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Ray's Cafe

4.4
1420 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Ray's Cafe is the perfect vantage point for savoring our postcard view of the Puget Sound with a micro brew and a bowl of clams. With a casual and lively atmosphere, the Cafe offers a wide array of menu options featuring world-class seafood dishes. Open for lunch and dinner everyday, the Cafe is the perfect place to kick back and relax!
Our outdoor deck is the place to be on a sunny summer day. The new addition of our heated, covered patio space makes outdoor dining comfortable on even the grayest of Seattle days. If the weather starts to turn, cozy up near one of our two stone fireplaces and you'll soon forget about the chilly weather outside.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
Happy Hour (seasonally): Monday-Thrusday 4:00pm-6:00pm
No happy hour Friday-Sunday
No happy hour on holidays
Happy hour will end for the season on May 24th and resume September 3rd
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Phone number
(206) 782-0094
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Duncan
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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), 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 to chef-designed menus and exceptionally polished service, Ray's makes your event both a pleasure to plan and attend! Please contact rayscatering@rays.com customized proposal.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NW 61st St. and Seaview Ave NW
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Parking details
There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1420 People Are Saying
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on September 5, 2014

Dry and undercooked salmon (how is that even possible?), dry asparagus, zero flavor in the couscous, and the ceviche was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2014

This was a special get together for 5 friends. I liked that the staff did not rush us , but let us have a leisurely lunch so we could visit and celebrate. The cab sliders were really good and The Spicy lime sunset splash was delicious!

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2014

A great view of boats heading in and out of the locks. Great spot!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2014

The deck is not to be missed in summer. The food is good and the bar is fantastic. Plan ahead to enjoy one of the best Pacific Northwest's sunset viewing locations.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2014

We were highly impressed with Ray's Cafe. The crab cakes were better than any I had elsewhere in Seattle. My salad with shrimp was awesome. The view is spectacular. And, our waitress was hilarious and helpful. We had a couple pesky bees bothering us. Our waitress was so funny and eager to help us fight them off.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2014

Nice restaurant that offered a scenic view and delicious food. Appreciated the blankets on the deck even though we didn't use them. The meal was reasonably priced and memorable.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2014

The food was excellent with the exception of the clam special. There was little taste and some clams wewe gritty. The clam chowder was wonderful. My husband's meal was great. The setting perfect. All and all and very nice place.

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2014

We had a fantastic evening at Rays watching the sunset from the deck. The waitstaff was very helpful and personable, the food was quite good overall, but the Thai style mussels appetizer stood out as being fantastic. Our out of town guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2014

Great food, great service & great views. I'll be back next time I'm in Seattle.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2014

Ray's is always a wonderful experience, but I wish they'd push the quality of the food up just one little notch! Their service has gotten notably better in the last few years and now matches its location. I took some friends from Minneapolis there on a gorgeous warm August night, arriving 20 minutes before reservation so that we would have a shot at an outdoors table. Very attentive registration and bar service meant not only did I get a beer swiftly, and after only a few minutes, our outdoor table was ready. Bus person and waiter regularly attended our table and the waiter was great. Then -- he brought the bread. Three dry, stale uninteresting white rolls? Really? In a top Seattle restaurant? Love you anyway Ray's. :)

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2.0Dined on August 25, 2014

clearly the only reason this restaurant is still open is because of the view, without the view no one would go back. I cannot remember the last time I had such bland, mediocre food. Do yourself a favor - pack a picnic and go sit in Golden Gardens to enjoy the view, it will cost you less and the food will be much bettere

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2014

Good seafood menu for a family dinner. Excellent service. We asked for a round table for our party of 8 and got it. Will be happy to return next time I'm in Seattle.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2014

Still the place to take out of town guests. Food a bit pricey but quality high. Valet and reception fast and friendly. Food orders were slow but waiter acknowledged and apologized.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2014

Based on summer 2014, reviews, we were not sure what to expect. Our friend wanted to return to celebrate her birthday since it has been a long time since having a meal at Ray's. Our group of six felt the service was very good, punctual and our server was very friendly and offered good advice. All six of us enjoyed our lunches and the beautiful view. Yes, we will return again!

