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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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Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
great meal !!!!!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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

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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

Denver, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

On a recent trip to Chimney Rock, my wife and I walked into the Esmerelda Inn and sat down for breakfast. We did not realize that breakfast was normally only served to those who were staying at the Inn, until the waitress asked us for our room number. She was very nice to accommodate us, and turned out to not... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your review with us and others about your visit at The Esmeralda Inn for breakfast. We enjoyed serving you and hope that you will return again as well to stay at the Inn and enjoy dinner or lunch with us. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon. Don & Kim Cason ~ Innkeepers More 

Marblehead, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

While we were in town we were in search of good food for dinner. We were surprised when we arrived to hear that reservations were highly recommended and they would need to check to see if we could be accommodated. After being advised of the suggestion we were then told we could wait by either fire (indoors or outdoors) or... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words about our restaurant and staff at The Esmeralda Inn. We are glad that you found our "Great Hidden Gem" and that we exceeded your expectations. We will look forward to your return visit with us again. Don & Kim Cason ~ Innkeepers More 

Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I liked the picnic basket that they made for my husband and I and the delicious breakfast every morning

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

Thank you for the great comments about The Esmeralda Inn Restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We will look forward to your visit with us again. Thanks again. 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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