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“Very good, with room for improvement”

The Esmeralda Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 14 Restaurants in Chimney Rock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Raleigh, NC
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very good, with room for improvement”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Food was well done overall, and the atmosphere (dining on the patio) was hard to beat. Service was slow (owing to the kitchen and undermanned wait staff) but very nice and solicitous, so we did not mind. Felt like the kitchen was trying a bit too hard to be fancy (shrimp and grits was good but the sauce was too over the top) and would be better off taking things down a notch and maybe reducing the prices a bit. Good ingredients and inspiration overall, though. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back. If you're staying at the inn you should definitely eat there.

Visited July 2014
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Garner, North Carolina, Usa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious and Super Friendly”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Great restaurant: Food was great, staff was great, atmosphere was great. I have nothing bad to say about this place. My husband had a burger that was delicious, I had the homemade ice cream that was so creamy and delicious. The waitress suggested a frangelico pour over which was perfect! Best ice cream ever!

  • Visited August 2014
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KimCason, Owner at The Esmeralda Restaurant, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words. We enjoyed serving you. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks
Don & Kim Cason
Innkeepers
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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sunday brunch”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Food was excellent although a bit on the pricey side. Perhaps trying too hard to be "gourmet" or "upscale". Beautiful facility although not my taste in brunch.

Visited July 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Terrific meals, service & ambiance”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Everything about the dining experience at the Esmeralda is wonderful! Food preparations, options, service...all above the norm!

Visited July 2014
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nc
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Grand Dining in a Little Area of the Mountains!”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

The Esmeralda was wonderful from the beginning with the red pepper infused oil for the crusty bread, to the perfect steaks right on to the peach cheesecake. The Esmeralda is by far the best food in this area, and Chimney Rock is lucky to have this gem around.

Visited July 2014
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