This is a place where you feel welcomed. Run by the Canlis family, Canlis is the Pacific Northwest's most celebrated restaurant, winner of fourteen 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 60 years of serving Seattle, we believe we're just beginning to get things right. We look forward to meeting you. For more information, we invite you to www.canlis.com
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close
$50 and over
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Every evening is accompanied by live piano music from a 1920 Steinway Grand.
Over the years Canlis has become known for its valet service. Our team looks forward to serving you in this special way.
Private Party Facilities:
Recently named by Saveur magazine as one of the “Top 12 Restaurants in America that Matter,” nominated four times by the James Beard foundation for “Best Service in the country,” and selected as one of Food and Wine Magazine’s “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America,” Canlis is the most award-winning rest
Private Party Contact:
Megan Brady: 8773912113
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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SPECIAL REQUESTS: Please call the reservationist directly to place any special orders or floral arrangements.
Canlis Ratings and Reviews
Service so relaxed that wine wasn't open ...
Service so relaxed that wine wasn't opened and poured until first course was almost over. Several dishes were over-seasoned, especially the truffled frites, which were borderline inedible. Great bar and bartender, though!
Stephanie was a wonderful guide for our ...
Stephanie was a wonderful guide for our experience as we had a celebratory group dinner. Wonderful in keeping each individual at the forefront. It felt like we were transported in time and space. Couldn't image a better experience! From the helpful valet, welcoming smiles, attentive staff, seven course meal with perfect wine pairings, you knew we were in the right hands all night.
Canlis is an occasion place -- the locat ...
Canlis is an occasion place -- the location, the view, the service, the absolute care the staff takes of you. The food doesn't have what you'd call a "point of view" like many of the other foodie havens in the city, but it's still consistently high-level cuisine. It's a curious combination of classics (gotta get the Canlis salad just for the show, but it's also really good) and experimentation which lands about half the time (the buckwheat cigarillo amuse bouche we got was inedible, but the stewed cabbage was a surprising revelation). We have to give a special shout-out to Stephanie, who was our server when we went for our 17th anniversary. It came up during conversation that a particular snack food had played part in our meeting. Stephanie went out and got it and served it to us with our dessert. We laughed and cried, and it's just a perfect example of how this Seattle tradition goes above and beyond to deliver a first-class experience that makes it perfect for your specialist of occasions.
We arrived for dinner and checked in for ...
We arrived for dinner and checked in for our reservation. We weren't seated until after our reservation time and several couples who arrived after us were seated first and in much better location with water front views. We felt like we weren't respected because we were younger. We were seated at a terrible table on the same side of a booth where we were forced to just stare at other people all night. The material for the booth seats was terrible. Do not wear a dress to this restaurant. It was so uncomfortable on my legs. We ordered sparkling water and were served flat water which was confusing. The server finally brought the sparkling water in a fancy bottle but they never told us in advance that we were going to be getting both flat and sparkling. That was confusing. The service was also slow. We waited quite a bit between each course. Overall the food was decent. The only complaint was that the steak (which was ordered rare) came out and was medium to medium-well, which is completely unacceptable at a nice restaurant. Lastly, the gratuity was already included on the check which doesn't typically bother me at restaurants because most of those restaurants have great service, but at Canlis, it really irritated me and they worked as if their tips were guaranteed. Definitely not a positive experience overall.
A magnificent view, with a nice roomy la ...
A magnificent view, with a nice roomy layout, for a romantic dinner for 2 or a private business dinner. The Service is very professional, but not stuffy as the staff are friendly and engaging.
The food is very good, but we go for the entire package. We take our own wines and the staff provide excellent service and the corkage is well worth the price.
We went there with 2 qty. $100 gift card ...
We went there with 2 qty. $100 gift cards and a $100 bill, all won through work. Still, for two people 3-course meal, two drinks, some mushrooms and an upgrade to Wagyu beef, I STILL owed them $20.00. $320.00! For two people!
Canlis is a historic place, great view, dark formality, and very service oriented. And the food was delicious. My wife and I are not 1%ers and never thought we would go there. We were very lucky to have the bill paid by luck. But because of the affordability issue - one that Canlis has no intent (nor should it) to address - we will not be back.
We were in Seattle visiting and were inf ...
We were in Seattle visiting and were informed about Canlis. We were slightly unprepared regarding the menu. There are three and four course menus as well as a larger tasting menu. We ultimately chose the four course meal.
No one complained about the service and no one complained about the food. Our waiter took immense care regarding food sensitivities and was upset when my appetizer was delayed and my wife's main course came with onions. Each was quickly rectified. Additionally, the sommelier came and provided input to a local Cabernet.
Desert was an exquisite Grand Marnier soufflé.
The view from the modernistic restaurant overlooking Lake Union on a sunny evening is one of the best that I have ever seen. Meals are quite expensive but well worth it. Our waiter took care of the issues emanating from the kitchen by eliminating the my appetizer and provided all of our after dinner drinks.
It was nearly a magical evening.
I came to Canlis with my sister for a sp ...
I came to Canlis with my sister for a special evening out. The service was *lovely* - beautifully attentive and almost choreographed, without feeling stiff in the slightest. I had expected to find the restaurant a bit cool, but every single staff member I encountered was warm, friendly, and helpful. It was a delight.
