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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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Savannah, Georgia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The meal was elegantly described, but, we had to wait over 20 minutes for our salad to arrive. Also, the entrees were not that great!

2 Thank AngieBaby1961
Slade, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We very much enjoyed our recent stay at the Esmeralda. The highlight of the visit had to be our outstanding Chefs Table experience with Chef Polo Alonso. One of the finest diners we have ever had. Certainly the best in this part of the country. My wife and I travel quite a bit and we highly recommend a visit to... More 

Thank lidlot
Southern u.s
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

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.

1 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 20 October 2016

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 10 October 2016

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 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

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 11 September 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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260 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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 20 August 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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157 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chimney Rock
  • Phone Number: +1 828-625-2999
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?