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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 37
    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
Most recent review
Very Good Meal

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Dave G
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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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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135 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 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 

Anderson, South Carolina
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We've been to the Purple Onion about a dozen times over the last couple of years and it has always lived up to it's reputation. Everything that we've ever eaten has been good to very good, with most of it clearly made fresh just a couple minutes before. Sizes are plentiful and the prices are definitely reasonable Make sure you... 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 so delighted when we hear from our loyal 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 

Springfield
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Good food, good service, good prices. This appears to be a local favorite with a good down home atmosphere. Not terribly fancy place, but if you want ambiance you should probably be looking elsewhere.

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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 

Calabash, North Carolina, United States
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and our friends love this local place to eat. We go there often. You will love it! Just ask the locals.

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

Tom, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe, and thank you for coming in so often! 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 

Salisbury
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have visited this restaurant several times for breakfast. The food is outstanding. The service is normally excellent, but we did have one visit when we did not have our coffee cups filled as we ate our meal. This was a one-time experience, so this is not a pattern, but rather an exception. I would highly recommend this place for... 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, and thank you for coming in! We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your meals with us. We do apologize for the coffee and hope that it was brought to the attention of your server while dining with us, we never want a... 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, Bakery, Vegetarian, Café

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