Ray's Cafe
Ray's Cafe

Ray's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rays.com/
  • Phone: 2067820094x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-10:30pm
    Friday-Saturday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-11:00pm
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ray's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
266 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (232)great for outdoor dining (207)special occasion (119)great for lunch (95)fit for foodies (64)romantic (58)neighborhood gem (56)kid-friendly (56)good for groups (52)great for brunch (43)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (12)late-night find (11)Show More
  • bmaguideVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good seafood menu for a family dinner. Excellent service. We asked for a round table for our party of 8 and got it. Will be happy to return next time I'm in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still a solid pick
    chuna
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Still the place to take out of town guests. Food a bit pricey but quality high. Valet and reception fast and friendly. Food orders were slow but waiter acknowledged and apologized.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than recent reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Based on summer 2014, reviews, we were not sure what to expect. Our friend wanted to return to celebrate her birthday since it has been a long time since having a meal at Ray's. Our group of six felt the service was very good, punctual and our server was very friendly and offered good advice. All six of us enjoyed our lunches and the beautiful view. Yes, we will return again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Ray's is a special place we like to take our out of town guests and for special occasions. I always feel at home and have a special connection with the restaurant because my name is Ray. We had a perfect Seattle experience there on Wednesday evening the 20th of August with new business associates from Iowa on the deck of the Cafe. Elke served us very well in the busy bar while we waited for a table on the deck. You know we'll be back again and again as we have for 35 some years! I tell people Ray's is my restaurant! Ray Mooers P.S., I wanted this to go as a private note to the restaurant but it was dis-allowed due to: -262 characters remaining You have exceeded the character limit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dirty
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our table was sticky on the edges. I put my hand on the back of the chair to pull it out and it was coated with dry food residue. Went to the bathroom to wash my hand. Switched chairs and sat down. Put my hands on the seat-side of the second chair to scoot toward the table and came away with food residue again. Yuck. Makes me wonder how clean the kitchen is. The bar processed my credit card at at $73 for a beer and a club soda. The charge was corrected but I wasn't given a copy of the voided charge nor of the actual itemized bill. The view was nice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a great time. We got there early and were seated before our reservation time even though all our party was not present. The waiter was great. Only complaint was the calamari had been cooked in too old oil. We had been for lunch and the calamari was super. We will definitely return as it is a fun place and the view whether you are inside or out is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the view!
    Jackie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great food & service!! Always enjoy a meal at Rays!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, fine food, slow service
    fisheater
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Spectacular view from out on the deck. Food was fine, but not worth $165 for lunch for four people. Service was spectacularly slow. It shouldn't take an hour to get your food on a Monday when your order is in to the kitchen 35 min after the restaurant opens. Lunch diners often need to get back to work, or off to their next event. Our server disappeared for long stretches at a time. Not recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite seafood restaurant
    MaryP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Whenever I have someone visiting from out of town, Ray's is the first place I want to take them to experience the beauty of our waterfront and to enjoy excellent seafood. Never disappoints!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Poor service. Brought wrong meal. Too noisy to hear other person. Salmon to rare. Salad was all lettuce. Very little of items described. Waiter had too many tables. Would not go back. Would give it a D. Do not go there for special occasions
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely food, but
    Tansyweed
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was so loud that I could not recommend this place if you're looking for a quiet place to take elderly people.its a bar It was dining in an atmosphere of loud mouths and jocks, which ruined the fantastic food and lovely service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place for friends to meet!
