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Canyon Kitchen

4.7
4.7
1016 Reviews
$50 and over
American


Sometimes the magic of sharing a table with friends over fabulous food and wonderful wine can be elevated by a place. Sitting at the foot of the largest granite face on the East Coast in the Sapphire Valley, Canyon Kitchen has that impact. Canyon Kitchen uses local produce and organic selections from our own community gardens and the surrounding area for the foundation of his creative Southern cuisine. Our multi-course menu is offered a la carte and will change regularly, sometime daily, and is enhanced by a list of wines produced using only sustainable, organic, or bio-dynamic practices.. 20% service charge is added automatically to each party. A $40 corkage fee will be charged for bottles up to 750ml.

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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 743-7967

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ed Selle

  • Private party facilities

    Canyon Kitchen can be rented out for private functions and weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Jennings: (828) 743-7696

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands / Sapphire

  • Cross street

    3 Miles East of the Cashiers Crossroads on Hwy. 64

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,016 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Scenic View

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

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  1. MA

    MichaelA

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    This is the most beautiful restaurant and setting on the Highlands Cashiers plateau. It is set in a field overlooking the open end of a box canyon. The bar area is open to the box canyon. In nice weather the walls to the dining room are open to the outside. The room is casual barn chic. The service is excellent. Staff friendly. You need to know they include a 20% service charge in your bill with the opportunity to add more. We have dined at Canyon Kitchen a number of times since we moved here. Our only complaint is that the food, while fine, is only just that, fine. The courses are inconsistent with the small plates and side dishes better than the main courses. That has pretty much been the case each time we have visited. I still recommend it though. You won’t find many places like it anywhere.

  2. JW

    JudyW

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was spectacular!!

  3. KM

    KelliM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere; food delicious; wine a bit pricey!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Pleasant and relaxing.

  5. RS

    RobertS

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    The food was boring and unremarkable. The menu selection was disappointing. My wife had the trout saltimbocca and the fish was terrible. I suggest if you serve trout you better get some high quality fish. Unless you have fatty, ie pink trout, it taste like tilapia. My filet was average in quality at best, perhaps a dry aged meat would liven this up. The mashed potatoes were totally unremarkable. There seems to be a disconnect with the abundant staff on drink delivery. We ordered wine with the meal and I had to go to the bar to get it, after our meal had been served. The desert was a crème brûlée , and could not eat it. They graciously took this off the bill.This place has wonderful ambiance and scenery. The food should reflect this. This place should five star.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Canyon Kitchen has consistently been one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. I’ve been probably 15 times in 10 years, and we’ve had a wonderful meal every time. Love this place!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Food isn’t what it used to be in their early days but the ambiance and setting are still beautiful.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING. Loved everything about it, from the spectacular views to the eclectic menu and impeccable service.

  9. RC

    RobertC

    Birmingham

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was fantastic. The service is excellent.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5

    Trout was very dry and they did not seem to care that I mentioned it was extremely dry. Also would not move our seats for a better view.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The ambience is cozy with the beautiful fireplace and the view is quite pretty. The music would be best left unplayed as the choice of music was seemingly left to waitstaff and the system sounds annoyingly lacking in base. The soft sound of dinner conversation would have been preferable. The management is very professional, however waitstaff is incredibly amateur and unprofessional. Dinner was served as we were midway through appetizers, staff had no education on the wine list and after requesting, prior to dinner being served, a particular wine to be served with dinner, and then reminded when dinner arrived,, it finally arrived past midway of dinner and only with additional prompting. This is a shame because otherwise this restaurant experience is lovely.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Rude waitstaff. Will never return to this restaurant. They seated us at a table overlooking the parking area on a porch separated by large wood door from the actual restaurant. We asked to be seated in the main part of the restaurant but they would not. After we were seated on the porch they came out and let down clear vinyl curtains that were foggy white so we couldn’t see through them. We asked them to please put them back up because we couldn’t see out but they said a patron inside the restaurant complained about being cold and wanted the vinyl curtains let down. Our reservation was at 5:45 so the restaurant was only about 1/10 full. Very disappointing. We left and will not return.

  13. EB

    EBS65

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful as always.

  14. R

    Rink

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Dinner with great friends now that we’ve returned to Highlands for the Summer season. Views are awesome and the food is excellent. Great bar set up with drinks outside in a very relaxed atmosphere. Book a late dinner and make sure you arrive about 45 minutes early to enjoy the setting.

  15. NP

    NickP

    Memphis/West TN

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic evening; the food, service and staff were top notch!

  16. D

    Doglover

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Cocktail served in a cracked glass. Turnips were undercooked. Bill was incorrect and manager had to call me after we arrived home to add drink charges. This is a fabulous place so I guess I have high expectations.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food! Wine selection is above expectations.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous view and great drinks! Grouper was wonderful!!

