Easter Egg Coloring Party at Ray’s Café Mar. 31!

Get Egg-cited!

On Saturday, March 31 the Café will be hosting its first Easter Egg Coloring Party on our covered patio at 11:30am. This event is all ages and includes hard boiled eggs and a PAAS dying kit for each table to create festive Easter eggs. The full Café menu will be available for purchase.

A $10 donation to Mary’s Place is the price of admission per reservation, which will be collected upon arrival. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Cafe at 206-789-3770.

We can’t wait to see all of your Egg-cellent creations!

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)

Toast to a New Year at Ray’s Dec. 31 & Jan. 1!

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Celebrate the start of a brand new year at Ray’s!

Gather your friends and family on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31 for a perfect dinner before a night on the town or cozy evening watching fireworks on TV. The Boathouse will serve its full menu of fresh, local seafood, including chilled Northwest Oysters, Wild Salmon, King Crab Legs and more from 5 to 9pm

The Café will offer its entire menu including Dungeness Crab Cakes, Pan Seared Sea Scallop Fettuccini, RR Ranch Filet Mignon and Prawns and more until 8pm.

Enjoy a celebratory toast, with a $35 glass or $140 bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon in the Boathouse or Café. Or enjoy festive cocktails, craft beer and Northwest wine.

On New Year’s Day get a little hair of the dog with Bloody Mary’s and Fish & Chips in the Café starting at 11:30am. The Boathouse will open at 5pm and offer its complete dinner menu until 9pm.

Make your reservations for the Cafe at 206.782.0094 or online. And the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or online for parties of all sizes.

Announcing our Guest Favorite Menu Nov. 15-21

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Drumroll please! After sorting through your emails, tweets, comments and survey answers, we are pleased to present our Guest Favorite Menu! This 3-course menu showcases your all-time favorite Ray’s appetizer, entrees and dessert from our 44-year history.

This limited-time menu will be offered a la carte in the Boathouse and Cafe from Wednesday, November 15 until Tuesday, November 21, as part of our “Win Dinner for a Year at Ray’s” contest. Use your Loyalty Card each time you dine until November 21 at 9 pm to be entered to win “Dinner for a Year at Ray’s.” Don’t have a Loyalty Card? Sign up for free today!

To make a reservation for the Cafe call 206.782.0094 or visit online, or the Boathouse at 206.789.3770 or visit online.

Appetizer: Mediterranean mussels, Taylor Shellfish Farms mussels, Thai red curry, coconut milk broth  $15

Cafe Entrée: Grilled Wild Northwest King Salmon with Yukon Gold potatoes, broccolini, Kalamata olives, fennel, black kale, lemon, capers $36

Boathouse EntréeApplewood Grilled Wild King Salmon with sweet onion marmalade, fennel dusted cauliflower, baby carrots, grilled King Oyster mushrooms, pepitas (pictured) $45

Dessert: Scharffen Berger Chocolate Indulgence with Chambord Sabayon $9

Sip & Savor Oregon Pinot Noir this Fall at Ray’s!

Welcome to Fall at Ray’s!

As the seasons start to change, we find ourselves at Ray’s looking for wines and flavors that capture this unique time of year. And nothing encapsulates the change of season quite like pinot noir. The bright fruit flavors and acidity of pinot noir pair perfectly with a variety of seafood, but one of the most ideal is wild, fresh salmon.

We have the privilege here at Ray’s to be in such close proximity to one of the greatest pinot noir regions, the Willamette Valley, just four hours south.

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Courtesy of Rex Hill Winery

This September we will be showcasing a variety of pinot noir wines from the Willamette Valley in both the first floor Boathouse and upstairs Cafe. We recently had the opportunity to visit with Rex Hill Winery and A to Z Wineworks and discover how these beautifully crafted wines are created. First off, the teams at both wineries really took care of us, our wine glasses were certainly never empty. But, seeing the joy and dedication that the Willamette Valley wine community has to perfect each an every bottle of wine was truly humbling.

The care that they have for their land and the product that’s sourced from it, reminded us of how we at Ray’s are committed to always sourcing the freshest fish and using local seasonal ingredients to create flavorful and inventive dishes for all of our guests to enjoy.

Combined Logo WPSo, this fall take advantage of all of the beautiful local offerings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Come into Ray’s Boathouse or Cafe to try a variety of our featured pinot noirs by the glass or bottle with your next meal. And if you’re not quite sure which one of these delectable wines to partake in, have one of our sommeliers help you find your next favorite pinot!

Make your reservations today! For the Boathouse call 206.789.3770 or click here. For the Cafe call 206.782.0094 or click here.

Cheers!

Chip Croteau, Boathouse Manager & Wine Director

The Legend of Julia Child at Ray’s August 11-13

Ray’s has had the opportunity to serve some incredible individuals and organizations throughout the years. One of the most memorable was the larger-than-life Julia Child. Yes, the Julia Child. Back in 1990 Ray’s Boathouse cooked and served dinner to Julia while on a visit to Seattle.

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Julia & Russ Wohlers (founding partner) in 1990

Reflecting back on Julia Child’s legacy she was truly one-of-a-kind. She was able to bring the art of fine dining to millions of households across the country. Julia made us laugh and take note of her marvelous culinary masterpieces that she served out of her kitchen with such joy.

August 15 will mark Julia’s 105th birthday. In honor of this remarkable chef, we will be serving two of her most famous seafood dishes from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13 in our downstairs Boathouse.

Executive Chef Paul Duncan has recreated two of Julia’s classic seafood dishes to be prepared and served in exactly the same way as her famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, including:

Bouillabaisse: white fish, salmon, shrimp, clams, and mussels simmered in fennel and saffron infused broth, served with grilled baguette and red pepper rouille $35

Fish Quenelles in white wine and garlic cream. Truffle infused white fish dumplings, fresh herbs, garlic and cream $16

Join us as we celebrate Julia’s delicious and profound impact in the culinary world with these delectable dishes. And “bon appetite,” as she would say!

Make your Boathouse reservations today before they go! Call 206.789.3770 or click here.

 

 

Photo Gallery: View our Northwest Room Refresh!

Have you seen our newly renovated Northwest Room yet?! Feast your eyes on this photo gallery then contact Amanda and Paula on our events team to book your wedding, anniversary, birthday party, corporate event, holiday party, life celebration and more! rayscatering@rays.com or 206.789.6309.

The Northwest Room, our private events space, is located just steps from the Boathouse restaurant and atop the Puget Sound! The beautiful renovation includes:

  • stunning floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors to showcase our sweeping views
  • brand new deck where the indoors flow seamlessly to the outdoors
  • new flooring
  • a built-in dance floor
  • fresh new color palate 

We also have many layout options to customize the Northwest Room and private deck to your preference. Plus our tented deck area can become fully enclosed and heated to enjoy the gorgeous, sweeping views year-round. Set up a tour today to experience it in person!

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!

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!