Seattle, WA 98109
This is a place where you feel welcomed. Run by the Canlis family, Canlis is the Pacific Northwest's most celebrated restaurant, winner of twenty consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Awards and three time James Beard runner up for best service in the country. Voted Most Romantic, Best View, Best Service, Best Design, Top Wine List and Wine Service, Washington Family Business of the year, and Best Overall Restaurant. At Canlis we are learners, and after 66 years of serving Seattle, we believe we're just beginning to get things right. We look forward to meeting you.
LARGE PARTIES: For parties of 7-8 guests, we ask for 48 hours notice when ordering the tasting menu.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Every evening is accompanied by live piano music from a 1920 Steinway Grand.
Valet parking is included with the price of dinner.
Private Party Facilities:
Canlis can accommodate up to 8 guests in the dining room. For larger parties, please call the restaurant directly to reserve one of our two private rooms. The Executive Room can seat 8-24 guests and The Penthouse can seat up to 80.
Private Party Contact:
Megan Brady: (877) 391-2113
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
SPECIAL REQUESTS: Please call the reservationist directly to place any special orders or floral arrangements.
LARGE PARTIES: For parties of 7-8 guests, we ask for 48 hours notice when ordering the tasting menu. Please call the restaurant directly to make a reservation.
Canlis Ratings and Reviews
Canlis is in a class by itself. You can always expect impeccable service, interesting and unique cuisine, and a high-end dining experience. Their wine list is one of the best in Seattle, especially their Northwest wines. Canlis is a dining experience, but the cuisine, while excellent, is not the reason to dine there; there are other restaurants with innovative chefs, but less ambiance and equally good, or better dishes. I tried a different dish this time - the pork - which was good, but not great - it was cold the first time and better the second, but still a little tougher than I expected. On the other hand, the scallops were beyond compare - perfectly cooked and seasoned.
To get this 5* quality of dining experience, you should expect to pay top dollar; our dinner was over $200 per person. For that special occasion, Canlis is one of the very best.
Canlis is the experince of a lifetime. The ambiance was stunning. The crackling of fire, a talented pianist, the exquisite decor, and the helpful staff all rolled into one of the most unique views of Seattle I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. We had four courses and the food was stunning. While I thought the filet Mignon was slightly salty and the Wagyu beef did not have the texture I had expected, the food overall was a delightful experience and something to not be forgotten soon. A single negative thing could not be said about the drinks, which were both tasty and creative. The valet service brought around my car at the time of leave without the use of those pesky tickets. I'll be back, Canlis.
This is our once a year special place. I don't write many reviews but couldn't let this go. Last year we had the tasting menu and somalier's wine pairing. It was totally unbelievable, it was magical. We did not look into the wines used last year but maybe should have. This year we had the same. The first course and last couple of courses were totally unbelievable just amazing. The other courses and even the historical salad were OK to good but not at the level we anticipate. That I can handle. But this year we looked into the wines used with the somalier's pairing because a couple pairings were off: only a couple I really liked and found that some of the wine bottles could be purchased for under $10 and most bottles were not that expensive. We dropped $145 x2 and we're really feeling cheated. It's not all about the price and we don't expect to get a glass from a $1000 bottle but this was not acceptable. We dropped around $800 but felt like we got not even half the value. Next time we will look for another option, we had a nice evening but it was overshadowed by the wine pairing. I can't imagine what the cheaper pairing is, leftovers from grocery outlet that could not sell?
Great ambiance and service, average food and extremely overpriced. Do i regret going?no. Would I go back? no.
The main course (steak) very salty and salad dressing (which is supposed to be signature dish) was very ordinary. The wine list was also very limited (mostly US wine, limited French or Italian wines!)
Very disappointing. We have been coming to Canlis every time we visit Seattle for 30+ years. The atmosphere was beautiful as always. However it took 3 1/2 hours from the time we sat till our dessert was served. Not enough staff. My wife's steak was over cooked and the rest of the food was mediocre. We miss the a la carte menu of the past and the food does not justify the price.
This was our second time at Canlis and we enjoyed it just as much as the first. It was creative and the food, spectacular. We did the tasting menu with cocktails and had so much fun with the unique presentations and thoughtful preparations. Well done, as always!
The best restaurant in Seattle. Service, food, ambiance, view, tradition, professionalism--Canlis does it all to perfection. Canlis is our restaurant for the most important occasions, though I always wonder why we don't go there more often. Make your reservation early though, because it fills up.
Dinner was amazing. I was a bit disappointed with our server. She was nice but not very helpful when asking questions. The person who delivered it food and that we ordered coffee from went the extra mile with descriptions and his is what I was expecting for the entire meal. I wish we had him as our server.
The food was delicious. The cocktails were creatively presented, but too sweet. I think if we had chosen to get wine pairings with dinner it would have been better than the cocktails. Our main server seemed uneasy that we wanted to chat with her, as we generally enjoy getting to know our servers at restaurants. The service overall was excellent, but I think the restaurant was a little too formal for our taste. Even at fancy restaurants, we like to let the servers know that we are real people too, and this seemed a bit out of sync with the people working there. By the end, it seemed like the servers were finally figuring out that we didn't need to be left alone in order to enjoy ourselves, so it ended up being an overall positive experience.
