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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (54)
Waterfront (43)
Great for Outdoor Dining (37)
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Special Occasion (29)
Casual (28)
Great for Lunch (25)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Happy Hour (15)
Romantic (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (12)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Cozy (8)
People Watching (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Great Beer (6)
Healthy (6)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I was a little disappointed in my dinner as I expect exemplary food from Ray's and it was good but not terrific.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 10, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I love Ray's for the summer patio dining. I usually have the crab cakes which I did again yesterday. The crab cake was very good. The side of corn relish and small salad were just OK. I also had a berry salad which was nothing special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Mussels were fabulous, scallop salad very good, but the Alaska king crab claws were disappointing-little flavor, dont think they were fresh-proabably frozen and for the price, would not recommend. But the view and service was great, so I'm glad we went!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Our waiter was great. Both my sister and I had rice with our main meal and it was very dry and tasteless. I realize rice is boring, but Rays should provide something much nicer. Sat outside, sunny day and had a good time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Worth it justfor the sunset views.

Service was outstanding.

Food a bit pricey, but very good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Best outdoor dining in Seattle! Food is scrumptious and service is above and beyond! Ray's never fails to exceed expectations! Yummmmmmmm!!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great all around with great views. Seafood pasta was wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Ray's Cafe is a great place to take visiting friends from out of town. The t-shirts are nice too!

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Ray's was fabulous with the exception of our somewhat rude server. The view was gorgeous, happy hour was a great value and the blankets were an awesome touch.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Meal and service was awesome as usual. Brought out of town guests as we have always have a great time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great meal with an outstanding view of the Sound, boats and kyacks - the service was great, extensive excellent appetizers fun to share. Beautiful afternoon with family.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The hostess was not there. And the food is not that great .
Get a better chef

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 28, 2017

There is nothing like a meal on the deck at Ray's to remind yourself why you live in Seattle.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Worst service we have had in a really long time. The food was subpar and definitely not worth the cost. The view on the other hand is amazing. So I guess you are paying for the view. Dinner took 3 hours. Impossible with 4 kids.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This is all about the view. Food is mediocre and always disappoints.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We love Ray's! We got married there and spend every anniversary there! Highly suggest the calamari!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great place to take visitors from out of town for scenic view. Food is good not great, a bit overrated and pricey.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Views were fantastic BUT food was not. I struggle to understand their decision to not season their salmon salad or how I paid such a high cost for a small piece of rock fish and what seemed liked 4 cups of underseasoned quinoa.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 23, 2017

A visit to Ray's is always a winner. The waitstaff and reception staff are friendly and accommodating no matter how busy they are. The menu is varied and the happy hour a great deal. I try to visit as often as I can and I am never disappointed.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Ray's is okay. The food is good, but nothing special. The sunset view is the only reason we go here. It's quite noisy though, and expensive.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The Cafe interior needs sound absorbing treatment. With a hard surface ceiling, the noise level is almost too high to understand conversation from across the dining table. Better to visit at warm time when you could sit outside on the deck.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I enjoyed their signature dish, Sablefish. The presentation was lovely and the fish was fabulous! Melted in my mouth! Hubby had the well desired for Copper River salmon, which also was delicious! We love Ray's!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2017

First time at Ray's and we loved it! We were able to sit out on the deck and enjoy the beautiful view. Food was great and came quickly too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great........................................,,,....................................Great.......

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food and we ate on the deck which was beautiful

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