Ray's in the 1970s

Ray's Boathouse is a restaurant at Shilshole Bay on Seattle's Puget Sound shoreline, noted for its seafood and views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.[1][2][3] It has been listed as one of the city's top restaurants alongside The Herbfarm,[4] and appeared in 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die.[5] It is listed as a destination for visitors by Moon Guides (Williams), Fodor's, Frommer's and others.[6][7][8][1]

Originally opened in June, 1973 the venue had a refurbishment in 2013.[9]

In 1983, Ray's was one of four restaurants that began serving fresh Copper River salmon for the first time, and is credited with bringing awareness of local food to Seattle's fish consumers.[10][11][12] The restaurant also hosted the first restaurant introduction of commercially harvested Olympia oysters, in February 1983, heralding a "comeback" for the species, which had had a total harvest measured in hundreds of gallons a few years earlier.[13]

Prior to being the singer of the rock band Soundgarden, Chris Cornell was employed as a chef at the restaurant. [14]

In 2002, the restaurant was awarded in America's Classics category of the James Beard Foundation Awards.[15][16]

In 2004, then-executive chef Charles Ramseyer was recognized as one of the nation's most innovative fish chefs by Wine Spectator.[17]


  1. ^ a b Smith 1999, p. 115.
  2. ^ "Ray's Boathouse: Why We Live Here – A new chef tinkers with tradition at Seattle's quintessential view restaurant", Seattle Magazine, September 2012
  3. ^ Melissa A. Trainer (October 5, 1997), "CHOICE TABLES; In Seattle, the Ingredients Shine", The New York Times, Whenever we want to enjoy well-prepared Northwest seafood in a relaxing setting, we head to Ray's Boathouse. Smack on Puget Sound and boasting views of the Olympic Mountains, the restaurant looks out on fishing vessels, sailboats and kayakers cruising by.
  4. ^ Amrine 2011, p. 109.
  5. ^ Schultz 2011, p. 901.
  6. ^ Moon Guide 2017
  7. ^ Fodor's
  8. ^ Frommer's Guide (2001)
  9. ^ Providence Cicero (May 31, 2013), "Ray's Boathouse still sails on service and fresh seafood", The Seattle Times
  10. ^ First Copper River Salmon Arrive, CBS Seattle, May 16, 2013
  11. ^ Cassandra Callan (May 17, 2013), "30 Years of Love for Copper River Salmon", Seattle Met
  12. ^ Greg Atkinson, "Hooked on fish: With fresh thinking, Ray's Boathouse set a seafood standard", Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times
  13. ^ R.W. Apple Jr. (April 26, 2006), "The Oyster Is His World", The New York Times
  14. ^ https://www.upvenue.com/article/1250-the-early-careers-of-grunge-musicians.html
  15. ^ 2002 award winners, James Beard Foundation, retrieved 2017-05-19
  16. ^ Stevenson Swanson (May 15, 2002), "A gourmet gala: Annual Beard Awards recognize food world's high fliers, including chefs, writers, designers", The Chicago Tribune
  17. ^ Johnson, Johnson & Van Gytenbeek 2005, p. 172.
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Coordinates: 47°40′24″N 122°24′27″W / 47.6734°N 122.4076°W / 47.6734; -122.4076