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The Canlis Restaurant



2576 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

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(206) 283-3313

Hours

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 5:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 5:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 5:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 5:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 5:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants

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4.7 of 5.0 from 121 reviews


price range:more than $50

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  • shineuit reviewHead downtown to Ryoko's for arguably the most creative sushi on Nob Hill. The family owned and operated restaurant has dabbled in the food business for over two decades. Exclusively sourcing its fish from

    55555 by shineuit


  • dmusikar reviewBeautiful view, wonderful service, fantastic food. Great choice for a 'night out'

    55555 by dmusikar


  • jojo1 review

    44444 by jojo1


  • yosty2735 reviewI've been dining at Canlis ( Seattle) for over 45 years and still consider it my first choice in formal dining in Seattle. Gary R.

    44444 by yosty2735


  • ckayler reviewCanlis is by far the best dining experience Seattle has to offer. The food is always superb. The service is excellent. We have never had anything less than a great experience there is 15 years. We only wish they would bring back the dress code. We prefer not to dine with people who aren't dressed for a night out.

    55555 by ckayler


  • daniellem reviewCertainly the best dining experience in Seattle, hands down.

    55555 by daniellem


  • Jim R.Old school Seattle institution updated with modernist PNW cuisine. Great special occasion spot, killer views.

    55555 by Jim R.


  • Jon B.Just I ncredible, with a view overlooking Lake Union second to none. The service was impeccable, and the Somm' went above and beyond. Start with the Canlis salad, definitely get the A5 Wagyu steak.

    55555 by Jon B.


  • Genki U.Exceptional. The bar is efficient, the service charming, and the food excellent.

    55555 by Genki U.


  • Tom ASkip the tasting menu and wine pairing. Next trip I'd opt for steak tartare and fries in the bar.

    55555 by Tom A


  • jodijodijodiBest place for events, amazing view, and delicious food. Worth it.

    55555 by jodijodijodi


  • heather d.gorgeous restaurant - amazing service & food, views are beautiful

    55555 by heather d.


  • Matt B.Everything is great here.

    55555 by Matt B.


  • Mirek NowakThe food and service at this fine restaurant really stands out. The staff found the perfect balance between being there and not! They really made for a perfect birthday.

    55555 by Mirek Nowak


  • Deborah P.Everything is done to perfection, from the menu to the service to the food.

    55555 by Deborah P.


  • Tammy M.Amazing attention to detail. Great food!

    55555 by Tammy M.


  • Alberto RThe service is very good; attentive and efficient. Dessert is exemplary - adventurous while executed with finesse. The soufflé is a wonderful example. The mains are (disappointingly) more conventional

    55555 by Alberto R


  • Staff PicksCanlis was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience.

    33333 by Staff Picks


  • CNTravelerI always return from a meal here feeling inspired—and with my passion for our industry completely on fire.” - Will Guidara, co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad in New York City

    55555 by CNTraveler


  • lindacher00Fancy ! Superb food but quality - price ratio not good

    55555 by lindacher00


  • Alison B.You can get a drink and snacks in the bar without a reservation.

    55555 by Alison B.


  • Nick L.In 2012, voted in Top 100 of U.S restaurants by Forbes magazine http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2012/03/13/just-released-the-100-best-u-s-restaurants/#339b315e3d02

    55555 by Nick L.


  • Riona TThe vegan tasting menu is a fill-in fine dining experience, and Canlis's service is PERFECT

    55555 by Riona T


  • Chad H.a one of a kind restaurant for Seattle, make sure to dress up for this meal. enjoy magnificent views of Lake Union if you're able to get a table near a window

    55555 by Chad H.


  • Charles K.Make sure to order the "28-day dry-aged duck breast with onion and quince." It's a must!

    55555 by Charles K.


  • Alice DService is impeccable. Perfect for special occasions.

    55555 by Alice D


  • Anthony G.As good as it gets in Seattle. I come back repeatedly for the excellent service, phenomenal food and a great experience overall. Bring someone special here and enjoy one of the best meals ever.

    55555 by Anthony G.


  • GQ MagazineThe seven-course tasting menu at Canlis is thrilling—the briny sweetness of local vermouth-kissed spot prawns, the meaty funk of 28-day dry-aged lamb.

    55555 by GQ Magazine


  • Anthony VTheir canlis salad is incredible, and they will give you the recipe if you ask

    55555 by Anthony V


  • Chris BaltService is incredible

    55555 by Chris Balt


  • andera Mnice place ever I had been....

