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The Esmeralda Restaurant

910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
+1 828-625-2999
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Overview
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“trout” (11 reviews)
“steak” (12 reviews)
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American
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
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1 - 10 of 193 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful atmosphere, lovely presentation and the food was outstanding!! The menu is diverse and well thought out, something or everyone. The service was outstanding as well. Hats off to the chef and his team for a wonderful dining experience.

Thank Deirdre_in_Maryville
Reviewed 4 days ago

I would give The Esmeralda ten stars if I could! We just ate there last night to celebrate my sweetie's birthday. I had the shrimp and grits and it was to die for! I ordered the large portion and couldn't finish. Next time I'll order...More

Thank Marianne457
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had dinner here while we stayed at the inn, very good. Would recommend eating here. Service was outstanding and not bad prices.

Thank mountaincrazy
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I stayed at the Inn and ate dinner here as well. Wonderful selection and it was very fresh and prepared beautifully.

Thank BennyB513
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us were staying at Lake Lure for a week and noticed advertisements for the Esmeralda Restaurant. We had a delicious meal outside on the patio....great views of the mountains.

Thank Murrows
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From its history to its beauty, The Esmeralda is a wonderful place to stay, to eat and to enjoy. Lunch on the deck is peaceful and dinner is a real taste great. I highly recommend making this part of any visit to Chimney Rock and...More

Thank slmwriter
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoy dining with us and staying at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. It is a very peaceful relaxing dinner experience. We thank you for your review. We hope you will visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was recently vacationing in Lake Lure and we had dinner at the Esmeralda Inn Restaurant. Excellent food and service in this historic Inn. I had the delicious Cauliflower Soup and the Mountain Trout as my entree. Both were excellent and I'll definitely dine here...More

Thank gtwj12
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you visited our restaurant while you were in the area. We hope you will come back again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely staff and owner. The Inn, restaurant and grounds are beautiful. Food would have been exceptional if it had harbored more flavor. It was way too bland for our liking even though it was cooked to perfection. It is the BEST by far compared to...More

Thank GIJaneCO
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you visited us and we hope that you will visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great fine dining option in the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock area. Moderately priced for fine dining. I had an excellent entrée of short ribs and risotto and my wife had a steak salad. The service was friendly and attentive.

Thank Royallen W
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope you can visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This is a dining experience that you will most certainly remember for a very long time. Chef Polo is always on his game at this fine restaurant. The price range is about $15 - $30/per meal. We had a steak entry, a chicken entry and...More

Thank Larry W
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about your experience at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to you returning in the near future. Don & Kim Cason

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
cengle07
do uu have gluten free options?
20 April 2017|
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Response from EsmeraldaInnkeeper | Property representative |
Yes we have gluten free items on our menu. Our chef will be glad to prepare a dish for your needs. We will look forward to serving you.
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yogbo
please TELL ME THE Easter Menu.
11 March 2016|
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Response from InnkeeperOwner | Property representative |
Hello! Please visit our restaurant page on our website to view the Easter Menu. We would be honored to have you as our guest! Sincerely, The Esmeralda Inn
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Henry P
Hello! What are your hours this coming Saturday & is it possible to get two Fried Trout Dinners from your Dinner menu for lunch if we reserve - I'll pay in advance if needed. We were there last year on the 30th and you folks were able to accommodate our needs. BTW, it is my wife's birthday & she just loves your trout!
28 January 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Chimney Rock
  • Phone Number: +1 828-625-2999
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Description
Known as one of the best Chimney Rock restaurants, The Esmeralda Restaurant is the perfect place to dine during your stay with us at the Inn. Our menus reflect our exceptional attention to detail through carefully crafted dishes and combinations. We take pride in providing our guests with the very best service, ingredients, and overall atmosphere as they dine in our Chimney Rock restaurant.