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Canyon Road

4.4
491 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
With an artfully presented Mexican/Southwestern menu and powerful yet delicious margaritas served by a cordial and attentive staff, Canyon Road's decor and friendly atmosphere will whisk your spirit off to Santa Fe...
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Monday to Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 734-1600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ruperto Ramirez
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Catering
Please inquire for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 76th and 77th Streets
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Public transit
6 train to 77th Street stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 491 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenE (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I first became familiar with Mexican food while living in Los Angeles over 40 years ago eating at Lucy's El Adobe (a favorite of Linda Ronstadt and her friend, then Governor Jerry Brown) and from a truck near my school. After returning to New York, I specifically sought out the few Mexican eateries that were around then such as the Cactus Cafe and Carumbas (remember the 'Ridiculous'?). Eventually, I discovered Canyon Road. What a treasure!

I have been going there for a couple of decades, and I can say that I have never been disappointed in the food, the drinks, the service, the price or the customers, whether at the tables or the bar area. Today was no exception.

From the host to the waiter and busboys, the staff were all smiles, attentive and accommodating from the moment of our arrival to the second we left. No special requests were frowned upon.

The drinks were mixed perfectly with just the right amount of salt (and cheap; it was happy hour even though it was Sunday).

Finally, from the slightly warmed chips/pureed salsa (the best anywhere, period) all the way through the appetizers (the guacamole was incredible), the entrees (the duck burrito is always so delicious it's hard for me to order any other dish) and the dessert (the flan was the perfect way to end the meal) made of this one of the best dining experiences in recent memory.
It's probable that this review might not sufficiently describe an incredibly enjoyable experience which was definitely enhanced by the overall atmosphere created by Canyon Road. At no time did we feel that we should feel privleged to have been allowed to eat there (this week, another restaurant told us that they may not be able to hold our reservation when we called to say we would be 5 to 10 minutes late), or that we were there long enough and therefore we should slowly get out.

Every thing about Canyon Road is consistent and top shelf. Forget about the rating cap of five, this restaurant is clearly a 5 plus.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent service!

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Pilchik (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a great time celebrating my son’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Great classic Southwestern fare that has not changed in quality in over 20 years. Love to go back to a place that is guaranteed to be consistently good. Service is very good.

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vipdini (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Love this place for it's fabulous margaritas and its parilla dishes. Authentic Tex-Mex!

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Famnew (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

A favorite restaurant for us!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

They had no heat and it was -5 degrees!

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vipBankerEaterRepeat (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a blast and we went there on New Year’s Eve to get some great drinks and food!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Took a friend here for her birthday and we both loved it. Our favorite UES Mexican restaurant went out of business and this was our frist time at Canyon Road. The home made guacamole was a knockout and the chips were also exceptional (fresh, thin, not greasy or too salty, and lots of crunch). I loved the chicken fajitas, I'm not sure exactly how they spiced the chicken but it was extremely tasty as were the veggies. My friend had the roasted chicken quesadilla which she said was delicious.

Neither of us are really drinkers but we both had margaritas which packed plenty of punch for us. I highly recommend the pomegranate margarita on the rocks. If you prefer frozen, the mango marg was fantastic.

The wait staff was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. They put a candle in my friend's flan and sang Happy Birthday to her which was very sweet. They also did not charge me for her dessert as she was the birthday girl!

While the prices were slightly higher than our former favorite Mexican place, they were not outrageous. Overall, it was a great experience and we will certainly be back to Canyon Road.

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EliseD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We requested and were accommodated with a quiet table in the corner,

It was unusually quiet and not crowded (probably because of holiday parties & not near the 5th avenue touristy attractions

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Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Terrific experience overall. Attentive service, great food, value and delicious mango margarita....

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vipBill (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

Great restaurant with decent prices. Place has been good for years.

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ConnieS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

I love Canyon Road! It's such a warm & cozy place & the service is excellent. The food is consistently delicious & the margaritas are strong & the best I've ever had! The owner Ruperto & his staff are very friendly & always accomodating.

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vipNYCresident (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

We often dine at Canyon Road. The service is typically good and the food consistently good and plentiful, special requests are never a problem. Love their guacamole and their chips are warm and delish! Refills on the chips is never a problem.
My one complaint from this past dining; I brought a group of six in and everyone enjoyed but you would think that the one cup of hot water w/lemon wouldn't be a charge ($3.25) when spending close to $300. It's just the principle so I will bring it up the next time we are there...

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foodzzz (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

been going here for years. consistently good.
always enjoy!

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vipMaggieE (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Service is usually excellent, but I think they were short-staffed that particular night due to bad weather. We were having dinner before our card game, so were trying to finish dinner by 8pm.

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vipFirsttime (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

It was a slow rainy day when we got to the restaurant and it also just opened for the evening. Even though the service was acceptable, they were very slow and not as friendly as you would expect in a high rated restaurant. The food were OK, better than most. But it wasn't as fantastic as one would hope for with great reviews.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

My boyfriend and I love coming here. It’s the only Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood that offers good food with a classy setting. The portions are pretty generous so I end up taking some of my food home but I prefer it that way. Service is impeccable. The waiters/waitresses are super friendly and efficient and the manager is nothing short of great. He is always there and very involved with the customers. We will be back very soon !!!!

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John (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

I enjoyed the place. I would recommend it for others as well!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food, super nice service and staff. All in, wonderful experience for an adult family dinner. Thanks!

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vipBBFF (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

Decent Mexican on the UES. A little bit on the pricier side, although portions are big and the drinks are good.

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vipRhodro (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Food is always colorful and fresh. Drinks took a little longer to arrive than expected, but not a major problem. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous. Just don't know why it's so noisy! (It does quiet down after 9 or 10 PM!)

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

I used to love this restaurant but the service was awful. Food was not good, they forgot half our order and didn't seem to care.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

This place has the best margaritas I've ever tried!! I went for my sister's birthday and they were just wonderful. They offer complimentary chips and salsa before your entrees, even at the bar. Whenever I dine here, I make sure to order the spicy peanut shrimp for appetizers, it is such a unique dish. For the main course, I ordered the chicken adobo. It is a big dish so I ended up taking some of it home but, no complaints! I just saved myself from buying lunch for the next day. For dessert, they presented us with their chocolate soufflé but the staff was kind enough to sing happy birthday as well as put a candle on the plate. I had a wonderful time once again. I will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

Our appetizer and meal came at the same time which was not ideal. Our server was slow with drinks, chips, refills.

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vipEmilyZ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Canyon Road is our go-to spot on the Upper East Side. Food, drinks, service are always amazing. Only downside is that it is a little expensive. But that still doesn't deter us.

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vipscott (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2017

Great team service by all employees w/o being to 'in your face'
Quality , fresh ingredients and all foods perfectly seasoned.

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vipABBH (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Very nice and lively neighborhood restaurant. Good Mexican food.

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Gringuita (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Ordered 2 fajita dinners for the 3 of us. More than enough. Very good wait staff. We look forward to returning there

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was great, classics with a twist. Cute decorations. The service was a bit off - they brought our appetizers after our entrees.

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