Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge
Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge

Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.whitefacelodge.com/
  • Phone: 5185230510
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Haick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our Director of Sales, Rosette Press, for information.
  • Entertainment: Seasonal entertainment is offered in our Kanu lounge free of charge. Please call for details or 'like' us on Facebook for future dates and artists.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 86
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: In addition to self parking, complimentary valet parking is available.
A word from Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge
Join executive Chef David Haick and the culinary team in Kanu for their take on eclectic New American cuisine; seasonal ingredients with a union of flavors complimented by a distinct presentation.
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Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)romantic (12)scenic view (9)fit for foodies (8)notable wine list (6)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Disappointment at outrageous price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant is billed as a high-end gourmet dining experience. The reality is, it is a noisy free-for-all with what seemed to be below average fare. If you like the idea of dining in a daycare, you will love Kanu. If you believe you should be able to dine in peace when you are eating your $34 chicken breast, you need to go someplace else.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hspirit3
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Order Cornish hens there was no meat on the hens the carrots they served were not cleaned Overpriced left the restaurant hungry
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HappyDiner1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was a disappointing evening. The restaurant should enforce a dress code of some kind - eating what should be an upscale meal but sitting next to people who look as if they just came from the gym is simply unappealing. Food was mediocre; bland, from the Caesar salad to the fish, slightly overcooked and flavorless. Meat entrée was woefully undercooked - instead of medium rare, it came out ready to moo. Service needs work - dirty silverware left on the table between the salad and entree and the drink ordered to accompany a meal was finally served about 5 minutes after the entrée. Mustard came in the same kind of plastic packets you pull from a wire basket at a fast food restaurant; hardly what I would expect for a pricey meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have eaten at Kanu many times but we always can't wait to come back ! Every time we stay at The Whiteface Lodge, it is our go to restaurant. The wait staff is just wonderful and Scott always helps find the perfect drink or wine to go with your meal. As for the food. It is Fit for foodies and always fresh and exciting. Can't wait to go back !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Finediningguru
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The decor is spectacular ,service was great very much the adirondack lodge right down too the smallest detail. Prices were reasonable. We loved it and will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super experience
    alnwVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The best restaurant we've found in the Adirondacks. The combination of decor, food and view can't be beaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view, but . . .
    NancyD
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This restaurant is beautiful. They have an award winning wine list. However, when my husband and I walked in, very nicely dressed, they put us at a table between two families with kids. Wait staff never bothered to introduce themselves except for the sommelier who was great. The food is good; but this place is advertised as fine dining which it is not.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant but average food
    Mdostie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The place is beautiful. Very nice lodge. Service is good. Food looks good but taste is ordinary. My wife steak was totaly burned black (hello cancer). The food presentation looks good but the taste bud are not pleased. For the price you can find better. I had an amazing shrimp chowder for lunch at another lodge by the lake that was much cheaper.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow
    ABtoDine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were blown away by this restaurant. Wanted to find a place for a special anniversary meal. Kanu significantly exceeded my expectations. Foodies will love this place - great for families too. Wow - can't wait to go back the next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sherpa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    one of our party experienced very tough cut of steak. Your staff promptly offered an alternate cut which proved to be excellent. all other aspects of meal were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool atmosphere food eh!
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The place is beautiful. However food was dry and tasteless
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TomS
    TomS
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I thought the menu was limited --- there were no specials. On the menu that was presented, the dishes were quite expensive --- 14 oz steak for $58. I would have appreciated a smaller steak for less money. The service and atmosphere were impeccable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall wonderful experience
    Pchyprncss
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Can't say anything negative about our dinner! Fresh, local ingredients. Delicious, good portion size, beautiful atmosphere. We dined on our honeymoon and wee very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, whiskey, and staff!
    JohnW
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Came to Lake Placid for our 5th Anniversary and tried Kanu based on other reviews. Boy was it true to form! The food was very good and the staff was amazing. Our waitress tried to dig in the deep dark abyss of their whiskey collection to try and find a very hard to get bourbon. They didn't have it (no one does) but the effort was much appreciated. The manager of the restaraunt even came over and we had a good 15 minute chat about bourbons and whiskeys. He put us on to a local shop as well that had many of the things we like and we bought one of his suggestions, which was awesome. My only disappointment is that we live 7 hours away so we can't enjoy this dining experience more often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge reviews archive.
