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 Ala 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. A $50 corkage fee will be charged for bottles up to 750ml. An additional $50 will be charged per additional 750ml.
For parties of 8 or more, Canyon Kitchen has a 48 hour cancellation policy. The credit card on file will be charged $20 per person, if we have not been notified of cancellations.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Sunburst Trout Saltimbocca
Parisienne Gnocchi with Garden Herbs, Field Peas and Carrots, Benton's Country Ham, Lemon and Sage
Joyce Farms Fried Chicken Breast
Sorghum Sweet Potato Puree, Bread and Butter Green Tomato Relish
Basil Caesar Salad
Romaine Hearts, Georgia Olive Oil Tomatoes, Smoked Sunburst Trout, Parmesan Reggiano, Halloumi Cheese Croutons
We made reservations for our wedding anniversary. No notice was given to our special occasion, which seemed odd for a fine dining establishment, since it is asked when making reservations, so don’t expect any fanfare. The ambiance was great, our server was young and inexperienced, but professional and very eager. I ordered a signature cocktail, the spicy Paloma, , and didn’t finish it. Basically tequila and grapefruit I could have tossed together at home. Our sweet server recommended the trout and short ribs. I got the trout, and it was so dry and bland! My son got the short ribs. They were flavorful, but also very dry. Short ribs shouldn’t have to be cut like a steak. My husband ordered the New York strip. Not our favorite cut of steak, it was chewy as they usually are, but was flavorful and cooked properly. We ordered a nice bottle of wine from their list, and the list was impressive. We ordered the peach pound cake for our anniversary dessert, which was like cardboard! We didn’t even finish it it was so hard and dry. The real sticking point for us was the 20% mandatory gratuity they applied before giving us the bill. For a party of 4. Our waitress explained this was for the bar and hostess staff, not her. We are generous tippers, so we obviously also tipped her 20%. I am sensitive to how hard it is to get wait staff help at this political time, and the need to offer higher salaries, and the effect this can have on a business, but this seemed like a really petty and sneaky way to stick it to your customers. Since it was our first, and likely last visit, I am not sure if they were doing this pre-pandemic. We did a deeper dive and did find the planned added gratuity in fine print at the bottom of our menu after searching in our confusion. I would have gotten past all of this cheap pettiness if the food was phenomenal, but it was dry and bland. I could easily spend $$$$ elsewhere for a better “special occasion” meal.
Canyon Kitchen is an amazing place. The views and the gardens are spectacular! The food was very good and the service was good.
Great service, delicious food, and beautiful views!
Absolutely gorgeous place! Arrive a few minutes early to look at the gardens and take pictures. The have a small bar where you can get a drink although a small selection. The food was very fresh and of good quality. I would have preferred a little more aggressive seasoning but over all well done. We split the cheese board. I usually am not a fan of the meat portion but these were all really good. Only 2 types of cheeses, one tasted like cheddar and one was blue. They did not explain what was on the board. Lots of pickled items and 4 crostini. We had the NY strip which was could perfectly, the grouper which was a slightly small potion but cooked well and the chicken, the last of which was just ok. The chicken had a batter type coating that came off as you cut it. The corn purée, mushrooms, collard greens and sweet potato purée were all delicious. The service was fine although our server didn’t have a knowledge of the menu at all and didn’t have any suggestions except get red wine with the beef and white with the chicken or fish. Would highly recommend for the atmosphere alone and the food not bad too.
A wonderful experience...again! If you are in the Cashiers or surrounding area, you should visit Canyon Kitchen.
The view/location is spectacular. This is an extremely romantic locale for a special occasion, and for taking photographs to preserve the memory. Yes, it is expensive, but you could easily spend the same amount at a less intoxicating venue.
There is a reason that you ned to book in advance. The sheer beauty of the setting would be worth the price but when you combine the inventive menu using locally sourced products and combine it with the chef's vision and friendly youthful service you are close to Nirvana. Would be happy to eat there again when we revisit the area.
Did not meet our expectation, poor choice of food, deserts were not good, even though the presentation was good, way too expensive.
We had driven all the way from Atlanta, book a place to stay the night and our highlight was to be the dinner at Canyon Kitchen, the view was fabulous but the meal was a total let down.
You will be able to find much better food in Atl. that would cost you far, far less.
Beautiful setting, delicious food, wonderful place.
Can’t explain how beautiful the setting was. Never been anywhere to eat that was this breathtaking. Perfect day for it too with 75 degrees and all doors open. Go early to enjoy the scenery. Food and service were great!
Likely the most beautiful setting on the Cashiers-Highlands plateau. The food and service were great and already have reservations for our next visit.
If you are looking for the perfect setting to celebrate an occasion than Canyon Kitchen tops them all. The only complaint is that we felt somewhat hurried during the entire evening. However, we will go back!
The food was pricey but excellent. The view was outstanding. A perfect romantic splurge💕.
We had great appetizers and entrees and dessert was terrible. Our waiter, Cameron was rude towards the end - told us they were waiting for us to finish to leave, told us the already added 20% gratuity was just for the hostess and bar staff and we left additional it’d go straight in his pocket. He also tried to charge us $80 for a bottle of wine that was listed as $50 on the menu. Check your tab thoroughly. Wouldn’t go back.
