Ray's Boathouse
Ray's Boathouse

Ray's Boathouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rays.com/
  • Phone: 2067893770x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: 4:30pm-9:30pm (Daily)
    Boathouse Bar: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Daily Happy Hour: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Paul Duncan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ray’s Catering is Seattle’s preferred caterer for a beautifully executed event! We provide full-service catering in our own waterfront banquet room (see Banquet Facilities below), as well as full-service off-premise catering for all size events from intimate gatherings and sailing receptions to extravagant corporate galas at Seattle’s premier event venues. From professional event planning and management to chef-designed menus and exceptionally polished service, Ray's makes your event both a pleasure to plan and attend! Please contact our team at (206) 789-6309 or email rayscatering@rays.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ray's provides both private and semi-private dining options for your corporate or social events.
  • Private Party Contact: Ray's Catering 2067896309x
  • Special Events: Rays Café will be hosting our semi-annual Brewmaster's event on Sunday April 13th at 6pm. Please call the Café directly at 206-789-0094 if you'd like to attend!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus #86,Seaview Ave. NW Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is street and private lot parking available as well as complimentary valet.
A word from Ray's Boathouse

We deliver artfully composed plates, elevating the freshest seafood on local and global markets. Our culinary team demonstrates their passion with every seared salmon, sake kasu marinated sablefish and roasted Jidori chicken while pouring their hearts into every detail of complex sauces and syrups. Our seasonal seafood highlights, inspired by our chefs’ endless creativity, will surely delight your culinary senses while our knowledgeable wine director guides you through our extensive wine list featuring local and international vintages. Our gorgeous 30 ft. waterfront bar is the perfect location for imbibing in a specialty hand crafted cocktail while capturing the magnificent view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Our bar features both classic and specialty cocktails as well as a selection of delectable bites from our Boathouse kitchen. Enjoy the confident hospitality provided by our team as they deliver a high level of service to you and your guests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Ray's Boathouse reviews from OpenTable diners
265 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (240)special occasion (184)romantic (145)fit for foodies (114)notable wine list (64)neighborhood gem (46)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (32)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (19)kid-friendly (13)hot spot (13)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (9)Show More
  • Another Great Experience
    Jet1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Family get-together celebrating a birthday and the grandsons' return to college. All food was rave-worthy - expecially the butter lettuce salad and the halibut. Our waiter was attentive and efficient. Only constructive criticism is that while the wine list was outstanding - the beer selection was pretty lame and could use some improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    You made our special occasion special. Our dinner was absolutely amazing, the service was great and the view, just breathtaking! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    While the ambience, view and food are all excellent, our recent experience at Ray's in the dining room was marred by the fact that the entire dining experience took way too long, starting with our initial contact with our server, drinks, appetizers, main course. It was as if the goal was to keep us waiting in between every course as long as humanly possible. It wouldn't have been as big of a deal had we not had our seven-year-old with us, who was getting very tired by the time our main course came.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accomodating
    2inlove
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    After being seated, another party was seated near us and were incredibly loud. Our server graciously allowed us to change tables. Our celebration was not ruined and we could actually hear each other rather than listening to the other person's stories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Night Dinner
    lwmllady
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by my friends from St. Louis and I would certainly recommend it to the world! The food, service, and ambience, especially that awesome sunset was worth the long cab ride from our downtown hotel. The wait staff was friendly and very helpful and the food excellent...you have to try the desserts too! They made sure we had a cab waiting for us to take us back to our hotel when we were ready to go. Can't ask for anything more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been visiting Ray's for 35 years.
    MetalP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Not the same. Downstairs decor used to suggest a restaurant special. Now it is just another pricey restaurant with a good view. When we come back we will just eat upstairs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alki
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Rib-Eye steak very veining. Cheese plate wonderful. Mash potato salty. Lemon cake great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood
    JoeV
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    When we want the best restaurant for seafood, we choose Ray's. My wife had the salmon and I had the Halibut with a couple of scallops added. Both were delicious. Not too often do we get seafood in a restaurant were it is too much to finish! The service was also great. We go here for a special occasion and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the Sablefish!
