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Canlis

4.7
3075 reviews
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$50 and over
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Northwest
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  • Scenic View (4928)
  • Romantic (4659)

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About

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close
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Phone number
(206) 283-3313
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What 3075 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.7
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4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0
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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Excellentexperience (Seattle)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
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!

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vipBrazilBabe (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2017

Everything was great! Food, service, ambiance!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2017

Outstanding dinner with great service and view.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
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!!

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Gastrotourist (Seattle)
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close
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Cross street
Haliday
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Price range
$50 and over
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(206) 283-3313
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Entertainment
Every evening is accompanied by live piano music from a 1920 Steinway Grand.
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Parking details
Valet parking is included with the price of dinner.
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Executive chef
Brady Williams
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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.
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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
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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.