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“No Substitutions Available” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Purple Onion Cafe

Purple Onion Cafe
44 Inn St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2516
978-465-9600
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Ranked #30 of 87 Restaurants in Newburyport
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“No Substitutions Available”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I went with my mom, they had a special of Turkey & Brie Panini. She wanted Ham instead of turkey. They told her no, the brie was only for the turkey. She ended up getting a ham and swiss barely grilled panini. Nothing special. Neither was my BBQ chicken wrap. It was shredded chicken not bad but not what I expected.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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248 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 186 cities Reviews in 186 cities
448 helpful votes 448 helpful votes
“Great lunch spot for soups and sandwiches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a great lunch spot for fresh, tasty soups and sandwiches. When we asked at a shop where to have lunch, the owner and a local customer immediately said, "Purple Onion!" They gave us a very good tip.

We had cups of their special homemade soups of the day and split a wrap -- very good and tasty. Well-priced for the high quality. A variety of bottled beverages are in the case. I assume that he coffee is good - the place seems focused on high quality.

There are indoor and outdoor tables, which are lovely on a nice day. The street area is across from a park and children's playground -- little traffic noise.

Only picky complaint: the service is good, but confusing. You order at the counter, and there is more detailed description of the specials taped to the counter. Some customers said they would bring the order to you, but it seems that you need to get it yourself when they are busy.

So: we'd definitely go back if we were in the area again. Get away from the touristy marketplace area and have a great lunch here, a short walk away and far from the madding crowds.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boxford, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great food, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Great menu, lots of options....outside seating available for nice days. Prices are good. I get the eggplant chili, which is delicious! I also get the veggie quesadillas that are great too! This our one of our go-to places whenever we want a quick, easy, great lunch spot.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Lunch Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Stopped by the purple onion for the first time. Had a lot of really good soup and sandwich options. Was really fast, easy, and delicious.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Somersworth, New Hampshire
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Have the soup!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

The perfect place for a light lunch -- served fresh and piping hot. The sweet and sour tomato soup is DELICIOUS.

Visited October 2013
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