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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.

6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Seafood

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)

Cross Street:
NW 61st St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 782-0094

Website:
http://www.rays.com/

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.

Parking Details:
There is street and private lot parking available as well as season complimentary valet.

Executive Chef:
Paul Duncan

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

Ray's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (56)
Waterfront (51)
Great for Outdoor Dining (45)
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Casual (30)
Special Occasion (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Good for a Date (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Romantic (17)
Fun (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Seasonal (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Healthy (8)
People Watching (8)
Great Beer (7)
Cozy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have been here many times and it never disappoints! Beautiful views and good food!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outstanding service - everyone from the hostess to our waitress was wonderful and so responsive. Cafe is very well run. Food was outstanding. We had the located and scallops. Delicious and minimal wait for our food. Would definitely go again

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Rays Cafe always delivers and never disappoints. Food was great and service was impeccable.
Wish they change the Happy Hour menu a little a more, and also offer more tapas like selections.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Rays never fails to provide an excellent meal! Love those mussels but everything is top notch. Went with finkicky teenagers and they loved it. Even with BCs fire haze, still great to be on the water!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food, service, food and the view is spectacular.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Been going to Ray's since the early 90's, my favorite place to eat. However, this past dining experience I got the impression they wanted us to eat quickly and leave, ie"we need the table for the next group". Disappointing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Cold food came and it was so busy - I couldn't say it was to send it back- also - too much attitude from the waiter. I love hot food. Calamari - over fried- Sliders were tasty but warm...no hot fries..disappointing! But the view was worth the wait!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were seated right on time and the waitress was quite informative, helpful and friendly. It was packed so a bit on the noisy side. The parking lot was full but the valet did a good job getting us in and was quick when it was time to go.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food as always, there was not my favorite seafood salad which was taken off from the menus. And our server suggested another salad with smoked scallops. They were delicious!! And dessert were yummy, not too sweet!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always love Ray's. I just wish the apple/brie plate had more than just 3 very thin apple slices, especially for the price. The server was excellent!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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!!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 3, 2017

It was a busy Wednesday evening, but Ray's is used to this. That said, our food was slow to arrive and some of it slightly overdone. Our waiter recognized this and kindly compensated for it. Wouldn't say slow service was the norm.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We had all decided on our menu choices and then saw the food being delivered to a nearby table. Two of us changed to the salmon sliders -- excellent, good choice. We were able to get an outside table, outside, right over the water.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Beautiful as usual, but too bad they stopped offering the famous and delicious Ray's Seafood Salad. Thoroughly missed my go-to salad/meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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?

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Went to happy hour! Great menu, great prices. Sat on the deck -- fabulous!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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! :(

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The website and blog advertise brunch on Saturday and Sunday. FAIL. they stopped. Thanks for the notice.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food is good, but not outstanding. Price does not match the food. Pleasant atmosphere, good service and accommodation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Awesome night on outdoor deck w great view of sunset! Had heat lamps and gave us blankets!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food isn't as good as previous years. Previously, they had put some creativity into the menu. The salmon and scallops were lackluster on the bed of spinach.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Say hello to Kristen Lasher for me . We were high school class mates . My wife and I come there every year for our Anniversary lunch and we really look forward to it . Gary Dame

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The food and drinks weren't bad, but the service was bad. Inattentive waiter had to be reminded of several things during the dinner. 3 people and a $180 bill, definitely not worth it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Amazing views. Great food. Clam chowder was especially good

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Absolutely incredible setting!! Warm and efficient wait staff. As tourists, we visited the Locks in the late afternoon and then walked 15 minutes to the restaurant, a lovely evening.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I love Ray's! Our service was just okay this time though.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food is terrible, it used to be good. Service is average and the only reason to go there is for the view, but only if you are lucky and they not put you in the corner room with they do often.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This restaurant has gone downhill. Menu has shrunk, and they are pitching brands of fish that are inferior (i.e. chum salmon as keta, sablefish as whatever, a fish that should never see a dining table).

Not sure I'll be back. Have been coming for 22 years.

Tags: Waterfront
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