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The Esmeralda Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
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Southern u.s
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I had steak for dinner during our stay at the Inn. We both have had better steaks. The staff was helpful and attentive.

Thank Nana23
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are locals that have a lodging property here in Chimney Rock. We had heard the Esmeralda had a new chef and new pastry chef. We had friends who come to stay with us many times. We always go out to dinner with them and they are true foodies. We chose The Esmeralda Inn Restaurant as our destination for dinner... More 

Thank Linda C
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful meal we had - thoughtfully prepared and presented. My wife and I shared an appetizer of local cheeses and it was a wonderful selection with generous portions. My wife ordered the pork chops and I ordered the quail with risotto cake - both were absolutely delicious. Highly recommended and elegant meal and reasonably priced. Our waitress was... More 

Thank JeffreyF682
Atlanta, Georgia
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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had passed by Esmeralda Restaurant and Inn many times in visits to the area. This year we decided to stop in for dinner. The outdoor seating area was so peaceful with a water feature and beautiful view of the mountains. Wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was expertly prepared. Would definitely go again!

Thank ML_ATL2013
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This lovely restaurant is in a lovely old home , bed and breakfast. The staff was very welcoming and professional However, very disappointed in the very long waits for food! My friend and I ordered an oyster po boy. After waiting over 30 minutes, the oysters were definitely terrible! Actually black, overcooked, greasy! Although we sent them back, and we're... More 

2 Thank Arelene1893
Hoschton, Georgia
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254 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

My husband and I ate dinner here while we were celebrating our 50th anniversary. We were also guests of the inn. My husband had trout with grit cakes and green beans. The trout had a sauce on it that made it rich but my husband loved it. I had a bone-in pork chop with pistachio pesto and fingerling potatoes. I... More 

Thank Norma W
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed our restaurant at The Esmeralda Inn. We do feel that we have an outstanding Chef and our wait staff is the best. Thanks again and we hope that you will return again soon. Kim & Don Cason owners More 

Lake Lure NC
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

We hadn't been here for many years and we decided to return for lunch. We had an excellent food and service. Jim was very knowledgeable about the Inn , the area and the food. He was friendly and very efficient. We will return, for dinner next time.

Thank ladylure
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words about Jim! He is great and very helpful. We are so glad you'll be coming back and hope to see you. Kim & Don Cason Owners More 

Greer, South Carolina
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155 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We have driven by The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant several times. On a Saturday drive to the cooler mountains we made this a lunch destination. We had good sandwiches and a decent wine. Service was good. The setting is very nice, with a nice dining room, a terrace, a fine garden and the ambiance is a mountain cabin elegance. We... More 

Thank UpstateExplorer
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your lunch and our views. Hope to see you soon! Kim & Don Cason owners More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

This is a beautiful restaurant inside and out. We had dinner outside with a mountain view and very nice man built waterfall. The 3 waitstaff was very attentive working together to serve us. One of them knew more about their wine list while another told us about specials. The food was good and I was happy to see they had... More 

Thank brooksgallery
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you had dinner with us. We will look forward to your return visit with us again. We have the best staff, they truly enjoy serving. Thanks again. Kim & Don Cason Owners More 

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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

The last time we were in the Chimney Rock area was approximately 25 years ago. Since that time the Esmeralda we knew is gone and has been replaced with a very lovely inn and restaurant. For the price the food was just OK. My husband had the bison sliders and he enjoyed them. I had quail. The quail was very... More 

1 Thank Brenda B
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you dined with us. However, I am sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. We hope that you will try us again when you are in the area. Thanks again. Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chimney Rock
  • Phone Number: 18286252999
Known as one of the best Chimney Rock restaurants, The Esmeralda Restaurant is the perfect place to dine during your stay with us at the Inn. Our menus reflect our exceptional attention to detail through carefully crafted dishes and combinations. We take pride in providing our guests with the very best service, ingredients, and overall atmosphere as they dine in our Chimney Rock restaurant.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?