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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 9
    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
Great, fresh southern food.

Wonderful fresh baked bread on my fried green tomato BLT. My husband said his Shrimp burger and fried onion rings were excellent. Amazing coconut cake for dessert. They have a bakery with lots of homemade goodies. Very reasonable prices, $2.50 for a big slice of cake.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Susie W
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Annapolis, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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139 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Annapolis, Maryland
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful fresh baked bread on my fried green tomato BLT. My husband said his Shrimp burger and fried onion rings were excellent. Amazing coconut cake for dessert. They have a bakery with lots of homemade goodies. Very reasonable prices, $2.50 for a big slice of cake.

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Shallotte, North Carolina
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a go-to place for us, and a place we often take visitors. The menu for breakfast and lunch covers all the bases you'd expect, plus more, and the quality of the food is really good. I particularly like the wide array of choices for lunch, with plenty of salad and sandwich options. Their home-made potato chips are great,... 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 love hearing feedback from our customers. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. Also, please know that we are currently making some changes that will help with the noise :) We look... More 

Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Excellent! The avocado and spinach eggs Benedict were absolutely incredible! So nice to have the option of no meat! Thanks! Great, knowledgeable waitstaff.

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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, and thank you coming in! We have passed your compliments along to the chef and the staff. Please come back and dine with us again. Also, make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals.... More 

Wilmington NC
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We've been going to the Purple Onion for years. Their food is GREAT, whether you're enjoying breakfast or lunch. AND save room for dessert! Their desserts are the best (especially their carrot cake.) We sometimes pre-order a specific whole cake or other dessert that's someone's favorite, and take it to them for their birthday. Another feature of this restaurant is... More 

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

Ann, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. Please come see us next week as we are currently in the process of renovating the cafe. We are making improvements to help the noise in our cozy cafe. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts... More 

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Ate at The Purple Onion after early church, so we had a variety of food types. Two of us had breakfast and it was very good...eggs cooked just right. Service was good even though it was crowded. No complaints at all.

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

Dave, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. We love hearing feedback from our customers. 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 

Shallotte, North Carolina
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This has always been a great place for breakfast with their home made pastries. They are hard to ignore. If you want to have lunch, there are many choices and never a disappointment. In the summer they are open for dinner some nights, but is is best to check first.

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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 no longer offer dinner in the cafe, we decided to stick to breakfast & lunch only. We do offer catering though if you are in... More 

Shallotte, North Carolina
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They have fantastic food at Reasonable prices. The wait is usually not too long, but worth it. Enjoy the food.

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

Linda, 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 

1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

In this business first impressions are everything!!! That being said... CLEAN YOUR MENUS !!!!!!! If your menus are that dirty what does the kitchen look like?

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

William, We agree that first impressions are very important. We hold high standards at our family establishment and always strive to please our customers. The oversight on the day you were here has been addressed with our staff. Our menus are cleaned several times daily, as well as our kitchen. Our current health grade is a 98.5. As always, we... More 

Shallotte, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The remarkable detail about this restaurant is the food itself, which is very fresh, made of the best ingredients, and excellently prepared. I've eaten there more than a dozen times. The salads are exceptional, and so are the sandwiches, although a few of them are a little small (esp. the rueben) Not to be missed are the desserts, which are... 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 are happy to hear that you enjoy our sweet tea and our sweets :) 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... More 

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Waitstaff desperately need training and supervision...The food is good...the desserts are great, the prices are excellent, but the service? Not so much...As a corporate trainer for many years, and a server during high school and college, it pains me to see staff so poorly trained/managed. When you frequent a restaurant, are always pleasant and kind to staff and tip well,... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to review our establishment on TripAdvisor. We appreciate the compliments and constructive criticism. From an owner’s view, we are disappointed that you, as a Corporate Trainer, thought it was best to publicly list these items out verses calling to speak with us directly – or even offering your services... 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, Café, Bakery, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?