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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 (43)
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Casual (32)
Special Occasion (28)
Great for Lunch (28)
Good for a Date (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Fun (17)
Romantic (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Seasonal (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Great Beer (7)
Business Meals (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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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Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent tacos, fish and chips and burgers! We all enjoyed our food, service was fast and friendly - no complaints! Loved watching the seals and birds. We will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Casual, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

When we travel to Seattle, Ray's Cafe is at the top of the list of places we must go. The service is great, and the king crab legs are worth our 10 hour drive to get there.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Have enjoyed coming to Ray’s for nearly 45 years. Always a great dining experience. Please don’t ever change a thing!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Outstanding as always. I’m not often in the area but whenever I️ can I️ come by. Rays is like an old friend. Love it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was just right. Always our first choice in the Seattle area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food, nice service, great view. Was very happy they accommodated my request for a table with an unobstructed view. This is our go-to restaurant for a nice time with friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The service was poor, our server was in a bad mood I think. The food was good but the value was just not there for the price. The location and view were great, but not enough to bring me back again.

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

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Ray's should be rated five stars. The views are fantastic, the service is first class and the food is very good. However, Ray's place so many tables adjacent to the deck railing that seating is less comfortable than in economy class on an airplane.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We were celebrating my birthday and my food came to the table tepid, and the waiter was cold. I probably won't go back. It was nice sitting outside with the heaters on, but disappointed about our visit.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Had a business lunch with an out of town guest. The food was great and service was also very good. My friend was very impressed with his visit to Seattle and the dining experience at Ray's. I'll definitely return.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

I would recommend that they be a little more liberal with the rice tho.

White rice is probably a safe thing to serve, but there are a lot more interesting and tastier varieties available I am sure.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Sadly the food doesn't match the view here at the cafe. I had a crab cake that was seriously blah served with an equally blah quinoa salad. Come for the fabulous view and don't expect much food wise and you'll be happy.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Everything was great but the waitress was awful. She was obviously miserable in her job and it transferred to us. She never smiled, ran off too quick, brought bread with dinner instead of before and never asked us for refills on our drinks.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great as always, great customer service, great food with a great view

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Ray's Boathouse continues as the landmark waterfront view restaurant in the Ballard area. Food and atmosphere are great; service is excellent. Ray's is quintessential Seattle :-)

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

View and setting is great. Food is unremarkable, moderate quality, poorly cooked very overpriced.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour, Authentic, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Always a great view and good service. Perfect for a sunny Labor Day!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Fish and chips were good, salmon sliders not so much

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was uninspiring and service was awful. Pretty much a tourist spot.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Beautiful view with delicious food! Great any time but amazing to watch the sunset

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Didn't let poor service ruin our meal, but would've been great to have good service. Problem is that I've never had good service here. Food was fine,if overpriced. We go for the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had a lovely sunset dinner with out-of-town guests eating delicious local salmon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Waterfront, Vegan, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

I was very disappointed in the quality of the food. Ahi tuna was very dry, the filet mignon was overcooked and the fish and chips were just so-so. For the prices, I would expect much better quality. The corkage fee is too high also.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Just had disappointing meal at Ray's, and we've been going there for 25 years. The location is wonderful, but it is much too expensive to be serving mediocre food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great view

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