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
218 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (184)great for outdoor dining (162)special occasion (95)great for lunch (80)fit for foodies (65)good for groups (64)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (49)kid-friendly (48)vibrant bar scene (27)great for brunch (26)hot spot (24)notable wine list (13)late-night find (10)Show More
  • The MOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Had another great relaxing meal at Rays Cafe. The service is always good, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Dine Around Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My wife and I went to Ray's for Dine Around Seattle this week. I went with the Roasted Cauliflower & Chicory Salad, House Smoked Sablefish, and Pots du Creme. I'm not usually a cauliflower fan, but whatever spices it was roasted with was delicious. And I must say that this summer, Ray's has been changing my mind on my favorite fish. Their sablefish is so delicate and tender. Finally, what's not to love about chocolate espresso cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters!!
    BJluvtheNW
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good food and service. We each had two orders of oysters and when I asked for the usual light sauce rather than the tomato based sauce, he went downstairs and found what I wanted, the mignonette sauce. Salmon was cooked two ways and was excellent both ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food quality was mediocre for the prices, but you re paying for the view, if you get a table near a window.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food + View!
    foodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Can't go wrong with with that fabulous view and enough menu choices to accommodate everyone in your group. The clam chowder will make you wish you ordered a bowl instead of a cup!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not thrilled with the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My husband and I both had the pork shank with kale and mashed parsnips and potatoes. The pork shank was very fatty, and a bit overcooked. I think pork shanks are fatty anyway, but the taste was not pleasant. The kale was undercooked. The appetizers( shrimp wedge and butternut squash soup) were very good as were the desserts. We both said we would not eat there again. We both wondered if the fixed menu was an afterthought of the rest of the food. The service and ambiance were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, food & cocktails
    BiCoastalDiner
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I had the sablefish, which my server (who was fantastic) recommended as his favorite thing on the menu. It was very good! I suppose some places could have "done it better" but there was nothing to complain about. The bok choy and jasmine rice were both done nicely as well. I also had a seasonal cocktail, the pumpkin manhattan, which was great, too. Apparently they infused the bourbon right there in the restaurant - now I want to try. The chocolate thing my sister got for dessert was rich, but not too sweet. I had cookies, which seems odd to get at a restaurant, but it was exactly what I wanted and those snickerdoodles hit the spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    He had a good dinner at Ray's café during Seattle Restaurant week. We ate in the bar and food was good except that the salmon dinner was smoked and I thought that size of smoked entrée was a bit much for a meal. It would have been better "non-smoked". Good ambiance, great arugula salad and wonderful chocolate dessert! Our waiter/bartender was delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Husband's birthday choice
    elderdiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Husband insisted on Ray's despite the stormy weather and zero view on a late Oct. evening. I enjoy Ray's excellent seafood, too, but thought he might like something fancier for a milestone birthday. Also that our foodie friends from New Orleans might be disappointed. I even made the 'mistake' of reserving a table in the Café. But we were able to choose from both restaurants' menus and had fine dinners and superb service. Ambiance of Café was good and a nearby table/bachelor party? did not disturb our conversation. Ray's reputation is well deserved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Ate lunch in the café and the food and service were great! What a treat! Looking forward to returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    bahart
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    nice place , food was good but service was late . Our drinks came very late after starters served .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Ray's
    MEB49
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have gone to Ray's so many times and each and every time it is fabulous. This time, however, was even better because we had such a charming wait person, Brad, who was informed, funny, rought us 2 birthday desserts gratis. That hadn't happened in a long time even though we had been there for birthdays quite a few times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our server was fantastic. Wish I could remember her name. The food was great as always and the view is unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Very appreciative that the waiter let my dad order a drink that's only available in the dining room downstairs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner on Oct 12th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Ray's Café. The appetizers, champagne, and dessert were all wonderful. However, both entrees were just mediocre. I had crabcakes, actually just one because that's all that comes on the plate when you order the $16 versus the $24. For $16 I expected to get two crabcakes. The asparagus and potatoes didn't have much flavor and my husband's rockfish was way too salty. Our waiter was wonderful though and gave us a free dessert which was very good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deck Dining Beauty
    Hungry
