Expensive doesn't always translate to "great"...but at the Canyon Kitchen, it did...in spades. The restaurant is located just off busy and twisty Rt 64, but once you turn in you know this is a special place. The setting is in what appears to be a very large, open valley (canyon?) surrounded by gorgeous mountains. The building stands by itself and is a very appealing, open, one-room concept. And when I say open...I really mean open! Three of the four building sides are huge stack-back glass doors that were thrown open the night we were there, producing the very satisfying effect of feeling like being both outdoors and indoors at the same time. Think of an oversized mountain covered porch. The room's ambiance was completed by a roaring fire at one end of the room. The menu is prix fix and there were only four entree choices, so be prepared to like one of them! But the difficulty I had was in selecting only one from the four as all sounded delicious. I had the ribeye which seems like a rather pedestrian selection while in a gourmet restaurant. But the accent food items and flourishes turned what looked to be a smallish steak (I thought it looked like a filet) into an absolute riot of flavors and taste sensations. Every course was excellent and the wine menu was good if a bit hard to pick from as it was mainly populated with South American and European vintages. Service was so-so (a real problem in the Cashiers/Toxaway/Highlands area due to a shortage of available wait staff) but the overall experience was wonderful. Go expecting $100 @ person (including tip) and we were told reservations require 30-day notice due to the restaurant's popularity. We loved it!!!
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