Canyon Kitchen

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657 reviews
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JOIN US WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 for an elegant Italian wine dinner featuring Tommasi and Master Sommelier, Craig Collins MS!
$115 per person (tax and gratuity included)
please call or email directly for reservations

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. 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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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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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
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Italian Wine Dinner featuring Craig Collins MS, Wednesday, September 19

Enjoy an elegant Italian inspired evening with Canyon Kitchen
and Master Sommelier Craig Collins, MS.

Wine Pairings and 4 Course Meal, $115 per person (tax and gratuity included)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 19, 2018

Ends: September 20, 2117

Availability: Wed 6:00PM-10:00PM

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LK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall the experience was lovely. We had a table on the patio near the entrance and unfortunately, there was a lot of bugs. A few large ones ended on our table during dinner and the gnats/mosquitos were annoying. I would've given it a 5-star rating if was a bug-free evening.

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CE
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to this restaurant for years, and it still has the same effect on me - bliss. The open air setting is simply beautiful with a view of the granite mountains. The handcrafted cocktails are delicious and the wine selection good. But, the best thing about this restaurant is the creative and talented new chef, Ken Naron. All the chefs at Canyon Kitchen have been talented, but this chef is our hands down favorite of all of them. His menu is creative and delicious- combining interesting ingredients from local sources and their own garden as well. The presentation is beautiful. On our first visit of the season, we were telling our server how great we thought the chef was, and next thing we knew he came out of the kitchen to greet us and tell us about his food! That says a lot about him.
You can have a wine pairing with each course and sample (or drink a full glass!) of a recommended wine. I am a vegetarian and they always accommodate me. Although it is a 4 course meal, the courses are on the smaller side, so you leave full, but not in a food coma. If I had any recommendation for improvement, it might be the desserts. The presentation is beautiful, but we have found that some of the desserts don't rise to the level of others. They usually have 3 desserts and a cheese plate to chose from and we always order one of each (when we are 4 or more people) so we can try them all. Don't get me wrong, they are all good, but not always fantastic.
Thank you to the Jennings for bringing this gem to the mountains! Now if we could just score a table by the opening facing the mountain every time we come!

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MT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding locally sourced food and great ambience. Great service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Unfortunate that the execution was poor for such a great location. The server was very nice but we assume she or the kitchen was rushed although the dining room had empty spaces. The bread came out with the 3rd course instead of before the first. The wait between courses was extensive (20 mins between 1 and 2). They delivered our entree (Poussin) to the wrong table, the table next to us, returned it to kitchen, then brought it back after 5 minutes.

As to the food, the appetizers were great. 2 of us had crab ravioli for course 2....center was cooked but the exterior pasta was completely hard.

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A
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular views with food to match! Although this is a prix fixe menu, there is something for everyone and the chef's creativity shines. We especially enjoyed having a drink before at the lovely outdoor bar.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Anyone can have an off night, but this was some really rare pork. When our waitress finally came back to the table, after everyone else finished their meal, there was little that could be done. Combine that with an overdone ravioli and a flavorless pie, the majority of this dinner was a miss. Only highlight was a bear eating apples outside. This is my favorite restaurant in the area so I hope this was just a one time miss.

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CR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing views and great food. Also loved the bar outside that faces the mountain. You won’t mind waiting for your table here! Food is a tasting menu which somehow I overlooked but very reasonable priced for the delicious food.

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EL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times and each time it never fails to meet our expectations

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a
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special evening with daughter and son in law. Great wine list. Excellent cocktails. Well presented and paced meal. Plan to arrive 45 minutes before Reservations.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance. Cool spot.

Food mediocre. Overpriced.

Go for drinks.

