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The Esmeralda Restaurant

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910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
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Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank gtwj12
Merritt Island, Florida
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank GIJaneCO
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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 

Thank Larry W
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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

Thank melendya
New Bern, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 ask for music twice before the waitress figured out how to turn it on everybodys... More 

1 Thank gregsalter2
Horse Shoe, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 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 admiring the beautiful decorations before dinner, as well as feeling very welcomed by the staff.... More 

Thank HorseShoe4U
North Carolina
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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
Savannah, Georgia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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!

3 Thank AngieBaby1961
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

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 you again. Don & Kim Cason More 

Slade, Kentucky
1 review
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
EsmeraldaInnkeeper, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review

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 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
USD 15 - USD 25
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
View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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: 18286252999
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?