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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
  • "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
  • "I've never had a negative experience at Canyon Kitchen. Elegant and purposeful presentation of local ingredients that keep you wanting more. I can't say enough about the warm and friendly staff and of course Lonesome Valley itself. You feel like you've walked into your own private Yosemite. Just sit back and wait for someone to serve you the perfect glass of wine."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The setting is without equal. One dines in room that is open on all sides to a magnificent box canyon. The views are breathtaking. The service is outstanding. The food is among the best I have eaten and it has been my good fortune to dine at great restaurants all around the world. This is my favorite restaurant in all the world"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had the most outstanding experience at Canyon Kitchen this past weekend. We were celebrating both our son's engagements with family and friends. The ambience was so spectacular, staff was very accommodating and delightful. We requested to meet Chef John Fleer and he visited our table and signed two of the menus for our brides-to-be. The food presentation and taste was first class!! What a wonderful memory we made with our family and pictures taken were absolutely beautiful with Lonesome Valley backdrop!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Breathtaking view and delicious food! The service was impecable and wine list perfect!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Always a treat to have inner at Canyon Kitchen. Beautiful view, cool temps and creative menu."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Starters and the desserts as well as the wine paired with the food were excellent. However the Amberjack that we ordered left a lot to be desired. It would appear that a prepared baked/grilled chicken, pork chop or trout would fare much better than the Amberjack. The hostess went above and beyond to make sure we had a pleasant visit. The waitress as well as the bar staff were react as well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "As always the Canyon Kitchen does not disappoint. This is its busy season, but always the service is great and the food outstanding. We try to get in every time that we are in our Sapphire, NC home. Reservations are a must, but well worth planning ahead."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "On past visits the food was better. It was good, not great for the price."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food selection for Thursday was poor. Only 2 entree choices, skirt steak and amberjack. This does not strike us as worth the cost of the meal. Appetizers were fair... I would not recommend this restaurant for this Thursday limited menu."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Off night. All of the starters were excellent, especially the sausage and dumpling- but why not give us enough for everyone to have one? Amberjack was seriously overcooked, and one of the steaks was too- inconsistency is a challenge. But this is worth a trip and the food always merits praise for originality and freshness."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "It is comforting to know how you will be spending since it is a prefix menu plus fixed 18 percent gratuities. Wine is expensive but superb choices and suggest paying their corkage to bring you own wines. The ambiance is superb and a walk through their veggie and herb garden is quite an experience. Highly recommended for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our favorite place in the area! The bread continues to be amazing and the menu creative!! Portion size well done. Some offerings are more complex than necessary, but always interesting."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went with another couple and had a very relaxing time and wonderful food. Although at 6:30 on a Friday night we were never rushed. The food was very creative and the wait staff - all of them- could not have been more accommodating or better trained. The description of the specials was informative without being over the top with unimportant details. The open air location is nothing short of heavenly."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food, what more could you ask for? We still miss the Sunday lunch."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Very creative and delicious food in a magical mountain setting. Not all servers are as up to speed on things. Some have been great, others not so. But, the food and the view is so special it is easy to overlook a few mistakes. However, it would be more perfect without them."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Took two guests to Canyon Kitchen last week, and they loved everything about it - setting with beautiful view, delicious and interesting food, attentive service!! It was a special evening for them and for me. I will continue to take visitors there this summer."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "View is 5 Stars and you can see them. Open air in a barn (new) the menu is price fixe, but wonderful. Two or three entrees per night, four or five sampling snacks are almost a meal locally grown or made. This summer restaurant in the mountains of western North Carolina looks out at 1000 foot granite faces and is a treat for all your senses."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We love the beautiful scenery and the outdoor bar. Our cocktails were divine! We thoroughly enjoyed the appetizer tasting selections. Our skatewing entree was a generous portion and perfectly cooked. Staff is friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "A gem in the mountains. We were so overwhelmed with the service , location and food . "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Metaphorically, of course, but views of the sheer rock cliffs of Lonesome Valley, the trees clinging to the rock cliffs, and the verdant growth of multiple types of trees and shrubs is the setting in which we sat for a wonderful, delicious dinner. The menu is price fix. First, we started with a selection of 4 appetizers that were exquisite and a demonstration of the imagination and pure skill of the chef. My wife enjoyed a fabulous chicken dish with favors, texture, and moisture that wouldn't stop (the favors, that is!). My dish was skate wing...exquisite, delicate and flavorful. The desserts were beyond description, but we still left a few bites as we can't handle sugar, regardless of how good the dish might be. Great meal!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Canyon kitchen is a spectacular setting, excellent service, I was a guest of three friends, so I was not a part of the bill. The hosts felt the bill was incorrect. It was adjusted , I know that. I do know they applied an 18 % gratituity! The gratuity was earned, .but hosts do not have an option to reward the service. Portions were small. (8:30 seating??) One complaint was the talapia fish was tough.... vinegary?. Not good,..... not worthy to be served at CK. The batter on he soft shell crab was greasy, too heavy. They took the fish off the bill. CK was cooperative and responsive to the problem. The bison was delicious! The problem is you expect the ***** 5star offerings at CK. I look forward to giving it another chance."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great ambience and excellent service! For that special occassion, this is a must!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Having dinner in a box canyon surrounded by beautiful grounds would be great enough, but the food is something special. Beautifully presented, innovative and delicious. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014