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Ray’s Cafe and Boathouse

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Rays BoathouseWhen one is approaching Ray’s Café and Boathouse, it’s hard to pass by this restaurant.  The location overlooks Shilshole Bay and the mountains beyond, shimmering against the bright blue water. With views like that, the delicious and moderately priced seafood cuisine is a bonus.

Ray’s is actually two eateries in one, both have indoor and outdoor seating. The Boathouse on the lower floor is a slightly higher-end restaurant than the Café—a casual bar and dining area on the upper floor.

We dined upstairs where there was a happy hour in progress.  It includes worthwhile deals on local craft beers and Washington state wines, as well as a modified selection of food options. Our favorite happy hour specials are the sizable portions of clams drenched in a white wine garlic sauce and tender and crispy calamari. We ordered both.

Seattle is a city on the water so it makes sense that Ray’s is a seafood heavy menu. Almost every fish served here is wild-caught—many coming from local fishermen. The prices are modest and the portions are impressively large.

One of my favorite dishes is the seafood salad—which I ordered. It features mixed greens and pickled carrots, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes are topped by delicious smoked salmon, scallops, and bay shrimp. Other menu highlights are Alaskan king crab legs, blackened Pacific rockfish, and grilled wild Northwest salmon.

Meat eaters can choose ground chuck burger or sirloin steak.  Vegetarians can pick between one of the salads and a vegetable fettucine marinara. The menu indicates gluten-free items.  The friendly staff is willing to accommodate substitutions for those with dietary restrictions and preferences.

The dessert menu leaves little to be desired—it is filled with both decadent dessert-like cocktails as well as rich sweet treats. The chocolate covered banana vodka cocktail is enough on its own.  But you should also try the vanilla bean panna cotta, which is perfectly complemented by a strawberry consommé and crunchy almond cookie.

Ray’s Café is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. The nearest spot to dock is the Shilshole Bay Marina and Fuel Dock (206-787-3006 or VHF 17); it’s a short walk along the scenic Seaview Avenue Northwest, about half-a-mile south facing the water.

Ray’s Café and Boathouse
6049 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle
206-782-0094
www.rays.com/cafe

Review and photo by Jeffrey Rindskopf

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