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“Great waterfront view, particular on Sunset” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ray's Boathouse Restaurant, Cafe & Catering

Ray's Boathouse Restaurant, Cafe & Catering
6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-2658 (Ballard)
206-789-3770
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Ranked #111 of 3,428 restaurants in Seattle
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.
Framingham, MA
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great waterfront view, particular on Sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I enjoy the view and the location of this restaurant better than the food itself. If you are not hungry, just order a drink and enjoy the sunset during the summer warming weather...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Olympia, Washington
Top Contributor
236 reviews 236 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“Great Waterfront Location; Prices Very High”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were generally happy with our dinner at Ray's Boathouse. The evening was beautiful and we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on the deck. A very cool touch was that the hostess went around handing out sunglasses to those who needed them. Nice customer service! Our dinner was good; not excellent. It seemed very overpriced (entrees starting at $30+ and going up to $63), and the typical bread basket that most restaurants include with dinner was an extra $3. I had the pasta with crab which came with a lot of corn - an odd addition to pasta. It was o.k. Before our entrees were served, the Manager came to explain that our chicken had looked overcooked and she didn't want to serve it like that, so a new one was being prepared. She offered a complimentary Caesar salad for the wait. Again, nice touch. The Chocolate Feuilletine was good, as was the Strawberry Mousse, but again, tiny portions and very expensive. The view is awesome and service was excellent, but those high prices will keep us away.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“View, view, view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Although the food at this restaurant isn't flying off the charts creative or the latest in foodie trends it is a icon Seattle restaurant that is worth the visit with an incredible deck and views over the water facing West. The food is consistent and I don't think I have ever had bad service-they do make a good cocktail with fresh juice and is still one of my favorite summer and fall restaurants in Seattle.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Harrison, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Romantic restaurant by the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We were there at sunset celebrating our anniversary. The seafood was extremely fresh and delicious. I love the sauces and accompaniments. I has the crab cake to start and the halibut for my entree. It was very tasty and creative in bringing out natural flavors. We had a very special table by the water. This was probably the best meal we had during our week stay in Seattle.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Cafe food was just okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Nice view but the food was just average. Fried shrimp was bland, over-breaded and served with sweet salsa instead of cocktail/tartar sauce -- french fries were greasy and limp. Salmon was undercooked and under seasoned. Luckily, we had a fantastic waiter, Justin, who noticed the salmon issue and immediately offered to comp a dessert. Can't say enough good things about our waiter -- attentive but not intrusive, friendly and observant of food issues.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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