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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Awesome lunch and great service

We had lunch there today. My wife had the crab cake sandwich with the key lime cilantro tarter sauce and she loved it. I had the Western Hamburger with French Fries. FF's don't impress me much but theirs were brow raisers!! Cooked just right, hot and very good. My hamburger was just right. Messy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
JETaylor1958
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Gastonia, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We had lunch there today. My wife had the crab cake sandwich with the key lime cilantro tarter sauce and she loved it. I had the Western Hamburger with French Fries. FF's don't impress me much but theirs were brow raisers!! Cooked just right, hot and very good. My hamburger was just right. Messy, drippy, chili, red onion, lettuce, beans... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Our family of 18 stopped in the grab a late breakfast and the staff was very accommodating by seating us at two tables. The food was great. Healthy portions. As always - we come back here every vacation!

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Kodak, Tennessee
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We have dined at this location on two separate times of year...Each time, there was a line of people waiting to get a seat to enjoy! All around, this place has the recipe for great eats! We highly recommend to anyone traveling to the area....Everything is fresh, and delicious. Especially the homemade chips! The desserts they offer are baked at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Every time we go to Holden we come to the Purple Onion Café for dessert. The food is fine, but the dessert is divine. The key lime pie is excellent as is the 7 layer chocolate cake and the caramel cake is delicious!

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We didn't have to wait. Walked right in and sat down. Ordered the chef salad and the Purple Onion Club Sandwich. The chef salad was delicious as attested to by my wife, and, yes, the club sandwich was humongous. Added a slice of avocado. Fresh ingredients and great tasting. This is our second visit, and, when we're in the area... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Week day wed.July8th. Stood at front door for at least 5 minutes without so much as an acknowledgment from the staff walking by. Finally a girl who didn't even look at us says, how many? I could see the confusion in the kitchen from there, an order that they obviously got working. Not good first impression. We get to our... More 

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Louisville, Colorado
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Saturday AM, we stopped by for the top marks this place gets across various reviews and awards. But the only thing award winning here was their "Blueberry Biscuit", which was like a fluffy pancake with blueberry and icing! Aside from that, the other food was pretty average, but the price was cheap. The cake we bough to go tasted pretty... More 

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Sunset Beach, North Carolina
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A nice little restaurant. A rather wide variety of a menu. Really loved the club sandwich. Almost too big to finish! Their bakery goods looked very good. We tried the peanut butter pie and it was great.

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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! Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

For anyone in our area who is familiar with the Purple Onion (which had really good food), I'd like to alert you to their catering (Art Catering). We used them for a party in our home two years ago - (sorry I didn't think of the review this way at the time, as they are not on Trip Advisor) -... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our catering services. We strive to have the best customer service around while serving a delicious menu. Let us know if we can assist you at your next catered event! Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

Supply, North Carolina
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My husband and I have been here several times. Everything we've had, from sandwiches to salads to desserts, has been delicious. It can get very noisy because everyone is seated in the same room and there seems to be no architectural noise abatement incorporated into the decor. The floors are made of wood and one wall is made of decorative... More 

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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. We have been making improvements to help the noise in our cozy cafe. We have recently renovated and are researching some additional ways to reduce the noise. We have lots of happy customers chatting during all times, so that makes it hard to control :)... More 

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Additional Information about The Purple Onion Cafe

Address: 4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
Phone Number: +1 910-755-6071
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Shallotte
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
Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
Cuisine: American, Cafe, Vegetarian

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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: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine

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?