Canlis is a fine dining restaurant serving New American cuisine in Seattle, Washington. Situated in the Queen Anne neighborhood, the restaurant has views of Gas Works Park and the Cascade Mountains. It was built by Peter Canlis in 1950, and remains family-owned. The restaurant currently employs 94 people.

Front entrance to Canlis Restaurant, Seattle, Washington, 2012.jpg
The front entrance to Canlis
Restaurant information
Owner(s)Mark & Brian Canlis
Head chefBrady Williams
Food typeNew American
Street address2576 Aurora Avenue North
CountryUnited States
Coordinates47°38′35″N 122°20′48″W / 47.643°N 122.3468°W / 47.643; -122.3468Coordinates: 47°38′35″N 122°20′48″W / 47.643°N 122.3468°W / 47.643; -122.3468
WebsiteOfficial site

It is one of the most award-winning restaurants in the greater Northwest; it is ranked one of the top 20 restaurants in America by Gourmet Magazine,[1] Canlis has been hailed by the New York Times as "Seattle's fanciest, finest restaurant for over 60 years."[2] Since 1997, Canlis has been a recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award.[3]


The restaurant was built by Peter Canlis and opened on December 11, 1950. Prior to coming to Seattle, Peter had run the Canlis Charcoal Broiler which opened in 1946 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Peter hired local architect Roland Terry to design the Seattle building which soon became an icon for Northwest-inspired Modern architecture.[4] Peter later opened additional Canlis restaurants in Honolulu (1954), Portland (1959), and San Francisco (1965). In 1977, Peter Canlis died of lung cancer and his son, Chris Canlis, took over the restaurant with his wife, Alice.[5] The couple ran Canlis for thirty years before handing off ownership to their sons, Mark and Brian Canlis.[6]

Canlis usually features a live pianist; Walt Wagner played there from 1996 to 2016.[7][8]


Brady Williams Best New Chef 2018 Food & Wine


  1. ^ "Gourmet Magazine Top 50 Restaurants". Gourmet Magazine. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Smells Like Green Spirit – New York Times Magazine". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Canlis". Wine Spectator. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  4. ^ Henderson, Justin. "Roland Terry: Master Northwest Architect". University of Washington Press, Seattle and London 2000
  5. ^ "A Fine Restaurant, A Seattle Institution, and A Family Affair". Seattle Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  6. ^ "At Canlis, Dinner With a Side of Camaraderie". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  7. ^ Walt Wagner: Canlis' Key Player. Seattle Weekly, August 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Ebony & Ivory at Canlis. Seattle Weekly, December 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "Best New Chefs 2011: Their Simplest Recipes". Food and Wine. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  10. ^ "2012 restaurant award winner". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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