Seattle >Canlis Restaurant
If you don't want all the fuss and muss of a full meal in the dining room, grab a table in the bar! Delicious and large cocktails, full menu available and the view is just as good. No ressies required but the dress code still stands.
Go all in with multiple courses in the dining room that boasts gorgeous lake and mountain views (the duck and sweetbreads are legendary) or save your c-notes and grab a cocktail and nosh in the equally elegant piano lounge.
One of my favorite places in the city to sit in the sunken lounge, have a cocktail (barman James MacWilliams is one of Seattle's best) and order from the bar menu. Chef Jason Franey's attention to detail is mind-blowing, creating works of art out of the simplest ingredients. I can't rave about this place enough.
Still on Top. Canlis has been, and still is a Seattle landmark. It was there before Microsoft millions brought culinary class to the Emerald City. While Seattle has seen an onslaught of quality restaurants, Canlis still sits atop them all. Perched high above the city, with one of the best views of Seattle, Canlis deliver high-end service and food with a massive wine list that is sure to deliver something you'll like. While the culinary creativity is not as high as other spots in the city, Canlis offers its patrons a diverse menu of scrumptious steaks and seafood. The Canlis Salas and Cafe Diablo are still out of this world and worth a trip to Canlis alone.
Tired but friendly.
I remember Canlis when it was the place to show your new Mercedes on the parking lot: It was great!
Unfortunately like some of us, it did not age very well.
Today it is only the shadow of what it used to be, plain food, uninspiring presentation and tired decor.
On the positive side the servers are really nice and friendly.
The memories are fading.
GREAT WINE LIST, MEDIOCRE FOOD.
One of the better wine lists in the Northwest. Unfortunately, the food does not cut the mustard.
No research, bizarre combination of tastes, overcooked frozen fish. The service was discreet but immature.
Canlis has cache. Last November for her 30th birthday I treated my girlfriend to a wonderful dinner at Canlis in the Cache room. This is an incredibly romantic private room upstairs suitable for 2-4 people. It has a great view, complete privacy and even a chaise lounge in the corner. We brought our own romantic jazz CD to play. The food was delicious, the service impeccable and personal - the server even went down to our car to retrieve that CD which we forgot to bring in (they provide a player). They even created a special dessert not on the menu... featuring a sweet chocolate "Happy Birthday" message on the plate. We stayed super-late enjoying the view and privacy and although the whole staff went home by the time we left we were never rushed. Wine list is extensive. If you are looking for romance... you cannot beat the Cache Room at Canlis!!
Diamond in the Ruff. It may not look to great driving by, but this restaurant offers it all. A great few, amazing service, and even the bathroom is remarkable. This is one restaurant you must see.
Canlis = perfection. This restaurant is well-deserving of its reputation as that of a Seattle institution. Simply said, Canlis is one of Seattle's best restaurants. The staff is courteous and hospitable without being over-bearing, and specifically speaking, the servers and wine steward and incredibly knowledgeable and helpful when offering suggestions. Canlis boasts one of the most extensive wine lists on the entire West coast, which includes both cost-effective and top shelf wines from around the globe. The food is still top notch after many years in business, and personally I don't think I've ever had a steak cooked/prepared as perfectly as any I've enjoyed at Canlis. Perched atop a bluff near the Aurora bridge, the ambiance here is superb, with one of the nicest vistas available to Seattle diners (private dining rooms are also an option); a perfect setting for a romantic dinner. I'll continue returning again and again for those evenings when I wish to make my special occasions feel more special.
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