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Canyon Kitchen
Canyon Kitchen

Canyon Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lonesomevalley.com/info.php?pnum=11
  • Phone: (828) 743-7967
  • 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 (828) 743-7967

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "View was incredible. Food was good, not great. Wine list (in particular by the glass) was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "By far the best restaurant in Highlands/Cashiers/Sapphire Valley - This is truly a five star restaurant!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "A wonderful that I would highly recommend to all. I love this place."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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"!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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???"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Canyon Kitchen never disappoints - it's always a great experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "A wonderful place to bring friends and family for a special evening...incredible views and food to match!"
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Fabulous dining experience. Picturesque location. Our favorite restaurant in the United States."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Beautiful mountain views and excellent selection of menu items. The open air barn atmosphere lends itself to a unique and outstanding dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Been there several times this year....always awesome.!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Have been there multiple times and always fantastic"
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The wait staff rushed us through, even though we were the late seating. Pressed to order quickly, and a companion's plate was removed before she was finished. I have eaten here several times and had similar experiences at the early seating. The food is consistently outstanding. The service should slow down to match the food, wines, and the setting."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Loved the wine pairings. One of my favorite places ever."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our dinner last year was phenomenal. This year the venison was tough and dry. Shoulda ordered different entrees...one shared woulda worked."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "A lovely venue for a celebration. Appetizer - one was scant but entree made up for it. We enjoyed the flank steak, venison and chicken dishes. a preset menu with two or three options for each course. Fun to take friends."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great dinner as well as a wonderful experience on Wednesday evening. The views were spectacular and the building was beautiful. The service was intentive and and the food was delivered in a timely maner."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The setting of the Canyon Kitchen is gorgeous. Our snacks that were served first, were all delicious! We had the choice of pork tenderloin or trout for dinner. Two of us chose trout and the other two chose the pork. The trout was fabulous...the guys said the pork was very flavorful but a bit tough. That would be the only negative about our visit. Our waitress, Mary, was awesome... Very friendly and helpful throughout the meal. Desserts were great and after dinner we ventured outside to the outdoor fireplace where we sipped a glass of wine and enjoyed gazing into the clear night sky at the stars! Perfect ending to a beautiful night!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our waiter, Jason, was not professional, and just about ruined the experience for our group. His response to anything was "no problem"/got involved in our conversation/took off when time to pick up our payment/did not return to give change. Don't like the fact that 18% auto gratuity included for a party of 4."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The entire evening was wonderful. The wait staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We will return for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Each time I eat here, I am in awe of the beauty of the valley surrounded by mountains. The fixed menu does lend itself to surprises, but at least 2 of the 4 courses are always fabulous. The setting is magnificent. The service is relaxed, helpful, laced with southern manners. Will come again and again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014