Best Outdoor Dining: Ray’s Boathouse

The people have spoken.

Ray’s is no longer the casual fish-and-chips cafe and boat-rental shop it was back in 1945. However, one thing hasn’t changed: Ray’s still has some of the best outdoor dining around. The modern, upscale restaurant overlooks Puget Sound with an al fresco patio that’s hard to beat. The menu offers a distinctly Pacific Northwest flair with favorites like Dungeness crab cakes with chorizo, Brussels sprouts, and black kale, and fresh Washington coast halibut with corona beans, escarole, and piquillo pepper pureé. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 789-3770

First runner-up: Marination Ma Kai

Second runner-up: The Pink Door

Honorable mention: Westward, Daniel’s Broiler

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