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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.
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
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In addition to self parking, complimentary valet parking is available.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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