The Esmeralda Inn, Restaurant, & Spa

910 Main St, Chimney Rock NC 28720
$$ American

Known as one of the best Chimney Rock restaurants, The Esmeralda Restaurant is the perfect place to dine. 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.

When creating our dishes we prefer to use local vegetables and meats whenever possible, and the freshest seafood available. Our menus reflect our commitment to providing the highest quality ingredients possible! We have indoor and outdoor seating available. We also have a few private dining options for special occasions and events.

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 910 Main St, Chimney Rock NC 28720
  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Cuisine: American | Desserts | Hamburger | Seafood | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Private Lot | Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 828.625.2999
  • Features: Full Bar, Hotel Dining, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Takeout Available, Wheelchair Access, Chef’s Table, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Date Night,

Photos

The Esmeralda Inn, Restaurant, & Spa - The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
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Events & Special Hours

Thanksgiving at The Esmeralda
Nov. 25, 2021 All Day 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Tuesday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch - Inside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch - Outside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Outside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch - Inside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch - Outside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Outside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch - Inside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch - Outside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Outside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch - Inside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch - Outside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Outside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch - Inside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch - Outside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Outside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Breakfast - Inside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Breakfast - Outside 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch - Inside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch - Outside 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Outside 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
No, there is not a dress code.
Yes, ask your server for the password.
No, all beverages must be purchased through The Esmeralda.
We have a variety of house-made desserts. However, if you choose to bring your own cake there is a $3.00 per person service fee.

Menus

Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.83 out of 5 stars based on 129 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 23, 2021
Kenneth R.
Food and wait staff were awesome! Large party came in while we were there and was very loud. Made it difficult for my date and I to carry on a conversation.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Jeremy R.
Loved the new speakeasy Great mixed cocktails

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 09, 2021
Paul K.
First time there. Exceeded expectations. Food and drink were of high quality. Setting (we sat outdoors) was incredible and our server, Timothy, was charming, informative, and friendly. We'll be back soon.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 30, 2021
Shirley M.
We enjoyed our dinner at the Esmeralda Inn Restaurant. Our outdoor table afforded a lovely view of Chimney Rock mountain and was well shaded. Both the food and service were memorable. Highly recommend for a lovely dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 24, 2021
Kenneth R.
Our anniversary dinner experience could not have been better. Wait staff was attentive and cordial. All food was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2021
Andy B.
Wonderful restaurant, great food, and beautiful views from the patio!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2021
Iris W.
Everything was terrific, with the exception of the noise. It was a table of 10 loud speaking people. Not the restaurant’s fault. Just an unfortunate situation.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 19, 2021
Al S.
Best dinner I’ve had in a long time at at a restaurant. Good was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2021
David L.
Everything was good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 12, 2021
Paul K.
Outstanding! Wonderful food and service. We sat outside and it was heavenly. We will go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 10, 2021
Lars H.
A gem in Lake Lure NC. Wonderful meal. Will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 08, 2021
Jeannette W.
Adorable place, delicious food, excellent service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 05, 2021
Susan P.
Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 29, 2021
Herb B.
What a surprising find!!!! Everything was perfect. One could not ask for more.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 22, 2021
Shawn B.
Food was great..love the place

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 22, 2021
Randy H.
Beautiful place, friendly and inviting. The birthday card on my table was so thoughtful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 22, 2021
Elizabeth A.
Excellent food great service

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 23, 2021
Dennis B.
Room 3 bathroom needs caulking and sink drain cleaning. Outdoor hot tub area needs cleaning.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 17, 2021
Leslie M.
This was my husbands and my first visit to The Esmerelda Inn, and we would definitely return as well as recommend it to others. We've been to Lake Lure area a number of times but had never seen this inn before. The ambiance is wonderful - woodsy - rustic charming like a really upscale camp for adults. The service and greetings we received upon registration and from the inn staff each day was very inviting and warm. I really enjoyed "Chris" who seems to love his job and talking with the visitors; he was anxious to show us all around and full of happy energy. The double queen room was perfect for us and we appreciated having a dresser AND a place to hang clothing...the bathroom is ample-sized and suited us fine. The only recommendations I would make are to consider slowly changing over mattresses to the highly desired and rated cool-gel memory foam type. Despite keeping our room very cool, both of us had problems with being too warm. Quality gel foam mattresses can be bought for as little as $600.00. We got ours at overstock.com and the feel, the comfort and performance is superb. The dinners were very nice, but the first evening my soup came to me lukewarm. My husband's salad was very generous as a meal, but my entre was also delivered only lukewarm as well. Breakfasts were nice - I would like to see daily fruit or fruit, yogurt and granola parfaits. The breakfast ham was inedible for me; it's extremely salty and tough. You have some wonderful wine selections, and I found the Mojito cocktail to be refreshing, and interesting with the lavender addition. The attention from your servers was just right; you have a great team there. We'll be back!!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 6/10
Sep 08, 2021
Elizabeth S.
Excellent experience from online booking to seating, cocktails, server, menu choices, and scenery. Surprisingly busy for a Tuesday evening, but the spacing and service made it seem like we had attentive care to ourselves. Compliments to the chef and staff. A culinary gem

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 02, 2021
Kevin D.
This was a very nice restaurant and experience. The scenery and the hotel are beautiful. The service was very good and the hostess even helped us with our toddler that was very cranky and crying before we were even inside the restaurant. Food was very good and served beautifully.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 01, 2021
Parks G.
Would love to return, because of the genuine kind, caring, and friendly staff . . . all of them are as good as it gets!!! Like the layout of the Inn itself, love the building(s), love the furnishings, appreciate the cleanliness. One comment . . . in our room, too much furniture to "bump" into--causing painful scrapes (Since all the furniture is useful, don't know that the problem can be solved, since you can't "stretch" the walls.)

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 31, 2021
Joanne P.
The drink with the rose petals was to die for! Very nice dinner.