We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Salmon Bay Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4836
+1 206-782-5539
07:30 - 14:30
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 14:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 35: English reviews
Spokane, Washington
Level Contributor
453 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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, and it was just what we needed on a damp weekend morning. Wholesome home cooked... More 

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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.

Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
458 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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
Level Contributor
153 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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
Level Contributor
155 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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

Travellers who viewed Salmon Bay Cafe also viewed


Been to Salmon Bay Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Salmon Bay Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Redwood City
1 month ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Salmon Bay Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?