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Magnolia / Queen Anne
1.6 miles from Space Needle
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PRICE RANGE
$125 - $135
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
CUISINES
American, Contemporary
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Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed September 21, 2020

We're a fan of Canlis. My family has had its fair share of celebrations there for 50 years. Despite some reluctance, we decided to have The Crab Shack take-home meal. I know how hard it is to control the quality of take out meals. The...salad was only OK, the salmon mousse was OK, the vinegar chips were NOT a good idea. However, the hair wrapped around various legs of crab was not a good idea. Long brown hair amongst what looked like sweet, succulent crab did it for us. Sorry, Canlis. A clever idea has gone awry.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed March 25, 2020

Today I took advantage of one of the greatest tales of management concern for its employees in a time of tragedy. Canlis has for years been the ultimate expression of mainstream sophisticated dining in Seattle. As virtually all restaurants were closing down because of plumeting...business followed by governmental mandate, some genius at Canlis decided to keep at least part of its staff employed by way of opening its parking lot as a fast food drive thru restaurant serving bagles hamburgers and the lgendary House Ceasar Salad. I drove up to the traffic jam event at 1:00 to order a Hamburger & fries for $16.00 and a House Ceasar Salad for $10.00. Both promply arrived in a brown paper bag. Perfect service by the legendary staff. I then drove to Green Lake, 2 miles away and began my unique dining experience. The salad was marvelous (as usual) and the Hamburger proved to be one of the finest I have ever eaten In Seattle. It compared to the best work of U Need a Burger or Red Mill. Perhaps more subtly subdued than most of those establishment's offerings but incredibly complex and delicious with a seemingly home made mayonaise mixed with fragrent herbs. It was a six ounce hand formed pattie cooked to medium rare perfection presented on a beautiful brioche bun. When this great American (world wide I mean) tragedy is finally a piece of history I shall always find my self reminicing over my wonderful take out--drive thru--- lunch at Canlis. Please beg the management to keep it going as long as this tragedy is upon us. One employee told me that she thought it would end very soon.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

A $700 meal should not include slow service, unavailable menu items, and nearby tables doing video calls. We expected a repeat of last years dinner, which was exceptional, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and didn’t get it. Don’t get me wrong, our waitstaff was...wonderful. The kitchen was simply out of some dishes and our first course took a very long time because the execution was finicky. We then had a nearby table with two obnoxious women who thought it appropriate to make a video call that everyone else could hear. This is simply not acceptable for a fine dining restaurant - it was extremely rude and disruptive to the other diners. Canlis should enact a no video policy for adults since some don’t know how to act. We appreciated the acknowledgement of the clunky experience. While we certainly enjoyed the meal and our company, they were off of their game tonite.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Canlis has been and continues to be the premier restaurant in Seattle. The cuisine is the finest both in taste and presentation, the service staff is knowledgable, helpful and attentive. The view is most picturesque. Searching for a negative, one can only point to the...difficulty in access from the very busy highway and lack of immediate parking - although valet parking is available.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

The food, service, setting and view are all amazing! They are swinging for the fences in the quality and creativity of the food and it shows. All 4 courses were superb. Our server, Cody, was knowledgeable, professional and on point in every way possible. The...view is incredible (see photo). Dinning at Canalis is a wonderful experience!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 29, 2020

Really disappointed in the food. The ambiance, view, and service were great, but the food was mediocre to poor - except for one of the desserts we ordered. I was looking forward to the Canlis salad I'd heard so much about, but guess it was...an off night because it lacked flavor. It was mainly lettuce and croutons. I didn't finish it. The second course was a crab and rice dish that was good; not amazing, but good. My third course was the beef and potato dish; the beef was chewy with too much gristle and the potatoes with onions had no flavor; one bite of the potatoes was enough for me. I chose the hazelnut and pear dessert, which was nice with my coffee. My daughter ordered the souffle with orange sauce, which was really good. After dessert, a waiter brought by some interesting tiny dessert; macaroon, and chocolate-rum bite. I love sweets, but took one bite of each and left the rest; both were dry and flavorless. Our waiter was nice and checked in often to refill water or ask if we needed another glass of wine. All in all, it was an experience and I can say I've been there, but will never go again. Very sad, very disappointing.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

If this is what’s considered fine dining in Seattle well that’s pretty sad. We had a horrible experience here with the waitress and the food was by no means fine dining nor anywhere near Michelin quality. Having visited many Michelin restaurants around the world, I...know fine dining and this is not it. Upon arriving, the hostess asked if she could help us with something as if we couldn’t possibly be patrons. Unacceptable. We came to celebrate a birthday and were, dare I say “attended” to by a very rude and arrogant waitress. If you go here and are assigned to her, I would immediately request a different waitress. They would not give us her name but she was thin and Asian and maybe in her 40s. She behaved as if the job of a server was beneath her. She shouldn’t be working at a pricy restaurant like this. Worst of all she completely disregarded my dairy free dietary restriction after we talked about it in detail 3 times. First, she brought out the complete wrong dish. She then brought out food that clearly contained dairy, but when I asked her about it again, she said it didn’t have any. I took a bite, flagged her down and asked to speak to someone who was more familiar with the menu. She left then returned, admitting that the dish did indeed contain dairy. The manager took her side saying there may have been a misunderstanding on her part when in fact she simply wasn’t listening or writing anything down. She only came to check on us once during our entire meal and couldn’t care less. This is not ok. Aside from this, the food was mediocre. The Canlis salad was like something prepackaged from a Safeway or something. It didn’t belong on the tasting menu. The meat dish was strange and both myself and my partner feel ill afterwards. Absolutely horrible experience and horribly managed restaurant. Save yourself $400+ and go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

Canlis is usually outstanding, but I took my family for our annual Christmas dinner event. I made the mistake of bringing a 2015 Leonetti with me, which Canlis also had in their cellar. In this case their policy is to not uncork my bottle. All...of this is fine and I understand it. The sommelier actually did uncork my wine “this one time only”, and also went over the top in lecturing my family about the policy and our inappropriate behavior. It ruined our evening. As I said, it was my error but I don’t need to spend $1200 to be lectured and not have a nice evening.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2019

Of all the fine dining places I have been in my life, this tops my list! FOOD Amazing food!! I had their 4 course meal and each and every thing was delicious, including the wine! They have a beautiful collection of wine. They have even...won the John Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program back in 2017 (and more awards too, I guess). Ask the server for wine pairings and they definitely help you out. SERVICE Their food comes coupled with impeccable service. It truly defines "fine dining". AMBIANCE The restaurant is dimly lit, fancy and very cozy - just what you would expect at an upscale restaurant. Wooden, exotic interiors with fireplace, and a very welcoming vibe. The restaurant overlooks the Lake Union, and has one of the best views for a restaurant in Seattle. PS: This is an upscale place, and there is a strict formal dress code.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2019

My wife and I were treated to a dinner at Canlis for our birthdays. My wife had the Chioggia Beets and I had the Grilled Albacore to start, followed by Haiga Rice and Spot Prawns. For our main course, we both had the Dry Aged...Ribeye steak. We shared the chocolate dessert. The entire meal was delightful and the staff was very attentive, but not at all intrusive. Great NW restaurant!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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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?
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Bev D
January 22, 2017|
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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
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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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