Fresh NW Halibut & Sablefish at Ray’s April 9-22!

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Join us as we celebrate the fresh Washington halibut and sablefish (black cod, butterfish) season from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 22 in the Boathouse and Café!

We’ve partnered with Northwest fisheries to bring you an abundance of halibut and sablefish from Washington’s coast. Enjoy new preparations below in both the Boathouse and Café during this time only!

Make your reservations for the Café at 206.782.0094 or online; and in the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or online to enjoy these limited seasonal specials.

Café Specials

  • Crispy Smoked Sablefish and Pork Belly braised greens, miso glaze 42
  • Halibut Fish and Chips cilantro-red onion coleslaw, batter dipped fries 26
  • Sablefish Cheeks green papaya-apple salad 8
  • Halibut Bouillabaisse Alaskan king crab, mussels, tomato-saffron sauce, grilled bread 36

Boathouse Specials

  • Sablefish Two Ways seared with sesame crust and hot smoked with shoyu glaze, jasmine rice, pickles 44
  • Sablefish Cheeks green papaya-apple salad 8
  • Pan Seared Halibut king oyster mushroom, pomme puree, pea vines, currant beurre blanc 45

Ballard Beer Awards Returns April 16 – May 11!

2017 Ballard Beer Awards Winner Lucky Envelope Brewing
2017 Ballard Beer Awards Winner Lucky Envelope Brewing

Beer lovers rejoice! Ballard Beer Awards is back at Ray’s Café and it’s up to you to crown the victor in the battle of the best Ballard beers! But… in true Ballard fashion it’s more like a friendly neighborhood competition.

How it works: from Monday, April 16 to Friday, May 11 the Café will feature one beer on tap from each of the following Ballard breweries: Stoup BrewingReuben’s BrewsLucky Envelope Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing. Each purchase of one of these beers (any size on our menu) counts as one vote for that brewery.

On Monday, May 14 we’ll announce the winner and along with bragging rights, they’ll receive a dedicated tap in the Café for one year!

Bonus! Every Wednesday throughout the duration of the contest a different brewery will host a happy hour from 4-6pm in the Café where you can chat with their team and learn more about your favorite Ballard beers. Here’s the lineup:

Wed., April 18 – Reuben’s Brews

Wed., April 25 – Stoup Brewing

Wed., May 2 – Maritime Pacific Brewing

Wed., May 9 – Lucky Envelope Brewing

Share your Ballard beer photos with us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging #BallardBeerAwards. Cheers!!

Shuck & Sip: Oysters & Sparkling Wine at Ray’s Feb. 19-Mar. 4

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We’re kicking off our 45th year celebrating the simple joys of cool, refreshing oysters on the half-shell paired perfectly with crisp sparkling wines.

From Monday, February 19 through Sunday, March 4 in the Boathouse and Café enjoy a variety of local Penn Cove oysters served individually, by the duo, or as a half-dozen with an assortment of sparkling wines from all over the world available by the glass, half-bottle and bottle.

Café oyster varieties and featured sparkling wines include the following and pricing is: $3.75 for one, $7 for two, $20 for six.

  • Compass Point. Samish Bay, WA – Crisp, sweet, plump meats with a medium-high salinity and a mean finish
  • Purple Mountain – Moderately deep cups with firm, plump, sweet meats, a hint of mineral and a moderately high salinity.
  • Rock Point – Creamy texture, sweet flavor, medium salinity and a cucumber finish.

Cafe Sparkling Wines include the following with pricing by 3oz, 6oz and bottle:

  • Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé, Crémant d’Alsace, FRA NV $5 / $10 / $37. Tart red currant, rhubarb and strawberry come together in a very refreshing and well rounded rosé
  • Agusti Torelló Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Cava, ESP 2011 $8 / $15 / $54. Aromas of butter and toasted bread lead into flavors of ripe stone fruits, bright yellow apple and hints of lemon.
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, CA, USA 2013 $10 / $19 / $75. Fresh aromas of green apple, pineapple and grapefruit; nuances of fresh-baked brioche and lemon zest on the palate
  • Pol Roger Brut Epernay, FRA NV $73 (bottle only). An elegant Champagne, with a smoky, minerally underpinning and subtle flavors of poached pear, toast, candied lemon zest and ginger

Menu subject to change.

Make your reservations for the Café at 206.782.0094 or online; and in the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or online.

We look forward to seeing you as we Shuck & Sip in honor of 45 delicious years!

 

 

Shellfest Returns to Ray’s Café Jan. 17-31!

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Shellfest is back this winter at Ray’s Café from Wednesday, January 17 through Wednesday, January 31!

Our Executive Chef Paul Duncan has created a delicious, limited-time Shellfest menu featuring an array of fresh, local shellfish including oysters, snow crab, clams, shrimp and more in our upstairs Café.

Enjoy them while they last and try them all from January 17-31! Make your reservations for the Café at 206.782.0094 or online today.

Café Shellfest Menu

  • Popcorn Shrimp breaded and fried, served with tartar and cocktail sauce ($12)
  • Oysters on the Half Shell served with lemon and cocktail sauce (Market Price)
  • Full Pound of Steamed Clams with house smoked bacon, white wine, oregano and butter ($16)
  • Blackened Shrimp sautéed in butter, onions and bourbon, served with garlic bread ($16)
  • Mussels in Marinara simmered in spiced tomato broth, linguini and fresh basil ($23)
  • Peel & Eat Shrimp poached and served chilled with lemon and cocktail sauce ($9)
  • Snow Crab & Frites poached legs, seasoned shoestring fries, served with tartar sauce and butter ($21)
  • Smoked Scallop Carbonara house smoked scallops, bacon, cream, roasted pepper, squid ink spaghetti ($23)

Give the Gift of Ray’s this Holiday Season!

