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Jul 19, 2010 02:15 PM

Where to take dad for scallops?

My dad is due for a visit this weekend and he has requested scallops. I don't eat seafood, and while I know they serve scallops all over town, I'm looking for recommendations of the 'been there, done that' variety, please. He is a non-foodie - meaning he would prefer nothing but straight up scallops. No fancy fusion sauces, nothing spicy, just good food. I'd prefer something around $25 - $35, if possible, and a restaurant that also offers a couple of non-seafood dishes. Ideas?

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  1. A couple of years ago I enjoyed a scallops dinner at Ray's Boathouse. It is in your price range and has a killer view.

    Ray's Boathouse Restaurant
    6049 Seaview Ave., Seattle, WA 98107

    1. Another vote for Ray's. But I suggest you go to the Cafe' upstairs which is a little more casual and a little cheaper, but the food is largely the same. They have an outdoor deck if the weather is nice.

      1. I love the Ray's cafe. It may not be what you're looking for, but they have a smoked seafood salad that includes excellent, slightly sweet house-smoked scallops, salmon and other die for.

        The other place you may consider, although it may exceed your stated price point, is the waterfront seafood grill. I've had some excellent scallops there and their rib steak (one of several non-seafood options) is excellent. I love their emerald city dessert, flamed tableside - it's cheesy but fun and actually tastes good.

        My other favorite scallop preparation is raw and the best used to be the sashimi scallops (cold, raw scallops with a little pickled ginger and some excellent sauce) at the late 08 seafood grill in Bellevue...but they are (I've heard) now served at Archery in Normandy Park.

        1. If you are going to be on the Eastside, Russell's in Bothell does a very nice seared scallop.

          1. Thanks for the suggestions! I was leaning towards Ray's anyway, so your responses confirmed this is the best way to go. Thanks again.