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.

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 John Venuto 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!

Time of your life dining black ticketHours of Operation:

Lunch will be served Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 3pm beginning April 6, 2021
Dinner is served Tuesday - Sunday, 5 - 9 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.

View Our Wine & Beer List



View Our Seasonal Menus


Celebrate at The Esmeralda Inn Restaurant with our delicious seasonal menus and special event dinners. Make your reservation today!

Chef making gourmet meal

Guest Reviews

"Magnificent dinner this evening! Surf and turf was so incredibly awesome! Blue berry preserve garnish on seared sea scallops, who knew this could be so wonderful!! My filet was prepared to perfection! Add asparagus and Parmesan crusted baked cauliflower, oh my! I have traveled all over the US and Canada and even France, Germany, Austria and Italy... a lot of really great food, however this meal makes my top 10 list!" - Facebook Review, 8/2019