The lobby is a beautiful rustic place to relax.Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed.Rocking chairs for relaxing on the porch.Enjoy an exquisite dinner in our gourmet restaurant.Fine furnishings and ambiance.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

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 Esmeralda Inn offers the only fine dining in the Lake Lure Chimney Rock area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in season. Summer Hours are listed below. Our restaurant features traditional American comfort foods with "farm to table" local produce 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

Spring is here and so are the new Spring Menus!

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Brunch

Our Chef's focus is on using local vegetables 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 Beginning May 23rd to September 1st!

The Restaurant will be closed July 29th through the 31st for Inventory! Reopening on August 1st.

Spring/Summer HoursOutdoor dining area

Monday - Thursday
  • Open for Dinner - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday
  • Breakfast, 8:00 - 11:00am
  • Lunch, 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Dinner, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

*Cocktails are available from 3:00pm*

Sunday Brunch/Dinner
  • 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • 1:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner Specials will be available.
The Esmeralda Inn has special hours for all Holidays.
When the Restaurant is closed, The Esmeralda Inn offers its Inn guests a very nice complimentary Continental Breakfast, featuring fresh baked goods. Make reservations now or 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.