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S
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Yikes! CK was our go-to restaurant for years( particularly when John Fleer was chef). There was a time when we dined regularly at this iconic venue. Went early this spring and were sorely disappointed with our experience! For starters, our server, while opening our$100 bottle of wine, casually mentioned that this was her first try at opening a bottle- unfortunately,she left the metal wrap in jagged pieces and as she attempted her premier”pour”, my wife stopped her before damage could be done to table cloth as well as our attire. The only words I heard from the couple at next table were” yes dear, that is a hush puppy”. The chef’s initial gift that evening was a solitary hush puppy and unfortunately that was the best he had to offer as the food went downhill after that. So you may ask, why did we go back? This venue is so beautiful and our experiences from the past so gastronomically profound, that when our houseguest(who hadn’t dined there in a year) asked to go, we acquiesced! Diners beware! The breads became the highlight of the dinner and those were served cold. We had two” starters”: the tomato pie was quite good, but the ravioli( single ravioli I might add) was partially uncooked and a disappointment as the sauce showed promise! The poussin rouge was tough and covered with a sour pink slaw that was offputting artistically as well as taste- wise. I sent mine back and when our server offered another entree I asked for another tomato pie instead! I had a brown sugar pie for dessert but it tasted like there was cayenne in it- what? My wife and house guest had the Dolce De Leche Cake and both declared it a failure and strangely tasteless . It was surrounded by stale peanuts which were not mentioned on menu or by server- the final insult to an evening where he were slapped upside the head as the old saying goes.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Have been to CK many times and it has been uniformly excellent, but last Sunday was a real disappointment.
Food was subpar, service ok but not up to past levels, loud music in main dining and generally an unpleasant evening.

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G
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Food, service and , of course, the view!

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A
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This magnificent dining venue is not to be equaled. The food was excellent and nice sized portions. The mountain views down the box canyon in full moonlight was breathtaking. The staff makes every effort to be friendly and customer oriented. Our guests were there for the first time and were blown away by the experience. In fact so blown away .....they picked up the check. That really made the night special.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The location is amazing we had friend visiting and wanted them to see the place it is breath taking
the food is ok nothing special

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PR
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best restaurant experiences I have ever had

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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gorgeous, must go restaurant! A cocktail in the garden on Adirondack chairs sets the tone for an unforgettable experience. Our server, Cameron, was professional, and helped us navigate the choices offered that evening. Each course was not only delicious but the presentation was beautiful. Keep up the good work!

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding views! Wait staff is great. Lily and Cameron were two of our special waiters this week. Creative food is very good. Dining here is a must!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Server Bradley very friendly and great explanations of the food that was being served that evening.
Great scenic views of the mountains and the expansive property.
Next time in the area will return.

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BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect spot for our Anniversary dinner. We didn't know what to expect, as we made the reservation on a recommendation, but were blown away by the experience, service, food, and the absolutely stunning view from the back of the restaurant. Will definitely return!

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CF
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Canyon Kitchen many different seasons. At the beginning of this season, many were complaining about the poor service, poorly trained staff and poor plating. KC listened. People have returned to find that CK high standards have returned. Friendly, knowledgable wait staff - smooth service.

The place is already beautiful. Menus are even better and more interesting than before. BRAVO!

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saw a review of Canyon Kitchen in THE State Magazine (NC). Four of us decided to make the four hour trip to see if the review was on point. The menu afforded each of us selections to our taste. Everything I had was absolutely delicious, from red snapper to a delicious dessert.
The Sapphire Valley area is absolutely beautiful. Before our reservation time, we were guided outside into the gardens. The flowers, butterflies and green areas were beautiful. Definitely a place for stress relief.
The manager was cordial and our waiter was outstanding.

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j
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly the most beautiful location and restaurant in the entire Cashiers area. The view of the granite faced mountains, open air type seating, beautiful architecture, and huge fireplace is truly special. The service and food is "top notch "and rates at the top of any experience we have had (and we've had great experiences all over the world)! So Canyon Kitchen is a restaurant not to be missed.

The only word of caution is that the meals are very expensive, carry a mandatory 20% tip (worth every penny of that), and may not be your cup of tea if you like large portions. Sometimes you get what you pay for. This is one of those times. We will be back as this place is for special occasions where you want everything to be just perfect, and it really was...

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AT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Canyon Kitchen as a whole never disappoints. It benefits from a lovely setting in a box canyon, which they take advantage of by encouraging a cocktail in the garden prior to seating you. So, don't expect to come in and go straight to your table -- that's not the point of CK. The craft cocktails are creative and balanced -- none too sweet; and, the fact that the bar transfers your tab to the table is a rare convenience in restaurants anymore. The four course menu (3-4 selections in each category) at $68 is a great value considering the ingredients, composition and presentation of each dish. "Salad" and "fish" courses are smaller portions, the meat course appropriately sized to feel substantial but still leave room for a reasonable dessert course. Given the changing nature of the menu and creative preparations, I might suggest the wait staff walk through a few highlights to prepare guests for certain dishes (e.g. our dinner companion was unpleasantly surprised that her 1st course fish dish was served cold) to avoid disappointment. That said, CK is not for the "meat and potatoes" diner; it requires a sense of adventure and unlimited palette as the creative combinations almost always contain a surprise. All of our dishes were delicious. Aside from the cold fish starter, the only other "complaint" would be smoked duck that was sliced indelicately thick -- the texture detracted from the flavor. If there is one challenge CK faces each year it is finding servers who are on the same level as the kitchen. While perfectly pleasant and attentive, one gets the sense that this is the "highest level of cuisine" (quotes only because I don't know how else to state it without sounding ridiculously snooty) most have ever served. There may be an opportunity here for the kitchen to engage the staff more in the food, ingredients and presentation that compliments the food itself. But that is a minor observation and does not take away from (nor add to) the overall experience.

