The Esmeralda Inn Chimney Rock Restaurant

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 newest addition: The Chef’s Table. Located in the private dining room in the kitchen, The Chef’s Table offers guests the ability to view the chef as he prepares their selected meal. Chef Polo, our newest 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 Lunch and Dinner Menus below and please come visit our delicious Chimney Rock restaurant at the Esmeralda Inn, and enjoy the fabulous cuisine by our new chef!

Hours of Operation:

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

Lunch will be served Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 3:00, starting April 1.


Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

Valentine’s Day Menu – There are still available reservations!

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

Join Us for Our First-Ever Wine Dinner

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 6 PM, The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant will be hosting a five-course meal where each course will be paired with a fantastic wine! The price for the dinner is $70 per person. Reservations are required. Make your reservation today by calling us at 828-625-2999 or reserving online!

Wine Dinner Menu


Wine, Beer and Cocktails now available!

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 3:00pm.

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.

View Our Wine List

View Our Beer List

Join The Esmeralda Wine Down Club

Starting the second week of every month on Wednesday evening between 4:30-5:30pm, come join the Wine Down Wednesday Club at the Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock. Enjoy a delicious pairing of wines and small plates, as well as exclusive discounts and benefits with your membership. For more details on how to join, please click here.


We offer our Inn guests a very nice complimentary hot, served breakfast from 8:30am-10:00am daily. Call 828-625-2999 for more information.