    SirGeekALot
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I both enjoyed our dinner immensely! She had halibut and I had Sablefish--both were excellent! We also ordered some prawns as an appetizer. The prawns came with some hummus and some garlic/potato spread that I don't recall the (German?) name for but it was also delicious. They also list a suggested wine pairing for each dish, which we opted for and both of us enjoyed them very much. We topped it off with chocolate cake and a tawny port. Yum! Oh, and the butter for the bread seemed unusually salty--but in a good way. Possibly large grain seasalt? I don't know, but it was also very good (the bread we put it on was only ok--that is the only remotely negative thing I have to say about the whole experience).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two minor flaws
    RSRS
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I'm a great fan of Ray's and go there frequently. This time our waitress seemed distracted, was not friendly (I don't want overly friendly wait persons, but this one was aloof), so that was a minor flaw. All our food was just fine as usual, except for the asparagus, which I ordered as a side dish. It was way too salty and way too tough. I could hardly cut it with my knife. I brought an out-of-town guest on this visit, and he raved about the view, the ambience, and the cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING FOOD& SERVICE
    RSAIH25
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were recommended this place from a friend & the views were absolutely beautiful. Out server was amazing, I wish I would've gotten his name. The food was way better than expected. Husband said that this was the best dinner we'd had in a very long time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service not up to snuff
    JennaSophia
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    At a restaurant like Ray's Boathouse one doesn't expect to have to ask for bread to be brought to the table. Not to have the waitress look taken aback when you tell her you've been coming to the restaurant for years. Something like, "Welcome back!" or, "Obviously you enjoy it so you keep coming back." The staff that night seemed very young and "unseasoned". I'm used to a staff that's more mature and has an easy rapport with guests and is comfortable around a diverse culture. (Which is why my family started coming to Ray's when we were turned away at the door of Hiram's even though we had a reservation. All those many years ago.)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tourists w love! Locals, no
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our waiter was so "tourist" driven that he missed us mentioning that we were locals who had dined at Rays for decade. We had to ask for water and bread, he said yes the mussels were Penn Cove they were not...small vs LARGE. When reminded that these were not the mussels we wanted he never offered a comp dessert or to take them off the bill. Other food was good, but he was a huge disappointment. Poor tourists to have to endure all his fake enthusiasm when the food and view speak for themselves.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Expensive but good food. Ok for special occasions but other restaurants offer better value.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deconstructed chowder - who knew
    MMKC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Deconstructed clam chowder- never had this before but it was awesome and a really unique twist on the traditional white NW chowder plus fun how it was served and completed at the table. Can't beat the view; the food was excellent; the waiter a bit on the dry side and not quite as attentive as he could have been; but all around a very nice dinner. PS - our teenaged sons actually left full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with great sunset view
    BarryTheTraveller
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    While the food was solid, it lacked the wow factor of some other top restaurants. The decor was also somewhat dated, but the spectacular view made up the short coming of the decor, especially if you are lucky enough to get a table by the large window.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food
    MisterFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was in from LA for the weekend and came across some reviews of Ray's and it lived up to the food critic's review. We had the Lobster with snap pea risotto and it was fantastic, cooked to perfection. We also had the sirloin with prawns, the seasoning on the sirloin was exceptional and the meat was incredibly tender. The prawns were underwhelming, not flavored equally in comparison. We started with the Caesar salad which was okay, nothing spectacular. Desserts looked delicious but we were too full. Service was outstanding and the corner table by the window put us in great view of the sunset. A must for everyone, kind of romantic as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Black cod, salmon and scallops were outstanding. View of paddle boards and Puget Sound. Recommend as a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    ElyseUUVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food the view and the service makes this restaurant very appealing. The sablefish was a big hit with our group of four! The service was terrific. We would definitely return next time we are in Seattle!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    MireilleM
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The view is fantastic. The service is impeccable and the food delicious. Thank you for a great experience! I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerrie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Limited menu. Oddly put together seafood chowder, salmon served as sushi not medium rare as ordered. Service was very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was very disappointed with the crab cakes. They were very small and not all that tasty. I did love the NW chowder. The cocktail and wine were excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Romantic Setting
    TaxDog65
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    What a great setting for celebrating our anniversary! We enjoyed wonderful food while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Definately an evening worth repeating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Sunsets
    Della
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We timed our reservation so that we could enjoy the sunset! Ray's has such a lovely view of the water, the mountains, the boats. There is not a bad seat in the house. Our waiter was great; says he's worked there 20 years and he definitely knows the menu. I ordered salmon and he confirmed how well done I wanted it cooked which I really appreciated since I don't like partly cooked fish. We taught the bartender how to make a French 75 and she did a great job! We come here every year on our anniversary for a beautiful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A bit pricey for a main course without a salad. Beautiful view of the water from our table however it was in too small of a space. Server was knowledgable, helpful and attentive. Hostesses very pleasant and acknowledged our anniversary. Food was prepared very well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ray's is a long time favorite.
