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Canlis Restaurant

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-2206 (Magnolia / Queen Anne)
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Ranked #7 of 3,459 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
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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
Cross street: Haliday
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Canlis has the reputation of being the "best" in Seattle, whatever that means. Having dined in a number of fine restaurants around the world and especially in NYC, I was skeptical. Canlis is the best combination of great food and service I have had in not only the pacific Northwest, but in much of the world. The seafood was outstanding,... More

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197 reviews 197 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

The food was very good, but it was actually a bit of a let down based on all the GREAT things we had heard. The sirloin was meh, the sea bass good, the Truffle French fries and the creme brulé were to die for! There is a pretty lake view, and the staff was helpful and mostly pleasant, though someone... More

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Service, food, atmosphere, view - all excellent. One of the best restaurant meals I've had. Compared to other fine restaurants, Canlis is in a whole different class. We dressed for the occasion and got a window seat on same-day reservations. Will definitely be returning.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I visited Canlis with six others to celebrate a friend's birthday. The four-course dinner was superb. The additional decorative touches to each course made it a standout. The ambience was relaxing, the noise level condusive to table talk - unlike at many restaurants. The atmosphere was welcoming and gracious. An owner greeted us as we entered. The staff was attentive... More

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I read a number of the "terrible" graded reviews, and it just seems like they are describing a different restaurant. Went to dinner tonight to celebrate my wife's birthday, and it was not a disappointment. The menu is quite simple, but it's the whole package that makes for a great evening. Valets magically park and retrieve cars with no tickets... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We have dined here many times over the past 40 years and the view has changed only subtlely, excellence of service has remained constant, and the food offerings have evolved, yet remain outstanding. Pleasant piano music in the background. A must when we visit Seattle.

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Seattle, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Very expensive, but "an event", not just a restaurant. Beautiful setting, classy , attentive service without being pretentious. Food was just perfect and the wine list extensive, expensive and fun. Go there to celebrate. Forget the bill, just enjoy!

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San Francisco, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This restaurant was so bad it makes me never want to trust Trip Advisor ever again! Although jacket was required 300 lb baby Huey in his short sleeve shirt from K-mart was next to us with his beefarillow wife chatting on his cell phone when he wasn't shoveling down Canlis industrial food. My lamb was the worst I've ever choked... More

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North Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This restaurant is cantilevered on the side of a mountain with a magnificent view of Lake Union below. It's family owned and lovingly maintained. The mid century wood and glass building and setting reminds one of a cross between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Seagram Building with its expanses of glass. The young staff are friendly and attentive but at... More

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Los Angeles, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

An outstanding, grown-up restaurant experience, with impeccable table service. The food is very good, although not adventurous. It’s the ambiance and mood of the place that’s unique, like being inside a restaurant scene from “Mad Men”. Beautifully maintained mid-century building with huge glass windows overlooking Lake Union. Tables are generous and comfortable, with couples seated side by side. Live piano... More

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Additional Information about Canlis Restaurant

Address: 2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-2206
Phone Number: 206-331-3348
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Magnolia / Queen Anne
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary

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