Ray's Cafe
Ray's Cafe

Ray's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rays.com/
  • Phone: (206) 782-0094
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Paul Duncan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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), 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 to chef-designed menus and exceptionally polished service, Ray's makes your event both a pleasure to plan and attend! Please contact rayscatering@rays.com customized proposal.

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 Cafe
Ray's Cafe is the perfect vantage point for savoring our postcard view of Puget Sound with a micro brew in hand and a bowl of clams. The Cafe features a casual and lively atmosphere and a wide range of menu options. Open for lunch and dinner every day, the Cafe is the perfect place for kicking back and relaxing.
Our outdoor deck is the place to be for sunny day dining (Please note that we do not take reservations for our outdoor deck seating). Is it a typical grey Seattle day? Cozy up near one of our two stone fireplaces and you'll soon forget about the chilly weather outside.

Please note as of March 1 we are no longer accepting the Passport Card, instead we will be implementing our own loyalty card program. Feel free to ask us for details!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Ray's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (180)great for outdoor dining (160)special occasion (93)great for lunch (80)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (63)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (50)kid-friendly (49)vibrant bar scene (29)great for brunch (24)hot spot (21)notable wine list (12)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Staff did a good job of accommodati
    justme
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    Staff did a good job of accommodating my window request and the birthday celebration. Cioppino was a bit overcooked and bland; parmesan on caesar salad was more like clumps than shavings of cheese.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food! Awesome Views!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    Had lunch here on a cloudy cool day but the views were still amazing. We were fortunate to get a good corner seat by the windows because they were very busy on this Sunday. Our lunch was good but not quite what I remembered from eating here once before. Our service was friendly and I appreciated her recommendations for food since I require gluten free dining. Looking forward to returning for a meal on the patio soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since it is a causal style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    Since it is a causal style dining, people do talk a bit loudly in usual and kids around. But the food is really awesome!!! good for family weekend gathering. if weather is good, good to sit outdoor with the nice view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I came to Ray's for a reunion
    Joye
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    I came to Ray's for a reunion with a family member. I came for the notable food and waterside environment. It was awfully noisy to the point that it was difficult to speak and be heard just across our very small table. The ling cod dish was pretty good, but I had better the evening before at The Stumbling Goat. The service was speedy. I would not choose Ray's for this type of meeting again, but would come to Ray's for a more casual get-together and likely on a week night when it was not so crowded. I could not see the scenery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First-time lunch visit: Bypassing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    First-time lunch visit: Bypassing the downstairs to go up to the cafe (downstairs only serves supper at 5pm), we were overwhelmed with an old musty smell (short ceiling, old carpet, fixtures, etc.) in a dim entry. Thank goodness it was must better smelling and much lighter upstairs. We sampled several of the seafood fare and were delighted at the unique ingenuity in creating a visual culinary delight for the salmon skewer appetizer, rockfish, seafood salad, and shrimp/crabcakes... but the manilla clams fell short. The simple butter herb sauce was awful, ruining the most basic of appetizers. Service was so-so;quick to clear tableware, not so quick to refill beverages, and failing to adequately ask if our table was ready to order - anything.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum. Pretty. Nice. Affordable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    Yum. Pretty. Nice. Affordable fine dining. Small plates are perfect size. Decent options for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seattle Must See
    RCardin
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    Ray's Cafe has delicious food and a phenomenal waitstaff. This is one of the only places that has actually had champagne waiting for me when requested, which makes a huge impression on special occasions. A Seattle classic, like the Space Needle, Ray's is someplace that I always recommend to friends from out of town for their classy service and panoramic views. Thanks Ray's for always being on it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Great location with outstanding view and family friendly casual dining! Great alternative to Ray's Boathouse with same great food!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rays - great view, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Took a friend to Ray's for birthday lunch. Reserving a day ahead got us a perfect table by the windows. The wait staff were wonderful - courteous and attentive. The food portions were small for the price, but attractively presented and good enough that we both ate every bite on our plates (crab & shrimp cakes and seafood salad). Prices were high for lunch (about $20 each plate), but the view and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rays my favorite place to dine
    KMez