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Lunch on Ray's deck on a sunny Seattle day should be a bucket-list occasion. What a marvelous view! Our server was good, knowledegeable, but it took entrees a very long time to arrive, though appetizers came in good time. We skipped dessert for the only reason that we ran out of time.e
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday service was poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our table person left work after taking our orders. Someone had to find our food. The cafe was only at 50% capacity. Lunch took 20 minutes to arrive. Quality good, but had obviously cooled in the kitchen. This is a reoccurring problem with Ray's Cafe on Sunday afternoon. Saturday is fine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The view's the thing
    pan2VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Sitting on the deck and reveling in the warmth is the selling point here. Our service was spotty. A glass of wine didn't show up until I was nearly finished eating. All four of us had acceptable meals. We started with two appetizers and continued with salads, soup and pasta. The entire Cafe was bustling with activity but the noise level on the deck was not too bad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louise
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Ate upstairs in the Cafe. For the casual atmosphere and above average food, the prices were very overpriced. Service excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IF ONLY THE FOOD MATCHED THE VIEW
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I had out-of-town guests in and thought Ray's Cafe would make a good lunch spot on a nice day, even though it was too chilly for the patio to be open. Yes, the view is still terrific and the service excellent, but the food seems like an afterthought at this view destination. They make a BIG thing out of being fish-centric, but all of our salmon dishes were overcooked to the point of actually seeming like they had been previously frozen (which they said was not the case). How this restaurant can carelessly overcook fish and serve mediocre fries is beyond me. If you're headed to the Locks, take a walk on the pier and go elsewhere for food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    ILoveOlive
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    our waiter was just the perfect combination of friendly, funny, and professional. He Recommended the sable fish, I ate it, it was fabulous. My cousin had the salmon, they tend to undercook it (in my opinion). Even though she ordered it medium well, it was uncooked in the middle and had to go back for a little more cooking. It is definitely pricey - about $200 for four of us with two glasses of wine and two desserts. Well worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    CausualEastsideDiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Wanted a casual anniversary dinner with good food and got it. Great service, fantastic sunset, and delicious fare. Only suggestion to Rays would be to update the tables and chairs upstairs - furnishings felt more like a roadside café than what you'd expect for a $100+ dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother with a reservation
    Tundra
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a reservation for 7. We were not seated until half an hour later. There was no room in the bar or outside, so we were standing for 30 minute. Then we were told the kitchen was backed up and that we'd better "place orders for salads and or appetizers" because it "would be a long time until we saw entrees." It took half an hour to get a glass a wine; much longer to get any kind of food (desperate, we repeatedly requested bread.). Nothing was comped to us for our discomfort or inconvenience. Will never be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a good time was had by all
    MissKitty
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Celebrated my friends birthday this past Saturday at Ray's Boathouse, and every moment was special, our server was wonderful, a woman who worked in the dining room, a hostess I think, Maria Z. helped me find an to recharge my phone, and led us to a fantastic table on the deck, My friend is vegetarian and we found menu items suitable for her diet,we enjoyed every moment the house wine was lovely and the view fantastic! The moment the sun went down we were offered blankets and the heaters came out on deck, what fantastic service!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good view, good grub, nice view
    SomethingPretentiousVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice menu options, interesting cocktail selection, and great views of the sound. Very busy when we were there, but service was still good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice visit
    BluebellnElmo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had requested a window table when making the reservation and while non were available when we arrived, a very short wait allowed us that pleasure. Once seated we received water right away but had quite a bit of wait before we saw a wait person. ( was a Thursday night ). Besides the slow service the only other negative was our bread items.... The bread and butter brought out before appetizers was some of the toughest exterior bread I've ever eaten! The toasted bread that came with our crab dip was ridiculous! It was painful to eat! The rest of our dinner was delicious and overall the experience was a good one!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OldLawyer
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Staff was welcoming. no waiting. Staff paid attention to our needs. Food was prepared and presented in an outstanding manner. The view during the day time is second to none. One of the very best sea food establishments in Seattle. No hesitancy about recommending it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The MOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had dinner outside on the deck. Love the food and the views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent service! The food was very good and the view and atmosphere was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View
    MNSeattle
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Excellent food and a great sunset view. Good menu and nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, great food.
