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Canyon River Grill, Ellensburg, WA

Canyon River Grill

4.9
4.9
538 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Canyon River Grill is the only restaurant in the Yakima Canyon offering local cuisine and beautiful views. Located inside Red's Fly Shop and just feet from the Yakima River, The Canyon River Grill serves gourmet food and wine and a feeling of intimacy and adventure. Whether you're coming for lunch after fishing the Yakima or celebrating a special occasion, your experience with us will be unforgettable.

Reservations are ALWAYS preferred.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Cajun, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (509) 933-2309
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Kevin Davis
  • Catering
    Please inquire about catering to Events@CanyonRiver.net
  • Private party facilities
    Please inquire about private Dinners to Events@CanyonRiver.net
  • Neighborhood
    Ellensburg
  • Cross street
    State Route 821 (aka Canyon Road)
  • Parking details
    Please park in front of Red's Fly Shop.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 538 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Overall

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Food

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Service

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Ambiance

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Value

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    American

  • East of Seattle

    Best Overall

  • East of Seattle

    Best Food

  • East of Seattle

    Best Service

  • East of Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • East of Seattle

    Best Value

  • East of Seattle

    Good for business meals

  • East of Seattle

    Kid-friendly

  • East of Seattle

    Good for groups

  • East of Seattle

    Healthy

  • East of Seattle

    Neighborhood gem

  • East of Seattle

    Great for fine wines

  • East of Seattle

    Romantic

  • East of Seattle

    Good for special occasions

  • East of Seattle

    Lively

  • East of Seattle

    Most Booked

538 Reviews
  1. JulieD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pine nut crusted halibut was amazing! Best bartender and makes excellent martini's.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I said in my reservation this was for a birthday nothing was said about that when we arrived. Service was good. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks.

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  3. Foodie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are looking for an amazing meal… don’t look any further than the Canyon River Grill!!!! Best meal and presentation anywhere!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and variety one of the best restaurants in my opinion

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, beautiful location and super wine list. Loved it all!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are frequent flyers at the Canyon River Grill. Chef Kevin and his team surprise and delight with a seasonal nod to this region and his southern heritage. Sip one of Joe’s bespoke cocktails while enjoying the stunning canyon and river views. They will make you feel right at home!

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  7. JimS

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, great service, and an incredible view from our table of the river and mountains.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is always spot on. The food is always top-tier. Only less than steller was the crispy mushrooms. They were to small too deep fried. Lost the mushrooms

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  9. JoshR

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was good overall, the server was kind and she was very prompt with the food and drinks. The problem came at the end of the time. We had just finished are desert and not are serve said she was seating another table behind us. But the issue was that she did it in a way that was saying we have over stayed are welcome even know we had spent a fair bit if money. It again was not are server it was another person, thst had no bussiness, really interacting with us. If there is a time limit on tables that needs to be discussed at the seating of tables and we be happy to obliged those rules. But it was not discussed so, it was rude. Just don't expect this type of behavior from a place that is priced this way. Nor have I experienced it before in the many times I have gone before. Also. It was not busy in any way shape or form, so there was no need to push us out. Just felt disrespected.

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  10. AnthonyR

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pork chop was the best I have ever had! And the winter salad with the crispy gnocchi was a perfect match. Spring was creeping out and the setting was magical. Thanks for a great evening!

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  11. KevinO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Eastern Washington. Craft cocktails, great wine list, thanks Jeff. But then the cuisine, my oh my has Chef Kevin found his muse. He is at the top of his game. Looking forward to where he takes this dining experience next!

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  12. Sprechers

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner celebrating Valentine’s Day a few days late this weekend. We have been here a few times and always enjoy the food and drinks! I like that the menu always changes so you never know quite what to expect.

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  13. ChaseB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely phenomenally great! Best food we’ve ever had

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  14. TimS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Environment was romantic, cozy and inviting. Cindy was very helpful and welcoming. Definitely a can't miss place.

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  15. JakieMO

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing experience! Great quick service to be seated, to get drinks, appetizers, and even food which surprised us so much considering how busy they were for Valentine’s Day

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love coming here food is the best in town!

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  17. PaulD

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered were delicious! Fried Chicken was moist, jumbo shrimp was full of flavor, and the halibut fish and chips was crunchy but perfectly cooked inside. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  18. CentralWA

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. What a great restaurant. Oysters, sauteed prawns, chowder, delicious fried chicken, and brownie with ice cream. Wine selection was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, professional, and very accommodating of our special requests. Atmosphere is beautiful comfortable homey and relaxing. Not our first visit and won't be our last. Each time has been perfect.

