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Ray's Boathouse, Seattle, WA

Ray's Boathouse

4.4
4.4
2897 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We deliver artfully composed plates, featuring the freshest local seafood. Our culinary team demonstrates their passion for seasonal seafood and local ingredients in every dish. Our chefs’ endless creativity will surely delight your culinary senses, while our knowledgeable wine director guides you through our extensive wine list featuring local and international selections. Enjoy the confident hospitality provided by our team as they deliver a high level of service to you and your guests.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Regional American (Northwest)
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 789-3770
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Paul Duncan
  • 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 below), 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 and management to chef-designed menus and exceptionally polished service, Ray's makes your event both a pleasure to plan and attend! Please contact our team at (206) 789-6309 or email rayscatering@rays.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Ray's provides both private and semi-private dining options for your corporate or social events.
  • Private party contact
    Ray's Catering: (206) 789-6309
  • Neighbourhood
    Ballard / Fremont
  • Cross Street
    NW 61st St.
  • Parking Details
    There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,897 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 1.2Value

NoiseModerate

2,897 Reviews
  1. Tara

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on February 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    Very nice with a gorgeous view. Good for anniversaries or if you have visitors in town. Great for seafood but there are non fish items available as well

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  2. Shannon

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Reviewed on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    Good for fresh seafood. Better book in advance for a good table

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  3. RestaurantSavvy

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Reviewed on January 20, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    From old-fashioned, white tablecloth quality to modern mediocrity or worse.

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  4. Dolly

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on January 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    Wonderful food, view & location. It’s a favorite for out of town guests, as well as informal HH.

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  5. Jewels

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on December 17, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    While the food here is good, we had issues with the service. Specifically we brought, as our guest of honor, an elderly relative who was very thin from chemotherapy. We had a table reserved way in advance. When we arrived we were seated right by an open door through which there was a huge cold breeze. Our cousin was so cold his teeth were chattering. We asked twice (practically begged) if there was any way we could be moved further into the dining room and were refused in a rather brusk fashion. We ate our dinner, which was quite expensive, but could not really enjoy it because we all were cold and the guest of honor was freezing. I could not understand such poor guest relations. I had had the reservation for two weeks so it was not that they had just fit us in. I was really rather shocked and have not been back.

    3 people found this helpful

  6. Enrique

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    This is one of those legacy waterside places that exists mainly because of its location. Kitchen needs an update big time. Either go simple and serve great quality seafood without a lot of fuss, or get a visionary at the helm and come up with an innovative menu. As it stands this is like a mediocre hotel restaurant.

    2 people found this helpful

  7. JerryP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on December 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    My wife and I wete there recently. We had a window table upstairs a little before dinner hour. It was very nice. We were one table set away from the bar which was quite full but it seemed like the noise was very reasonable. We both really liked what we had a the proportions were in line with our light eating habits.

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  8. OldCapitolHillGuy

    New York City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Reviewed on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    Tired and overpriced. Better to drive to Kirkland and watch the sun set from Carillon Point.

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  9. TaraL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on November 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Always a favorite of ours. Best view ever. Good food.

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  10. TartWithAHeart

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Reviewed on November 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Exquisite seafood paired with like views. A great combo in any weather.

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  11. Darlene

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on October 25, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    It's a nice destination spot and the food is good but not amazing. The bar upstairs is great and a perfect place for Happy Hour.

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  12. Violet

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Reviewed on October 24, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    The food at Ray's isn't bad, but it's so overpriced. It's not _that_ good, and knowing that, i never want to order the things that sound the nicest because i can't bring myself to pay what they are asking for a good enough but kind of ordinary meal. I always preferred the Shilsole Bay Anthony's, and being back at Ray's only made missing it more poignant.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. TravlnfromSeattle

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on October 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Great views, location, food and cocktails. Went there initially for appetizers and drinks and stayed for the pan seared halibut and chowder. Highly recommend the food here. Such great flavors and lovely presentation. A must for Seattle visitors!!

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  14. Foodie

    Seattle

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Reviewed on October 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Always a great meal with a gorgeous view and good service!

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  15. TanyaF

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Reviewed on October 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    We were here 6 years ago for our 20th wedding anniversary and the food was fantastic!

