Canyon Kitchen
Canyon Kitchen

Canyon Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lonesomevalley.com/info.php?pnum=11
  • Phone: 8287437967
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: John Fleer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private dining rooms. Downstairs room can accommodate 8 guests. Upstairs room can accommodate 22 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Audra Thomas 8287437967

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3 Miles East of the Crossroads on Hwy. 64
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Canyon Kitchen
Sometimes the magic of sharing a table with friends over fabulous food and wonderful wine can be elevated by a place. Sitting at the foot of an unspoiled box canyon in the Sapphire Valley, Canyon Kitchen has that impact. Chef John Fleer, a three time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast, strikes an informal, nostalgic and often playful chord through the history of Southern Appalachia and the broader South. Local produce and organic selections from our own community gardens and the surrounding area are at the foundation of the food. The fixed price menu is enhanced by a list of wines produced using only sustainably raised grapes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Canyon Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (138)special occasion (115)fit for foodies (107)romantic (94)great for outdoor dining (64)good for groups (51)notable wine list (46)neighborhood gem (45)hot spot (18)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Slipped a bit
    gandgdine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Having dined at Canyon Kitchen several times each summer for the last few years, we were disappointed during our last visit. The menu entree choices of skirt steak and grouper seemed to not be as imaginative as in the past and they were frankly disappointing. The appetizers also didn't offer the quality of past experiences. The servers were as nice as always, but their uniforms appeared dirty especially for the first seating of the evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love everything about this restaurant. It is my favorite. Just celebrated my birthday and anniversary there. Food, staff and ambience are superb. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it used to be!
    Glory
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We have been to Canyon Kitchen many times in the last three years. This year the food is not as good as the previous two years. The chef/owner has opened a new restaurant in Asheville and is hardly ever present. The snacks and desserts have been quite good, but the entrees average. If the ambience was not so great I don't know if we would go back. Also, the online weekly menu is often not what is offered. Since they only offer two entree choices, this can be disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NCgirlontheweekends
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Canyon Kitchen is a real treat and I would recommend it for any occasion, especially in the Fall Season. The food selections are amazing! Great wine list as well as specialty cocktails. Superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • heavenly setting and fabulous food
    lulu
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    always an adventure at CK. John Fleer and his team create amazing food pairings that always delight. You cannot find a better setting in the area. The staff is exceptional. Try to get the second seating on the weekends, as you have more time to enjoy cocktails outside prior to your seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Canyon Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A beautiful open air elegant barn with sweeping views of the North Carolina mountains and prairies!! The entire scene literally takes your breath away as you get out of you car!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved the food, atmosphere, ambiance, and the service was great. What a fun place!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable but forget the torte
    behappy1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our guests loved sitting outside, enjoying the view from the Adirondacks and loving the open air ambiance. We'd recommend placing more Adirondack chair groupings around as ours was the only option and the rest were picnic tables...big difference. Enjoyable meal service and for the most part we loved our meals. Have had better trout (flaky, simple with beans spread over plate...all white. The Chocolate Torte was too dry and several didn't eat it. Soup delicious as was the pork appetizer and salad. 3 options for entrée...needed more. Fun place however wouldn't swear the food would be perfect. Very nice and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative menu didn't hit the mark
    ShelbeeVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Eaten here many times. Most of the time we love the creativity. This particular night the flavors in each of the courses just didn't really resonate with us. It was as though each course was overdone with competeing flavors. Would we recommend to a friend, from past experience, yes. From our last experience, no.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    View was incredible. Food was good, not great. Wine list (in particular by the glass) was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best of the Best
    sapphire
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    By far the best restaurant in Highlands/Cashiers/Sapphire Valley - This is truly a five star restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for celebration
    BocaGrande
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We celebrated our 24th anniversary by treating ourselves to Canyon Kitchen. It was everything we wanted: romantic, scenic, excellent meal. We are going again next week just to experience it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    An AWESOME place to celebrate our 50 th Wedding Anniversary. Our area has needed a place like this since the Frog and Owl on Buck Creek Rd in Highlands closed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A wonderful that I would highly recommend to all. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food and fantastic service! The only suggestion that I would make is to consider air flow (fans) to minimize the flies/mosquitos that get around the tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Any place can have off night
    AlandBVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have eaten here many times and it is our favorite in the area, however, our last visit was a great disappointment. We tasted every dish offered and had issues with each. Guess it just goes to show that no one is on their game at all times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My all time favorite restaurant!
