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Purple Onion

16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
+1 828-749-1179
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (88 reviews)
“salad” (43 reviews)
“tiramisu” (15 reviews)
11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
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Reviewed yesterday

My meal was crusted Sheepshead fish over a bed of stone ground grits. What a delightful meal. It was definitely comfort food on a cold night The Maysara Pinot was an excellent recommendation by the waitress who was very attentive to our needs. My dinner...More

Thank Don H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited the Purple Onion on the advice of a friend who has a home nearby. Excellent table service, friendly staff, lovely place. Limited menu for vegans or vegetarians, which was a bit of a challenge and the kitchen didn't offer accommodations other than 'salad' or...More

Thank thebeachmarkets
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is good, the menu eclectic, wait staff friendly, prices are high. Their pizza is their best item... its very good!

Thank DeadEye637
Reviewed 1 week ago

Room is lovely and staff is friendly. Portions are more than adequate and the food is fresh and good. Try the homemade deserts. Schedule your visit for and evening of great live music. We have been going to this quaint little town and enjoying the...More

Thank oldgrandad2016
Emily L, Manager at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad that you enjoy your visits to The Purple Onion. We continuously strive to improve our customers experience and it means so much to us when they see those...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice spot with outdoor seating. Love the sunday brunch. Sometimes it can be a little slow but if I wanted fast food I'd go somewhere else.More

Thank Travis D
Emily L, Manager at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for stopping in. We are so glad you enjoy The Purple Onion's Sunday Brunches. We look forward to starting them back in Spring of 2018. We do apologize for the occasionally slow service. We strive to offer excellent customer service at all times...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off in Saluda to see the oldest grocery store in NC. Grabbed a quick snack while there. My girlfriend got a coffee I could not pass up a brownie. The other desserts looked pretty good as well. The brownie was cool and very rich...More

Thank Jim C
Emily L, Manager at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are very fortunate to have an amazing pastry chef that makes all our desserts in house. Those brownies are delicious! We hope you will stop in and have lunch next time you are in Saluda....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was fine. But definitely not great. With all these reviews I guess I expected better. Waitresses are nice though. Pizzas were meh.More

Thank Stafford G
Emily L, Manager at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your pizza. We pride ourselves on quality, healthy products and hate to hear our customers are disappointed by them. Feel free to reach out to me and let me know how we could have improved your pizza...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting from out of town stopped for lunch. Menu has a very unique flair and food was absolutely delicious. They also have a huge selection of beers and wines.More

Thank mzmommy2u
Emily L, Manager at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. It is so nice for The Purple Onion kitchen staff to get positive feedback on the food they prepare. It makes us happy :) . We hope you will stop in again and dine with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the trout entree. Baked, I believe, and very well cooked. Figured I could count on fresh fresh water fish in the mountains. Was not disappointed. Friendly and engaging service, good beer and wine selection, and nice decor with local art on the wall. I...More

Thank Kwesi M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food in an epic town. Never wanted to leave. Pizzas were amazing and the wine was perfectly matched. Love this town?

Thank rpsail7cs
Emily L, Manager at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for dining at The Purple Onion and visiting our little town of Saluda! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back soon.

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19 November 2017|
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Response from thebeachmarkets | Reviewed this property |
We were just there last month and the only thing for vegans was the hummus platter or salad. Even then, I had to request that the cheese be excluded. I quizzed the server extensively since I am vegan -- many folks think... More
Erwin M
6 May 2017|
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Response from PastorJG | Reviewed this property |
medium prices... and they are open on Sunday eve...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Saluda
  • Phone Number: +1 828-749-1179
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