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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is a beautiful restaurant inside and out. We had dinner outside with a mountain view and very nice man built waterfall. The 3 waitstaff was very attentive working together to serve us. One of them knew more about their wine list while another told us about specials. The food was good and I was happy to see they had... More 

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Thank brooksgallery
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you had dinner with us. We will look forward to your return visit with us again. We have the best staff, they truly enjoy serving. Thanks again. Kim & Don Cason Owners More 

Olney
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The last time we were in the Chimney Rock area was approximately 25 years ago. Since that time the Esmeralda we knew is gone and has been replaced with a very lovely inn and restaurant. For the price the food was just OK. My husband had the bison sliders and he enjoyed them. I had quail. The quail was very... More 

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1 Thank Brenda B
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you dined with us. However, I am sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. We hope that you will try us again when you are in the area. Thanks again. Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

Anna Maria Island, Florida
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I wrote a review on our lunch on Tuesday. We returned for dinner on Wednesday night it and it was 10 star worthy!! We had fried green tomatoes as appetizer and gnocchi with mushrooms. Both were great. My husband and I shared the 48 hours which is a brined pork chop over grits. Friends had catfish and another had Salmon.... More 

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Thank Debbie K
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for returning to The Esmeralda Inn! We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Our family waited for about 10 minutes before our waiter ever arrived or was even seen in the entire restaurant. We finally received our water by the hostess. The hostess had to come back and get our drink order, with the waiter finally bringing them about 10 minutes later. We placed our orders as soon as he offered. Our drinks... More 

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1 Thank Tara C
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that we disappointed you during your visit with us at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. We do hope that you could come back and visit us again and let us make it up to you. Thanks again and hope to see you soon. Don & Kim Cason More 

Annville, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

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.

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Thank Ron G
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at The Esmeralda Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and appreciated our view. We look forward to your next visit! Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 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 

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Thank blawright
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at The Esmeralda Restaurant. We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal and appreciated our service. Please visit us again soon! Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

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 

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Thank dhhedger
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your visit with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner and we will look forward to you staying with us next time. Thanks again and we will see you soon. Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 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 

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Thank Linda H
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words in your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us at The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant. We will look forward to your return visit with us maybe this time as an Inn guest. Kim& Don Cason More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

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 

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Thank Carl S
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at The Esmeralda Restaurant. We are so pleased to know that we met your expectations. We can't wait to hear about how much you love our desserts and hope to see you soon! Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

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.

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Thank Trekskipper
InnkeeperOwner, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us at The Esmeralda Restaurant. We are so pleased to know that we met your expectations and you enjoyed the service and our stunning views. Hope to see you again soon. Kim & Don Cason Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 25
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?