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About Ray's Cafe
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.
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
Happy Hour: Monday-Sunday 4:00pm-6:00pm (except on holidays)
NW 61st St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, 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), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org customized proposal.
There is street and private lot parking available as well as season complimentary valet.
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
Ray's Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We had not been to Ray's in over 10 years. We were happy to find it was awesome as always! We celebrated our anniversary and they made sure to give us a little table in the corner away from everyone. We had the best dinner and caught a sunset! Thanks to everyone from valet, our hostess, the bar and dining room for making our night special!
This is a place you go to for the view. While the food is good, it is rather bland and not terribly imaginative. The service is great, the space is pretty and comfortable, and if you can make it to their happy hour, you can get out of there for a price that won't break the bank. But, definitely make reservations! And even with reservations, you will still likely have to wait for an outdoor seat. They told us it was a 30 minute wait for the patio even with a reservation for the indoor section of the restaurant (you can't reserve outdoor tables, only indoor).
The food was very good, service good an drew the setting excellent. I had scallops which were perfectly prepared, not overlooked which is easy to do. The setting is great, we ate outside with the sun setting over the water. This is a very good value considering Ray's, which is downstairs is quite a bit more expensive
Made reservations to celebrate my mom's birthday several weeks in advance knowing Ray's is one of her desired restaurant to frequent. I've been to Ray's once before and remembered we had a great time and was excited to be back. This time it was a major disappointment. First off, we were a party of 6 and was seated in a setting for 4 with 2 at the ends which resulted in very little table room. Secondly, Wish I knew there were two different venues: -Boathouse and -Cafe. -Boathouse is only open for dinner and we were there for "brunch". Turns out there was no brunch menu as I thought advertised. Cafe's menus is very limited. Barely anything worth ordering that is special. The waiter was a bit off. He had this cheesy smile the whole time and his body language was sluggish and confusing. Third, This restaurant popped up when we searched to dine at a seafood restaurant but when we asked for the oyster menu the cheesy waiter just said "no, we don't have an oyster menu". That's it. No elaboration, no explanation. Lastly the food was so-so. Nothing special. Although I felt the food came out pretty timely. Our appetizers of calamri and steam clams came out as just as soon as the complimentary bread was consumed. And our entrees arrived soon after that. Since the menu was so limited the birthday girl ordered the grilled salmon sandwich which only the salmon was eaten. My husband ordered the classic burger. Not much to say about a burger at a seafood restaurant. Two of my sons ordered fish and chips and they only ate the fries. My other son ordered grilled salmon on rice and he only ate the salmon. I ordered the day's chef's special: halibut and seafood pasta. Have to admit it was really good! But that was the only impressive thing about this restaurant. Lastly, they really reno the lady's restroom. It is very outdated.
My Dad was in town seeing the Seattle area for the first time. I thought I had booked a table for the main restaurant not knowing there were two. But we ended up in the cafe upstairs and outside which turned out to be a little more casual but more lively. We enjoyed the setting and the food very much. The website may need to clarify a little better that there are two different dining venues to pick from.
We are visiting Seattle and received several recommendations to go to Ray' for dinner and the sunset. The bar was hopping and hostesses charming and attentive. The sunset was fabulous, but the food and food service were barely mediocre. The salmon was over-cooked and over sauced. The Caesar salad was soggy with dressing when it was requested to be on the side. The salmon tacos tasted fishy like they were made with several day old fish instead of fresh salmon that we were told were "runnng" (in August?). Sorry, but for a landmark restaurant, Ray's Boathouse needs help. Don't waste your money on the food, service, or transportation to get there. There are plenty of other great Seattle restaurants to choose from.
We have eaten at Ray's Cafe a number of times and have never been disappointed. Our reservation time of 5:45 meant that we could order drinks and an appetizer from the happy-hour selection before we picked our dinner entrees. We love taking out-of-towners to Ray's Cafe. The cafe does a good job of featuring quality, fresh foods at reasonable prices.
I went for my birthday and had a reservation. They made me wait 45 minutes with three kids to be sat. The waitress was not attentive and the food was ok. I won't be back. Our dirty plates were not cleared and our drink were never refilled. We had to wait another 45 minutes for cold food!!
Every time I come to this restaurant we need a reservation because it is always packed! The food is good and the drinks are great. We often sit outside to get the view and the wind. It is a great place to relax and enjoy your day, people watching, and ducks watching.
Dear Ray's Cafe,
I tried so hard to love you, but every time you make me wait even when I have a reservation. You bring me store bought rolls at room temperature. You assign me server who is both inept AND new. What happened to you Ray...come back old friend, when did you sink down to being nothing more than a crowded overpriced patio?
I've been going to Ray's fairly regularly for 30 years and never been disappointed before. But this time the food was mediocre and ridiculously overpriced. The Smoked Black Cod, my favorite entrée for many years, was glutinous and tasted of artificial smoke flavoring. That's a ridiculous result for a $45 entrée. And my friend's Salmon had no flavor whatsoever. The service was fine and the view was spectacular, as usual, but the place was noisy and generally just not as classy as it used to be. That wouldn't have kept me from me from coming back again, but when the quality of the food is poor it's no longer worth the hassle of driving out there anymore. I won't be returning.
Food is always great at Ray's but WOW do they need extra shades/sunbrellas on deck dining upstairs. Dinner reservation at 7 had three of us cooking and blind (very uncomfortable) while we sweltered and waited. Way too many diners for short-staffing that evening, too! First bad experience at Ray's! :(
SPECTACULAR setting! On a warm (or not so warm) summer evening, you cannot beat the water views, view of the Olympics, sunset. Outside seating in the Café is first come first served - but 20 minute wait was worth it.
Ahi tuna appetizer was superior; fried razor clam appetizer was excellent, corn meal crust was different; salmon cooked perfectly (medium rare); rockfish was excellent. Very good wine list with reasonable pricing.
All in all, a wonderful evening.
I've been three times since we've moved to Ballard. First time was 2016 to Ray's Boathouse for a romantic dinner. But when someone suggested Ray's Cafe for a more casual get together with our high school friends, we made a reservation and then lucked out during Happy Hour, on a rare beautiful Spring evening, getting at a table on their open deck. The third time was a business casual dinner with an out of town colleague. All 3 visits were really nice. The food, drink and ambience, from NW casual to a romantic dinner, was accommodated perfectly by Ray's offerings. And you can't beat that Puget Sound view! We recommend driving a bit down Seaview Ave. to park and walk on the Golden Garden's walking path to finish the evening dreaming about sailing and enjoying a sunset.
Many restaurants with great views have mediocre food...not Rays. They have great food along with a wonderful sound view of puget sound, Olympic Mountains, boats and paddle boarders. I think their fish and chips are the best in the city. It's my favorite type of breading...delicate yet crispy...nummy. I love going there and will keep going all year long even during a storm!
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