Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Chimney Rock Restaurants

Chimney Rock doesn’t boast a large population, but when it comes to dining, it offers a big taste. From fine dining to comfort food, Chimney Rock restaurants serve dishes that are guaranteed to please your palate. The next time you find yourself visiting our beautiful part of Western North Carolina, treat yourself to a meal at any of these great Chimney Rock restaurants.

Chimney Rock Restaurants

Upscale Eats

The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

“Inn” might be before “Restaurant” in our name, but the quality of our meals is every bit on par with our accommodations (and definitely tastier). Chef Polo Alonso and his team serve mouthwatering meals that include dishes like the Rocky Broad (cornflake crusted North Carolina rainbow trout), Shrimp and Grits, and much more. Pair it with a glass of local wine or craft beer, and you have yourself the finest of all Chimney Rock restaurants.

Sandwiches, Salads, and Savory Servings

Medina’s Village Bistro

Medina’s serves hearty breakfast dishes, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and a dinner menu that changes weekly. They’ve been featured in magazines like Southern Living, National Geographic Traveler, so you don’t need to ask if you should visit.

Riverwatch Waterfront Bar & Grill

There’s dinner, and then there’s outdoor dining with an amazing view of the Rocky Broad River. Order the Kraut Dog, Maui Burger, or Buffalo Shrimp, and enjoy the local scenery from the back deck of Riverwatch. Enjoy beer from Asheville breweries like Green Man and Oskar Blues, or wine from Hendersonville’s Burntshirt Vineyards. Don’t miss Live Music Saturdays, either!

Old Rock Cafe

Stretch your legs at Chimney Rock State Park, then stretch your waistline at Old Rock Cafe. Conveniently located at the entrance to the park, this local spot boasts a menu that features an impressive roster of burgers, sandwiches, and more.

Sweet Treats and Hot Drinks

Village Scoop

Serving over 60 flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream and cold creations like the Green Mint Chip Brownie Sundae, Village Scoop is the tastiest place to cool off. Enjoy outdoor seating and treat yourself after a hot Chimney Rock hike.

Coffee on the Rocks

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a busy metropolis or a small mountain – everyone everywhere needs coffee. Get the early morning or mid-day boost you need at Coffee Rocks. Their menu features items like hot and cold coffee drinks, espresso beverages, and frappes.

The Best Chimney Rock Dining and Lodging: The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

Savory, handcrafted dishes, made with local ingredients. Storied hospitality and spacious rooms, surrounded by stunning WNC beauty. If that sounds like the type of dining and accommodations you’ve been searching far, then consider your quest complete and head to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. Less than an hour away from Asheville and only minutes from Lake Lure, The Esmeralda affords guests the amenities and comforts of a high-end resort, along with the picturesque scenery a camping trip. Download our free vacation guide, then call us at (888) 897-2999 to start planning your Chimney Rock vacation today.