Canlis

★★★★☆
  • 2576 Aurora Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98109

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  • 206-283-3313

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Amazing food and absolutely beautiful venue. Highly recommend it if you are in Seattle!

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★★★★★

Amazing food and absolutely beautiful venue. Highly recommend it if you are in Seattle!

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Parsnip soup. Before partaking at Canlis, I never thought I'd be associating the phrase "good enough to lick the bowl clean" with parsnip soup. But I did (both associate the phrase and indeed lick the bowl clean)...and I would do it

3
★★★★★

Parsnip soup. Before partaking at Canlis, I never thought I'd be associating the phrase "good enough to lick the bowl clean" with parsnip soup. But I did (both associate the phrase and indeed lick the bowl clean)...and I would do it

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I used to come here a lot when I was a student. I had some great times, and lots of good memories. THe food is very good but a little expensive for a student. I enjoyed it more after I had a full time job. Then the bill was easier to pay :)

3
★★★★★

I used to come here a lot when I was a student. I had some great times, and lots of good memories. THe food is very good but a little expensive for a student. I enjoyed it more after I had a full time job. Then the bill was easier to pay :)

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Believe it or not, I hear far more bad things about Canlis than good. I find all of the complaints hard to believe as my boyfriend and I have had nothing but amazing experiences here. It is doubtful you will find a better steak, souffle, or wine selection anywhere in the entire country.

Sure, there are a ton of old people in gross flowery dresses, but don't blame Canlis for having long term patrons. It is in need of a new vibe, and hopefully with the recent change in ownership they might attract some youth.

5
★★★★★

Believe it or not, I hear far more bad things about Canlis than good. I find all of the complaints hard to believe as my boyfriend and I have had nothing but amazing experiences here. It is doubtful you will find a better steak, souffle, or wine selection anywhere in the entire country.

Sure, there are a ton of old people in gross flowery dresses, but don't blame Canlis for having long term patrons. It is in need of a new vibe, and hopefully with the recent change in ownership they might attract some youth.

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Had not been to Seattle's most heralded restaurant for quite a few years, so 2009 we celebrated our venerable 55th wedding anniversary there. All services and server personnel were outstanding: delivering the finest one could ask for (better than London's Savoy Grill!).

The food needed a minuscule of this attention to lift it from mediocre to passable. We were thoroughly disappointed with every aspect of the pretentious cuisine. The minuscule tastings were flavorless and hard to discern what was being served. Potatoes on one dish were three blobs (likened to a Hershey Kiss), saucing was watery and void of cohesive verve to marry the proffered victuals supposed to be so covered.

Severely over-rated. Maybe still a place to see and to be seen, but certainly not by anybody with an interest in quality cooking. It was a mid-week reservation, so doubt such a disappointment was "chefs night off".

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★☆☆☆☆

Had not been to Seattle's most heralded restaurant for quite a few years, so 2009 we celebrated our venerable 55th wedding anniversary there. All services and server personnel were outstanding: delivering the finest one could ask for (better than London's Savoy Grill!).

The food needed a minuscule of this attention to lift it from mediocre to passable. We were thoroughly disappointed with every aspect of the pretentious cuisine. The minuscule tastings were flavorless and hard to discern what was being served. Potatoes on one dish were three blobs (likened to a Hershey Kiss), saucing was watery and void of cohesive verve to marry the proffered victuals supposed to be so covered.

Severely over-rated. Maybe still a place to see and to be seen, but certainly not by anybody with an interest in quality cooking. It was a mid-week reservation, so doubt such a disappointment was "chefs night off".

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Gourmet, gourmet, but please, how about a little more bottom line value for those sky high prices.

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★★☆☆☆

Gourmet, gourmet, but please, how about a little more bottom line value for those sky high prices.

Pros: Great service, delicious food, and great atmosphere

Cons: Extremely small portions

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Dress to impress. Don't even think about going slightly casual. The wine list is huge, but daunting. The service is over the top with sophistication and almost too formal for our taste. The seating is not private or romantic, and at times it can be akward getting behind and around other guests tables; only a handful of tables have any kind of view. The food was served creatively and very good, but I wish there was more choices on the menu.

1
★★★☆☆

Dress to impress. Don't even think about going slightly casual. The wine list is huge, but daunting. The service is over the top with sophistication and almost too formal for our taste. The seating is not private or romantic, and at times it can be akward getting behind and around other guests tables; only a handful of tables have any kind of view. The food was served creatively and very good, but I wish there was more choices on the menu.

Pros: Service, high style, wine list

Cons: price, menu, seating

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My husband surprised me by taking me to the legendary restaurant. I had always thought it was probably overrated. I was so wrong! The service was superb, the food was fantastic, and the ambiance was amazing. What makes the experience even more unbelievable was that it wasn't as expensive as I had once thought. We spent just a little bit more than we had at Ray's the year before. And there is just no comparison between those two restaurants on all accounts. Skip three nights out at your run-of-the-mill restaurants (e.g., Olive Garden) and you can have one unforgettable experience at The Canlis!

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★★★★★

My husband surprised me by taking me to the legendary restaurant. I had always thought it was probably overrated. I was so wrong! The service was superb, the food was fantastic, and the ambiance was amazing. What makes the experience even more unbelievable was that it wasn't as expensive as I had once thought. We spent just a little bit more than we had at Ray's the year before. And there is just no comparison between those two restaurants on all accounts. Skip three nights out at your run-of-the-mill restaurants (e.g., Olive Garden) and you can have one unforgettable experience at The Canlis!

Pros: exceeds expectations at every course, Muscovy Duck

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My wife and I went to the Canlis and had our best Seattle dining experience to date and one of our best anywhere. The food was excellent (we had the Muscovy duck for two), the service was gracious and flawless, the price was comparable to any of the other supposed Seattle elites, and the atmosphere was stunning. We are in our early thirties and find ourselves annoyed with Seattle's hippie hangover, especially in regard to dining apparel. If we spend two to three hundred on dinner, we want to dress up and dine like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers??and that's hard to do when you're surrounded by people in short pants and mom-jeans or tourists with fanny packs (not an uncommon sight at Anthony's, Salty's, or Ray's). We found the Canlis to be an oasis of North-west elegance in a way-too-often class-parched city.

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★★★★★

My wife and I went to the Canlis and had our best Seattle dining experience to date and one of our best anywhere. The food was excellent (we had the Muscovy duck for two), the service was gracious and flawless, the price was comparable to any of the other supposed Seattle elites, and the atmosphere was stunning. We are in our early thirties and find ourselves annoyed with Seattle's hippie hangover, especially in regard to dining apparel. If we spend two to three hundred on dinner, we want to dress up and dine like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers??and that's hard to do when you're surrounded by people in short pants and mom-jeans or tourists with fanny packs (not an uncommon sight at Anthony's, Salty's, or Ray's). We found the Canlis to be an oasis of North-west elegance in a way-too-often class-parched city.

Pros: 5 stars in food, service, atmosphere, dress, and price.

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It took nearly twenty minutes to get our appertifs. The wait staff was visibly irritated that we brought our own bottle of wine. We were celebrating a birthday and our server brought out an extra dessert with a candle. Well, guess what was on the check? The "complimentary" dessert. We asked our server if this was standard and she turned beet red, mumbled something under her breath and ran off quickly to adjust our bill. It was quite apparent that this was no mistake and that the restaurant banks on most people not reviewing their bill. Maybe we were being punished for bringing our own bottle of wine - even though we ordered appertifs and a second bottle of wine. I've been a Canlis supporter for years and, I have to say, this was the kind of service that I might have expected from TGI Fridays. Wait, I take that back - I actually think I would have received better service there...

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★☆☆☆☆

It took nearly twenty minutes to get our appertifs. The wait staff was visibly irritated that we brought our own bottle of wine. We were celebrating a birthday and our server brought out an extra dessert with a candle. Well, guess what was on the check? The "complimentary" dessert. We asked our server if this was standard and she turned beet red, mumbled something under her breath and ran off quickly to adjust our bill. It was quite apparent that this was no mistake and that the restaurant banks on most people not reviewing their bill. Maybe we were being punished for bringing our own bottle of wine - even though we ordered appertifs and a second bottle of wine. I've been a Canlis supporter for years and, I have to say, this was the kind of service that I might have expected from TGI Fridays. Wait, I take that back - I actually think I would have received better service there...

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Be careful which table you get, as this restaurant is all about the view. Although I made my reservation weeks and weeks in advance, and mentioned that it was a special occasion, our party of six was given the only table in the restaurant without a view. I called the day before and reminded them that I requested a full view table over a month before. Three of the six of us faced a wall. One faced a pole and staircase and the other two had a side view of the water. We each cruised the restaurant after dinner and all agreed that we had the worst table, and the only no view table. The oysters are not worth it. They were quite a disappointment. The famous double baked potato was so salty that the one we bought to share was left mostly uneaten. Ditto the pureed potatoes served with the salmon. The salmon, however, was exquisite. The best I've ever had. The Grand Marnier souffle was a 4 out of 5. The donuts they also claim to be famous for are no big deal. Canlis should send the pastry chef to Bouchon in Napa or Vegas to learn how to make great gourmet donuts. We were told that men must wear jackets or they would not be seated in the dining room. My husbands and sons all dutifully packed appropriate attire, only to see several men throughout the restaurant without jackets. Overall this very expensive restaurant was a big disappointment and I won't be back.

1
★★★☆☆

Be careful which table you get, as this restaurant is all about the view. Although I made my reservation weeks and weeks in advance, and mentioned that it was a special occasion, our party of six was given the only table in the restaurant without a view. I called the day before and reminded them that I requested a full view table over a month before. Three of the six of us faced a wall. One faced a pole and staircase and the other two had a side view of the water. We each cruised the restaurant after dinner and all agreed that we had the worst table, and the only no view table. The oysters are not worth it. They were quite a disappointment. The famous double baked potato was so salty that the one we bought to share was left mostly uneaten. Ditto the pureed potatoes served with the salmon. The salmon, however, was exquisite. The best I've ever had. The Grand Marnier souffle was a 4 out of 5. The donuts they also claim to be famous for are no big deal. Canlis should send the pastry chef to Bouchon in Napa or Vegas to learn how to make great gourmet donuts. We were told that men must wear jackets or they would not be seated in the dining room. My husbands and sons all dutifully packed appropriate attire, only to see several men throughout the restaurant without jackets. Overall this very expensive restaurant was a big disappointment and I won't be back.

Pros: Best salmon I've ever had

Cons: Our table had no view; oysters and dessert mediocre

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I absolutely love this restaurant. The Canlis prawns is the best appetizer on the menu. I get it every time I go. But I do not recommend getting the prawns as a main dish because the dish is very rich and may be too much as an entree.

This restaurant is great for a date or to go with a small group of people. The service I receive each time I go is without a doubt the best service anyone can possibly offer. They respect your space, but at the same time make sure you have the best dining experience ever.

I absolutely adore this place and recommend it to everyone who likes great food and amazing service.

2
★★★★★

I absolutely love this restaurant. The Canlis prawns is the best appetizer on the menu. I get it every time I go. But I do not recommend getting the prawns as a main dish because the dish is very rich and may be too much as an entree.

This restaurant is great for a date or to go with a small group of people. The service I receive each time I go is without a doubt the best service anyone can possibly offer. They respect your space, but at the same time make sure you have the best dining experience ever.

I absolutely adore this place and recommend it to everyone who likes great food and amazing service.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

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I dined at Canlis last Tuesday night and had an absolutely wonderful time. Every aspect of my experience was excellent. The maitre'd kindly seated me at the table in the corner of the windows at the far end of the bar, maximizing my view of Lake Union. Erin was my waitress and did a magnificent job of serving and advising me through the wonderful meal. I began with the yellowtail appetizer, which was fantastic, and then tried the the salmon entre, and the Mahi Mahi. Both were superb, indeed among the best I have ever experienced. The sommelier whose name I unfortunately cannot recall guided me to the 2004 Sea Smoke Botella Pinot Noir which was unbelievable, enhanced by beautiful Riedel glassware. I finished with the cheese plate which was also amazing (I am running out of superlatives now) accompanied by a glass of the 1977 Warre's - nothing else need be said about that! Indeed no part of my experience was less that wonderful. I spent four hours over dinner and could easily have spent another two :)

Canlis came highly recommended, but even with high expectations I were pleasantly delighted. I anticipate my next business trip to Seattle with great interest so that I may visit again.

2
★★★★★

I dined at Canlis last Tuesday night and had an absolutely wonderful time. Every aspect of my experience was excellent. The maitre'd kindly seated me at the table in the corner of the windows at the far end of the bar, maximizing my view of Lake Union. Erin was my waitress and did a magnificent job of serving and advising me through the wonderful meal. I began with the yellowtail appetizer, which was fantastic, and then tried the the salmon entre, and the Mahi Mahi. Both were superb, indeed among the best I have ever experienced. The sommelier whose name I unfortunately cannot recall guided me to the 2004 Sea Smoke Botella Pinot Noir which was unbelievable, enhanced by beautiful Riedel glassware. I finished with the cheese plate which was also amazing (I am running out of superlatives now) accompanied by a glass of the 1977 Warre's - nothing else need be said about that! Indeed no part of my experience was less that wonderful. I spent four hours over dinner and could easily have spent another two :)

Canlis came highly recommended, but even with high expectations I were pleasantly delighted. I anticipate my next business trip to Seattle with great interest so that I may visit again.

Pros: service, food, wine, ambiance

Cons: price! (but worth it)

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I tried to comment on the review below, but apparently it was too long. So I'm pasting it here!

Wow. I MUST respond to the Artichoke review with FACTS.

1. I have eaten this very same tasting menu. It was last week Monday.

2. There ARE morels in the first course. That large dollop of white mousse is made almost entirely from fresh morels. I know because I asked our server (perhaps you should have done the same?). Additionally, there are candied morels sprinkled all over the top. And for the record, I thought this dish was DIVINE. Like springtime in your mouth.

3. CANNED ARTICHOKES?!!! Are YOU kidding ME?!!! This simple observation really speaks to a) your culinary expertise, and b) your baffling decision to not raise any of your concerns to your server or to management who would have, I imagine, happily addressed your concerns. Those artichokes aren't canned, they are prepared with a French technique called barigoule. Do I expect a normal non-foody to know that? No....but I would expect you to ask about it if you were so concerned.

The other dishes....you obviously didn't like them, and that's okay. I happened to think they were all brilliant. We each get our own opinion.

Regarding the service....I'm surprised it wasn't very good. I've eaten at Canlis multiple times and have always been very impressed with the service. The one time I had a complaint (long wait for my main course) the owner himself was at my table apologizing in minutes. Look....I'm in the industry...and when a restaurant screws up you have to give them a chance to fix it! If they don't make it right, THEN you should be angry.

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★★★★★

I tried to comment on the review below, but apparently it was too long. So I'm pasting it here!

Wow. I MUST respond to the Artichoke review with FACTS.

1. I have eaten this very same tasting menu. It was last week Monday.

2. There ARE morels in the first course. That large dollop of white mousse is made almost entirely from fresh morels. I know because I asked our server (perhaps you should have done the same?). Additionally, there are candied morels sprinkled all over the top. And for the record, I thought this dish was DIVINE. Like springtime in your mouth.

3. CANNED ARTICHOKES?!!! Are YOU kidding ME?!!! This simple observation really speaks to a) your culinary expertise, and b) your baffling decision to not raise any of your concerns to your server or to management who would have, I imagine, happily addressed your concerns. Those artichokes aren't canned, they are prepared with a French technique called barigoule. Do I expect a normal non-foody to know that? No....but I would expect you to ask about it if you were so concerned.

The other dishes....you obviously didn't like them, and that's okay. I happened to think they were all brilliant. We each get our own opinion.

Regarding the service....I'm surprised it wasn't very good. I've eaten at Canlis multiple times and have always been very impressed with the service. The one time I had a complaint (long wait for my main course) the owner himself was at my table apologizing in minutes. Look....I'm in the industry...and when a restaurant screws up you have to give them a chance to fix it! If they don't make it right, THEN you should be angry.

Pros: Tasting menu brilliant, best service in Seattle,

Cons: Weekends can be too crowded

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Went to Canlis for a friend's 50th Birthday. 3 of us had the Chef's Tasting Menu.

#1 - Peas with morels and mint
If there were morels in this espresso cup of peas, I couldn't find them. Certainly couldn't taste them. Lot of mint, that was for sure and they bound the peas together with a bit of gelatin, kind of aspic light. Very problematic texture if you ask me. This dish should have been a wonderful taste of Spring. Instead, it was minty peas with snot. Disappointing.

#2 - Yellow fin tuna with spring onions, garlic and bonito flakes.
The fish looked like very high quality tuna, but you couldn't tell by tasting since they absolutely overwhelmed it with very strong onion and garlic. Tasted like sashimi that someone smacked with way too much wasabi. Very amateurish.

#3 - Sea Bass with saffron and tapioca
Nice piece of fish, but the saffron was as absent in this dish as were the morels in the first. And for the record, I don't like bubble tea. And these were those big tapioca pearls, swimming in a very rich, butter upon butter reduction. Forget the rubbery and slippery texture of this dish for a second, take bouncy tapioca pearls, have them swimming in a rich and buttery sauce and hand the diner a fork. Congrats, you have created a culinary version of the game marbles. Maybe dinner-plate pinball is a better description. This didn't work on so many levels.

#4 - Lamb with artichokes and Moroccan spices.
Very nice bit of lamb loin with a little link of very tasty lamb sausage but are you ready for this: Canned artichoke hearts. I was speechless. I still am. Did the chef apprentice at The Olive Garden? This is simply a capital offense by the kitchen.

#5 - Rhubarb Napoleon
I have always found Napoleons to be boring. They always look much better than they actually taste. This was no exception.

Wine: Their wine list is one of the most impressive in town both in depth and breadth. All you need are deep pockets.

Service: Trying hard to please, but have their priorities askew. Wine glasses left empty too often, requiring you to request that someone come and actually fill your glass with wine that you brought or purchased (wine was in a decanter that was kept on a sideboard), coffee cups brought but no coffee to actually pour into them for 20 minutes. A side of pomme frites were forgotten, requests would be made and rather than having it attended to, they special person who is in charge of that specific request was summoned, giving you the opportunity to voice the request again. However, if you get up to go use the restroom, or to say hello to someone a few tables away, a staff member will sweep in like a hawk within 20 seconds and quickly gets your napkin folded into some origami shape that greets you upon your return. Not snooty, just way more complicated than life needs to be. And while I like a leisurely dining experience, this dinner came in at 4 1/2 hours. And with corkage and champagne and tax and tip, it penciled out to $150/person I would guess.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to Canlis for a friend's 50th Birthday. 3 of us had the Chef's Tasting Menu.

#1 - Peas with morels and mint
If there were morels in this espresso cup of peas, I couldn't find them. Certainly couldn't taste them. Lot of mint, that was for sure and they bound the peas together with a bit of gelatin, kind of aspic light. Very problematic texture if you ask me. This dish should have been a wonderful taste of Spring. Instead, it was minty peas with snot. Disappointing.

#2 - Yellow fin tuna with spring onions, garlic and bonito flakes.
The fish looked like very high quality tuna, but you couldn't tell by tasting since they absolutely overwhelmed it with very strong onion and garlic. Tasted like sashimi that someone smacked with way too much wasabi. Very amateurish.

#3 - Sea Bass with saffron and tapioca
Nice piece of fish, but the saffron was as absent in this dish as were the morels in the first. And for the record, I don't like bubble tea. And these were those big tapioca pearls, swimming in a very rich, butter upon butter reduction. Forget the rubbery and slippery texture of this dish for a second, take bouncy tapioca pearls, have them swimming in a rich and buttery sauce and hand the diner a fork. Congrats, you have created a culinary version of the game marbles. Maybe dinner-plate pinball is a better description. This didn't work on so many levels.

#4 - Lamb with artichokes and Moroccan spices.
Very nice bit of lamb loin with a little link of very tasty lamb sausage but are you ready for this: Canned artichoke hearts. I was speechless. I still am. Did the chef apprentice at The Olive Garden? This is simply a capital offense by the kitchen.

#5 - Rhubarb Napoleon
I have always found Napoleons to be boring. They always look much better than they actually taste. This was no exception.

Wine: Their wine list is one of the most impressive in town both in depth and breadth. All you need are deep pockets.

Service: Trying hard to please, but have their priorities askew. Wine glasses left empty too often, requiring you to request that someone come and actually fill your glass with wine that you brought or purchased (wine was in a decanter that was kept on a sideboard), coffee cups brought but no coffee to actually pour into them for 20 minutes. A side of pomme frites were forgotten, requests would be made and rather than having it attended to, they special person who is in charge of that specific request was summoned, giving you the opportunity to voice the request again. However, if you get up to go use the restroom, or to say hello to someone a few tables away, a staff member will sweep in like a hawk within 20 seconds and quickly gets your napkin folded into some origami shape that greets you upon your return. Not snooty, just way more complicated than life needs to be. And while I like a leisurely dining experience, this dinner came in at 4 1/2 hours. And with corkage and champagne and tax and tip, it penciled out to $150/person I would guess.

Pros: Beautiful Setting

Cons: Poorly executed food, confused service, comically overpriced

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Food was delicious; appetizers, entree, and dessert. I had the Dungeness Crab Cake, Filet Mignon, and topped it off with a Crme Brle. Since it was our first visit and my birthday, we received a few small (i mean small) extra dishes from the kitchen.

We sat on the main dining floor facing the window overlooking Lake Union. Although, from my seat, it looks like from any seat in the house you would have a view of Lake Union. Luckily it was not raining, so the view was great.

The food service provided by the staff was excellent!

As some other reviewers may have mentioned, it can get a little loud with bigger parties around; since the tables are very close to each other. We had reservations at 7p on a Thursday night and it was a little busy, but the noise level from other tables was not bad.

My recommendations for any first timers: 1) Make a early reservation if you are afraid of noise level from other parties. 2) The quantity of food you receive is on the smaller side, but the quality is great. So don't starve yourself expecting to eat like you are going to a buffet or Ruth's Chris (**Anyway, everyone should be eating smaller meals while eating more frequently throughout the day**).

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★★★★★

Food was delicious; appetizers, entree, and dessert. I had the Dungeness Crab Cake, Filet Mignon, and topped it off with a Crme Brle. Since it was our first visit and my birthday, we received a few small (i mean small) extra dishes from the kitchen.

We sat on the main dining floor facing the window overlooking Lake Union. Although, from my seat, it looks like from any seat in the house you would have a view of Lake Union. Luckily it was not raining, so the view was great.

The food service provided by the staff was excellent!

As some other reviewers may have mentioned, it can get a little loud with bigger parties around; since the tables are very close to each other. We had reservations at 7p on a Thursday night and it was a little busy, but the noise level from other tables was not bad.

My recommendations for any first timers: 1) Make a early reservation if you are afraid of noise level from other parties. 2) The quantity of food you receive is on the smaller side, but the quality is great. So don't starve yourself expecting to eat like you are going to a buffet or Ruth's Chris (**Anyway, everyone should be eating smaller meals while eating more frequently throughout the day**).

Pros: Tasty food, very friendly staff, beautiful view

Cons: Tables are close, driving entrance

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I went there with the bf for valentines day and it was the best!!! i was fortunate that my bf was able to make reservations, but other than that food was impeccable and the wine was thumbs up!

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★★★★★

I went there with the bf for valentines day and it was the best!!! i was fortunate that my bf was able to make reservations, but other than that food was impeccable and the wine was thumbs up!

Pros: Ambience

Cons: n/a

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Canlis rules Seattle! It has for over 50 years. I've dined at Canlis for the last 12 years and it is a Seattle icon. The food is as fine-dining and gourmet as it gets and yet the place isn't stuffy but elegant and extremely lively. The younger gen needs to "find" and experience Seattle's best restaurant.

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★★★★★

Canlis rules Seattle! It has for over 50 years. I've dined at Canlis for the last 12 years and it is a Seattle icon. The food is as fine-dining and gourmet as it gets and yet the place isn't stuffy but elegant and extremely lively. The younger gen needs to "find" and experience Seattle's best restaurant.

Pros: Food, Service & Ambience

Cons: Nothing

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This was my third trip to Canlis, but the first time eating outside the private group dining room. My wife and I went with 2 other couples to celebrate a retirement. As expected, we got a beautiful view, the service was friendly and timely, and the food was very good....not huge portions, but nicely done. However, the evening was ruined by the 2 incredibly loud couples at the next table....I now know more than I ever wanted to know about these self-proclaimed incredible successful lawyers and their exploits at dominating their profession. Our group literally could not hear anything over them. We pointed this out to 3 different Canlis employees who all agreed with us, but the rude couples were clearly past customers and apparently no one wanted to offend them. Tough situation, but I guess it was ok to leave my group disappointed without so much as a free coffee to compensate for it. I have eaten at fine restaurants all over the world, but this was certainly one of the more disappointing, especially given the big reputation and high prices. I won't go back.

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★★☆☆☆

This was my third trip to Canlis, but the first time eating outside the private group dining room. My wife and I went with 2 other couples to celebrate a retirement. As expected, we got a beautiful view, the service was friendly and timely, and the food was very good....not huge portions, but nicely done. However, the evening was ruined by the 2 incredibly loud couples at the next table....I now know more than I ever wanted to know about these self-proclaimed incredible successful lawyers and their exploits at dominating their profession. Our group literally could not hear anything over them. We pointed this out to 3 different Canlis employees who all agreed with us, but the rude couples were clearly past customers and apparently no one wanted to offend them. Tough situation, but I guess it was ok to leave my group disappointed without so much as a free coffee to compensate for it. I have eaten at fine restaurants all over the world, but this was certainly one of the more disappointing, especially given the big reputation and high prices. I won't go back.

Pros: Great view, good service, good food

Cons: Tables to close. Snobby, noisy clientele. Uncaring hosts

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After we pulled into the beautifully landscaped property of Canlis we were immediately greeted by two valets. Our car was whisked away and we entered the restaurant through lovely arched doors. Our coats were taken and we strolled though the gorgeous main dining room. The fireplace was ablaze, the pianist softly played love songs and we took in the view of Lake Union through enormous glass windows.

From the moment we sat down in the lushly upholstered booth we were fed one delectable food after another. Salads, appetizers and main course each arrived on silver platters. Our wine, recommended by the staff and picked from an extensive list, was the perfect compliment to each dish. The waitress was so attentive that it was as if she was a mind reader.

The night ended with my engagement ring presented as desert on a velvet pillow hidden inside a silver domed serving dish!

The staff were amazing and accommodating. They had helped my fiance plan every aspect of the magical night of our engagement. Our night at Canlis was perfect.

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★★★★★

After we pulled into the beautifully landscaped property of Canlis we were immediately greeted by two valets. Our car was whisked away and we entered the restaurant through lovely arched doors. Our coats were taken and we strolled though the gorgeous main dining room. The fireplace was ablaze, the pianist softly played love songs and we took in the view of Lake Union through enormous glass windows.

From the moment we sat down in the lushly upholstered booth we were fed one delectable food after another. Salads, appetizers and main course each arrived on silver platters. Our wine, recommended by the staff and picked from an extensive list, was the perfect compliment to each dish. The waitress was so attentive that it was as if she was a mind reader.

The night ended with my engagement ring presented as desert on a velvet pillow hidden inside a silver domed serving dish!

The staff were amazing and accommodating. They had helped my fiance plan every aspect of the magical night of our engagement. Our night at Canlis was perfect.

Pros: Valet Parking, Ambience, Extensive Wine List

Cons: Small portions

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My wife and I went to Canlis with another couple on New Year?s Eve to get, ?the ultimate dining experience.? The service was good, the food was tasty, but where?s the beef. It was a specialized coursed meal that frankly left us still hungry at the end. To give an example, everything on the plate was miniature, like the thimble sized oyster. I surprised the main course wasn?t a gold fish. Don?t get me wrong we are not the types that expect huge heaping servings, but when it ended me and the other husband had the same look and response, ?What the hell was that.? I felt cheated as we spent $125/person. I guess Barnum was right, ?there is a s*cker born every day.? Don?t be a s*cker, ovoid this overpriced venue. By the way, we went for drinks and ordered pizza at another venue.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I went to Canlis with another couple on New Year?s Eve to get, ?the ultimate dining experience.? The service was good, the food was tasty, but where?s the beef. It was a specialized coursed meal that frankly left us still hungry at the end. To give an example, everything on the plate was miniature, like the thimble sized oyster. I surprised the main course wasn?t a gold fish. Don?t get me wrong we are not the types that expect huge heaping servings, but when it ended me and the other husband had the same look and response, ?What the hell was that.? I felt cheated as we spent $125/person. I guess Barnum was right, ?there is a s*cker born every day.? Don?t be a s*cker, ovoid this overpriced venue. By the way, we went for drinks and ordered pizza at another venue.

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this was my second visit to canlis. the first time, the food, service and pretty much everything was wonderful. this time, i invited a much larger party to join me. the service was EXCESSIVELY SLOW. so slow, that the food came 2 hours after we ordered. and, the food was cold. not exactly what someone hopes for when ordering 72$ australian lobster and 20$ foie gras. plus, they offered us desserts as compensation for slow service even though we kept declining yet they still charged us for coffee (which we did want). kind of a shame. i was really starting to like this place. perhaps the take away message was, don't expect much at christmas time from canlis, especially if there are larger parties around.

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★★☆☆☆

this was my second visit to canlis. the first time, the food, service and pretty much everything was wonderful. this time, i invited a much larger party to join me. the service was EXCESSIVELY SLOW. so slow, that the food came 2 hours after we ordered. and, the food was cold. not exactly what someone hopes for when ordering 72$ australian lobster and 20$ foie gras. plus, they offered us desserts as compensation for slow service even though we kept declining yet they still charged us for coffee (which we did want). kind of a shame. i was really starting to like this place. perhaps the take away message was, don't expect much at christmas time from canlis, especially if there are larger parties around.

Pros: valet parking, view

Cons: long reservation wait time, high prices, cold food

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Went to Seattle with our 3 kids, 10, 8 and 5. Always wanted to eat at Canlis but always have small kids who are picky eaters. Called ahead and spoke with Kai who assured me they would prepare whatever we wanted - 3 orders of Chicken tenders and fries, please.

Drove to Canlis and got a little lost - called Maria from the cell and she guided me through the winding roads of Seattle to their front door. Valet parking was waiting and we were off to eat.

David sat our family and made sure to compliment the kids on how nice they were dressed. Later, David returned to ask if anyone at the table needed a pillow - all 3 kids raised their hands and he placed a pillow behind their backs which made them more comfortable and scooted them closer to the table.

Panita came and took our order, always treating the kids like adults. Later, Chris Canlis, the owner, stopped by to say hello and then later served the kids their chicken tenders. A thrill for the kids. He came back after dinner to have the kids test out a new drink they were creating. He asked their honest opinions and they provided the feedback.

Dinner for the adults was fantastic, especially with Nelson selecting the wines. We did our own tasting as their were too many items we wanted to taste. Nelson paired the wines perfectly. Food was exceptional.

David then assisted us with the kids as we wanted pictures by the fireplace. What a gentleman.

Kids said that this dining experience was the bast part of our vacation. I have to say that this was our best dining experience as a family - they anticipated our needs and met them without us having to ask.

If you are a foodie and want to experience Canlis but have your kids along, call Kai a couple of days in advance and arrange food for the kids. DON'T cross Canlis off your list because of picky eaters or young eaters. I assure you, the staff at Canlis will accomodate your every need.

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★★★★★

Went to Seattle with our 3 kids, 10, 8 and 5. Always wanted to eat at Canlis but always have small kids who are picky eaters. Called ahead and spoke with Kai who assured me they would prepare whatever we wanted - 3 orders of Chicken tenders and fries, please.

Drove to Canlis and got a little lost - called Maria from the cell and she guided me through the winding roads of Seattle to their front door. Valet parking was waiting and we were off to eat.

David sat our family and made sure to compliment the kids on how nice they were dressed. Later, David returned to ask if anyone at the table needed a pillow - all 3 kids raised their hands and he placed a pillow behind their backs which made them more comfortable and scooted them closer to the table.

Panita came and took our order, always treating the kids like adults. Later, Chris Canlis, the owner, stopped by to say hello and then later served the kids their chicken tenders. A thrill for the kids. He came back after dinner to have the kids test out a new drink they were creating. He asked their honest opinions and they provided the feedback.

Dinner for the adults was fantastic, especially with Nelson selecting the wines. We did our own tasting as their were too many items we wanted to taste. Nelson paired the wines perfectly. Food was exceptional.

David then assisted us with the kids as we wanted pictures by the fireplace. What a gentleman.

Kids said that this dining experience was the bast part of our vacation. I have to say that this was our best dining experience as a family - they anticipated our needs and met them without us having to ask.

If you are a foodie and want to experience Canlis but have your kids along, call Kai a couple of days in advance and arrange food for the kids. DON'T cross Canlis off your list because of picky eaters or young eaters. I assure you, the staff at Canlis will accomodate your every need.

Pros: Attentive to family needs, food, view, best Cosmopolitan I ever had

Cons: None

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My husband and I dined at Canlis for the first time on the day after Valentine's Day (they were booked, no surprise) and had the best dining experience ever. We dressed to the 9's because we had heard about Canlis and the legend that it is in Seattle. The valets were very courteous and prompt, and we were greeted immediately upon arriving into the restaurant. We arrived early, because we wanted to have drinks in the lounge before dinner. The decor was gorgeous -- a perfect combination of Northwest/Asian decor, the pianist was perfect, and the mood that was set could not have been any better. Our waiter, Nakenji (sp?), was a pro -- informative and knowledgeable, and showed up at all the right times to check on us, or at least inform us of the status of our meal. I found some of the dinner options to be comparable in price to other Seattle restaurants ($30-$40 entrees, or $70-ish for Wagyu beef, desserts $8-10 ea, salads about $9?) however, we were a little naive about ordering a half bottle of wine -- the sommelier was a genius, I'm sure, but we weren't sure about what wine to get, so we went with his suggestion of a 1/2 bottle ofBurgundy to go with our meal (husband was having Wagyu, me - scallops) -- it came to be $125/bottle, which was really about 2 glasses! The service was impeccable, and I have to agree with some of the other reviews, that we felt like royalty (and this was before I read the other reviews) -- the staff, in their own harried way, did not direct any tension towards us, and even when our food was brought out to us, our waiter and another server did so in an almost rehearsed manner. Our car was standing by ready to go as soon as we stepped out the door. Overall, it was about $500 for the two of us, with a 25% tip, $125 half-bottle of wine, drinks, appetizers, dinner, and dessert. My husband joked (but he's really kind of serious) that he would like to move into the restaurant -- it's really quite beautiful inside. Best dinner ever.

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★★★★★

My husband and I dined at Canlis for the first time on the day after Valentine's Day (they were booked, no surprise) and had the best dining experience ever. We dressed to the 9's because we had heard about Canlis and the legend that it is in Seattle. The valets were very courteous and prompt, and we were greeted immediately upon arriving into the restaurant. We arrived early, because we wanted to have drinks in the lounge before dinner. The decor was gorgeous -- a perfect combination of Northwest/Asian decor, the pianist was perfect, and the mood that was set could not have been any better. Our waiter, Nakenji (sp?), was a pro -- informative and knowledgeable, and showed up at all the right times to check on us, or at least inform us of the status of our meal. I found some of the dinner options to be comparable in price to other Seattle restaurants ($30-$40 entrees, or $70-ish for Wagyu beef, desserts $8-10 ea, salads about $9?) however, we were a little naive about ordering a half bottle of wine -- the sommelier was a genius, I'm sure, but we weren't sure about what wine to get, so we went with his suggestion of a 1/2 bottle ofBurgundy to go with our meal (husband was having Wagyu, me - scallops) -- it came to be $125/bottle, which was really about 2 glasses! The service was impeccable, and I have to agree with some of the other reviews, that we felt like royalty (and this was before I read the other reviews) -- the staff, in their own harried way, did not direct any tension towards us, and even when our food was brought out to us, our waiter and another server did so in an almost rehearsed manner. Our car was standing by ready to go as soon as we stepped out the door. Overall, it was about $500 for the two of us, with a 25% tip, $125 half-bottle of wine, drinks, appetizers, dinner, and dessert. My husband joked (but he's really kind of serious) that he would like to move into the restaurant -- it's really quite beautiful inside. Best dinner ever.

Pros: Ambience, service, food, professional staff

Cons: Don't order a 1/2 bottle of wine unless you're really sure!

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This is 'thee' classic restaurant in Seattle. Great food, great family and some of the best service anywhere. They have set the bar for over 3 decades in the Northwest.

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★★★★★

This is 'thee' classic restaurant in Seattle. Great food, great family and some of the best service anywhere. They have set the bar for over 3 decades in the Northwest.

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I took my wife here to eat and noticed right away this place looked out of date, late 60's style, when we got to the door the male host was mildly rude and seemed to have a bad attitude in general because we had no reservations. When my wife asked when he could get us in his response and tone shocked me, he was flat out rude to my wife, we left. I will NEVER go there again and I advise all of my friends and business contacts to avoid this place...

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★★☆☆☆

I took my wife here to eat and noticed right away this place looked out of date, late 60's style, when we got to the door the male host was mildly rude and seemed to have a bad attitude in general because we had no reservations. When my wife asked when he could get us in his response and tone shocked me, he was flat out rude to my wife, we left. I will NEVER go there again and I advise all of my friends and business contacts to avoid this place...

Cons: RUDE

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We recently dined at Canlis for the first time for our anniversary. We are middle aged, well traveled, and know what a fine dining experience can be. We truly enjoyed our evening at Canlis. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was quite successful with interesting wine pairings. The service was seamless, refined, informative and very attentive, yet friendly, comfortable and fun. This sort of balancing act in creating seemly effortless and comfortable yet superior service takes considerable effort and professionalism at all levels. A beautiful view and northwest ambience complete the experience. Canlis is outstanding and highly recommended.

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★★★★★

We recently dined at Canlis for the first time for our anniversary. We are middle aged, well traveled, and know what a fine dining experience can be. We truly enjoyed our evening at Canlis. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was quite successful with interesting wine pairings. The service was seamless, refined, informative and very attentive, yet friendly, comfortable and fun. This sort of balancing act in creating seemly effortless and comfortable yet superior service takes considerable effort and professionalism at all levels. A beautiful view and northwest ambience complete the experience. Canlis is outstanding and highly recommended.

Pros: Food, wine, service, ambience.

Cons: Pricey but worth it.

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i have been many times to canlis. it is perfection all around!!!!! perfect meal, wine, service, view, piano, location, etc. etc. etc.

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★★★★★

i have been many times to canlis. it is perfection all around!!!!! perfect meal, wine, service, view, piano, location, etc. etc. etc.

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If you're like me: an average guy looking to take his girlfriend out for a nice birthday dinner, but still wanting to get good value for what you're spending then Canlis is the place. Although I enjoy going to nice places, I am normally a little unimpressed when it comes to what you get for the amount you spend. Although Canlis is by far the most expensive, if not one of the top 5 in Seattle, it definitely delivers. We spent close to $300 for: Appetizer, Salads, bottle of Wine, Champagne, entrees and dessert, plus Tip. The portion size was great and I really felt like the price matched both the quality and the presentation. Each dish made you wanting to savor every bite. The portions were exceptional! The service was also exceptional. Although we are both ion our mid twenties and didn't drive a German sports car, we were treated with respect by everyone from the host, to the busser to the server. As someone who has worked in a restaurant, I know when my tip dollar is deserved and when it is just a formality. I felt more than happy to tip 20% for the amazing service all around. Jackets are required and valet is free (yes they do remember your car somehow without a ticket).

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★★★★★

If you're like me: an average guy looking to take his girlfriend out for a nice birthday dinner, but still wanting to get good value for what you're spending then Canlis is the place. Although I enjoy going to nice places, I am normally a little unimpressed when it comes to what you get for the amount you spend. Although Canlis is by far the most expensive, if not one of the top 5 in Seattle, it definitely delivers. We spent close to $300 for: Appetizer, Salads, bottle of Wine, Champagne, entrees and dessert, plus Tip. The portion size was great and I really felt like the price matched both the quality and the presentation. Each dish made you wanting to savor every bite. The portions were exceptional! The service was also exceptional. Although we are both ion our mid twenties and didn't drive a German sports car, we were treated with respect by everyone from the host, to the busser to the server. As someone who has worked in a restaurant, I know when my tip dollar is deserved and when it is just a formality. I felt more than happy to tip 20% for the amazing service all around. Jackets are required and valet is free (yes they do remember your car somehow without a ticket).

Pros: Great View, Great Service, Treated like royalty

Cons: Price: start saving now.

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We booked the Cache room for our 10th anniversary and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to the hype.

Let me start by saying I"ve been to Canlis for many types of occassions and I know what I'm in for in terms of food, wine, service - and cost. But we went here on our 1st anniversary so thought it would be great for the 10th. Well...

First off, the cache room is honestly nothing special. A little cramped room you reach by going up the back staircase crowded with unused chairs and clutter. Very bad was to try and impress your guests.

Once you get to the room there is a round table in front of a window and a little couch. That's it. Oh, and a stereo behind a flimsy bamboo screen where you can put in your own CD's - which I must admit is cool.

Food was ok, nothing earth shattering. The Canlis salad was so overdressed I couldn't eat it. The seafood/Canlis chowder tasted canned. And my husband's $75 waygu steak was just good, nothing amazing.

The service was very good, with the waiter giving a little knock before he entered. Wine service was top notch.

Overall, I'd say the experience didn't do anything to make me want to come back anytime soon, not with all the great restaurants out in Seattle. The Cache room wasn't anything I'd waste another $100 extra on.

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★★★☆☆

We booked the Cache room for our 10th anniversary and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to the hype.

Let me start by saying I"ve been to Canlis for many types of occassions and I know what I'm in for in terms of food, wine, service - and cost. But we went here on our 1st anniversary so thought it would be great for the 10th. Well...

First off, the cache room is honestly nothing special. A little cramped room you reach by going up the back staircase crowded with unused chairs and clutter. Very bad was to try and impress your guests.

Once you get to the room there is a round table in front of a window and a little couch. That's it. Oh, and a stereo behind a flimsy bamboo screen where you can put in your own CD's - which I must admit is cool.

Food was ok, nothing earth shattering. The Canlis salad was so overdressed I couldn't eat it. The seafood/Canlis chowder tasted canned. And my husband's $75 waygu steak was just good, nothing amazing.

The service was very good, with the waiter giving a little knock before he entered. Wine service was top notch.

Overall, I'd say the experience didn't do anything to make me want to come back anytime soon, not with all the great restaurants out in Seattle. The Cache room wasn't anything I'd waste another $100 extra on.

Pros: amazing wine list and service are still top notch

Cons: Soggy salad, food not noteworthy, Cache room very overrated

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My brother and I brought our visiting parents here for our first visit. Overall it was a pleasant evening, but several dishes were notably mediocre and only a couple stood out as delicious. There is better food available in Seattle at a fraction of the cost.

First and second courses were generally weak. The culinary nadir was the escargot in butter served under puff pastry: a soggy, flavorless affair eerily reminiscent of a grocery store's refrigerated dough section. Foie Gras with huckleberry reduction and blueberries was quite tasty, though Mom described it (accurately enough) as "a bit like chewing on solid beef fat". The butternut squash soup was nothing you couldn't make at home, but in combination with the island of duck confit it really came into its own. Beef short ribs were gorgeously presented and chewy, rich, and flavorful. Canlis and Pear & Hazlenut salads were fine but unexceptional - nothing you haven't tasted before. Mango, avocado, and shrimp salad was an interesting combination and all ingredients were first rate and perfectly ripe.

Entrees fared somewhat better. Shrimp and prawns were of top quality and were perfectly cooked, carrying the Peter Canlis Prawns and Giant Freshwater Scampi. New York Steak ordered medium rare came to the table with a half-inch core of raw meat but was tender and pleasant nonetheless. Lamb chops were exquisite and perfectly cooked.

We tried side orders of truffle fries and a twice-cooked potato. The fries were attractive and impressively long, with a unique flavor. The potato was more or less your standard steakhouse mashed potatoes with plenty of sour cream and bacon.

Apple tarte tatin for dessert was a respectable end. The cinnamon was in the ice cream, which made for an interesting twist. The small serving of mint sorbet was a perceptive and highly complementary accompaniment.

Service was attentive but tended toward the intrusive "Is everything all right?". The location and building are spectacular.

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★★★☆☆

My brother and I brought our visiting parents here for our first visit. Overall it was a pleasant evening, but several dishes were notably mediocre and only a couple stood out as delicious. There is better food available in Seattle at a fraction of the cost.

First and second courses were generally weak. The culinary nadir was the escargot in butter served under puff pastry: a soggy, flavorless affair eerily reminiscent of a grocery store's refrigerated dough section. Foie Gras with huckleberry reduction and blueberries was quite tasty, though Mom described it (accurately enough) as "a bit like chewing on solid beef fat". The butternut squash soup was nothing you couldn't make at home, but in combination with the island of duck confit it really came into its own. Beef short ribs were gorgeously presented and chewy, rich, and flavorful. Canlis and Pear & Hazlenut salads were fine but unexceptional - nothing you haven't tasted before. Mango, avocado, and shrimp salad was an interesting combination and all ingredients were first rate and perfectly ripe.

Entrees fared somewhat better. Shrimp and prawns were of top quality and were perfectly cooked, carrying the Peter Canlis Prawns and Giant Freshwater Scampi. New York Steak ordered medium rare came to the table with a half-inch core of raw meat but was tender and pleasant nonetheless. Lamb chops were exquisite and perfectly cooked.

We tried side orders of truffle fries and a twice-cooked potato. The fries were attractive and impressively long, with a unique flavor. The potato was more or less your standard steakhouse mashed potatoes with plenty of sour cream and bacon.

Apple tarte tatin for dessert was a respectable end. The cinnamon was in the ice cream, which made for an interesting twist. The small serving of mint sorbet was a perceptive and highly complementary accompaniment.

Service was attentive but tended toward the intrusive "Is everything all right?". The location and building are spectacular.

Pros: Ambiance, view, fast service, extensive wine list

Cons: The food does not justify the prices

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This was our third visit to Canlis. The past few times we have been there it's been amazing. This time it was short of that. We selected the tasting course complete with wine. We didn't feel the wine complimented the dinner as good as we expected. The first course was served with sake. I'm not a fan of sake but my husband is. He thought it was "OK". The rest of the wine that was served with dinner was alright. The muscat with desert was awful. So that's 2 out of 4 wines that we didn't care for. The main thing that really bothered us was how rushed we felt. I wasn't done with my first couse yet when the waitress abruptly took my plate away. Mind you my fork and knife was still on the plate to suggest I was still eating. Every other course we had, we felt her peeking over our shoulders to see if we were done. Few times, they tried taking away my food before I was done and I had to explain that I wasn't done yet. You would think after the first time, they would wait more patiently. We had to ask to slow down our service. Our reservation was at 8:30 so it's not like someone else was waiting for our table.

With all that being said, dinner tasted wonderful. Which is why I wanted to savor every taste! The tasting menu was fantastic - it was just the wine we were dissapointed with. The restaurant is very romantic and we will be back - just hopefully with different servers!

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★★★☆☆

This was our third visit to Canlis. The past few times we have been there it's been amazing. This time it was short of that. We selected the tasting course complete with wine. We didn't feel the wine complimented the dinner as good as we expected. The first course was served with sake. I'm not a fan of sake but my husband is. He thought it was "OK". The rest of the wine that was served with dinner was alright. The muscat with desert was awful. So that's 2 out of 4 wines that we didn't care for. The main thing that really bothered us was how rushed we felt. I wasn't done with my first couse yet when the waitress abruptly took my plate away. Mind you my fork and knife was still on the plate to suggest I was still eating. Every other course we had, we felt her peeking over our shoulders to see if we were done. Few times, they tried taking away my food before I was done and I had to explain that I wasn't done yet. You would think after the first time, they would wait more patiently. We had to ask to slow down our service. Our reservation was at 8:30 so it's not like someone else was waiting for our table.

With all that being said, dinner tasted wonderful. Which is why I wanted to savor every taste! The tasting menu was fantastic - it was just the wine we were dissapointed with. The restaurant is very romantic and we will be back - just hopefully with different servers!

Pros: Delicious Food

Cons: Pricey but worth it! Service felt rushed

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I read all the good reviews about Canlis, so had very high expectations. I have to say all of them were met. I think the details impressed me the most. The waiter gave us a little sample of food while we were mulling over the menu, and gave us sorbet to clean our palette after the first course. They set our exquisite bottle of wine on it's own stone coaster.

My other favorite part was the view. We got there at about 6:15, and had the pleasure of watching dusk settle on Lake Union and the surrounding hills. I loved watching the pinpoints of light come on in neighborhoods.

The food was delicious. Started with Canlis salad, then had a peppercorn topped filet mignon. Delicious and superb!!

Plus, they remember your coat and car without you even having to ask!

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★★★★★

I read all the good reviews about Canlis, so had very high expectations. I have to say all of them were met. I think the details impressed me the most. The waiter gave us a little sample of food while we were mulling over the menu, and gave us sorbet to clean our palette after the first course. They set our exquisite bottle of wine on it's own stone coaster.

My other favorite part was the view. We got there at about 6:15, and had the pleasure of watching dusk settle on Lake Union and the surrounding hills. I loved watching the pinpoints of light come on in neighborhoods.

The food was delicious. Started with Canlis salad, then had a peppercorn topped filet mignon. Delicious and superb!!

Plus, they remember your coat and car without you even having to ask!

Pros: Romantic, View, Food, Wine

Cons: Pricey

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Ah yes, dining at it's absolute apex. I in fact, ate so much, I had to relieve my self in the latrine several times, by means of forcing my fingers down my own throat, and purging that filthy fattening, yet delicious cusine. Another plus is the exclusivity of such posh sorroundings in that thier were no "colored" people in sight as one main course would cost several of thier " welfare" checks. I must conclude that Canlis is not your average run of the mill restaraunt, also the male washroom attendant offered a "carnal engagment" in one of the stalls, (to which I kindly accepted) for a small fee, (which was very much worth the 20 dollars)

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★★★★★

Ah yes, dining at it's absolute apex. I in fact, ate so much, I had to relieve my self in the latrine several times, by means of forcing my fingers down my own throat, and purging that filthy fattening, yet delicious cusine. Another plus is the exclusivity of such posh sorroundings in that thier were no "colored" people in sight as one main course would cost several of thier " welfare" checks. I must conclude that Canlis is not your average run of the mill restaraunt, also the male washroom attendant offered a "carnal engagment" in one of the stalls, (to which I kindly accepted) for a small fee, (which was very much worth the 20 dollars)

Pros: very nice ambience and homoerotic atmosphere

Cons: poor parking

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Just went there last night. Dungeness crabcake appetizer was great, escargot was so so. Salads were mediocre at best. Delicious clam chowder - lots of potatoes in it. Lamb entree was overcooked. Filet entrees were great. Salmon - overcooked on the edges but great in the middle. Desserts were great as were the tea selections at the end. Nice wine selection. Excellent service and ambience. Great for a date I'd say.

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★★★★☆

Just went there last night. Dungeness crabcake appetizer was great, escargot was so so. Salads were mediocre at best. Delicious clam chowder - lots of potatoes in it. Lamb entree was overcooked. Filet entrees were great. Salmon - overcooked on the edges but great in the middle. Desserts were great as were the tea selections at the end. Nice wine selection. Excellent service and ambience. Great for a date I'd say.

Pros: Ambience, service, wine list

Cons: overpriced for the food quality

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What a pleasure! I have avoided going here for all my years in Seattle due to the expensive reputation. I recently went as part of a small group and could not have been happier with the entire experience. The service was amazing, the food was grilled to perfection and coursed perfectly, and all of the wine recommendations were spot on with each course. I will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

What a pleasure! I have avoided going here for all my years in Seattle due to the expensive reputation. I recently went as part of a small group and could not have been happier with the entire experience. The service was amazing, the food was grilled to perfection and coursed perfectly, and all of the wine recommendations were spot on with each course. I will definitely be back!

Pros: Excellent Service, Ambience

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I signed up for City Search just to write this review on Canlis!

My experience dining at Canlis was phenomenal. The food was out of this world. The service was incredible. One of the servers even took us on a personal tour and told us about the history of the restaurant. They are passionate about food and preserving the memories that you will have dining there.

The experience is worth every penny that you spend so don't keep passing it by as you drive home, go in and be pampered! I know that the first chance we get, we will be back.

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★★★★★

I signed up for City Search just to write this review on Canlis!

My experience dining at Canlis was phenomenal. The food was out of this world. The service was incredible. One of the servers even took us on a personal tour and told us about the history of the restaurant. They are passionate about food and preserving the memories that you will have dining there.

The experience is worth every penny that you spend so don't keep passing it by as you drive home, go in and be pampered! I know that the first chance we get, we will be back.

Pros: The dining experience you will have there.

Cons: Nothing!

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My fiancee took me to Canlis to celebrate my graduation from the UW. The service was first class. From the moment they take your car to the time you leave you are treated like VIPS. The views are beautiful. The room feels a little outdated to me but I still loved it. The food was good- not the highlight of the evening though. The menu and wine list are very pricey but well worth it. You are paying for the experience. Highly recommend for special occasions.

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★★★★★

My fiancee took me to Canlis to celebrate my graduation from the UW. The service was first class. From the moment they take your car to the time you leave you are treated like VIPS. The views are beautiful. The room feels a little outdated to me but I still loved it. The food was good- not the highlight of the evening though. The menu and wine list are very pricey but well worth it. You are paying for the experience. Highly recommend for special occasions.

Pros: View, Service

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Everything about Canlis is world class. What I appreciated most was the excellence of the staff - they were geniunely friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about dining and creating an amazing dining experience. The food was wonderful - the kobe beef was perfect. If you are into wine, or even if you aren't into it, let the sommelier work their magic to help enhance your food. Although expensive and jackets are required, it is down to earth and there is no pretentiousness.

2
★★★★★

Everything about Canlis is world class. What I appreciated most was the excellence of the staff - they were geniunely friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about dining and creating an amazing dining experience. The food was wonderful - the kobe beef was perfect. If you are into wine, or even if you aren't into it, let the sommelier work their magic to help enhance your food. Although expensive and jackets are required, it is down to earth and there is no pretentiousness.

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We were met by three employees at the door and the attention never slackened. At our table -- at appropriate times -- we were approached by, or introduced to, no less than 5 other employees, all with their own expertise. And each were charming, diplomatic and assiduously knowledgeable; I would have invited any of them to my home for a meal!

Every plate we were served was delightfully displayed and perfectly seasoned. From salads to pastas to steaks to seafoods to desserts, we were exclaiming and offering bites to each other and questioning the staff.

I have never bothered to write a restaurant review before, but we were very enthusiastic about our Canlis experience and would recommend it to the most particular diner.

2
★★★★★

We were met by three employees at the door and the attention never slackened. At our table -- at appropriate times -- we were approached by, or introduced to, no less than 5 other employees, all with their own expertise. And each were charming, diplomatic and assiduously knowledgeable; I would have invited any of them to my home for a meal!

Every plate we were served was delightfully displayed and perfectly seasoned. From salads to pastas to steaks to seafoods to desserts, we were exclaiming and offering bites to each other and questioning the staff.

I have never bothered to write a restaurant review before, but we were very enthusiastic about our Canlis experience and would recommend it to the most particular diner.

Pros: Valet serves everyone from memory! Incredible view and best service in Seattle

Cons: Bring your wallet

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What a special place! We went to Canlis last week and had an incredible time. The food was excellent with a Asian flare. The service was incredible and to top it off Mark Canlis came by and made us feel apart of the history and heritage of the generations Canlis has been in Seattle. He was an excellent host, it was a magical evening.

Highest recomendation.

2
★★★★★

What a special place! We went to Canlis last week and had an incredible time. The food was excellent with a Asian flare. The service was incredible and to top it off Mark Canlis came by and made us feel apart of the history and heritage of the generations Canlis has been in Seattle. He was an excellent host, it was a magical evening.

Highest recomendation.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: None

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Last Friday night we had an incredible evening reconnecting with old friends. Canlis made the evening so special. When Mark Canlis stopped by our table, his charm, warmth and friendliness made the evening even more special. He is a master host making you feel simultaneously like a VIP and an old friend. This is truly the place in Seatttle to celebrate every special event!!

2
★★★★★

Last Friday night we had an incredible evening reconnecting with old friends. Canlis made the evening so special. When Mark Canlis stopped by our table, his charm, warmth and friendliness made the evening even more special. He is a master host making you feel simultaneously like a VIP and an old friend. This is truly the place in Seatttle to celebrate every special event!!

Pros: Ambience, service, food, wine, "extras"

Cons: NONE!

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I met friends at Canlis last weekend with the simple hope of spending a few hours in good conversation: I HAD NO IDEA I WOULD BECOME PART OF A LEGACY and experience a tradition of loving hospitality and superior service began 56 years ago and now carried on by the 3rd generation. From the moment I walked through the door I felt embraced by a community of people who genuinely care, who smile with honest eyes, and who serve delectible foods which tempt me to sneak into the family recipe book. As my friends reminisced on beautiful evenings we and our parents and grandparents had spent at Canlis - evenings commemorating births and deaths and true love - we determined to continue the tradition with our own children. It is rare to find hospitality that has stayed vibrant and warm through; it is evident that sincere service it is not forced or part of a brand, but is the true character of Mark and Brian Canlis. We were remembered and treated like long-lost cousins, and I hope to join their dinner table often in years to come.

2
★★★★★

I met friends at Canlis last weekend with the simple hope of spending a few hours in good conversation: I HAD NO IDEA I WOULD BECOME PART OF A LEGACY and experience a tradition of loving hospitality and superior service began 56 years ago and now carried on by the 3rd generation. From the moment I walked through the door I felt embraced by a community of people who genuinely care, who smile with honest eyes, and who serve delectible foods which tempt me to sneak into the family recipe book. As my friends reminisced on beautiful evenings we and our parents and grandparents had spent at Canlis - evenings commemorating births and deaths and true love - we determined to continue the tradition with our own children. It is rare to find hospitality that has stayed vibrant and warm through; it is evident that sincere service it is not forced or part of a brand, but is the true character of Mark and Brian Canlis. We were remembered and treated like long-lost cousins, and I hope to join their dinner table often in years to come.

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I had THE BEST New Year's of my life a few weeks ago when I celebrated at Canlis. My only regret is having waited this long to rave about it here on Citysearch, although this seems to be last at the end of a long list of "anyone who will listen", if you know what I mean!

Everything was perfect. The staff is far and away the best staff of any restaurant I've ever been to, and this from a self-declared fine-dining connoisseur. They're just the perfect balance of engaging and invisible. You can really tell that Canlis is a labor of love for every person employed there. The Canlis family, and their consistent on-site presence, set the tone for excellence.

On top of everything, when I consider the stellar wine pairings and exquisite dishes, I actually think I got a good deal! Now THAT is magic.

Seriously, whether it is for a wedding reception, post-work cocktails, a romantic dinner, or a business meeting, make it memorable and go to Canlis!

2
★★★★★

I had THE BEST New Year's of my life a few weeks ago when I celebrated at Canlis. My only regret is having waited this long to rave about it here on Citysearch, although this seems to be last at the end of a long list of "anyone who will listen", if you know what I mean!

Everything was perfect. The staff is far and away the best staff of any restaurant I've ever been to, and this from a self-declared fine-dining connoisseur. They're just the perfect balance of engaging and invisible. You can really tell that Canlis is a labor of love for every person employed there. The Canlis family, and their consistent on-site presence, set the tone for excellence.

On top of everything, when I consider the stellar wine pairings and exquisite dishes, I actually think I got a good deal! Now THAT is magic.

Seriously, whether it is for a wedding reception, post-work cocktails, a romantic dinner, or a business meeting, make it memorable and go to Canlis!

Pros: service, food, ambiance

Cons: nada

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For years Canlis has been our favorite restaurant in Seattle. Everything worked...the food, service, ambiance. This most recent visit was the total opposite. The salad was tasteless, the entree a noticeably smaller portion than in the past and the service was inexplicably distant. Gone was the feeling that Canlis cared about every detail of the evening. The evening ended with an unfortunate event and I contacted Canlis the next day regarding the way the wait staff handled this event. I was told that someone would get back to me. They did, days later, with an odd phone call and barely an apology. Had the last event not occurred or the management been more concerned about the way it was handled, I might have been inclined to give Canlis another chance and say the kitchen had an off night. I'm left with the feeling that they just don't care.

1
★★★☆☆

For years Canlis has been our favorite restaurant in Seattle. Everything worked...the food, service, ambiance. This most recent visit was the total opposite. The salad was tasteless, the entree a noticeably smaller portion than in the past and the service was inexplicably distant. Gone was the feeling that Canlis cared about every detail of the evening. The evening ended with an unfortunate event and I contacted Canlis the next day regarding the way the wait staff handled this event. I was told that someone would get back to me. They did, days later, with an odd phone call and barely an apology. Had the last event not occurred or the management been more concerned about the way it was handled, I might have been inclined to give Canlis another chance and say the kitchen had an off night. I'm left with the feeling that they just don't care.

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Every time I walk through that beautiful door I am greeted by impeccable service, incredible food, and an astounding view. Canlis knows exactly what they're doing. They pay attention to detail and go out of their way to provide you with the best experience possible. The staff is superb yet accessible, and the steak! My goodness, the steak! There is no better way to eat out in Seattle. And anyone who claims to have had a negative experience at Canlis must have been utterly impossible to please. If they make a mistake, let them know, and they are faithful to rectify it tenfold!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

2
★★★★★

Every time I walk through that beautiful door I am greeted by impeccable service, incredible food, and an astounding view. Canlis knows exactly what they're doing. They pay attention to detail and go out of their way to provide you with the best experience possible. The staff is superb yet accessible, and the steak! My goodness, the steak! There is no better way to eat out in Seattle. And anyone who claims to have had a negative experience at Canlis must have been utterly impossible to please. If they make a mistake, let them know, and they are faithful to rectify it tenfold!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Pros: Beautiful, professional, above-and-beyond

Cons: Pretty expensive...

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NOT RECOMMENDED! I have had dinner regularly at this restaurant over the past five years and at least half of my recent experiences are not very good. I have often taken friends in for their birthdays and many times they have made embarrassing mistakes. At one birthday I asked many times for the server to bring out the specialty cake (that I brought at the beginning of dinner), she ignored me she allowed the table to order individual deserts and then brought the cake after everyone finished desert.
Another occasion I had called and specifically set up a special dinner and asked that the check not be presented at the table, the server did not follow the instructions and placed the check face up so the guests could see the total. This mistake ruined the night.
I have noticed over the last year that Mr. Mark Canlis is disrespectful toward women. He is respectful of men and refers them by their last name, however when he addresses women it is on a first name basis.
Canlis is not the restaurant it used to be and I will not return in the exception I have out of town guests that really want a good view.

1
★★★☆☆

NOT RECOMMENDED! I have had dinner regularly at this restaurant over the past five years and at least half of my recent experiences are not very good. I have often taken friends in for their birthdays and many times they have made embarrassing mistakes. At one birthday I asked many times for the server to bring out the specialty cake (that I brought at the beginning of dinner), she ignored me she allowed the table to order individual deserts and then brought the cake after everyone finished desert.
Another occasion I had called and specifically set up a special dinner and asked that the check not be presented at the table, the server did not follow the instructions and placed the check face up so the guests could see the total. This mistake ruined the night.
I have noticed over the last year that Mr. Mark Canlis is disrespectful toward women. He is respectful of men and refers them by their last name, however when he addresses women it is on a first name basis.
Canlis is not the restaurant it used to be and I will not return in the exception I have out of town guests that really want a good view.

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We visited Canlis on Sunday for my husband's b-day. It took 50 minutes to get our food because (per our waiter) there was a party of 70 upstairs. (I would figure this is pretty common for December?). We got our coffee service right after dinner, but then it took another 10 minutes to even see dessert menus. Our waiter then told us that their specialty dessert takes 30 minutes to prepare? I think this should have been mentioned a bit earlier. We were so tired by the end, nearly a 3-hour dinner, that we didn't complain. The waiter did comp a dessert, but I would think this would happen normally on a birthday? Sadly, we didn?t have the ?Canlis Experience? that we were expecting... and deserve for a $200 meal.

1
★★★☆☆

We visited Canlis on Sunday for my husband's b-day. It took 50 minutes to get our food because (per our waiter) there was a party of 70 upstairs. (I would figure this is pretty common for December?). We got our coffee service right after dinner, but then it took another 10 minutes to even see dessert menus. Our waiter then told us that their specialty dessert takes 30 minutes to prepare? I think this should have been mentioned a bit earlier. We were so tired by the end, nearly a 3-hour dinner, that we didn't complain. The waiter did comp a dessert, but I would think this would happen normally on a birthday? Sadly, we didn?t have the ?Canlis Experience? that we were expecting... and deserve for a $200 meal.

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I absolutely loved this restaurant and enjoyed the dining experience! My friend flew in from Miami, Florida and wanted to take me to an upscale-fancy-restaurant to celebrate my 26th birthday and to start my year off right.

He did some research and asked my friends for some suggestions and decided on Canlis. I hadn't heard of Canlis prior to this. All I was told was to dress up.

He has traveled quite a bit and has eaten at some great restaurants in Miami. I work for an airline and have traveled and ate at some great cities. So we both felt we had something to compare Canlis to.

It was great. Our first impression was our valet parking experience. The gentleman were very prompt and professional.

We had reservations, but started with some drinks at the bar. I had a fabulous apple sour martini and he had a mojito. The drinks were smooth. Very yummy.

Our table had a great view and I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. The lighting set the mood. We started off with a couple appetizers. We ordered the Ahi & Kona Kampachi Sashimi and the oysters.

Our server, Kevin, was awesome. We really enjoyed his service. He was very knowledgeable, polite, and professional.

For the main course we had the Wild Pacific King Salmon and the Peter Canlis Prawns. We both agreed it was the best salmon and prawns we had ever eaten. The salmon wasn't too watery and was flavored to perfection. The same for the prawns.

Dessert was out of this world. We had the Gran Marnier Souffle and the Chocolate Lava Cake with some dessert wine. I don't remember the exact name of the wine, but it had some earthly tones...Kevin would know the one we had, he made the recommendation.

Once again, it was the best dining experience we have had so far. It was a wonderful change to dress up to go out and eat.

2
★★★★★

I absolutely loved this restaurant and enjoyed the dining experience! My friend flew in from Miami, Florida and wanted to take me to an upscale-fancy-restaurant to celebrate my 26th birthday and to start my year off right.

He did some research and asked my friends for some suggestions and decided on Canlis. I hadn't heard of Canlis prior to this. All I was told was to dress up.

He has traveled quite a bit and has eaten at some great restaurants in Miami. I work for an airline and have traveled and ate at some great cities. So we both felt we had something to compare Canlis to.

It was great. Our first impression was our valet parking experience. The gentleman were very prompt and professional.

We had reservations, but started with some drinks at the bar. I had a fabulous apple sour martini and he had a mojito. The drinks were smooth. Very yummy.

Our table had a great view and I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. The lighting set the mood. We started off with a couple appetizers. We ordered the Ahi & Kona Kampachi Sashimi and the oysters.

Our server, Kevin, was awesome. We really enjoyed his service. He was very knowledgeable, polite, and professional.

For the main course we had the Wild Pacific King Salmon and the Peter Canlis Prawns. We both agreed it was the best salmon and prawns we had ever eaten. The salmon wasn't too watery and was flavored to perfection. The same for the prawns.

Dessert was out of this world. We had the Gran Marnier Souffle and the Chocolate Lava Cake with some dessert wine. I don't remember the exact name of the wine, but it had some earthly tones...Kevin would know the one we had, he made the recommendation.

Once again, it was the best dining experience we have had so far. It was a wonderful change to dress up to go out and eat.

Pros: great ambience, service, food

Cons: Even though we had reservations, we waited for about 20 minutes...which was fine, the bar was awesome

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Interesting that the reviews for this place vary as much as they do. We first went to Canlis in the early '70's, when it was one of the best Seattle had to offer. We lost track of the place, though the "word on the street" seemed not so good. Out of curiosity, we came back for the first time in decades about 3 years ago...and now find that it has replaced our prior favorite of some years duration (Wild Ginger) handily. My work takes me all over the US, with others paying my bill to eat in some of the very best restaurants all over the US. I feel that Canlis rates with the finest. It just was ranked #19 in the top 50 restaurants in the US. I believe it.
Service has been timely and respectful, appetizers (try the Crab Cakes) wonderful, the main courses have never disappointed (I'm a fish freak and it has been perfect every time) and the souffle really is amazing.
It may not certainly be for everyone, but I really enjoy dressing up with my wife and spending 3 hours at a meal. Canlis is the perfect place to do this. Worth every penny.
If you can, ask for Sven, he is our favorite waiter.

2
★★★★★

Interesting that the reviews for this place vary as much as they do. We first went to Canlis in the early '70's, when it was one of the best Seattle had to offer. We lost track of the place, though the "word on the street" seemed not so good. Out of curiosity, we came back for the first time in decades about 3 years ago...and now find that it has replaced our prior favorite of some years duration (Wild Ginger) handily. My work takes me all over the US, with others paying my bill to eat in some of the very best restaurants all over the US. I feel that Canlis rates with the finest. It just was ranked #19 in the top 50 restaurants in the US. I believe it.
Service has been timely and respectful, appetizers (try the Crab Cakes) wonderful, the main courses have never disappointed (I'm a fish freak and it has been perfect every time) and the souffle really is amazing.
It may not certainly be for everyone, but I really enjoy dressing up with my wife and spending 3 hours at a meal. Canlis is the perfect place to do this. Worth every penny.
If you can, ask for Sven, he is our favorite waiter.

Pros: Service, food, wine list & view

Cons: Pricey....

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Good Food, Good Service. High priced.

4
★★★★★

Good Food, Good Service. High priced.

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No place around beats it on service. Food is very good but man the service will make your night

5
★★★★★

No place around beats it on service. Food is very good but man the service will make your night

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