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  16. DanV

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Reviewed on October 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Ray's is a Seattle classic and we enjoyed our set meal during Seattle Restaurant Week.

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  17. JULIEK

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Lunch at the cafe-fantastic cocktails. Superb appetizers & alaskan crab legs!

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  18. LaMaOl

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on September 30, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    Went this summer for dinner and sat on upstairs patio. Hadn't been for some time, but remember why I hadn't been back for so long. The view is unbeatable, but the food has gone so down hill we won't be coming back. Quality, preparation and taste all disappointing. Portion size remained significant, but not a good thing since not one of us finished our meal. Hope to see and hear about an improved food experience to bring us back.

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  19. InkB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    Great setting, sadly, not impressed with the food. Interesting you do not take criticism well 😁

    1 person found this helpful

  20. SidneyR

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on September 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Splendid evening outside. Food was fantastic and the ambiance was perfect. We have been fans of Ray's for years, but hadn't been there for awhile. Now remember why we always loved it.

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  21. Mafara

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    3.0

    50 reviews

    Reviewed on September 19, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    Good view and good standard American fare. Great for casual night out.

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  22. NeelamT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Amazing place with an amazing view. Perfect date place

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  23. SMcD

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Reviewed on September 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Great Sunday Happy Hour! Excellent Brunch. Lovely views. Great outdoor dining.

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  24. JeanC

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on September 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Food was delicious, view great and staff very good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on September 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    the food was okay. I was disappointed. I got sick after eating a medium rare salmon.

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  26. brentg

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Great introduction to Seattle seafood. Great views.

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  27. seafoody

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    lots of yummy food and they give you nice portions...great view too.

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  28. TerryL

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on August 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Lives up to it's reputation: good food, great service and scenic vistas.

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  29. KristanB

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Reviewed on August 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Gorgeous view, good food, great cocktails. Fun place for groups and special occasions.

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  30. Chloe99

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on August 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    The dining experience at Ray's is always exceptional!

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  31. AlonciAlonso

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on August 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Great views - good food - a little pricy, but nice - would go back.

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  32. JoeH

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on August 19, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    The atmosphere is very old and stuffy. We much prefer the cafe upstairs.

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  33. MOLLYS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Ray's knows what they are doing. They do fish really well and have slowly adopted new techniques, creative side dishes and updated menus over the many years. Ray's is a Seattle staple for a reason. Quality food in one of the most spectacular restaurant locations ever.

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  34. coreene

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Great food and great service. Nice view! Food was excellent!

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  35. LaurenC

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Reviewed on August 5, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    Ray's is a Seattle classic. Can't ask for a better view on a summer evening. Love the ambience and tried and true seafood options. The scallops especially!

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  36. LindseyM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on August 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    I know its expensive, but its delicious and has a terrific view and has a very welcoming atmosphere.

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  37. brucep

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on July 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Excellent food great scenery! Great scenery good menu and food!

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  38. DarrellP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on July 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Been to Rays at Shilshole many times. Expensive, but the food is excellent.

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  39. AmberK

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on July 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Great ambiance, amazing food. Really good for a special date night or nice cocktail.

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  40. foodlover

    Seattle

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Reviewed on July 19, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    I was very disappointed in my dinner. The pasta that came with the sea scallops was totally wrong for scallops--a real failure on the chef's part and the worst pairing with scallops I've ever seen (and I order scallops a lot at good seafood restaurants). The dish was very overpriced for 3 scallops. I hadn't been to Ray's in years and now I think I don't need to go back. Service is outstanding, but the deciding factor is the food.

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Ray's Boathouse is rated 4.4 stars by 2897 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Ray's Boathouse

6049 Seaview Ave., Seattle, WA 98107

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    NW 61st St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Ballard / Fremont
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Regional American (Northwest)
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is street and private lot parking available as well as seasonal complimentary valet.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Paul Duncan
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 789-3770
  • 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 below), 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 and management to chef-designed menus and exceptionally polished service, Ray's makes your event both a pleasure to plan and attend! Please contact our team at (206) 789-6309 or email rayscatering@rays.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Ray's provides both private and semi-private dining options for your corporate or social events.
  • Private party contact
    Ray's Catering: (206) 789-6309
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