We wanted someplace special to celebrate following our wedding in September.
I did a lot of research, and all roads led to Canlis. The location is high on a hill with 180 views of the surrounding water and city lights.
Canlis manages to be quietly elegant, refined, and very modern, yet still with a hint of rusticity. The service was exemplary.
Canlis' wine list was extensive. Though it included bottles for as much as $15,000, there was a wide selection of moderately priced offerings. Not being Bill Gates, I selected a superb bottle for $85. We all chose different offerings from the three-course menu (there are several menu options besides the three-course). The food, like the ambiance and the service, was superb. What surprised us most, however, was that when we finally left I looked at my watch - we had been there for just over four hours. We were not rushed at all, and we were so relaxed that the time slipped away. While that has happened in some European cities, I've never before had such a perfectly leisurely meal in the USA. Nice start to a new chapter in our lives!
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