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Map & Directions 2576 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
  • Pacific Northwest, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Mon-Fri 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sat 5pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Delivery, Fireplace, Private Party, Water View, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Highly Recommended, Accepted
  • Valet


Seattle Weekly's Description

Thoughtfulness is clearly chef Jason Franey's strength. He uses great care and precision to coax the biggest flavors from even the smallest dishes. An amuse-bouche of celeriac-and-green-apple soup has the same bold flavors as the seared foie gras with pumpernickel streusel. After a little more than a year on the job, Franey's modern presentation of classic comfort foods has earned him approving nods by exacting Canlis regulars, and is drawing new fans every day, many of whom choose Canlis for a romantic evening. At this Queen Anne culinary institution, his attention to preparation and flavor profiles should not be dismissed. And don't be scared off by Canlis' fine-dining reputation; the staff is young, the menu is exciting, and Walt the piano man knows his way around a Lady GaGa tune or three.

Member Reviews

  • cchilton1 wrote a review for Canlis
    on 02/09/10

    Canlis just came out with an awesome bar menu - under $10 food and concoctions by a famous mixologist! Their main dining room is wonderful for a special occasion, but is a bit pricey...so the bar offers an affordable option! I love it - great view of Lake Union

  • belltown_winebrat wrote a review for Canlis
    on 12/11/09

    Begining with a professional and friendly staff to meals that never disappoint, the Canlis Family has created the "Swiss Watch" of Dinning experiences!! Every facet of this restaurant operates with precision and smooth comfort.

  • chefjason wrote a review for Canlis
    on 09/15/09

    There's nothing like this place. The culture of this restaurant, the heart, is what has made it great so long. It's not every day you take over a kitchen twice your age.

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  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    You 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

  • Eater on 07/28/11

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

  • Seattle Met on 11/10/11

    Did 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.

  • Buster B. on 08/15/11

    Stare out the windows and gawk.

  • Seattle Met on 11/09/11

    The 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.

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