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Give the gift of gorgeous Pacific Northwest views and fresh, local seafood this holiday season with a gift card from Ray’s, Seattle’s favorite seafood restaurant! Now through December 31, 2017 you’ll receive a $20 gift card for every $100 spent on gift cards at Ray’s!

Gift cards can be used in the Boathouse, Café and towards Ray’s merchandise all year long.

We also have online ordering to make it even easier to send the gift of Ray’s to your friends, co-workers, family and more!

You can purchase Ray’s gift cards three ways: in person at our Guest Relations desk in the Boathouse, over the phone at 206.789.3770, or online at rays.com. Happy holidays!

Shellfest Returns to Ray’s, Jan 9-22!

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It’s almost time to Shell-ebrate with Shellfest returning to Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, January 9 – 22! Chilly winter waters are perfect for harvesting pristine shellfish and you’re to partake at Ray’s in the form of specially prepared shrimp, crab, oyster dishes and much more. Prices start at just $6.

Sample Offerings (each sold separately; selections and menu items may change as we try new and exciting recipes):

-Full Pound Steamed Manila Clams with pork belly, vermouth, butter, chives
-Penn Cove Mussels Marinara with fresh basil, and angel hair pasta
-Sautéed Blackened Shrimp with onion, bourbon, butter, garlic bread
-Crispy Fried Rock Shrimp Tacos with pico de gallo, chipotle-sour cream, shredded romaine lettuce, tortilla chips, salsa
-Chilled Peel & Eat Prawns with lemon-spice poached, Louis dressing
-Half Pound Popcorn Shrimp, lightly breaded, fried golden brown, served with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce
-Dungeness Crab Bisque with sweet corn, creamy veloute
-Pan-fried, panko crusted Washington Razor Clams with saffron-shallot jam and jalapeno tartar
-Baked Half Shell Oysters, a half-dozen with Uli’s Andouille sausage, leeks, and smoked paprika-butter
-Steamed Half Pound Snow Crab Legs with drawn butter and fried potatoes
-Prawn Cocktail with classic cocktail sauce and lemon

We also offer delicious wine and cocktail suggestions for each dish. Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or here. Cafe reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or here. We’ll see you soon!

Give the Gift of Ray’s this Holiday Season!

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Give the gift that never goes out of style – gift cards from Ray’s, Seattle’s most iconic seafood restaurant! To help you cash in on your holiday shopping this year, we’re giving you a complimentary $20 gift card for every $100 you spend on gift cards now through December 31 – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

NEW THIS YEAR: Ray’s gift cards are going green and making it easier than ever to purchase the perfect present! You can now order your Ray’s gift cards even more promptly with our new electronic gift cards that are emailed directly to you or your loved ones by visiting rays.com. As always, you can also visit our Guest Relations desk in the Boathouse or by call 206.789.3770 to order. Happy Holidays!

Watch Chef Paul Make Fresh, Handmade Pasta!

Attention all pasta lovers: making fresh, handmade pasta at home doesn’t have to be difficult! Take if from our talented Chef Paul…he makes this look easy, doesn’t he?  Chef Paul has spent many years perfecting his pasta and whether he’s cutting to make perfect pappardelle or a stunning tagliatelle dish, it’s always impressive to watch. Here’s a pro tip from the Ray’s team – never be afraid to experiment in your recipe and methods and as always, have fun!

Chef Paul Makes Pasta Pappardelle from Stephen Hauch on Vimeo.

 

 

Celebrate Election Night at Ray’s – Nov. 8!

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No matter your party affiliation, there’s no denying that this year’s presidential election has been one for the ages! Watch history in the making and cheer on your favorite candidate with us in the Cafe on Tuesday, November 8.

Patriotic Republicans and Democrats alike are invited to watch the exciting election unfold while savoring our always fresh, always flavorful dinner menu and sipping on a cocktail or two. Enjoy options like our Ray’s Clam Chowder or Dungeness Crab Cakes that will have you in good spirits even if your candidate doesn’t come out on top.

Click for Cafe reservations today!

1st Ballard Beer Awards at Ray’s Cafe – Jan 14-Feb 14!

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Vote for your Favorite Ballard Brew!

Ray’s is thrilled to bring you the first Ballard Beer Awards voted by the people! In 1982 Paul Shipman started Redhook Brewery in a fire hall in Ballard. Later that year Ray’s Executive Chef Russ Wohlers, and Paul carried the first keg of Redhook into Ray’s and we’ve been a champion of Ballard beer ever since!

From January 14-February 14 we’ll be featuring 5 Ballard-based breweries for you to taste and vote for! Come in and purchase a pint of beer from one of the breweries below and that counts as your vote. Or fill out a ballot if you choose not to imbibe.

Want to try them all at once? Ray’s will offer a special Ballard Beer Flight throughout the month with a sample from each of the five breweries for $5. Then purchase a pint of your favorite to cast your vote, or fill out a ballot!

On February 15 we’ll announce the winner and they’ll host a special Winning Brewery Dinner at Ray’s on Saturday, March 5 for you to attend!

Each brewery will stop in to Ray’s Cafe for a special tasting night during the month. Join us on the following dates to meet their team and vote for your favorite. You can also vote for them any day from January 14-February 14!

January 15 – Stoup Brewing
January 19 – Lucky Envelope Brewing
January 21 – Hilliard’s Beer
January 26 – Maritime Pacific Brewing Co.
January 28 – Reuben’s Brews

Follow along with us using #BallardBeerAwards on social media!