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The Sweet Onion

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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TO BEGIN WITH‏
Crispy Fried Onions
Thin sliced fried onions served w/ southwest ranch.
$6.50
Lump Crab Cake
Crispy lump crab cakes served w/ a lemon basil aioli.
$8.00
Two cakes $15.00
Ahi Tuna Sashimi
Sesame-seared ahi‏ tuna served w/ pickled ginger, wasabi & soy sauce.
$10.50
Fire Roasted Jalapeno & Smoked Chicken Spring Rolls
Smoked chicken, jalapeño, applewood bacon, & cheddar cheese, served w/ a chipotle cranberry sauce.
$8.00
Wild Mushroom & Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
Flame-grilled baguette topped w/ provolone cheese & sautéed wild mushrooms tossed w/ roasted tomatoes, fresh basil & madeira wine.
$10.00
Cornmeal Encrusted Avocado
Served w/ lump blue crab, roasted sweet corn, caramelized onions & a sriracha aioli.
$11.00
Whiskey Sauteed Mussels
Served w/ a saffron roasted tomato broth & flame-grilled baguette.
$10.50
SANDWICHES
All sandwiches are served w/ your choice of one side item.
Fried or Blackened Catfish
Cornmeal fried or blackened catfish strips served on a grilled potato bun w/ lettuce, tomato, creamy cole slaw & our house tartar sauce.
$9.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Pecan Chicken Salad Melt
Toasted pecan chicken salad served on grilled sourdough w/ lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon & cheddar.
$9.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Open Faced Roast Beef
Slow-roasted beef tri tip tossed w/ herb au jus topped w/ Swiss cheese & caramelized onions served on sourdough bread.
$9.50
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Black Angus Short Rib Burger
Oz. Flame grilled black angus short rib burger, topped w/ lettuce, tomato & choice of cheese.
$9.50
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Open Faced Cajun Smoked Turkey Breast
Served over thick sliced sourdough, topped w/ sautéed shrimp, provolone & creamy cajun lobster sauce.
$9.50
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Pulled BBQ Pork
Slow smoked pulled pork shoulder tossed w/ caramelized onions & blackberry BBQ sauce. Served w/ a grilled bun & creamy cole slaw.
$8.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
SOUP & SALADS‏
Sweet Onion Soup
Our own take on the classic French onion soup- just creamier, topped w/ a crouton & Swiss cheese bubbling hot.
$6.50
Garden Salad
Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, cheddar, sun-dried cranberries & candied pecans.
Regular $5.50
Large $7.50
Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, cracked pepper croutons & parmesan tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing.
Regular $5.50
Large $7.50
Tomato & Basil Goat Cheese Stack
Served w/‏ baby arugula, olive oil & honey balsamic reduction.
$7.50
Hickory Smoked Turkey Cobb
Hickory smoked turkey breast served w/ romaine lettuce, tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, gorgonzola bleu cheese, hard boiled egg, fresh guacamole, & choice of dressing.
$12.50
Salad Nicoise
Pan seared ahi tuna, baby arugula, romaine lettuce, hard boiled egg, roasted red potatoes, tomato, sautéed green beans, roasted red peppers, & balsamic vinaigrette.
$13.50
PASTA
Tomato Basil Shrimp
Lemon herb grilled shrimp & angel hair pasta tossed w/ tomatoes, roasted garlic, white wine & fresh basil.
$17.00
Garden salad $+3.75
Caesar salad $+3.75
Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Wild mushroom & cheese ravioli tossed w/ sautéed mushrooms in a fresh herb madeira wine cream sauce.
$17.00
Garden salad $+3.75
Caesar salad $+3.75
Grilled Chicken & White Truffle Sausage Fettuccine
Herb balsamic grilled chicken & house recipe white truffle sausage tossed w/ roasted red peppers, caramelized onions & a light madiera wine herb cream sauce.
$17.00
Garden salad $+3.75
Caesar salad $+3.75
Saffron Roasted Tomato & Shellfish
Sauted shrimp, mussels, & a jumbo sea scallop tossed w/ angel hair pasta & white wine saffron roasted tomato sauce.
$18.00
Garden salad $+3.75
Caesar salad $+3.75
ENTREES‏
All entrees come w/ your choice of 2 side items.
Sweet Onion Weiner Shintzel
Lemon sauteed pork loin cutlets w/ a fresh basil & green peppercorn butter sauce.
$16.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Fried or Blackened Catfish
Cornmeal fried or blackened catfish served w/ our house cocktail & tartar sauce.
$13.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Pink Sunburst Trout
Pan-seared pink rainbow trout w/ a creamy fresh herb & garlic lemon butter sauce.
$17.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Crab Cakes
Sauteed jumbo lump crab cakes served w/ a lemon basil aioli.
$20.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Shrimp & Grits
Applewood smoked bacon & jumbo shrimp served over white cheddar stone ground grits topped w/ a lobster cream sauce.
$21.50
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Entree comes w/ one side item.
Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Hickory smoked springer farms free range chicken breast flame grilled w/ a fresh rosemary & lemon butter.
$15.50
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Sweet Soy Grilled Salmon
Topped w/ a fresh melon pineapple salsa.
$18.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Blackberry BBQ Short Rib
Braised boneless short rib flame grilled w/ a blackberry BBQ sauce.
$16.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
TRADITIONAL FAVORITES
All entrees come w/ a basket of our garlic cheddar biscuits & your choice of two side items
Tri Tip Roast
Beef tri tip slow roasted in herb au jus smothered in brown onion gravy.
$13.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Country Fried Steak
Pounded prime sirloin breaded & fried, topped w/ sawmill gravy.
$13.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Sweet tomato glazed bacon wrapped meatloaf smothered w/ brown onion gravy, topped w/ frizzle fried onions.
$13.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Southern Fried Springer Farms Chicken Breast
Hickory smoked springer farms chicken breast, southern fried & served w/ a honey bourbon glaze.
$13.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
Blue Crab Lobster Mac & Cheese
Penne pasta w/ provolone, parmesan & cheddar cheese baked w/ a cajun lobster cream, lump blue crab & roasted tomatoes.
$16.00
Garden salad $+2.25
Caesar salad $+2.25
ON THE SIDE‏
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
$2.75
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
$2.75
Southern Fried Okra
$2.75
Cole Slaw
$2.75
Seasoned Steak Fries
$2.75
Cheddar Scallop Potatoes
$2.75
Sauteed Vegetables
$2.75
Marinated Cucumber Tomato Salad
$2.75
Collard Greens
$2.75
White Cheddar Grits
$2.75
BEVERAGES
Iced & Hot Teas
$2.50
Fresh Ground Coffee
$2.25
San Pellegrino
$3.75
Soda
Coke, diet coke, mr. pibb, sprite
$2.50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great lunch spot ! Friendly knowledgeable wait staff. Prompt service. Great specials. Yummy food with generous portions (enough for take home)

