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Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union

4.5
4.5
959 Reviews
$30 and under
Breakfast
Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Downtown Seattle since 2005, this location continues the Portage Bay Cafe mission of local, organic and sustainable fare. From our Crab Cake Benedict to our signature House-Made Challah French Toast, our items are carefully crafted to use the best seasonal and organic ingredients available. Chef Lauren and her team create monthly specials to further highlight our food-producing partners.

Portage Bay Cafe at South Lake Union is a large, airy, boisterous space with lots of energy and we have outdoor dining all year round. We look forward to serving you soon.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 56 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Breakfast, Farm-to-table, Organic
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 462-6400
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Lauren Richardson
  • Private party contact
    Tracy Buck: (206) 551-4084
  • Area
    Lake Union / Eastlake
  • Cross Street
    Harrison St.
  • Parking Details
    Choose between metered street parking and an underground garage. The garage has a discounted rate of $2 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Public Transit
    The South Lake Union Streetcar runs directly past our front door. Heading north, choose the Terry & Thomas Station. Going south, take the Westlake & Thomas Station.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 959 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Great for brunch

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Most Booked

  • Seattle

    Great for brunch

  • Seattle

    Child-friendly

  • Seattle

    Most Booked

959 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place great food, great service but very very Noisy

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is sooo slow. Wait one hour for food. But food is good.

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  3. elaa

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I made a reservation an hour and a half before at 1pm and table wasnt ready until 20-30 minutes later. Told me they were behind on their schedule. Wasn’t sure what the point of making a reservation was if a table wouldn’t have been ready.

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  4. GracieR

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Have been before and this experience was disappointing- the food wasn’t great, it took an hour for our meals to come out, and they were out of half of the items we wanted.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food but very busy on Sunday mornings! Grateful we could make a reservation!

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  6. Henry

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not the best experience. I ordered the crab cake Benedicts. The crab cake was cold, as was the hollandaise sauce. Coffee was good. Bacon was good. Eggs were almost raw. Service was okay. The restaurant was super busy so obviously very popular. I may have just had an unlucky experience.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was amazing. However, we were on a tight schedule. Despite having a reservation, we waited 45 minutes to be seated, and an additional 45 minutes to be served. Our server did all she could, but the front of the house staff and the kitchen seemed to be chaotically managed.

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  8. Tjjohnson

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The server we had, Genesis A, I’ll say was not what we expected. We waited 15 minutes before we saw our server. Then she never brought us a napkin and table ware, we had to ask when our food was delivered. I had to ask for a coffee refill 10 minutes after I finished my cup. Then had to ask to refill my wife’s decaf and the server brought regular not decaf, I asked as it wasn’t in a red top pitcher, and was told it was decaf.

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  9. WernerB

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding breakfast foods and large selection. Plus there is a parking garage next door.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a party of ten for brunch on Saturday morning. I was so thankful we had a reservation as they were hopping! We were seated in a smaller room which was much quieter then the main space which was lovely. Service was good, but a bit slow due to the amount of tables and people the restaurant was serving. As usual, food was delicious!

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  11. RyanM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation to be seated at 12:45 and I even arrived 10 min early, however they told me that we haas to wait little longer than our scheduled time which was fine but they say us into a table around 1:37 pm and I remind you that they close at 2:00 pm. Once we seated the table was extremely greasy and sticky from the last guests and got my shirt dirty. I went to the bathroom to clean up my shirt and it was extremely filthy and gross there was no paper towels then an employee brought a roll of paper towels which they placed it on top of the wet sink where all paper towels drenched in dirty water. Food was not all that good either I feel that IHOP could have been better and cheaper than what we had. They were rushing us towards the end since they close at 2:00pm but we were seated at 1:37 pm and I remind you we had a reservation we showed up for 10 min early at 12:45. I am never coming to eat at this place again such a waste of time and money and a weekend. What there’s me off was that they weren’t even apologizing for the wait time or explaining why we were waiting.

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  12. Cheesegirl

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I wanted to love this place because so many other people have said it’s great. We waited slightly over 1/2 hour after our reservation time to be seated. Which made it well over an hour after we arrived before we were served any food. My scramble was blah because it was bland except for the parts that had the smoked cheddar cheese. We did order side of French toast for the berry bar experience, the bar was nice but the french toast was late to the table compared to everything else we ordered. The serving spoons are touched by every person who orders pancakes or French toast, while I was there for 2 hours I only saw a spoon changed out once. I don’t know if I would come here again, while the prices are on par for many brunch type places, I feel like their berry bar experience is what is driving the good restaurant reviews. I did like that there were many vegetarian options and the server when he had a moment he was pleasant. Make sure you don’t leave anything on the table, even if you walk right back into the restaurant it will be gone.

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  13. AvisH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from CA and a staff member at the Hyatt Regency recommended Portage Cafe for Brunch. It was excellent. So good I returned the next day to try something else. Food was yummy. 1 st day I had the crab cake Benedict. It was very tasty. Wish the crab was bigger but loved it anyhow. Coffee is strong and the choice of good hot sauces made my day!

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  14. SeyiA

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Portage Bay Cafe is one of my favorite go-to locations for both a classic and creative brunch experience. They always have great quality food and provide excellent and attentive customer service. It can be very busy (and therefore loud indoors) during peak brunch hours, so I prefer to go outside of peak hours or sit outside when the weather is pleasant. It's actually quite impressive how their staff manages to run everything so smoothly at peak times. Overall I am a big fan of Portage Bay Cafe and will continue to return there for my brunch outings.

