Canyon Kitchen

4.7
580 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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Join us for the Guy Davis Wine Dinner and Canyon Cuvee Release!
Friday, June 22 6:00PM
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
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6
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4.4
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4.9
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4.2
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We felt it was a wonderful setting but for the cost the food was very small portions and not over the top.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The smell, the sights, the service... this place is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Favorite restaurant! Go every chance we can!!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was excellent, waiter couldn’t answer some of our questions about ingredients and wasn’t prompt with drink orders.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Special and beautiful place, great service and delicious food.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The view and ambiance were spectacular. The hospitality when we got there and throughout our dining experience was very good. The food was quite good, though not explained well by our server. She stumbled through the preparation description of the Beef Coulotte - it almost sounded like (and looked like) the primary cooking method was sous-vide, but that term was completely foreign to her. Our dessert course (we were told it had to be ordered at the same time as the rest of our dinner order) arrived while we were still eating our entrees. When the server noticed we were still enjoying the entree course, she turned around, returned to the back of the house, and another person appeared immediately to remove our dinner plates (though we were not quite finished). The same desserts then came back to the table - evidenced by the additional melting of the sorbet. Overall, I would rate the total dining experience as very good, only missing an even better rating because of an inexperienced (and maybe not fully trained?) server. The shortfalls were not enough to compromise my partner's dining experience by asking for a manager.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My wife and I are usually not so harsh with these evaluations but having been to CK in years past, were were disappointed. The cost was excessive, the food was good but not great as we expected, there were two groups before and while we were there that were noisy to a point of loud...we could not hear our own conversation. We do find that a younger generation than we are prone to populate restaurants today and be excessively loud all trying to scream over each other. It seems that we were taught that quite and polite dinner conversation conformed to good etiquette and respect to others who were also at the restaurant. Perhaps you could post a note on this point in the menu or to groups that you expect to be loud. We will be back but hope you take these comments constructively particularly the food quality and the noise. Oh, the service was good, but slow. Your folks all seemed to be of good heart, but need more experience.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was simply an amazing dining experience. The venue the scenery the service the food all top notch. I have had the opportunity to dine at some great restaurants all over the world and this one can certainly hold its own against any of them. Will definitely be back!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We had five adults and two children in our party. One child was two years old, and baby 8 months old. The staff was very accomodating right as we approached the entrance. We enjoyed the outside area by the bar and was seated inside at our Reservation allotted time.
The 4 course meal was excellent - every part of it! Each person enjoyed their meal. Our two year old loved her macaroni and cheese and ice cream dessert!
After our meal, we went back outside and enjoyed the Canyon views and meadow. We all agreed that it was a great experience. We will make it a tradition everytime we return to the Cashiers area, which we do several times a year.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Amazing! Such a beautiful night with amazing scenery and the food was fantastic! Can't wait to return next time we are in town. It will be a staple on list every time we go now! It's a must try for sure!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Love this restaurant, but the service was not good this time
Everyone enjoyed the steak but I had duck and was not crazy about it
Will go again and still love the restaurant

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Another great experience. Cocktails on the lawn looking at the canyon, followed by extraordinary food at every course. A very fine evening. Best on the Plateau.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Delightful

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Awesome ambiance, and extraordinarily good cuisine!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

What a beautiful place! The food is amazing and unique. Something for every appetite!
The drink creations are wonderful and the wine list is very good.
Love, love this place!
Only one hiccup we had 6 dinning and were charged for 9 dinning. The manager quickly resolved the issue so I guess just double check the bill!
Other than that...5 star place!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

LOVED everything about it!! We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great restaurant!!! Wonderful food and atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Time between courses was painfully long.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Always a great dining experience with creative menus and a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

There is not a better view in WNC. Awesome dining al fresco!!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Sitting on the lawn having a drink started the evening, then an amazing meal to follow. Canyon kitchen is an amazing place

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The entree choices were limited—beef, duck or rabbit. I had the duck, and although I’m sure it was done well, I learned that I don’t like duck. My favorite part of the meal was the salad and the bread.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

A visit here would be worthwhile even if they served no food! The view and the setting are unparalleled. We were seated outside on the porch and were unaffected by a light shower. Food was delicious and service friendly. There were only two of us, but I'd enjoy coming with a group. Do come early enough to enjoy drinks in their garden...

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great food, stunning views. Request outside seating!

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Fantastic food and setting

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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