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.
Seattle, WA 98109
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
Went to Canlis for a major milestone birthday event for my wife. After being around for pushing 70 years I think Canlis is still the best restaurant in town: amazing and creative food, service that is outstanding without being stuffy, an iconic location overlooking Lake Union, and classic Northwest Contemporary architecture. Of course it's crazy expensive (all in for 6 people inc. tax, tip, one round of cocktails and two bottles of wine was a bit over $1300) but well worth it for the (occasional) special occasion. Everyone should go there at least once. Only quibble is that the cocktail service is slow ( have experienced this on other occasions as well). The bar is small and it seems like sometimes they get overwhelmed.
I really enjoying my time at Canlis. The service was absolutely outstanding from the time we pulled into the driveway to the minute we left. Our servers were always available and explained all the food, how it's made and what's in it, but at the same time I didn't feel overwhelmed by their checking in on us. The food options were quite exotic so you have to have a certain pallet to enjoy them. The prices are steep but it's worth it for a special occasion.
Had our wedding anniversary dinner here. We were immediately greeted by someone who took our car. Proceeding to the inside we were greeted and taken to our table. Everyone was knowledgeable and kind. Even though we dressed up for the occasion, we felt like these people were friends. Food was great! Not the norm, at least for us. Excellent spirits! There was a slight snafu with getting our car, only because the timing was slightly off. The overall experience was lovely. We will be here again!
Came here for our joint birthdays. We loved the entire experience -- from the service to the food. Considering we got four courses at $105, an amazing view and piano tunes -- I think Canlis provides a lot of value, too. I took off one star for food because the fish was a bit on the salty side and my fiance's rabbit sausage was just OK. Otherwise, the food was so good. Cocktails were nice and strong.
We've been coming here for the past four years for our wedding anniversary. And each year always exceeds the previous. If you're unsure of what to do on a special occasion Canlis is your go to place. The service is fantastic, the food is outstanding, and the ambience is perfect for that special someone. Not sure what to eat, always go for the tasting menu. You can't go wrong!
Great intimate dining spot. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The food was excellent and well-prepared and with each course the dish was described in a very informative manner. The atmosphere was very cozy and the noise levels was very low. The views were spectacular with even a rainbow making an appearance.
Canlis deserves it's reputation as an excellent restaurant with top notch service. Also good view and comfortable venue. Maybe a bit pretentious, but some of that is okay and can add to the fun. All dishes we had were superb except for the halibut, which was bit bland. Canlis Salad was great. The porridge interesting which is a good thing.
Over-the-top service, incredible views and ambiance, exceptiinal food...what more could you ask for? My husband and i have been to great restaurants all over the country, and I have to say Canlis delivers on every level, best dining experience we've ever had.
Perhaps one of the most over-rated restaurants I've been to in years. Service was impeccable, but the food average at best. Lovely dining room (and view) but what was on the plate was not memorable...and $140 bottle of beer on the menu? Seriously? Impossible to find decent wine or beer at reasonable prices to pair with dinner.
Kudos to Matthew however, for elevating the experience above the mundane.
We were so excited to take our friends of 45 years to Canlis. They were visiting from New York City.
I will list ONLY A FEW of the things that were very disappointing
-I had stopped in weeks in advance to get a special table ... we looked out over the street
-we asked for a quieter table...we couldn't believe how loud the piped in music was, when we politely asked TWO different waiters to have it turned down ( it was emptying out) we were told it was an old system so it couldn't be adjusted??? Really?!
- it took us asking 3 waiters to get a glass of once seated
-we had to ask for a wine list and were told by our obnoxious waiter that it was across the restaurant so it might take a bit?????
-the wait staff was pretentious instead of attentive
This was not our first time at Canlis ... but it may be our last.
After living in the area for many years, my fiancee and I decided to FINALLY try Canlis. It's an iconic Seattle institution; and we thought it was time we tried it. Everything was OK. Our server was knowledgable and the wine pairings were great. We each had the tasting menu and wine pairings. Unfortunately, while everything was OK, the food quality did not justify the $600+ price (for the two of us). The lamb main course was amazing, and the Canlis salad was great. Everything else was just OK, except for the smoked oyster dish, which was just weird. It was all a bit disappointing, and would have been disappointing even if it had been half the price. We've had better meals for much, much less $ at Lark, Altura, Spinasse, Bateau, The Whale Wins, Dahlia Lounge, Walrus and the Carpenter, Tilth, Girin.... But.. At least now we know not to bother. With all that said, the serving staff was very professional; although it seemed odd that nearly every dish and wine pairing was presented by a different person. Overall a disappointing evening.
So overpriced it was amazing. Over $300 per person. I have no problem spending that for amazing food and wine. It was neither. Food was cold. Service was slow. We all had a cheese course for desert and the cheese was really nothing special.
We had a bad meal here about 10 years ago and had not gone back until this meal. I will never return. I do not understand why this place is still in business.
Nice View. Very good wait staff. Lousy food. My wife and I were celebrating 50 years of marriage and her birthday, and were looking forward to an excellent dining experience. We chose the $145 tasting menu, plus cocktails and wine. The "almost perfect" cocktail was perfect. The Nebbiolo wine was great. However, every item on the tasting menu was bland and uninspiring, in spite of the waiter's description and item's presentation. Luckily the waitress kept us supplied with great dinner rolls with sea-salt butter. Maybe if we had also chosen the $95 tasting menu wine paring we would not have cared about the taste of the food.
We have dined at true 4-5 star restaurants such as Jean Georges in NYC, L'Auberge Chez François, DC, and the Inn at Little Washington, VA. The Inn at Little Washington sets the bar for the best restaurant in the US. We have been to the Inn 3 times, once having the tasting menu and every item tasted superb. The wines and cocktails were also great. While we were not expecting the exquisite dining experience that the Inn offers, but for the price and Canlis's reputation, we were expecting something as good as other nice restaurants we have dined at in Seattle. Even the excellent valet service did not make up for the evening.... how do the valets keep track of what car belongs to what customer with out using tags???
I see several other recent reviews have also had disappointing dining experiences. Hopefully Canlis management can bring the restaurant up to its past reputation.
Except for the very good staff my rating would have been only 1 star
Canlis was everything I hoped it would be. Delicious food and great service. The staff made my date and I feel very special. It's nice to have to dress up a little for an evening, and having a lovely date never hurt. We both loved the prawns, and my crème brulee was amazing. I'd recommend Canlis to anyone looking for a special night and delicious food.
Just awesome! We were told that we would be blown away by the service but might leave hungary. Not so. In addition to the four courses that we ordered, we were given a cheese puff appetizer, bread with the second course, and a macaroon after our dessert course. Perfect amount of time in between courses and awesome wine list. Not cheap, but if you like fine dining, this place is a must.
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