Ray's Boathouse

4.6
3284 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We deliver artfully composed plates, featuring the freshest local seafood. Our culinary team demonstrates their passion for seasonal seafood and local ingredients in every dish. 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 selections. Enjoy the confident hospitality provided by our team as they deliver a high level of service to you and your guests.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(206) 789-3770
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Duncan
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Private party facilities
Ray's provides both private and semi-private dining options for your corporate or social events.
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Private party contact
Ray's Catering: (206) 789-6309
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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.
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Cross street
NW 61st St.
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Parking details
There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible and it was not busy. Took 25 minutes for drinks, had to ask for bread and plates were sitting waiting to be cleared throughout meal. Also the waiter said the crab legs were precut and would involve little work. They are barely cut and the price you would expect them to be halved. Disappointing experience in general. Spend your $200 somewhere else.

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VC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. We look forward to our next culinary adventure to Rays!

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DA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we picked Ray’s for great seafood. The King Crab legs were out of this world. Worth the drive from downtown Seattle.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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CM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I brought my wife here for our anniversary and had a great time. The service couldn't have been better; our server was attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and friendly. The staff recognized that it was our anniversary and included a nice note for our table. All the food was top notch. I highly recommend Ray's for a special occasion or an upscale dinner.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and was presented very well.
The service was very good and our waiter was very personable.

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First time dining at Ray's and had a great time. Food, service both outstanding. Look forward to my next visit. Thanks!

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RD
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and the staff was kind enough to change our reservation. Overall the staff was great. The food amazing but most important the ambiance was exactly what we had hoped for quiet, comfortable and relaxed. A Win Win Win for us

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P
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

One plate of fish was under-cooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen. The other plates of fish ordered were on the verge of being under-cooked. It was described as medium-rare. We should have insisted on medium for fish. The food seemed a bit bland. Hopefully, this was an off night for a restaurant that has been a favorite over the years.

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SR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ray's has been consistently great for us. the food was great last weekend especially the smoked sable fish and the scallops which we had. We also had the Molten chocolate cake for dessert, which is worth the wait.

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F
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Seattle icon Ray’s boathouse never disappoints. The halibut was cooked to perfection and my wife ordered the scallops which were equally awesome. Service was very attentive and who can beat the atmosphere.

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JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went on a rainy Tuesday night and found it was about 25% full. The server was very attentive but also unobtrusive which was great, I hate it when they approach you with a mouthful of food. The local white wine they had was very nice and I ordered the Rockfish. the food came very quickly, which also concerns me a little , was it truly freshly cooked ? but the fish tasted lovely, very moist and my date was very complimentary about her crab cakes and chowder. It's not the first time I've been to Rays and have never had a bad experience there, the setting is great and even on really bust days the service is usually just right.

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KH
Toledo
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Birthday dinner for mom. View as always is the draw everything else about the place is boring. Please change anything to freshen the experience .

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go to Rays Boathouse every time I visit Seattle!!!!

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TP
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurants come and go, but not this one. Ray's is an institution, and for good reason: Delicious seafood, an historic and beautiful location, and decades of experience (theirs and diners') behind it. It is best on a clear day at sunset but wonderful on a dark, rainy October evening as was our most recent dinner there. Out of town guests loved it, and so did we.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, waterfront dining. A bit expensive.... for two people with a glass of wine and ordering from the dinner menu you should expect to spend $130-150, without the tip. Just an FYI.

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Y
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great restaurant for a dinner meeting. We enjoyed the food too.

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Been coming to Rays for last 5 years, sable fish always great in the past. Must be new chef because the cold noodles and over salty bacon not welcomed. Let the fish shine!!! Sorry guys, prices now too high for what you get. Won’t be back sadly. This is after culinary stops in Vegas, Palm Springs, San Fran, Cali Coast and Portland. Thanks Dan Keene

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S
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rays is a Seattle classic. I have never been disappointed. Service was perfectly timed and out of town guest raved about the salmon.
Staff was as professional as they get

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EF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ray's Boathouse is my go-to place for fine seafood dining on the Puget Sound waterfront.

