Canyon Kitchen

4.6
705 reviews
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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. 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.
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the location, the view, the place, the food, staff, drinks, all of it. The seating was comfortable. The food was creative and fresh. It was a great experience and we are trying to plan another trip there.

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KA
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience that we look forward to several times each summer/Fall season! Fabulous! Best culinary experience ever!!!

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BL
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must if you are visiting the Highlands-Cashiers-Sapphire Valley area!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and overall dining experience! Can’t beat the views!

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Father’s Day and had a great experience - as always - at Canyon Kitchen. The farm-to-table locally sourced food was uniquely prepared and excellent. The views are breathtaking and fantastic.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Expected a lot more for the prices we paid. The meal was 4 courses, but the portions were extremely small and the food was below average. The location/view is incredible, so I would recommend stopping by for a drink, but skip the meal.

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Houston
101 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting and good service. Food was terrible. Was there with wife and we ordered different items from 4 course menu. All 8 courses were bad. Go for a drink but don’t stay for dinner.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I think the food is too complicated. I would prefer simple done well. All five of us were disappointed in our meals.

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Naples
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The setting is the best part of Canyon Kitchen. Worth arriving before reservation and having a drink at the outside bar and enjoying the view. The service was excellent if rather formal. Food was somewhat disappointing. Chef seems to be using obscure grains which did little to enhance the flavor of the food and in some cases detracted from the enjoyment of the dish. While It was evident that a lot of thought and preparation had gone into the food, there was a general lack of flavor overall.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Canyon Kitchen remains my favorite dining experience in the Highlands-Cashiers-Sapphire area. As a vegetarian diner, I was impressed with our waiter's attention to my requests and the chef's flexibility in honoring them without compromising his delicious creations. The setting is just beautiful inside and out. If the weather permits, go early and enjoy a drink on the lovely grounds.

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JH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner at Canyon Kitchen. Each course was exquisitely prepared and oh so tasty! They made accommodations for a member of our party who was gluten and dairy free as well. We'll definitely be back!

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FT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Beautiful setting!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, incredible atmosphere.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cordial and thoughtful service. Delightfully crafted menu. Beautiful and relaxing ambiance.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience at Canyon Kitchen. Arrived in time to enjoy cocktails outside and watch the sun set on the mountains. Food and service were outstanding. Pastry chef accommodated a special order for a birthday cake (which was delicious). One of our favorite dining spots in the mountains.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was a great disappointment. Presentation was wonderful, food was incredibly salty..chef forgot to taste beforehand. I know the salty and sweet southern thing but this was a salt lick! Even the beet salad was waaaay too salty. The only thing that was good was the bread basket, and the desserts...Pineapple Cake was amazing!
Wait staff was terrific! Setting is stunningly beautiful, restaurant is mountain rustic chic, food wise simply awful we will not be back.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have enjoyed Canyon Kitchen for years. Our recent dinner was not up to the standard we have grown to expect. The food simply wasn’t as good.

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JH
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You can’t beat the ambiance/view here. Every employee works to make sure you have the best experience.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good evening

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love every minute of our experience. Very special place.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant but this was the first average experience we’ve had there. The potlikkers were tasteless and the trout fritter was mostly filling. They were also bland. The steak was okay, not great. We are long time customers of this wonderful restaurant and hoping this was an anomaly. I am hoping the restaurant doesn’t come to just resting on its gorgeous setting.

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Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to sit out and enjoy the beautiful views and have a glass of wine before dinner! Dinner is farm to table fresh and delicious!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & views.

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had drinks overlooking the beautiful meadow and mountain space at the back of the restaurant before dinner. Open air space in dining area affords great views in every direction during dinner. Service very cordial and pleasant and helpful. We did not know what Ramps were and received thorough descriptions, even a visual! The chicken liver appetizer was very special and delicious. The beet salad was far above average. The soft shell crab entree was good but could have been more flavorful. However the asparagus dish was outstanding. We were beyond satisfied with our portions and had our desserts boxed to enjoy later at home. Wine and cocktail offerings numerous and quite good. A dining experience to remember and look forward to returning in the near future.

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H
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed dinner at Canyon Kitchen many times over the past 10 years, but honestly this was THE BEST EVER! We got lucky with the weather, the bar service was spectacular and the food was amazing. Our server, Kellie, was on top of every detail and she made our whole dinner experience delightful. Highly recommend!

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RO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The CK is awesome. A bit pricey but the food was phenomenal and Bethany our service was just incredible. Atmosphere is like nothing I’ve seen.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although always very nice, this visit seemed a step above previous experiences. Now a prix fixe menu very innovative dishes. Gorgeous weather accentuated the open air dining. First time I’ve experienced a full house here, but service staff was more than adequate to give everyone attention.

