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Canlis

Canlis Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.canlis.com
  • Phone: (206) 283-3313
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jason Franey
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Entertainment: Canlis believes in supporting real artists and live music. The evening is accompanied by live piano music from a 1920 Steinway Grand.
  • Special Events & Promotions: SPECIAL REQUESTS: Please call the reservationist directly to place any special orders or floral arrangements.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haliday
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Over the years Canlis has become known for its valet service. Our team looks forward to serving you in this special way.
A word from Canlis
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 Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a group of six for a not so happy event...what would have been the 92nd birthday of my father in law who had recently passed away. Canlis was his favorite restaurant and one of his last requests was for us to celebrate his birthday there. Everything was perfect and he would have loved it! The food was superb, the weather was gorgeous from our view table and the service was flawless. At the end of our evening, we decided to make this a yearly event to celebrate his life. Canlis....we will see you next year if not sooner. Thank you for the wonderful night."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "If you want to be treated like a king and queen then head to Canlis. Super tasty food and the service is on point. Super tasty food."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Two of us opted for the four-course menu and were struggling to find wines to pair with the variety of dishes. The staff inquired as to our wine budget for the evening, then arranged for several "short pours" to match our first courses and a half bottle with our main. They also paired with the dessert course. The food was beautiful and tasty and was enhanced greatly by the work of the wine team."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The view is amazing and the service is quite good. This is a Seattle institution but we found the menu to be quite safe for a fine dining price tag. Perhaps the most disappointing was the gap between the posted dress code (jacket required) and the attire of guests--jeans and golf shirts in some cases. I'm glad I have dined at Canlis, but I will look elsewhere for fine dining in the future."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We went here for our one year anniversary and I have nothing but positive things to say. As soon as we walked in the first person to greet us was Mark Canlis himself. I had requested a romantic spot and they sat us right by the windows in a secluded spot. Every single staff member was extremely friendly and attentive. The chef here is amazing and all of the food we had was superb. The wine list was excellent. They kept bringing little extras throughout our meal and chocolate to take home. They even personalized our desserts with 'happy anniversary' written onto the plates. I've eaten at comparably priced fine dining restaurants and this one surpasses them all. I highly recommend going!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After 10 years in the Seattle area, and many fine dinning experiences, my wife and I decided to try Canlis for our anniversary and we are sure glad we did. The evening couldn't have been better, from the fantastic views, to the excellent 4 course meal to the impeccable service. Our main courses were the Halibut and the Wagyu beef and both were outstanding. Our server Amanda and everyone on the entire Canlis service team was extremely pleasant and approachable - no stuffy atmosphere here. If you've been concerned that a visit to Canlis could be uncomfortable, you can lay those fears aside and enjoy this unique experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Given the reputation of this institution, and the prices, I expected more. The wait staff was plentiful but when it mattered big things were missed, like our waitress forgetting our drink order and then forgetting we ordered a bottle instead of glasses of sparkling wine. She also addressed me by the incorrect name for the second time, same thing last visit. Also, some of the wait staff are so highly coached they come off as stiff, and fake and clearly not really smiling. The service frequently felt contrived, not sincere, and regimented. I expected more warmth and personality from the staff, instead most of them were trying too hard, it felt cold. The food was good but not really worth the $85/person prix fixe price."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wonderful experience! Food, service and atmosphere were amazing! I would definitely recommend it and will return next time I am in Seattle. The only negative is the menu was a little confusing with their wine pairings and tasting courses. Have the waiter explain if it is your first time at the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The Canlis is lovely, however, I prefer a light meal in the evening and you can only get a big meal. Also, one of the wine parings did not come until the course was almost over, and my coffee did not come until I was finished with desert. My cream brûlée was only ok, I have had much better. But the soufflé was really good."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Wonderful evening, great food, attentive staff, and a view! Definitely upscale, but without being snobbish, we'll be back for another special occasion. Our selections were artistically and tastefully created, of the first/courses the pea soup was incredibly fresh and the entrees, filet mignon and pan-seared chicken were perfectly prepared, as was the Canlis soufflé which I look forward to enjoying again soon."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and were delighted with all components of our evening. Lovely table, delicious food and wine and top notch service. Elegant, sophisticated, but not pretentious. Our first visit, but we will return!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I have dined at many 5 star restaraunts around the world, this by far was my favorite. The staff was impeccable and paid attention to every detail. They went out of their way to make my sons graduation dinner a night we will always remember."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was our first time and was well worth the wait of 27 years getting there! The food was beautifully prepared, excellent quality, and they had a diversified menu. They were especially sensitive to food allergies and served accordingly. The wine list was extensive and you were treated like royalty. The price tag was a bit pricey but an experience you'll never forget."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and service at Canlis are outstanding. I was very happy with the courses that I chose -- which were salad, green pea soup and salmon with spinach, cauliflower and quinoa. Also, the view is incredible and I had a wonderful time there. I would say though, it's an expensive evening and there are other options in Seattle where you can get more for your dining out dollar and still enjoy great food and great service. For a splurge though, Canlis is a great option."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Fantastic evening out in Seattle. The food was absolutely delicious, the atmosphere was perfect and the service was the best. All you could ask for and more. If you are heading to Seattle a must dining experience. We will definitely have dinner again next time we are in Seattle. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We were made to feel most special on our 49th anniversary celebration!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Canlis knows haw to make sure you have a wonderful experience on your special occasion dinner. They pamper you without going too far. They give you unexpected extras. There is never any kind of attitude. Your wishes are what is important. And the food is excellent!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed every aspect of our dinner at the Canlis! It was amazing! We brought our kids, and they enjoyed it, too."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Canlis is THE classic special occasion spot. The attention to detail is amazing - be prepared to be pampered! The food is wonderful, service over the top. We've already booked our next visit!