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.
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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
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Megan Brady: 8773912113
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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Canlis Ratings and Reviews
The entire staff at Canlis made our even ...
The entire staff at Canlis made our evening special. They were attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was sophisticated and classic. We both got the tasting menu, but I opted for the vegetarian fare due to dietary restrictions. The vegetarian items they thought comparable to the meat proteins were laughable. While he got slices of filet mignon, I receive three pieces of burnt broccoli. Not all of the courses were bad. I thoroughly enjoyed the salad, appetisers, and desserts. I was just expecting something more robust for the protein replacements.
Lovely evening. There were a couple of ...
Lovely evening. There were a couple of hiccups in the evening. When we arrived, the bar was full. The host that checked us in passed that along. However, he didn't say, " May we bring you a drink while you are waiting?" or can I get you something. We ended up getting our own drink. A bit surprising.
The only other hiccup was the perfectly cooked halibut was really over salted. That last toss of salt on a delicate fish was not necessary. The steak was cooked perfectly for the other entree. The over salty fish affected my taste for dessert, but was amazing for my partner.
Our server was over the top. Such a wonderful personality and attentive to our needs. She did a marvelous job making our Canlis salad which was delicious.
We will go back. We will just request no salt on the entree. Y
You can't beat the ambiance and the romantic setting.
This was my first time at Canlis, and af ...
This was my first time at Canlis, and after years of anticipation, it did not disappoint. Yes, you need to dress nicely. Yes, you will spend quite a bit on the meal. And it's all totally worth it because the level of attention and warmth and genuine interest in your experience by the entire staff is what really sets Canlis apart.
My partner and I were celebrating two milestone birthdays (40th and 30th!) and we received a wonderful dining experience for it. The Som spent a good amount of time with us identifying the perfect bottle of Burgundy to accompany our meals and meet our pallet requests and price requirements. It paired well with the Duck and the Cod equally, as well as the outstanding crab and steak tartare starters we ordered.
We sat right behind the piano, with a great view of the lake as well as our fellow diners. The piano offered a great addition to the ambience without distracting from our conversation or making it difficult to hear any of the dining staff's answers to our questions.
I can't recommend Canlis enough for that very special event you'd like to remember for a long time to come.
Canlis is a beautiful room and view, b ...
Canlis is a beautiful room and view, but the overall experience was a bit short of what we expected. We expected something like a "Michelin Star" place but it kinda missed that. Some aspects, the bar, the sommelier, once he came over, were great, but some aspects of the service were awkward. We had to ask for a wine list...huh? This is fine dining, I want to plan my meal and my wine together. Food, meh. It wasn't bad by any means, but nothing was oh my god awesome. And at this price point, across four courses, something should be to die for.
Canlis is an amazing dinner spot, but on ...
Canlis is an amazing dinner spot, but one I would reserve for special occasions. The staff does a fabulous job making everyone feel special and welcome. The food is tasty and the menu is creative. It is pricey, but it is a special place so every once in a while, it is worth it.
We were celebrating our friend's birthda ...
We were celebrating our friend's birthday. We picked the four course tasting menu and asked for wine pairing to match the four courses. Oysters and foie gras were the first and second courses. Oysters were ok - nothing to write home about- but the mignonette was mediocre at best. Foie gras was overwhelmed by apple taste. We paid $20 extra and got Wagyu Tried both filet and New York. All stakes were almost cold. Very very disappointing! Soufflé was mediocre at best. Wine pairing for four wines ended up being more expensive than wine pairing for seven wines even though we asked for tasting size. Overall a very disappointing experience. Do not recommend.
Canlis' reputation for superb food and i ...
Canlis' reputation for superb food and impeccable service is well deserved. Two of us had the halibut which was exceptionally delicious and the best quality I have had. Anyone with dietary restrictions (mine is no salt) need not worry--their needs are met in stride. We arrived early and were seated immediately with welcoming smiles. It is Seattle's best fine dining restaurant!
Canlis is our favorite restaurant to cel ...
Canlis is our favorite restaurant to celebrate the banner moments of life, anniversary, birthday, family, friends, and business accomplishments. This occasion we enjoyed the tasting menu and the sommelier pairing. Excellent.
I have been to Canlis a couple times. La ...
I have been to Canlis a couple times. Last time, the service was outstanding and food very good. I was astounded at how things have changed when we returned recently. After being served, the waiter never checked back in. My salmon was not warm enough and I had to search for a waiter . He apologized for not checking on us. It took forever to reheat. No offer of coffee/tea at the end of the meal. Hostess coughing and sniffling Really disappointed
We go to this restaurant every year for ...
We go to this restaurant every year for our anniversary (for many years now). It has been our favorite restaurant in the world. This year was quite disappointing. We had good friends join us for dinner that had never been there before. Two of us ordered the pork. We were both very disappointed in that dinner. It was more fat than anything and we did not have more than 3 or 4 bites of actual meat (without the inch plus fat around it). While i understand the flavor produced by that fat is wonderful, there just wasn't much to the dinner. The set dinner is also not really appealing to us. The value for the price was disappointing this trip.
Every dish was very good with delicious ...
Every dish was very good with delicious flavor.
