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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, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious food

Highly recommend this restaurant. Lovely, cozy atmosphere, delicious food,outstanding service. We ate there twice so far. My husband had the trout the first night and he said it was very tasty. I had the pork sandwich and ate every bite! Yum. The second night he had the pecan encrusted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Patuka
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant. Lovely, cozy atmosphere, delicious food,outstanding service. We ate there twice so far. My husband had the trout the first night and he said it was very tasty. I had the pork sandwich and ate every bite! Yum. The second night he had the pecan encrusted chicken and I had the pesto stuffed pork chop it was... More 

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Thank Patuka
Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The dined at this restaurant a few times and truly enjoyed the food. It was well prepared and tasty but not heavy. Perfect for after a long day of hiking! We recommend it!

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Everything we ate was fresh and tasty! We had the best stuffed blueberry french toast and make sure you try the pecan chicken. Melts in your mouth!

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

Thank you for your kind words in your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We will look forward to your return visit with us. Blessed to serve, Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

Alpharetta
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257 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

A truly beautiful, cozy, romantic Inn and restaurant. The fireplace in the lounge was a nice place to unwind in a casual setting before dinner. The food was good, albeit expensive. Great for a romantic special occasion when you want to impress. The menu items are not your common fare from Cracker Barrel. More on the gourmet side made with... More 

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Thank Thom1962
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We will look forward to your return visit with us again. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

Belmont, North Carolina
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

This hidden gem of a Resturant deserves praise. The presentation of food shows the chef cares about what he is preparing. The food itself taste wonderful and there are many different items to choose from if you want to try something new and be spontaneous !

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Thank boxer2745
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words in your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We will look forward to your return visit with us. Thanks again and blessed to serve, Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

The staff really know how to make great meals here. During our stay, the wife and I only intended on having appetizers and drinks, but we ended up getting full meals, and we were very satisfied. The wife got shrimp and grits and I got the New York strip. The sides were most memorable for the New York strip -... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words in your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We will look forward to your return visit with us again. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful kale salad, good gin, good service and dog food for dinner. Supposed to be a unique stuffed chicken breast. It was a horrible thigh in a bowl covered with spaghtti squash and brown gravy. Yuk! Very expensive. What a rip off! I live in Lake lure and will never return!

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6 Thank Mary O
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so sorry that you we did not meet your expectations while dining with us. That is pretty harsh words to say that it is dog food. We pride our restaurant with delicious food, good service and we know by far that we are the best in the area. Thanks for your comments. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

The festival, a little disappointed. But it was for a great cause and I would go again. The Esmeralda a must. Great food, view and service!

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

Thank you so much for dining with us. We always look forward to hearing from our guest. Come join us again the next time you are visiting Chimney Rock. More 

Huntersville, North Carolina
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

My husband and I ate breakfast each morning at the Inn. It was pre prepared and each morning the breakfast was delicious!

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1 Thank Lucy9155
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your experience at The Esmeralda Inn. I'm glad you enjoyed breakfast each morning during your stay. Breakfast is included with your stay and it is a hot served breakfast each morning. Thanks again and we look forward to your visit with us again soon. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More 

Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Esmeralda Restaurant has a new chef.....locals have been eating there again .... as well as tourist and outstanding reviews! Be sure to checks days of week open for meals.... Also excellent for special occasions like wedding parties, anniversaries, meeting, etc. The Esmeralda Hotel is a wonderful destination for weddings, meetings, family reunions, etc. Good location to Chimney Rock Village and... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Yes, The Esmeralda Inn has a new Chef and the food is delicious. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon. 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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