Upscale fare in a soaring, woodsy retreat
Far from the chaos of Lake Placid’s Main Street, Kanu at Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa offers you an experience in the tradition of Adirondack Great Camps, famous for soaring, woodsy great rooms and sophisticated, earthy fare.

The 140-seat Lake Placid restaurant, with its 37-foot ceilings, massive stone fireplaces and rustic-style furniture and décor — antler chandeliers, tasteful taxidermy and artful twiggy embellishments — is upscale casual in the heart of a region known for outdoor exploration and relaxation.

While the dining room is a vast, open space, there are cozy dining nooks with their own fireplaces or pot-bellied stoves, plus tables on the balcony that overlook Whiteface Lodge’s koi pond.

Farm-to-fork modern American cuisine is served against views of surrounding mountains, accommodating families, couples on romantic getaways and celebrities, from talk show hosts to professional athletes, who appreciate the discretion and beauty of this rustic resort.
Things to Know
  • The menu, reflecting the resort’s lauded spa and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, denotes wellness selections; a separate, but surprisingly lengthy, gluten-free menu is available.
  • Reservations are not required at this Lake Placid dining room, but should you want to book your table in advance, simply call the restaurant at 518-523-0510 or book online.
  • The dress code at Kanu is resort casual, ensuring you can dine in total comfort at breakfast and dinner. We recommend dressing it up a little bit for dinner—the high ceilings, roaring fireplaces and stellar views practically demand it.
The Food
  • Standout starters include classic poached shrimp with a key lime cocktail sauce, flash fried Brussels sprouts with local green apple and lemon crème and an arugula and watercress salad with char-grilled sweet corn, cotija cheese and a lime vinaigrette.
  • Entrées from both land and sea are exceptional, in particular the 12-oz center cut Angus ribeye with braised mustard greens and lime chive butter, wild caught Scottish salmon with herbed tabouli salad and the chicken paillard served with a sun dried tomato gastrique.
  • Kids will be happy to find that they have their own dedicated menu with standards like macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers.
  • Those in search of lunch or a more casual dinner can order wood-fired pizzas and other comforting fare at Kanu Lounge.
The Bar
  • The same Adirondack style that lends Whiteface Lodge its deep-woods house feel — comfy leather sofas, peeled pine logs, fireplaces with flickering flames plus live music most weekends — can be found here.
  • Also at the lounge is mixologist Zachary Blair. Try his signature cocktails like the Winter Rose (Sorel liqueur, Hendrick's gin; lemon and lime juices; and Angostura bitters, topped with rose water and rose petals) or Toasted Tropics (Leblon Cachaça, banana liqueur, peach syrup, pineapple juice, coffee bitters and a splash of lime).
  • Or choose from regional or local beer, numerous vodka styles, a selection of 25 different single- malt scotches or hundreds of wines (Whiteface Lodge is a Food & Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner).
  • A cigar menu is available as well; ask about the cigar scene at the lean-to near the resort’s skating rink.
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Resort casual
Valet parking
Getting There
7 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid, New York 12946
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