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Canlis Restaurant

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-2206 (Magnolia / Queen Anne)
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Ranked #16 of 3,387 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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413 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday after researching the fanciest restaurant in Seattle (I'm from out of town). Canlis definitely did not disappoint. The setting was very nice, the service was excellent and the food was exquisite. The servers were chattier than I'm used to (seems to be an American thing) but they were very professional and accommodating... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We visited on our honeymoon and we had the tasting menu (I opted for the vegetarian) and my husband the standard with wine pairings. The architecture of the building itself is amazing, the views are spectacular, service was impeccable and the food was excellent. Very difficult to criticise. It was a very expensive meal but we knew it would be... More

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Boise, Idaho
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344 reviews 344 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
321 helpful votes 321 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A few times per year we travel somewhere to experience a tasting menu (not available locally), which is a chance for the chef to send out whatever he or she wants, in small portions, to showcase skill and style. We view a tasting menu as very much a "show me your best stuff" experience and place no restrictions on the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is my favorite place to go for that very special occasion. My husband booked it for my birthday. We used to come at least once a year but hadn't been recently so it was a nice treat. Excellent food, service, view and atmosphere. I had fois gras for the first time and rally enjoyed it with the grilled pineapple.... More

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Seattle, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

While some claim this long time Seattle restaurant has been surpassed by others over the years, I have never had more consistently excellent food and service than Canlis. True, the facility has been there for quite some time, but the view is beautiful and the service impeccable and the food is second to none. Far and away, my favorite place... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My first time at the restaurant, was there with my partner for a birthday dinner. Had a late reservation (915 as that was all that was available a month prior when i booked). We arrived about 15 mins early and were seated in the lounge until the table was ready. The lounge had a great piano player that alternated between... More

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Bruges, Belgium
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

I am fortunate to be able to visit high end restaurants all over the world due to the fact I travel with my work. Unfortunately I have to say this ace falls way short: over promises and under delivers on a number of counts. It is has a fabulous outlook which commands a premium, but this is where the high... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Had a very special dinner with family at Canlis. We had a beautiful table, with a wonderful view. The service was impeccable. And, most importantly, the food was delicious. There were six of us. We dined for almost three hours. I had potato soup with truffles, sea bass and creme brulee for dessert. All were the best food I have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

My visit to Canlis this past December was my first one and was by far the best overall experience I have ever had at a restaurant. The service was impeccable from the moment we arrived o the time the valets brought our car when we left. The host staff and the wait staff were the best I have experienced in... More

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Seattle, WA
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were lucky enough to dine with friends at Canlis on New Year's Eve. The restaurant has two seatings on NY Eve, one at 6-ish, the other 9-ish. The prix fixe menu was fantastic and, given the circumstances, a pretty decent deal: I have no qualms about paying $125 (not counting beverages) for a superb and satisfying meal in a... More

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