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The Esmeralda Restaurant

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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
(828) 625-2999
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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  • 85
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous Food with a Gorgeous View!

We loved dining at The Esmeralda Restaurant, which is part of the Esmeralda Inn of Chimney Rock, North Carolina. From the deck of the restaurant you can see Chimney Rock as well as the inn's lush landscaping including its rocks and a little waterfall. We highly recommend the juicy steak and fresh... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Kristi D
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Clayton, North Carolina
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Clayton, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We loved dining at The Esmeralda Restaurant, which is part of the Esmeralda Inn of Chimney Rock, North Carolina. From the deck of the restaurant you can see Chimney Rock as well as the inn's lush landscaping including its rocks and a little waterfall. We highly recommend the juicy steak and fresh caught salmon. They have a selective wine list... More 

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Lake Lure, North Carolina
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87 reviews 87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It was a cold January night when we visited the Esmeralda Inn for dinner. The wonderful fire in the lobby was most welcome and relaxing as we awaited the arrival of our friends who were joining us for dinner. I could have sat by the fire in that beautiful old room for hours. The wait staff was most courteous and... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great value for an Inn restaurant - quite a few choices available from appetizers to desert. Extensive wine list.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

great service and great food !!!! The food from beginning to end was great .. NO rush service ... LOVE it !!!!

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments on your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We loved serving you and we look forward to your return visit with us. Thanks again, see you soon! Don & Kim Cason, Innkeepers More 

Lakeland, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Probably one of the most elegant restaurants in the area. Love the old time charm of the hotel and restaurant. Food is always excellent. Service very friendly.

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words after visiting The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed our Restaurant. We look forward to your return visit with us. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

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6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My wife and I were at the Esmeralda for lunch on Friday the 30th of January. I had reviewed the menu on the web, and did not realize that I was looking at the dinner vs lunch menu so I could not find the Trout! While I am sure the lunch offerings would have been good, our heart was set... More 

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and your experience at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We are so glad that we could accommodate you and so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to serving you again in the near future. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

My wife and I have always dined here at least once a year. This time was a huge disappointment We always dine at "farm to table" establishments while visiting Western North Carolina. But this time, something was off! The menu has totally changed!!! What happened???? My wife had the sirloin, I had a little pork chop. My wife whispered to... More 

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review about The Esmeralda Inn Restaurant. We are sorry that you were disappointed in our menu. Yes, we have made positive changes to ensure our guest and the local clientele a place to dine with Local Southern Comfort Food. Yes, we offer "farm to table" menu items in that we support our local agriculture. All of... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Definitely make sure to stop in for breakfast or dinner (their picnic lunches are fantastic too) because this was the best dining of our trip.

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the great food at our Restaurant. We will look forward to your return visit with us. Thanks again. Kim & Don Cason Innkeepers More 

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay at this fine hotel and decided to try out the restaurant. We shared the Shrimp Artichoke Dip, that comes in a breadbowl. He had the Apple Glazed Porkchop and I had the 6oz. Sirloin. Both had wonderful bursts of flavor! Each dish was served with a side (we chose the twice... More 

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about our restaurant at The Esmeralda Inn. We are so glad you enjoyed the food that our Chef prepares and our servers. We will look forward to your return visit with us again. Don & Kim Cason ~ Innkeepers More 

Athens, Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Had dinner and two breakfasts here. We licked our plates and will tell you we had the best coffee we have ever had in a restaurant. We ended up getting the name and now order it at home.

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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow! We are glad you enjoyed our restaurant at The Esmeralda Inn. We have a wonderful delicious menu for all meals and we hope you will return again soon. Thanks again and it was a pleasure to serve you. Don & Kim Cason ~ Innkeepers More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chimney Rock
  • Phone Number: (828) 625-2999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: American

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