    33333 by andera M


  • Eatosaurus Rex@canlisrestaurant is Seattle's fanciest and most expensive restaurant and that makes it their best restaurant.

    55555 by Eatosaurus Rex


  • Fiona ChenSoufflé is DIVINE. Service is awesome. Great place for a romantic dates.

    55555 by Fiona Chen


  • Korry P.Fablous place with awesome Service

    55555 by Korry P.


  • Eppy T.Foie gras offered is of the duck variety.

    55555 by Eppy T.


  • Eppy T.Fantastic food surpassed by the exquisite service.

    55555 by Eppy T.


  • Hojoon L.Best Service

    55555 by Hojoon L.


  • Rushil GoelNever stuffed myself so much.. Great food! The soufflé was out of the world

    55555 by Rushil Goel


  • PoP O.The valet does not give out ticket. They will monitor who is about to leave and you car will be waiting for you automatically.

    22222 by PoP O.


  • PoP O.Definitely get the duck! It is to die for...

    55555 by PoP O.


  • Suzy R.So excited to have a seven course vegetarian tasting menu...also has a vegan menu w 48 hours notice! Cauliflower soup was my fave

    55555 by Suzy R.


  • Alya S.Crème de la crème.

    55555 by Alya S.


  • Raymond EAmazing!!!!

    55555 by Raymond E


  • Eileen GThe only place in seattle guaranteed to provide perfect service!

    55555 by Eileen G


  • amy michaelsEverything is good here. Put yourself in your server's hands.

    55555 by amy michaels


  • TV Food MapsCheck out Canlis Restaurant as seen on The Layover

    33333 by TV Food Maps


  • Guía PlanetingEl mejor ‘brunch’ de Seattle Canlis

    55555 by Guía Planeting


  • Christina T.Incredible old school NW. If you're not dressed up or just want snacks sit in the lounge. Check out the black phone table--it's where the owner used to sit to spy on his workers--pretty neat

    55555 by Christina T.


  • Chefs FeedJason Stratton, chef of Spinasse, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Muscovy duck.

    55555 by Chefs Feed


  • The Wall Street JournalThis family-owned restaurant has drop-dead views, only surpassed by the quality of the food and service.

    55555 by The Wall Street Journal


  • Sam G.What a view. Amazing steak and salmon. Perfect for a very special occasion.

    55555 by Sam G.


  • Dennis Arun Martin JBeautiful n Classy restaurant just outside of Downtown. Go there to celebrate a special occasion n you won't be disappointed. Most importantly, remember to dress up.

    55555 by Dennis Arun Martin J


  • Tim M.They were unbelievably friendly. The food was superb! They also brought little extras and chocolate to take home. They made our anniversary very special! Just see the attached pic. Definitely go here!

    55555 by Tim M.


  • Joanna BurtonExcellent cocktails, fantastic food, super service and such a great performance from Walt on the piano. This place is a must if you visit Seattle, but be sure to book well in advance.

    55555 by Joanna Burton


  • Natalie F.The Canlis salad is a fresh must but what blows you away is their silky creme brûlée, a masterpiece. The views and architecture is the definition of Seattle.

    55555 by Natalie F.


  • Angel P.View is amazing, food is yummy, and service is excellent. Must go if you are ever in Seattle

    55555 by Angel P.


  • Carlo M.Amazing restaurant. A must see in Seattle. The Canlis family adds a great personal touch

    55555 by Carlo M.


  • Bite SquadJason Franey and James MacWilliams are worth the trip. Hint: bar menu won't break your bank :) Use code CHECKIN for $10 OFF your first Bite Squad order.

    55555 by Bite Squad


  • Shannon P.Everything was top notch from valet to signing the check. Only negative thing I can say is that the serving size of foie gras is on the large side. A little bit of that stuff goes a long way!

    55555 by Shannon P.


  • Denise D.Filet Mignon

    55555 by Denise D.


  • David N.Do the chef tasting menu and, make sure to say hi to the owners. The brothers that now run @Canlis are awesome and always walking the floor. It's the best dining experience in Seattle.

    55555 by David N.


  • Jenn W.This place is totally worth the price tag. Food is fantastic and service is unparalleled.

    55555 by Jenn W.


  • Ashley Carleton U.The most amazing dining experience of my life. The vegetarian tasting menu is perfection.

