Rays Boathouse never disappoints, whether in the casual upstairs bar or café, or the more formal downstairs dining room, the food is always masterfully prepared, the wait staff attentive, and a great selection of beverages. I had the very reasonably priced Filet Mignon, perfectly grilled with scrumptious, mashed potatoes, portobello mushroom, a light saucy gravy, and broccolini. My friends, (all women), had ordered 'Seafood Salad', which was good,
but they were drooling over my dinner. Oh, and I did not share one single bite!
Ray’s IS the benchmark for NW family dining!!! Eating here has become second nature for my Birthday!!
We visited Ray’s cafe a few times before, and this time it was a bit down and a bit more pricey.
But overall good place, deserving its four stars
1. appetizer was very good - tuna tartar salad, with tasty tuna, great sauce and wasabi aioli
2. Choice of main courses was limited. If you exclude cheaper “fast-food like” dishes (burger, sandwich, pasta etc) they had only:
- salmon as the only fish dish - definitely not enough for fish place
And both on expensive side for $38.
I took pasta which I liked very much last time - but today it was a bit worse (simple tomato sauce which I did not expect and do not like) - although with a lot of vegetables and well prepared.
3. Very nice location, nice water view - a lot of window tables plus veranda
4. Nice service.
I miss the "free birthday" lunch or dessert of years past.
Great dinner at sunset! Delicious seafood salad
Delicious salad and a great view even if it was raining. Very good service.
My wife and I love Rays. Views, staff and most importantly the food is always incredible!
We love Rays. The menu is a little limited and pricy but the seafood is excellent. This was our first visit where we found the wait staff totally lacking. I hope this isn’t a signal fo things to come at Rays.
Great food and service!
Fish & Chips was greasy. Clam chowder was very rich. Apple salad was good. Service was good. Nothing spectacular - we likely won’t be back.
Ray’s is a special place to dine because the views across the Puget Sound are always stunning. The food is very good but not amazing. We had excellent service and will come back often to enjoy the views and armosphrere
We spent Valentine’s Day here, and decided the bar was more our scene. We ate at Rays Cafe (upstairs) which is a little more casual than the downstairs and more fun in my opinion! Bartender was attentive and quick to get our food and drinks. The steak was a little tough but really enjoyed the oyster special and the king crab legs. Chocolate Genache was terrible but that’s just me. :)
As always the service and food was wonderful at Ray's Boathouse Cafe. Wish it had been a clearer day, but even then the view of Puget Sound in the rain is pretty.
Everything thing was excellent, except for the server who appeared to be overwhelmed. He did not exhibit a culture of service. Simple request to take a picture of my spouse and I was not honored. He appeared rushed and preoccupied. I have frequented Rays Boathouse since the late seventies; I have always felt that it is a welcoming venue. But on 2/13/18, that was not the case. Maybe the waiter just had a bad day.
Excellent lunch at Ray's Cafe. The mixed greens salad with apples was excellent. I loved the abundant apple chunks instead of the wafer-thin slices of apples that used to be on this salad. Good update, Ray's. The entire Ray's team made this an excellent experience and I highly recommend this gem.
Food was deliciois and served quickly. Wouldn't recommend the mini salmon burgers, bunds weren't soft, fish tasted overcooked. Had made reservation, but were accommodated at a table that wasn't all set for us. Had to ask few times and remind the waiter to bring the missing silverware set and plate. Great view of the water, cosy atmosphere.
Disappointed in our seating. We reserved several days in advance, but were seated as far from the windows as possible ( by the rear fireplace). It was my wife’s birthday, so the placement was disappointing
A great neighborhood restaurant and a great place for Seattle visitors. The view from the outside seating and from the window seating is beautiful, the drinks very good, the service very attentive an accommodating to special requests and the food, especially the Thai seasoned mussels exceptional. The happy hour now covers the total restaurant and is attractively priced with very nice options.
Service was slow. We usually love this place. The food was ok also this time I have always loved it. Not sure what was wrong.
Service and food were very good. We loved the tacos and salmon, everything tastes very fresh. The view is wonderful, even on a cloudy day we loved watching boats come an do as we had lunch.
Congrats and thanks to Ray’s for bringing back “Ray’s seafood salad.” I was heartbroken when it taken off the menu and elated to see it back. Thank you Ray’s!
Lovely experience, good service. Will definitely come again.
Ray's is always a fun place to take out-of-town visitors, and we appreciate the good noise level. Many restaurants are to noisy, you can't hear each other.
I found it lacking in comparison to previous visits. Perhaps an off night in the kitchen? $20 for 6 oysters and they all had pieces of shell and were not fresh - don't ask, I know. Caesar salad was about as basic and undressed as I've ever had. No anchovy! NE clam chowder was good, not great. Beer was over priced. I was upstairs with 2 others. I like that space and will go back again. My guess is, off night. I can only hope...
Ray’s Cafe has been a favorite of my family’s for many years. The restaurant has a magnificent view of Puget Sound and the entrance to the Ballard Lochs. Service is always good and food is fresh and delicious. My favorite spot to have some fish and chips on a weekend. Other places may be lower cost but do not match the quality, service, and view.
Ray's is always a favorite. Good food, nice people and, the amazing view. Perfect place for a Sunday afternoon lunch
Really fabulous food but average service. Never did he pour any of our wine that was on ice. Unusual service this night.
Too pricey. I do remember when Ray's offered a birthday lunch on your birthday and later on at least a dessert .
Cafe is now as expensive as the restaurant.
We have been coming to Ray's for over 20 years and it seems just too expensive now.
Dined for Christmas dinner. Perfect food Good service as always
Neglected to tell us one of the entrees was unavailable and without letting us know substituted a different salmon entree. We told server was not what was ordered. Apparently mgr had not told server. It was not handled professionally. Ended up turned sub dinner and did not reorder. We were comped with free dessert but still was handled poorly.
We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, excellent meals (we had salmon and blackfish, both outstanding), and proficient, unobtrusive service. The view on our holiday visit was serene and beautiful.
As usual great food and wonderful service. This was Christmas Eve, so special with family.
Prices seem to get a bit higher, more so I think than other places, in escalation. That limits the number of visits we make to this fine restaurant that I have visited for almost 50 years.
We were seated in the back alcove, no visible window, high noise level. We felt the price we paid for mediocre food was disappointing.
I made reservations on Open Table for a friends holiday luncheon. I was really pleased that we got a window table. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. The food was very good. So was the Bloody Mary. We had a wonderful time!
Ray's Cafe is reliable: fun, good food, decent value, great view, good vibe.
Ray's always is good and this luncheon was no exception. Great service and great food. I had the fish & chips and took about half of it home. Not surprisingly, my husband ate it later that evening and asked where we had eaten since the it was so good. To be able to say that about left-over fish and chips is pretty amazing!
When the sun and mountains are out, Rays Cafe is a six star experience. Without the view, it's a good four star with fresh and tasty but pretty standard menu. There are good fresh salads and great burgers in a cafe price range, and some fairly formal and pricey mains. Would love to see some more variety in the lower end of the menu, but I'll keep coming for the view.
I was looking forward to reconnecting with a friend that I had not seen in a year and a half. We wanted it to be special and where it was quiet enough for good conversation. It met all our expectations and was not so busy that we didn't feel guilty making it a leisurely dinner. Great evening!
I had the clam chowder which was excellent. The bread would have
Been better served warm. Good Caesar salad as well. The waiter
was skilled and attentive. Nicely decorated for the holidays.
We had a good time the service was great. The food was better than average but not memorable. The view was great, the place was just beautiful, and the view was outstanding.