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Ray's Boathouse Restaurant, Cafe & Catering

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2658 (Ballard)
206-789-3770
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Ranked #105 of 3,434 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $65
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Ballard
Cross street: Market St.
Transit: Metro Bus #86,Seaview Ave. NW Stop
Description: A Seattle icon since 1973, Ray’s Boathouse, Café & Catering is internationally renowned for its unparalleled Northwest seafood and breathtaking waterfront view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Ray’s Boathouse is comfortably elegant, serving refined sustainable seafood, local meats and produce, and an extensive list of Northwest wines nightly. Ray’s Cafe is lively and fun, serving casual regional fare for lunch and dinner, with seasonal outdoor dining and a popular Happy Hour twice daily. Ray’s Catering offers professional full-service catering and a beautiful waterfront banquet room that is perfect for social and corporate entertaining.
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English first
Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I've been to Ray's a bunch of times over the years and typically I would give them 4 stars. It's been about 2 years since I was there last and I have to say that the atmosphere and commitment to excellence have degraded considerably. It was a beautiful sunny Monday evening in Seattle so we thought let's go watch the... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Living in San Francisco we have a seemingly endless choice of superb restaurants and dives. However, it was in Seattle that we had the best meal of our lives. Every cocktail, wine pairing, appetizer, entree, and dessert had us saying, wow! The views were breathtaking and the service was superb. We had the following: Hamachi Crudo Oysters: Champagne-yuzu ice, tequila-lime... More

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So Minnesota
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Anywhere in the restaurant you can see the mountains and the Bay, at first I thought it was a little to fancy (our reservation was in the dining room, though they have a lighter fare upstairs in Rays Café.)

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Ketchum
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The chowder. My oh my. The view is spectacular, the service was spot on, the food was roll your eyeballs good.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Bartender was friendly. Waitress seemed overloaded. Food was decent - I had moderate hopes given some of the reviews. Crab cake (you can get a half order) was tasty and had a good balance of crab for my tastes. I can't remember my entree, which seems like a bad sign. I remember the view was worth it :) we had... More

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Louisiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stopped in for dinner on a Monday evening. The atmosphere is what you'd expect for a seafood restaurant on the water's edge. Plenty of windows looking out on the sound. The food was excellent with a great wine list and attentive staff.

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I returned to Ray's with business associates. We have always loved the setting--the view of the Olympic mountain range across Elliot Bay with boats coming and going as the sun was setting. One of the most beautiful sights you will ever enjoy. Ray's combined the best of the old with the best of the new. Ray's serves... More

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Vancouver WA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband ate here some years ago and raved about it. Tripadvisor reviews confirmed his thoughts. So we took out of town friends there. But we were all 4 disappointed. The view is great. The service was fine. But the food did not meet expectations. As our friend from Arkansas said, he expected more crab in the crab cakes than... More

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Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Let me warn you, this place is not inexpensive but it was worth every dollar. We visited the cafe with a young friend. Having arrived about 1/2 hour before our reservation, we sat at a table in the bar to have a drink while we waited. Our server offered to serve us dinner which we happily accepted as our table... More

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Colorado Traveler
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I went here with a group of about 15. The service was very slow in every aspect from getting drinks to getting the bill when we were done. My food arrived cold and I sent it back. By the time they brought it back, it was unappetizingly overcooked and most of the others had already finished their meals. I only... More

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