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The Purple Onion Cafe

4647 Main St, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470-1905
+1 910-755-6071
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Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“lunch” (114 reviews)
“cakes” (36 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (7 reviews)
Closes in 12 min
6:30 AM - 3:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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LOCATION
4647 Main St, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470-1905
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1 - 10 of 421 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of great choices on the menu. The homemade chips are amazing, and the Reuben is good. Great desserts! So, save room!

Thank SchultzFam8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food. Service is good. Place gets very crowded. Lots of variety to choose from. Worth the wait.

Thank JudyH2007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for breakfast. My omelet was awesome. The grits was yummy. My husband had eggs and sausage. It was great too. The biscuits with grape jelly.....let's just say best I ever ate!

Thank Denise B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a party of 17 of us to breakfast on a Saturday morning when the restaurant was very busy. They accommodated our party by splitting us into 4 tables, and had us seated in about 10 minutes. The Purple Onion serves traditional breakfast items,...More

Thank David P
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for leaving us a review on TripAdvisor! We love going back and reading feedback from our guests :) I am so happy to hear that our staff took care of you during your time at Purple Onion. We hope to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very small venue, so we waited about 20 minutes for lunch, being seated about 1:15. We got our water quickly and ordered. It took about 30 minutes to get our order, it it was hot and fantastic. My husband had a fried green tomato BLT...More

Thank 302marylandtraveler
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our beloved cafe! I just love those menu items that you had with us. It's making me hungry thinking about it ;) I will address your concerns with our Hunt's Ketchup brand. Hope to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing fancy from the outside this place was a nice surprise. It's only open for breakfast and lunch, We arrived shortly after noon. There is a large dining room with about 40 tables where noise could be a problem. We were quickly seated and served....More

Thank Larry62NewJersey
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our beloved cafe. We are so glad that you had the chance to stop in. Please come again next time your are in town! We also have lots of yummy photos and updates on our facebook page...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Several of the local stores told us not to miss the Purple Onion. We dropped in around 11:45 and were seated immediately, by 12:05 it was full! I ordered the fried green tomato blt with pimento cheese on sour dough and fries, and it was...More

Thank Neil H
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Neil, Thank you so much for your kind review. You and your wife ordered two of my favorites here at our cafe! I am so glad that you enjoyed them as much as I do :) Hope to see you again! Terry Bland

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late afternoon mid week for lunch and were promptly seated. I enjoyed my burger which was cooked to order and my wife raved about her roast beef, cheddar and horseradish sandwich. We picked up two slices of home made cake to go which...More

Thank reidmikej
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you again soon. :) Sincerely, Terry Bland

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was there this morning for breakfast (10:30 am) Very crowded as usually. After our wait, as the hostess was setting us I noticed a huge roach (water bug) on the floor between the tables. It looked dead and like it had been there awhile....More

Thank Gina B
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gina, We are so very sorry that you had to witness this water bug on the floor while in our cafe. We have a pest control service which comes to our cafe on a bi-weekly basis for upkeep/maintenance. Unfortunately, these guys will come into your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and I stopped in for lunch after playing a round of golf nearby. We were greeted immediately in a friendly way and brought to a table. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive without interfering. There were a lot of locals there and...More

Thank Mike C
Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mike, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our beloved cafe! I will address your concerns with our kitchen staff. Next time you come in, make sure to try some of our sweets! :) Terry Bland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$3 - $12
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 3:00 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
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Description
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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