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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
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!
Ray's is one of our favorite places to dine in Seattle, especially the Cafe in the summer. It is very sentimental to my family--we even got married there! But last night, I took two out of town friends to the Cafe for a casual dinner and it was a little disappointing: we waited about 15 minutes before we even got the drinks we ordered with no one stopping by to check in. The mussels and calamari were delicious as always but the Caesar salad was marginal at best with tasteless lettuce and croutons hard as rocks. I'll always go back but was not impressed this time with the food or the service.
I used to think Ray's was top-notch, and it was! I'd eat there at least once a week and loved it, from the salads to the soups to the main courses and desserts. I loved the creative fish dishes, and especially the salmon and the black cod (they call it by another name). But we went there Sunday evening, and everything was nice EXCEPT the food. The best thing we ordered was the brie and apple and walnut appetizer, and it was excellent, largely because they served the brie room temperature (a real PLUS), and the quality of brie was good, as were the apples. But I had the salmon bites which in and of themselves were tasty, but had so little sauce that it was very dry. I don't like a sauce to interfere with the salmon, but there just was not enough sauce. And the caesar which accompanied it tasted like it was something McDonald's might serve. My husband and I both commented that the Red Robin, Watershed Pizza, and 74th Street Ale House, all serve caesars that are infinitely superior to Ray's. There was minimal rather uninspired dressing, and the croutons tasted like unflavored dry bread cubes you'd buy at the grocery before you added spices to fill the turkey. I was literally shocked. Even though we plan to dance at the Elk's Club at Shilshole most Sunday nights, we do NOT plan to follow it with Ray's again. We'll go to downtown Ballard on Sunday nights, or run over to Chinook's instead.
Chinook's by the way has a very nice caesar. I am SOOOOO disappointed with Ray's.
So Ray's Café is exactly what on would expect. The food is good enough, the service is good enough, but overall your there for the view at sunset or of the sail boats durning the day.
We had the crab artichoke dip, it was nice. I had the sable with box choi , it was a waste. I had asked the waiter to describe the Sable he said a light glaze based on a balsamic reduction. The was 1 small piece of bok choi and it was not cooked properly. My wife enjoyed her Rock fish and it did look and taste very good, so just avoid the sable at all costs.
If you are going to see the sunset, avoid sitting by the doors. This is also a tourist spot, so if you are sat near a door expect people with little to no manners to hover over your table rudely talking photos while your try to enjoy your meal.
This was our fourth visit to Ray's since our arrival in Seattle two years ago, and it has quickly become a favorite of ours - from our first romantic dinner there during Restaurant Week, to bringing friends and family during visits, to celebrating our first wedding anniversary there. The view is unparalleled, of the Olympic Mountains across the sound, and while they could slouch and coast on the view, they certainly don't: the food is fresh and fun, the service sincere and prompt, and the atmosphere pleasant and relaxed -- everyone is having a good time. We're already looking forward to our next visit!
I was disappointed in the scallops dinner that I had for my birthday. I expect and usually get top quality for seafood at Ray's. The scallops were sandy and a bit overcooked. I had a similar entree last July and it was fabulous. The other choices made by my friends were yummy.
I've been going to Ray's for over thirty years and I'm sorry to see it's not what it used to be. Service was inattentive and not particularly inviting or welcoming - it was as though they were doing us a favor, when they could be bothered. I've had better, friendlier service at a food truck.
Their crab cakes have always been wonderful - I usually only eat crab cakes on the East Coast, and only Ray's met that standard on the West Coast - but I wouldn't order them again based on this last experience. Back to DC/Boston, I guess....
I think they've become a "place" and don't think they need to worry about quality or service anymore. In my experience, this is known as the Kiss Of Death in the restaurant business. I hope someone who cares buys this restaurant and restores its standards.
I was disappointed. This was a wedding anniversary dinner, and Ray's was a bit of a sour note.
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