    55555 by Ashley Carleton U.


  • Marjori A.My husband had a nice NY steak Kobe beef and for me a Halibut!!! Yummiest 💃

    55555 by Marjori A.


  • Nicholas J.Piano player interpretation of Toto's "Africa." Yes.

    55555 by Nicholas J.


  • Nicholas J.Absolutely all it's cracked up to be. The epitome of postwar architecture, and the kitchen and wine is to match. It was a lifetime ambition to do dinner here.

    55555 by Nicholas J.


  • Nick L.Top 100 restaurant http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/2013/top100us-46.html

    33333 by Nick L.


  • Alexander S.For the vegans: Canlis graciously prepared a seven course vegan tasting menu and everything was executed perfectly. Happy birthday to me!

    55555 by Alexander S.


  • Mike P.The Canlis salad is a delicious course not to be passed up. The glazed duck for two is beautifully prepated.

    55555 by Mike P.


  • Mel DogThe duck is quite honestly out-of-this-world. Service is impeccable and the view is gorgeous. A special place!

    55555 by Mel Dog


  • Nigel R.Go for the three course and pair some wine. You will be too full for desert but the food is so amazing... That won't matter.

    55555 by Nigel R.


  • Mike P.The bar smells funny.

    22222 by Mike P.


  • Brad G."A stunningly beautiful example of non-ironic retro glamour. A kitchen with 60-some years of tradition that not only knows how to do a proper hunk of bleeding meat, but has taken on chef Jeff Franey."

    55555 by Brad G.


  • Randy B.Hands down the greatest service I've ever got. The good was very excellent. Had the roast duck and it was one of the best things I've ever had. A little on the high end $$ wise, but not by much

    55555 by Randy B.


  • Marc E.Tom Douglas choice for Best Cocktail Bar: For classy, the elegant Canlis.

    55555 by Marc E.


  • Yatharth G.You can never be over-dressed for this place. Wear a jacket, enjoy the view with cocktails and do order the steak tartare.

    55555 by Yatharth G.


  • Mike N.The Holy Fucking Grail of Seattle fine dinning. Get a window seat, bring a ton of cash and have your mind blown.

    55555 by Mike N.


  • Thomas B.Thank you Boeing

    55555 by Thomas B.


  • jennifer o.Single awareness day with @graciadonna ❤❤

    33333 by jennifer o.


  • Sarah P.Beef for two + truffle fries = amazing. Service was impeccable (Matthew & the team). A must-go!

    55555 by Sarah P.


  • Scott A.Get the tasting menu. Wagyu and Uni Panna Cotta dishes are outstanding. Beautiful views of Seattle and service that was not at all stuffy. Definitely a Seattle highlight.

    55555 by Scott A.


  • Vinny L.Get the lamb chop (if it's in season). Best thing on the menu. Seriously.

    55555 by Vinny L.


  • Vinny L.Get the Wagner Remix cocktail (scotch, vermouth and orange).

    33333 by Vinny L.


  • Christy P.Ask for Matthew for the best service in the world!

    55555 by Christy P.


  • Chef B.The piano music is epic! Nirvana & STP!

    55555 by Chef B.


  • MariaAmazing piano player! Even more amazing is the food. Have the crab cake, foie gras, duck for two, twice baked potato. You'll thank me.

    55555 by Maria


  • Virginia R.If you want the chocolate soufflé for dessert, order it at the same time as your main meal to avoid the 30-min prep time.

    33333 by Virginia R.


  • Matt M.I proposed here (she said yes) and the Canlis staff was so wonderful to work with! I could not have asked for a more perfect night in the Cache room, this one of the best nights of my life!

    55555 by Matt M.


  • Matt O.ask for a tour of the wine cellar. History of the restaurant is quite amazing and the staff are all skilled storytellers! Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

    55555 by Matt O.


  • GourmetLiveFood blogger Anandi of House of Peanut recommends Canlis. "The wine list is unreal and includes countless local wines as well as vintages from around the world."

    55555 by GourmetLive


  • ❤ Carla Jean ❤Window Table With View Of Lake Union, The FRESHEST Lobster In A Blanc Raspberry Sauce & A Flight Of FINE Wine!! An Absolutely UNFORGETTABLE Anniversary Night Dinner <3

    55555 by ❤ Carla Jean ❤


  • Tyler S.Incredible cocktails - see Jose behind the bar.

