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Ray's Boathouse, Seattle, WA

Ray's Boathouse

4.4
4.4
2917 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 789-3770

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Duncan

  • 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: (206) 789-6309

  • Neighborhood

    Ballard

  • Cross street

    NW 61st St.

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,917 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. T

    Tara

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on February 4, 2020

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Very nice with a gorgeous view. Good for anniversaries or if you have visitors in town. Great for seafood but there are non fish items available as well
  2. S

    Shannon

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on January 21, 2020

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Good for fresh seafood. Better book in advance for a good table
  3. RS

    RestaurantSavvy

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Reviewed on January 20, 2020

    overall1foodserviceambience
    From old-fashioned, white tablecloth quality to modern mediocrity or worse.
  4. D

    Dolly

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on January 2, 2020

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Wonderful food, view & location. It’s a favorite for out of town guests, as well as informal HH.
  5. J

    Jewels

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on December 17, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    While the food here is good, we had issues with the service. Specifically we brought, as our guest of honor, an elderly relative who was very thin from chemotherapy. We had a table reserved way in advance. When we arrived we were seated right by an open door through which there was a huge cold breeze. Our cousin was so cold his teeth were chattering. We asked twice (practically begged) if there was any way we could be moved further into the dining room and were refused in a rather brusk fashion. We ate our dinner, which was quite expensive, but could not really enjoy it because we all were cold and the guest of honor was freezing. I could not understand such poor guest relations. I had had the reservation for two weeks so it was not that they had just fit us in. I was really rather shocked and have not been back.
  6. E

    Enrique

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on December 15, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    This is one of those legacy waterside places that exists mainly because of its location. Kitchen needs an update big time. Either go simple and serve great quality seafood without a lot of fuss, or get a visionary at the helm and come up with an innovative menu. As it stands this is like a mediocre hotel restaurant.
  7. JP

    JerryP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on December 9, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    My wife and I wete there recently. We had a window table upstairs a little before dinner hour. It was very nice. We were one table set away from the bar which was quite full but it seemed like the noise was very reasonable. We both really liked what we had a the proportions were in line with our light eating habits.
  8. OC

    OldCapitolHillGuy

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on December 1, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    Tired and overpriced. Better to drive to Kirkland and watch the sun set from Carillon Point.
  9. TL

    TaraL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on November 26, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Always a favorite of ours. Best view ever. Good food.
  10. TW

    TartWithAHeart

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Reviewed on November 19, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Exquisite seafood paired with like views. A great combo in any weather.
  11. D

    Darlene

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Reviewed on October 25, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    It's a nice destination spot and the food is good but not amazing. The bar upstairs is great and a perfect place for Happy Hour.
  12. V

    Violet

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Reviewed on October 24, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    The food at Ray's isn't bad, but it's so overpriced. It's not _that_ good, and knowing that, i never want to order the things that sound the nicest because i can't bring myself to pay what they are asking for a good enough but kind of ordinary meal. I always preferred the Shilsole Bay Anthony's, and being back at Ray's only made missing it more poignant.
  13. TS

    TravlnfromSeattle

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on October 16, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Great views, location, food and cocktails. Went there initially for appetizers and drinks and stayed for the pan seared halibut and chowder. Highly recommend the food here. Such great flavors and lovely presentation. A must for Seattle visitors!!
  14. F

    Foodie

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Reviewed on October 15, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Always a great meal with a gorgeous view and good service!
  15. TF

    TanyaF

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Reviewed on October 14, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    We were here 6 years ago for our 20th wedding anniversary and the food was fantastic!
  16. DV

    DanV

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on October 14, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Ray's is a Seattle classic and we enjoyed our set meal during Seattle Restaurant Week.
  17. JU

    JULIEK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on October 12, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Lunch at the cafe-fantastic cocktails. Superb appetizers & alaskan crab legs!
  18. LM

    LaMaOl

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on September 30, 2019

    overall1foodserviceambience
    Went this summer for dinner and sat on upstairs patio. Hadn't been for some time, but remember why I hadn't been back for so long. The view is unbeatable, but the food has gone so down hill we won't be coming back. Quality, preparation and taste all disappointing. Portion size remained significant, but not a good thing since not one of us finished our meal. Hope to see and hear about an improved food experience to bring us back.
  19. IB

    InkB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 26, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    Great setting, sadly, not impressed with the food. Interesting you do not take criticism well 😁
  20. SR

    SidneyR

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on September 24, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Splendid evening outside. Food was fantastic and the ambiance was perfect. We have been fans of Ray's for years, but hadn't been there for awhile. Now remember why we always loved it.
  21. F

    Fara

    Seattle

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Reviewed on September 19, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    Good view and good standard American fare. Great for casual night out.
  22. NT

    NeelamT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 17, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Amazing place with an amazing view. Perfect date place
  23. SM

    SMcD

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Reviewed on September 17, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great Sunday Happy Hour! Excellent Brunch. Lovely views. Great outdoor dining.
  24. JC

    JeanC

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on September 11, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Food was delicious, view great and staff very good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on September 10, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    the food was okay. I was disappointed. I got sick after eating a medium rare salmon.
  26. b

    brentg

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 4, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great introduction to Seattle seafood. Great views.
  27. s

    seafoody

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on August 31, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    lots of yummy food and they give you nice portions...great view too.
  28. TL

    TerryL

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Reviewed on August 27, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Lives up to it's reputation: good food, great service and scenic vistas.
  29. KB

    KristanB

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Reviewed on August 26, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Gorgeous view, good food, great cocktails. Fun place for groups and special occasions.
  30. C

    Chloe99

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on August 21, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    The dining experience at Ray's is always exceptional!
  31. AA

    AlonciAlonso

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Reviewed on August 20, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Great views - good food - a little pricy, but nice - would go back.
  32. JH

    JoeH

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on August 19, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    The atmosphere is very old and stuffy. We much prefer the cafe upstairs.
  33. MO

    MOLLYSedlik

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on August 12, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Ray's knows what they are doing. They do fish really well and have slowly adopted new techniques, creative side dishes and updated menus over the many years. Ray's is a Seattle staple for a reason. Quality food in one of the most spectacular restaurant locations ever.
  34. c

    coreene

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on August 11, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great food and great service. Nice view! Food was excellent!
  35. LC

    LaurenC

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Reviewed on August 5, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Ray's is a Seattle classic. Can't ask for a better view on a summer evening. Love the ambience and tried and true seafood options. The scallops especially!
  36. LM

    LindseyM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on August 5, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    I know its expensive, but its delicious and has a terrific view and has a very welcoming atmosphere.
  37. b

    brucep

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on July 26, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Excellent food great scenery! Great scenery good menu and food!
  38. DP

    DarrellP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 23, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Been to Rays at Shilshole many times. Expensive, but the food is excellent.
  39. AK

    AmberK

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on July 23, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great ambiance, amazing food. Really good for a special date night or nice cocktail.
  40. f

    foodlover

    Seattle

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Reviewed on July 19, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    I was very disappointed in my dinner. The pasta that came with the sea scallops was totally wrong for scallops--a real failure on the chef's part and the worst pairing with scallops I've ever seen (and I order scallops a lot at good seafood restaurants). The dish was very overpriced for 3 scallops. I hadn't been to Ray's in years and now I think I don't need to go back. Service is outstanding, but the deciding factor is the food.

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Ray's Boathouse is rated 4.4 stars by 2917 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    NW 61st St.

  • Neighborhood

    Ballard

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Northwest

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Duncan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 789-3770

  • 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: (206) 789-6309

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