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Waterfront Dining: A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having a meal at Ray's. Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. Located close to Golden Gardens, this venue makes the perfect dining spot after a wind-swept or sun-tinged day at the beach. While many dishes have Asian flair (like pan-seared scallops in green curry or kasu-marinated black cod), others revel in simple preparations, like oysters on the half-shell, crab cakes, and grilled wild salmon. The downstairs venue offers upscale dining; the cafe upstairs is a bit more casual. A wonderful wine list ensures that you'll have a terrific vintage to complement the food.

Lunch: A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having a meal at Ray's. (At lunchtime, head upstairs to Ray's Cafe.) Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. Located close to Golden Gardens, this venue makes the perfect dining spot before or after a windswept or sun-tinged day at the beach. While many dishes have Asian flair (like pan-seared scallops in green curry or kasu-marinated black cod), others revel in simple preparations, like oysters on the half-shell, crab cakes and grilled wild salmon. The downstairs venue offers upscale dining; the cafe upstairs is a bit more casual. A wonderful wine list ensures that you'll have a terrific vintage to complement the food.

Seafood: A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having a meal at Ray's. Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. Located close to Golden Gardens, this venue makes the perfect dining spot after a windswept or sun-tinged day at the beach. While many dishes have Asian flair (like pan-seared scallops in green curry or kasu-marinated black cod), others revel in simple preparations, like oysters on the half-shell, crab cakes and grilled wild salmon. The downstairs venue offers upscale dining; the cafe upstairs is a bit more casual. A wonderful wine list ensures that you'll have a terrific vintage to complement the food.

Family Friendly: A quintessential Seattle experience is having a meal at Ray's (just past Ballard, en route to Golden Gardens Beach). Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. While many dishes have Asian flair (like pan-seared scallops in green curry or kasu-marinated black cod), others revel in simple preparations, like oysters on the half-shell, crab cakes as well as grilled wild salmon. The downstairs venue offers upscale dining; the cafe upstairs is a bit more casual. A wonderful wine list ensures that you'll have a terrific vintage to complement the food.

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Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:

Waterfront Dining: "Try the restaurant's newer fine-dining room (upstairs) for less of a wait; views might even be a bit more sensational up here, too."

Lunch: "At lunchtime, head to Ray's Cafe (upstairs); views on the second level might even be a bit more sensational. This restaurant proves the perfect pit stop during a day at Golden Gardens beach."

Seafood: "Less rustic is the restaurant's newer fine-dining room (upstairs). Views might even be a bit more sensational up here, too. This restaurant proves the perfect finale after a day at Golden Gardens beach."

Family Friendly: "For more than four decades, this Seattle landmark has served fisherman's seafood, offering fresh, straight forward fare in a casual setting. Less rustic is the restaurant's newer fine-dining room."

Best for Waterfront Dining Because: Not far from the beaches of Golden Gardens, Ray's Boathouse offers a friendly vibe, tasty fare and all-around quintessential Seattle experience.

Best for Lunch Because: A quintessential Seattle experience consists of having lunch at Ray's Cafe (served with a view!), located in between Ballard and Golden Gardens beach.

Best for Seafood Because: For more than four decades, this Seattle landmark has served fisherman's seafood, offering fresh, straightforward fare in a casual setting.

Best for Family Friendly Because: While the downstairs of Ray's Boathouse offers finer dining, the top floor offers better water views and friendly, open space.

Wine List

Domestic
Champagne
Around the World Sparkling
Sparkling Rosé
Washington
Oregon
California
Burgundy
France
New Zealand
White Bordeaux
Semillon
Pinot Gris
Pinot Grigio
Muscat
Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne)
Gros Manseng
White Blends
Washington (off Dry)
Germany (off Dry)
Germany (Dry)
Chenin Blanc
Grüner Veltliner
Viognier
Rousanne
Grenache Blanc
Picpoul
Marsanne / Semillon
Marsanne / Roussanne / Viognier
Italy
Portugal
Spain
Argentina
Rosé
Willamette Valley
Chehalem Mountains
Eola-Amity Hills
Dundee Hills
Yamhill-Carlton
Gamay
Grenache
Cinsault
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Mourvèdre
WA Southern Rhône-style Blends
Northern Rhône
Shiraz
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Malbec
Carmenere
Languedoc and Southern France
WA Red Blends
South Africa
Bordeaux
Meritage-Style
Zinfandel
Spanish Red Wine
Tuscany
Piedmonte
Veneto
Sicily
The Rest of Italy
Washington Italian Varietals
Half Bottle Sparkling / Champagne
Chardonnay
Riesling
Pinot Noir
Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Bordeaux and Boreadux-Style Blends

Drink Menu

White
Rosé
Sparkling
Red
Hand Crafted Cocktails
Bottled
Draft
Alternatives

Dinner Menu

Appetizers
Chef Specialties
Pacific NW Seafood

Dessert Menu

After Dinner Dessert Wines
Sherry
Madeira
Port
Dessert
Cocktails
Coffee & Tea

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