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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.
Very expensive for basic dished. The servers were terrible.
Fresh food; happy servers; GREAT positive ambiance
Consistently high quality seafood and attentive to individual needs.
Our favorite date night place. Love everything about it, especially the view.
Great view! Great atmosphere. We like it a lot more than the restaurant downstairs.
Great food gorgeous setting!
great food gorgeous scenery!
Great place to enjoy a good meal and sunset! Worth the wait to sit outside, even in the fall when the weather gets brisk. Super cozy blankets to help you enjoy the outside
Great view of the Sound ! I love seafood and always find something on their menu to satisfy my hunger. I could do without the mandatory sour bread though.
Expensive small portions poor quality fish over cooked
Well, I was a frequent Ray's customer back in the Russ Wohlers' days (the 70's/80's), so when we looked for a place to eat after shopping for my daughter's bridal gown in Ballard, I suggested Ray's. I must say the overall experience was pretty disappointing—our server was very personable, but the gumbo that my daughter (who lived on the Gulf several years!) ordered was so spicy it was almost inedible for her—she was amazed that there wasn't a warning issued in the menu or by the server! My oysters were over cooked and didn't resemble "pan-fried." it was so loud it was hard for the 5 of us to hear each other. Certainly not the Ray's experience I expected!
We enjoyed the sunset view, the food, and the service this evening.
Took my son to a Friday afternoon lunch a few days before his return to college. February afternoon, relatively quiet at the restaurant - gorgeous views over the water. Excellent service. We told our waitress we were going to split the Seafood Louie and the Crab Cakes, and she offered to split the plates for us (most restaurants give you an extra plate and have you go at it) - instead we each received beautiful individual plates of the salad as the first course and the crab cakes as the second. Just a really nice touch. Both were excellent. The Seafood Louie, with house smoked salmon and scallops is so good.
Our server was very good. My seafood salad was excellent. Unfortunately, my husband’s halibut was dry and hard because of being over cooked. Not how you would expect halibut to be cooked. It was a pricey disappointment.
A mixed day at Rays. Service was weird, drinks came after the meal showed up (he forgot until I flagged him down) It was somewhat cold in the restaurant, something I’ve never experienced at rays. Our surroundings were plain dirty. I understand that Sunday’s can be busy but food all over the carpet is not acceptable.
Beautiful view, fantastic service, yummy food. We plan on more visits in 2019.
Food was mediocre and overpriced
The entire staff are phenomenal. Very friendly, kind, welcoming & make you feel comfortable.
a Christmas Day dinner must for us, Ray's never disappoints. good food, great warmth and comfort, on the water, and close to home. plus, Olympic Mountain Creamery ice cream.
We were thrilled to learn Ray's would be open for Christmas dinner. Our expectations were more than met and we had a lovely dinner, great menu, enjoyed our bar choices, and were made to feel very welcome by all staff. We will do this next Christmas if we are given this opportunity. As well, I am bringing another friend here for lunch next week. Can't beat Ray's Cafe or Boathouse.
As always, a great holiday lunch at Ray's. The blackened salmon sandwich and calamari were excellent.
Birthday celebration. Even though on the reservation they don't recognize bdays, not even with a window seat. Kinda sad, been coming here since I was a kid. Did get a cozy table by the fire though and the sunset views can't be beat!
Great experience from the moment I walked in the door until we left!
Wonderful experience. Great food and view. Definitely recommend!
I hadn’t been to Ray’s in years, but our son moved to Ballard, so we thought we would give it a try. It was lunch, so we ate at the café upstairs. Great view, excellent service. The food is acceptable, but not what it should be for the prices. My fish was slightly overcooked.
I wish they had a regular green salad. Caesar isn’t my favorite.
Outstanding food. Great service from very friendly staff. And you can”t beat the view!
Favorite. We really enjoy.
We had a great evening with the fireplace going, a clear night/view of the water. Service was warm and friendly and the food was as delicious as usual!
The scallops were absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!! And perfect mashed potatoes
The food is just ok. It's expensive for the quality. The service and staff are wonderful. We went at night, so the view was not an asset.
Might be worth it on a summer's day, to sit on the deck.
$30 entres should not come 10 minutes after you order them. It was also so cold I had to wear my down coat the entire meal.
Disappointed they no longer serve the crab and shrimp warm with melted butter on the Thanksgiving Buffet. Especially since they went from $45 per person to $65. My daughter is 16 and hardly eats enough to make it worth it. I at least expect warm crab.
We are in town visiting our U-Dub grad student son, and planned an early dinner here right around sunset. The food was excellent and our server did a great job. Even though the weather wasn’t great, we enjoyed a wonderful view before it got too dark to see out the window. Really an enjoyable dinner.
Wonderful service and ambiance. My Poke Salad was lovely but the seared portion was not great. Will omit that in the future. The raw Ahi was fabulous and should always be the star of any Poke! Mahalo, Ray’s!
Our server went above and beyond for helping us share our dinner.
Our waitress Anna was the best. Friendly, energetic and very helpful with food and wine selection
Great time for my daughter’s birthday! The food was great and as always the service was exceptional!
Ray's cafe does not disappoint! Smoked salmon chowder is the best; the favorite main course at our table was pasta with scallops. Their smoked scallops are worth a separate order - add them as a side to your salad. I wish they'd have mentioned various variations on the Irish coffee theme that they do before the dessert menu - I'd have saved space!
Staff was wonderful. Cocktails were pretty bad. Food was ok but nothing too special. Not much style, effort or special touches. For the money, I would not recommend nor return. Not a value in any way.
I LOVE Ray’s. My daughter was being Awful and as we whisked her out of the restaurant, the staff was extremely helpful, friendly, and understanding. Every other time we’ve been, the food has been excellent with impeccable service. We take all our out of town guests here - it’s a favorite.
Food was good. Service was disappointing. We'll try again next time we're in town.
Ray's Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 1606 OpenTable diners.