Tana, Barbara and Sandra (l to r)


Tana Baumler, Barbara Peter and Sandra Albright met in 1980 when they all joined the same women's soccer team. None had played soccer before and the three of them soon became friends. The girls would seek out good places to have breakfast after a practice or game or instead of practice on a rainy northwest morning. Often times they would go to the Maltby Cafe, which was there for two years prior to going up for sale. Sandra was there having lunch with a neighbor when she saw the sign that the cafe was for sale. She told the other girls and they said "let's buy it."

Little was Sandra aware that Tana had always wanted to own a restaurant. She had worked in the restaurant business for many years and had cooked and been a baker.

Barbara had just purchased some property in Maltby and didn't want to see the cafe go out of business. She was working for the Northshore school district in payroll and had the necessary business experience in bookkeeping and accounting.

Sandra had never worked in the restaurant business but brought her years of people and business experience in Real Estate, retail management and her love of entertaining and cooking.

The three ladies began looking into buying the cafe in February of 1988, came to an agreement in June 1988, closed the transaction and have been the owner's ever since.

The Maltby Cafe is located in the lower portion of an old schoolhouse which was built in 1937 as the gymnasium and cafeteria for the school next door... which was built in 1907.

Known for it's homemade country flavor, huge portions, and super staff, the Maltby Cafe is consistantly on or near the top of many "Best Of" lists in the Seattle area. Using only the finest ingredients, we will satisfy your hunger for home-style cooking. Your visit to the Maltby Cafe will be a one of a kind experience you will want to try again and again.


Winner of 2016 Best Breakfast by Seattle A-List voters

Winner of Best Dessert and Best Healthy Bite at the 2011 Comcast Bite of Seattle for our Shortcakes and Maltby Bars

Winner of Best Dessert at the 2010 Comcast Bite of Seattle for our Marionberry and Strawberry Shortcakes

Featured in the September 2010 issue of
Food Network Magazine

Kirotv.com iWitness Video
A Down Home Feeling at the Maltby Cafe

Zagat Rated 2012 Seattle Restaurants

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Seattle Metropolitan January 2008
Hot Breakfast Spots Issue
One of the Best Breakfast Spots in Town

2009-2014 & 2016 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington Best Breakfast 1st Place
2005 NWSource.com People's Pick
Finalist for Brunch
Old fashioned, rib-sticking country cooking: Big Food, worth waiting for. Corned beef and other sandwiches, salads, burgers, omelets, scrambles and breakfast potatoes, chicken fried steak, biscuits, battleship-sized cinnamon rolls. Nice "howdy neighbor" atmosphere adds appeal.
Seattle Weekly Best of Seattle 2002
Best Restaurant in the Middle of Nowhere

2006 Best of Citysearch
Best Breakfast Top 3 Winner

A Saturday morning brunch can satisfy appetites for the weekend. Unhurried, bountiful breakfasts feature omelettes (the Maltby is a huge affair, stuffed with assorted vegetables, ham cubes and even pieces of roast beef). Good new potatoes, old-fashioned oatmeal and thick slices of French toast round out the menu. The cafe's renowned cinnamon rolls are the size of bread loaves, big enough to fill at least two bellies.


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