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Canlis Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant with a lounge, foyer, penthouse and cache. It serves northwestern cuisine and hosts weddings, rehearsal dinners, board meetings, family reunions and birthdays. The restaurant s executive room features a fireplace, mahogany walls and oval tables. Its penthouse accommodates up to 100 guests and has a grand piano and bar, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows. Canlis Restaurant, opened in 1950, features stone columns, handmade organic wall coverings and kimono-clad waitresses. Its food menu includes lobster, mahimahi, tuna and duck dishes. The restaurant also serves a variety of wines, such as chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel. It additionally provides gift certificates of several denominations.
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Queen Anne, East Queen Anne, Magnolia - Queen Anne

The Canlis Restaurant

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Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Formal (Jacket Required), Formal

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Alcohol: Cocktails, Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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Editorial review from Citysearch

Parsnip soup. Before partaking at Canlis, I never thought I'd be associating the phrase ""good enough to lick the bowl clean"" with parsnip soup. But I did (both associate the phrase and indeed lick the bowl clean)...and I would do it again.

Peter Canlis prawns. Another dish in which I was wishing I had more bread in order to sop up all the phenomenal sauce that was left after I'd inhaled the delicate-tasting shrimp (er, prawns).

Nebraska Filet Mignon. Who knew I had an affinity for anything related to Nebraska? Hmmm. Classically prepared and delicious, my only beef (haha) was that the carrot puree actually slightly overshadowed/impinged on my enjoyment of pure beefy taste. I guess I am a beef purist.

Forest mushrooms: Anything that combines sherry and garlic is a win for me.

Dessert? Yes, please! Mille-Feuille: Bananas, banana caramel and dark chocolate - it was like taking Chunky Monkey to a brand-new, sophisticated adult level. Sinful.

Both the views and the staff service are stellar.


My husband and I went to Canli...

My husband and I went to Canlis to celebrate my birthday and had an excellent dinner. But just as good as the dinner was the incredible service. The atmosphere was intimate and elegant. The seabass special I had melted in my mouth and the incredible filet my husband had was cooked perfectly.


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Good spot

I used to come here a lot when I was a student. I had some great times, and lots of good memories. THe food is very good but a little expensive for a student. I enjoyed it more after I had a full time job. Then the bill was easier to pay :)


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Severe Disappointment With Seattle's Flagship Restaurant

Had not been to Seattle's most heralded restaurant for quite a few years, so 2009 we celebrated our venerable 55th wedding anniversary there. All services and server personnel were outstanding: delivering the finest one could ask for (better than London's Savoy Grill!).

The food needed a minuscule of this attention to lift it from mediocre to passable. We were thoroughly disappointed with every aspect of the pretentious cuisine. The minuscule tastings were flavorless and hard to discern what was being served. Potatoes on one dish were three blobs (likened to a Hershey Kiss), saucing was watery and void of cohesive verve to marry the proffered victuals supposed to be so covered.

Severely over-rated. Maybe still a place to see and to be seen, but certainly not by anybody with an interest in quality cooking. It was a mid-week reservation, so doubt such a disappointment was ""chefs night off"".


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Come hungry, leave hungry

Gourmet, gourmet, but please, how about a little more bottom line value for those sky high prices.


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Elegant, Formal, Gourmet

Dress to impress. Don't even think about going slightly casual. The wine list is huge, but daunting. The service is over the top with sophistication and almost too formal for our taste. The seating is not private or romantic, and at times it can be akward getting behind and around other guests tables; only a handful of tables have any kind of view. The food was served creatively and very good, but I wish there was more choices on the menu.


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Best in Seattle

My wife and I went to the Canlis and had our best Seattle dining experience to date and one of our best anywhere. The food was excellent (we had the Muscovy duck for two), the service was gracious and flawless, the price was comparable to any of the other supposed Seattle elites, and the atmosphere was stunning. We are in our early thirties and find ourselves annoyed with Seattle's hippie hangover, especially in regard to dining apparel. If we spend two to three hundred on dinner, we want to dress up and dine like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers?and that's hard to do when you're surrounded by people in short pants and mom-jeans or tourists with fanny packs (not an uncommon sight at Anthony's, Salty's, or Ray's). We found the Canlis to be an oasis of North-west elegance in a way-too-often class-parched city.


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Friendly, fancy, fun, and fantastic!

My husband surprised me by taking me to the legendary restaurant. I had always thought it was probably overrated. I was so wrong! The service was superb, the food was fantastic, and the ambiance was amazing. What makes the experience even more unbelievable was that it wasn't as expensive as I had once thought. We spent just a little bit more than we had at Ray's the year before. And there is just no comparison between those two restaurants on all accounts. Skip three nights out at your run-of-the-mill restaurants (e.g., Olive Garden) and you can have one unforgettable experience at The Canlis!


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Terrible Service and Sneaky Behavior

It took nearly twenty minutes to get our appertifs. The wait staff was visibly irritated that we brought our own bottle of wine. We were celebrating a birthday and our server brought out an extra dessert with a candle. Well, guess what was on the check? The ""complimentary"" dessert. We asked our server if this was standard and she turned beet red, mumbled something under her breath and ran off quickly to adjust our bill. It was quite apparent that this was no mistake and that the restaurant banks on most people not reviewing their bill. Maybe we were being punished for bringing our own bottle of wine - even though we ordered appertifs and a second bottle of wine. I've been a Canlis supporter for years and, I have to say, this was the kind of service that I might have expected from TGI Fridays. Wait, I take that back - I actually think I would have received better service there...


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All about the view - so get a good table

Be careful which table you get, as this restaurant is all about the view. Although I made my reservation weeks and weeks in advance, and mentioned that it was a special occasion, our party of six was given the only table in the restaurant without a view. I called the day before and reminded them that I requested a full view table over a month before. Three of the six of us faced a wall. One faced a pole and staircase and the other two had a side view of the water. We each cruised the restaurant after dinner and all agreed that we had the worst table, and the only no view table. The oysters are not worth it. They were quite a disappointment. The famous double baked potato was so salty that the one we bought to share was left mostly uneaten. Ditto the pureed potatoes served with the salmon. The salmon, however, was exquisite. The best I've ever had. The Grand Marnier souffle was a 4 out of 5. The donuts they also claim to be famous for are no big deal. Canlis should send the pastry chef to Bouchon in Napa or Vegas to learn how to make great gourmet donuts. We were told that men must wear jackets or they would not be seated in the dining room. My husbands and sons all dutifully packed appropriate attire, only to see several men throughout the restaurant without jackets. Overall this very expensive restaurant was a big disappointment and I won't be back.

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