RAY

4.5
207 reviews
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$30 and under
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Israeli
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
Ray celebrates Israel's diverse cultures and culinary traditions with a modern, seasonal menu imbued with a straightforward, full-flavored style. We capture the warm, bustling atmosphere of the modern Israeli dinner table that is at once celebratory and inclusive. Please note that Ray holds a portion of the dining room for walk-in guests. If you do not see the time you are hoping for please contact the restaurant.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Israeli
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 288-6200
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jenn Louis
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Private party facilities
We accept parties of all sizes and offer full and partial buyout of the restaurant for special occasions.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Failing
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
207 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
21%
Good
5%
Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Chef/owner, Jenn Louis, is terrific hostess - mingling with patrons and answering questions. Took a class from her on how to cook octopus just before dinner and it was fun and informative. Great overall experience.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Had a great meal with friends at Ray. The food is creative and interesting; the carrot hummus is memorable as is the cabbage. Very vegetarian friendly with attentive service!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Very fresh, everything made by the chef including the drink mixers. We had a bottle of wine from Lebanon which was unique and very good. Large open doors to enjoy the weather but not roast. Meats were fantastic, pita and hummus too.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Ray never disappoints. The food is so full of different flavors, colors, & textures. Both the vegetarian and the meat options are excellent. The cocktails are creative and well balanced. And for an earlier bite the happy hour menu is a great one.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great service and delicious food.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Came here with some friends. Our server was really nice but way too busy. We were there almost an hour before we got our first starter. Overall felt like Food was fine but way too expensive for the quality and quantity. Would not return.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was delicious & that is why I’d return. Cocktails were too expensive but happy hr price was good. Waiter socialized with a friend at the bar so it took a moment to get his attention a couple of times otherwise he was great.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I had been here before and it was absolutely fantastic. This time was very meh.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We have been here several times and the food and service have always been way above average.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Delicious! The lamb flatbread was amazing.our waitress helped us decide on what to order. We also lived the hummus, fresh naan, and the Israeli salad. Great wine list as well.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

In 1990 I visited Israel. This restaurant brought me right back to Jaffa on the shores of the Mediterranean, one of my favorite spots on earth.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Amazing food, great service, and romantic ambiance!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

FANTASTIC food

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great service, incredibly kind and attentive server. Beautiful food and a wonderful ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Truly one of the best dining experiences I have had in a very long time. We eat out often and would consider ourselves foodies and this meal was excellent. Our server was outstanding and we didn't have a single dish that wasn't great. I can't say enough about Ray and we are lucky that it is just down the street from us. We will be regulars.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We love this place....the food is great with a variety of options that changes frequently enough to keep regulars interested. Jenn is a top notch chef and the staff is always knowledgeable and kind. Shannon is an amazing hostess and waitress. Definitely, a foodie's place

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Such a delicious and memorable meal. My boyfriend and I took his parents, who were visiting from out of town, here since they really enjoy Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine. The dishes were so creative and flavorful. It's very shared-plate friendly, so we got to try nearly half the menu. Jenn Louis came to the table and chatted with us a few times, she's super friendly and sweet. The doors were rolled up and we enjoyed the breeze on a warm 85 degree day. Grabbed the seasonal cocktail they had that day. So great food, great drinks, great atmosphere and the service was extremely friendly and informed. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice date, get together, celebration or to satisfy strong cravings for Israeli cuisine.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The chef was friendly and very involved. The front of house was flustered and understaffed. The food and cocktails were excellent. The restaurant would benefit most from better staffing, but overall very enjoyable.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food: Steelhead prepared perfectly, subtle sauce helped fish stand out, frittata overly dill, though; Lamb burger nicely seasoned, though too much bun.

Service: Two takes - first, we were warmly welcomed by the owner, and attended to promptly and courteously by staff. Once our order was in, however, service disappeared (we needed to go to the bar to pay). It seems as if the place was short of staff, which took away from the overall experience.

With better service, Ray is well worth searching out.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wow, wow, wow. This is much more then expected and lots of good food and some very good flavors. A MUST try. I will be coming back anytime I am in Portland and i am sure you will not be disappointed. Very open feel and friendly staff add to the total event. If looking for 5 star Michelin Ray is not that but if looking for a relaxed feel and many wonderful flavors then Ray is going to be the place to be.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

the food is extremely flavorful.
Jenn Louis is superb chef/proprietor
service is great
we feel very welcome
ambience is outstanding
very excellent comfortable dining experience

