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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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went in for lunch today Feb.22,2017 and the food was so great. Also the service was wonderful as well........I will make sure to go back this weekend. Thank u for the wonderful food and service........

Thank Holly C
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77 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well Ive always wanted to try it out...let me save you. Go someplace else. First this had to be the most unhappiest place to work. I watched every single employee from the time I entered to the time I left. With 1 exception. There was not 1 single girl. Woman that smiled, was friendly appearing at all. I watched each... More 

Thank smasmom
Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped at the purple onion cafe for breakfast on our way home from the beach. Surprisingly this small town cafe has amazing food that will definitely hit the spot. I had the breakfast burrito with salsa and tropical fruit which was awesome. But come hungry it is huge and I couldn't finish it. Needless to say we didn't have... More 

Thank clockhart66
Southport, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a burger with pimento cheese. Very tasty but needed to ask for condiments as none came with it. My wife built her own sandwich and was very pleased with it. There seems to have been some redecorating going on since our last visit including a stone wall. Would have hoped for something to reduce the clang and clatter from... More 

Thank EndlessSummerCaptain
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I dined here for lunch. We have been here many times before and have never had a problem until today. Our waitress, Syria, had two of her friends that she was talking to in between her tables that stood in the back of the dining room the whole entire time. We had ordered the nachos and when... More 

1 Thank beachgirl5190
Shallotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food and service at this restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch. Expect fare that will please all tastes. Although there is new furniture, the cafe vibe still feels cramped. The bakery selections are awesome. Convenient to the downtown park/entertainment venue in Shallote..

Thank Brillat-savarin_910
Roanoke VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the third time I have eaten here in a year, all lunches. The place is very busy, an indication that it is consistently good, however I had bad bad service on my last visit. I had been thinking about their cake for 3 months, something I as a diabetic had not gotten on my first two visits. I... More 

North Carolina
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Met our daughter there one day for lunch and were not disappointed. This Deli/Cafe lived up to its reputation for good food and ample servings. I would suggest the chili and the roast beef sandwich. I am a fan of Rye bread and theirs was wonderful. Daughter and wife had the soup/half-sandwich combination and said that they were excellent and... More 

Thank Howell P
Oak Island, North Carolina, United States
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful breakfast with good, hot, fresh food. Wonderful omelets. Somehow I managed to resist the bakery offerings on the way out. Everything in the case looked fabulous. Nice surroundings, clean and neat.

Thank genenurse
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is more like what you would find in the Research Triangle, trendy. But not so trendy that it doesn’t have something for everyone. Very good sandwiches. Really like the homemade chips.

Thank Eric H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $12
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Kids, 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?