Ray's Boathouse
Ray's Boathouse

Ray's Boathouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rays.com/
  • Phone: (206) 789-3770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: 5:00pm-9:00pm (Daily)
    Boathouse Bar: 4:30pm-9:00pm
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Ray's Boathouse reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (205)special occasion (159)romantic (132)fit for foodies (108)notable wine list (60)neighborhood gem (41)good for groups (37)great for outdoor dining (36)great for lunch (19)hot spot (16)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ray's is a long time favorite.
    AnneVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
  • A very grown-up birthday
    jlwleo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Want to celebrate your birthday without having the waitstaff sing to you while you wear a special hat? Go to Ray's! I was greeted with a "Happy Birthday!" and there was a birthday card at my table and a single candle on my dessert; more than I expected and enough to make me feel special, not embarrassed. Food and service were excellent and the view, as usual, sublime. Thanks, Ray's!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 130 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1928 reviews are from the Ray's Boathouse reviews archive.
  • Dinner
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a dinner for 6. As it was Thursday evening we all had different arrival times,some delayed. We were accommodated by the hosting staff very well. Our server,Shelby was prompt and gracious and reassured me that the traffic made this an understandable issue and please relax and the enjoy the evening. Her serving and explanations of the dishes we asked about was thorough and helpful. The rib eyes were poorly cooked and very over spiced with flavors and sauces. Not what you would expect of a ribeye or Rays. The cheese plate reminded me of the Alaska Airline commercial where the executive loves the idea of miniature chickens being served to there guests.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    love2dine
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Again and again, Ray's has been amazing! Great recommendation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the drive
    Idahocleve14
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This place is awkward to find, using google maps, (like alot of Seattle water locations) but well worth it. Great atmosphere and menu. Worth the price, which is on the expensive side. Great staff, and very unique menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perrenial Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been going to Ray's for years, and as always, the restaurant fires on all cylinders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food, great view and the company of my family & the love of my life for 30 years. A perfect evening, thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ray's is a Seattle classic
    gts1VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have been to Ray's numerous times with family and friend's. The food is consistently excellent. The view on a sunny summer evening is always breath taking. The service is friendly and attentive. Free valet parking is always a plus. This time around we had the mussels, smoked salmon and hamachi crudo appetizers. All were excellent. The deconstructed clam chowder was amazing. I was sad to see the bottom of the bowl. Ray's is known for the Sable Fish in Sake Kasu. It never disappoints. A lovely piece of fish, expertly prepared and plated. Don't miss the banana bomb for dessert. The remodel has freshened up the ambience. Ray's is a Seattle classic that gets better with age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for the occasion
    1oldguy2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Just as planned. An 18th birthday dinner for my grand daughter complete with window table and a birthday card. Could not have been nicer!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic Views
    AnotherfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We brought my in-laws here from LA for dinner. Service and wine was great! We started with the Manila clams which was sauteed with calabria chilis which overpowered the clams due to the spiciness. Other than that, we all enjoyed our entrees of salmon, halibut, scallops and prawns. We were told that the salmon is cooked medium-rare so if you don't prefer that, you will have to let them know that you'd prefer to have it cooked all the way through. I was worried at first they would over cook it but they didnt. It was perfect! And of course, you can't go wrong with the views of boats sailing by at sunset. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just an OK dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The service was not what I had expected. Our server wasn't very informative on the menu items, she just simply came around twice to see if we were ready to order? The table next to us had a great server. Their server openly, without a question from their customers, provided a full blown breakdown of all the special menu items they had to offer as well as all the main ingredients that go towards the dish. He also had great recommendations. The food overall was very delicious, the only disappointment I had was the chowder. The chowder seemed bland. Overall, I'm not sure if i would come here again as I was hoping for a better dining experience for service. Maybe next time, we do chose to come here, we'll have a better server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happybelly
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a great window table with awesome view of Puget Sound. Good was awesome as well. In our party, we had steak, chicken, salmon, halibut and sablefish. All really really good! Definitely a place to go back to over and over again...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for guests!
    new2seattle
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a great place to take people visiting the Seattle area. We were able to watch boats entering and exiting from the locks, kayakers, people on paddle boards, freighters heading further down the sound, etc. Beautiful with the sun going down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A review
    Ale963
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Showed up got seated in a great spot with a really good view. Only problem was it was inbetween two large groups and they were both extremely loud and it was just the two of us and it was hard to hear eachother. Other than that it was a good experaiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great view! The halibut and sablefish were amazing. I Will definitely go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top seafood place
    Krampusz
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Ray's is a great place to have expertly prepared good quality seafood.If you visit in May, try the King salmon special. The scallops are always a good choice, but anything really is a good choice here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too hot
    entertainingfriends
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    we were there when the hot weather was just beginning to cool off. We got a window table but it was too hot. Both of the men were sweating. If we come another time we would ask for a booth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You have re-invented the old Ray's
    TraditionalMan
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Ray's used to be one of my favorite Seattle spots for excellent seafood in a beautiful setting. I took my late mom there years ago. Then, I ate there a year or so ago with some special friends and our same party returned just the other night. Apparently in the past 12 months, the top brass at Ray's has spent too much time watching The Food Channel. the portions are now smaller, the menu more "esoteric", and the emphasis is on foodie cheffie offerings. Plating and cheffie-cuteness is now of more importance than quantity or traditional fresh seafood emphasis. Ray's had a traditon and history. Some will be glad to see they have "kept up with the times" and have a new menu. Others will be disppointed that it is now a totally different place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ray's Sunshine Review
    Lcomeda2
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our reservations were at 8:00 and we were seated at a table with a magnificent view of the sound. As the sun set, a gorgeous sail boat was heading for the locks and the birds were coasting on the breeze. It was intoxicatingly beautiful. Our server was knowledgeable, polite, enthusiastic about the food and very helpful. Our party of six all were delighted with our food. The chowder is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate