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Canlis Restaurant

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-2206 (Magnolia / Queen Anne)
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Ranked #11 of 3,446 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
Cross street: Haliday
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472 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
417 reviews 417 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A classy place to break bread. Superb ambiance with great views of Lake Union. World class wine menu. Top notch food. Yeah, it's pricey. But it's worth every penny.

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is the most over-rated restaurant in town. I was beyond disappointed, after waiting many years to go to Canlis. If the waiter's opinion of himself counted for anything, it would have been a 5 star restaurant, but then that snooty attitude contributed to my low rating. A truly classy place doesn't have to put on airs to make the... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We were at the end of a 10 day trip to the Pacific Northwest and this was definitely the crown jewel of any of the restaurants we dined at. First of all, the setting on a hillside overlooking Lake Union is stunning. The dining room is beautiful and takes advantage of the views. The service was top notch with an... More

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This isn't my first rodeo at Canlis. You drive up, get out and your car disappears and yet when you walk out the door your car is right there waiting for you, no claim tickets, no asking for it. It's just there. How do you beat that kind of service. And the wine list is rivaled by a small percentage... More

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Shoreline, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Canlis is the place - the only place - I want to eat for special occasions. I managed to finagle 2 birthday dinners here for my 40th birthday (one hosted by my wife with a few friends, and one a joint party with my stepfather), and both occasions were superb. The cocktails are beautifully crafted, the wine list is replete... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We went for my 50th birthday. The servers are attentive and informative. Cocktails are inventive and our meal was truly one of the best I've ever had. We are planing to return for our anniversary in October .... Absolutely looking forward to it!!

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Edmonton, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Ever since Canlis decided to initiate a curated coffee program, it has been on my radar as a must visit venue. In short, my visit completely met my expectations. I had very high expectations going into this meal. I wanted the chef's menu (but was unable due to the unwillingness of my dining companions, as everyone must participate). Having said... More

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Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went there for our anniversary dinner with the family, so did 3 other couples on adjacent tables. The service was the best part of the evening: attentive without hovering, responsive without being too eager. My filet mignon (A) was better than the lamb that my wife ordered (B+). The oysters trio were great: tommomoku helps calibrate the shigoku, apparently... More

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Seattle, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Place for THE special occasion with outstanding service, food and wine list. It has only valet parking which is good to know in advance. The best restaurant in Seattle area as per my opinion. 😊

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Reno, Nevada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went for the New Year's Eve celebration, a tasting menu with wine pairings and a foursome. It was the first seating (of two) so we did have to wrap up at the end and leave to clear a space for the second seating. We've been 5-6 times over the last 10 years, and each time we go, Canlis seems... More

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