The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s about that time of year when every relative and friend you have takes advantage of Seattle’s glorious summer as the time to visit (hey, we can’t blame them). Stumped on where to wow out-of-towners with the city’s food scene and find something on the menu to please palates of all ages? Read on for our recommendations.

Ray’s Boathouse and Café

Sunset over Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains? Don’t mind if we do. Ray’s is a Seattle institution, as much for its Pacific Northwest menu as its Ballard location right on Shilshole Bay. The boathouse downstairs is higher end, while the upstairs Ray’s Café is more casual—both have kids’ menus, but the café’s offerings are more extensive (you’ll find everything from grilled cheese to king salmon with rice). Fortunately, you’ll be able to soak in the stunning views from either location.

Know before you go: Both restaurants take reservations, though only the café is open for lunch. Build in some extra time to swing by Golden Gardens with your out-of-towners—the playground is great, and the beach is even better.

6049 Seaview Ave N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
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Hours: Boathouse: Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Café: Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

photo: Michelle O. via Yelp


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— Chelsea Lin & Kristina Moy