Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge

4.2
432 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sophisticated Adirondack-inspired cuisine is elevated by magnificent mountain views at Kanu. Hand-hewn log beams and granite stone fireplaces add rustic warmth to an unforgettable dining experience.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 432 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaurieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful good and dinner, beautiful rustic restaurant! The only available table was at 5:15 so I grabbed it. We were the only diners until one other couple came in at 6:00. The place was almost empty until about 6:30-6:45, so not sure why we had to book a 5:15 reservation. That's my only complaint.

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Emerson
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very limited menu but food was very good!

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vipsusanm
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

While the dining room was grand and the service very good the food was mediocre. We had the steak and the halibut. The filet was cooked medium rare as ordered but it was bland with not much flavor. The halibut was not over cooked which is very important. But the accompanying ragout of tomatoes, zucchini and onions was absolutely bland and tasteless. Dining was boring and pedantic.

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LindaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful space, great ambience. Halibut was overcooked. Limited wine selection. Still had fun!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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ChristineF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good, not remarkable. For the $ point I expected more, not quantity... quality. Service was not up to par for a resort.
Valet was very nice and friendly!

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ScottK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

$60 for a steak with fries come on. I like my steak medium rare and this was so rare I could barely eat it. My wife got the salmon and it was so under cooked she could not finish it. Thought it would be a nice place but honestly for the price and what we got I would never bring my family there again. Way better meals in the village.

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HowardZ
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The setting is beautiful in an Adirondack Great Camp sort of way. All the staff was very friendly and efficient. There was an appropriate variety of dishes. I and the rest of my party enjoyed our meals, I think you will be pleased, but perhaps there is room for the chef to kick it up one more notch to reach the highest level of cuisine. It was a Sunday and the dining room was rather quiet.

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MannyO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and good service. Food was great but limited menu.

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Beth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat. Great food and service. Only complaint is that our meals came out before we were done with our appetizers.

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SusanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Baked chicken very dry. Ordered unsweet iced tea and it tasted like coffee. Very overpriced for meal that I didnt consider fine dining.

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Dine
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, slow service, average food

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vipmaineville
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Beautiful space. Limited menu offerings. Food quality was as expected for an expensive restaurant. Overall - good but not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Pooring rain when we arrived and left. We had to park down at the dumpsters quite a ways away because there is no parking provided specifically for the restaurant, and there was no valet at the time. Beautiful place as always, flawless ADK look!
Servers were very nice and helpful. Steak was something from a bad wedding menu, and risotto was tasteless, unfortunately. Artichoke dip was yummy. Wine recommendation was great. Food was over all mediocre

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JoleneL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The room and service were good.
The children's dinners were good.
The salmon was room temperature and under cooked.
Not sure chicken was worth the money.

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vipStephenH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and some of the best cheesecake ever!

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JordanC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Honestly, it was a disappointing experience. The service was incredibly slow. The food was ok, but they had changed their menu from what was posted on their website and it wasn’t really comparable. I expected more for the price. But the ambiance and the server were nice.

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Suze
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, fabulous ambience and most importantly, fabulous food!! Well the menu is limited the two entrées we got were fantastic. Highly recommended for a special event dinner!!

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JoMa
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first visit warranted 5 stars! This visit the food was not as tasty. It appeared as though it was a different person cooking??? Everything else was great! It still was a good 4 stars

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JoMa
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating outside on the balcony. I loved the lobster risotto, and it was gluten free, so even better. My husband had the steak frites and it was so tender. The drinks were good , the people were friendly. Couldn’t ask for more

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vipDavid
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent atmosphere!

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WendyL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, staff and food is outstanding. Definitely upscale dining. Very nice for a special occasion. The menu is limited, I think due to limited staff and seating because of covid, but that did not affect the quality of the food or the experience. We enjoyed our meals. I think it’s a little on the pricey side, but it is fine dining. I would visit again.

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vipFoody
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went for our 20th Anniversary and the hostess greeted us with “Happy Anniversary “ our waitress greeted us with flutes of champagne! Made us feel so special. Food was delicious. I had the grilled chicken alfredo fettuccine. The best flavor I ever had! Definitely worth a try!

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vipsalty
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kanu at the Whiteface Lodge. The locale is gorgeous. We dined outside, with a beautiful view.
The Whiteface is a lovely hotel, and offers complementary valet service around the clock.
While we were not guests of the hotel, the staff treatment was a pleasure. It was our anniversary, and we were greeted with glasses of complimentary Prosecco.

Service was top-notch, and Michelle did marvelous work taking care of us. Her attention to detail, suggestions, and timing were spot-on. Thank you, Michelle!

While flavorful, some of the menu was underwhelming. For examples, the Brussels sprouts (their spelling g) were offered as an appetizer. I usually see that as a side to an entree, not as an appetizer.