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2014

Ray's is a special place we like to take our out of town guests and for special occasions. I always feel at home and have a special connection with the restaurant because my name is Ray. We had a perfect Seattle experience there on Wednesday evening the 20th of August with new business associates from Iowa on the deck of the Cafe. Elke served us very well in the busy bar while we waited for a table on the deck. You know we'll be back again and again as we have for 35 some years! I tell people Ray's is my restaurant!
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2.0Dined on August 19, 2014

Our table was sticky on the edges. I put my hand on the back of the chair to pull it out and it was coated with dry food residue. Went to the bathroom to wash my hand. Switched chairs and sat down. Put my hands on the seat-side of the second chair to scoot toward the table and came away with food residue again. Yuck. Makes me wonder how clean the kitchen is.

The bar processed my credit card at at $73 for a beer and a club soda. The charge was corrected but I wasn't given a copy of the voided charge nor of the actual itemized bill.

The view was nice.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2014

We had a great time. We got there early and were seated before our reservation time even though all our party was not present. The waiter was great. Only complaint was the calamari had been cooked in too old oil. We had been for lunch and the calamari was super. We will definitely return as it is a fun place and the view whether you are inside or out is great.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2014

Great food & service!! Always enjoy a meal at Rays!

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2014

Spectacular view from out on the deck. Food was fine, but not worth $165 for lunch for four people. Service was spectacularly slow. It shouldn't take an hour to get your food on a Monday when your order is in to the kitchen 35 min after the restaurant opens. Lunch diners often need to get back to work, or off to their next event. Our server disappeared for long stretches at a time. Not recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2014

Whenever I have someone visiting from out of town, Ray's is the first place I want to take them to experience the beauty of our waterfront and to enjoy excellent seafood. Never disappoints!!

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2.0Dined on August 17, 2014

Poor service. Brought wrong meal. Too noisy to hear other person. Salmon to rare. Salad was all lettuce. Very little of items described. Waiter had too many tables.
Would not go back. Would give it a D. Do not go there for special occasions

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2014

It was so loud that I could not recommend this place if you're looking for a quiet place to take elderly people.its a bar It was dining in an atmosphere of loud mouths and jocks, which ruined the fantastic food and lovely service.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2014

Perfect place for our reunion with friends we hadn't seen in 20 years! Our party of 9 was seated on time. The staff was very accommodating as they were busy that evening and the kitchen was doing their best to keep up with the crowd. It took an extended length of time for our main entrees to arrive. Food was delicious. We were enjoying our friends so we weren't particularly bothered with the delay. The staff made up for it by buying us a bottle or two of spirits. The staff is wonderful and very considerate. We were the last to leave! I will definitely go to Ray's Café again and again!

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2014

A special occasion place with wonderful views of the sound and entrance to the ship canal. Creative menu with ample choices.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2014

A waste of a good view and location. Food was mediocre. Service was rushed, even on a Monday night, and wait staff didn't even know what cocktail sauce is (this is a fish restaurant, right?). Prices were outrageous considering the average food quality. Presentation was worthy of Denny's. Save your money and eat at Anthony's next door.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2014

Was told to go here by a friend but disappointed. Food wasn't very good and the service was just ok. One member of the group has celiac and was brought a spinach dip with breadcrumbs baked in on top! They were very apologetic but the damage was done.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2014

I was very disappointed with my lunch selection of the mixed berry salad. The spring mix greens were wilted, old, not fresh at all. Everyone was taken aback at how badly the salad greens were...how could your cooks even think of serving such old, mushy greens, not just at your prices, but at any price. Not acceptable.
Also, there was an obvious hint of body odor as the young woman reached over to clear a plate.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2014

