An EXCELLENT Chef!!!!!!!!!!!!. I ate first at the Canyon Cafe in San Antonio, TX and asked to meet the chef personally. To my surprise she came to meet me and my family! I learned that she (Sandra Banchs) was visiting the restaurant from St. Louis. I came to St. Louis to on vacation and HAD to find the restaurant. All I can say was, my family and I had NO complaints for the food. I must say, I ALWAYS order off of the menu and the chef was more than accomodating! My son ate his entire meal and asked for part of mine! I can't recommend this restaurant enough, including the chef. As it turns out, when I asked again to meet the chef, out came Sandra Banchs!!!!!!! EXCELLENT! When you visit, make sure to ask to meet her, but more importantly, make sure she prepares your meal!
Go hungry and thirsty!. The Canyon Cafe's location is somewhat intimidating but do NOT let that fool you. The food is consistently delicious, the service is perfect, the prices are surprisingly very reasonable (for the location-Frontenac Mall), and the portion sizes are more than filling. The ambiance is friendly and casual and the southwest decor is fun and inviting. I never feel like I'm in a mall. The wait staff will start you out with scrumptious chips (savory and sweet) and great salsa. They sometimes don't offer more but don't be shy to ask for more-they'll be happy to oblige. Their margaritas are good and strong (one makes me tipsy and I'm not a light weight). I have to admit that the only dish I've ever ordered is Poncho's Enchiladas, as my husband and I don't get there as often as we'd like. My husband has ordered different dishes and so have my teenage daughters and they've all been great. Fun place to go with a small group. Makes for a uniquely fun, romantic date also.
Great food, atmosphere and value. Everything about the Canyon Cafe is great, the decor, atmosphere, chips and salsa, drinks and food. The staff is friendly and attentive. Excellent value!
The jewel-toned margaritas taste as innocuous as Kool-Aid, but they pack a surprising punch..
The Canyon's margaritas are sophisticated nectars served in glittering frosted glasses with bands of striking color around the rims. The drinks are made with intriguing ingredients like prickly pear cactus juice and Midori, and they have beguiling names such as Blue Moon and Raspberry Rita.
It's a bit of a stretch to qualify crab cakes as Southwestern fare, but try these savory fritters anyway. The banana burrito and chocolate truffle cake are delicious for dessert, but if you have to choose, a second margarita is even better.
Exemplary. Many veterans in posh restaurants could take a cue from the Canyon's youthful staff, who are consistently prompt, polite and helpful.
The Canyon Cafe announces its location with a colossal torch blazing night and day, rain or shine. Canyon Cafe's theme is consistent with its menu, and the décor is pleasant and comfortable.