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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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Lake Lure, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Whenever in the area (several times a year) we always make a point of having lunch or dinner here. I think it is one of the best places to eat in the area. They even pull off a great Sunday Brunch which is not an easy task. REAL food, always fresh and good. So far this trip we did Sunday... More

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Excellent-Mexican for the rehearsal and pulled pork and smoked brisket for the wedding reception. Also had the Sunday morning brunch. Excellent.

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Charlotte
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42 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The food was good, the atmosphere was nice but the story is Danielle. She was amazing. Engaging and energetic, knowledgeable and ready to provide us with any information we might need to have a great experience. My boyfriend had the fillet and I had the french onion soup (delicious!) and salad. Get the homemade ranch dressing. It is one of... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Fine Dining with casual elegance. The food was amazing. I had the PorkChop with spiced apples and my husband had the Sirloin. Both were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The Derby pie was to die for!

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The owner, Don, greeted us at the front door. He opened the door with a big grin a welcomed us in. Labor day weekend Friday at 7pm. Plenty of folks dining outside but we chose inside. We had the beautiful restaurant to ourselves. Our server, Danielle, was fun and energetic. The breadbowl shrimp and artichoke dip appetizer was tasty. My... More

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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
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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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