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Canyon Kitchen

556 reviews
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$50 and over
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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. Chef Adam Hayes uses local produce and organic selections from our own community gardens and the surrounding area for the foundation of his creative Southern cuisine. The fixed price, multi-course menu changes regularly, sometimes daily, and is enhanced by a list of wines produced using only sustainable, organic, or bio-dynamic practices.. 20% service charge is added automatically. A $30 corkage fee will be charged for bottles up to 750ml. An additional $30 will be charged per additional 750ml.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 743-7967
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Naron
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Cross street
3 Miles East of the Crossroads on Hwy. 64
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Gift Card
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Wine
What 556 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on all time ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
3.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

We’ve been here many times and have loved the food, atmosphere, and service, but this time was different. The food wasn’t good. The appetizer was way too spicy (to the point of making our noses run and coughing), I had to send my fish back as it was extremely salty. My husband said his rib-eye wasn’t good, and the dessert was just ok. As always the ambiance was beautiful and the staff very accommodating but it was disappointing as it was also our wedding anniversary.

vipChicoEats (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

We have been coming to this restaurant for years. The setting is beautiful. This week's menu however was a miss. None of the 4 of us had a memorable meal. The quality of the short ribs was not good and the mashed potatoes were dry. The salad was nice but the dressing was so bland that there was little flavor. The desserts were unspectacular as well. The service left much to be desired. Our waiter must have been a new hire - he was very inexperienced. He forgot our wine and couldn't answer questions about the wine or the menu. They changed the menu to placemat style which we didn't like at all. The layout was confusing and made us feel like we were eating in a diner as opposed to an upscale prix-fixe restaurant. All this said, Canyon Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants, but something was certainly off this week.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

This restaurant is quite an experience. The setting is probably the prettiest place I have ever eaten. The service is unbelievable . It is a 4 course meal so it does take awhile. But It is well worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

We were really looking forward to a special meal at this restaurant especially at this $100 per person price point (with grat. and 1 beer). Honestly the food was so-so. The soup was great. I had the ravioli first course and my husband had the sausage offering. Marginal at best. The entree not very hot (we both had the short ribs) and was kind of fatty. Here's my bottom line: The ingredients were creative and the presentation was pretty. I know this is "gourmet type" food but the portions were ridiculously small. I'd say 1/3 cup of the soup. I could literally eat the sausage in 1 normal bite. Their was enough of the ribs meat but there was literally 1/4 cup of greens and about 1/3 cup of potatoes. The biggest joke was the (I am not kidding here)1 tablespoon of ice cream with the bland deserts.

Glad we went but never again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

On the way to dinner last Saturday, my party had a serious discussion as to whether Canyon Kitchen is our favorite restaurant in the USA. We concluded that it is. The combination of food, service, location and ambiance is unbeatable. Go early and drink in the beauty of the valley and stay late to sit in front of the outside fireplace. You will become a fan too.

AnneL1015 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

This place is simply amazing! Food, fire and beautiful. A must.

haygocm (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Canyon Kitchen is my all time favorite. The views, food, service, everything is top of the line!

CynC (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

This was a huge disappointment... The restaurant and setting is absolutely amazing, feels like being in Telluride CO at an upscale resort. Drinks before dinner on open patio area to backdrop of mountains and valley was the highlight- nice selection of higher end bourbon to choose from. The meal... disappointing for all three of us and we all ordered different items- the only thing we all agreed upon was that the soup was delicious. The starters- a tough ravioli and sausage dish were not good. The mains- my duck was overcooked and cold, short ribs were fatty and also not warm enough, and fried catfish for $68 well it was just fried catfish... Desserts were awful- cheese plate, banana peanut butter dish, and a caramel pie- presentation off and too sweet. For the three of us over $400 on a lack luster dining experience. Canyon Kitchen we are hoping you can do better in the future.

vipsmilyfang (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Canyon Kitchen is a very beautiful place. It is recommended to allow time before dinner to enjoy a drink outdoors, and that was excellent advice. Good wine was available. Food was creative with seasonal flair. The catfish entree was very good. My husband's shortrib entree was not the fall- off -the -bone style that he enjoys and had no sauce. The chocolate cake with pumpkin sauce was just ok. Since I love both flavors, I expected to love it, but cake was somewhat dry. Banana dessert was excellent. A special Happy Anniversary plate with small filled cakes was appreciated. Overall we enjoyed it, and we'll try it again. It would be an outstanding place to go during peak leaf change.

vipMississippiT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Always one of our mountain favorites! We were a little reluctant to bring a toddler but the attentive staff went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating! This place is absolutely worth the drive!!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

As usual, the entire evening was fantastic. The mountain setting, patio bar and adirondack chairs on the meadow (with a beautiful view of the mountains) where you can sit and sip your pre-dinner cocktail sets the stage for the rest of the evening. The pork chop option was fantastic, as was the lamb, and the interior ambiance was perfectly lovely. Favorite restaurant!

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Wonderful experience for our 25th wedding anniversary. Perfect all around!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Fantastic food and setting

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

I am in love with this restaurant! It was perfect for our date and I plan on returning very soon!

AshevilleDiner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

This absolutely stunning location (as close as you can get to fine dining in Yosemite valley on the eastern half of the country) is beautifully complemented by a gorgeous mountain restaurant. Service could not be better, with lots of happy, friendly, smiling faces everywhere you look. I have to admit that the food, though good, paled in comparison to the environment and staff, and unfortunately was not deserving of the exorbitant prices. I was with a family group and was able to taste much of the menu, and some was spectacular (the fried chicken entree, the fried oysters, all the desserts), and some was quite flat (the trout for instance). Yes, I'll come back, though I'll have to be sure to save for a while first, and I'll have to pick my food more carefully.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

The food is so gourmet that sometimes the food combinations aren't that great. Some things were very good and some okay. The overall experience is worth a trip there for a special occasion, but wish the food was a bit more dependable as far as taste. Presentation is beautiful. Service this time was a little sub par to what you would expect. It was always good before though.

vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

We always enjoy our dinners at Canyon Kitchen. There is not a bad seat in the entire restaurant. The staff are super present and that always makes for a memorable experience.
And did I mention the food is great too...

Carleykyle (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

From Beginning to the End... Simply Amazing.
Hands Down BEST Restaurant on the Mountain

Almarfla (Miami)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. However our meal one was Duck and the other Pork was not up to their standards. The meat was very tough.

AnneL1015 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Awesome food. Very tasty and beautiful presentation. Love the large fireplace and dinning area.
$68.00 a person plus cocktails.
Very nice.