Canlis
Canlis

Canlis

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.canlis.com/
  • Phone: 2062833313x
  • 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: 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
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Canlis reviews from OpenTable diners
280 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (248)scenic view (235)romantic (213)notable wine list (197)fit for foodies (175)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (21)good for groups (20)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Breathtaking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This experience was one for the record books. I won't drone on about every detail other than to say that this was by far, the best meal I have ever had, in the best restaurant I've ever dined in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a high class experience
    DavidNShilpa
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Nice to know your in good company, the service is prompt and in our 7 course with pairing experience each dish was prompt and preparation with the pairing was a delight. They answered all our questions and met every expectation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Never get tired of going to Canlis for a special occasion. Food, service, ambience, staff - all over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special night
    JTF2000
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Finally visited Canlis after so many years living here. Should have done it sooner. A little pricey perhaps, but we left feeling like we had a great evening, not just a dinner. Service was extremely friendly, precise and yet non intrusive. One would be hard pressed to find better service anywhere in the Country. It was actually fun to watch. The wine list is extensive and amazing - recommend you review it on line before you get there as it could take an hour just to get through it. If you can afford it... eat here often. If not... save up for that special occasion; you will remember it. For you EastSiders like us... well worth the trip across the lake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everyone we encountered were very friendly, professional and kind. They truly looked like they were proud to be part of the Canlis family. The food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alexb
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    All great expect foie gras which actually is a "mousse". Recommend they switch to a real slice of "foie gras entier" instead. Apart this, Exceptional! The Oysters, Wagyu beef, Lamb and Mille-Feuille are extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous!
    abbysnacks
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Dining at Canlis is always a wonderful experience from the friendly staff to the fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's Michelin
    WTR2VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have rarely eaten a meal this good, served so well in such a beautiful environment. I have eaten at a number of Michelin rated restaurants and Canlis is in the same league. One can only wonder why Michelin has yet to recognize this restaurant. The food is outstanding. The service is perfect - not intrusive but always ready. The ambiance is classy and the view is wonderful. I couldn't ask for more in a dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Wonderful
    ImpressedCouple
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday knowing his love for food that looks like art and his want to find a restaurant where the food tastes the way it looks! It was a first for the both of us and I don't believe you could have done anything differently to make our night any more enjoyable. Other than the food being flawless in preperation and flavor, we were exceptionally impressed with your wonderful service and coordination with all of the staff. I have already bragged about this restaurant to friends and we will most definitely be dining with you again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    itterada
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Nothing to say that hasn't been touched on repeatedly already, but Canlis seems to shine specifically in every criteria. The Ambiance is subdued but with enough movement to not feel sleepy or slow. The building itself is gorgeous, the view is ridiculously nice. The service is immaculate; servers are precise and polite without coming off as stuffy. The food is artwork, and the tasting menus seem to be well thought out in terms of a cohesive style. I took a platonic friend as my guest, but would absolutely love to take a date at some point as the romantic feel of the restaurant is on point. All in all a great night, and fairly affordable for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ajperez
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food & service exceeded our expectation. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary & will be back. The responsive valet system was very cool.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    DieHardFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    By far, the best restaurant I have ever been to. Not only was the food wonderful, the service was just amazing. The staff, particularly Michael & Xavier, provided such great customer service and anticipated your needs; further, they weren't pretentious. The view was breathtaking and the live piano music was very pleasant. It was truly a wonderful experience. Everything from the Lemon Fennel Sourdough dinner roll to the to-die-for Sea Bass...it was just simply amazing. This is definitely 2 thumbs up. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unparalleled service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Once again, impeccable service, great wine, delicious food. What we have come to expect and we were far from disappointed. A memorable night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    morganpaige333
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Canlis is not just wonderful food, it is an amazing dining experience. The views of Lake Union only compliment the experience. We had the Chef's tasking menu with the Sommelier wine pairings. Every dish was as beautiful and special as it was delicious. The service was impeccable. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I chose Canlis for our semi-anniversary celebration. We weren't disappointed! Hostess, server and manager all made special effort to see that it was a memorable occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle's Best Hands Down
    DrawmarkVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Canlis never fails to impress, the tradition, the architecture, the service and the food. Sure it will set you back a pretty penny, but I've spent nearly as much at lesser restaurants around the world. There are many fine restaurants in Seattle, with inventive chefs, nice rooms and good service, but none reach Canlis' level on all counts.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening
    Matt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were here to thank and celebrate my mother-in-law for graciously allowing us to live with her over the summer during our remodel. This was my third time at Canlis and every visit has been exceptional from top to bottom.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We would have put a 3.5 stars
    Eloune
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The quality/ price ratio is disappointing. The halibut was overcooked thus dry. Tartare has been made 'au couteau' which is the good way but it should have been longer thiner piece rather than cubs. We heard and read lots of good reviews so we have been disapointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    SLandML
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was the best dining experience my husband and I have ever had. It was our wedding anniversary and the staff made it so special. The food was amazing and we had a wonderful view of the moon rising over Lake Union. This will become a yearly tradition.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good or Great?
