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The Esmeralda Restaurant

910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
+1 828-625-2999
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“trout” (11 reviews)
“steak” (12 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
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11 - 20 of 196 reviews

Reviewed 12 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...More

Thank GIJaneCO
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

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

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.

Thank Royallen W
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

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

Reviewed 21 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...More

Thank Larry W
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

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

Reviewed 17 March 2017

We had a delicious dinner at this restaurant. The service was good and my the trout was cooked to perfection.

Thank melendya
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for sharing your review about your recent visit at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed. We hope you can visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I took my wife here for our pre valentines romantic diner because I wasn't going to be home for Valentine's Day .The food was horrible we had lamb and rabbit served Luke warm and had no flavor. Then the service was bad also had to...More

1  Thank gregsalter2
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We have stopped there for a glass of wine in front of the roaring fire a couple of times on our way to Lake Lure but over the holidays we finally visited for dinner. As in the past we enjoyed sitting by the fire and...More

Thank HorseShoe4U
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for sharing your thoughts from your past visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner and hope you can come back to visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

Reviewed 4 January 2017

We recently had dinner at the Esmeralda Restaurant over the New Year's holiday. The shrimp and grits were wonderful, as were the soup and salads we tried. Wonderful service. Dessert was great too. Nice atmosphere, esp the foryer/staircase area.

Thank lovetotravel044
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad you had a great dining experience. We hope you can visit us again soon. Kim & Don Cason

Reviewed 17 November 2016

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!More

3  Thank AngieBaby1961
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you had to wait longer than you expected and you were not satisfied with your entrees. We hope that you will visit us again so that we can make this up to you. Hope to see...More

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....More

Thank lidlot
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Thank you for your kind words about your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at The Chef's Table. We hope that you will visit us again soon. Don & Kim Cason

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
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry that we were not able to satisfy you with your entrees. We hope that you will come again and let us make this up to you. Hope to see you again soon. Don & Kim Cason

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Travelnuts96
My father uses a walker and can't walk too far or climb steps. Would this restaurant accommodate him?
16 June 2017|
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Response from Marianne457 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! I was actually recovering from surgery and using a cane when we ate there. I don't believe it's marked, but drive around the left side of the main building to the back. There are handicapped parking spaces there and a... More
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cengle07
do uu have gluten free options?
19 April 2017|
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Response from EsmeraldaInnkeeper | Property representative |
Yes we have gluten free items on our menu. Our chef will be glad to prepare a dish for your needs. We will look forward to serving you.
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yogbo
please TELL ME THE Easter Menu.
10 March 2016|
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Response from InnkeeperOwner | Property representative |
Hello! Please visit our restaurant page on our website to view the Easter Menu. We would be honored to have you as our guest! Sincerely, The Esmeralda Inn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
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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