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About Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge

Join executive Chef Adam Bechard 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.

7 Whiteface Inn Lane
Lake Placid, NY 12946
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
86

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 523-0510

Website:
http://www.whitefacelodge.com/

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.

Catering:
Please contact our Director of Sales, Rosette Press, for information.

Parking Details:
In addition to self parking, complimentary valet parking is available.

Executive Chef:
David Haick

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.2

ambience

4.6

value

3.6

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (6)
Scenic View (6)
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Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
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Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our experience at Kanu was great! We went for Valentine's Day and had some amazing specials. We also had the scallops off the regular menu which were to die for! We definitely would return!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Possibly the best re-creation of an Adirondack Great Camp ever built, Kanu has spectacular rustic ambiance, a friendly staff and good food. There are 4 (real wood) fireplaces in the dining area, along with comfortable seating and lots to look at. The atmosphere is classy, but not stodgy. ( Background music was 1960's and 70's pop songs). I might have wished for a few more "standard" items on the menu ( no burgers or wings here, folks), but the choices were tasty and seemed worth their pricey cost. Interestingly, the desserts were very reasonably priced. A great date or anniversary choice!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautiful place. Food and service were very good.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great evening in an old world ski town atmosphere.

The restaurant was not very busy on this Thursday evening. Staff were friendly but not too familuar with the wine list.

We chose the a very tasty green salad followed by scalops for myself and salmon for my wife.

Value for money was good but the atmosphere was what produced a pleasant evening out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very nice place to have dinner, not too over priced. The waitstaff were warm and inviting. Our server was attentive yet not intrusive. My only complaint would be then thickness of the ribeye. Although it had excellent flavor, the steak was quite thin. We are used to 1-1.5” thickness, thus making it a bit dry

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful experience! We enjoyed a great meal in a gorgeous room!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a great meal at Kanu on Saturday night. The food was delicious. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was memorable. Excellent wine selection. Our server Jenni did a great job.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The menu was fairly limited, the server was friendly but a little slow. I had the scallops and they were good but my boyfriend had the filet and he said it tasted funny in the middle he stopped eating it but still was sick for 2 days after. Beautiful looking resort but probably wouldn’t eat there again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We ordered a bottle of wine but didnt like it. They also couldn’t accomodate veagan. Espresso martini was small and didnt taste good.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We were there at an off peak time but could not have asked for anything more!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

With high anticipation, this restaurant was a big letdown. The resort and overall ambiance is fantastic, as the authentic luxury lodge feel with high ceilings and massive Christmas trees was special. The food and service were poor at best. We had "New Years Eve" special menu, witch consisted of three meat options and a fish option for entrees. We were immediately informed that they had ran out of the Pork Loin (by 8pm), which seemed to be the most appealing looking of the 4. The salad I chose for an appetizer was wilted, and had too much dressing on it. I ended up getting the NY Strip steak, which was awful and doused in what seemed like their version of A1. I ordered it medium rare, and it came out charred with little to no color or flavor. The desserts were equally as gross, allowing me to get no further than the first bite. Luckily the waitress realized our dissatisfaction and offered to take the desserts off the menu. Perhaps I caught KANU on an off night, because this was an overall disappointing experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enjoyed the meal, particularly the beet salad and lamb shank. Very tasty. Attentive server that was really good with my celiac gluten free needs up until the end of the meal when he absent-mindedly served me a creme brûlée that had been made with a cookie (a no-no for a Celiac diner). Other than that we loved the ambiance, lovely staff, and delicious food.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a very dissapointing dining experience at your restuarant on Wednesday night. We arrived for our 7:30 resevation promptly, and were given menus right away. It was downhill after that. It took a long time for our waitress to take a drink order, and also to take our dinner order. Our appetizer wasn’t served until 9:00, a full hour and a half after we arrived. Most dissapointing of all is that at no time did the waitress or anyone from the restaurant come over to see how we were doing or provide an explanation for the delay. We sat for over an hour with nobody comimg to the table to see how we were doing or offer anotner drink. It took quite awhile for us to get our server’s attention and only until we asked what was status of our appetizers did she disclose that the kitchen was backed up. Finally our meal came out a full two hours after our arrival - and salmon was overcooked and they’d run out of the entree I ordered. For what is advertised as fine dining and the price charged this was certainly not the dining experience we expected. We understand that occasionally there are problems in the kitchen, but in other similar situations in other restaurants a server, or more typically a manager, has come over to proactively explain and apologize for the delay, and generally to offer to provide another drink or dessert on the house. It was the almost complete lack of acknowledgement and attention to our situation that was most dissapointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful service and ambiance. Unusual delicious menu