The menu always has some unique combinations of flavors. The dessert with avocado and coconut sounded odd but was recommended so we tried it. It was nice...my husband enjoyed his ribeye. My short rib meal was tasty but the meat portion was petite: 2x3 inches.
What a lovely restaurant in a beautiful setting - exceeded our expectations. We arrived a little earlier to enjoy a cocktail on the back lawn, but I would make more time for that next visit. Everything we ordered was delicious and our waitress was entertaining, friendly and had great recommendations.
Fantastic food with incredible ambience. Service was top notch! Highly recommend for a special occasion.
Gorgeous setting. Wonderful meal!
Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in the Highlands Cashiers area. Wonderful ambience, service and food.
Love it Our new favorite
Very good specialty cocktails outside in the canyon where the view is spectacular. Dinner was delicious. One of our favorite places!
Cloe was great. It was a perfect night for our birthday celebration
Very enjoyable dining experience! Can’t beat the setting and I thought our food was very good!! Loved the pork rind appetizer!
We really liked the new menu, which matches the beautiful scenery of the venue!
Our favorite place in Cashiers and a must see for nature and food lovers !!
Canyon Kitchen never disappoints! The atmosphere is amazing, and the food/wine/cocktail selection is ever-changing and interesting. Definitely worth a visit for a special dinner.
We had a wonderful evening. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was fabulous. Elise was our server and she was attentive and delightfully friendly, while not at all intrusive.
We were initially seated at a table in a corner that had a very bright light over it, but were moved to a different table upon request. We were waiting on one other couple to arrive and asked to place an appetizer order. We were told that wasn’t how they ordered food because they wanted to ensure we got our food when we wanted it and that it was hot. When we said that we would prefer to have an appetizer or two for the table now, upon hesitation the server did agree to place the order. Most of the food was fantastic, however the bed of rice under the short ribs and several other items in the other dishes could have used some extra salt.
We had been to Canyon Kitchen several years ago and the experience was amazing. The level of service wasn’t as great as what we experienced in the past. Would definitely recommend based on the atmosphere and location
New chef has a wonderful menu.
Always go to Canyon Kitchen once or twice each time we are up in Sapphire.
Incomparable ambience! Delightful server. The trout was a bit dry.
Food was excellent and views are awesome
Beautiful place to eat in the mountains. Fireplace is spectacular!
Great ambience, service, food!
We haven’t been to Canyon Kitchen since the pandemic started. It was such a pleasure to see how everything was still top notch from the service to the wonderful food selections. Too many good choices, so will definitely be back.
I love the ambiance. Situated in a box canyon makes this a one of a kind experience. The frequently changing menu also adds to the excitement.
Excellent experience! Highly recommend.
The food and ambiance were wonderful but our waiter must have started that day. He couldn’t describe the entrees and had us waiting more than 20 minutes after we were seated to come to the table and told us he was really busy. He forgot to put in one entree order so we had one guest eating after everyone had ended. I would give five stars if it weren’t for our waiter.
Was so happy to return to Canyon Kitchen after last year's shutdown. The setting and dining room are among my favorites in the world. As one should expect, it's early in the season so things were not flowing as well as they will be. While everyone was friendly, service was erratic. Long wait for cocktails, side dish of potatoes came at end of meal. (We took them home for the next night.) Menu selection was ok and some of us were very happy with our meal, but selection nothing to write home about. Deconstructed desserts looked interesting but tasted meh. Definitely will return and definitely recommend, but be aware it will probably take awhile for things to get back to where they were prepandemic.
Canyon Kitchen is in an incredibly beautiful location. The setting itself is worth the trip, but the food was also good. We started with charcuterie, which was a hit. The trout was beautifully cooked, but the fried chicken felt like it was missing something. I was a little disappointed in the service. I asked for lemonade, which our waiter shared they did not have but did not share what non-alcoholic beverages they had on offer. There were none listed on the menu. I was looking forward to a non-alcoholic cocktail or specialty drink, but there were none. It was our first time there and while the group next to us got a full rundown from their waiter on the menu and location, we got only a few words and were left largely alone. Our entree arrived and we had no silverware on the table. When we ordered desserts, we were not asked if we wanted coffee and had to flag someone down to get us some after we had already eaten half. It was a special occasion and treat for us, so we just expected a bit more attention and care from our waiter.
The views are worth the visit, absolutely breathtaking! We enjoyed a few glasses of wine and a charcuterie board outside, truly amazing! The girl serving the wine was very personable and added to the enjoyment of our evening! I wish we could have stayed outside for dinner as service was lacking once we were seated inside. Our server was very young and very inexperienced, they should move her to hostess and have the hostess serve! Food was phenomenal! Only downfall was the service as for the price you’re paying you’d expect top notch service. Overall, it is worth a visit to experience such a unique one of kind dining experience! We will be back!
Canyon Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.
Canyon Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://lonesomevalley.com/cashiers-nc-restaurant/.
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.