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Ray's Boathouse
Ray's Boathouse

Ray's Boathouse Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rays.com
  • Phone: (206) 789-3770
  • 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 (206) 789-6309
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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)."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Expensive but good food. Ok for special occasions but other restaurants offer better value."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Black cod, salmon and scallops were outstanding. View of paddle boards and Puget Sound. Recommend as a favorite."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The view is fantastic. The service is impeccable and the food delicious. Thank you for a great experience! I highly recommend this restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "What a great setting for celebrating our anniversary! We enjoyed wonderful food while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Definately an evening worth repeating."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I had the scallops with lentils, they were so far above what I expected, I am leaving a review!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It takes a little while to get there from downtown Seattle but it's worth the drive: fantastic location and great quality food!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Not a single complaint from our party of five. Amazing sunset, good service and delicious food."
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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 ..."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Again and again, Ray's has been amazing! Great recommendation"
    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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I've been going to Ray's for years, and as always, the restaurant fires on all cylinders."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Good food, great view and the company of my family & the love of my life for 30 years. A perfect evening, thank you!"
    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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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..."
    Dined on 7/20/2014