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The Esmeralda Restaurant

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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
+1 828-625-2999
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TN
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87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Beautiful atmosphere, lovely presentation and the food was outstanding!! The menu is diverse and well thought out, something or everyone. The service was outstanding as well. Hats off to the chef and his team for a wonderful dining experience.

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Thank Deirdre_in_Maryville
Athens, Ohio, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I would give The Esmeralda ten stars if I could! We just ate there last night to celebrate my sweetie's birthday. I had the shrimp and grits and it was to die for! I ordered the large portion and couldn't finish. Next time I'll order the small. My sweetie ordered the almond crusted NC rainbow trout with pommes Anna (sliced... More 

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Thank Marianne457
beafort south carolina
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74 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had dinner here while we stayed at the inn, very good. Would recommend eating here. Service was outstanding and not bad prices.

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Thank mountaincrazy
Cincinnati
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I stayed at the Inn and ate dinner here as well. Wonderful selection and it was very fresh and prepared beautifully.

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Thank BennyB513
Havertown, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us were staying at Lake Lure for a week and noticed advertisements for the Esmeralda Restaurant. We had a delicious meal outside on the patio....great views of the mountains.

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Thank Murrows
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From its history to its beauty, The Esmeralda is a wonderful place to stay, to eat and to enjoy. Lunch on the deck is peaceful and dinner is a real taste great. I highly recommend making this part of any visit to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

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Thank slmwriter
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoy dining with us and staying at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. It is a very peaceful relaxing dinner experience. We thank you for your review. We hope you will visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was recently vacationing in Lake Lure and we had dinner at the Esmeralda Inn Restaurant. Excellent food and service in this historic Inn. I had the delicious Cauliflower Soup and the Mountain Trout as my entree. Both were excellent and I'll definitely dine here again when in the area.

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Thank gtwj12
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you visited our restaurant while you were in the area. We hope you will come back again soon. Don & Kim Cason More 

Merritt Island, Florida
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely staff and owner. The Inn, restaurant and grounds are beautiful. Food would have been exceptional if it had harbored more flavor. It was way too bland for our liking even though it was cooked to perfection. It is the BEST by far compared to other restaurants we tried in Lake Lure.

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Thank GIJaneCO
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you visited us and we hope that you will visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason More 

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great fine dining option in the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock area. Moderately priced for fine dining. I had an excellent entrée of short ribs and risotto and my wife had a steak salad. The service was friendly and attentive.

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Thank Royallen W
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope you can visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason More 

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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This is a dining experience that you will most certainly remember for a very long time. Chef Polo is always on his game at this fine restaurant. The price range is about $15 - $30/per meal. We had a steak entry, a chicken entry and a pork entry. All three were exceptional. A cheesecake with carmel sauce and pecans topped... More 

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Thank Larry W
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about your experience at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to you returning in the near future. Don & Kim Cason More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Chimney Rock
  • Phone Number: +1 828-625-2999
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?