Work with Portage Bay Cafe!


Since 1997, Portage Bay Cafe has been a leader in serving local, organic sustainable breakfast, brunch and lunch. Eat Like You Give a Damn™ is a way of life and we do everything that we can to deliver that experience to our guests. We operate four busy, loud, energetic cafes surrounding Lake Union. We are owner operated and our owners are present in some way every day. Our staff is fun, friendly, welcoming and they work very hard, so our office does whatever we can to support their needs.



Portage Bay Cafe offers a fun, supportive, fast paced work environment with the following benefits: 

  • Compensation starting at $12/hr plus $3/hr tip pool for Support Staff, increased wage is based on position and experience

  • Opportunity for advancement - we promote from within

  • Opportunity to work in a variety of locations - with locations in 4 Seattle neighborhoods you’ll never get bored!

  • Insurance/Medical Coverage available for full time employees

  • One free meal per shift worked

  • 50% discount on food & beverage at our four cafes

  • Opportunity to support our community through benefit dinners, small business collaborations etc.

  • Opportunity to learn skills in catering, administration and much more

We hope you will join us in our mission to support local, organic and sustainable food practices, as well as our goal to support Seattle and the Puget Sound region through community outreach and events.

We have four Seattle locations: 65th, Ballard, Roosevelt and South Lake Union.
Please be sure to indicate which location you are applying for or your preferred location(s) in order. Thanks!


Front-of-House Positions APPLY HERE.

POSITIONS INCLUDE: Server, Busser, Host, Expeditor, Barista, Manager, Assistant Manager

Back-of-House Positions APPLY HERE.

POSITIONS INCLUDE: Line Cook, Prep, Dishwasher, Bakery at Portage Bay Cafe, and Commissary