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113 N 1st St, Central City, KY
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Ranked #9 of 20 Restaurants in Central City
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The food was pretty good and it's not a fast food place. They were out of some things and the waitress got some things wrong on our ticket, she said she was new. I go back if I was in the area.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

our waitress Erica was amazing! Her and my Cobb salad and the Christmas decorations were the three best things in the restaurant. My Boyfriend had a smothered chicken, he had been there before and even had this dish before he said this time the chicken was standing over cooked an all-around not much flavor. He did enjoy the blue cheese... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We typically eat at the Purple Onion when we visit my family in Greenville, Kentucky. Central City, and the surrounding area, have mostly fast food chains such as McDonald's. Being from a large city like Chicago, it is difficult to rate restaurants in a small town. Overall, we enjoy the food (the sweet potatoes in general) at the Purple Onion.... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

The pasta with sausage tasted like it was Campbell's tomato soup the sausage still had outer skin on. The fish was not good only three hush puppies with it just over all not great.

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Morgantown, WV, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The food here was okay, but the service was horrible. The few times that I have been back, I just went upstairs for the drinks. The wait-staff seem bored, but yet take their time to wait on you.

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Lapeer, Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The setting is polite and comfortable. The meals are generous and are of high quality food. The portions are perfect and parking is adjacent to the restaurant. Service with a smile too. I would visit again without hesitation. Beer selection leaves a little to be desired, kiddie beers are no problem and just 3 real beers to choose from.

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is hard to find because there is not a sign and locals will tell you its next to the movie theatre but you drive by and hard to see the restaurant. There is an upstairs and downstairs, main diference being the bar is upstairs. The bar staff was friendly but looked bored. The entire restaurant on a tuesday... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The wait staff is kinda rude and the owner gave me a hard time when I tried to use a gift card that I purchased from a local television show and it seemed very scammy. The food is just OK not that great and the service is very very slow. I will not go back, EVER!!

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I often go to this restaraunt for the drinks. I have eaten here many times but never on my own free will. ha! The rolls are always hard and stale and the fried pickles are too salty to eat. I would recommend people to come here only for the bar. The bartenders are always friendly (as is the waitstaff) and... More 

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Billings, Montana
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148 reviews 148 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

Pros: Very good food. This is one of the few bars in town. Large selection of beer and liquor. I received exceptional service at the bar when I was there. The bartender was very knowledgeable about Kentucky bourbon, as well as everything else behind the bar. Nice old building. Great place to go for a sit down meal at a... More 

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Additional Information about Purple Onion

Address: 113 N 1st St, Central City, KY
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Central City
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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