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  15. Pr123

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is really tasty, and the fruit bar for pancakes and French toast is awesome. This is one of my favorite breakfast places in Seattle, primarily because of the food. It used to be unlimited trips to the fruit bar last time I went, but now they changed it to only one trip per entree. Service was ok, they were very busy and servers were not attentive (no water, took a really long time to come take the order). Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait another 30 mins to get our table. The restaurant is also very noisy.

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  16. RAinAK

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and friendly service! The pumpkin pancakes are out of this world, especially with a trip to the berry bar. It wasn’t too busy so we got right in.

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  17. TawnTawn

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My 2nd time and my son's 1st. Stayed the night in Seattle just to have bfast there the following day. So damn good.

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  18. MichelleP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant was very busy but our server did a great job taking care of us and the food was delicious. It was very loud and felt a bit cramped due to how many people were dining, but that wasn’t a problem for our group. Everyone loved the food and the upbeat environment was fine for us!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh, whole, delicious foods. Great menu and fun vibe.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful breakfast . Hard to have a conversation because its very loud

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing! Great service and a wide range of menu items.

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  22. VickiyV

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional menu options. Fresh, organic, locally sourced, allergy friendly, incredible berry bar, and the greatestest staff!!! LOVE dining here, my favorite breakfast/brunch cafe in the city. (Really my favorite period!)

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  23. IsaacP

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was way underseasoned and required a lot of additional salt, pepper and hot sauce to make it flavorful. Ingredients were clearly high quality and nothing was wrong with the cooking technique (perfectly poached eggs, etc) but it was all so bland. I had the Yucatán Benedict which you’d expect to have been really flavorful. The place was packed and loud but service was really good.

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  24. KimberlyH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The French toast & French toast topping bar is a must!! Loved every bite!

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  25. LKBeak

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic food & service. Never disappoints! But it was really super loud in there! Hard to carry on a conversation. Otherwise, great!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The saddest omelette I’ve ever had. Only flavor was the occasional large chunk of jalapeno

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dishes come very well served. The pancakes are amazing and the fruit bar is out of this world. Delicious

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    THANK YOU @portagebaycafe SLU for a Delicious & Hearty Breakfast this Saturday morning! We were greeted with a Big Smile & Hello, and seated at our table in the Executive Dining Room by Owner John Gunnar! Such A First-class, Kind, & True Gentleman in every essence of the word Customer Service. Our server Luciano also provided exceptional customer service! John also brought his son and General Manager Peter to our table to say hello to my wife Julie, friend John, and I. We had the French Toast w the complimentary berry-fruit bar, couple side orders of crispy bacon, and classic eggs Benedict with a side of golden potatoes! Every bite was savory and delicious perfectly prepared. If you’re looking for a breakfast/brunch restaurant in Seattle (hint, hint John we need a Portage Bay Cafe on the East side 😁) with amazing and delicious food and world-class customer service this is the place to go to. They do take reservations so book your RSVP since they are busy during the weekends. Expect to wait for your food, but it’s definitely worth the wait once your food arrives - freshly made, savory, warm & delicious 😋. Bon Appetit!

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  29. SeasonedSeattlite

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was amazing! Love the staff. Noisy, but not as noisy as another location that was untenable. The special I had was fantastic (salmon benedict on rye!). The potatoes were sooooooo salty. It's difficult to come back from super salty potatoes and my friend, who had a different dish also experienced the same. It overwhelmed the rest of the meal, and luckily I didn't start on them. I chose not to complain, but if I had, I suspect they would have been gracious. If you like a bustling, noisy atmosphere and are comfortable with being pretty closely seated together, this is a great place with great service.

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  30. VickiyV

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE the entrees, the fresh/whole food choices, and attention to allergies. We were celebrating a birthday and lots of staff recognized that. It made our time EXTRA special. And John's really apecial birthday treat was sooo appreciated. We have loved and appreciated PB Cafe since 2010 ish.

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  31. JanieM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I recommend the avocado toast. I only wish the avocado spread was at room temperature instead of cold. The warm poached eggs atop the cold avocado spread surprised me, but the flavor was good, and I liked the crunch of the sliced radish and the slightly bitter microgreens.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and amazing berry bar as usual. Can improve on the vegan menu

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  33. DianeC

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Portage is my favorite brunch spot but reservations mean nothing at the South Lake Union location. 20 minute wait and walk ins get equal priority. Also noise level is hard to converse in there. Im sticking with their 65th location .

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  34. domi

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice but very busy brunch spot! Even with reservation we had to wait 20 min for the table

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Portage bay is always my favorite place to go for brunch! No matter the location it’s always quality service.

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  36. JenniferH

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service-we were seated and served even though we came just before closing. Excellent food-we had different iterations of eggs Benedict all delicious made with top ingredients. We will be back.

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  37. AkanshaD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food and servers were very nice and helpful

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a packed and busy morning however thanks to our reservation we were seated quickly. The food and service was amazing. The coffee was bold and didn’t taste watered down like most restaurants. I will definitely be returning .

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  39. SandraW

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service very good, but restaurant was very noisy

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  40. Tjjohnson

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cindy was amazing!! They took food allergies seriously

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You can order delivery directly from Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union using the Order Online button. Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 462-6400.

Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union is rated 4.5 stars by 959 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 56 times today

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Google Map for Portage Bay Cafe - South Lake Union

391 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Harrison St.
  • Area
    Lake Union / Eastlake
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 8:00 am–1:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Breakfast, Farm-to-table, Organic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Choose between metered street parking and an underground garage. The garage has a discounted rate of $2 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Public Transit
    The South Lake Union Streetcar runs directly past our front door. Heading north, choose the Terry & Thomas Station. Going south, take the Westlake & Thomas Station.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Lauren Richardson
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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