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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
Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I arrived at the hotel on the day the new owners took over. The next day was the first day of the restaurant under the new chef. Breakfast was delightful. That evening we ordered trout. It was delicious. Afterwards, during desert, the chef came out and spoke with the patrons. We had a frank, but very friendly,... More

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so delighted that you visited our Restaurant at The Esmeralda Inn. We are so proud to have our new chef on board with us. Our entire Kitchen staff is doing an outstanding job. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Hope to see you soon. Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More

Raleigh, NC
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Food was well done overall, and the atmosphere (dining on the patio) was hard to beat. Service was slow (owing to the kitchen and undermanned wait staff) but very nice and solicitous, so we did not mind. Felt like the kitchen was trying a bit too hard to be fancy (shrimp and grits was good but the sauce was too... More

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Garner, North Carolina, Usa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great restaurant: Food was great, staff was great, atmosphere was great. I have nothing bad to say about this place. My husband had a burger that was delicious, I had the homemade ice cream that was so creamy and delicious. The waitress suggested a frangelico pour over which was perfect! Best ice cream ever!

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. We enjoyed serving you. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks Don & Kim Cason Innkeepers More

Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Food was excellent although a bit on the pricey side. Perhaps trying too hard to be "gourmet" or "upscale". Beautiful facility although not my taste in brunch.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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

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

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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