Only strange part of the evening was arriving exactly on time and having to wait about 10 minutes for their staff meeting to end. Lobby was filled with guests waiting for staff to attend to them. No big deal but somewhat random.
Canlis is a Seattle institution. One sho ...
Canlis is a Seattle institution. One should go at least once. It is, however, ungodly expensive. We dine out a good bit and we so rarely approach $200 per person when only one of us is drinking the expensive beverages. The food was good and the service was a step above, but for the rarified air indicated by their prices, it is difficult to judge. It was not as smoothly polished as our event at the triple-Michelin Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. I've had better or equally good food at Lark, LouLay and Aqua. For me, it was like my trip to China: I think it was a lovely experience and I'm glad I went, but I don't need to do it again.
Should you ever have the opportunity to ...
Should you ever have the opportunity to enjoy Canlis, just go. Yes it is formal, yes it is expensive, but Canlis offers a dinner experience that surpasses all other restaurants. The owner greeted us at the door, knew us by name simply based on the time we showed up (yeah, Mr. Canlis memorized the reservations). Our waitress and staff were fun and playful, making for a relaxing and comfortable evening. When we finally finished, the staff was warming our coats next to the fire before helping us put them on. Of course, the food is incredible. This is a complete evening experience worth enjoying.
Overall a nice experience with great ser ...
Overall a nice experience with great service. For the price, I expected the food to be much better. While I enjoyed the oysters and the wine selection, the salad was nothing to write home about and the filet mignon was over salted to the extent it was almost inedible. Here you really are just paying for the service, because the food left a lot to be desired. I am happy that I was able to have the Canlis experience, but would not go back based on the food.
We did the tasting menu for 6. Some of ...
We did the tasting menu for 6. Some of our participants were young and rather leery of a few items, but decided for the most part that everything was REALLY good, and often unique. Service was excellent and generally unobtrusive. Even though the restaurant was nearly full, we felt doted on.
This was our first time. I was looking ...
This was our first time. I was looking forward to the view but we ended up behind a stone wall about six feet wide. My filet was very good but poached halibut was not to my wife's liking. Our server was outstanding.
The venue is lovely but the food is pret ...
The venue is lovely but the food is pretty average for the price. The service was that part that was really bad. We were kept waiting for long stretches, when we didn't finish one of the dishes (it was so salty) they didn't even bother to ask why. One of the main course side dishes was left throughout dessert. Just really really bad service for price you pay and the numerous staff.
The view and ambiance at Canlis is the b ...
The view and ambiance at Canlis is the best part of the experience. The service was spotty at first - when they took us to the lounge for drinks to wait for our table it took us 30 minutes to get a drink. Once we got to the table - service was better, but not outstanding as you would expect. The food was presented beautifully and the flavors were interesting, but everything seemed to be much too salty for our taste. This pretty much ruined almost every dish. My favorite was the dessert souffle - I will come back just for that next time. Overall I was disappointed at the value and what I expect from a classic, high end restaurant experience.
Excellent service and beautiful view, ho ...
Excellent service and beautiful view, however not very accommodating for alternative dietary preferences even though the restaurant seems like it is. Very expensive for what you receive. Left hungry and had to go out to eat after a 4 course meal. Entree was four pieces of cabbage only!
Billed as the top dining spot in Seattle ...
Billed as the top dining spot in Seattle, this was my 2nd visit. Food is worthy of the accolade but the experience fell short of expectations at this price point.
On arriving, there was a delay in seating us and we wondered if they had our reservation. We were left standing without anyone explaining why.
We selected the tasting menu running to numerous courses. We lost count of the number of waiters who attended to us which was a little confusing and added a sense of inconsistency in operations. May be this is intended but it felt uncomfortable.
As we progressed through the courses, the gap in between each serving got longer and longer, causing us to twice ask where the next course was. Each time we were told the kitchen was very busy and there was a backlog. By the time we finished our final course, it was near closing time and it felt like we were being given the message to leave - our check was brought to us without us asking for it and we weren't offered any coffee. After spending over $600 for 2, these are all things that are difficult to accept. We also felt that it was remiss of the restaurant not to offer a digestif or coffee on the house considering the delays between 2 courses, or even waive the 2 G&T's we had at the outset. That sort of gesture of goodwill is sometimes found at cheaper restaurants, but at this level, it should be expected.
Finally, on a visit to the men's restroom it was without paper handtowels. 3 people in front of me were left wondering what to do and left the room with wet hands, calling on staff to top the handtowels up which fortunately happened just as I needed it.
I also seem to recall that at my first visit, I left with a small bar of boxed Canlis chocolate which was a nice touch. I could be wrong but that wasn't offered on this visit.
In summary, these things all led to a level of dissatisfaction given the amount spent. I would still recommend Canlis, but it fell short of the mark expected at this level.
The valet greeted us with extraordinary ...
The valet greeted us with extraordinary care and class. We arrived an hour and a half early but we were able to sit in the lounge and listen to the pianist and order drinks. When our table was ready we were escorted. The food was excellent. The Canlis salad made table side I recommend. Loved the French macaroons too. The focus was on conversation not cell phones at every table. Loved that. The place takes you back to another time in history when things were simpler and people dressed nicely for dinner. The wait staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful evening celebrating 32 years of marriage. Thank you Canlis.
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