  19. HC

    HenryC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5

    Not your fault that you serve designer food. There was nothing on the menu that was appealing so we left.

  20. H

    Hanks

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect as always!

  21. c

    connip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about Canyon Kitchen was amazing! We can’t wait to return!

  22. WR

    WendyR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Best corn bread ever. A little sweet, and moist. Like a cake. Not dry and crumbly. The view is spectacular. Food was very good.

  23. j

    jessicab

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting and great good. Overall Great experience until they brought the check. There was an unexpected $25 service fee? Definitely wanted to tip our server well but this was unexpected and without explanation.

  24. JK

    JayK

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Only thing that surprised us was a service charge was included on the bill but nobody told us it would be. Unusual far a party of 3.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful restaurant

  26. c

    charlenep

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Canyon Kitchen always exceeds expectations!

  27. MG

    MarkG

    Miami

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Canyon Kitchen is our favorite restaurant. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, the staff is great. The service is quick but not rushed. Dining room manager, Geremy recognized us from prior visits and went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience. The view is so fabulous it cannot be described. The food is southern but really elevated. We started with the pork rinds. The rinds were very large pieces, came out warm and were dusted with korean spices, wow! I had the fried chicken. It was served with goat cheese grits and bacon braised collards. The portions are quite generous. The grits were creamy, covered with the smokey greens, served with a large pub style chicken breast drizzled in hot honey. Combiiniing them made for a perfect bite. My wife had the trout saltimboca. It was equally delicious. 2 good sized pieces of trout wrapped around a sage-based mousse and then wrapped in thinly sliced ham. Moist, flaky fish creamy mousse and salty ham, another fabulous bite. It was served over a medley of vegetables and chickpeas. If you visit the Western NC mountains, do not miss this restaurant.

  28. KW

    KarenW

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  29. BG

    BenG

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Loved my experience at Canyon Kitchen. Just a beautiful setting both inside and outside the restaurant. Friendly service and a delicious meal.

  30. LG

    LisaG

    Nashville

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you know you'll be in the area a month in advance MAKE A RESERVATION. This place is amazing! Come early (or plan to stay a little while after if your reservation is early), to walk around the property. The food, the service, top notch. We had the Mountain Trout Saltimboca, Skillet Seared Filet with Carmelized Onion & Whipped Potatoes and shared sides of Roasted Turnips as well as Collard Greens. Everything was SO delicious! They also have a nice bar area, great cocktails as well as wines by the glass. We can't wait to come back!

  31. BL

    BrookeL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my new favorite restaurant! The location is absolutely stunning, the staff was accommodating and friendly, and the food was delicious. I can't wait to go back!

  32. S

    Sandrat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meal was excellent especially the fried chicken and banana pudding. We will be back assuming we can get a reservation. I’ve tried for over a year and there aren’t many slots that work for us as part timers in Cashiers.

  33. DD

    DeborahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Bella was our waitress and she was perfect! She was attentive but not too intrusive. The restaurant was at the perfect volume for us. We could enjoy each others company. The food was delicious, but definitely expensive. The breads were outstanding and the meals were very good. Only one in our group didn't experience her meal as wonderful. she stated that it was okay.

  34. CP

    CurtP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You can't go wrong with the atmosphere here! I made a comment on our reservation about diet restrictions and the waitress was aware of it and guided me in my selection! As others have suggested, go early and enjoy the scenery before you are seated!

  35. CM

    CarenM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Beautiful location. Service was excellent. Food was disappointing.

  36. BP

    BradP

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    What a wonderful place and view, our server was great and we had coffee out back after dinner with just an incredible view. I would plan to arrive early and enjoy a drink out back. I will say the food was good but not great. Could have just been my entree.

  37. EH

    EmilyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our second trip here and it was just as wonderful as the first! Can’t wait to find a reason to celebrate and come back!

  38. AB

    AnnB

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    This location is splendid and the family style vegetable sides are ample and intriguingly spiced.

  39. ST

    SharonT

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of our favorite resturant in the area! Lovely view!

  40. MW

    MikeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful outdoor setting to arrive early and have a drink. Excellent food, knowledgeable staff, did I say our meal was great?! Careful with salt content though. Highly recommend for a beautiful night out

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Canyon Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1016 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Canyon Kitchen

150 Lonesome Valley Rd Sapphire, NC 28774

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3 Miles East of the Cashiers Crossroads on Hwy. 64

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands / Sapphire

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ed Selle

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (828) 743-7967

  • Private party facilities

    Canyon Kitchen can be rented out for private functions and weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Jennings: (828) 743-7696

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