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About 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 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.

2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close

Cross Street:
Haliday

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 283-3313

Website:
http://www.canlis.com/

Entertainment:
Every evening is accompanied by live piano music from a 1920 Steinway Grand.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is included with the price of dinner.

Executive Chef:
Brady Williams

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (5295)
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Notable Wine List (4144)
Fit for Foodies (3712)
Neighborhood Gem (861)
Good for Groups (772)
Hot Spot (459)
Good for Anniversaries (191)
Vibrant Bar Scene (191)
Late-night Find (191)
Good for a Date (143)
Tasting Menu (113)
Creative Cuisine (106)
Quiet Conversation (102)
Good for Birthdays (102)
Handcrafted Cocktails (88)
Worth the Drive (82)
Live Music (57)
Waterfront (56)
Local Ingredients (50)
Business Meals (49)
Cozy (49)
Authentic (47)
Kid-friendly (44)
Great for Lunch (32)
People Watching (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Bar Seating (22)
Fun (22)
Great for Brunch (20)
Healthy (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Seasonal (15)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Outstanding Value (12)
Disabled Access (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Organic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great Beer (4)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 9, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Everything was great! Food, service, ambiance!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Outstanding dinner with great service and view.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This restaurant should be apart of the Michelin guide .

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on April 11, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 6, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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

Spectacular!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Best dining experience. Period.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 27, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2017

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.

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