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“Enjoyed the evening”
Review of Can Can

Can Can
Ranked #125 of 4,231 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $32
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Located in the heart of the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, Can Can’s underground setting is evocative of Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Once immersed in this Vaudevillian Chapel, you will see why the Can Can is one of Seattle’s most celebrated, award winning nightspots. Twice a year the amazingly talented Can Can Dance Troupe, launches a new show, that will wow, delight, tease and titillate any audience. Can Can currently produces three in house dance and burlesque productions simultaneously. Dinner guests often come into Can Can to celebrate birthday parties, bachelorette parties, romantic dates, anniversaries and other special occasions. We serve a delectable “Pike-Place-Market-Fresh” dinner menu prepared by Chef Kelly Connor, from 6:00PM-Close. While our dinning room features entertainment and a meal (guests must purchase a ticket for entertainment in the dining room), there’s never a cover in the Absinthe & Craft Cocktail Bar, where you can enjoy one of our many famous house-crafted cocktails!
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Found this place on a tourist website for things to do while we were in Seattle on the weekend. We attended the Glitterati performance and really enjoyed it. This tickets were about $50 which included a dinner and show. Great value. The venue itself is downstairs, very dark and small place. We arrived at 6pm when the doors openned and had a couple drinks first. It did get quite warm in there but the temperatures in Seattle on the weekend were apparently unnormally high; so not sure if it is always that warm. Great place to stop by after checking out Pike Market during the afternoon. The meal was good. It is soup and you have a choice of salad and meal and then pay for drinks and dessert. The wait-staff was very friendly and professional. The show itself started about 7:30. We had finished our meals and could enjoy the show but others arrived later and were able to continue the serving while the show went on. Seeing the show is not the best as many of the tables are off to the side of the stage, the stage is not very big, and the performers did an amazing job not falling off :-). The show itself was well worth the money. The performers were talented, sexy, quirky, and funny. The performances were interesting and entertaining. There was a table that brought a young boy (maybe 12) to the performance which I thought was odd as the performers did strip down to their pasties and there was some swearing.

Overall, I would recommend this to people who enjoy dinner theatre. Don't over dress though - very warm.

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1  Thank Tracey F
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Went in late at night & they were showing an independent made movie. They had lots of college age kids running soundboards for the movie. No one came up to us for service.The sole patrons looked like street people. May be it was an off night??

1  Thank Randy2353
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

I don't think an adjective even exists in the dictionary to describe how bad and ridiculous this place is. We went to the last Saturday night show with a friend of mine and we left less than 15 minutes into the show. First of all the place looks like an underground closet or cellar, it does not look like a place that should even be open or have patrons in it. It feels claustrophobic at least. The layout is awkward too, because unless you're sitting at one of the very few tables right by the stage, in which case you'll be so close to the performers that you'll be able to see the pores on their skin, you can't see much at all. The place was not devised for shows with an audience. Now, except from the overpriced and not so-tasty drinks, the show is what baffled me the most.
The show is just a cheaper, sadder version of America's Got Talent, without the fun part (laughing at the ridiculous performers). You don't get to laugh at how bad the performers are here. The first act was a group of 4 out-of-synch performers who looked like teenage kids rehearsing in their parents' garage with some sort of an attempt at costuming, with sparkly, cheap-looking costumes. The second act was a tall, semi-naked blonde, who did nothing more than faking an orgasm on a shuttle-like prop (wow! the metaphor!). Needless to say that pleased the audience of mostly recently discharged sailors and army/navy personnel. What guy wouldn't like a blonde standing on stage with teets hanging, thong and high heels. I've seen lots of burlesque shows and this one has nothing to do with burlesque. At this point we looked at each other wondering if there were some hidden candid cameras and if the show could get any worse. It did. the third act was an out-of-tune guy, with some great pecs and a great 8 packs. And that was it. Literally his act was about lip-synching while stripping down to almost nothing to show off his buff body. (After the blonde, I guess the female audience needed something too). As my friend walked out to the counter to demand a refund for the cover charge (yep, they charge you $10 to put you through this embarrassing and class-less show), I asked for the check, without finishing our drinks, and the waitress seemed to be upset at the fact that we disliked the show and everything else and we told them so. As I walked out, another act came to the stage, the same dancers from the first act, with different, broadway/carnival like costumes, lip-synching again to a poorly rehearsed dance routine. The whole experience felt like the last desperate show a crew would put up before shutting the place down, Which is what they should do.
The only positive thing is that they refunded us the cover charge we paid (mostly because there were other people at the door, not sure whether they wanted to pay $10 to go in). Overall a very sad, bizarre and awkward experience that gives a bad reputation to the idea of "live" entertainment.

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3  Thank LucisInFundus
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

My partner and I stumbled into the Can Can one weeknight evening in May 2009. We'd been touring the Market area, and were looking in vain for a place to grab some dinner, but many of the restaurants we'd seen bustling earlier were now closed, and we were lost and hungry and sad. And then, we smelled something cooking. We followed it down to the front door of the Can Can. We asked the doorman if the kitchen was serving, and he said yes, and asked if we would stay for the variety show. We had no idea what we were in for, but we were tired and sore of foot, too, so we decided to catch the show.

This turned out to be the highlight of our time in Seattle. The Can Can is an odd, dark little underground bar with tables centered on a small stage. The menu is short, but the wine and cocktail list is long, and the bar carries some very exciting scotch and makes absinthe cocktails. We had a fruit and cheese plate, along with a couple other small plates of things aren't on the menu anymore (I get the impression that the menu changes often).

The food was solid, but not very exciting. The drinks, on the other hand, were exotic and fabulous. And the show was absolutely one of the most entertaining things I have ever seen. The show we saw seemed to be a selection of acts and skits from the rest of the week's theme shows. For our $5 cover charge, we got to see a mix of dance, acrobatics, burlesque, boylesque, clowning, comedy, and a few other acts I can't even begin to describe. As a finale, the emcee, a very funny Russian character, pulled a girl out of the audience who was there for a birthday party, and did a wildly hilarious 80s hair metal lip-sync and dance number with her.

If we'd been in town for more than a few days, we'd have gone back to the Can Can for a different show, and I kind of wish we had anyway.

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