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The Purple Onion Cafe

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4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
+1 910-755-6071
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6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups
Description: The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since...
The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since then they have become a community favorite serving locals & visitors breakfast and lunch with a delicious menu of pastries, traditional breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.
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  • 117
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  • 55
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
You can't go wrong for lunch or breakfast here.

I have eaten here often, mostly breakfast and it's a great meal. Pleasant servers, tons of choices and all delish. The Bakery is outstanding, so much to choose from and all delicious, you have to try it!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
neatzandy
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten here often, mostly breakfast and it's a great meal. Pleasant servers, tons of choices and all delish. The Bakery is outstanding, so much to choose from and all delicious, you have to try it!!!

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Thank neatzandy
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This café is well patronized because of their carefully prepared meals, desserts and pastries. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food is very good and reasonably priced. Parking, however, can be an issue since it is popular.

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Thank World_Traveller914
Hickory, North Carolina
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

What a found treasure!! Bakery is exceptional although a diet-buster. Quality sit down breakfast as well. Look closely on main street as one may miss.

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Thank lfipar
Raleigh, North Carolina
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is my personal favorite: I love great food and lots of flavor! Amazing shrimp burger! I enjoy specialty breads too. We went there for lunch.

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Thank HappyIrina
Holden Beach, North Carolina
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149 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Choose lunch or breakfast as both are always great! Staff is friendly and attentive the many time we have stopped. Menu selection is creative with many choices, it can be hard to make a decision. With anew year as many do, comes new diets, but the salads were not chosen today! We went for the cheeseburgers!! ...with the hot chips..yum!... More 

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Thank Philip M
Fredericksburg, VA
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228 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

After a few days of vegetable deprivation I ordered a veggie omelet with a side of home fries. The omelet was cooked to perfection and filled with vegetables. It was delightful. I didn't enjoy the potatoes. They were too chunky to get that home fries flavor all through them. More like boiled quartered potatoes that had been seared. I had... More 

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Thank jackandtara
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Very good food and prices! Quick seating and service. Homemade food and sweets. We were there for Christmas eve breakfast and was very pleased.

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Thank Heather H
Cape May, New Jersey
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

This place is so fun to eat .I had best omelet ever ,coffee is good,must try blueberry biscuit . Menu is magical and amazing choices ! can't wait to go again !

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Thank Anne F
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. :) You are very kind. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

Greensboro
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

We stopped at this restaurant on our way home, wish we had found it sooner. Great breakfast, served exactly as ordered for our group of five. The baked goods looked fantastic. Next trip we will stop for lunch or dinner and dessert.

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Thank Kathy K
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. :) Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. We look forward to your next visit! Also, note that we are only open for Breakfast and Lunch. Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

Shallotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Awesome food. Wide range of breakfast and lunch selections as well as fresh baked breads and pastries.

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Thank Rachel J
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this review

Rachel, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. :) Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Shallotte
  • Phone Number: +1 910-755-6071

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups

Description

The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since then they have become a community favorite serving locals & visitors breakfast and lunch with a delicious menu of pastries, traditional breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

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