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2576 Aurora Ave. N. (6th Ave. N.) Send to Phone
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Accomplished cooking, professional service and striking views at a Seattle classic.

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Canlis, Seattle, WA

Canlis Restaurant Review

: Set on a hillside above Lake Union with classic lines crossing Frank Lloyd Wright with Pacific Northwest design, the building opens to refined, welcoming rooms. Being family-owned for three generations, its professional service and world-class wine cellar, as well as its cuisine, set Canlis apart. Five sommeliers, who are gracious whether you order a $30 or $3,000-plus bottle of wine, help you choose the right selection from 18,000 bottles. Brady Williams, who was previously at Roberta's in Brooklyn, has replaced former executive chef Jason Franey. Menu offerings that include both traditional favorites and contemporary seasonal fare make deciding between the grilled filet mignon, Yukon Gold potatoes, caramelized onions and shiitake mushrooms, and lobster, fennel, orange and tarragon a true challenge. If you like decisions made for you, consider the chef’s tasting menu ($125). Canlis’ signature dishes are equally impressive, especially the Canlis salad and the vermouth-bathed Peter Canlis prawns with garlic, red chilies and lime. Desserts range from a Grand Marnier soufflé (order in advance) to crème brûlée complemented by market fruit and sorbet. Extend your evening by enjoying brandy in the bar while listening to jazz or show tunes played on the house Steinway. No matter when you leave, your car will magically be waiting.


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