    FinetoDine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Perfect place for our reunion with friends we hadn't seen in 20 years! Our party of 9 was seated on time. The staff was very accommodating as they were busy that evening and the kitchen was doing their best to keep up with the crowd. It took an extended length of time for our main entrees to arrive. Food was delicious. We were enjoying our friends so we weren't particularly bothered with the delay. The staff made up for it by buying us a bottle or two of spirits. The staff is wonderful and very considerate. We were the last to leave! I will definitely go to Ray's Café again and again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happyguest
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A special occasion place with wonderful views of the sound and entrance to the ship canal. Creative menu with ample choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-priced and over-rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A waste of a good view and location. Food was mediocre. Service was rushed, even on a Monday night, and wait staff didn't even know what cocktail sauce is (this is a fish restaurant, right?). Prices were outrageous considering the average food quality. Presentation was worthy of Denny's. Save your money and eat at Anthony's next door.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    Kathylk1VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Was told to go here by a friend but disappointed. Food wasn't very good and the service was just ok. One member of the group has celiac and was brought a spinach dip with breadcrumbs baked in on top! They were very apologetic but the damage was done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    NotWorthy78
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was very disappointed with my lunch selection of the mixed berry salad. The spring mix greens were wilted, old, not fresh at all. Everyone was taken aback at how badly the salad greens were...how could your cooks even think of serving such old, mushy greens, not just at your prices, but at any price. Not acceptable. Also, there was an obvious hint of body odor as the young woman reached over to clear a plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay, but not what I expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The place was busy but we were seated promptly at our reservation time. We went for the outdoor seating but did not know that there was very little outdoor seating and that was an hour wait. The food was good but over priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    foodie27
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went during sunset and it was a stunning view. My Cesar salad isn't taste like it had much dressing but my boyfriend said hi salmon was fantastic. They apologized for the kitchen being backed up and bought us drinks, which was really nice. The only downfall is if you need a cab. They are hard to come by. The staff will call for them but other people may take your cab.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    thefence
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fantastic dinner, food and drinks were excellent. Table was a bit cramped (indoor seating), and it was louder than I expected but nothing too out of control, it was just a very busy night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MaryP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is where I bring all of my out of town guests to experience Northwest cuisine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful views and good food
    MikeL
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place for lunch on a sunny day. The patio overlooks the water and is full of paddle boarders. Lots to see and be entertained by especially if you have kids. The seating on TBD the patio is limited and there are no reservations for it. We got there by noon and was able to get a patio table on a Friday. Our food was good and our waitress was nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Sadpatrons
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    While the view is spectacular, the food, service, and noise level canceled out the scenic quality. Following a long wait, our appetizers and salads came after our entrees were served, along with an inadequate excuse from the server. The kicker was when the server announced that he was discounted two cookies from the 5-person meal cost as compensation -- too little, too late.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love you, but...
    SeattleCarole
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We live in Seattle in the Ballard neighborhood, so both Ray's restaurants are favorites. However, there is an ongoing problem with service. Our server was very sweet, but it was awkward at times. Our order got lost and re had to start over...coffee and dessert took forever. We were fortunate in that we were having a very laid back dinner with no time restrictions. However, when the tab is close to $200, you really walk away happier if you feel like you received an excellent all-around experience, rather than a so-so one. On the other hand, we were seated outside and the view (and warm blankets) were amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 8/7 b-day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Thank you for asking. I considered contacting you but decided not to comment until you contacted us. Being that our party of five (inc my 95 yr old m-in law) were born/raised in Ballard ,we have had many enjoyable meals at Ray's over the years. That is why we were all disappointed in what we all considered a mediocre experience. ... . Definitely not "bad" but certainly not what we experienced in the past. Most disappointing was the seafood salad....the clams and scallops had strong taste (not fresh). As it was very busy that night, perhaps the kitchen staff just had an "off" night. Hopefully, our next experience will be better. Best regards, Bryson Chambers
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect in the Summer Sun!
    GnTSapphire
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A perennial favorite on a sunny summer evening when the breeze is warm and gentle and you have your sunglasses on hand. We were fortunate to capture a table on the deck above the water and in the sunshine. The service, as per usual, was phenomenal and always so attentive (and understanding in this case as one in our party was nearly an hour late). The food was very good, a little bland this time round and I think there is the possibility to really have the seafood shine given the location, season and availability of good selection... just saying. ... again, kudos to Ray's amazing staff... from valet attendants to the hosts and servers... a fabulous crew!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deceptive website
    LighterEater
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I was thrilled to see "half portions" listed on the website menu, but when we arrived, the menu given to us did not have the smaller portion fare offered. After dinner I returned to the website but saw no mention of when the half portion was NOT offered. It appears that only if you know that the Boathouse has a different menu than the Cafe, do you see the light portions.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ray's restaurant--poor
    LongtimeSeattle
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Ray's was our go-to restaurant for 30 years. The ownership completely revamped its food and approach about a year ago. We've been there twice since then and each time the food was mediocre and the service slow. We will not be going back again. It's a sad loss for Seattle.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Messinger
    MessingerVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Once again eating at Ray's Cafe was an outstanding experience. It is a can't miss for locals or tourists who want a great scenery and outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 83Foodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Gorgeous view. Went earlier than reservation, as recommended, to put in request for outside table. Waited only about 30-40 minutes, which we passed pleasantly at the downstairs bar. Food was good. Seafood salad was very good and a good size for sharing. Entrees were samll servings and veggies were a la carte so pricey. Halibut was good. Scallops were overpowered by hot seasoning. Waiter was a bit spacey but he tried hard. Overall a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Fav!
