A special occasion place with wonderful views of the sound and entrance to the ship canal. Creative menu with ample choices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is where I bring all of my out of town guests to experience Northwest cuisine.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always a favorite of mine....especially to sit outside or watch the sunset. But always good...no matter what! Great Happy Hour too, but need to go early to get a seat.
Great food available right on the edge of the Puget Sound with a view of boating traffic. Sunset was amazing to compliment the authentic NW cuisine.
We had reservations for Saturday at 8:15. We arrived 1/2 hour early to try for deck seating. Turned out, the wait for the deck was ~ an hour, so we took pictures of the sunset from outside the restaurant, then took inside seating, but still with a great view. The atmosphere was relaxed, but noisy (had a hard time hearing the waitress). We ordered wine, which took a long time coming (apparently happy hour starts at 9:00, and the bar gets crazy busy), but the waitress comped the wine, which made up for the delay. The food was great! The berry salad was delicious. I had steak with crab added, and the sauce was so good I had to restrain myself from licking the plate... All in all, it was an excellent and most memorable evening.
We went to Ray's for the fresh seafood and it did not disappoint. We even had white king salmon - very unusual and delicious! The service was excellent and not rushed. We stayed for the sunset, which was fantastic. Only negative is that it is noisy. But that's because there were so many people!
Going to Ray's for an occasion is great. But you don't need an occasion to go. We went for my mom's birthday. Lunch was great! Salads and sandwiches with fresh seafood couldn't be better than what Ray's serves. Service is always outstanding. The view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains is one of the best in Seattle.
I wanted to go to the boathouse itself but they were booked so I made reservations at the boathouse cafe - big mistake. As soon as we got in it sounded like a sounders game - LOUD. The waitress apologized, saying the Cafe was "family friendly".
The was a table available with an excellent view if you were wearing earplugs. The waitress found us a table that was relatively quiet (no view but at least earplugs weren't mandatory).
The waiter let us know that the kitchen was a little bit backed up but we found the wait wasn't that long.
The dinner was pretty good, probably was very good but for the noise. Pricey? I wouldn't think so for Ray's Boathouse, but very pricey for a "family friendly" cafe.
We hadn't been to Ray's for a few years, mostly because we don't like to fight Seattle traffic to get there and it has gotten pretty expensive. My son and his wife gave us a gift certificate for Rays for Christmas this year and we had a wonderful evening celebrating my birthday there. Ate upstairs in the Cafe both because it is more casual and the menu and price suited us better than the downstairs dining room.
Service and food were both lovely....we were well attended to without being interrupted often while we talked and ate.
This has the best view of any restaurant I have been to in Seattle. Highly
Recommend the Sablefish
We go to Ray's café fairly often but recently have bee thrown off by the change in menu items from 2 years ago...new chef, new flavor. Should of kept the classic dishes.
Great view, delicious wine and entree (the scallops), but Ray's needs a better dessert chef.
Food was edible/average, but the view on a nice evening is spectacular. Enjoyed the outdoor dining. Anyone sensitive to sun should bring good sunscreen or they may have to find a spot at the back of the restaurant. There are no umbrellas or shade opportunities on the deck, and the sun shines directly onto the outdoor patio as well as the inside tables adjacent to the patio.
Ray's Cafe is a vibrant, eclectic place with great seafood. The menu is varied and interesting. It is great for foodies to explore new horizons of good taste sensations.
We were there for a beautiful summer outdoor dining experience and Rays is perfect for that. Great service. Although they are famous for their seafood, we found that it was ok, but not as fabulous as the hype led us to believe. Some things, like the sablefish was fantastic, salmon, not so much. Still, we would go back for the view and the convivial deck.
Our salads arrived promptly, but our entrees arrived over an hour later, with lots of apologies but no explanation other than 'it's our busy time of night' in spite of the cafe being half empty. Two entrees we're overdone as though they'd been waiting a while under a heat lamp, and one was underdone. On par for maybe hotel food, but way overpriced for what we got. Nothing comped for our wait. My mom had wanted to take us somewhere nice, but she left feeling disappointed in our experience. Great view though.
This was my first time here and I have to say for the most part I was pleased. That being said, their reservation system needs to be changed. In order to sit on the outside deck, you have to make reservations for the inside and then show up about an hour before you want to eat and get on a wait list for the deck. It's horrible. We waited about 1.5 hours for the deck. I showed up 1 hour before our reservation time too. I really enjoyed the food and the view, but we spent a few hundred dollars and I think waiting that long for a table is not okay. They need to have reservable tables for the outside and people should NOT have to wait more than 15 minutes when they show up for their outside table. I am hesitant to even return based on this.
This place is the Nordstrom of restaurants. It was our anniversary and we requested a window seat. Though we were originally seated in the middle of the room, we were moved to the window within five minutes. We also received a free dessert. The service was top notch, the view is lovely and the food is pretty darn good too, especially seafood.
The view of the water was breathtaking and the food was amazing!
This is a gorgeous spot for taking out of town guests/family. The chowder is fabulous. The food over all is great but I seem to leave feeling it could be even better. Had the halibut the last time and it was a bland dish. Done well but just lacked pizzaz.
Rays has a great staff of friendly customer oriented people who made our visit memorable! They went out of their way to meet our wishes! The drinks were good and food excellent! We felt the pricing to be more than fair for the meal we ordered. Thanks for an awesome dinner!
Rays is now a new favorite, the food is almost as incredible as the gorgeous view of puget sound. Perfect for any special occasions, make sure you book for sunset!
A must for out of town guests and an occasional must for local especially in the summer.
Salmon was poor quality and grossly overpriced.
Unless your table is in the first row, you can forget the view.
Service was fine, if a little rushed.
Between the four of us we had the Sable Fish, Crab cakes, King Salmon and Scallops. Also enjoyed a variety of salads which were a great mix of flavors and textures. Our waiter recommended since I always eat Salmon at home to try the Sable Fish. It was amazing and I will get it again! The crab cakes and scallops were excellent as well. Good blend of flavors.