Canlis

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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.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on June 22, 2018
Overall2foodserviceambience

We celebrated a special occasion at Canlis this week and overall I was disappointed. The service is good but not great, the view is stunning, cocktails and wine were excellent but the food was seriously lacking. For the exceptionally high prices and the addition of a James Beard nomination this year, I expected a top notch culinary experience on par with fine dining in New York and San Fransisco and it was not that.

Staff greeted us at the door and hung our jackets. We were about 15 minutes early for our reservation so we enjoyed some cocktails at the bar. We had a lemon drop and a martini. Both were excellent. We were then brought over to our table and and had the gorgeous view to look out on. The chef sent over some gifts from the kitchen. I do not know exactly what these were. They looked like artful tree branches with matcha powder and there was creme fraiche. There was nothing particularly remarkable about the taste. My husband has malbec with his dinner and I had the chardonnay. We both enjoyed our wine very much.

The remaining courses were fairly forgettable. I had the radish with poached oyster, the crab, halibut as a main course, the soufflé, the chef sent macarons to the table and I had coffee to finish. The halibut was by far the most disappointing dish I tasted. The fish was cut exceptionally well but the plate was almost completely white. The only color was the crab sauce that was added to the dish table side. The fish was almost completely bland. There was little to no taste at all. Absolutely nothing I had that night was anything special. While the presentation was nice, food should taste good! At this price, food should taste amazing and we a truly satisfying and memorable experience. I do not think we will return.

KP
vipKimP
New York Area
2 reviews
Reviewed on October 25, 2017
Overall2foodserviceambience

My problem was that we had high expectation given prior review of Canlis. Everything about the restaurant is average, not great and certainly not good value for the money. Compared to other high end restaurants in other metropolitan areas, Canlis lacks in culinary experimentation, food presentation, menu development and basic taste. There are many other and better choices to showcase the Seattle culinary expertise.
The menu lacked imagination and the presentation of the food left much to be desired. The desert was all but tasteless. The wine list was solid, though, but very expensive, even for a "high end" restaurant. This was one of the most expensive meal we have ever had (and we have had dining experiences at the old Noma, Amass, Fat Duck, Bæst etc) for a food experience that was average at best.

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vipExcellentexperience
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First, I want to say that service there is EXCELLENT! I have had the best service everyone I go there. The best patt was when my daughter was able to go into the kitchen and choose her ice cream with th e server. Nice touch! With that said, the selection of food was less to be desired... or more of a select taste. Presentation was excellent however. We will reserve a return visit for sure... when we are up for trying something out of norm.

TJ
TamaraJ
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous service, superb food, great view, delicious cocktails, excellent music!
They even provided pillows since I was recovering from broken ribs, but without making a spectacle. Loved it!

BB
vipBrazilBabe
Cleveland
142 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food, service, ambiance!

JF
vipJeffreyF
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner with great service and view.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening with friends. Food was exceptional. Sommelier exceptional. Who can pass up the view ? Wish more folks would adhere to the dress code or Canlis would politely ask them to leave if not dressed properly. It's not too much to ask.

CB
CharlieB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience celebrating a Birthday! Amazing view, good service, good food, and classy.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food. The best meal my husband and I have enjoyed on our weekends in the city thus far!!

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vipGastrotourist
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent when we went several years ago. Now it's fantastic! Elevated cuisine and a tasting menu on a par with the best in the country. And of course, the view is amazing. Thanks much!

GG
GordonG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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Lily
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Truly wonderful. I will be back! Service was phenomenal!

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Ellerut
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

ME
vipMEandJR
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Off the chart good. Our server was one of the best we ever had.

JD
JDGregg
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food and service as always. Canlis is worth every penny you'll spend. They make you feel as if you were part of the family.

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Poul
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! One of my favourite places to eat period!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant should be apart of the Michelin guide .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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bzadams
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

JB
JudiB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DT
vipDeborahT
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and physical location is truly exceptional. The bartender was stuffy, but the rest of the wait staff was wonderful! The food is good, but most of what we had, we've already forgotten... Really, really expensive for forgettable food.

JL
vipJamieLindquist
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service, tasting menu was great and definitely walked away full. Service was on point. Food was great and had interesting flavors.

KC
KCEA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say about Canlis, it is always a magnificent experience. Food is amazing. Ambience is over the top!
Service impeccable and a wine list above the rest! Sommeliers are very well educated is all wines and will assist with pairings. Thank you Canlis.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out server Mathew was great. He took out son to the kitchen to meet the chef because it was is bday. Great hospitality and service!!!

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viprcgh
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

RG
RiverhouseGuy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible evening....the ambiance...very attentive staff, and exquisite food...combined with some exceptional libations....made for a perfect night. We will be back soon.

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Foodvik
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This was an anniversary dinner and we were disappointed. We've shared our anniversary at this location before but the food was not at the same caliber as it was for the previous meal. The service was attentive but slow.

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vipIheartsushi
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. It exceeded expectation. Service was impeccable and food delicious.

HC
HollyC
Anchorage
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, innovative food along with classic dishes. Superb wine list. As always superior service, particularly from the cellar master Jackson.

J
Jeanne
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was amazing. The service and food were outstanding. It felt like we were the only table in the restaurant.

J
vipJohn
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall. Service was the best we have experienced in America. Never felt rushed and the wait staff was attentive and informative about every aspect of the meal. The view and ambiance were exceptional. We will return whenever in Seattle.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience. Period.

RN
vipRobNTracy
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection! The view, the service, the food, the wine..... a fantastic dining experience. Our waitress & Sommelier were outstanding. We can't wait to go back.

BM
BillM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canlis doesn't disappoint. The meal was fabulous and the service excellent as always.

Spectacular!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and worth the trip. When in Seattle and looking to celebrate, make the effort through Canlis!

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