    Mskitty
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fabulous food, amazing view and enchanting ambiance! If I could choose anyplace in the continental US to dine, this would be it! The menu is always different but I have never had a bad meal. Set in the largest box canyon east of the Rockies is Jennings barn, which is fully modern and open to the outside. A huge fireplace at one end and green meadow all around are absolutely stunning. Appetizers, entree and dessert are included in the price and the meal, much of which is locally grown. The preparation is perfect and service excellent. My advice is "go there"!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendid Evening
    tiger61
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Canyon Kitchen is the best of Cashiers Valley!! Excellent food (always a surprise), great service and a setting to die for. Have been here many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pork & Pavement
    Srqeater
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food at our recent Canyon Kitchen experience was great. However, all four diners were disappointed in the lack of choice available; only pork or chicken was available for the pricey main dish. And the peaceful mountain setting was completely obstructed by a working asphalt truck outside the restaurant which was noisy and smelly during our dinner. I have previously loved this venue but not sure that I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Canyon Kitchen--a dream come true!
    libbylaurel
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had just read the review of John Fleer's new Ashville restaurant in Garden & Gun. We had planned a trip to Highlands, N.C. for our 49th anniversary, and a friend reminded us that we should check out Canyon Kitchen in nearby Cashiers. Oh, my....how glad we did! The place is so charming; the décor perfect; the staff unbeatable; service--impeccable; but the FOOD...oh, my! Who could ask for more..or better???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife & I rank Canyon Kitchen within the top 3 restaurants at which we have dined, including Europe, Caribbean, & U.S. for food, service, and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • G. Auxier
    gandgdine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Canyon Kitchen never disappoints - it's always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toxaway1001
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Having gone to the restaurant last week and overall pleased with the exception of the food (good, not great...), this Friday was terrific! The food was wonderful and the service is always good. The beautiful scenic view speaks for itself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • wow!
    katy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    What a great experience. We were reluctant to dine with a preplanned four course dinner. The meal and choices were exceptional and the service outstanding. A must experience when visiting Cashiers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The setting makes it
    KAtlantaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I have always loved this place because the setting is so majestic. We go at least once a summer since we don't live close by and it is expensive. We had a nice time with friends once again this summer, however all of our main meals were overcooked. The first course was good and the dessert excellent, but the mains were disappointing to our table. It was $200+ a couple so you hate to be disappointed at all when spending that amount on a dinner- although it is a special occasion place. The shine on the 5 star rating that I used to give has lost its luster. The service was good, but also not as good as it once was. I will still go back, but will manage my expectations on the food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great mountain experience
    Foodisfun
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A wonderful place to bring friends and family for a special evening...incredible views and food to match!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning restaurant
    Forrest
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outstanding dinner and view. we have enjoed Rhubarb in Asheville on several occasions as well. we are so licky to have John Fleer in Western North Carolina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A slice of heaven
    LynchpinVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Set in the beautiful Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, a scenic town in Western North Carolina, Canyon Kitchen has one of the most spectacular views anywhere. You are ushered through a cavernous dining room with wood beams and exposed wood walls and ceiling. As you step onto the the rock patio, your breath is totally taken away by the close-up view of a 1,300 foot sheer rock cliff rising from the green valley floor. WOW!!!! As if that wasn't enough, the price-fix menu of farm to table gourmet dishes tantalize and treat your waiting palate. The entree offering changes weekly depending on availability. Open only Wednesday through Sunday, make your reservations early. The restaurant is closed from November through March. It is 2 1/2 hrs from ATL
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toxaway1001
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    While we love the restaurant & setting, our food was not quite up to par as our previous experiences. Of the five at our table, three had the swordfish and one lamb shank and other meat selection (pork I think) and we all agreed, it was not as we had hoped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Napa Valley plus the Mountains
    Graceann
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I love fresh food; farm to table restaurants lure me in like the perfect bait for a fish... After dining in spectacular restaurants in Napa Valley, including Thomas Keller's Bouchon, I love the freshness of the food and the detail to the palate. This beautiful restaurant captured that plus the view of the mountains. The price fix was simple, lovely, and affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1790
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Fabulous dining experience. Picturesque location. Our favorite restaurant in the United States.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canyon Kitchen
    TAPRE
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Beautiful mountain views and excellent selection of menu items. The open air barn atmosphere lends itself to a unique and outstanding dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very creative & consistent
    GoodlivingVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    John Fleer never disappoints! Since Canyon Kitchen opened, we have enjoyed the chef's pleasure. He is a conductor and the fresh veggies & creative entrees & incredible desserts are his symphony. He brings Farm to Table to a new level!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine place in every way
    JSeatsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent food, though the menu may be small at times (fine for me, maybe not everybody), and an incredible view from a beautiful location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    warm and cozy spot with farm-to-table comfort cuisine custom fit for the adventurous visitor or the seasoned local diner... a welcoming drink by the fireplace sets the tone for a special evening of friendly service and ambiance...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Wandadines
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Been there several times this year....always awesome.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting dining
    bailey
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    this is a unique restaurant. There are two choices for entree and dessert. The fun part is that there are several appetizers which come with the meal family style. They were delicious!! Come hungry!! It's very popular and not very large, so make reservations way ahead of time. Probably the best restaurant in this area. Killer views!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • james
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great restaurant. Have been there multiple times and always fantastic
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Experience!!!
    Almarfla
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I dine there ever chance I get! If you are in the Cashiers, N.C. area I strongly recommmend you make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in the south. Right now Canyon Kitchen and Husk are our two favorites. Wonderful wait staff and fabulous bar tender. Bar tender was able to create a drink for my husband that was exactly what he wanted! The wine pairings were excellent. The whole experience was very comfortable and not pretentious. It was great to have all of the starters family style and not have to choose just one. The menu selections were delicious throughout the meal and the choices easily pleased everyone in our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate