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The Red Onion Cafe

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227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
+1 828-264-5470
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Milledgeville, Georgia
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

I rarely pass up the opportunity to dine in the Red Onion Cafe when I'm in Boone. The soups are some of the best...and the sandwiches are excellent. Convenient to the university if your in the neighborhood.

1 Thank Michael R
Lady's Island, SC
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74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Based on reviews tried this restaurant and was not disappointed. We sat outside which was nice. Service and food were both good. We were not wowed but it was a good place for a casual dinner after walking the trails all day.

Thank mtsomerville
Lockport, Illinois
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

boone is a great area, food, wine and service in general. As my husband and I have just moved here it has been a real treat to go out in this area. the food was very good here, not the best in the area but worth the $. The hospitality was so lacking as compared to other local places we... More 

1 Thank Berny B
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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258 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Recent visit for lunch with friends. We shared the pimento cheese appetizer, which we didn't like as much this time, though it was a generous plate of food. Curry flavor seemed to overpower the cheese, and the quality of the cheese didn't seem the same as in the past. Mauney's Club was wonderful as always. Chicken wrap was good. Service... More 

Thank travelingbillbury
Hope, Maine
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434 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We were in Boone for a weekend and stumbled upon The Red Onion. We quickly realized this is a FIND! We needed to sit outside as we had our dog with us. Noticing another dog on the patio made this a no-brainer! We were immediately welcomed and so was our Great Dane! The patio is covered and comfortable, the food... More 

Thank Sonia T
Raeford, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

The Red Onion Cafe is a great place for Families Couples or Singles. Our waitress was so friendly and really personable. She made our son a "special drink" because he insisted on having some of my adult drink! She added grenadine to his Sprite, and he was so happy! The food was very good, and had a variety of menu... More 

1 Thank wild_things09
Thomasville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our family dinner. I ate the Cajun Chicken Pasta - a signature dish - and it was amazing! Everything was very flavorful, including the complimentary bread. The service was good. We were seated promptly and served in a timely manner. Overall, no complaints. Slightly pricey, but would go back again.

1 Thank njbyerly
Charlotte, nc
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

We ate here for my husbands birthday dinner while visiting the mountains in Boone. I saw a lot of people waiting to get in, so I knew it was an awesome place to eat. It did not disappoint. The menu had all types of yummy dishes but we settled on the fish tacos. Wow! The best I've ever had! Blackened... More 

1 Thank slawlhorne
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

I have now traveled three time from Elizabethton TN to have lunch at the Red Onion. I enjoy the food and the service. Today I had the Quiche and French Onion soup I recommend it!

1 Thank Nichole L
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

We were looking for a place to eat on our first night in Boone. The name sounded interesting so we decided to try it. We were pleasantly surprised. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was good. I had the Lemon Poppy Salmon Salad and wife had the French Onion Soup and salad. The Salmon and Onion Soup were very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 23
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-264-5470

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