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The Esmeralda Restaurant

910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
(828) 625-2999
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Everything about the dining experience at the Esmeralda is wonderful! Food preparations, options, service...all above the norm!

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nc
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Esmeralda was wonderful from the beginning with the red pepper infused oil for the crusty bread, to the perfect steaks right on to the peach cheesecake. The Esmeralda is by far the best food in this area, and Chimney Rock is lucky to have this gem around.

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Lake Lure, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had not been to Esmeralda since it was rebuilt after a fire back in the late '90s, having enjoyed the old spot for decades. The rebuild, and a subsequent remodel, are beautiful, creating a great spot for a special lunch or dinner. We wanted to treat a visiting friend to a great lunch in a spot where we could... More

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Black Mountain, NC
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We live in the area and love dining out on the patio by the creek....a truly gorgeous setting. The wait staff is attentive and friendly and the food is consistently excellent! One of the many things that pleases me is that they use fresh, local ingredients and support our regional farmers.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had the pleasure of having Kim as our waitress. We were there visiting Chimney rock and decided to have dinner here. The Inn itself is beautiful, the restaurant, simple yet sophisticated. When Kim came to us, I noticed she was a very spirited individual, she was very personable, and made sure we were comfortable and happy. Kim's service to... More

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SC
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our family ate here on Friday, July 18th to celebrate a birthday and Kim was our server. It was amazing. Kim was incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. We discovered a new amazing wine. The fried green tomatoes with homemade pimento cheese were delicious (I don't actually usually like pc!). Our family had steak, bison and a fish special that was incredible.... More

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Newark, De
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Every once in a while you get lucky! We were recently vacationing in Lake Lure, NC and were in search of a nice place to have a 50th anniversary celebration lunch for my in-laws. My wife and I scouted the area a few days before and happened upon The Esmeralda! If you like cool places to go I recommend this... More

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Valdosta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Well sure glad we hiked up chimney rock after this becasue we ate every single crumb of both our meals! Service was great, food excellent,views stunning and best of all the tourists were all down the road in front of the Chimney rock entrance! Definitely will stop again and looking into booking for fall!

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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had breakfast and dinner and were very happy with both. Service was exceptional and even gave me a special special (one not listed on the board). The chief's sample was fantastic as were the daily specials. The servers knew the menu well and could give good recommendations for a vegetarian diet. A must stop for a meal while visiting... More

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Tampa Bay FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We attended a pre wedding dinner at the Esmeralda Restaurant on Friday the 20th. It was a large party. The restaurant is within the interior of the Hotel. The Hotel decor was quite nice, the restaurant interior was average, its just a large room off the lobby. The Staff service in the restaurant was very good, they attended to anything... More

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