Canlis is an institution in Seattle. If ...
Canlis is an institution in Seattle. If you've never been it is a worthwhile splurge. The food is divine. I had the duck and it was perfect. Best I have ever had. Their bartender, Greg, was very nice and incredibly helpful. After some discussion he made us a spicy drink with mescal and and it was delicious. Seconds were ordered all around!
My only disappointment was that we have been put in the room just off the bar the last two times we have dined at Canlis. The problem is that two out of the 4 of us have a view of the exit road- not great view. We always ask for the main view room and never get it no matter how long we book ahead.
Lovely dinner all around. My only con is ...
Lovely dinner all around. My only con is that a family in shorts/flip flops/backpacks/sweats came in and were seated. It is a beautiful restaurant and prides itself on upscale dining so we were very surprised they would allow people not dressed accordingly.
The restaurant is beautiful. Very romant ...
The restaurant is beautiful. Very romantic but also a great spot for special occasion. There were six of us the bill was over $1000, So it is pricey. We certainly made a memory. The food is gourmet and delicious. Very fresh and Very small portions. Service is nearly impeccable. They weren't quite as fun top of things as last time we were there. They left a couple of wine glasses on the table, which hardly seems like it's something to mention, but it is Canlis! They have a piano bar and the piano player was great.
Loved every minute of it. Service was ab ...
Loved every minute of it. Service was above and beyond. While the cost was much more than we tend to spend, we knew that going in and it was worth it. Presentation was stunning. Salad prepared table side was so fresh and the flavors were beyond balanced. We each did the steak and mine was cooked to perfection. The staff made our 9year anniversary truly special.
Canlis is widely touted as the best rest ...
Canlis is widely touted as the best restaurant in the city, and while I haven't been to every restaurant in the city, they certainly made a good case for that title. The food was consistently excellent throughout the entire tasting menu. It arrived in a classic, expected progression, and while there were some high points - my party absolutely loved both fish courses - there were no low points. Every course was perfectly cooked, exquisitely balanced, and featuring different tastes than the last. Every other aspect of the meal was on point as well, from the attitude of the staff, to the timing of all the courses, even down to having our vehicle waiting without needing to be asked when we were finally ready to leave. And I would be remiss if I did not also mention the atmosphere. For a restaurant as old and classic as this, you may expect it to appear a bit dated, if gracefully so. That is not the case. The interior and exterior design is modern and beautiful, and flow together quite nicely. The dim lighting brings a calm poise to the evening, and the subtle piano music provides a fun conversation focus between courses, as you try to guess which modern pop song is being played.
Overpriced. Service was fine, but not st ...
Overpriced. Service was fine, but not stellar for the price of the food, nor was the food exceptional. Ambiance was diminished by our table location. The servers were hanging out right by us and constantly walking in front of us. Also, we had a table not facing the view, but facing towards other diners. Overall, we were disappointed.
Secret tip: You can ask to reserve the c ...
Secret tip: You can ask to reserve the corner 2nd floor room that seats 4 people for the night. It is a private room that they charge $300 for you to use,but OMG what an phenomenal treat to add to an amazing night. I think the room is called the "Chaisse Room".
This is a very expensive restaurant with ...
This is a very expensive restaurant with decent food. The most notable things about the experience were the view, the drinks, and the piano player. The service is slow, that is not to say it is bad, just that you should allow yourself a few hours to dine. The food is fine but nothing special and I definitely didn't think it was worth the cost.
This is the first we had been back to Ca ...
This is the first we had been back to Canlis in several years and we were very disappointed in the service and the move to a price fixe menu. It took 30 minutes in the bar to get our drinks - and it wasn't crowded and they had multiple people standing around. The servers in the dining room were cold and mechanical. The food was good, but the menu selection was boring - and when you are paying $90/pp for a 3 course meal, you expect a little more creativity. The sommelier was the one bright spot. Even though we didn't order an expensive bottle, he remained attentive and warm throughout. It's Canlis, so you know you are going to pay, but you expect to be wowed by the experience. Can't say we will be going back anytime soon.
With only outstanding memories of distan ...
With only outstanding memories of distant dinners at Canlis my wife and I returned for a special occasion. We arrived early and sat in the lounge waiting for our table, which was in a great location with a lovely view. The food was very good.
The service was very disappointing - amateurish, as if play-acting a high quality restaurant rather than being one. We waited far too long between being seated and asked for our orders. So long that we almost got up and left, wondering if anyone would notice. I did point out that we were hungry when the waitress finally arrived. She was sympathetic, but the pace did not really pick up. The Canlis salad was excellent. The halibut was perfectly done, but needed more accompaniment at these prices. After another long wait the excellent desserts arrived.
Our impatience was most likely increased by the very loud, fast-paced piano music that completely dominated a dining area where you almost had to shout to be heard. Hardly the elegant Canlis of times past. Two rococo relics remain - the fluorishing salad-at-you-table, the coordinated delivery of diners' dishes. I suppose it can feel like they're fussing over you, but class is better expressed by unobtrusive staff that is swift and silent, to let the diners focus on one other. We won't be back.
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