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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 - Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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264 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We hadn't planned to eat in Saluda during a brief visit, but the menu looked so good and the atmosphere was so warm and enticing, we decided to stay for a little nosh. When we arrived just at 5:00 on a Saturday afternoon, there was already a line forming for dinner which began at 5:00. We ordered a starter plate... More 

Thank Levannah
Nowra, Australia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the most delicious mountain trout at the Onion, and they always have great flatbreads, appetizers, and amazing dessert too. A good wine list and pretty outdoor area means you can have a fun dinner with the kids or a romantic night. Saluda is such a lovely small town, its much more relaxing and enjoyable to eat here than... More 

Thank Mrsglowb
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

I am very familiar with the Purple Onion and their entertainment and excellent food. However, I was blown away with a Salmon dish over black rice. Best ever for me. We also had the best ever server in Amber, knowledgeable, knows the food, people in the area and she is kind and beautiful!

Thank George D
Saluda, NC, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

This place turned into a "blues joint" on a Sunday night and I forgot I was in Saluda. Are you kidding me? Be on the lookout for their music line up, and the thin crust pizzas with great choice of booze take you to New Orleans in two sips ... Marvelous!

Thank claudebP2994JN
Weaverville, North Carolina
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Enjoyed a good pizza with pimento cheese w/jalapenos appetizer. Tasty. Lots of good pizza combos. Good service even though place had a crowd on Friday night. Has entertainment on Friday and Saturday, no cover. Peggy Ratusz and whoever she has playing with her are always great. Blues, jazz, etc.

Thank Torchboy
Shelby, North Carolina
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

They have quite a few great selections downtown Saluda to eat and today we tried Purple Onion and food and service was great.

Thank RCToby
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134 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

Hubby had burger. Tiny burger for $10, served with a few taco chips on the side iso potato chips. Odd that. I had GF pizza, 10' for $13. No GF beers, only a couple ciders. also odd. BUT the town is so cute, it was work the drive and ambiance to sample.

Thank Janice G
Rainsville, Alabama
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I both had the ribeye steak. As wonderful as it was, the vegetables were even more amazing. What a special dish. Very generous portions

Thank pollyp65
Matthews, North Carolina
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66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

Decor is nice with good artistic ambiance. Fabulous, friendly service. Varied menu with a local flair. I had a special blackened shrimp tacos with red cabbage cilantro slaw. Food temperature wasn't real warm for any of us at the table. My sister's jalapeño pimento was too spicy. Her lip burned for a very long time. My mom's special flank steak... More 

Thank kimbecknellwilliams
Yankee in the South
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213 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We've eaten here a few times as friends have a home in Saluda. The four of us planned to have lunch here but being a Saturday, it was crowded. My friend gave her name and the number of us requesting a table to the young hostess. She told us it would be 20 minutes. We returned 20 minutes later expecting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?