Ray's Boathouse
Ray's Boathouse

Ray's Boathouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rays.com/
  • Phone: 2067893770x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: 5:00pm-9:00pm (Daily)
    Boathouse Bar: 4:30pm-9:00pm
    Daily Happy Hour: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Paul Duncan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ray’s Catering is Seattle’s preferred caterer for a beautifully executed event! We provide full-service catering in our own waterfront banquet room (see Banquet Facilities below), as well as full-service off-premise catering for all size events from intimate gatherings and sailing receptions to extravagant corporate galas at Seattle’s premier event venues. From professional event planning and management to chef-designed menus and exceptionally polished service, Ray's makes your event both a pleasure to plan and attend! Please contact our team at (206) 789-6309 or email rayscatering@rays.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ray's provides both private and semi-private dining options for your corporate or social events.
  • Private Party Contact: Ray's Catering 2067896309x
  • Special Events: Rays Café will be hosting our semi-annual Brewmaster's event on Sunday April 13th at 6pm. Please call the Café directly at 206-789-0094 if you'd like to attend!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus #86,Seaview Ave. NW Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is street and private lot parking available as well as complimentary valet.
A word from Ray's Boathouse

We deliver artfully composed plates, elevating the freshest seafood on local and global markets. Our culinary team demonstrates their passion with every seared salmon, sake kasu marinated sablefish and roasted Jidori chicken while pouring their hearts into every detail of complex sauces and syrups. Our seasonal seafood highlights, inspired by our chefs’ endless creativity, will surely delight your culinary senses while our knowledgeable wine director guides you through our extensive wine list featuring local and international vintages. Our gorgeous 30 ft. waterfront bar is the perfect location for imbibing in a specialty hand crafted cocktail while capturing the magnificent view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Our bar features both classic and specialty cocktails as well as a selection of delectable bites from our Boathouse kitchen. Enjoy the confident hospitality provided by our team as they deliver a high level of service to you and your guests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Ray's Boathouse reviews from OpenTable diners
268 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (244)special occasion (183)romantic (154)fit for foodies (125)notable wine list (69)neighborhood gem (45)great for outdoor dining (38)good for groups (32)great for lunch (22)hot spot (16)late-night find (13)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • A very grown-up birthday
    jlwleo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Want to celebrate your birthday without having the waitstaff sing to you while you wear a special hat? Go to Ray's! I was greeted with a "Happy Birthday!" and there was a birthday card at my table and a single candle on my dessert; more than I expected and enough to make me feel special, not embarrassed. Food and service were excellent and the view, as usual, sublime. Thanks, Ray's!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a dinner for 6. As it was Thursday evening we all had different arrival times,some delayed. We were accommodated by the hosting staff very well. Our server,Shelby was prompt and gracious and reassured me that the traffic made this an understandable issue and please relax and the enjoy the evening. Her serving and explanations of the dishes we asked about was thorough and helpful. The rib eyes were poorly cooked and very over spiced with flavors and sauces. Not what you would expect of a ribeye or Rays. The cheese plate reminded me of the Alaska Airline commercial where the executive loves the idea of miniature chickens being served to there guests.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    love2dine
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Again and again, Ray's has been amazing! Great recommendation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the drive
    Idahocleve14
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This place is awkward to find, using google maps, (like alot of Seattle water locations) but well worth it. Great atmosphere and menu. Worth the price, which is on the expensive side. Great staff, and very unique menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perrenial Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been going to Ray's for years, and as always, the restaurant fires on all cylinders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food, great view and the company of my family & the love of my life for 30 years. A perfect evening, thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ray's is a Seattle classic
    gts1VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have been to Ray's numerous times with family and friend's. The food is consistently excellent. The view on a sunny summer evening is always breath taking. The service is friendly and attentive. Free valet parking is always a plus. This time around we had the mussels, smoked salmon and hamachi crudo appetizers. All were excellent. The deconstructed clam chowder was amazing. I was sad to see the bottom of the bowl. Ray's is known for the Sable Fish in Sake Kasu. It never disappoints. A lovely piece of fish, expertly prepared and plated. Don't miss the banana bomb for dessert. The remodel has freshened up the ambience. Ray's is a Seattle classic that gets better with age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for the occasion
    1oldguy2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Just as planned. An 18th birthday dinner for my grand daughter complete with window table and a birthday card. Could not have been nicer!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic Views
    AnotherfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We brought my in-laws here from LA for dinner. Service and wine was great! We started with the Manila clams which was sauteed with calabria chilis which overpowered the clams due to the spiciness. Other than that, we all enjoyed our entrees of salmon, halibut, scallops and prawns. We were told that the salmon is cooked medium-rare so if you don't prefer that, you will have to let them know that you'd prefer to have it cooked all the way through. I was worried at first they would over cook it but they didnt. It was perfect! And of course, you can't go wrong with the views of boats sailing by at sunset. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just an OK dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The service was not what I had expected. Our server wasn't very informative on the menu items, she just simply came around twice to see if we were ready to order? The table next to us had a great server. Their server openly, without a question from their customers, provided a full blown breakdown of all the special menu items they had to offer as well as all the main ingredients that go towards the dish. He also had great recommendations. The food overall was very delicious, the only disappointment I had was the chowder. The chowder seemed bland. Overall, I'm not sure if i would come here again as I was hoping for a better dining experience for service. Maybe next time, we do chose to come here, we'll have a better server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happybelly
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a great window table with awesome view of Puget Sound. Good was awesome as well. In our party, we had steak, chicken, salmon, halibut and sablefish. All really really good! Definitely a place to go back to over and over again...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for guests!