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K
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale, gourmet 4 course meal was delicious, and the ambiance was perfect! The Valley with its lush green floor and the granite walled cliffs, highlighted by the sunset, was absolute heaven!

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HT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Spectacular setting. Local, fresh
Creative cuisine.

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RH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We have been coming for years-at least once a month with friends and family
Dined Sunday with chef/restaurant owner-bragging about whole experience. We were embarrassed! Scallops only good thing the four of us experienced. Sooo disappointed. Husband sent back uncooked chicken-maybe second time in 30yrs he has done that. Will not return this year.
Was my favorite restaurant

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L
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant!! The service was delightful. The food was great with exceptional presentation. The only issue that we had, was after making the reservation multiple weeks ahead, our request for a table on the outside edge was totally ignored. This was a special occasion with our “dinner club” friends who had traveled hundreds of miles, and I really had wanted a specific seating.....even went earlier than we wanted to achieve this goal......oh well, enjoyable evening anyway. We are returning next week.....hoping to be able to give a 100% review at that time.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! The entire evening was spectacular.

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DM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking forward to introducing good friends to this wonderful dining experience. Unfortunately, I became sick. I hated to cancel but was able to persuade our friends to go anyway. The restaurant staff couldn’t have been more understanding and they took great care of our friends who told me it was “Absolutely outstanding... our new favorite place!”

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S
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful evening with friends at Canyon Kitchen recently. We always enjoy starting our evening with drinks outside overlooking the mountains while seated in the Adirondack chairs or wandering through the garden which always seems to be full of butterflies. Our group especially enjoyed the heirloom tomato and cucumber salad, tomato pie and seared scallops to start. The chili rubbed poussin rouge and brass town ribeye were big hits and the blackberry semi freddo and carrot panna cottas were a perfect way to end the evening. Canyon Kitchen is always a good choice for a special evening.

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AE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best dining experiences ever! Over the top wonderful in every way!!

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MS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular and memorable evening. Although it rained, the evening could not have been more perfect. Everyone of the courses was so creative and attractively presented - as well as being delicious. It was a birthday for a friend and we were pleasantly surprised by the last "course". We will definitely go back.

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D
Jacksonville
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We were here 2years ago and it was fabulous. This current visit was, however, very very disappointing. My first course was un-imaginative( peaches were not fresh or had been marinated in something that did not add any flavor). My next course of sea scallops was very good. The main course of lamb roast was almost un-edible and I could eat only a small portion of it. The desert course of pay day pie was very good. My wife’s main course of game hen was basically raw and she sent it back. We had made reservations some time ago for two different nights, but after this experience we cancelled our second reservation.

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BC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wouldn't change a thing. It was perfect. Only suggestion is a seafood dish on the entree menu

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AG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were amazing. Must try if you are in the area.

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CG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used to go to this restaurant for special occasions all the time and then the food and service was not great. The restaurant was sold a few years ago and the new management and chef are fabulous. We will be regulars again!

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KA
Atlanta
83 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a special occasion place with amazing food, service and ambiance. Our group of four loved our server, Savannah, and house manager, Abby. They took great care of us and we felt valued. We had a perfect table just outside but undercover with spectacular views of the valley and granite rock face. The food through the first, second and third courses was phenomenal, while the desserts were just okay. We all ordered different desserts and the Payday was by far our favorite. The previous courses were thoughtful, carefully constructed, fresh and flavorful. We will definitely go back on the next special occasion.

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VF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was fair. Entrees are the weakest. the meat is over brined. We’ve been twice in two month and one time was great and the second was really underwhelming.

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T
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor area is gorgeous. Actually just the whole setting is fabulous. The staff was well trained and charming. The food and drinks were stellar! I didn’t want to leave and I really can’t wait to go back!!!

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