Ray's Cafe

4.3
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1603 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(206) 782-0094
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Duncan
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NW 61st St. and Seaview Ave NW
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Parking details
There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.
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
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.2
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4.3
ambience
3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TL
Seattle
3 reviews
Reviewed on November 26, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Our favorite date night place. Love everything about it, especially the view.

JH
Seattle
4 reviews
Reviewed on August 19, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great view! Great atmosphere. We like it a lot more than the restaurant downstairs.

b
Seattle
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 26, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great food gorgeous setting!

great food gorgeous scenery!

CB
Seattle
12 reviews
Reviewed on July 24, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

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

GC
Seattle
2 reviews
Reviewed on July 13, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

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.

MR
Seattle
1 review
Reviewed on June 10, 2019
Overall3foodserviceambience

Expensive small portions poor quality fish over cooked

ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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!

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the sunset view, the food, and the service this evening.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

OT
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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.

SH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, fantastic service, yummy food. We plan on more visits in 2019.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was mediocre and overpriced

RG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The entire staff are phenomenal. Very friendly, kind, welcoming & make you feel comfortable.

b
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OL
Seattle
83 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RM
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great holiday lunch at Ray's. The blackened salmon sandwich and calamari were excellent.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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!

FH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the moment I walked in the door until we left!

MV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great food and view. Definitely recommend!

S
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

T
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. Great service from very friendly staff. And you can”t beat the view!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite. We really enjoy.

O
Seattle
83 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!! And perfect mashed potatoes

KR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

AB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience2

$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.

SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SW
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

N
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server went above and beyond for helping us share our dinner.

PW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our waitress Anna was the best. Friendly, energetic and very helpful with food and wine selection

GW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my daughter’s birthday! The food was great and as always the service was exceptional!

o
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

AO
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RS
Boise
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was good. Service was disappointing. We'll try again next time we're in town.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great view, very good service. Food was good but nothing special. Restaurant was vibrant and loud. We had a fun night.

F
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy our meals there. This is especially good to bring visitors to our city. Every one of my friends from out of town or overseas love the place. Good seafood also especially the Sable fish which is black cod.

A
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ray's was lovely for its view, good food, and cozy setting. The outstanding part was their clam chowder! I've never had a spicy clam chowder but they nailed it. I'm still craving more.

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