All in all, Canlis is lovely and clearly high class, but we probably won't go back due to the excessively formal feel to the place.
We had a wonderful meal at a great restaurant. It was our first time at this iconic Seattle restaurant and they surpassed our expectations. We had the four course dinner and everything was amazing. The service was top notch and the piano music added to a wonderful ambiance. If you want a special treat Canlis is the place to go.
It was an amazing experience. Form the time you pull up to valet parking and the last sip of coffee after a beautifully served 4 course meal I felt like someone other than a retired military member and part of the working class of the King County area. Special thanks to every staff member who stopped at our table and served us. Summer thanks for the care and attention you provided us. Finally thank you Canlis family for the personal hospitality to 2 old Army veterans. We will definitely return and recommend your restaurant to all of our friends..
I'm new to Seattle and everyone seems to answer "Canlis" when I ask "what's the best foodie restaurant in Seattle". I reserved a table for two for my birthday and opted for the four course menu, rather than the 9 course tasting menu. I also chose the classic wine pairing.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much about the experience that met my expectations, and nothing that exceeded them.
The staff were friendly and accommodating, although our server seemed not to know the menu and wines well. Generally, we struggled to understand one another. I was hoping for more guidance with both food and wine choices, to maximize the experience.
I thought the food was what one might expect at a casual dining restaurant. There was nothing extraordinary about any of our courses - they were mostly good. I was disappointed by my main course, "pork with radicchio, apple, fennel, and a sauce of drippings and black garlic". Everything on the plate was beige - completely void of color - and the pork under-cooked. No exaggeration.
I enjoyed the Spot Prawns and Sweet Onions (presentation on the latter was lovely) but these were both very small tasting portions. I also had the Steak Tartare which was, in my opinion, heavy-handed. I am accustomed to this dish being delicate. The beef seemed as though it were ground rather than thin shaved. This dish was all red - garnish and all, no variation in color, save for a dollop of what I think was called an egg 'puree'.
The view from our table was great, looking out over Lake Union, but the restaurant itself was bland, also void of color. White table clothes all over adorned with nothing charming or visually appealing. It felt as though there were a 'no color' rule at Canlis.
All in all, I was expecting an extraordinary meal and experience but didn't receive either. The check came to $366 for two people, including the 20% mandatory tip.
I'm glad to have tried Canlis but am disappointed I didn't put nearly $400 to better use.
This restaurant has a reputation of being Seattle's finest dining experience, and it´s completely deserved, there is absolutely nothing bad I can say about Canlis, they even warmed up our coats by the fireplace before handing them to us when we left.
The food is exquisite, the cocktails are innovative and delicious, the staff is friendly and very knowledgeable, the wine pairing is perfect.
If you can afford it, you have to try it, Canlis is one of the best restaurants I´ve ever had the pleasure of dining at.
This is our favorite restaurant in Seattle for special occasions! We've celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and new jobs and got engaged here! From the moment you pull up outside until the moment you leave, you'll be well taken care of. Every bite of food is amazing from start to finish, including the amuse bouche to the macaroons and all 3-4 courses in between. Enjoy every minute!
I ordered a rare Filet Mignon and my wife ordered a medium rare New York Strip. When it came to the table my Filet Mignon was dry, and my wife's New York Strip was bleeding on the plate. We in- formed our server that they had the order backward and she was apologetic and took our food back to the kitchen to be remade. Then about 20 minutes later our new steaks arrived and it was the same thing! We showed our server the plates and she said that she "took them back the first time and the cook told her that "they were perfectly fine" and im sorry." ...and she walked away! My wife and i literally had to switch plates to eat. So we were able to eat them how we liked them cooked but not the cut of meat we wanted. She tried to make up for it later in the meal but the experience was already ruined. This may not be a big deal at long horn, but when your bill is $232.00 for 2 people you want what you ordered.
Update: Upon reading this review, the very next day I was contacted by Amanda the dining room manager. She was genuinely concerned with my issues, and went out of her way to contact me not only through the phone but by email. I reached back out to her and she was very professional and genuinely cared about the fact that I did not have a good experience at the restaurant. After speaking with her I will give this place another chance.
Excellent service. Food needs some work. Very salty duck. Scallop dish was bland.
The cabbage, salad, and prawn dishes were excellent.
Bread is awful. No offense but seriously change the recipe. Its too hard. Actually hurt my teeth chewing the bread.
Wine by the bottle is over rated. Paid 90 dollars for a bottle I could purchase at Total wine for 23 dollars!
We have always loved the ambience and the impeccable service at Canlis. The appetizers were amazing, especially the Steak Tartare. And everyone enjoyed the entrees, the duck being declared the favorite. Our wait staff was exceptional, as always. However....we were seated in the same room as the piano. The piano player was so loud and heavy-handed, and insensitive to his role in that type of dinner setting, that we truly could not hear each other speak. By the end of our 3 hour dinner many in our group were quite grumpy from having to yell to be heard. Not sure why dinner was served in the bar, but from now on we know to ask for a table far, far away from the music.
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