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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.
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour (Bar and Deck Only): Monday-Sunday : 5:00pm-6:00pm
NW 61st St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com.
There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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!
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