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Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My family has a home in the area, and every year we look forward to dining at The Canyon Kitchen. It's been a tradition for years. Highly recommend going early, enjoying the view and a cocktail to start off with. You can't go wrong with this jewel ! One of a kind.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! We had a beautiful dinner and experience at Canyon Kitchen for a long-awaited weekend in the mountains and our 16th Anniversary. Our server was excellent, attentive, the ambiance was incredible. A gorgeous chilly October day, fires on, doors open and just beautiful. We can’t wait to come back next season! Very highly recommend.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Creative and unique food. Wait staff could have done a better job discussing menu. I'm unsure whether one of the dishes I ordered was supposed to be served cold, but it was cold. The soup was indeed supposed to be hot, and it was delicious, but only warm. The French Press coffee was cold. The weather was chilly inside the main dining room and outdoors, so perhaps, that was part of the problem. However, all the food was tasty, creatively served and the experience is worthwhile.

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in small amounts; not a place for large appetites unless you want to fill up on bread, which you might because it is also very good. The setting is beautiful, perhaps the best view of any western North Carolina restaurant not located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The price makes it a special occasion only option for us and we view it as an experience not just a meal.

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CC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun date night

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Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the beautiful ambiance in the facility as well as the outdoor area where there were chairs on the lawn and a bar. We were seated on time which was remarkable considering that it was a full house. The menu was creative and nicely presented. We both had the oso bucco which my wife was very pleased with hers, however mine was fatty and full of gristle. I complained when the maitre de came around and he quickly replaced it with the short ribs, which was very good. The oyster soup with spoonbread croutons was awesome as were the desserts. We hope to return at a later date.

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C
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most spectacular mountain dining experiences we have ever experienced, and we are well traveled. The food is outstanding, paired with an unmatched setting. On this particular night the barn was "closed" so it was noisier that usual. Go when the weather is warm.

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MR
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Made reservations several months in advance as this was an Anniversary dinner. We arrived early to enjoy the sunset. Outside bar is a wonderful setting. Winelist and drinks are a bit pricey, but pours are adequate. We were seated at a table that was out the outskirts of the dining area. We were surprised as there were several open tables inside the main seating area. It was barely 50 degrees outside. Our server stated that there were blankets available and there was a patio heater near our table.
The first course; the tuna was overcooked and tasteless. The squash was not properly peeled however, its true representation was a dried doughnut with a filling that had grainy sugar in it. Poor execution.
In conjunction with a pathetic display of food, the environment is not conducive to dining pleasure either. The tables are topped with galvanized tin, which only creates a freezing table top in colder weather. How nice to add to an already cold plate of food! When we asked for coffee, our server came back 15 minutes later & said "We don't have any hot water right now for coffee, so do you want your check?" We left. THIS WAS RIDICULOUS!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite dining experience in the Highlands-Cashiers area.

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The setting of this restaurant is beautiful - in a valley with a gorgeous view of a granite outcropping. The service was top quality, the menu was exciting, and the wine list was well curated. We had some very tasty cocktails by the fire before we were seated and everything pointed to this being a great meal.

Unfortunately, the food was disappointing and very very bland. For a prix fixe menu at a price that my family considers a "splurge" (we were there for a special occasion) we expected a much higher quality of food. All of the ingredients were there, the plating was beautiful, the dishes were well-conceived, but not one dish was seasoned appropriately. There were four of us dining, so between us all we tried almost every dish on the menu, and there were two of them that came close to properly seasoned (but still nothing impressive).

The ambiance of this restaurant is also strangely sterile. It is housed in a large lodge with exposed beams and warm lighting, but very little by way of decoration or personality. Also, they kept the barn doors open and it was a chilly night, so many of the patrons had blankets - it was too dark to enjoy the view so that was a strange choice.

The saving grace of this place is its service. Our server was attentive, enthusiastic, and conscientious. I noticed the manager was engaged with his staff, greeting guests, and participating in the dinner service. The bartender was gregarious and helpful. Overall, kudos to the entire staff, and I hope one day they can serve a restaurant where their skills match the quality of the food.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your reservation so you can enjoy a cocktail in the garden. Such a beautiful place.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our time at Canyon Kitchen. The bartender was fantastic and had great recommendations. Service once we sat at the table was spotty with food arriving several times while we still had dirty plates on the table. Food was ok, but we had a much better meal the night before for half the cost. The atmosphere was nice though.. would likely give it another go during daylight hours so we can see more of the surrounding area.

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