  • Awful music
    JanieCF
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Our otherwise pleasant evening with tasty food was intruded upon by the 1940's music playing. We asked our server if she could do anything about it; alas, she could not.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the price ..it could be
    palny
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    For the price ..it could be better food...not bad but not excelent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good. My fiancé
    Shantelle
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The food was good. My fiancé got the Wild Boar stew. The meat was tender and tasted great, but there were only a few noodles here and there. She reported that she would have preferred potatoes or carrots to change up the flavors. I got the NY strip steak. The steak flavor was spot on, but it was a little over cooked. The carrots and garlic potatoes were great. The potatoes were a little dry. Lastly, my finance's drink (poached pear martini) was wonderful though the price $15 was way too much for the portion. Overall, I do regret spending $100.00 on two entrees and a drink. Then there's the $20 tip. The service was good, but it wasn't attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what i wanted
    highrigh
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I went to Kanu for Valentine's day and it was the perfect spot. The hotel is gorgeous and the restaurant is romantic in a rustic outdoors way. I loved the antler décor and the service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winter Wonder
    localfolks
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Very nice experience and breathtaking atmosphere. It was a superb dinning experience and I would recommend it to anyone (minus the french onion soup). The cozy bar had an performer and was very nice for an after-dinner drink. Staff was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    gr8t
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Kanu at the Whiteface Lodge was absolutely amazing and my boyfriend and I will start going there more often for our special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in Lake Placid
    Mnacca
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We dined at Kanu during the winter holiday break. The dining room was decorated with a magnificent tree which stood 33 ft tall. The menu was limited and offered one entree in each of the following: pork, chicken, fish beef and pasta. They were able to accommodate our 8 year old child with a children's menu. The portions were sufficient, nicely presented and quite tasty. They also offered, for a fee, a nice selection of side vegetables. The service was pleasant but not overly attentive. Overall, it was a fine dining experience in the Adirondack's. The menu prices were also higher than most restaurants in the area but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion splurge
    myloversbeloved
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    We loved the ambient feel of this restaurant. We enjoyed a table next to the fireplace for our dinner. My husband had the strip steak and I had the pork chop. We agreed that the pork chop had the best flavor combination, and would definately recommend it. Also, we would definately return to try more dishes. Prices were comparable to a fancy steak restaurant, service was well-timed and friendly, and they recommended bread pudding for dessert...it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    BusinessDinner
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    I like to bring out of town colleagues (from NYC) to the Whiteface Lodge to give them a glimpse of the Adirondack style. It is always a hit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've eaten at Kanu 4 times
    Doctor
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We've eaten at Kanu 4 times and after this most recent time am not sure if we'll be back. Menu choices were very limited, with what appeared to be unusual side dishes. We both ordered steak as it was the "safest" item on the menu and even it was undercooked and a bit tough. And the meal was not inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!!!!
    dbedard
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Everything from the welcoming, to the service (sommelier, server), to the food (wine, meal and desserts) was excellent. Nothing bad to say about this experience. I gave it a five diamonds! Would go back without questions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifully experience.
    SabinLapierre
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We were greeted by the romantic atmosphere for a marriage proposal, it was perfect. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was fantastic. Food
    Shelly
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Service was fantastic. Food was delicious. Ambience was amazing. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    TandAMDVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    High expectations but sadly not realized. Started with valet parking issues (told to go to a lot which might be full, and of course it was; went back to valet and they seemed annoyed). Nice dining room, but service was very slow. They were very busy and clearly didn't have the staff. Food was good but my local Texas Roadhouse makes as good a steak for 1/3 the price. So many better options in the area; would skip this one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kanu Extend the menu?
    AgingHippy
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The overall food was excellent and we found a very nice wine to go with the meal. However, we would have appreciated more choices with both the entree and wine menu. With the limited wine menu, I was surprised that they had received an award from Wine spectator.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I liked Kanu restaurant. The
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I liked Kanu restaurant. The service was great. When we were there it was not busy, so we got sat right away. I would have liked a little more of an expanded menu. There were not really that many options. I had the bone in strip steak. The flavor was there. It was cooked to my liking. I actually thought it could have been a better cut of meat. I think the price was high for the quality of the meat I received. The ambiance of the restaurant was great. My wife and I stayed at the whiteface lodge for the week and would have dined at Kanu again if the menu had more options, or if there had been daily specials. Overall it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    Meggie
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We had a very good experience! Really good food! We will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointment
    NJEd
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    This restaurant is amazingly beautiful, classic Adirondack lodge, but at this time, cannot recommend at all. Two years ago we loved it, but things changed. New chef. The menu is small and poorly executed, with innovative takes on some standards that don't work. Pumpkin soup overwhelmed by celery root masking all flavors. Steak tartare was odd, with home-made ketchup and horseradish, the steak ground to gummy. Venison osso bucco was dry and hard as leather, almost couldn't be cut. Dessert was especially good. The manager tried to put things right, but the prices were quite high, quality poor, and definitely not worth it. We left very, very disappointed and are unlikely to return as long as the current chef is in place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food at a Great Camp
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    The decor is Adirondack Great Camp - in fact it was built with the logs from the trees cut down to clear the space. There are moose heads, deer, rabbits, etc. all around. The ceiling is tall and you feel small in the room. Our server, Morgan, was very good, giving us time and space as we needed it. The food is great - beef tenderloin, scallops and the vegetarian dish. The duck flatbread was good but the duck was a little too overdone. The wine by the glass choices were adequate with one of each type of wine and good vintages. At one point, there was a loud group that came in and someone talked to them and it became much quieter which is appropriate for a fancier restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.