I had order the soup of the day. I am still not entirely sure if it was cream if asparagus or broccoli. I was unable to differentiate the flavor.

I also enjoyed a new dish for me; Shishito peppers. Very flavorful and I recommend them! (Again, thank you, Michelle, for that suggestion)

I had a NY strip steak, and the staff met my special request for mushrooms, which were delicious. My better half enjoyed the seared scallop risotto. The main course was full of flavor.

We took our dessert, a chocolate bomb mousse, to go, and enjoyed that later in the evening. This dessert had a layer of vanilla mousse atop chocolate, encased in a chocolate shell. It was decadent.

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vipSouthernFoodie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is recommendable. Good and reasonable wine selection. The outdoor terrace is wonderful with a peaceful view of nature. All staff provided excellent service.

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RobertS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple and good food one can certainly enjoy - due to the lack of reservations we were accommodated in resort’s casual restaurant - overall we had very pleasant experience - would definitely recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love the Adirondack experience than Kanu is definitely the place to go for a fabulous dinner! The food was outstanding, the dining room, amazing! Highly recommend!

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Vernon
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC food, AWESOME views, GREAT staff & service!!

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marydisdutiful
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful setting . Good food. Seemed understaffed.

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CathyK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

28th Wedding anniversary dinner gone bad. Dining room is spectacular however we were seated in a room it seems used primarily used for storage as their was no high ceilings, no windows with views of mountains, instead I saw a few carpet sweepers and high chairs and we were only people in this room. Main problem was when my Salmon arrived it was undercooked. It took me more than ten minutes of arm waving for my waitress to notice me. I was told the chef cooks Salmon this way...If yes, I feel diners should be warned in advance. At any rate, by the time my meal arrived my husband was done with his steak dinner so I took mine to go. The restaurant did not charge me for the Salmon but made me feel like it was my fault. Perhaps I might have not minded so much if we were in the main dining area looking at the great outdoors. Will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelle, our server was exceptional. She went as far as stuffing olives with anchovies for my wife’s martini. We love it there!

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jonathank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate dinner on Mother’s Day and it was great. I had Salmon with Quinoa and my wife and eldest daughter had steak and potatoes. My youngest ate a bison burger. The meals were cooked to perfection. The staff were very courteous.

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Physician
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

There was a hair in my mash potatoes. I had to pull it out of my mouth. Not at all happy...especially during a pandemic. Also...there were a lot of small flies between both restaurants. One was caught crawling across my risotto so it was not eaten. Food tasted great, but not likely to eat there again.

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Rich
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the scallops with the risotto. It was outstanding, the combination together were delicious . My wife enjoyed the NY strip. It Was cooked to her liking, which is really important . The food was excellent the chef did a great job.

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LuvEatingOut
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at Kanu. The restaurant is beautiful. The log beams throughout and the stone fireplaces were amazing. We arrived before dark so we got to see the lovely Mountain View. The food was delicious. They have a new Cook and what a great find for them. I had the Seared Scallops with Risotto that was so delicious and my Husband had a Kale Caesar Salad with Shrimp which he said were cooked perfectly. And the warm Lava Cake for Dessert was a perfect end to a special evening…the cake was light and the chocolate was perfection. And Our Server was so personable…Go you won’t regret it!

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vipKerriM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined for dinner at Kanu. Our meal was amazing! Local chees plate was delicious, the scallops were perfect and dessert you would die for! Restaurant adhered to all covid protocols. Service was top notch and waitress was wonderful with my two daughters.

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LalaniH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kanu was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. The service was immaculate!!!!!!

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vipStephane
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, very good food and great service. We enjoyed our experience !

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vipFoodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The administration of this resturant is focused on making it easy on the staff and not making. memorable experience for the customer.

reservation times are very limited, despite a large Restaurant. (not a covid restriction because the same restaurant had 4 times as many tables served for breakfast). When asked around reservation times past the 5:150m time, we were informed that they want to limit reservations not to overwhelm the waiter staff.
menu options were very very limited. Only 2 appetizers, one of which was cheese and crostini. Again, not to overwhelm the chef.

Finally, we asked if we could take another portion on the main to the hotel room (we were staying in the hotel), and told us - sorry they could not accommodate us.

Food was good, but very limited menu and service hurt the experience. disappointing experience. i would not recommend it.

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LakePlacidGetaway
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, it was a great meal. The ricotta appetizer was delicious! And the tenderloin was cook to perfection. And the service was top-notch. We were a little disappointed with the lamb dish. The lamb was quite boring and the grits were just ok. There were no vegetables or added textures/flavors to accentuate the lamb. It definitely wasn't worth the price for what was essentially a slab of meat. And maybe consider some other vegetables instead of just shallots. The shallots with the tenderloin were good but a little overwhelming.

FAQs

Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 523-0510.

Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge is rated 4.2 stars by 432 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.