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Ray's Cafe

4.5
1391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Scenic View (41)
  • Waterfront (36)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
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: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
Happy Hour (seasonally): Monday-Thrusday 4:00pm-6:00pm
No happy hour Friday-Sunday
No happy hour on holidays
Happy hour will end for the season on May 24th and resume September 3rd
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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.
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Parking details
There is street and private lot parking available as well as season 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
What 1391 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined a day ago

Fish & Chips was greasy. Clam chowder was very rich. Apple salad was good. Service was good. Nothing spectacular - we likely won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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. :)

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LeeK (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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jacwa (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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PatS (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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MiaV (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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vipMessinger (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

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!

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EmInSeattle (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Lovely experience, good service. Will definitely come again.

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Lilou (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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...

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

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DeirdreD (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Ray's is always a favorite. Good food, nice people and, the amazing view. Perfect place for a Sunday afternoon lunch

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Really fabulous food but average service. Never did he pour any of our wine that was on ice. Unusual service this night.

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Michael (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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BKLC (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Dined for Christmas dinner. Perfect food Good service as always

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We were seated in the back alcove, no visible window, high noise level. We felt the price we paid for mediocre food was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

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EdLa (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Ray's Cafe is reliable: fun, good food, decent value, great view, good vibe.

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Lorieinseattle (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

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!

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GandE (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

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HeidiT (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

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.
Thank you

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