    Anne
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We arrived 45 minutes early and were immediately seated - much appreciated. Only request: bring back the White Spot Prawn Entree!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal
    alpenlover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had the scallops with lentils, they were so far above what I expected, I am leaving a review!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than Great!
    RareTreat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    What a great find! The view spectacular. The service friendly and knowledgable. The food an exquisit culinary experience - fresh, lovely to look at, and in perfect balance. The wine just right. This is something that you have to experience! A rare treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It takes a little while to get there from downtown Seattle but it's worth the drive: fantastic location and great quality food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still among Seattle's best
    jan6868
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It's been quite awhile since I entertained out of town guests at Ray's Boathouse--and I'm sorry I've waited so long to return. The entire staff, from valet to front desk to serving team, was gracious and helpful. And the food--it was amazing. The Sablefish in Sake Kasu and Ray’s Pacific Northwest Chowder prepared at the table were a huge hit. I'm headed back with another group of tourist friends later this week and I'm already salivating thinking of the other options to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a View!
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    great place on the water with excellent waterviews and sunsets......food is great and staff very friendly and knowledgable a must visit when in seattle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Selection
    FoodFanatic1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Ray's Boathouse is a wonderful place to go for a special dinner. Food is good. View spectacular. Limited menu. On this night there were no additions. This was very disappointing as the menu is small and Sable fish dishes appear no less than three times. Don't mean to be overly critical, but I find this odd. I've been to Ray's about a half a dozen times. I have enjoyed it each time, that's why I've gone back. This time with no additional specials for the evening the menu was not terribly diverse.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night out with the family
    Jeffner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My family and I took our children to Ray's for the first time for a birthday celebration. It had been awhile since we had been here without children and were reminded how much we missed it. The setting was beautiful and the food was delicious. They had ample selection for our children and the service was excellent. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    JudiSeattle
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The view was fabulous and the food was very good. I do have to say that the menu selection was very limited. The service was good. We were made welcome and not rushed through the meal. The restaurant is comfortable as well as pretty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • miss the elegance of old Ray's
    HungryInSeattle
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    1st visit to Ray's after the remodel (so it has been a while). Really missed the elegance of the old dining room. Despite new additions food was just OK (deconstructed chowder was salty and razor clam over fried) and service was not bad but not up to the high standards I had come to expect. (specifically we were seated at a table with dirty seats). Overall meh
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ray's Boathouse
    dinnerreview4us
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was a great night for our Anniversary. The weather was perfect and the scene on the water was fun. So many boats of all sizes and people going by on stand up paddle boards. The sunset was beautiful. The food was fantastic and everything was awesome. There was no problem with anything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food..great view!
    Food4all
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Not a single complaint from our party of five. Amazing sunset, good service and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Secretsquirrel
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Stopped in with my husband for my birthday. Had a few cocktails, shared a couple small plates and the scallop entree. (Amazing scallops!) perfect amount of food and everything was tasty. Superb service, very attentive waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My international guests were looking for a special place to celebrate their engagement. I made a reservation for them at Ray's and they were not disappointed. The restaurant made a special effort to put a card on the table and acknowledge their special day.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view ...
    criticalVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What a disappointment ... tried the Buttery Lettuce Salad and the Caesar ... both were wet ... the lettuce was not dried, so the dressing was totally watered down and tasteless ... the Eggplant dish was bland ... no taste ... awful ... the Halibut was excellent ... served over quinoa ... really good ... had the Lemon cake ($13.00 !!!) ... it was terrible ... dry and bland ... overall ... very disappointing ... great location ... beautiful views ...
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet