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Ray's Boathouse, Seattle, WA

Ray's Boathouse

4.4
4.4
2954 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

Menu

Starters

  • Warm Rosemary Gougères$11.00

    house-made pastry puffs, Gruyère

    • Seafood Tom Kha$24.00

      Penn Cove mussels, Manila clams, shrimp, bok choy, coconut milk, Thai basil, chili oil

      • Penn Cove Mussels$16.00

        Uli's chorizo, Calabrian chilies, sherry, butter, toasted baguette

        • Steamed Manila Clams$16.00

          white wine, butter, garlic, toasted baguette

          • Dungeness Crab Cakes$22.00

            sweet corn soubise, kale, chorizo, pickled beets, red onion

            • Half Dozen Northwest Oysters*$20.00

              on the half shell, mignonette

              • Ahi Poke*$16.00

                yellowfin tuna, ginger-soy marinade, scallion, wasabi aïoli, wontons

                • Rays Pacific Northwest Chowder$9.00

                  house-smoked bacon, red potato, Puget Sound steamed clams

                  • Calamari$17.00

                    breaded and fried, roasted garlic ai'oli, Mama Lil's peppers, preserved lemon

                    • Chef's Selection of Artisan Cheeses$17.00

                      domestic & imported, rotating selections

                      • Crab Toast$18.00

                        Dungeness crab, garlic a'ioli, fresh serrano chilies, pickled red onion, avocado, lime, cilantro, tomato

                        • Butter Lettuce Salad$14.00

                          apricot, radish, hazelnut, white cheddar, green goddess dressing

                          • Rays Caesar$12.00

                            Baby romaine gem lettuce, garlic croutons, Parmesan

                            Entrées

                            • Applewood Grilled Wild King Salmon*$46.00

                              asparagus, snap peas, radish, wild mushrooms, hollandaise

                              • House-Made Tagliatelle$28.00

                                spinach, hazelnuts, mushroom medley, garlic, black pepper, butter, Parmesan

                                • Pork Belly & Crispy Sablefish$42.00

                                  garlic braised pork belly, crispy smoked sablefish, sautéed fall greens, garden vegetables, miso glaze

                                  • Jidori Chicken$35.00

                                    pan roasted, honey mustard soubise, rhubarb salsa, cucumber, cilantro, lime, shallot, radish sprouts

                                    • Pan Seared Sea Scallops*$41.00

                                      minted green pea pancake, spring onion agrodolce, fresh broccoli, hazelnut, whipped goat cheese creme

                                      • Alaskan King Crab Legs$62.00

                                        steamed, garlic-ginger spiked green beans, fried potatoes, lemon, butter, walnuts

                                        Ray's Sablefish

                                        $44

                                        • House-Smoked

                                          shimeji mushrooms, jasmine rice, house pickled vegetables, miso glaze

                                          • Grilled Sake Kasu

                                            mushroom consomme, Brussels sprouts, house smoked bacon, roasted carrot, braised fennel

                                            Applewood Grilled Double R Ranch

                                            • Filet Mignon*$54.00

                                              Point Reyes blue cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, broccolini, beets, sauce Perigueux

                                              • New York Strip*$54.00

                                                house made frites, braised greens, sherry vinaigrette, green peppercorn sauce

                                                What 2,954 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                NoiseModerate

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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

                                                  Seattle

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  13 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

                                                  31 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  31 reviews

                                                  Reviewed on October 15, 2019

                                                  overall5foodserviceambience

                                                  Always a great meal with a gorgeous view and good service!

                                                15. TF

                                                  TanyaF

                                                  Seattle

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  9 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

                                                  vip
                                                  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

                                                  46 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  46 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

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 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

                                                  38 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  38 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

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  9 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

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  20 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

                                                  30 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  30 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 2954 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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