    new2seattle
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a great place to take people visiting the Seattle area. We were able to watch boats entering and exiting from the locks, kayakers, people on paddle boards, freighters heading further down the sound, etc. Beautiful with the sun going down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A review
    Ale963
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Showed up got seated in a great spot with a really good view. Only problem was it was inbetween two large groups and they were both extremely loud and it was just the two of us and it was hard to hear eachother. Other than that it was a good experaiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great view! The halibut and sablefish were amazing. I Will definitely go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top seafood place
    Krampusz
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Ray's is a great place to have expertly prepared good quality seafood.If you visit in May, try the King salmon special. The scallops are always a good choice, but anything really is a good choice here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too hot
    entertainingfriends
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    we were there when the hot weather was just beginning to cool off. We got a window table but it was too hot. Both of the men were sweating. If we come another time we would ask for a booth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You have re-invented the old Ray's
    TraditionalMan
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Ray's used to be one of my favorite Seattle spots for excellent seafood in a beautiful setting. I took my late mom there years ago. Then, I ate there a year or so ago with some special friends and our same party returned just the other night. Apparently in the past 12 months, the top brass at Ray's has spent too much time watching The Food Channel. the portions are now smaller, the menu more "esoteric", and the emphasis is on foodie cheffie offerings. Plating and cheffie-cuteness is now of more importance than quantity or traditional fresh seafood emphasis. Ray's had a traditon and history. Some will be glad to see they have "kept up with the times" and have a new menu. Others will be disppointed that it is now a totally different place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ray's Sunshine Review
    Lcomeda2
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our reservations were at 8:00 and we were seated at a table with a magnificent view of the sound. As the sun set, a gorgeous sail boat was heading for the locks and the birds were coasting on the breeze. It was intoxicatingly beautiful. Our server was knowledgeable, polite, enthusiastic about the food and very helpful. Our party of six all were delighted with our food. The chowder is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, sub part service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My food was good. The restaurant has a good view. Service was not very good. I went here for my anniversary an made reservations 2 weeks in advanced with a window seat so we could see the sun set. They did not fulfill that simple request and refused to give us the empty table by the window that we saw and asked for. Our waiter also failed to bring us bread and brought us the wrong dessert. I would rather go to Anthonys next door which also has a view.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were in a room with a bunch of children one of which was making too much noise. Not conductrive to dining.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner st Ray's
    Aurelius
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My family took an out of town guest to Ray's for an early dinner. The seafood choices were excellent and the service was prompt and accommodating. The sake kazu sablefish was perfect as was my Wagyu sirloin. The prawns were a little bland but the mashed potatoes and veggies were an excellent accompaniment. Overall, an excellent meal for everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a view
    charlottesvillefoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The sunset from Ray's is spectacular - and the food isn't bad either. Actually, the food is pretty darn good - roasted halibut, planked salmon, Hamachi crudo - all beautifully prepared and presented. Excellent service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    Kirklandcouple
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have Ben going to rays for our anniversary for 33 years. They never disappoint so why change, always a great experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent View, Food, and Service
    Seattleman
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    There for a going away dinner. Very special and very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Evening
    MareandJim
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a lovely meal at Ray's Boathouse. We enjoyed the view and the food was excellent especially the black cod. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I would love to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Martian13
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Fantastic view, outstanding food and drink. We highly recommend the clam chowder in the restaurant and the sablefish (yumm) but everything we had was awesome. We also got to witness a bit of excellent customer service - one of the staff fishing a cell phone out from behind a banquet with a coat hanger where a 2-year-old had dropped it. Certainly above and beyond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surf and Turf
    foodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    First off, Ray's staff was amazing. I went here after I proposed and Ray's and I had contacted Ray's about setting up a special table. We had an amazing table, bouquet of flowers and champagne waiting on our arrival. The food is fantastic as well. Highly recommend the crab cakes and surf and turf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfully attentive!
