The Esmeralda Inn is a special place for dining with a friendly and casual atmosphere. This is the perfect spot, whether you are planning on dinner for two or a group of up to sixty-two.

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.

Unlike other restaurants in Chimney Rock, NC, 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! Our vision is to keep people in the community working for each other. In addition to our regular menu, we feature blackboard specials, offering the freshest of what is available for the season.

Another aspect that sets The Esmeralda restaurant apart from other Lake Lure restaurants is our unique The Chef’s Table. Located in the private dining room in the kitchen, The Chef’s Table offers guests the ability to view Chef Keith Chinn as he prepares their selected meal. Our chef runs the Table and provides guests with a fun and tasty experience. We also offer cooking classes at The Table for those with culinary interests!

The Esmeralda Restaurant is also becoming one of the best Chimney Rock restaurants for hosting special events such as Rehearsal Dinners, Receptions, Birthday Dinners and a myriad of other celebrations. Let us help make your event run more smoothly, as our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to do the work for you. Due to the high volume of events we hold in the restaurant, we do recommend normal dining guests to make a reservation before visiting us!

Check out our Dinner Menu below and please come visit our delicious Chimney Rock restaurant at the Esmeralda Inn, and enjoy the fabulous cuisine by our wonderful chef!

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Time of Your Life - Dining

Hours of Operation:

The Restaurant is open Tuesday – Saturday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Please call us at (828) 625-2999 or (888) 897-2999, or visit our Reservations page to make a reservation.


Wine, Beer, and Cocktails Are Available at The Esmeralda!

We have an exceptional Wine List as well as a diverse selection of Local Craft Beers. We also have a variety of cocktails available. This is a great final touch to your dining experience! Cocktails are available after 3:00 pm.

There are a couple of changes that go along with the new license. 1. By law, we can no longer permit brown bagging. 2. We can no longer offer complimentary wine to our overnight guests.

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At The Esmeralda Inn, we know that you need fuel for the day you’ve planned. That’s why we offer our Inn guests a complimentary hot, served breakfast from 8:30-10:00 am daily. Just come down to the restaurant each morning and enjoy an assortment of dishes, prepared fresh each morning.


Call 828-625-2999 for more information.

Meet the Chef

Keith Chinn started cooking at the age of 15, working in fast food. After gaining experience in the industry he began working in a fine dining French restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ as a waiter, bartender, then back in the kitchen as a cook. After a few years as a line cook, he tried his hand at pastries and realized that was where his passion laid.

The Esmeralda Restaurant Chef Keith Chinn

He decided that he wanted to go to school for pastries. He completed a 3-year apprenticeship at The Scottsdale Princess Resort, a 5 star, 5 diamond resort with 740 rooms and 5 restaurants. After his apprenticeship, he attended The Culinary Institute of America for Baking and Pastry Arts. Upon completion of his schooling, he worked at only the finest establishments, several of which were Relais & Chateaux properties, including 5-star, 5 diamond Wood-land Resort.

After a moving around and working for several years Chef Keith settled in Charleston, SC and worked with three James Beard award-winning chefs as the Executive Pastry Chef and Sous Chef at Fig Restaurant and McCrady’s Restaurant. After 8 years of further studies and several competitions, including the Food Network’s $50,000 Pastry Challenge and a silver medal at The Southern Pastry Classic in Atlanta, he decided to open his own catering business. The business was extremely successful and won several awards, including Best Crab cake, Best Crème Brûlée and Best Food and People’s Choice Award. After, he decided to escape the city life and get a job in the mountains!

He took a position as Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director at The Sky Valley Country Club in Sky Valley, GA. He enjoyed his time here but again the mountains were calling. It was during a short stint in Highlands, NC where he crossed paths with the owners of The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. He has since recently married and relocated to Asheville, NC.

Chef Keith Chinn accepted the Executive Chef position at the beginning of August 2017 and we are excited to see what he will bring to the table!

Call us at  (828) 625-2999 or book your reservation online!