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Established  1950
Head chef  Brady Williams
City  Seattle
Current owner(s)  Mark & Brian Canlis
Food type  New American
Street address  2576 Aurora Avenue North

Canlis is a fine dining restaurant serving contemporary, 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.


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, Canlis has been hailed by the New York Times as "Seattle's fanciest, finest restaurant for over 60 years." Since 1997, Canlis has been a recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award.


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. 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. The couple ran Canlis for thirty years before handing off ownership to their sons, Mark and Brian Canlis.


  • Food & Wine - Jason Franey Best New Chef 2011
  • Wine Spectator - Grand Award Winner 1997-2012
  • References

    Canlis Wikipedia

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