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“When More Is Less”

Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley
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Ranked #9 of 34 Restaurants in Cashiers
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$58 - US$63
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3 Miles East of the Crossroads on Hwy. 64
Description: Executive Chef Adam Hayes and his award winning culinary team look forward to having you join us at Canyon Kitchen for an exceptional culinary experience in one of the most beautiful restaurant settings in the US.
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The ambiance is breathtaking! We checked the menu before arriving so no surprises with the cost or menu. Our expectations were that we would enjoy a fine dining 'experience'. Instead we had a rushed experience. We ordered one of the specialty blueberry cocktails and before our second sip, the starter was served-a single medium size shrimp deliciously adorned. The empty dish was whisked away and almost immediately the first course was served- a single tortellini in a few tablespoons of tasty broth. Our cocktail was half finished. We protested that we were being rushed. Wait staff said this is how their customers like to be served. Hostess came over and said they would hold up our main course if that is what WE wished. The glass of wine I had ordered for dinner was lined up next to my unfinished cocktail. Water glasses were not refilled. My flat iron steak entree was delicious. My husband's small chicken breast was dry and was hard to cut without a steak knife. In all, extremely disappointing. Our check totaled $196, we were rushed and the value did not meet the cost. We had a 6:30 reservation and they were clearly trying to turn our table over quickly.

1  Thank Linda K
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

good experience/value @ $49.pp versus Greystone at $70. up to date menu selections and attentive wait staff - beautiful setting - don't drink too much, curvy roads.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Canyon Kitchen is this amazing gem of a destination. It's more than a restaurant, really, as you feel this strong sense of place coming through in all aspects of your experience. Lonesome Valley is simply stunning, and you get a constant sense of how meaningful the history of the land is to what is being built by this innovative and down-to-earth group of people. From the open-air feeling of the barn, to the beautiful gardens (used by the restaurant), and the seemingly endless stretch of rolling hills, the setting is pure magic and feels totally appropriate in the mountains of North Carolina.

I highly recommend coming early for drinks (a secret of the locals) and grabbing a few adirondack chairs to take in the view. The cocktail list is excellent and probably the most innovative I have seen in the Highlands/Cashiers area. The staff was not just friendly, they were warm and gracious, making us feel totally comfortable. John Fleer is the executive chef at Canyon Kitchen so we had high expectations for the food -- he did not disappoint! The dinner menu is a pre-fix style with limited selections for each course and suggested wine pairings. This might be surprising for someone dining for the first time, but the menu style suited us just fine. My husband and I love to share so we each ordered a different entree and dessert course. We were so glad we did as we enjoyed all of the food and got to try twice as many dishes!

We definitely will be going back to Canyon Kitchen and we would highly recommend it to anyone who loves good food with a view. Also, if you are looking for a really special wedding or rehearsal dinner venue in Cashiers, then look no further than Lonesome Valley. You really can't beat the gorgeous views, amazing food, and friendly, down-to-earth people you will find there. The other recent reviewer that insinuated poor business practices must be one of those people who is always looking for an excuse to complain on the internet (so lame). I haven't seen anything but honest, hard-working, and cool people at Lonesome Valley. I have met Sarah, the event coordinator at Lonesome Valley, and she is the nicest, most helpful, and down-to-earth person you could ever hope to organize a wedding with. Plan ahead, though, because Lonesome Valley only books one wedding event per weekend and so the dates fill up fast! Not surprising, considering what an amazing venue it is!

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

It's hard to out do the spectacular views of the balds of the sides of the canyon that suround the restaurant. It takes your breath away as you drive into Lonesome Valley. It sets the tone for the remarkable dining experience you enjoy every time you visit. The food is excellent ... not too fussy. The atmosphere is mountain comfortable. The wait staff is friendly and attentive without being too formal or stuffy. It's a place to take folks you want to impress.

1  Thank ATLChristy
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Don't get me wrong, this place is beautiful. Nature at it's best. But that is where it stops.

My daughter called Sarah to look at having her wedding there. During this phone conversation Sarah told her that our wedding date was 'completely free'. So we booked a time to come and see the place in person 6 days later. After a 3 hour drive, upon our arrival, Sarah was asked again what our wedding date was. We told her and said we were not flexible at all on the date for various reasons beyond our control. Sarah told us a local couple was considering this date. After we toured the facility, we said we wanted to sign a contract. Sarah all of a sudden said the local couple would get first choice on the date. They had not signed a contract, or even asked for one. They hadn't even decided if the date worked for them.

According to the website a couple is given 7 days to commit. After we left, Sarah contacted the couple and then gave them 10 days until we heard they in fact wanted our date.

We have toured 6 wedding venues and each one has said once we called for an appointment that the date would be saved for us until we viewed the property.

Lonesome valley obviously thinks they are too good for the rest of us!

3  Thank Daja607
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