    FLLovetoEat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Really good food, but different recipes and service from the Canlis in San Francisco many years ago, which was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Canlis is amazing!!
    Marcia
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We dined at Canlis for my mother's 94th Birthday and it was the most amazing experience we could have asked for! The service, food, and ambiance were all way above and beyond anything imaginable. We were especially thrilled with the service. Not only did they pay special attention to our guests with allergies, but they were extremely sensitive to our vegetarian needs. The appetizers were a lovely addition as were the little meringues and chocolate bars after dinner. Thank you, Canlis for making my Seattle native mother's 94th Birthday dinner so memorable and exquisite for all of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first anniversary dinner date
    avgjoe
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    incredible, if not overwhelming wine list. landed on an excellent bottle with some assistance. wife and i both went with four course option and loved each of our courses. service was outstanding and the live pianist was the cherry on top of an amazing evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeattleNative
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Lovely innovative dinner with the best service and view in town!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in class
    Papa
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have given maybe 2 (5) star ratings in the last few years. Food was wonderful and service inpecable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Proposal!
    Newguy1047
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I surprised my girlfriend with a special night out. She had no idea we were going to dinner at Canlis. The service was excellent and our table was great, facing out over Lake Union. Our food was perfect and they brought out the engagement ring in a special silver platter which she had to lift the cover to find her prize. This was one of the best dinner experiences I have ever had. Thanks Canlis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Staff welcomed us to their "home". Food, service, atmosphere and attention to detail were all five star. We were a party of nine and all felt the same way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    davequick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love treating ourselves here. Wagyu steak, the amazing prawn sauce along with the sourdough made on site, etc. And as usual the wonderful desserts. All of their menu is wonderful and their service impeccable. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We will always go to Canlis for special occasions. the service and food are outstanding and we can never figure out how they know our car when it is time to leave.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seattle has a gem!
    Luci
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Canlis. We chose the wine pairing menu which was extremely good and although we don't remember how we got back to the hotel, we do remember the dining experience itself!! LOL The service was good and personal and the view of Seattle was fabulous!! We, no doubt, will return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good
    davidhag
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    a good dining experience, if visiting Seattle an icon
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Price!
    LuvToEat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Canlis was fantastic and well worth the price! Service was excellent as well as the wine pairings! I highly recommend the Duck for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    EastSideFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A perfect evening, the service flawless and enjoyable, professional but fun, not stuffy. The food was like eating art. Very interesting combinations, gorgeous presentation. So glad we chose Canlis for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    GoodEats
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Piano was too loud. Muffle piano, screen might help or softer, different repertoire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nearly Flawless
    the1andonlyHoov
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife and I visited Canlis for our 11th year anniversary. We'd never dined here prior, so we were unsure of what to expect. Thankfully, nearly everything about the food, service and ambiance made for a flawless evening. The unique and unhurried atmosphere coupled with the warm and friendly wait staff was impeccable, and the food....well, there are no complaints. All four courses were perfectly prepared and presented, and in between each course were small, special servings to whet the appetite. After only one visit, Canlis has undoubtedly become a new anniversary tradition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    AlwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service, food, ambiance and view. Simply outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Nice view, nice service, food was very overpriced and nothing special
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    TA12
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Six of us dined at Canlis for my wife's sixtieth birthday celebration. Everything was great and especially the staff were very accommodating. We have dined at Canlis in the past and it seems that the menu was a bit more limited this time. That said, there was something good for everyone and everything was prepared perfectly. It is an expensive restaurant but I think that everyone knows that before they go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    MadDogLikes2Eat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of the best restaurant experiences in my life. I had the 4 course meal and my wife the 3 course. Halibut and beef Waygu were are main dishes. Both exceptional. Service us fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Average
    datenight
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    While I would say the service and food were good, for these prices I was expecting outstanding. Nothing stood out other than the view. I had the Canlis salad and halibut. My husband had the oysters, steak and fries. We were only offered the 3 - 4 course menu for a fixed price. It came with a lot of explaining even though we made it clear we wanted to order a la carte. We were told it was the same menu. One problem, there were no prices on it. We were finally given the a la carte menu. We also had the Rombauer Chardonnay. It was $50 more expensive that at the restaurant we went to the previous week. That's fine if the service is spectacular but it just wasn't.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Lookinup
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our first time at Canlis. The service, staff, food, wine, and view are exceptional. We have discovered another Seattle gem and will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.