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“Great meal, great memories”

The Esmeralda Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 13 Restaurants in Chimney Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great meal, great memories”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

We went 20 miles out of our way to stop for dinner....it was great.

I first had dinner at the Esmeralda 30 years ago, it was one of the best meals I ever had. I was saddened to hear that the inn burned to the ground several years ago. We heard that the inn had been rebuilt and decided to take a chance on dinner while traveling thru the area recently. Wow, we were not disappointed. Everything was great.

  • Visited March 2014
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Hendersonville
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Horrible! Save Your $.”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We Had Brunch There And The Food And Service Was Awful. The Value = HORRIBLE! They Were Supposed To Have prime Rib, And Did Not. Paid $32/Person, Not Including Basic Drinks Like TEA. Plus, Charged 20% For TIP & It Was A Buffet!

  • Visited April 2014
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5 Thank tj374
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Asheville, North Carolina
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69 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent Experience”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

With limited choices for dining in the area, The Esmeralda Restaurant is EXCELLENT! The inn is beautiful, clean, and mountain chic/ elegant. The weather was beautiful today and we dined outside on their private, scenic patio area. The service was great, the eclectic food choices were interesting, visually appealing, and delicious! Also VERY IMPORTANT... the fine dining experience is very fairly priced as it was in line with all other local restaurants with a superior level overall compared to the others. It is definitely a must go to restaurant for the area! We certainly will frequent often.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Bill M
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Dayton, Ohio
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Breakfast was very good. Service was excellent. Good-sized portions. Loved all the fresh fruit. Kids really liked the 'pigs in a blanket with homemade syrup--and they're picky eaters.

Visited March 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

My wife and enjoyed our visit, and found dinner to be tasty, but seemed to lack the great taste we were looking for at the price we paid for dinner. My steak had be redone, because of it being over cooked; however on the second attempt it was considerably undercooked. There were only three tables being served at the time, so
It begs the question what was going on in the kitchen? The service was top notch and the setting absolutely beautiful.

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Thank Harold H
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