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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
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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 took Mom to Ray's Café for her 80th birthday this past week. I knew Ray's would be a perfect place to celebrate. I'm a regular there, and often bring friends for their birthday. I reserved a table and also mentioned it was Mom's 80th. Service was sporadic rather than attentive. Food was just OK, nothing outstanding beyond the always yummy clam chowder. When dessert time arrived, our server mentioned nothing about Mom's birthday at ALL. No complimentary treat was offered, and then the dessert we obviously had to order and pay for was missing the all important candle, like it was just a dessert ordered on any ordinary day. Highly disappointing!
All of the five people at our table thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I have been to Ray's several times and found the food to be excellent, as it was this most recent time when I chose the filet mignon/shrimp meal--very yummy. Service was good. However, a large raucous party of 10-12 people next to us made it nearly impossible to converse. This didn't exactly ruin the experience, but it definitely took the shine off it.
My girlfriends from back east were in town for my wedding and wanted seafood before they flew home. There was no doubt in my mind that we needed to go to Rays, which is my favorite seafood restaurant in the Seattle area. They absolutely loved it! Thank you, Rays!
Very nice lunch with family. I had the sablefish, it was cooked to perfection. I found it funny that the server adamantly warned us about bones in the fish. I’m assuming that they have received some complaints about that, that’s why they say that. It’s kind of sad that in 2017 there are still people that don’t understand that fish has bones.
Ray's has the best happy hour in Seattle, with small plates to be shared or as a meal in themselves. Favorites include the mussels and the ahi poke. Try the bourbon buck!
Downstairs is fancier and more expensive, but whether you visit the cafe upstairs or the restaurant downstairs you’re sure to enjoy a great meal.
The view can’t be beat!
As always, the view is spectacular. I brought my CO friend to soak it in and have a delicious bite of food. She was surprised by the bay shrimp cocktail appetizer (not expecting what looked like canned shrimp on arugala in a glass to be her choice). I ordered the calamari: it's fried but delicious, nice aoli sauce. We then split the 3 piece fish and chips. The coleslaw seemed like a refrigerated afterthought. The fish was OK but not flakey delicious that I've had at other spots around town. Fries were lovely. I would say based on what we ordered, Ray's is all about the view and not so much about the food.
I've had lunch at Ray's Café dozens of times; always enjoyable and reliable. I almost always order entrée salads at lunch, and a few years ago they changed the menu to feature smoked fish - salmon or scallops. I don't like anything smoked (except ham), so have had more difficulty ordering since the change. The bewildering aspect is that sometimes I ask for a substitution and it's allowed, while other times it isn't. This time it was allowed, but I had to pay $5 extra for substitution of tuna, which was annoying. But I will never stop going to Ray's (both the café and downstairs) because of the ambiance, view, and perky service.
Food was decent but slightly mediocre for the price (over-cooked fish at a seafood reataurant is unacceptable). Seated next to the fireplace which was on high but it was 70+ degrees out, we had to rotate seats since we were sweating from the heat. Staff was friendly but service was slow despite it not being that busy. My reservation requested a window seat, which we didnt get, despite there being window tables available. Overall, I like Ray's, but laziness and ambivalence have made the experience not worth their higher prices.
The food was great, as usual. We bring our family and out-of-state friends and family to Ray's-- it's our go-to Seattle place. I will just say, that though the food was delicious, for a $33 scallop entrée, one should receive more than 3 scallops on the plate.
Rays cafe is the informal place upstairs. All was great except I thought we had made a reservation to the more formal Boathouse down stairs. We were entertaining out of town guests and were very disappointed with not being able to find a table downstairs. But both are great spots.
This is a classic, iconic Seattle restaurant with great food, views and wonderful "ambiance" ... we reserve it for special occasions, because it is so popular and often crowded esp in the summer. It was so helpful to have reservations. In quieter times, we just stop by because we love to support it's presence and enjoy a lovely dinner or lunch with a great view. Thanks.
We have eaten at both Ray's Cafe and Ray's Boathouse on a number of occasions and have always been pleased with the food and the service. However the service last week was definitely not up to par. Our waiter Kaleb took our drink and food orders in a timely manner, but we did not see him again until we were finished eating. He never came by after the food was delivered to see if everything was as expected, nor did he offer us another drink or glass of wine. On the other hand, he was extremely attentive to two other tables who had ordered bottles of wine. We were quite disappointed with the experience and will not dine there again.
I was visiting Seattle and wanted to find a nice place for my friend and I to have a good meal and catch up. We're high school classmates who hadn't seen each other in a while. We were seated immediately on our 11:30 a.m. rez and had a nice sunny spot on the deck. We had very good service and it was just a beautiful day and a great oppty to catch up. Nice tasty cocktail, simple but delicious salmon salad. My guest had a hamburger which she enjoyed. Service was very friendly, not at all intrusive and just as gracious as can be. Prices were still a bit high but the beautiful view and weather made up for it. I'd go back for a Happy Hour date next time.
I used to love Ray's so much, it was my favorite for out-of-towners, locals, anyone and everyone who wanted a great meal with a stunning view. Unfortunately, after my last visit I can no longer recommend Ray's to anyone unless they want a cocktail & view.
The menu choices were limited and expensive, which would have been forgivable if not for the service and food. Our waitress seemed aggravated that we asked for more bread and asked if there were softer rolls, as the ones we were served had a tough & chewy exterior. Sadly the lunch entrees were fine, at best. 2 of the meals were cold, the others were decent but nothing special. Finally, the waitress kept trying to clear our plates even though we were clearly not done - and it was 2 pm so we were well past the lunch rush and there were tons of other tables open.
I left Ray's very disappointed and don't think I'll be returning.
Service is typically good but they need to work on their food. The calamari is way too greasy, the Dungeness crab cake with accompanying quinoa, broccoli, avocado was extremely bland. The Brie cheese on the platter with apples, candied walnuts apples and crackers was dried out. Very disappointing all around on the food.
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