    MsJules
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Always a favorite of mine....especially to sit outside or watch the sunset. But always good...no matter what! Great Happy Hour too, but need to go early to get a seat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sound side dining
    NWdining
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food available right on the edge of the Puget Sound with a view of boating traffic. Sunset was amazing to compliment the authentic NW cuisine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent evening!
    KirklandConnoisseur
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had reservations for Saturday at 8:15. We arrived 1/2 hour early to try for deck seating. Turned out, the wait for the deck was ~ an hour, so we took pictures of the sunset from outside the restaurant, then took inside seating, but still with a great view. The atmosphere was relaxed, but noisy (had a hard time hearing the waitress). We ordered wine, which took a long time coming (apparently happy hour starts at 9:00, and the bar gets crazy busy), but the waitress comped the wine, which made up for the delay. The food was great! The berry salad was delicious. I had steak with crab added, and the sauce was so good I had to restrain myself from licking the plate... All in all, it was an excellent and most memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food and the sunset
    Saladqueen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Ray's for the fresh seafood and it did not disappoint. We even had white king salmon - very unusual and delicious! The service was excellent and not rushed. We stayed for the sunset, which was fantastic. Only negative is that it is noisy. But that's because there were so many people!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Seattle Legend
    SeattleVanGuy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Going to Ray's for an occasion is great. But you don't need an occasion to go. We went for my mom's birthday. Lunch was great! Salads and sandwiches with fresh seafood couldn't be better than what Ray's serves. Service is always outstanding. The view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains is one of the best in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy, Noisy, and Noisy
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I wanted to go to the boathouse itself but they were booked so I made reservations at the boathouse cafe - big mistake. As soon as we got in it sounded like a sounders game - LOUD. The waitress apologized, saying the Cafe was "family friendly". The was a table available with an excellent view if you were wearing earplugs. The waitress found us a table that was relatively quiet (no view but at least earplugs weren't mandatory). The waiter let us know that the kitchen was a little bit backed up but we found the wait wasn't that long. The dinner was pretty good, probably was very good but for the noise. Pricey? I wouldn't think so for Ray's Boathouse, but very pricey for a "family friendly" cafe.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met every expectation!
    2inmukilteo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We hadn't been to Ray's for a few years, mostly because we don't like to fight Seattle traffic to get there and it has gotten pretty expensive. My son and his wife gave us a gift certificate for Rays for Christmas this year and we had a wonderful evening celebrating my birthday there. Ate upstairs in the Cafe both because it is more casual and the menu and price suited us better than the downstairs dining room. Service and food were both lovely....we were well attended to without being interrupted often while we talked and ate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing View
    RyanChewy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This has the best view of any restaurant I have been to in Seattle. Highly Recommend the Sablefish
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous view
    HungryGirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great view, delicious wine and entree (the scallops), but Ray's needs a better dessert chef.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was edible/average, but the view on a nice evening is spectacular. Enjoyed the outdoor dining. Anyone sensitive to sun should bring good sunscreen or they may have to find a spot at the back of the restaurant. There are no umbrellas or shade opportunities on the deck, and the sun shines directly onto the outdoor patio as well as the inside tables adjacent to the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening to remember
    bobby
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Ray's Cafe is a vibrant, eclectic place with great seafood. The menu is varied and interesting. It is great for foodies to explore new horizons of good taste sensations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.