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The Esmeralda Restaurant

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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
18286252999
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Jacksonville
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Hoschton, Georgia
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254 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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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 stars 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.

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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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138 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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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 stars 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 

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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 

Olney
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 

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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 

Anna Maria Island, Florida
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

I wrote a review on our lunch on Tuesday. We returned for dinner on Wednesday night it and it was 10 star worthy!! We had fried green tomatoes as appetizer and gnocchi with mushrooms. Both were great. My husband and I shared the 48 hours which is a brined pork chop over grits. Friends had catfish and another had Salmon.... More 

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

Thank you for returning to The Esmeralda Inn! We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Our family waited for about 10 minutes before our waiter ever arrived or was even seen in the entire restaurant. We finally received our water by the hostess. The hostess had to come back and get our drink order, with the waiter finally bringing them about 10 minutes later. We placed our orders as soon as he offered. Our drinks... More 

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Annville, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We stopped for dinner the other night at the Esmeralda Restaurant. WOW.. Did we have a great meal... trout and NY Strip....... Amazing.... Outstanding service, quality of food, surrounding simply beautiful.... This is a must visit... We had breakfast and Unch the following day since we like it so much.

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

Thank you for dining with us at The Esmeralda Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and appreciated our view. We look forward to your next visit! Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited the Esmeralda nine years ago. This visit was drastically different. It was good before, but fantastic now. The three diamond inn and restaurant lives up to its rating. My husband had the New England clam chowder and I had the wedge salad. The chef succeeded in making two ordinary starters extra special. Our entrees were... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us at The Esmeralda Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and appreciated our service. Please visit us again soon! Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, 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
Description
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?