The lobby is a beautiful rustic place to relax.Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed.Enjoy our beautiful spa and patio.The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC


"Quiet Setting overlooking the Broad River"

"We could see Chimney Rock from our porch."

"So close to Lake Lure!"

Outdoor dining areaDining Lake Lure/ Chimney Rock Area


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.

As our popularity as a venue for special events grows, The Restaurant is sometimes not open when we normally would be serving. To avoid arriving and being disappointed, please call in advance. Making Dinner reservations is always a good idea! Please check our Dining Hours Update for scheduled closings.

The Restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch. Summer Hours are listed below. Our restaurant features traditional American comfort foods with local produces when available. Our menu will be changing often and always enticing your palate.

Wine, Beer and Cocktails now 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 3:00pm.

Wine/Craft Beer List

There are New Menus and New Hours in The Restaurant!

Lunch - Dinner

We prefer to use local vegatables and meats whenever possible, and the freshest seafood available. The 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.

New Restaurant Hours!

Summer HoursOutdoor dining area

Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday ,Thursday
  • Open for Dinner - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday
  • Lunch, 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Dinner, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday Brunch Buffet

  • 10:00am - 3:00pm
The Esmeralda Inn has special hours for all Holidays.
We offer our Inn guests a very nice complimentary hot, served breakfast from 8:00am-10:00am daily.
Call 828-625-2999 for more information.

Special Events and Occasions in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock

The beautiful Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant is available for private events, weddings and catering. Contact us with your special request. During special functions and events, The Esmeralda Restaurant will alway adapt our Restaurant and serving hours to accommodate contracted events.

Photos compliments of Sharron Fieber