    AmyInEverett
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We chose Ray's to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and we couldn't be happier with our decision. We started upstairs in the Cafe to enjoy a drink and appetizer on the deck. One of the best views in Seattle, and crab dip to die for! We went downstairs to the Boathouse for our dinner, and we found a Happy Anniversary card waiting on our table--such a thoughtful touch. Amazingly attentive and knowledgeable waiter, and our steak and halibut were cooked to perfection. Highly recommend for a special occasion, or for a first class meal in a beautiful setting. Also appreciated the free valet parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    PAtricia
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great atmosphere and fabulous food. We loved everything, and don't forget to try the Peanut Butter Bomb dessert.....heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makes everything more special!
    MBP23
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We celebrated our first anniversary and a birthday and everything was absolutely perfect! The restaurant called to confirm my reservation and I pushed the reservation back an hour - and of course we arrived at the original time, they simply suggested the bar until the table was ready which was perfect. The bar tender was an absolute delight and made my dad a daiquiri that he was craving and made it that traditional way that my Dad was hoping for. Such great service and a great way to start the meal on the 97 degree day! :) Our dinner was flawless and we felt right at home! We didn't want to leave and look forward to experiencing Ray's again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Met expectations
    Nonfoodie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was very palatable, but not spectacular. We liked the sablefish very much, and the sea scallops were slightly over cooked and chewy. They were well seasoned though. The orange creme brûlée was delightful, unique and well plated. The service was appropriate, friendly, and not stifling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too pricey
    fishboy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Portions way too small, prices way too high, scenery just right.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fish
    Hollified
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ray's knows how to cook fish. We both had the sable fish that was cooked perfectly. Good wine list. The decor is a little boring although I know it was recently remodeled. The booths in the back carry sound directly to the window seats overlooking the water which is unfortunate. We will be back, though. This restaurant has more of a classic feel and the population is more geriatric.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunsets and sensational local foods
    BillymcVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ray's has been a Seattle favorite before the word "foodie " was invented. We dined on some very unusual seafood treasures-the white King Salmon poached with elegance, and the Black Cod, aka. sablefish, which was marinated, not too long with tender, baby, bok choy, rice surrounded with a luscious pool of green subtle seasoning. The cheese course we had at the end was served at the right (runny )m temperature, and the orange crème brulee was so fresh, and could have served 2 easily! On the front end, the salads were good , and appetizers as well, but not as creative or "to die for" as the subsequent courses. The wait staff is very professional, and we had a fantastic evening with an memorable enchanting view !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Seattle Gem
    ChowHound
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I ate at Ray's Boathouse on my first trip to Seattle years ago. It was so good that I ate there again two nights later! I was back in Seattle again last weekend -- and ate at Ray's again! Just as good a I remembered.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the Sablefish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The Sablefish with Sake Kasu was incredible. It's a must-have!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ray's Boathouse
    ShLoWa
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Went to Ray's Boathouse the last night of our visit in Seattle, based on online reviews. The setting and the view is great, the service was friendly and attentive. Free valet parking. The food was nothing special: have had much better Caesar salads. Ordered off-the-menu special of Copper River salmon which was tasteless. Vegetarian in our party was quite satisfied with vegetable choice and Chocolate Bomb dessert. Even though the food was somewhat disappointing, it was still an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The view of Puget Sound(?) and the food were equally great. Wine list kind of underwhelming especially when the are marvelous wines from Walla Walla available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Hunters
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was a special occasion for my out of town guest from New York. They left very impressed by view, the service, and most of all the great tasting food. They will most definitely let other New Yorker's know about Rays.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 149 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1890 reviews are from the Ray's Boathouse reviews archive.
  • Disappointed!
    kevminator
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    As always, the view of the sound was spectacular! The restaurant was beautiful!! However I paid way too much ($39) for a full plate of lentils with three less than bite sized scallops! Totally disappointed! Similar dish at other seafood restaurants would have been $10 with a variety of vegetables! Further, the wait staff was non existent! Not knowing whether the staff was shorthanded or not, I still left 15% gratuity, but was reluctant to do so. I am a frequent patron to Ray's and this was my first bad experience. If you go to a place enough, eventually, you will have a bad experience. So I give Ray's the benefit of the doubt, but I definitely feel taken advantage by the exorbitant price for what was served.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.