10 of the Best Places to Eat Near Lake Lure

From quick bites to fine dining, the restaurants, cafes, and places to eat around Lake Lure offer amazing variety. Whether you are craving sweet pastries and iced lattes or savory homemade crab cakes, we know where you can find them all.

Below you will find five great places to eat near Lake Lure that are sure to hit the spot, but if you are hungry for more, simply download our free Chimney Rock Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on the area’s best restaurants, breweries, bistros, and more!

10 Great Places to Eat Near Lake Lure

1. The Esmeralda Restaurant

No trip to Lake Lure would be complete without a taste of North Carolina’s finest Southern cuisine. To take advantage of local ingredients and the freshest produce, The Esmeralda Restaurant menu changes with the seasons! Enjoy an elevated dining experience and a menu full of classic Southern staples, like pimento cheese fritters, savory shrimp and grits, and housemade crab cakes.

2. La Strada at Lake Lure

La Strada has served the North Carolina community for over 43 years and is a popular dining choice for locals and visitors alike. They are famous for their New York-style brick oven pizza and Sicilian pizza. On the menu, you will also find red-sauce Italian fare and American eats like baked pasta, ribs, and burgers.

3. Coffee on the Rocks

Coffee on the Rocks is a local coffee shop in the heart of Chimney Rock. It is an excellent stop before or after a day of hiking! You will find iced coffee, espresso drinks, pastries, and muffins on the menu. The Riverwalk is just steps away, making it the perfect place to grab a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the beautiful views along the Rocky Broad River.

More Great Places to Eat Around Lake Lure

4. Old Rock Cafe – burgers, sandwiches, and American classics.

5. Larkin’s on the Lake Restaurant – pub grub, burgers, and American food.

6. Bayou Billy’s – quick bites, popcorn, and great dessert.

7. Victory Kitchen – soups, salads, and American fare.

8. Pinnacle Southern Kitchen – handcrafted food, barbecue, and Southern classics.

9. Medina’s Village Bistro – American eats, beer, and wine.

10. Carolina Moon Coffee – coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.

Where to Stay

The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant is only 5 minutes away from all of the best places to eat around Lake Lure! Luckily when you book your stay, you won’t need to travel far to find Chimney Rock’s No. 1 restaurant. The Esmeralda Restaurant is conveniently located at our main inn, and is the perfect place to start and end your day. Greet each morning with a complimentary gourmet breakfast and recount the day’s memories by night with an elevated Southern dining experience! 

All of our guests enjoy many special amenities, including access to the Esmeralda Park along the Rocky Broad River, an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi, onsite spa, and free high-speed wireless internet throughout the facility. Book our Traditional Two Queen Room and enjoy luxury linens, environmentally friendly spa toiletries, and two extraordinarily comfortable queen beds! Check our availability today! We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.

Looking for more great places to eat near Lake Lure? Remember to download your free vacation guide!