendier and more sophisticated spots in Ballard, but this holdover is worth paying for. The combination of good food, fantastic service and fair prices add up to a great breakfast experience!

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Omelette was perfect, pancakes so large my buddy couldn't finish. Good coffee and good service. Noticed a bunch a stores nearby worth walking off a hearty breakfast.

Thank Scott D
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Returning to Seattle for vacation, the first stop was this old favorite of some 25 years. Really nice folks, but ouch...what awful food. Pancakes tasted like cardboard as did the omelette. Over cooked eggs that lost their taste as a result. Pancakes should be easy,...More

1  Thank simmonsparis
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Nice people in this diner and a recently renovated interior. But the salmon burger tasted like it was from Costco's freezer.

1  Thank yobyot
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

2  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

1  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 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...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.

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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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$15
American, Cafe, Diner, Bar, Pub
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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