Emmett Niland

June 29, 2018

Emmett has been a proud resident of Ballard his entire life. His restaurant career began unofficially as a six-year old at his parents’ restaurant in Magnolia where he would “help seat people” by aimlessly wandering through the dining room with a handful of menus with a trail of trusting guests behind him until he eventually picked a table at random. In the 90s both of his parents worked at Ray’s making him a second generation Ray’s employee.

Since then he’s improved his skills in hospitality by working at a variety of restaurants in Seattle before starting at Ray’s in 2014. He loves to be challenged and has a passion for creative problem-solving that he gets to exercise every day, both at work and in his personal life.

When not at Ray’s he’s proud to spend his time as an assistant varsity baseball coach at his alma mater, Ballard High School. In his free time you’ll likely find him eating and drinking at his favorite Seattle restaurants, at a concert for a local band, on a kayak in the Puget Sound, or at a baseball field both as a coach and lifelong Mariner fan.

Celebrate Christmas Eve & Day 2023 at Ray’s!

Ray’s first floor Boathouse and second floor Cafe will be open on Christmas Eve and Day serving up your favorite dishes and seasonal specials. Join us Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25, 2023! Reservations are available now and strongly encouraged for all parties on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Reserve Boathouse. Reserve Cafe. There is very limited seating for parties larger than 6 …

Ray’s Apparel Holiday Sale!

Take 20% off all Ray’s apparel now through December 31! Our current apparel line up will be gone January 1 so make sure to stock up on this commemorative gear including our retro hoody, beanies and more before it’s too late! This cozy, quality gear is the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer for all …


Ray’s Boathouse elevates local, sustainable seafood with global flavors and Northwest inspiration nightly.


Classic seafood dishes with seasonal preparations in our upstairs Café overlooking Puget Sound.


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