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227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
+1 828-264-5470
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great service and great food

Ate by myself with my two toddlers. The service was great, and very personal. My girls loved the servers and the food. Will return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Harker Heights, Texas
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Boone, North Carolina
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to categorize this restaurant. You'd probably call it contemporary but only because that pretty much covers everything. Not everything on the menu is a hit so you have to pick your way around it. When you do get a hit, it's really good, when you get a miss, well, it's a miss. The one thing you can always... More 

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Harker Heights, Texas
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate by myself with my two toddlers. The service was great, and very personal. My girls loved the servers and the food. Will return.

3 Thank emstead
Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We looked around Boone, NC chose Red Onion for dinner. It was a great choice. We had the pimento cheese appetizer, which had a huge amount of food with it. For entrees we had a burger and the artichoke and spinach quesadilla, both good choices. Dessert was the (something) cookie that finished off an awesome meal. We had two take... More 

3 Thank Meillyn
Boone, North Carolina
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122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been a long time customer of RO, and went for lunch today. I was very disappointed - I ordered the soup and quiche special. The soup was barely lukewarm - the quiche was runny. It had been a while since I had been there, and I think it will be a while before I return. Then, to boot,... More 

1 Thank N. J. M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a nice, moderately priced restaurant, and were pleased with the menu and the service. We had a good waitress and we liked our dinner.

1 Thank Emily W
Clayton, North Carolina
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for dinner after reading all of the reviews on Tripadvisor. My partner ordered a cheeseburger which she said was one of the best she ever had. I ordered the mushroom lasagna and it was delicious! Our waitress never let our glasses get empty and she was super friendly! Will definitely return on our next trip to Boone!

4 Thank Ferrickhead28
Boone, North Carolina
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a local business that has been around for awhile. The restaurant is nice inside and has an outdoor dining area as well. The food is consistently good; I've never been disappointed. If you like homemade soup, good salads, and sandwiches, this is a great place to eat. They also have delicious desserts.

3 Thank L0is60
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed dinner at the Red Onion Café while visiting my daughter in Boone. We were there around 5pm and were seated promptly. We shared the artichoke spinach appetizer and it was good, not the best I've had, but good nonetheless. My daughter ordered a chicken pasta dish and raved about it! I sampled it and it was quite delicious. I... More 

3 Thank emkaymom
Johnson City, Tennessee
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We normally look forward to eating at Red Onion but, on this particular visit, we were less than impressed. Our initial server was surly to say the least and was more than a smart elec. He took our drink order then fortunately we were assigned another server. She said he was leaving for the night but, oddly enough he continued... More 

1 Thank Meema23
Plant City, Florida
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61 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Meandering on one of the main streets in Boone in search of a place to eat lunch, my wife happened to see the sign for The Red Onion Café off to her right so a circuitous around the block return got us the last parking space in the lot. It was just past the main lunch rush so most patrons... More 

3 Thank Tommyboy917

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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, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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