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About Ray's Boathouse

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.

6049 Seaview Ave.
Seattle, WA 98107
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Happy Hour (Bar and Deck Only): Monday-Sunday : 5:00pm-6:00pm

Cross Street:
NW 61st St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 789-3770

Website:
http://www.rays.com/

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Paul Duncan

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

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

Ray's Boathouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (65)
Special Occasion (54)
Waterfront (53)
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Good for Anniversaries (38)
Worth the Drive (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Romantic (28)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fun (17)
Cozy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Authentic (11)
Casual (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I had an incredible Anniversary dinner. The oysters were incredible. Our entrees were amazing. The service: super easy going but refined. And we saw a sea lion out for a pleasure cruise amidst the evening sailers.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I will always like Rays but thier menu the last two visits has been disappointing
When was the last time you had a ceasar salad with greens in it? Not well dressed either
Entrees were few and high priced
My halibut was raw in the middle
Other entrees were small and paired with strange sides
Service was excellent
Wine list good
Views without compare
The small crowd on a Thursday evening makes me think the public is disappointed with the menu as well

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Unbeatable view. Food is good but pricy. We brought a friend there for her first time visit in Seattle and she loves the view! Recommended for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to take out of town guests!
Window table, gorgeous sunset, fabulous food.
The service was great and the server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service was really nice. The restaurant however was VERY DARK and we were seated at an enormous round table that could have easily sat 8 or more. It was very hard to hear as the noise level was high and there was a newborn baby at the table next to us. As a mom I’m sympathetic to wanting to get out but it was unfortunate for a party of four the party didn’t respect the other diners in this very special occasion restaurant.
Will be back as the food is lovely and service great, but more for suites for a lively brunch crowd.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Elegant though relaxed, beautiful space. Food was pricey but very good and you pay for the ambiance/views too. We had king crab and coho salmon, being from Alaska and Washington can say they were prepared well with very generous portions. Very welcoming and accommodating staff (worked very well around allergies/food preferences). Welcoming to children though even with kids felt ambiance was well kept. Would return again for special occasions.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Server was very informative about the cuisine.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service and food were exceptional. The salmon and halibut were cooked perfectly, and the smoked sablefish was uniquely delicious. Quality all the way around. Eager to return soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Ray's has always been known for excellent seafood. Frankly, I was somewhat disappointed in my food and felt it was overcooked (halibut). However, my partner was very happy with the food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent waterfront location. Parking can be a challenge and valet is not always available. Fresh seafood offerings are creative and consistently very good. Service can be a bit uneven, but always friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was very good and there was much to pick from. We did, however, have too negatives. First, the waitress wasn't timely in bringing drinks, etc. Second, and more importantly, were the prices. $50+ for a filet is very outrageous and certainly not a good value. And besides the filet was fairly small. If you go there, go for the food and not the price.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

First time here and brought an out of town guest. Loved the water views. Noisy upstairs in the bar/cafe area but downstairs the restaurant was perfect. Great for a long dinner with lots of conversation. Really enjoyed the food (halibut was perfect!).

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food and service were excellent. View of waterfront very nice

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was great, as a cabin-attendant from Lufthansa German Airlines, I have already recomended your restaurant for several collegues as well as several customers from the business-class from Lzfthansa

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Beautiful spot, great view (friendly sea lion was a nice bonus). Food was good but not spectacular, definitely overpriced for what you get. Worth it for a special occasion but definitely too much for just an evening out.

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing and what a great view! I wish I remembered out waitresses name because she was amazing!! great place and great food!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was amazing start to finish. I had a filet perfectly cooked and seasoned. Husband had halibut that was phenomenal! Service was excellent. The view for a sunset is BEAUTIFUL! We couldn't have asked for a better dinner

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Brought guests from England who came to Seattle for the opening Seahawks game and as a gift to their 21 year old son who is a big Seahawks fan. Excellent table and waiter. The menu was interesting and the waiter knew about all of the dishes and very professional. Dinner was excellent and was served to all at our table at the same time.

One criticism- Front desk reception the weak link as the main person working there seemed quite indifferent. Don't think your diners who are paying top dollar for a special meal need to feel that they are lucky just to eating in your restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful experience from staff greeting to seating and service. Fantastic window table on main floor although the frequently opened deck door and breeze is a chilly issue. Maybe shouldn't seat four adults wanting conversation and view next to couple with noisy children. Ray's still solid NW food experience and value.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Ray's is a landmark sitting on the edge of Shilshole Bay in Ballard. The view was remarkable - sunsets are amazing from every table. Impeccable service inline with any four-star restaurant. We had mussels and Calamari for appetizers and six different entrees - everyone loved their selection (from steak to seafood). We celebrated my son's 18th birthday - I think he's becoming a foodie now; thanks to Rays experience. Any excuse is a great reason to visit Rays Boathouse and have a delicious meal, with a spectacular view, and exquisite service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The view from our table was amazing: we watched the sun set over the Olympics. We had great service. In general, the food was very good, although our salmon entrée was slightly overcooked. We will definitely come here again someday.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Superb place to dine and same place it was 30 years ago...different people with same great food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always great food and service. My out of state family always ask to go back to Rays. It's the favorite. We've never been disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was absolutely amazing. Beautiful presentation of food. Was delighted that they could accommodate our Vegan guest.

