Ray's Boathouse


Bar, Restaurant
6049 Seaview Ave NW

Kelly O

Some say that Ray’s is a truly great Seattle seafood restaurant; some say Seattle doesn’t have any truly great seafood restaurants. But Ray’s is a waterfront-dining institution; the downstairs has an unimpeachably upscale (if standard-issue) atmosphere, the upstairs has a less-expensive cafe menu, and they both have a mind-boggling view. As for the food, it varies more than it should. But if your out-of-town visitors demand seafood with such a view (and hopefully are paying), Ray’s is a place for that.

Ray's Boathouse

6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Restaurant Details
  • Features Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Catering, Family Friendly, Fine Dining, Outdoor Seating
  • Cuisine Local/Organic/Sustainable Focus, New American, Seafood
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
  • Scene Cocktail Lounge
Read Reviews (5)

Ahhhh.... happy hour.... the very best hour

Where do aging dykes clinging to survival in the real estate industry go for cheap snacks and cocktails after taking their yappy mutts to the dog park at Golden Showers (er... Gardens)? I have no idea, but these two lovely, 30-something, former roller derby hotshots who happen to like girls and are using the current real estate market to become millionairesses head to happy hour at Ray's Cafe! In the summer we can talk the bartenders into making us "Cheapitos"- rum & sprite with a sprig of mint and hefty doses of lime. In the winter we take it easier on the barkeep with our bourbon & gingers. Either way, we take it all in with the sunset, some delicious calamari, seared ahi, beer-steamed clams and basketfuls of sourdough rolls. Divinity!
Posted by DoobyDoo on February 23, 2009 at 4:09 PM · Report this

New favorite place...

This is our new favorite place for something a bit special.

Food is great, staff is attentive without being annoying.

Great views....
Posted by Steve on November 4, 2008 at 2:06 PM · Report this

Ray's is Veg-Friendly (!)

My husband and I are vegetarian, but when relatives come to Seattle they enjoy going out for seafood. As a result, we have endured really bad pasta primavera all over town. What a surprise to find that the veggie option at Ray’s was actually good, and presented with as much care as the seafood dishes. We were offered a tomato-zucchini-Gruyere “lasgana,” served with red pepper sauce, a corn souffle, and sauteed spinach. My family enjoyed their crab and halibut, and we had a dish worth eating too, which made everyone at the table happy. There was an ample wine list, the service was friendly and efficient without being cute or overbearing, and the desserts looked fabulous (though we were too full to try one). This is a great place for vegetarians to bring their guests—I know we’ll be back next time we have family in town.
Posted by HUMBLEFOOTSTOOL on August 28, 2007 at 2:02 PM · Report this

Cafe is underwhelming. Go to dining area

Rays has a cafe with some very embarrassingly poor food. This is not the sumption fine dining side but the overpriced cafe with some good choices but a lot of food at the level of culinary school. We had a cajun fish offering that was terrible. Stick to conservative offerings and your luck will be better.
Posted by movielover on August 1, 2007 at 5:58 PM · Report this

Perfect for a romantic evening or casual happy hour

Amazing views, great food and drinks. Waitstaff is friendly and very knowledgeable. A little on the expensive side but the view alone is worth it and ever meal I've had has been perfect from apps. to dessert!
Posted by puturfootonmyheart on July 19, 2007 at 8:30 PM · Report this
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