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Very good describes food, service, and ambiance - - only the value had to be rated lower because it was pretty pricey. We went the week before Christmas and the beautiful 36' Tree made for a lovely holiday setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Outstanding service and ambience. Food was very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The dining room was amazing. The 30' Christmas tree and the two massive fireplaces really made the room look spectacular. The food was very good and the ambiance was great. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had the ribeye and requested it medium-rare it came out medium-well. After it sending it back I received a steak that was so rare it didn’t melt the garlic butter topping. At a place that serves $43 steak they should be able to cook it correctly the first time every time . The ambiance was great but the food was overpriced and disappointing. At least they realized the poor food and removed it from the bill.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Out son's birthday and celebrating our daughter-in-law getting into law school.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We always love the menu and the ambiance at Kanu. We've been coming here for years and the meals are always fresh, fun, and new. The wait staff are great and it's clean and has a wonderful rustic Adirondack vibe that we appreciate so much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Everything about this place is phenomenal. One of our favorite vacation destinations

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

While the service and setting at Kanu were excellent, the food was disappointing. I was visiting Lake Placid for work, and found Kanu ranked high on several dining lists online (including Open Table). The restaurant is located in Forbes' four-star rated hotel, the Whiteface Lodge and Inn. It is a stunningly beautiful hotel, and the dining rooms for the restaurant are equally as gorgeous, with grand A-Frame windows providing scenic views of the surrounding vistas. That said, the food left much to be desired. My work colleague and I shared the brussels sprouts appetizer, which lacked flavor and was heavy with grease. I ordered the chicken Milanese for my entree, with mashed potatoes, green beans and a pesto sauce. The sauce was smothered over the fried chicken, leaving the breading on the chicken soggy instead of crispy. Worse, everything lacked seasoning. Salt and pepper are the seasoning backbone of most dishes, and they were woefully lacking in mine and my colleague's. Had this been a local diner, I would not have expected much better. But this was billed as an upscale restaurant, with prices to match. While the mountain views from the dining room were priceless, they quickly disappeared after sunset - and so did our expectations for a delicious meal. The quality of the food isn't worth the cost. If you're looking for a good meal in small-town Lake Placid, you might consider looking somewhere other than Kanu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved the ambience! The restaurant, and entire lodge, was beautiful! Tables were spaced far enough that you didn't feel you were sitting on top of one another and Could enjoy pleasant conversation. The food and service were fabulous. All in our group had the ribeye steak or filet mignon and both we done perfect, were juicy and very flavorful! Our only disappointment was in the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were much smaller than we anticipated and were butterflied. That being said, the cocktail sauce was one of the best tasting sauces I have ever had so it was enjoyed..just a little underwhelming. We will definitely be going back and I,would highly recommend giving it a try!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We stayed at Whiteface lodge and each night considered going off property for dinner but, soon realized there was no reason to go anywhere else! Excellent

