This is a must when in Seattle. A wonderful ambiance overlooking the Sound. You might even be able to snag a table outside if you're lucky. The service is over the top. Rely on the wait staff to steer you in the right direction. You won't be disappointed with the specials.
Favorite Dish: I had the Sablefish and it was marvelous! You will have to deal with a few bones if you order this fish but it will be worth it with every bite!
If you are to have one dining experience that summarizes the Pacific Northwest, it would have to be at Ray's. This waterfront restaurant - no, it leans out over the water - features a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound and boat traffic in and out of the Ballard Locks. It's in two levels: Ray's Cafe upstairs is casual, very popular and features outdoor seating; downstairs is a more formal dining room featuring gourmet seafood. Its extensive wine list features many worthwhile Northwest wines.
Ray's is one of the few places in town that are hard to get to by bus. Although you can walk from the Ballard Locks, if you are coming by bus, take #17 to N.W. 57th and 32nd Ave. N.W., and walk the 57th west to the waterfront. It's a bit shorter and much more pleasant than walking Seaview all the way from the locks. If you are driving, there is ample (valet) parking.
Favorite Dish: The menu is centered around seafood and everything is great. Let the waiter tell you what the day's fresh catch is.
Price per person below is for the main dining room, but the cafe is reasonably priced.
Ray's is a popular restaurant at Shilshole, near the Locks in Ballard. The restaurant has spectacular views across Puget Sound and into the narrow bay that leads to the Locks.
The best deal for happy hour in the city is in the bar at Rays. All of their entrees and food is half price in the bar on the second floor, so you can get eat well for five to ten dollars. And you can sit on their large deck and enjoy the afternoon sun while watching the boats and ships passing by.
Favorite Dish: The grilled portobello mushroom sandwich with goat cheese is very good, and I feel virtuous enough that I can order the apple blackberry crisp.
1) Salmon House - alder wood BBQ, beautiful view of lake union
2) Ray's Boathouse - lots of varieties of salmon. fantastic view of puget sound
3) Palisade - river runs through restaurant, view of puget sound
4) Elliot's - on pier 56, great salmon. try the crab and artichoke open-faced sandwich for lunch.
Favorite Dish: SALMON!!