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“Justly renowned”
Review of Canlis Restaurant

Canlis Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 4,132 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $85 - $125
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
Cross street: Haliday
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Justly renowned”
Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Canlis is a great choice for a special night out. That's not to say everything is perfect: the valet and the host could both look smarter. But the view of lights around the city, framed by well- maintained trees, and the general ambiance, and the quiet background, so useful for conversation, all prepare one for a really enjoyable dinner. We opted for the 3- course prix fixe (there's no a la carte alternative) and the oysters and foie gras were perfect. Our friends were delighted with their tender and tasty wagyu steaks; we thought our lamb wasn't as tender or scrumptious - but we certainly finished them! Very good chocolate fondants, millefeuilles too. We'd go back for another birthday or anniversary.

Thank Elaine S
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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2013

It is difficult to capture the experience at Canlis in words. Everything was absolutely exceptional. Plan to wear a suit or little black dress and enjoy beautiful views, wonderful food and a fantastic experience. Everything from the amuse bouche through to the excitement of the specially designed macaroon box was well worth every penny. Our server Matthew was incredible and was a great resource and guide to a very romantic night out.

One of the things that is notable and speaks to the impressiveness of the restaurant is that was full of locals celebrating special occasions. When the locals save it for special nights out, you know its good. This is full service and fine dining from another time that has become virtually extinct.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank kelsey r
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Walla Walla, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Soooo much is soooo great, but the food was average.”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We had a lovely evening, our service was impeccable, the atmosphere perfect, but the food didn't match the rest. Would I go back? Yes, but with the understanding that it wasn't about the food. At the same time, the prices are high, so consider that before deciding.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Cfctwowalla
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Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“A Classic”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Canlis is a throw-back to what restaurants one were, and still should be. It is a mix of exquisite décor, immaculate service, perfectly cooked, innovative, prepared food, and dining history rolled up in one amazing foodie experience. The menu is expensive, but you pay not only for really great food, but for one of the greatest dining experiences that Seattle has to offer. Don't shortchange yourself and miss an opportunity to dine here. It will be well worth you effort.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank navswo
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Elegance with a View”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

You won't be disappointed - no matter the occasion. You see the reviews, you found their website - JUST GO FOR IT! Yes, it's extremely pricey, but it will be THE meal of your lifetime! Take it from me, I've been all over the world and to many dozens of beautiful, pricey restaurants, but this one takes it all! It's been about 15 years since my trip here and I won't forget it: the HOT steaks, the pick-up-and-replace-the-napkin-on-her-lap waitstaff, the 1/2 dozen waiters, yes, the omg dinner, the view (we got there just as the sun was setting with the glow upon the water). JUST DO IT!!!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank JerryandJina E
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