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“Very special place”
Review of Canlis Restaurant

Canlis Restaurant
Ranked #45 of 4,656 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$125 - US$125
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
Cross street: Haliday
Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

We had heard about this restaurant from our son so we made reservations two months in advance and celebrated our anniversary. The restaurant is the ultimate in fine dining. Architecture was beautiful. The service was phenomenal with very attentive servers. Food was fabulous! We were quite surprised the valets had our car waiting for us as we walked out the door! Great attention to every detail. You definitely will not be disappointed. One warning though, expect to drop some cash! Very pro cey but worth at least one visit.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank _rak0226
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

We have eaten at Canlis for many years under the ownership/management of founder , Peter Canlis, then Chris Canlis and now his sons. Our last celebration in February 2017, we enjoyed February birthdays and our wedding anniversary. The food is always top notch and the service is unlike any other restaurant we dine in because the wait staff is attentive to the diners every need without being intrusive. However, on our last visit the menu was quite different in the choices offered. Instead of ordering a choice of meat or seafood, then a salad, etc. it was more like a Chinese restaurant whereby you chose combination dinner #1 or #2, etc. (however the selections were not numbered). In the past they offered the option to order things not on the menu now but had they had offered in previous years.. When we tried to order crab legs with their special sauce as an appetizer which was not on their menu, they said we would have had to call in anything to be specially ordered. This was disappointing to us. So I can't give it 5 stars this time.

Date of visit: February 2017
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1  Thank Larry T
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

Finally had a chance to return to Canlis, easily one of the best restaurants in Seattle (if not the best). Canlis focuses on your entire experience, from the moment you drive up, with a porte cochere protecting you from the rain. Attentive, friendly staff greets you as you enter and escorts you to the bar (we were early). I wish I could remember the name of the young lady who waited on our table, as well as the sommelier. Both were wonderful (just tell the sommelier the particular characteristics you are looking for in a wine and accept his recommendation - you won't be disappointed).

Canlis has a four course prix fixe menu. There wasn't a complaint from anyone in our party of eight as to the selection available, and nothing but high praise for the meal itself. (The beet dish was the best I'd ever had and the filet and souffle were excellent.)

The dining room in Canlis may be the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a fine meal with friends or loved ones. It is beautifully decorated, designed to muffle noise, and provides the best view of anyplace in Seattle.

Bottom line, if you are celebrating a special occasion or simply want to indulge yourself, Canlis is a perfect choice.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Thank B_and_MJ2014
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Seattle.. Canlis has been in Seattle for years and never disappoints...the Food, service, and location are top notch.

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank Julie679
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Back after a year and a half. Incredible service and the winter menu is every bit as creative and delicious. The check is not for the faint of heart (or wallet), though.
And dessert can be summed up in one word : Souflee.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Thank petertr3
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AmyWCanlis, Lead Reservationist at Canlis Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the souffle. I will make sure to pass the feedback along to my team. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

My warmest regards,


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