Date of visit: February 2020
Thank 731MarthaT
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of 10 with prior reservations on a somewhat slow Monday evening. The Sweet Onion has been one of our favorite eating establishments in Waynesville for over 10 years and we eat there about once a month. On this evening we were...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Thank wmljr2002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in downtown Waynesville, The Sweet Onion is a great place to pop in for a great dinner. We were visiting friends and we went on their recommendation. I got the meatloaf (which comes with mashed potatos) with collard greens. The meatloaf was great and...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank RobWestColumbia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All of the buildings in Waynesville look older from the outside but the food at The Sweet Onion was great and the restaurant and service was wonderful.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Zahnlady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had great dinner last night at Sweet Onion. Very professional, knowledgeable and pleasant server. All staff were friendly and helpful. Without promoting server offered specials and recommendations which we appreciated. Shrimp and grits dinner and crab cake dinner were delicious and sides of collards and...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank VirginiaDuck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just had dinner with three friends. I had the salmon, crabmeat risotto and fried eggplant special. Phenomenal! My friends had meatloaf and shrimp and grits. Our server, Karen, is a true professional. She timed our meals perfectly. We did not feel rushed at all. She...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Lisa F
Reviewed January 12, 2020

Had the pleasure of dining at Sweet Onion for Lunch. I liked the L-shaped set up of the restaurant because it allowed more privacy than one big square dining room. I ordered the french onion soup (delicious) and the lemon chicken salad which was also...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Gary B
Reviewed January 3, 2020

This was a wonderful find off the beaten path on the way back from Bryson City to Knoxville with out running through the icy mountains of late Fall. We loved the onion soup here and everything was cooked perfectly with the right amount of seasonings....More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank MsLoveTravel
Reviewed January 3, 2020 via mobile

Always a wait (even when there are empty tables) but the food and servive are really good. One of my Waynesville favorites.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Jenn J
Reviewed December 30, 2019

Food and service were excellent. Portions are huge, and the price is very reasonable. We will definitely be returning to The Sweet Onion with our next visit to Waynesville.

Date of visit: December 2019
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ginstrawser
October 16, 2019|
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Response from PKnowsFood | Reviewed this property |
Hmm, there is a room off to itself that would be ideal depending on the size of the group. I’d give them a call. It’s simply amazing food with specials that vary on a daily basis.
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Hannah M
October 6, 2018|
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Response from joe91031 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I don’t recall
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Nan C
April 14, 2017|
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Response from ronaldf07734 | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the time of day you arrive reservations are usually not necessary. We've been twice. Both times were less than a five or so minute wait. Enjoy!
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