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was unique. Their Kavas drink was amazing. The dates were very flavor full.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Delightful, knowledgeable server and great food—tastes mostly new to us. But noisy. Will definitely return and recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This is our 3rd time going to Ray. We will definitely be returning often. Great and unique dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had an absolutely lovely experience. Everyone was so kind. From the hostess to the waitress. We could not have felt any more special. They were just wonderful to all six of us. The food is amazing. Our cocktails were creative and delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Quite possibly the best dining experience I have ever had in Portland. Not sure why Ray isn’t receiving the recognition they deserve.
Outstanding food. Excellent service. Fantastic menu with several selections I would never imagine enjoying but, much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed very much.
The word “Wow” kept slipping into our conversation as we ate.
Ray serves a cabbage that should win an award all by itself! I hope I didn’t loose you at “cabbage” but it really does need to be mentioned because it would be a shame if you go to Ray and you don’t order it.
Give this not-so-ordinary restaurant a try.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Our waiter had an attitude from the moment he sat us. He really needs to work on his service and table side demeanor. The food was ok, but had so much potential.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food, the cabbage and Brussels sprouts were amazing. We liked everything we tried

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food is all excellent. I don't believe you will find dishes prepared this way anywhere else, at least not in Portland.

Some restaurants try too hard to be unique and the food just doesn't cut it. Ray nailed every dish we had.

We will be returning shortly.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was my third visit to Ray since a friend turned me on to it back in February. This has now become my favorite place for Israeli cuisine in Portland. One way or another I have tried almost everything on the menu and have not experienced any disappointments. Not being a fan of Octopus I tried it with some reluctance and I am glade that I did. Don't overlook the skirt steak, brussel sprouts or the carrot humus with lamb. Save room for dessert! and enjoy some of interesting drink options.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service and great food. The carrots were a little spicier than expected and the noise level was too load. Everything else was great

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food great time! Chef took great care of us at the counter. Will be back again for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Having loved Lincoln, Chef/Owner Jenn Louis's previous restaurant, we'd meant to try Ray. The confluence of PDX Dining Month and Spring Break finally got us there, and we were we sad to realize we'd missed a whole year of great Ray meal opportunities. We were back just a few days later, to reprise the Dining Month menu with our adult children and well-behaved 16 month old granddaughter.

Both meals were absolutely delicious. The first time, we tried two of the specialty cocktails. This margarita lover had a hard time choosing among the unusual and creative choices but ultimately opted for the Goat Hangar with its pomegranate juice and tequila. My husband had a terrific drink too - can't remember its name but I know it had beet juice!

The Dining Month meal was delicious and ample; I was happy to have it twice that week. We also tried the dates from the small plates menu, which were fabulous. Ditto for the gefilte fish special on the menu in honor of Passover. I've never had gourmet gefilte fish before and hope it shows up again at Ray. On our return visit I tried the poached pears and I could see going back, just for dessert, when they are on the menu. The service was friendly, casual, yet still attentive, and the waitpersons and servers were terrific with our littlest dinner guest. Chef Jenn even came out from the kitchen to say hi and get a hug from her.

Immediately before our first visit, we enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting, which I believe is something Ray plans to do more frequently by inviting local vineyards come in pre-dinner to showcase their wines. It's a nice addition. I am not a restaurant critic and while we did ask about ingredients sadly I don't remember what made the dates, gefilte fish, pears and other dishes so outstanding. But I do remember the fine presentations and the great taste. Take a peek at the menu to get a better sense of how Chef Jenn mixes and matches worldwide flavors with local ingredients. It's a real win/win all around.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I love eating at Ray's!!! The food is beautiful, creative, different, vibrant and delicious!!!! The lighting and ambience is perfect and they always have good music playing. I would recommend this restaurant for any dinner out or any special occasion, you won't be disappointed!!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food is great. Jenn Louis is an inventive chef. The service is great. Overall wonderful experience with great food. The carrot hummus with lamb, the steelhead and the salmon collar were especially good.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The preparation, quality, and creativity of the Israeli food was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was OK-ish, but it took them like an hour to bring us the main dish. Perhaps longer.
They also were unhappy when we requested separate checks, and when they did, they tried to charge us for a glass of wine nobody ordered. And on the top of all that, they include 20% service charge (we didn't argue that, but I don't think they deserved it.)

The bottomline - not coming back; not recommending to my friends.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went to Ray last Sat. Food is tasty but plates are quite small. We wanted to taste everything so we ordered family style. 4 or 5 apps, 2 salads, 2 main dishes and hummus with pita. Still hungry. We will go back and try again!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was excellent! One of the best restaurant meals we've had in Portland in years. We did the March Dine Out fixed price menu, but we added a couple extra items. Would definitely recommend it to friends and foodies.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

From the grilled dates with marcona almonds Amuse-bouche to the Shakshuka every menu item had its own special twist that make you say “what is that ? It’s so good” The Shakshuka is an absolute must. The team is always gracious and Chef Jenn always make her rounds to show the commitment to her guest, food and your experience. Awesome.

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