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Purple Onion

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16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
+1 828-749-1179
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Columbia, South Carolina
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Homemade pizzas excellent! And the local veggie plate was superb. I the wait to get bread served was too long (45 min) but the waiter was Pleasant and apologetic. Fresh bread was being baked And they were behind. Service was Good. This is our favorite restaurant in Saluda.

Thank evernie
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have a second mountain home in Saluda . We visit in the summer and the fall. One our favorite visits for dinner is the purple onion. I can not say I would recommend it to my family and friends anymore . Our last visit the wait was 2 hours and the hostess who was taking reservations was extremely rude... More 

Thank reba07
Asheville, North Carolina
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having heard so much about how great this restaurant is and having actually enjoyed lunch there several months ago, I was excited to visit Purple Onion on a Saturday for lunch! However, this meal was a disappointment--the menu seemed lacking in good choices and service was strained to say the least! It was really crowded and loud too! Food was... More 

Thank Seemore66
North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend an I went for a late lunch at 3PM after tubing the Green River. They were only serving pizza. We decided on the Putanesca, 10 in.The server came out a few minutes later stating they didn't have any more 1O" pizza shells. That should have told me it was frozen. So we ordered the 16". It had to... More 

Thank Sonjasafron
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137 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to take a drive down to Saluda,NC for brunch and thought we'd try the Purple Onion. We walked up to the hostess stand and found a line, with quite a few people waiting. It must be good. After waiting in line a few minutes, I was told there would be about a 30 minute wait. I gave my... More 

1 Thank BadNews1320
Asheville, NC
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the Shrimp and Corn Stew, which was very good, but the quantity was skimpy. It included 2.5 shrimp, about 10 very small mussels, 4 one-inch cuts of fresh corn, okra and other vegetables. I talked to the waitress and she brought me another 2 shrimp! My wife had their Sunburst Mountain Trout, which was very good, but again,... More 

Thank basic792
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for a glass of wine. The service was slow, due to busy foot traffic considering the holiday, however, the pleasant waiter and great wine made up for it! We enjoyed our time there, the art display, and the atmosphere as well. We will return and try the menu next time.

Thank Debra E
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55 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice outdoor patio area.service was a little haphazard, and slow. We chose salmon, and pasta for main course which were just about ok. The pizza here looked a much better option. I would try somewhere else if I returned.

Thank JaguarMichigan
Columbia, SC
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157 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second visit here and lunch was not up to par. I ordered the special which was a burrito with ground beef and black beans along with rice & corn. I never saw the rice but that didn't matter. The burrito was fat and looked good but had very little flavor. I was highly disappointed as I have eaten this type... More 

Thank DaddyOBest
Asheville, North Carolina
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having enjoyed this place several times enjoyed recently, we were looking forward to stopping for dinner on the way home from an airport run tonight. What a fiasco. Our server was clueless. She brought my elderly Dad a beer but no glass and then disappeared after I asked for a glass. Went up to the bar myself after a while... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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 - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Saluda
  • Phone Number: +1 828-749-1179

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