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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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Aiken, South Carolina
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66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Always a treat. Fresh local vegetables Lovely outside seating all year around. Have been there for both lunch and dinner. A great local spot in Saluda NC

1 Thank LindaSL
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Food was great and farm fresh! Unique combination of flavor. Try the Baconzola Pizza and Key Lime Cheesecake. Staff was friendly.

Thank lilibi321
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

We ate at the Purple Onion after zip lining and the food was great. The pizza was really tasty and the salad was very flavorful as well. Great service as well!

Thank Christina C
Greenville, South Carolina
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533 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

If you come to North or South Carolina and don't check out the small towns you are missing the history and much of the beauty of this place. The Purple Onion sits in downtown Saluda and has amazing food and ambiance. Some of the best food I have had in quite awhile. It is a cafe style place, not fancy... More 

1 Thank onemichael
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Nice town was fun to walk around. Stopped here for a beer or three... Sat at an outside table waiting for service until giving up and finding a place at the bar. Service was fine there... Just seems disorganized... Wasn't my best experience.

Thank Clifford H
Tucson, Arizona
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157 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

Saluda is one of those special places in the western part of North Carolina, full of history (especially for railway buffs),with local arts and crafts plus down-home eateries. The Purple Onion is one of the best I have been to. Love the old screen door leading into a rustic looking dining room and bar with exposed brick and wooden floors.... More 

Thank Paul W
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206 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

My husband, my son and I stopped for a late lunch. Only pizza and apps available because turning over for dinner service. We order a baconzola pizza and we did not think it was as good as it use to be. I had the tiarmisu for dessert. It still is the best anywhere. Sponge cake instead of ladyfingers. Love shopping... More 

1 Thank Barbara S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

We had the Mediterranean Salad and mushroom and arugula pizza. It was great. Also fantastic was the homemade blackberry cobbler,my wife had the tramisua.Will definitely eat there again.

2 Thank Cmdowd
Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

This gem is one of my fav destination restaurants for out of town guests. Lovely service and interesting menu in an adorable location. Enjoy ordering several appetizers and sharing. Unfortunately this last time one of our favorites was disappointing: Smoked trout was dry and tough and the portions were skimpier than before. Uh Oh!

1 Thank Jacquelyn E
Greeneville, Tennessee
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390 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

We were held up on I 26 so diverted through Saluda and discovered this quaint cafe. We were between hours but were offered a pizza menu plus extras etc. We had coffee (excellent ) and their home made tomato basil soup. The soup was probably the best we've had of that type. It was loaded with fresh herbs. The pizzas... More 

1 Thank Vicar100

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