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is the place to go for special treatment, lovely view, and excellent dining."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I was in Seattle for a vacation and prior to arriving I had done my research and Canlis was on the top of the list. I must say, it didn't disappoint. To start off, it has the most beautiful view of Lake Union from high on the hill and our table had a direct shot out the windows. We opted for the 4 course meal and between my wife and I, we started with the prawns, tartare, salad and foie gras. All of them were excellent, as were the steaks (Filet and Wagyu Strip). The desserts and cappuccino ended a perfect meal. The service was impeccable! I think every time I took a sip of my water, one of the waitresses was there to refill my glass. Speaking of service, this was probably the best service I've ever had dining out."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Having been years ago on a previous trip to Seattle, I was excited to return Canlis for a small party last Monday. It is hard to believe there could be a more gracious experience in Seattle, or the entire Pac NW. From a personal greeting by Chris Canlis to a well-set table, lovely atmosphere and flawless service, the meal was both expertly cooked and envisioned and professionally presented. The dégustation + 1 custom course of geoduck was superb. The wine service timely and interested in what we envisioned and the bottles were presented expertly. Canlis is a well oiled machine providing the finest dining experience in Seattle. I can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Hard to top it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Every thing at this restaurant was outstanding! The service staff was the best, the food was wonderful, the views were glorious; this was an unexpected surprise for us. We knew we were going to be in Seattle but had never visited there before so we did our research on line. From the moment we stepped in the door we knew this was not going to be an ordinary dinner. I must say this was one of the best dinning experiences we have ever had and we are not novices at this. I hope we return to Seattle just to experience this restaurant again. I must add it is no inexpensive but worth the tab."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Canlis is a the place in Seattle for special occasions. It gives the very best service, the highest quality food with stellar preparation. It is a splurg worth taking when you want perfection."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Food, service, ambiance - all was amazing! Excellent place for a special occasion, extensive wine list, and a foodie's heaven."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We have been going to Canlis periodically for over 2 decades. I am not aware of a restaurant in America that has so successfully reinvented itself in ways that maintain it original attraction, quality, and service and, at the same time, changed in ways that continue to put it in the forefront of fine dining. The Canlis family deserves a huge amount of credit for this phenomenal accomplishment. Our dinner this last week was spectacular in every way. Keep it up!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was my first time dining at Canlis and the experience was noteworthy. The ambiance, décor, service and the food was extraordinary. I particularly loved the presentation of the food. I strongly recommend Canlis as a place to celebrate special occasions."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent service again, I believe that Canlis sets the standard for service across North America. we have already booked New Years Eve for this year here. Highly recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We went to Canlis to celebrate our son's college graduation. From arrival to departure the Canlis staff made it a special night. The food and service were outstanding. If you want an awesome meal this is the place to go. We consider this our special event go to place! Thanks to Canlis and Go Huskies!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I eat at Canlis for many special occasions and are always impressed with the atmosphere, food, drink and service. We make it an outing for the evening. The food is always excellent. However, a personal comment would be that the food was fairly salty this time. Also, previously, the food had a nice but more basic presentation, which I like. This time it was a little too fancy, in other words a little to over done with the presentation. However, you could still cut the waygu steak with spoon so selected and cooked perfectly. The wait staff was very attentive and each explained and was knowledgeable about the food and the manor in which it was presented."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Canlis is an amazing restaurant with a beautiful view of Seattle! Excellent Food and service! We were also greeted and sat by Mark Canlis"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant is superb. If you're in Seartle it has to be a must!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had one of the greatest dining experiences of our lives at Canlis. Visiting from Chicago, we had an amazing view, delicious food (the best lamb I've ever had), well made drinks, beautiful piano music, outstanding wine, and the BEST service we've EVER had -- personal engagement from everyone! We have several favorite, notable places for special occasions in Chicago, and the service at Canlis was the best! Highly recommended!!!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Canlis is now my top favorite restaurant! The food was outstanding with good portion sizes. My husband had the lamb and I had the halibut. Both were excellent and I highly recommend the Canlis salad. I would also recommend following their dress code in which the preferred dress would be a dress for women and a tie and sports jacket for men in order to support the upscale nature of this restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My husband and I have been driving past Canlis for years on our way to the Woodland Park Zoo. At first I thought it was someones home. Then I found out it was a well known restaurant. They are a very busy restaurant and the bar, which is a first come first seated kind of thing, filled up fast. We sat in the upper back and they have all the tables positioned to enjoy their wonderful view of the mountains, Gasworks Park, etc. It was a beautiful day and the view was outstanding. The service was the best and they were all very helpful with making some decisions. Our Bus boy had a great sense of humor and we enjoyed joking with him. The food was very good and for a special occasion, I would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My group had but one night to enjoy dinner in Seattle and wanted to make it special. Canlis more than fit the bill! The service was as impeccable as the food was delicious. I would not be able to name one improvement. The view was stunning. We started dinner at 8:00 when the view was daylight and ended with a night view. It was perfection."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I can't say enough about how great this place is for being the ultimate and dining experiences. They totally exceeded all of my expectations and made my special occasion one that I will always remember. Thank you so much for the amazing service as well as the world class food. They are truly the best at what they do. I highly recommend that any foodie take the time to make a reservation and and experience this place for themselves. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent service and food that comes together wonderfully. There was one item on the menu that my wife wasn't excited about so they created a completely custom dish for that course instead. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have lived in the Seattle area for over 30 years and had never been to Canlis - I had thought about it many times but not gone. My wife mentioned that she would like to go so I made reservations for her birthday. The service was absolutely fabulous. From the reservation to the valet bringing the car we could not have been treated any better. The cocktails, food and wine were very, very good. The lasting impression is much more about the service however."
    Dined on 5/29/2014