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The Red Onion Cafe

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227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
+1 828-264-5470
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 90
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still very good but not quite as good as last time

My husband and I had lunch: he a delicious Reuben, I a soup and salad special. The chicken gumbo was good but not as perfect as soups I've enjoyed here in the past. Kale salad was as good as it could be. I ordered Pinot Grigio, not suspecting that there might be different price categories... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
ANNE B
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Deep Gap, North Carolina
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Deep Gap, North Carolina
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I had lunch: he a delicious Reuben, I a soup and salad special. The chicken gumbo was good but not as perfect as soups I've enjoyed here in the past. Kale salad was as good as it could be. I ordered Pinot Grigio, not suspecting that there might be different price categories - $9.00! Nice wine, but... More 

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Thank ANNE B
Charlotte NC
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Red Onion remains the best in Boone. Casual, easy atmosphere with a menu that spans the generations. Gourmet pizza, delicious pasta, burgers, steaks, sandwiches--you name it. They have the BEST chicken quesadilla EVER. Locals love it, and that says a lot. It says the most. We were a table of 6 women and our server, Brandon, was fun, courteous and... More 

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1 Thank Laura M
Morehead City, North Carolina
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our second meal there. We ate there last year while visiting Boone. The chicken fajita wrap was great! A great local restaurant!

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Thank Brenda C
Boone, North Carolina
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place for dinner or lunch. Good selection for vegetarians but plenty for meat lovers too! It's a bit on the pricy side so I don't come often but wish I could. Great for dinner or lunch date!

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1 Thank carolinatraveler2013
Boone, North Carolina
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150 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a local, I eat here a lot. This is one of my favorite places and they have such a great menu, you can try so many different things. One of my favorites is the Cajun chicken pasta and their baked spaghetti. You also need to try their artichoke dip appetizer. I get this every time I go.

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1 Thank Oflieth
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for lunch with a friend - food was excellent and service was great. Don't let this one pass you by!

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1 Thank Gena B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the food here, especially the tempeh sandwich which was on point. But what made the experience even better was our server, Lauren A. Her spirit and enthusiasm made the meal that much better. Will be back!

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1 Thank Sarah H
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Red Onion is my go-to restaurant in Boone. I have lunch there at least once a week, and the food is always delicious, the service superb! The Boston Bibb salad with steak is especially good, and the crème brulée is to die for. The fish tacos are also great. The servers are ALL very friendly, helpful, and professional.

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1 Thank apd2016
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food, affordable prices. The place doesn't look attractive but its big (good for bigger groups) and food is good.

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1 Thank dsthetraveller
Abilene, Texas
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On my third visit to Boone I tried The Red Onion and I was a little disappointed in that it was the first restaurant in Boone that was not amazing. I doubt I will return, there are just too many great places to dine.

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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 Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-264-5470

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?