The place was busy but we were seated promptly at our reservation time. We went for the outdoor seating but did not know that there was very little outdoor seating and that was an hour wait. The food was good but over priced.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2014

We went during sunset and it was a stunning view. My Cesar salad isn't taste like it had much dressing but my boyfriend said hi salmon was fantastic. They apologized for the kitchen being backed up and bought us drinks, which was really nice. The only downfall is if you need a cab. They are hard to come by. The staff will call for them but other people may take your cab.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2014

Fantastic dinner, food and drinks were excellent. Table was a bit cramped (indoor seating), and it was louder than I expected but nothing too out of control, it was just a very busy night.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2014

This is where I bring all of my out of town guests to experience Northwest cuisine.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2014

Great place for lunch on a sunny day. The patio overlooks the water and is full of paddle boarders. Lots to see and be entertained by especially if you have kids. The seating on TBD the patio is limited and there are no reservations for it. We got there by noon and was able to get a patio table on a Friday.

Our food was good and our waitress was nice.

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1.0Dined on August 7, 2014

While the view is spectacular, the food, service, and noise level canceled out the scenic quality. Following a long wait, our appetizers and salads came after our entrees were served, along with an inadequate excuse from the server. The kicker was when the server announced that he was discounted two cookies from the 5-person meal cost as compensation -- too little, too late.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2014

We live in Seattle in the Ballard neighborhood, so both Ray's restaurants are favorites. However, there is an ongoing problem with service. Our server was very sweet, but it was awkward at times. Our order got lost and re had to start over...coffee and dessert took forever. We were fortunate in that we were having a very laid back dinner with no time restrictions. However, when the tab is close to $200, you really walk away happier if you feel like you received an excellent all-around experience, rather than a so-so one. On the other hand, we were seated outside and the view (and warm blankets) were amazing.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2014

Thank you for asking. I considered contacting you but decided not to comment until you contacted us.
Being that our party of five (inc my 95 yr old m-in law) were born/raised in Ballard ,we have had many enjoyable meals at Ray's over the years. That is why we were all disappointed in what we all considered a mediocre experience. ... . Definitely not "bad" but certainly not what we experienced in the past. Most disappointing was the seafood salad....the clams and scallops had strong taste (not fresh).

As it was very busy that night, perhaps the kitchen staff just had an "off" night. Hopefully, our next experience will be better.

Best regards,
Bryson Chambers

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2014

A perennial favorite on a sunny summer evening when the breeze is warm and gentle and you have your sunglasses on hand. We were fortunate to capture a table on the deck above the water and in the sunshine. The service, as per usual, was phenomenal and always so attentive (and understanding in this case as one in our party was nearly an hour late). The food was very good, a little bland this time round and I think there is the possibility to really have the seafood shine given the location, season and availability of good selection... just saying.
... again, kudos to Ray's amazing staff... from valet attendants to the hosts and servers... a fabulous crew!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2014

I was thrilled to see "half portions" listed on the website menu, but when we arrived, the menu given to us did not have the smaller portion fare offered. After dinner I returned to the website but saw no mention of when the half portion was NOT offered. It appears that only if you know that the Boathouse has a different menu than the Cafe, do you see the light portions.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2014

Ray's was our go-to restaurant for 30 years. The ownership completely revamped its food and approach about a year ago. We've been there twice since then and each time the food was mediocre and the service slow. We will not be going back again. It's a sad loss for Seattle.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2014

Once again eating at Ray's Cafe was an outstanding experience. It is a can't miss for locals or tourists who want a great scenery and outstanding food and service.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2014

Gorgeous view. Went earlier than reservation, as recommended, to put in request for outside table. Waited only about 30-40 minutes, which we passed pleasantly at the downstairs bar. Food was good. Seafood salad was very good and a good size for sharing. Entrees were samll servings and veggies were a la carte so pricey. Halibut was good. Scallops were overpowered by hot seasoning. Waiter was a bit spacey but he tried hard. Overall a very pleasant evening.

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