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Purple Onion

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16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
+1 828-749-1179
11:00 - 21:00
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All hours
Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Yankee in the South
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210 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've eaten here a few times as friends have a home in Saluda. The four of us planned to have lunch here but being a Saturday, it was crowded. My friend gave her name and the number of us requesting a table to the young hostess. She told us it would be 20 minutes. We returned 20 minutes later expecting... More 

Thank divezuzu
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I ate here today with my mom. We were looking forward to a good meal that was not prepared by us and did not resemble the plethora of Thanksgiving leftovers we gave been eating. We really enjoyed our appetizer of the Mediterranean plate, each of the three spreads were delicious. My daughter and I both had the... More 

Thank Jessica C
Montgomery, Alabama
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch in this small eatery was perfect for my group. We had the soup and salad - soup was cauliflower and sandwich was turkey/avocado on some wonderful locally made bread. Didn't have room for dessert but saw a beautiful slice of chocolate cake with a raspberry icing go by on a tray. Looked really good. There is also a small... More 

Thank Ebelle66
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to come for desert and music... live entertainment is always good... prices are great... food is great also... we love spending the eve here...

Thank PastorJG
Greenville, South Carolina
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474 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoy this place. Anytime we are up this way we stop here for delicious foods. They have gluten free options as well. Food is always excellent and they have live music on certain nights. Worth the trip. Enjoy

Thank onemichael
Flat rock, NC
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141 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We never get tired of going to the Purple Onion. They are located on Main St. in Saluda, NC. The food is good and they normally have good entertainment. We normally go when GiGi Dover is playing. The Purple Onion is worth the drive.

Thank Joseph C
Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great find in downtown Saluda. Right on Main St - great patio too. Nice variety on lunch menu. Enjoyed a flat bread special and homemade soup and 1/2 sandwich. Won't be our last trip there!

Thank GoTigerz
Lincoln, Nebraska
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Had a lunch of turkey and avocado sandwich and chips at the Purple Onion. Service was wonderful - friendly and funny waitress. Outdoor space is very relaxing and open.

Thank Christy N
Knoxville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is a hidden gem just off exit 59 of I-26 on Main Street of Saluda. Had a late lunch after a 3 hour zip line adventure. Ordered the bagel with smoked trout and it was excellent. It came with a small bowl of fresh summer fruit that was very flavorful. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.....will definitely dine here... More 

Thank 859leet
Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We enjoyed two dinners in a row and only their being closed on Wednesdays stopped us visiting a third evening. The staff was friendly,efficient and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely enjoyable with an adequate wine selection. We certainly will stop in again.

Thank Saabselr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?