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Unique restaurant decor , great for friends and family . We were able to have conversations where everyone at the table could be heard. Food and service was excellent, especially the salmon dish and the tomato salad.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Very limited menu, way overpriced food, measured, overpriced cocktails. Not what is portrayed in the advertising. Would not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Kanu's multistory great lodge is a spectacle to behold. Unfortunately, the stunning setting couldn't overcome the underwhelming menu and food (dry, tasteless halibut and mealy flourless chocolate torte are hard to pull off, but the kitchen managed.) Expect to pay a lot for the setting (it really is impressive), temper your food expectations, and you'll avoid disappointment.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The atmosphere and decor are stunning, but the service was very slow. Food was fair (at best) and way too expensive for the quality. The shrimp cocktail appetizer we got was like something you'd get at a diner. The shrimp were small to begin with, and were cut in half and drowned in cocktail sauce. My rib eye was over cooked and served in a pool of fatty juice, which totally ruined the mashed potatoes. I should have sent it back, but we waited so long to be served that I was starving. I ate a little, but left most of it on the plate. My husdand's filet was fine, but both of his sides were cold. For the prices on the menu I was expecting a memorable dining experience. We had really looked forward to our meal at Kanu, but we're so disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very disappointed! The photos and venue are very beautiful however doesn't compensate for the poor food and service. For as pricey as the food is you do not get a decent quantity or selection. The service was just as terrible unfortunately. Didn't have any wine we chose from menu, asked for tea instead, never brought it out even after a friendly reminder. One of our guests from large party used salt shaker, they just picked it up and the entire top broke off and dumped salt into their $43 filet. Upon informing the waiter he simply said "I'm sorry about that. " Salty sirloin for dinner I guess. 👎🏽. Not impressed. Visited many other places in Lake Placid for much less $$ and had much better food and service.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful dinner, sea bass was the best we have had in a long time.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We booked Kanu for a special birthday dinner. As we were staying at the resort, prior to our reservation, we worked with the Conceirge to arrange a special birthday surprise for dessert. They went above and beyond my expectations for the request and delivered.

Tags: Disabled Access, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Horrible food, service wasn't much better. A shame because the place is nice

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My wife and I were immediately struck with this lodge's beauty and amazing level of comfort and coziness. We decided to stay for our first anniversary and it did not disappoint. We took advantage of the spa options and got a couple's massage which was wonderful. The room itself was so comfortable that we hated to leave.
There are a few things that I would like to be different though. The price per night is a bit ridiculous. Although the room was absolutely beautiful, almost 600 a night is a bit steep IMHO. We have mixed feelings about the restaurant upstairs. The quality of the food was okay, but the selection was incredibly minimal. If they had a few more appetizers, entrees, and dessert options available I think we would have been much happier with the menu. Along with the menu not having many choices at all, many of the choices they do have are somewhat unusual. If you are a wine connoisseur this place will serve you well as they offer a fine wine selection. I believe it is the atmosphere that is key here. The openness of the restaurant; to look up and see the grand chandeliers and fireplaces that go up to the ceiling... that is what you are paying for: the atmosphere. Good for a date night if you don't want to leave the lodge, but if you go just a little ways down the road there are some other options that I would recommend you check out instead.
Overall we were happy with our experience at the lodge. We do plan on going back at some point, but the cost of even a junior suite is enough for us to hesitate for a while.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great food, great drinks, professional yet friendly service.
Wonderful ambiance, lively spot.
We love this place both in winter and in summer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had dinner on our first night and it left alot to be desired. We ordered salmon and chicken. The portions were small for the price and the chicken was dry and tasteless. Food came out 15 minutes after we ordered it. Our entire dinner lasted 40 minutes. The lodge is incredible so this was very disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food. Terrible service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. We got seated by the opened doors which led to a wonderful balcony overlooking Whiteface Mountain. Great ambiance. Only negative I would give is that the chairs are ridiculously low to the ground compared to how high the tables are. I could overhear other guests remark upon the same thing as they sat down. It was not comfortable; very awkward to eat that way.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Dated menu but good quality and good service. The venison was excellent! Not great for gluten free. Wonderful ambiance....

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Wonderfully prepared meal and presentation. Loved the open kitchen and great lodge atmosphere. Staff was friendly and very efficient.. there when you needed them and not there when you didn't want them!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Dined here to celebrate an anniversary. What an awesome place. The decor and atmosphere is fantastic! The Steaks were tender and cooked perfectly plus the service was outstanding. Pricey but we expected that going in. The peanut butter tart desert is "to die for".

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