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The Esmeralda Restaurant

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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
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Annville, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Ron G
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Thank blawright
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are a lot of great tucked away placed to eat while at the lake but this place has by far one of the best menus and wine lists. The food was amazing, everything homemade (including salad dressings). I would go back here over and over! Awesome meal and service! Beautiful views and waterfalls outside off the deck while we... More 

Thank dhhedger
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family was in Chimney Rock for a weekend visit. Unfortunately we planned too late to get a room here, but came for dinner and were definitely impressed. We had quail, chicken and trout and all were excellently prepared. The ambiance was good, the service excellent and the price much less than I would have expected for a meal and... More 

Thank Linda H
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We dine out quite often and far more than I have the inclination to comment about. However, the relatively new and highly talented chef Polo is most deserving of my time and your patronage. To set the stage, my wife and I were staying in nearby Lake Lure and hit a bunch of restaurants there (some of which I had... More 

Thank Carl S
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family had a really nice meal at Esmerelda. The food was perfectly prepared and the service was great. We had a relaxing meal and were not rushed along. The restaurant was very rustic and pretty. I thought the prices were good for the meals that we got. I would make a reservation before going.

Thank Trekskipper
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Inn and restaurant are rustic yet modern, food is freshly prepared and delicious, the view is gorgeous, the staff Catherine, Jim and Molly were very friendly and professional. Restaurant is wheelchair friendly with the parking in the back with an easy entrance into the lobby. Lobby bathroom ADA complaint. This is not fast food but carefully prepared to order delicious... More 

Thank Claire T
Charlotte, North Carolina
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127 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere whether inside or out. Menu offers a broad chef's selection. Food was prepared just as requested. The server was very dry in personality but gave good service. Selection of wines is above average but not the best.

Thank AwesomeYou
Menlo Park, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Esmeralda Inn for five nights, and breakfast is included in the rate. While we found most of the breakfasts delicious, the service was incredibly slow. At dinner service, it took forty-five minutes before we could even put in our order. The entrees took another half hour, and it took our waitress three attempts to provide us... More 

1 Thank angela b
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. We ordered several apps, entrees, and desserts, and we had trouble picking a favorite. The food is very fresh and flavorful. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. The outdoor patio is nicely decorated is is surrounded by gardens.

Thank skl05

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?