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BS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was expensive and mediocre. Celebrating mother's 80th b-day and advised open table when reservation made. Had to remind the waiter at the end of the meal who asked if mother wold like vanilla ice cream....really?! There's nothing better?! Requested pumpkin tart for her and saw we were charged for it, which we paid. Mother had fond memories of Ray's from 35 years ago. Too bad it's gone down hill. Would not recommend this place.

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FK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my wife's birthday. I had not been to Rays in over 15 years. Wow! What a great restaurant with excellent and friendly service. Rays is now on the top of my go lists for seafood restaurants.

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V
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I have had in awhile, and while Ray's has always been very good, it seemed to me they have upped the quality to new heights. The view is unparalleled, as well, and it was a perfect, clear night, showcasing the Olympic mountains, the Sound, and even working fishing boats! Truly memorable, but would not have received such high marks without the excellent service as well.

A must-dine experience for anyone in Seattle.

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PM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at the Boathouse. Loved the seared ahi and the Burnt Ray's to finish a lovely dinner. Nice timely service too

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R
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal for husband birthday. Crab dishes were wonderful. Service great.

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This turned out to be the perfect venue for a family reunion. Our party of eight was seated at a long table at the window. The server was outstanding. We were not rushed or hovered over, and drinks, appetizers and entrees all arrived at an orderly and relaxed pace. The view at sunset and early evening is incredible. Every entree was perfect, and the desserts we all shared were exceptional. We'll be back next time we're in Seattle.

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KK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly beautiful spot and lovely food. Just wish it were a tad bit brighter - lighting is set to put babies to sleep.

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SK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Scallops and Sable fish were to die for.

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LH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

I have eaten at Ray's before and very much enjoyed the food. This time was quite different. The service was great but the food was very underwhelming. We had a variety of meals, the fish the restaurant is known for (can't remember the name), steak, salmon, pasta and chowder. Not one meal was above average. I won't go there again because when I pay $45 - $60 for a meal, not including the wine, I expect it to be above average.

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PT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was one of the best that we've ever encountered. Knowledgeable, customer focused and very attentive. Our food was superb as well.

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MC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was something similar to Costco, feels like frozen food and taste like so, but they sell it like a chef put an effort and is not. extremely disappointed with the food but the service with the waitress was exceptional great personality and very attentive and friendly

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l
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a birthday reservation. Told we didn’t make a reservation by the Rays greeter. Very lackadaisical greeter and staff. Later harassed and told we were no show when we showed. Rays lost longstanding customer. Would not recommend opentable - very unreliable

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Dinner. EVER!! Make sure to get a reservation time for just before sunset. The view was spectacular. The food was beyond amazing. The service was outstanding. 5 stars all around!!!

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, excellent food and outstanding service. Thank you for making our special occasion so memorable.

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D
San Francisco
438 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner and were seated in a booth for four with an iconic view of the water. Food was excellent but not as good as we remember from a few years ago. Used to dine here several times a year and things were more active, dishes had a more contemporary and exciting edge. Returned to Seattle to visit friends. Found both food and service need a little inspiration. Maybe it just was an off Sunday night.

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JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location, great food and excellent service -- could not ask for more!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh seafood. Great knowledge of what is caught in the nearby ocean. Food is delicious. You must try this place

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D
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ordered the puff pastries with cheese, and they were extremely greasy, albeit tasty. The halibut and sablefish were delicious, as was the filet. Dessert was good, not great. We would have loved a chocolate cake-like option. Good wine variety re: prices and region. The service is impeccable, the room, warm and inviting. The view, gorgeous.

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O
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for old friends to meet and catch up while enjoying wonderful food and stunning views.

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GW
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Service and food both were a little off but that view! We still love Rays but maybe only for happy hour from now on

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