Canyons of the Blue Ridge

Canyons of the Blue RidgeCanyons of the Blue Ridge
9 Ratings
Canyons of the Blue RidgeCanyons of the Blue Ridge

Type: Bar, Eatery

8960 Valley Blvd
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605-9265
United States

(828) 295-7661 | map

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Added by rodrot on 12-23-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by wcudwight:
Photo of wcudwight
3.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Updated 5/21/06 as I have been several times since my last review and the service has been subpar. I don't expect waitstaff to have an extensive beer knowledge. But I do expect waitstaff to know what their restraunt has on tap and if they don't I expect them to go back and check. Is this asking too much?

Canyons of the Blue Ridge sits right off of 321 on the left as you are just entering Blowing Rock. The parking is laid out in a bazaar pattern. We went on a friday night and had no trouble finding parking. The place was crowded and loud, but not overly so. The beer list for a restaurant is impressive. They have many craft brews on the menu, but be sure to ask the waitstaff what else they have. On the night I went they had New South IPA on tap and it was not listed on the menu. The prices for the beer range from 2.50 a pint to 6.50 a pint depending on what you get. The food is South Western style and it is good. Not jaw dropping but it is good. They also have a small stage in the back corner and have many live bands at night. We sat in the non-smoking section and you would've thought the whole place was non smoking. That's a big plus for me. But when we walked past the bar it smelled like a brushfire. I listed pricing as reasonable, b/c it's Blowing Rock and the prices are reasonable for Blowing Rock. A little higher than what I'm used too, but about par for the area. Overall I would recommend this place on your visit to Blowing Rock.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of qcbrewer
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

(This is a little bit of a retro review - drive by it this past weekend and thought I'd check to see if I'd reviewed it in the past based on multiple visited, only to find I hadn't)
Spectacular views of the blue ridge mountains. Small-ish deck, but well worth it if you get a table, even at night as it lends an air of peacefulness knowing about the view that would be there. Decent sized bar with a few high tops, but for the most part this is primarily a restaurant. I've had some great beers here in the past, most recently Sexual Chocolate on draft. The food options are well rounded. Absolutely worth a stop if your in the Blowing Rock/Boone area - especially in the fall.

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Photo of tlema1
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice selection good food...spectacular view

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Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped here for lunch one afternoon after a drive on the Pkwy. Pretty busy place for lunch, possibly because of the great view from the bar overlooking the mountains. If it was warmer, we would have sat out on the deck, which offered a spectacular view. The food was pretty good. I got the fish tacos with black beans. I'd get that again for sure. Very well done. Most of the patrons in our area were drinking mixed drinks and BMC products. The chalkboard boasted that they carried Blowing Rock Ale, Boont Amber, some Duck Rabbit offerings, and some from Highland. I can't say for certain what else they carried, but it didn't look that extensive. If you're around and want to get a great view with your meal, stop by here.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We went to see a friend's band play here on a Friday night and went to have dinner ahead of time. They had a nice tap list with Foothills Hoppyum and some Duck Rabbit. Also had Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, which I love. Our server was very knowledgeable and since I was the only beer dude at our table, he really took care of me. Food was good, prices were OK. I had the Hot pastrami, decent meat portions, and I tasted the fish-n-chips. No smoking in the dining area which was nice but the kitchen shuts down around 10:00 when bands play and then it is open to smoking. I did not check the bottle list since the draft list was suiting my needs. I have known of this place, but this was my first time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was not a bad palce that we stopped into on our way out of town. There was a decent selection of beer from Foothills, Bells, Terrapin, other domestic micros, not really many imports. A decent bottle selection of maybe 50 or so. The food was excellent, I had chicken which was great with a seeing double IPA. The service I did not really find bad as others have mentioned, but it wasnt really crowded at lucnh time. This was overall a decent place to eat that just happened to have a pretty decent beer list as well, If you are in town you could do worse

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Photo of ncvbc
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to this place before and enjoyed it simply as a restaurant. Excellent location just as you get into Blowing Rock with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a nice sunset. Not noted as a drinking place in my mind before I went back tonight to pay a visit. Of course, thinking "this isn't a great beer place for selection" I quickly ordered a Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills, which happened to be on their list. Oh yeah...pretty good atmosphere with a bar area and seating around it also. I sat outside for dinner on the porch with the excellent view I mentioned before. Ordered a chicken quesadilla which was good in my book. Came with rice and beans which were both excellent as well. The big let down for me was leaving and double checking the taps. Well, kind of just a let down for this evening. They had plenty of bottles on their list that are typical but still micros, yada yada. So I walk past the taps, stop while my friends walk ahead...and see a slew of Bell's beers. Porter, Amber, TWO-HEARTED. Damn, I'm excited and let down at the same time. I tried to stop back in on the way home but they closed early. Service, as others have mentioned, isn't up to par with what it should be at an establishment like this. I didn't ask much about the beer because I didn't expect much but I'm sure that if others have had bad experiences in that department it's easily possible. Overall, I think this is a worthwhile place to stop in if you haven't been able to try some good Bell's on-tap yet. Good food, relaxing scenery, and the like. Recommended.

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Photo of Enola
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place has a lighted stage in back for local bands. The food was pretty good. I had some type of chicken with beans and rice. The southwest setting is a nice touch. If you're here when weather fit, be sure to sit on the outside deck. The veiw is outstanding. There is even a webcam on their website of the valley below. The service was lacking more than a little. I will visit this place again and update my service score if this has improved. The beer selection was good but I was kindly pushed for time so we had tea. I did see a nice sized cooler with various botttles in it. I did not notice what was on-tap. Next time I am here, I will have to explore this area futher. Overall, a good place to eat. This is in the old Emporium building. I would go again. A little pricey but not too bad considering it is in Blowing Rock.

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Photo of rodrot
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I visited this place about a month ago, but was unable to review it because the buddy I was with had the flu and wanted to go home. The guys at Peabodys in Boone had mentioned that this bar would probably have some tasty beer on tap since the owner, Bart Conway, used to be part owner of the old Tumbleweed Brewery back in the mid 1990's. They were correct. I visited in the late afternoon after the lunch crowd have left and went straight for the bar. The bartender greeted me immediately and asked what he could get me. I told him to give me a minute while I checked out the draft selection. I saw Mad River Pale Ale, SNPA, Gonzo Imperial Porter, Foothills Seeing Double IPA(yes!), Terrapin Rye, Avery Elle's Brown Ale, Newcastle, Guinness, Blue Moon White and Yuengling. The only swill on tap was Bud and Miller. Not bad. I ordered a pint of Seeing Double, which was very tasty. There were about 30 beers in the bottle, notably SN Celebration, Triple Karmaliet, Spaten Optimator, Victory Golden Monkey, Guinness, Cottonwood Appalachian Ale and Franciskaner. The menu describes the food as Southwestern, but I didn't eat so I can't say how good it is. The food at the Tumbleweed was also Southwestern and I remember it as being very good, with very large portions. Maybe Bart kept the same cooks. BTW, the reason this place is called Canyons is because of the incredible view of the gorge below. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and snowing the day I went, so I missed the view. Newspaper records say this place has been everything from a house of ill repute, an illegal liquor joint and even a mercantile dating back to the 1800's. Definitely worth a trip to the NC mountains to enjoy some tasty brews, a little history and a nice view.

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Canyons of the Blue Ridge in Blowing Rock, NC
Place rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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