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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 good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“trout” (11 reviews)
“steak” (12 reviews)
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American
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
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11 - 20 of 192 reviews

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I took my wife here for our pre valentines romantic diner because I wasn't going to be home for Valentine's Day .The food was horrible we had lamb and rabbit served Luke warm and had no flavor. Then the service was bad also had to...More

1  Thank gregsalter2
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We have stopped there for a glass of wine in front of the roaring fire a couple of times on our way to Lake Lure but over the holidays we finally visited for dinner. As in the past we enjoyed sitting by the fire and...More

Thank HorseShoe4U
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts from your past visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner and hope you can come back to visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 4 January 2017

We recently had dinner at the Esmeralda Restaurant over the New Year's holiday. The shrimp and grits were wonderful, as were the soup and salads we tried. Wonderful service. Dessert was great too. Nice atmosphere, esp the foryer/staircase area.

Thank lovetotravel044
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad you had a great dining experience. We hope you can visit us again soon. Kim & Don Cason

Reviewed 18 November 2016

The meal was elegantly described, but, we had to wait over 20 minutes for our salad to arrive. Also, the entrees were not that great!More

3  Thank AngieBaby1961
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you had to wait longer than you expected and you were not satisfied with your entrees. We hope that you will visit us again so that we can make this up to you. Hope to see...More

Reviewed 30 October 2016

We very much enjoyed our recent stay at the Esmeralda. The highlight of the visit had to be our outstanding Chefs Table experience with Chef Polo Alonso. One of the finest diners we have ever had. Certainly the best in this part of the country....More

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

Thank you for your kind words about your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at The Chef's Table. We hope that you will visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 22 October 2016

My husband and I had steak for dinner during our stay at the Inn. We both have had better steaks. The staff was helpful and attentive.

1  Thank Nana23
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry that we were not able to satisfy you with your entrees. We hope that you will come again and let us make this up to you. Hope to see you again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 20 October 2016

We are locals that have a lodging property here in Chimney Rock. We had heard the Esmeralda had a new chef and new pastry chef. We had friends who come to stay with us many times. We always go out to dinner with them and...More

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

Thank you Linda & Joe for your positive feedback from your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us and that you brought your friends to dine with us. We hope that you...More

Reviewed 10 October 2016

What a wonderful meal we had - thoughtfully prepared and presented. My wife and I shared an appetizer of local cheeses and it was a wonderful selection with generous portions. My wife ordered the pork chops and I ordered the quail with risotto cake -...More

Thank JeffreyF682
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words about your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and our entertainment during your visit. We hope that you will come again soon. Don & Kim...More

Reviewed 30 September 2016

We had passed by Esmeralda Restaurant and Inn many times in visits to the area. This year we decided to stop in for dinner. The outdoor seating area was so peaceful with a water feature and beautiful view of the mountains. Wait staff was very...More

Thank ML_ATL2013
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of feedback from your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This lovely restaurant is in a lovely old home , bed and breakfast. The staff was very welcoming and professional However, very disappointed in the very long waits for food! My friend and I ordered an oyster po boy. After waiting over 30 minutes, the...More

3  Thank Arelene1893
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that we did not do our best in meeting your satisfaction during your visit with us. We do hope that you will come again so that we can make it up to you. Hope to see you...More

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups
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.