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Red Onion Cafe

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227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
828-264-5470
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Plenty of food for the money

We stopped here on the recommendation of a friend. Not entirely my style of restaurant, but my wife and daughter liked it. The onion rings (appetizer) were excellent. There was plenty of food on the plate and the prices were reasonable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
Erin C
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Kernersville, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
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Greenville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Love to find local cuisine. French Onion soup was fantastic. Nice atmosphere and easy to find. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and made several recommendations.

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Peachland, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

We ate here as it seemed like a cool little option as we came into Boone, and i usually prefer locally owned places to larger chains. With smaller children, we definitely felt a little out of place here. The place did seem to have an elegant charm to it- if I were on a date id say it fit the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Very nice cafe right opposite the campus of the Appalachian State University. Wonderful menu choices and friendly service make this a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. Outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I haven't been here in years - my salmon salad was fine, but it wasn't anything special. Felt I could have gotten the same thing at one of the chain restaurants. I will return and try something different. Pleasant wait staff.

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NC High Country
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at The Red Onion for at least 20 years and last December I even wrote a good review about it. Over the past two months, however, the meals have not been up to their normal standard taste-wise or portion-wise. We ate there several times recently and have now decided not to return for some time....it is just... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We ate at this restaurant for an evening meal. The food was fine but the service was terrible. It took about 15 minutes for anyone to come to the table to even ask us about our drinks. We then waited for them to take our order. It took forever for the food to be served. We saw our waitress twice,... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We stopped here on the recommendation of a friend. Not entirely my style of restaurant, but my wife and daughter liked it. The onion rings (appetizer) were excellent. There was plenty of food on the plate and the prices were reasonable.

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Sugar Grove, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We met our daughter here for a late lunch, and had excellent service and wonderful food. The salads were beyond perfect! Our service was prompt, very courteous, and quite thoughtful. The only drawback is that it's a little noisy....

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NC High Country
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

First, for dessert lovers....for 20 years I have felt that the Red Onion's Peanut Butter Pie is one of the absolute best desserts anywhere (real peanut butter cups in chocolate ice cream with fudge, oreo crust and whipped cream...truly delicious!)! Their homemade banana cream pie is great too. The restaurant offers a good variety and range of meal choices (and... More 

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Kinston, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The past several times I've been here its always been consistently good food and service. I'm no culinary expert but their food is very tasty and decent serving sizes. I definitely recommend this place for your eating pleasure near the Appalachian State campus.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: 828-264-5470

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 23
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?