    Loveseafood
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We got a gift card from a friend and went for a birthday celebration. We got seated right away...outside! It got a bit hot and the staff graciously moved us into the shade. We had a gorgeous day, amazing food, a great view and friendly, attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rays -Touristy Great View
    WorthHavingVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Ray's Cafe is the less expensive of the two Ray's restaurants right on the water in West Seattle. You know you are there for the view, because the food is good, not great, in a town where there's plenty of great. The seats outside offer unimpeded views of the sunset but bring your sunglasses with you because on a sunny Seattle Day you will even need them inside. The menu has plenty of seafood and fish and a few non-fish items. The wine list is excellent, many choices by the glass or even 1/2 bottle. The desserts include a fresh flavor of the day each day, and are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • janie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The view from the outside dining area is outstanding...directly on the water....beautiful! The food is good, not great, but the venue makes up for it. This was not my first time here and it wont be my last
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We visit Ray's whenever we're near
    Stoink
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have two complaints about Ray's Café, and the first one is serious. I'm a vegetarian, and I really have only one entrée that I can order. I don't know if Ray's offers a veggie burger substitute for its hamburger, but I'll be glad to send a recipe if it does not. Anyway, things have improved since our first visit in 2001, and I appreciate the progress. I give Ray's a top rating because everyone in my family loves Ray's and its seafood. My wife is addicted to the crab cakes, and I am afraid what would happen to her if we lived nearby. Also, the vegetarian choice is reasonably priced. Many restaurants don't give vegetarians a break, so thank you, Ray's Café! The other complaint involves the omission of a certain punctuation mark. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great restaurant, bad waiter!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Riley C. Was the most abrubt, non patient waiter I've had in a very long time. While ordering appetizers he also wanted our dinner order (rush, rush). We tried to order the halibut special, he Informed us the special was probably no longer available but took our order for it anyway. However, we did say we'd have cod if halibut was gone. When dinner was brought to us it was dropped down and he hurried off. No explanation if we were eating the halibut or cod. He never came back to ask if we needed anything else or if we wanted another drink, nothing. When he finally showed back up we asked for a dessert menu. Someone else brought it. It took so long for him to come check with us we finally said no to dessert for our bill and left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    SeattleScientist
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Whenever my family comes into town we almost always have a dinner at Rays, where we can rely on great fish, a beautiful view, and great service. Only problem this time was the setting sun which, while beautiful, did shine in my eyes for about half an hour before sinking behind the Olympics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful
    Ecutter
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was great, server/kitchen was very accommodating for various off menu requests but it took over 45 minutes for our food to arrive. The views are spectacular but it got chilly inside when the sun went down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ray's Rocks!
    luvdessert
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I made reservations for an early lunch, a 40th birthday celebration for my niece who is developmentally disabled, and had as a guest one of our oldest family friends. The staff couldn't have been more gracious, we had a great window seat, the view was fabulous, the food was delicious, (Crabcakes, Ahi Tuna, Berry Salad) including the birthday cake I'd arranged for beforehand. It was a very special day! I've always loved Ray's, and would recommend this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood with a beautiful view
    Ballardforanight
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were able to sit on the patio with a great view of the sun setting over the mountains. Waitress was great and didn't rush us. Good was great as well. Very fresh fish and delicious appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 22nd Annivesary celebration
    TGinVan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were visiting Seattle from Vancouver, Canada and were celebrating an Anniversary, while Ray's Cafe is more casual than the Boathouse, it offered the out door dinning, stunning view and a sunset. The food was great, wine list was good and the ambiance was fine. We had a great evening and would certainly visit again. The deck is usually on a first come first serve basis, but I asked if it was possible for a table when I booked and they kindly accommodated us. A memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.