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The Purple Onion Cafe

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4647 Main St, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470-1905
+1 910-755-6071
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We eat here once every trip. We have always had lunch. Today we arrived for breakfast. I was pleasantly surprised. It was great! Everyone loved their food. Our server, who seemed to be in charge (she was giving commands to the kitchen staff) was very unpleasant, but I'm hoping that she was just overwhelmed because we usually get exceptional service.... More 

Thank Alyssa B
Calabash, North Carolina
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best burger, perfectly cooked as ordered. Servers always check and check back to ensure satisfaction. Friendly staff, good food, fair prices.

Thank plenkevich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Purple Onion Cafe is the place to go for a fabulous southern breakfast and incredible customer service. It's a well known cafe, and therefore don't be surprised if you have to wait a bit to be seated, but be assured it's definitely worth the wait! EVERYTHING is delicious, but I highly recommend the crab cakes Benedict...it's unbelievable! Be sure... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff, clean restaurant, and delicious meals. We ordered the shrimp burger and crab cake sandwich and both were wonderful. We will definately return.

Thank Amberly W
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First let me say upon walking in I saw the dirty dishes being unloaded into the bus trays as you come in the front door?! Upon being seated I was waited on fairly quickly by Nicole. I was not sure if I wanted breakfast or lunch and asked her what they were best known for on each of the two... More 

Thank ladybuginthesouth
Johnson City, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast selections are fabulous. Food and ingredients were hot and fresh and delivered to our table just a few minutes after ordering. Each member of our party ordered different menu selection and each were delicious. Reasonably priced. Make sure to check out the freash baked goods you can take a box of goodness with you. We stay in Ocean Isle... More 

Thank John P
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great local place to eat---breakfast with large servings---And be sure to take home a pastry

Thank GastoniaRonnie
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The chicken salad served on half cantelope on greens is amazing, I always get the honemade poppy seed dressing to drench my greens with, delish!!!

Thank romelalo
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, so I didn't really "peel" the Purple Onion, but I did eat breakfast there on a business trip with some colleagues. They were very accommodating of our groups needs, and we're happy to put tables together for us. Service was friendly and professional. The ticket time on the 8 of us was about 12 minutes, so pretty good. Loved... More 

Thank Keith B
North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch while on business in Brunswick county. Our wait for a table was minimal during the busy lunch service and our server was knowledgeable and friendly. She made some great recommendations from the extensive menu and the food was well prepared and delicious (I had the Reuben). This is definitely a place we'll be back to.

Thank brlittle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $12
American, Cafe, Vegetarian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4647 Main St, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470-1905
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Shallotte
  • Phone Number: +1 910-755-6071
The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since then they have become a community favorite serving locals & visitors breakfast and lunch with a delicious menu of pastries, traditional breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.

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