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  19. MarkM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always this is the best restaurant east of the Cascades. Kevin Davis is a fantastic chef and we are so lucky to have him in our area. Do your palate a favor and experience an incredible meal.

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  20. RickW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are beyond compare! The setting is tranquil and so relaxing. We are so glad we decided to stop in on New Year’s Eve, now we’ve been back almost weekly. Kevin and his kitchen crew as well as the service staff have created a must visit destination experience.

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  21. DaveS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. The food is fresh, a bit of drive, but River view is outstanding. We been there several times and it has been outstanding each time.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner! Chef Kevin is so very talented. My fish was incredible, husband had Elk-delish!

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  23. MaryR

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is interesting and unique for the Yakima Valley area. You are offered food that is presented in such a form that you are licking your lips before you get it. While the prices may be considered high by some, it is what you would easily pay in any top of the line establishment in Seattle, New York and other larger cities. The restaurant is meant to keep the emphasis on the food, but if you feel the need, you can enjoy a look at the flowing river and feel a comfort of home. The service is excellent with every need being met by the servers. Would I go again? I have several times and every time, they have surpassed my expectations. Thank you.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Canyon River Grill! This time we stopped for lunch with friends on New Year’s Eve and the service and food was exceptional as always. It was also so festive with balloons and a happy new year sign above the fireplace. Great way to kick off our new year’s celebration!

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  25. BrianM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Date night and it didn’t disappoint. Very good food that’s a bit pricy but now that going in and it’s not bad.

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  26. Bananslug

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Angry Crab after seeing a picture on Facebook. It did not disappoint. Honestly, one of the bast crab dinners we ever had. And the craft cocktails are excellent.

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  27. shannona

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our absolute favorite restaurant ever!!!! Try any of the fresh fish and you will never be disappointed

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  28. fritz

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was fantastic. We enjoyed pasta, salad, steak, crab and shrimp tots, and bread. Everything was delicious.

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  29. JillG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Beautiful place, great service. It’s such a beautiful drive along the river thru the canyon to get there as well!

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  30. tedm

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Would be nice if they supplied a little bit of bread to go with the dinner rather than charging $8 as an appetizer thank you it's a gem.

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  31. JenniferT

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast, friendly, welcoming staff. Good service. Food is delicious. We appreciated that all six of our meals came out at the same time and food was hot. We love the Canyon River Grill in this beautifully scenic setting.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience here was excellent and food was delicious! The menu had a great variety of appetizers and main entrees. The service was exceptional. We sat by the fireplace…the atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary. I would definitely return!

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  33. ConnieG

    Seattle

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been many times, this time we tried the fried chicken and it was delicious crispy on the outside and juicy inside!!! The Caesar Salad was very good, and the cheesecake melted in your mouth! Cant wait to come back!!!

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  34. KenF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and the service were amazing. Our waitress, Cindy, was very attentive and knowledgeable.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. KarlaS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a good time , dessert was amazing , the only thing is that they close early but overall was wonderful.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. AnnaM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A perfect place to celebrate my husband's birthday with a delicious dinner!

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  37. John

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place for casual dining. Good good and service in a riverside location.

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  38. StevenC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very cool place with the best cajun inspired appetizers ever. The gumbo was perfect as was the fresh crab and shrimp stuffed tater tots. We were so full we had to split the Crispy Gulf shrimp sandwich which they happily did for us. That was only lunch! This is now our favorite place. Cant wait for dinner!

    1 person found this helpful

  39. StephanieB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant never disappoints! Chef Kevin and his team are the BEST!

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  40. Cascadians

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone enjoyed what they ordered, i switched my plan to the halibut entree at last minute, based on our server's recommendation, and loved every bite (even my two day old leftovers which i just had for lunch)! The wine list is excellent and i sure hope i can find a case of the red blend for our cellar❤️thank you! P.S. it was also clear that the staff works well as a team and want the guests to have a first rate experience....

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You can order delivery directly from Canyon River Grill using the Order Online button.

Canyon River Grill is rated 4.9 stars by 538 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Canyon River Grill

14706 State Route 821, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    State Route 821 (aka Canyon Road)
  • Neighborhood
    Ellensburg
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Cajun, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Please park in front of Red's Fly Shop.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kevin Davis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (509) 933-2309
  • Catering
    Please inquire about catering to Events@CanyonRiver.net
  • Private party facilities
    Please inquire about private Dinners to Events@CanyonRiver.net
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