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Canlis Restaurant

Travelers' Choice award winner
$$$$
Magnolia / Queen Anne
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary
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2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-2206 (Haliday)
206.283.3313
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 479
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
The trick is on you

My title is pure compliment. The experience at Canlis is a series of "tricks" in which you are the recipient of a professional restaurant working hard to provide a totally enjoyable time. You will not be disappointed. We were met at the door by Peter Canlis, who greeted us by name, and engaged... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
rogerjm
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Olympia, WA
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Olympia, WA
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109 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My title is pure compliment. The experience at Canlis is a series of "tricks" in which you are the recipient of a professional restaurant working hard to provide a totally enjoyable time. You will not be disappointed. We were met at the door by Peter Canlis, who greeted us by name, and engaged us in relaxing small talk to make... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely setting for celebratory events or couples. Staff takes impeccable care of the diners. From start to finish they didn't fault. Book early or you will not get a table, especially in summer and weekends. Menu changes regularly but has all the options one would need for a large party, although vegetarians will be limited to a single option. It... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We came here for a special occasion and the whole evening was fantastic! The wait staff was really on point. Everything was very fluid and they truly worked as a team. The view of the lake is wonderful. I would suggest making an early reservation and requesting a window seat. The food was delicious. We did the traditional four course... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Perhaps I am biased as a Greek American, but the Canlis family (yes, they are Greek) have a restaurant unlike any other typical Greek American restauranteur. It is extremely high end, formal dining, and unlike none other. Anytime we can do a business board meeting, or take out of town guests here for dinner, we do it. This business has... More 

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Corvallis Oregon
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

As the teaser indicates, Canlis offers great view, attentive service, from valets who can remember your car without a tag to friendly and informative wait staff. But if you are there to try out the tasting menu then, most likely you are out of luck since they only have a very limited number of those and if you did not... More 

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GA
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My girl friend and I had dinner here on a recent visit to Seattle. We had the tasting menu with paired wines, and it was phenomenal. The lamb course and wagyu beef coarse were out of this world. The appetizer courses were inventive including a salmon skin chip with a creamy salmon roe dip. Incredible! The service was top notch... More 

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Kingston, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

What a dining experience. There attention to detail is amazing. From the moment you walk though the front door, to each plate of food , and the presentation is one of a kind. The view is the best in Seattle. When your done with dinner your car is waiting for you at the front door. We haven't experienced this sense... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We enjoyed a leisurely dinner and very much appreciated the friendly, yet professional service provided by the team assigned to our table. The Canlis Salad prepared tableside was fresh and tasty, the portion was quite large. Each of the hot food items we chose (prawns, steak, black cod) turned out to be somewhat over-salted, for our taste. Other than the... More 

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Canlis experience seems overrated to this reviewer: yes, the view is amazing, but both the food and the service were overly pretentious and unimpressive. Consider the menu: An appetizer of "Hen Egg" was just that--a chicken's egg. When I asked the server why the glorified name, he responded that it wasn't a duck egg, and no one would be... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Worth going to once in a lifetime for the view and fine dining experience. The staff are very professional and it is a unique opportunity to see what the best fine dining in Seattle is all about.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-2206
    (Haliday)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Magnolia / Queen Anne
  • Neighborhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
  • Phone Number: 206.283.3313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 85 - 125
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?