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Rays is my favorite place to dine. The cafe is relaxed and the views are wonderful and if you want you even eat out on the deck overlooking the sound. They'll supply blankets if the evening turns chilly! The Halibut was perfect!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We live in North Beach and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    We live in North Beach and Ray's is an easy 2.7 mile drive from our house. They have valet parking on busy nights, so getting there and parking are super convenient. The views from the cafe are spectacular and the outdoor patio, weather permitting is awesome. On cooler days the indoor ambience and view are also outstanding. They have a stunning list of draft microbrews. The service is friendly and effecient. The food is outstanding with a good variety to please people of different ages and tastes. There are plenty of menu items that fall in the quite affordable category and if you want to slurge a little, there are more upscale offerings as well. This is my favorite place to relax and enjoy a great evening.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizers and desserts were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Appetizers and desserts were excellent, especially the black bean sliders and salmon bites. Service was outstanding, both at the bar and at our table. The entrees were disappointing. Perhaps because we didn't stick with seafood, but got pork chops and risotto.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ray's Cafe never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    Ray's Cafe never disappoints. View is great and so is the food. Make reservations as it's always busy!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant with
    MessingerVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    Excellent restaurant with outstanding view of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains; feel a bit cool sitting on the deck and they bring you a blanket; want a dish prepared in a special way, they accommodate; food is consistently very nicely presented and very tasty; excellent happy hours, cheerful staff, good drinks, good value, and very good place for business or social dining; making a reservation very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    The food was good, but not over the top. We all liked our meals, but we had one person in our group who is a vegan and his meal wasn't appetising at all. Keeping in mind that Ray's specializes in seafood we called ahead to make sure that he could be accomodated and were told it was no problem at all. The server seemed a little unsure of whether a meal could be provided for him and the dish he was served was very lacking.. Overall we thought the service and food was good and the complimentary valet parking was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The view of the water is great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    The view of the water is great. Food was good, but not enough for me to rave or recommend to friends. The drinks were average, but pricy. The service was what you'd expect from a frequently touristed restaurant: tolerable. For example: the bartender took his time getting over to my wife and I - about 12 minutes - when the bar was only 50% full. If I am going to spend money eating out, the restaurant had better give me a reason to be back like excellent service or excellent food. If it's pricey, it had better be worth it. This restaurant knows it has the ocean view and apparently figures that's enough... wrong.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always creative preparations
    Richard
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Always creative preparations of Northwest fresh salmon, done perfectly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been eating at Ray's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2012
    I've been eating at Ray's Cafe for nearly 20 years. The menu has always been pretty much the same. Ho-hum salmon burgers, upper deck salad, raw tuna salad, etc etc -- always good, but predictable. Imagine my surprise when I witnessed the new menu on our last visit. I inquired about the house salad with walnuts, and the charming waitress assured me that the new house salad with cherries would be delightful. SHE WAS RIGHT! Not only that, she informed me that there was a new chef in the house and there were more than a few changes coming. When the dinner arrived, my dinner guests and I were all amazed at the quality and presentation of the food. It was the BEST dining experience I've ever had at Ray's. YAY to the new chef!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Seattle Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/10/2012
    Went for Seattle Restaurant Week dinner. Very disappointing. Poor quality ingredients used for this "cheap" dinner, e.g., skirt steak drowned in teriyaki type sauce with spaetzle out of a box and dried out salmon on a bed of tasteless white rice (not jasmine) and no sauce essentially. Server called spaetzle "spackle", and rushed us thru the courses so the table could be turned quickly. When we asked to hold dessert for a bit so we could finish our wine, he seemed very annoyed. If Ray's goal was to tempt you back to the restaurant with this "bargain" dinner, they failed miserably. We will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slamming a server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    Great food (small salmon plate and scallop salad were amazing). Always a great view. Our server was slammed and she handled it very well. It wasn't the best service but that was out of her control. She still touched base with us regularly even though she was not able to take our drink and food orders very quickly. Absolutely not her fault.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Since this was a special Easter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Since this was a special Easter dinner buffet, it's hard to give a good review on the normal day-to-day service/food. That being said, the buffet was excellent, always stocked, and we had a very wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buffet meats and fish were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Buffet meats and fish were rather dry. Nice salads and fruits, veggies and desserts. Great view. Would not come back for a buffett.