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Canlis Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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Three Courses
Includes​ first course, main course and dessert.
Four Courses
Includes first and second courses, main course and dessert.
Chef's Tasting Menu
A seven-course menu showcasing our most inventive and refined cuisine. We are happy to accommodate for allergies and dietary restrictions.
Vegetarian Tasting Menu
A seven-course menu expressing everything we love about this season’s produce. A celebration of provenance, simplicity and sophistication.
A​ flight of five wines selected to complement the tasting menus. (Wines to complement the food, but if you don’t compliment the wines, we’ll happily bring another pairing. )
This pairing is a showcase of rare producers or vintages that are not normally available by the glass.
Steak Tartare
Peter canlis recipe, made with raw, wagyu tenderloin
Red wine mignonette
Heirloom Tomato
Fresh mozzarella, watermelon, and arugula
Cantaloupe Soup
Chilled, with mint, yogurt, and wildflowers
Foie Gras
A terrine, with cherries and pistachios, and black pepper brioche
Peter Canlis Prawns
Dry vermouth, garlic, and lime
Pork Cheek
Slow-cooked, with zucchini and summer corn
The Canlis Salad
Our great grandmother’s recipe brings romaine, bacon, mint, oregano and romano cheese together with a dressing of lemon, olive oil, and coddled egg. To honor the our tradition, this salad may be prepared table-side for the entire table, and can serve as either a first or second course.
Roasted, with maitake mushrooms and champagne vinaigrette
Tomato fondue, taggiasca olives, and artichokes
King Salmon
Grilled, with cauliflower, quinoa, and preserved lemon
Pan-seared, served with king trumpet mushrooms, asparagus, and pickled ramps
Muscovy Duck for Two
14-day dry-aged duck breast, roasted whole and accompanied by orange marmalade, fennel purée and pearl onion brûlée
Rosemary-grilled ribeye with potato rosti and thumbelina carrots
Filet Mignon
Grilled and served with yukon gold potatoes, caramelized onions, and shiitake mushrooms
Additional $+15.00
Our was the first restaurant to ever serve American grown kobe-style beef. Your choice of filet mignon or New York strip.
Forest Mushrooms
Sautéed in sherry, garlic, and thyme
Truffle Fries
With fine herbs and fleur de sel
Milk chocolate, bananas, caramel, and peanut butter
Berry Tart
Vanilla​ custard, oatmeal streusel, and white balsamic granita
Canlis Souffle
Grand marnier, orange zest, and crème anglaise (please allow 30 minutes for this dessert)
Chocolate Fondant
With ginger, milk crumble, and toasted rice
Creme Brulee
Silky and delicate, served with market fruit and sorbet
With seasonal fruit
Artisanal Cheese
Choose from a selection of the finest
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
American, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Canlis is by far the finest restaurant in the Northwest - nothing comes close to their quality, service, attention to detail and just the overall experience. Best martini’s in Seattle as well. They remember our favorite table, drinks, etc. each time we return. Very pricey...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 104jca
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Canlis is a must do for anyone wanting to experience the PNW cuisine and a special occasion superstar. Everything about the place is magical - right from the location overlooking the waters, to the dimly lit private dinner setting to the food, the extensive wine...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Anuradha M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a business dinner here and from that perspective everything was excellent; atmosphere, food, service, wine. But I saw the menu prices, the preparation, the portions so I’d say the value prop is a bit askew if I was paying. No doubt this is a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank ScottD58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here a couple years ago and then returned last night with my dad while he was visiting from out of town. Our second visit was just as incredible as the first. From the moment you pull up and the valet...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GeorgiaJael
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent fine dining. Great setting. Live piano music. Of the 4 courses only one (each) was ordinary - the malted pancake (saved by the sauce) and the rabbit sausage (a bit blah). The remaining courses were superb, and there were also delicious bonus bites (bread,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Drollighansel
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was incredible from the moment we walked in the door. Food preparation was excellent and presented with style. The servers moved in unison like ballet dancers. This is a five star restaurant and price reflects the same. It was lovely to see people dress...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank textileprincess
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I recently are dinner at Canlis. It was a phenomenal experience. I enjoyed getting all dressed up to eat. Upon arrival 2 valets quickly appeared to help us out of the car, followed by a door man that graciously welcomed us. Staff...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank melanie c
Reviewed December 8, 2018

We were seated immediately ( a time of reservation ), found the service to be excellent, but never from the same person. Each course or adjustment was from a different person. Amazing view! Very unique and elegant place for a special occasion. Food delicious! Very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank marybeth_abarbanel
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

The Great... We arrived 25 minutes early to our 8 pm reservation and were immediately seated in the lounge. Drinks ordered, piano enjoyed and 5-10 minutes after 8 we were seated. I was surprised at the reduced menu from my past experience there. But, we...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Townsend_Flash
Reviewed November 24, 2018

My wife and I had been looking forward to returning to the service & food at the Emerald City's darling "Canlis." Once our server learned we were not ordering alcohol was the beginning of the end. Upon opening the oddly crafted four course prix fixe...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Meander136535
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Virginia G
May 31, 2018|
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Response from LandJinVa | Reviewed this property |
Also, not sure. If they can't make a cake for the celebration (though they do have a pastry chef), you can ask if they might allow from a nearby bakery?
Bev D
January 22, 2017|
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Response from kmdani | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I were there last February. With tip the bill was $375 and we do not drink alcohol. However, let me stress that it was, and always is, WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY. This is not merely a great meal, it is an... More
September 10, 2016|
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Response from TheHastyChef | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe age has anything to do with it. It's simply training/management. Staff can only care as much as the upper management does. What I DO find interesting is that Canlis seems to respond diligently to positive... More
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