Canoe gets enough attention for the phenomenal dining experience but we don't think that the whole story makes it out nearly enough. The menu at Canoe has a significant portion of local and organic food. You will notice the difference. Their menu is diverse enough to satisfy almost anyone but is mainly American with some Asian and French inspired dishes. Seasonal changes are made to the menu to stay in tune with the Georgia and Southeast growing seasons.
The setting is incredible with the restaurant nestled on the Cobb county side of the Chattahoochee River on West Paces Ferry Road. With this address, you're not going to get away from dinner without doing a moderate bit of damage to your wallet but rest assured that it is worth it. The outdoor seating is great with an overlook of a lawn that goes all the way down to the riverbank. It is hard for any restaurant in Atlanta to claim that they have a better atmosphere although there are some fantastic other restaurants. The bar was lively and provided a great spot to chat while waiting on the table. Even with reservations, we waited for about 45 minutes. Enough time for me to put back a couple of my favorite local beers, Sweetwater 420.
We were seated outside and although a little chilly at the time, were not uncomfortable. Our waiter was well versed in the menu and could provide detail on where virtually everything on the menu was grown or raised. Try asking the waiter at Chili's where the beef from that burger came from. To start things off, we had the Cimino Farms African Squash Soup (Reynolds, GA) and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a bit of spice that accentuated the sweetness of the squash. This starter set the tone for the meal. For the main course, I had their Brick Oven Roasted Springer Mountain Chicken and it was tasty (Springer Mountan Farms, Mt. Airy, GA). I can't say it was the best chicken that I have ever had but it was delicious and well worth the price. It had the right amount of taste but I think the chef may have overcooked it a bit. The Mrs. had the Georgia Mountain Trout and thoroughly enjoyed it. To finish it off, we had creme broulet and chocolate cake for dessert and loved it.
All in all, Canoe was a fantastic dining experience. The atmosphere, wait staff, food and attention to detail all come together to make Canoe an example that the Green minded citizens of atlanta should be proud of.
We give it 5 out of 5 GreenPeaches.
Address: 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339
Executive Chef: Carvel Grant Gould, 770.432.2663