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was awesome, and my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Brunch was awesome, and my request for a window table was honored. Making the reservation via OpenTable was a great experience as well. The only thing we weren't sure of when we arrived was how much would be charged for Brunch (there was no menu on the table but that was all they were offering). It was pretty pricey (about $50/person after including tip and non-alcoholic beverage), but the food was amazing. All-in-all it was a great place for Easter brunch. I'd definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have tried all the other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    I have tried all the other places for Easter Brunch such as Salty's, Ivar's, Palisade and Edgewater. This year we decided to try Ray's Cafe. What a wise decision. The view was spectacular. Even though there were just 2 of us, the Maitre d' sat us by the window. The crab legs and the shrimps were fresh and delicious. My husband can't stop thinking about the scrumptous buffet. We will definitely go to Ray's for Easter from now on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our four top loved the burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    our four top loved the burger the best, one had a tofu dish that was mushy on the inside and a greasy crunch on the outside, one had the sea food salad that after years of ordering this one it was only o.k. the greens needed to be more vibrant and mounded bigger on the plate, the calamari ceviche was excellent! View great, more wait staff would have helped the extremely slow wine and cocktail and food service. Really, one more wait staff would have helped alot for smaller sections to wait on.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and vibrant atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    Fun and vibrant atmosphere. Cioppino was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant. We will dine here every time we are in Seattle
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm a frequent flyer at Ray's.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    I'm a frequent flyer at Ray's. My out-of-town guest was delighted. Food was very good, wait-staff excellent. Noise was less than usual as that is the one drawback at Ray's usually. The sunset through the rain clouds was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food was excellent, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/2/2012
    The Food was excellent, as expected. There is a new section on the menu: small servings. Great for an Elder who does not eat much, and hates to waste food. Presentation was eye appealing. I am accompanied by a Service Dog, who was accommodated graciously: a chair was removed, so the Service Dog had a comfortable place to settle down. Service personnel was competent, friendly and unobtrusive. We will be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The view is amazing and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    The view is amazing and the inside is cozy. The prices are reasonable, but the food is just ok. Overall, still worth it on a beautiful day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant providing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    Excellent restaurant providing one of the best views in the city. Great selection of fresh seafood. Especially enjoy the chowder, crab cakes, halibut and salads.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really want to like this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    I really want to like this place- good view, a few tasty appetizers (fried calamari) but it just does not cut it for dinner. We are disappointed every time. Go somewhere else if you are actually looking for good, well-prepared seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately, I was on a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    Unfortunately, I was on a "date" with my wife, and the only table available was next to a family with two little kids (food all over the floor, pushed chair up next to our table). Not what we expected. Then, after they left, another family was seated at the same table with a toddler. It felt like we were at romper room. As far as the food, I was looking forward to a great cup of clam chowder and I was extemely dissapointed. They had a few clams with massive amounts of potatoe cubes. Also, the potatoe cubes were too hard and under cooked. I would not recommend the cafe to ANYONE!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations for 7, not seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Reservations for 7, not seated until 7:30. Food came cold and would have been only average if it was hot. Wait staff obviously overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a place that could rest
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    For a place that could rest on its laurels of fabulous view and attractive facility, it doesn't. The food was just wonderful from the house - smoked sable cakes to the fresh sable, the ahi tuna salad sandwich to the seafood salad for those who cannot make a decision, it was all terrific. Fresh and tasty. The drinks were great as well. Not a bargain spot, but wonderful. A place to return to again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was certainly not our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2012
    This was certainly not our first trip to Ray's Cafe, and past visits left me with high expectations -- which they exceeded. The kitchen was ON: everything came out quickly, and prepared perfectly, from the salmon burger to the endless bowls of clams and mussels, two plates of seared salmon; on and on and on. We had out of towners with us and they were wowed. If the weather's a little warmer, the outside seating is lovely, but pretty chilly this time of year! BTW: On Tuesday, happy hour prices extend through the entire restaurant, not just the bar. Even GREATER value!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the service was good, waitress
    kpmill
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    the service was good, waitress was very friendly. The restaurant was extremely loud, it was difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service. Beautiful
    Lednicf
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    Good food and service. Beautiful view of the sound and mountains. Very accommodating for large parties and kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Lennon
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    Ray's is always a great place for locals as well as taking out-of-town guests. Lots of boat traffic to watch in and out of the Locks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were very impressed with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    We were very impressed with our very friendly service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ...a regular stop when we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    ...a regular stop when we visit Seattle to get a consistently top-drawer meal. Our fav fish restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic