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Off the Square

114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
+1 704-986-0621
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 4th trip to this wonderful place! I live in Charlotte so it's a perfect drive to go to local vineyards and then have lunch. It was later lunch time when we arrived, but they were busy. Lunch has so much to choose...More

Thank debtroe
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the feedback and we will definitely note the suggestions! What an excellent idea to add the pimento cheese to the BLT! We look forward to having you back on your next day trip!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a late lunch on a Saturday with hubby and (adult) son. They must have been busy before we got there (indeed, the place was still pretty packed) because they ran out of clean glasses and had to serve drinks in disposable cups. But the...More

Thank Lisa R
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Lisa! We apologize for having to use plastic cups as our order of more glassware just came in so this should not be an issue again! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal and service and look forward to having you back!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our original review of Off the Square was in March 2018 (INCONSISTENT). Since then we have been back for dinner on two separate occasions. Both times the service was very good; our waiter was attentive and very nice. Mustard crusted salmon was good as were...More

Thank TandhisGirl2011
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for coming back and giving us another try! We are always looking for ways to improve and we really value our customer's feedback! That bring said, we will talk to the chef and see about getting the crispy brussel sprouts back!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've eaten here about half a dozen times. First time I think we got lucky. I had the mustard encrusted salmon, my husband had a beef special, which were fresh & good portions. The next time I had the same & my husband had a...More

Thank Kimberly A
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

This is unacceptable and we sincerely apologize. We will address these issues with our service and kitchen staff and appreciate the feedback. Please contact Jessica at 704-986-0621. Thank you!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleasantly surprised. Such a wonderful find. You MUST try this place!! We tried this on a whim but will definitely be back!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! Come back and visit us soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We continue to love coming here for dinner. The chicken piccata is amazing and the filet was awesome. Our neighbors joined us and they loved their meals. Also, the peanut-butter pie is the best I have ever had! We are so blessed to have such...More

Thank RGR77
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So happy to hear that you and your neighbors enjoyed everything!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here last night and had a fabulous experience. Service was great and food was too. Portions were generous. We had the baked Brie appetizer, pulled pork, shrimp & grits and salads. We highly recommend this establishment.

Thank Robyn B
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Robyn! We are elated that you had a great experience.

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is quaint and romantic. The food is all local and always amazing. Would recommend to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank Rebecca G
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks Rebecca!! We appreciate it!

Reviewed June 7, 2018

The good points first: The waitress was very sweet and tried hard. My two girls had the kids' grilled cheese with fruit cup and they love theirs. The not so good points: My chicken salad sandwich was mediocre at best. The menu advertised it as...More

Thank Kreno15
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2018

Thank you for the feedback and we will discuss with our staff your review. We appreciate your business, and we will look into it.

Reviewed May 29, 2018

This restaurant is small and is located in the old main street downtown area. Service was good, and the food is outstanding! Salmon on a plank appetizer was delicious. The daily special grilled chicken sandwich was outstanding.

Thank Michael S
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

Michael, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your visit. Check out our Facebook page! We have a lot of great food specials this week and we would love to have you back in.

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Tammy E
May 5, 2017|
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Response from scott l | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We do offer takeout however we do not deliver.
September 27, 2016|
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Response from scott l | Property representative |
Hi! We are currently working towards opening for Sunday brunch in the coming months. We've had a lot of requests from our guests for this, and are aiming to start this by opening for one Sunday a month to start with to give... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-986-0621
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Off the Square is a casual upscale restaurant focused on creating an unforgettable dining experience by using local ingredients to craft gourmet cuisine from scratch. Along with our house-made appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we feature a carefully selected assortment of wines, spirits, and craft beers. We strive every day to provide courteous service and a welcoming atmosphere. Off the Square is one of five NC restaurants that were recognized for featuring locally grown, raised, caught and made products during the second annual "Dig Into Local Best Menu NC" contest by the NC Department of Agriculture!
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