    55555 by Tyler S.


  • Wine SpectatorThis Wine Spectator Grand Award winner (since 1997) features some 2,200 wine selections, 15,000 bottles in its cellar and moderate markups. Strengths include California, France, Washington and Italy.

    55555 by Wine Spectator


  • David NeubiePiano player doing 80's cult classics.

    55555 by David Neubie


  • Jeffrey C.Try the New York Strip (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Jeffrey C.


  • Yokogreat view

    55555 by Yoko


  • Seattle MetDid we expect less, of the Canlis lounge, than to excel as a cocktail bar? Extra points for selecting James MacWilliams, a barman known for esoteric experimentation and attention to detail.

    55555 by Seattle Met


  • Seattle MetThe brilliance of Canlis is that it isn’t content to let mythic be enough. Jason Franey is an extraordinary chef: nudging the old girl into the new century without back-burnering classics.

    55555 by Seattle Met


  • Terri N.Whatever you order as an entree, the Canlis salad and truffled fried potatoes are great additions.

    55555 by Terri N.


  • Buster B.Stare out the windows and gawk.

    22222 by Buster B.


  • Dan B.The duck for two was amazing.

    55555 by Dan B.


  • SW StreetWinner of Seattle Weekly's Staff Pick for Best Service in a Restaurant in 2011! Check out the rest of our winners through the Best of Seattle app.

    55555 by SW Street


  • SW StreetWinner of Seattle Weekly's Staff Pick for Best Wine List in a Restaurant, Price Be Damned! Check out more winners through the Best of Seattle app.

    55555 by SW Street


  • EaterThough the food and service has no peers in Seattle, the cocktails from bar manager James MacWilliams are worth a trip alone. [Eater 38 Member]

    55555 by Eater


  • Cat D.wagyu tenderloin

    55555 by Cat D.


  • SW StreetFor an appetizer Seattle Weekly's 2011 Favorite Restaurant issue recommends the prawns, dressed in a devastatingly succulent beurre-blanc sauce of dry vermouth, garlic, red chiles, and wine!

    55555 by SW Street


  • Seattle MetA cocktail bar may be measured by the quality of its drinks and service, and by a third less-easy-to-pinpoint criterion loosely defined as ambience.

    33333 by Seattle Met


  • Joni M.Honestly, I don't understand the hype. While the service was GREAT, the food was quite average and not worth the high price tag (except the twice baked potato and truffle fries)

    33333 by Joni M.


  • Seattle MetAnd over at Canlis —hardly the land of culinary gimmickry—Jason Franey um… spherificates, a technique he picked up during his time at Manhattan’s 11 Madison Park.

    33333 by Seattle Met


  • BravoYou gotta respect the skill and dedication it has taken to keep a fine-dining restaurant going for so long. The food is the best it’s ever been with Chef Jason Franey in the kitchen.-Maria Hines, Top

    55555 by Bravo


  • Nathaniel S.Amazing. Find an excuse to go.

    55555 by Nathaniel S.


  • Richard F.Wonderful place and a great dining experience. Thank you.

    55555 by Richard F.


  • Paul F.The food is very good, but what makes Canlis is the attention to detail and the personal touches provided by the staff. Amazing.

    55555 by Paul F.


  • Katie R.Try the Tiki cocktails!

    55555 by Katie R.


  • Cynthia C.Really special venue. Wonderful live pianist. Solid tasting menu. Check the Sommelier's wine pairing, spot on.

    55555 by Cynthia C.


  • Toreya S.Wine Spectator award 13 years running....2500 selections! Omg! Try the prawns and avocado..excellent!

    55555 by Toreya S.


  • Seattle MetSeattle’s most legendary restaurant, now going on 60, genuinely keeps getting better. Featured as one of Seattle Met's top 10 restaurants of 2009.

    55555 by Seattle Met


  • AnnelynA special birthday dinner to be done here.

    55555 by Annelyn


  • Hsiao-Ching C.Best, most complete restaurant in Seattle. Great food, atmosphere, decor, service, cellar, mixologist, live music, view...and the BEST roasted duck ever. It's high-end and worth it.

    55555 by Hsiao-Ching C.


  • Erin SGet table 23 or 24 on a Tuesday night and watch the boats on Lake Union!

    55555 by Erin S


  • Erin SHeard the food and view are amazing

    55555 by Erin S


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