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“Fine Dining Overlooking Lake Union”
Review of Canlis Restaurant

Canlis Restaurant
Ranked #49 of 4,643 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$125 - US$125
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Good for: View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Magnolia / Queen Anne
Cross street: Haliday
Reviewed January 27, 2018

Canlis is an elegant restaurant with a refined ambiance and gourmet offerings. Our waiter treated us royally. We had a window table overlooking the lights reflecting on the Lake. A piano accompanied dinner at just the right volume and musical selections. Each course went with the next, and we had a special evening out with family.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

We were fortunate to be able to dine at Canlis with some friends from Alaska who go there every December. The restaurant is on a hillside and provides one of the best views in Seattle. The wine list is extensive, but they have a few wines by the glass. The four course menu seemed expensive, but it was well worth it. The starters were exquisite, the filet mignon divine, and the desserts were a work of art. The filet was excellent, perfectly cooked and presented elegantly The Canlis family has operated this restaurant for generations and succeeds in providing the best quality in food and service. The servers are incredibly professional with years of experience. Newcomers start in the kitchen for a year before moving to the floor as an assistant server and finally being promoted to main server. Thus, your server is a skilled professional with great knowledge of the menu and ingredients and the ability to serve your meal perfectly. After dinner, we were treated to a tour of the restaurant and learned much about the history of the Canlis family and the restaurant. As others have noted, this is very special place for special occasions. It is easy to understand why this is one of the highest rated restaurants in Seattle. We had a magnificent dining experience.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile

Took my wife here for her birthday...it exceeded all expectations. Classy without being pretentious. Staff were friendly, professional, and highly competent. The food was very good. The view was killer. The ambience was romantic and upscale. Piano music played at exactly the right volume to appreciate it without intruding on your conversation. Tables spaced with a sense of privacy in mind. Thanks, Canlis, for an amazing experience!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Jim A
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Reviewed January 26, 2018

Canlis has long been the premier place to eat in Seattle, and after living here my entire life, I finally had an occasion to go. It was beyond everything that was expected. The food was incredible (that's almost a given) but the additional touches for me were the fabulous service, ambiance and the incredible views.
From the minute you walk in the door you are taken care of. The lighting is romantic and it is hard to tear your eyes away from the view as you walk down into the dining room. This is northwest chic at its best.
The wine. Absolutely delightful, the very knowledgeable sommelier pointed us to the best bottle of wine I've ever had and complimented the meal so well.
Now the food. You can't get any better than this. The fresh flavors, savory, sweet, delightful, and they all play together so well. The shrimp is fresh and succulent, and extra sauce for the bread, was recommended by a server, and was amazing. The souffle is an absolute must and even though we were both stuffed it was a great way to finish the meal. I do not have a single complaint! Every detail was thought of and taken care of.

Date of visit: October 2017
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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
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