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A fine dining restaurant in the heart of the Queen Anne neighborhood, Canlis is a destination for New American cuisine and notable vistas of Seattle. Its location provides guests with views of Gas Works Park and the Cascade Mountains while they eat. The restaurant was built by Peter Canlis in 1950 and remains family-owned to this day. Local architect Roland Terry was hired to design the restaurant, soon becoming an icon for Northwest-inspired Modern architecture. Canlis is one of the greater Northwest's most renowned dining establishments. Gourmet Magazine ranked it as one of America’s top 20 restaurants; the New York Times called it “Seattle’s fanciest, finest, restaurant." And since 1997, it has been a yearly recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award.

Other than its design, Canlis is known for its innovative cuisine. The menu is always changing. The restaurant also has a long-standing tradition of incorporating Japanese cuisine elements in its menu. Its latest executive chef is already implementing them into his current food line up. If you’re planning on going to dinner at Canlis, be advised the attire is dressy. They strongly recommend that men wear a suit or sport coat, and casual or athletic attire is not welcome. Canlis is perfect for a fancy night out, a celebration, an anniversary, and more. Don’t miss out on one of Seattle’s top fine dining experiences.

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