Tags: Quick Bite, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Organic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

I first went to Ray's when I was 32 and I'm 72 now. The place was so swanky 40 years ago. I know the building has burned down since I was so young. I missed seeing the old raised booths and the places I met so many friends all those years ago. Try not to burn this one down so young people can come back years from now. Holden Caulfield was there.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great view! Food was good and consistent with previous visits. The clam chowder is always great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My wife and I went there for our wedding anniversary and I had requested a window table. They accommodated the ask but unfortunately we were sat in between a screaming infant and a table of 10 loud guys so our quiet, romantic evening was lost. Service was ok, but slow. Food was the same.. ok, nothing over the top especially considering the cost. I've been to 5 star restaurants all over the country and this would not be one of them. Awesome water view but falls down after that.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 11, 2017

A great evening for our 4 out of town guests on their first visit to Seattle. They were awed by the views. We had requested, and hoped for, a window table both through Open Table and a phone call to the restaurant. When we arrived, we were told they are never guaranteed and sat us against a wall at the end of the room. We asked to be reseated and were accommodated. The hostess was a bit surly through this and it was noted by our guests. Our server was wonderful and really knowledgeable about the different types of fish and preparation. Her recommendations were spot on and our dinners were perfect.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Restaurant did not honor reservation request to get table with a view of sunset (got random table in middle of room). When we got there exactly at reservation time had to wait 10-15 mins for table. Food was good, but not great. Waiter was very attentive and only showed up when we actually needed something. Overall just OK (had outstanding experiences here before).

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

My wife and I went to Ray's Boathouse with two of our friends on last Saturday. We had a reservation at 6 PM. When we reached there, one of the receptionists took us to the lower deck tables at the center. We wanted to sit by the water side so that we could enjoy the beautiful scenic view as well, and we saw one open table. When we politely requested the receptionist about switching tables, she told us someone was waiting for 30 minutes for that table so she wouldn't be able to give us that table. My first reaction was, "we already had a reservation, then why would that matter"! Then I asked her about next availability of another table and she said, "I don't know". I asked her if she could give us a tentative wait time if we were to switch the table and she said she wouldn't be able to tell that either. My reaction to that was, "you should be able to guess or provide a tentative wait time". However; we noticed someone had a check on the table so, assumed the table would become available soon so we decided to wait until that table becomes available. The table became available 10 minutes since then.

Other than the abovementioned, our experience was good. Nice scenic view from the hotel. Great ambience and the food quality was great too. The halibut was good!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant for their great fish, awesome water views, and outstanding waitstaff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

This place came highly recommended to us and we chose it over several other amazing options. We were however very disappointed. We sat on the patio and with the cooler weather, we were the only ones out there. Unfortunately that became apparent in the service (or lack there of ) we received. When the waiter was there, he was very friendly and informative, however, when I got the sablefish I ordered, it was so undercooked, I had to send it back. They replaced it with another option but didn't take my husband's back and apparently were in no rush to bring mine so his choice was to either eat it cold or eat without me for our anniversary. All of this at a very hefty price tag. We were hoping to love it but unfortunately did not have the same experience as apparently so many others.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Perfect food, ambience and service. Multiple options for food. We had the chowder, halibut and crab legs. Everything was perfect. Will definitely visit again.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Celebrated our 25th anniversary. Had our reception at Ray's conistent over the years. Champaign was nice!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

As always a winner for special occasions and out of town guests

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food was very good was hoping for a more diverse selection of seafood. There was no Maine lobster or Tuna as an entree, as per on line menu.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Marvelous food, setting and service. Proud to show off this iconic Seattle restaurant to international visitors! Our server Daniel was a pro!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was excellent with the exception of the chicken, which was somewhat dry and tough. The asparagus would have benefited from a couple more minutes of cooking The sauce, potato purée and Dungeness crab which were on the same plate were outstanding.
Wines, scallops, cheese plate and salad were also excellent.
The view was spectacular.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very Good Food, great location, awesome waiter was Eric, sat next to a screaming little kid that ruined my night out....

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We were a party of 6, first time meeting our oldest daughter's fella. It's been a long time since I've been to the Boathouse, as I used to mainly go upstairs to the cafe. Our table was one of the slightly raised booths and was perfect for 6. Great view the whole evening. Everyone really enjoyed their food -- including 2 pescatarians, three meat eaters, and a one rather picky teen. The Boathouse has more of an understated, old-school Seattle, fine-dining feel, and quieter than the Cafe, though the general vibe and dress code vibe is pretty casual. The service was great, from the charming hostess to the waitstaff, and we felt relaxed and able to really enjoy the evening. We chose Ray's because we knew the food would be good (and was, in fact, excellent) and for the nice but laid-back atmosphere. Thanks Ray's Boathouse!

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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