General Porpoise in Seattle (Photos, Menu, Reviews & Ratings)

General Porpoise

Address: 1020 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Phone: (206) 900-8770

Price: $$

Menu: View Online

Rating: 4.4


What Time Does General Porpoise Open?

Saturday,: 7AM to 3PM

Sunday,: 7AM to 3PM

Monday,: 7AM to 3PM

Tuesday,: 7AM to 3PM

Wednesday,: 7AM to 3PM

Thursday,: 7AM to 3PM

Friday,: 7AM to 3PM

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General Porpoise Reviews

Christy N.

Super cute coffee shop.

A friend recommend General Porpoise, who said they have the best coffee and donuts. It’s a little tucked away in Capitol Hill, but easy to find parking. The aesthetic is like a cool garage coffee shop. Their donuts are amazing! It sort of tastes like a custard malasada, if anyone from Hawaii is reading this. Their coffee leaves a little to be desired as they have very limited flavors, like five different kinds. I wish they had more.

Overall 7/10, would visit again. 🙂

Rebekah (Beka)

Coffee is delish! I was pleasantly surprised to see they had brioche donuts. I think that’s what they are called So freaking yummy! Highly recommend the vanilla custard or the mixed berry jam flavor 🙂

K. Moore

I actually loved the texture of the doughnuts, they’re really light and not cakey at all! However, the flavor wasn’t really as sweet as I had anticipated. I love custard filled doughnuts but I found these to actually taste more bitter than sweet (which may be more appealing to other pallets– my personal preference is for sweet). I did find if I had a sip of my coffee ( which was very bitter) before biting into one, that changed the flavor dynamic to appear sweeter than eating the doughnuts alone.

I did try three different kinds (note they are pretty pricy at $5 each) and I really enjoyed the lemon. In fact, the fillings in all of them were great, the texture was also great but the flavors in the dough just didn’t appeal to me. It felt like it distracted from the fillings themselves.

The store itself is really nice and has indoor seating open to patrons with fast and friendly service. Again, my review is more about personal preference, so if you prefer a sweeter treat, these may not appeal to you. But if you like a more subtle sweet, I’d say give it a go at least once

Avocado Black

The dough is subtly sweet, and the yeast dough feels so homie and nice. This is not your typical overly sweetened donut. Filling is true and authentic to their name. I tried a seasonal butterscotch flavor, it’s light and robust at the same time. So good that it’s beyond words!

Nikita Deshpande

Tried each of the daily doughnuts and all were great! Although I usually prefer chocolate filling, the Vanilla Custard one was my favorite. Wish I tried one of their seasonal ones but there weren’t many available. I went Around 11:30am on a Saturday so not sure of the lack of variety was typical for the time of day or week.
Although I enjoyed the doughnuts, I was iffy on the price. However, each doughnut was pillowy and nice and fresh so maybe it was worth it. Will go again!

Anton Haines

Doughnuts are light and fluffy with a little bit of chew and a slight sour taste from the fermentation. Vanilla are my favorite, lemon flavor was a bit too acidic.
Overall absolutely delicious. This place is a Must Try!

Yü Wu

I don’t get it. I mean, I am not a fan of donuts anyway so I can’t really judge if $4.4 is pricey for a cream filled donut, although I definitely did not magically fall in love with donuts after tasting it. On the other hand, I have toured a few dozens of coffee shops in Seattle and the $5.25 (after-tax/pre-tip) 8oz latte is the most expensive coffee I had. It’s a good one, but overpriced.
This place is absolutely cute, if that’s your thing, just ignore me. For me, I think cuteness is a plus, not a reason for price premium.

Kristine Schroeder

Solid local place, especially if you liked filled donuts. They fluffy and light with terrific in-house made filling. I particularly love the jam/preserve fillings.

Melani Babi

Beautiful cafe, great lighting and seating. Vaccination proof is required to dine in. The donuts were delicious, and one was quite enough (big and sweet). The coffee was well made and yummy.


Nice coffee shop. I like their chocolate and vanilla-filled doughnuts. Good customer service.

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