Located upstairs from Ray's Boathouse, this light, airy cafe attracts a young and lively crowd, more casually dressed than below. The panoramic view ... More
Located upstairs from Ray's Boathouse, this light, airy cafe attracts a young and lively crowd, more casually dressed than below. The panoramic view of Shilshole Bay is the only thing the restaurant and cafe share. On warm summer days, the best place to sit is on the terrace overlooking the bay. The gourmet pub grub includes vegetarian and salmon burgers, pasta with seafood, and Prawn and Scallop Saute. The extensive appetizer list is served until midnight. The full bar has over 20 microbrews on tap.
I went to Seattle on business and someone had said you must see the sunset at Ray's Boathouse before you leave.
The restaurant has a more formal downstairs with the more relaxed and fun Ray's Cafe upstairs with outside dining.
The view of the bay is incredible with the mountains of Bainbridge island as a backdrop.
While there you must have the Chatham Strait Sablefish in Sake Kasu, succulent is the only to describe this delicacy.
Make sure you make reservations for a seat on the veranda at sunset so you don't miss the best show in Seattle hands down.
Ray's Cafe, the upstairs counterpart to Ray's Boathouse, is the more casual version of this wonderful restaurant. I like Ray's Cafe since you can sit out on the deck and enjoy the spectacular view of Puget Sound and the Ship Canal entrance. The food here is consistently good as is the service. It's not downtown, which is why it's more of a local haunt than a tourist draw. If you make the trip to Ballard to visit the Locks or Golden Gardens Park, then Ray's Cafe is definitely worth the trip. Though their food is very good, their mixed drinks are hit-or-miss. That's about the only bad thing I can say about them. Other than that, it's a great place to eat!
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