Canyon Kitchen
Canyon Kitchen

Canyon Kitchen

  • 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 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 WinnerRomantic
Canyon Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (72)special occasion (64)fit for foodies (60)romantic (52)great for outdoor dining (34)good for groups (30)notable wine list (25)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • What a view
    Kathryn
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The service and ambiance if this restaurant is wonderful. The food is great too....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous farm to season
    Didines
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We awaited our table in front of the roaring fire sipping seasonal libations- and then supped on delicious course after course- parying sweet and savory- and delicate and bold. Enough without being heavy. We long until Spring when they're open again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every bite was delicious!
    LVYrun
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We shared a wonderful leisurely meal with beloved friends. Great service! Great food! Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Canyon Kithchen proved to be an amazing venue to celebrate my birthday! The meal was outstanding! From the farm to the table, oh so true!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, disappointing food
    Julz1287
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have come to Canyon Kitchen a few times in the past, and had an outstanding experience all around. But now that they switched chefs, the food has gone downhill. You can't beat the view and ambiance - it's set in a gorgeous (you guessed it) canyon, and inside a giant fire crackles in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. The service it wonderful and attentive, and we loved our waitress. But the main reason for us being there - the food - was a huge letdown. My salmon was overcooked and bland. Of the "snacks" offered, the chicken-fried bison was way overcooked and cold, and the salad was poorly dressed. The farro salad was tasty, as was the ahi tuna. And the desserts were honestly atrocious - accompanying ice cream was icy, not creamy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loving CK
    LovingCK52
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our dinner was wonderful. Service was excellent. Clark was our waiter and he did a very good job. We love Canyon Kitchen. We were celebrating a birthday and they gave us some delicious cookies upon our departure. That was a nice gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fabulous food, beautiful ambiance, excellent waiter Clark...all around perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountain vacation dinner
    jane
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had dinner here on the last night of our vacation. Perfect ending to a great time. Food was exceptional and so was the service. Chase was a great waiter. If weather is right, the restaurant will open the doors and you will enjoy the scenery as well as the food. If cold, a nice fireplace warms the room . Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    whgwsnc
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Starter was a trout cake served with pickled silver queen corn. Fantastic. First course was a poached scallop served over a riso polenta. I have no idea what riso polenta is but the whole dish was out of this world. Main course was a grilled ribeye steak with fingerling potatoes and mustard-honey glazed brussels sprouts. The potatoes were fairly ordinary. I am not a fan of brussels sprouts but these were good. The steak was perfect. Desert was the piece de resistance: an apple pie float served with four different "cookies" on the side. The float was incredible; my favorite cookie was an oatmeal dulce sandwich. Yum. The place is just so beautiful too. It is truly hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real Gem
    Mike
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been dinning in the area since the late 60's when I was a kid. There have been some great restaurants that had great food but not great ambiance. Most of the dinning from the hay day is gone now, but there are still a few really good places. This place on almost any evening is an awesome experience. The view and the culinary experience is really for folks that want something great and different. If you want just steak and potatoes this is not the place. You get an infusion of local flair and creative cooking at this Uber dining establishment. I have read some of the reviews and understand that nobody is prefect but I would presume this place hits the nail on the head 95% of the time, and their other 5% would be great anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually home run but not tonight
    LTdiners
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Been here many times but this night menu options were not our favorite...especially crab appetizer - Wasn't enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Experience
    chastainfoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is truly fit for foodies, and the restaurant setting and outdoor scenery are among the very best I have ever seen in the US.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointed ....
    CIVAPres
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have been to Canyon Kitchen several times with friends when visiting Highlands. It's one of our favorite places. This time, though, we were disappointed. There was a rib-eye entree item which both my wife and I selected. It didn't seem like rib-eye at all but rather a medium quality pot roast. Tough and fatty. You needed a sharp knife to get through it and my wife's was the same. Not at all what I expected. We also had a soft-crab appetizer just before the entree and it was difficult to eat and very little meat. We wish we had ordered the pork chops our friends had as they were very happy. We plan to come back and hope for better next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything about Canyon Kitchen was outstanding. The noise level was low- not sure how that rating category worked and I may have checked the wrong thing. The bar tender was helpful. Love the tastings of the appetizers. The grounds and gardens were pleasing to walk around. A delightful experience with wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our first visit - "Whow"!! is the only word - the entire evening was a gem. The food was sensational, the service excellent and the entire experience was just great. We will certainly go back to this restaurant again. CBT/Birmingham
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectaclar view and Great food!!
    Judy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was there two times this week. The food is so creative and delicious. The wait staff is always accommodating. We have been lucky to have Bree and Mary several times. They are attentive and create the best dining experience. We always like to arrive early and see the garden. Beautiful fireplace with an artist who stacks the wood perfectly for the best fire!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serenity with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Beautifully located in the Lonesome Valley area of Cashiers, NC; this seasonal restaurant is comfortable and serves delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    terrelynVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The setting is absolutely beautiful with cathedral ceilings and open doors to view the face of a mountain. My husband and I have dined at Canyon Kitchen with large and small groups numerous times and have always had a fabulous meal and great attentive service. Saturday night was a disappointment. The bar tender did not know how to make the drink I requested. The service was slow, almost non-existent. Some of the menu items were not available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Superb! Elegant dining, delicious fresh food, beautiful setting, friendly service, easy access from the town center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular setting; mediocre meal
    twn1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Loved fact that rear of restaurant was open onto a gorgeous setting. We enjoyed a drink outside and explored the vegetable and herb garden as the chefs picked our dinner - a great lead-in to our meal. Our group was there on a family night so we were able to share four very nice "snacks." Unfortunately, the entre choices, a flounder and a pork osso buco, were very mediocre. As for the sides, the sweet potato was tasty, but the brussel sprouts were hard. The desserts were good but not memorable. Back on the plus side was the excellent service and drink and wine menu. Overall, a spectacular setting and mediocre meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it used to be!
    GloryVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best!
    terencenovak
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    One of the best dining experiences ever! Great food, great service and an awesome view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.