Braised Onion
Braised Onion

Braised Onion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (352) 620-9255
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Loring Felix
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering to meet your specific needs!
  • Entertainment: Follow us on facebook for any upcoming events and entertainment!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 8th Place
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Braised Onion
Welcome to Braised Onion where we serve "comfort food with attitude!" Chef Felix has created a menu of gourmet southern foods with his special twist. Our wonderful desserts are homemade and will tickle your taste buds! We also offer a full-service liquor, wine and beer bar with happy hour from 4:00-6:00 daily. Try out our martini specials! Whether it's a big event or quaint party, you will enjoy our fantastic food, fun and colorful, festive atmosphere!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Braised Onion reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (16)romantic (11)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Food - Great
    TommyMVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    If you want a flavorful ( a little rich ) meal with a fantastic variety of southern flavors - this is the place. Atmosphere is very nice . service is just ok
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    Pickle
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have been to both lunch and dinner at your restaurant, but unfortunately this experience was not acceptable. Service was poor as the server was trying to handle to many parties. The food portions were not nearly as good as in past. We had dinner at 5:45 but it felt like they really skimped on both vegetables and the other sides. This hasn't happened before and we are not usually complainers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food Cold
    Anne
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our food was cold when it came out. It tasted good though. Took over 1 hour to get the food. Waiter did not visit often. Took forever to get our check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant
    DG0215
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was great, a little too noisy for a romantic dinner. Wide selection of entrees, nice wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    skyguy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We heard of the "Braised Onion", but had not made the trip to the north side of Ocala to try it. Fortunately, we attended a meeting there and were extremely pleased of the food served. We told our friends about the place and made plans to go as a group. The food was perfect. We enjoyed the Cajun shrimp appetizer, prime rib, 3 cheese mac & cheese, braised onion side, baked potato, and green beans. It was far better than anything we expected. We were there for "Happy hour" and the drinks were great and the glasses full. We will be back soon! This was well worth the extra few miles to drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nikki
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was excellent. The service made me uncomfortable he seemed to rush us, they did not need the table as it was 6 PM on a Sunday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andrea4
    West4dine
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely meal with friends. We were able to enjoy conversation throughout our meal. The wait staff was pleasant, helpful and we never felt rushed. The menu had a good variety of choices. The prices are reasonable. I will definitely recommend and go back to The Braised Onion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wtoo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Too expensive. Fish was undercooked & not flaky. Was soft. My wife would not eat it all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael325VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Good value, good food, good service. You will be surprised by the quality and portion size for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheFastOne
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've eaten at the Braised Onion four times now. Everytime that we've gone back, its been with another group of our friends. People living in and around The Villages are always looking for new places to eat. Don't think many venture up to the Ocala area. When the topic of restaurants come up, I always mentioned the Braised Onion. Most have never heard of it. Everyone we've taken there have really enjoyed their dinning experience. Great menu, great service, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service.
    Foodjudge
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Restaurant is pleasantly appointed. Food was average. Service was really bad. Waitress was dry and not friendly. Brought food and disappeared. Soup was overly salted and it was returned. Waitress did not mind this but did not offer an alternative. Her name is Sherry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay
    DonL
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nice restaurant with a good full bar and an excellent musician playing jazz. Food is okay, but nothing special. Service okay, as well.
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  • Nice place!
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were pleasantly pleased to find this gem in Ocala. The wait staff was awesome! The seafood croissant sandwich hit the spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Delicious
    TommyMVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A very lucky find for us. We found it on Open Table and it looked interesting, it was much more ! Southern Comfort food is a nice catch phrase but the food was much much more. The Mahi Picatta was outstanding, the Mac & Cheese is worth driving just for that, unique, flavorful, not heavy. Best we have ever had. The Barbeque Shrimp and grits were phenomenal , perfect. Lastly the green beans had that speck a southern cooking flavor that you just don't find. We couldn't even try the dessert, too full. We will be back ( and soon)! The bonus to the meal was live music and dancing . Just a great spot !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    MMnana23
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I can see why this was voted Ocala's best Lobster Bisque! Oh my...so yummy. Loved the atmosphere in this place. Liked the live music with the light jazz in the background while dining. Just an overall great experience. Wonderful "date night" place for dinner. Would definitely want to go again when in the Ocala area. Lovely.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special everything
    YummyYummy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    best appetizer I have ever had. Would go again just to lick the plate and it doesn't have to be mine (it was that good). Was visited by the own who was very excited to meet new guests and was happy to answer any questions. I love hands on places. Even the gentleman clearing our table could have been our best friend so polite with a kind smile. Just perfect. We were offered the "Special" and didn't hesitate to order it. Yummmm but, next time we will inquire as to what the cost of the "Special" is. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    Ncw1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The only negative is the noise level. Unfortunately we couldn't be seated in the room on the left due to a private party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Summer evening visit
    TheatreTech
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is very, very good. On our last visit it was crowded and our server look a long time to greet us and a long time to serve us our meal. However the
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary
    anniversary
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We celebrated our 33rd anniversary. We were seated between two large parties and between the jazz (which was awesome) and the noice at the two large party tables next to us we could not hear each other. I will only sit in one of the booths from here on out. The two large parties were trying to talk over the jazz which made it difficult to enjoy the jazz and not romantic at all. My husband had the country fried filet which was recommended and did not enjoy it at all. I had the seafood manicotti and it was delicious. We will definitely be back, but will only sit in a booth.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even better than before.
    TService
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Every time I am in Ocala I try to have a meal at Braised Onion. I was able to take my mother with me this time. We had heard me rave about the Chicken Marsala. She was not disappointed. " The best she has ver had" she told me. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Braised onion
    Bethany
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Dined at the braised onion this past Wednesday with my family and what a great experience it was! I used the open table app and was promptly taken to my table in the preferred section we had asked for. Overall it was great experience and the food was really good. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 177 reviews are from the Braised Onion reviews archive.
  • REALLY GOOD FOOD!
    LolaFalana
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Started off with a cosmo that was really to die for. Not too strong, not too weak. Just right. Had a Caprese salad appetizer. The best in Ocala. Nobody does a balsamic reduction the way they do. Just wish they'd have a little bit more tomato/mozzarella on the plate. For my entree, had a filet mignon, cooked to perfection and tender as can be, sauteed mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes. The vegetables were very tasty and not too soft. The mashed potatoes were, well, mashed potatoes. Didn't have room for dessert. Our server was absolutely fantastic. Service was timely, courteous and very pleasant. The noise level was a little bit high which made it difficult to hear sometimes. That's all I'd change.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We felt a little rushed by our waiter who kept hounding us to order and we were trying to have a conversation, this continued even after we were done eating and got the bill and paid it. It seemed like the girl had someplace else to go and wanted us out of the booth....not like there was a full house and people waiting to get in the door.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disspointing
    collieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Loved my first visit here, and couldn't wait to return, to my disappointment, the mushroom soup with I had loved, this time was just a salty corn starch broth, and not one mushroom, but they differently used the salt, didn't eat it. I order the country fried filet, again no flavor but old grease and salt, I question if the meat was a filet at all. Potatoes where good, but so white and not one lump, maybe box potatoes, green beans had what looked like ones from the week before mixed in with some fresh, but where good, and the wine....uggg all tasted turned, not sure they are storing the wines right for them all to be so vinegary. I tried 3 different types sent all back. Suggest you bring your own.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    KSiz90
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    food was great (though the mac n cheese was a little bland), drinks were great (highly recommend the white sangria) and they had live music playing. very fun date restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    TVfoodies
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Braised Onion had much more ambiance than expected. The food was good and reasonably priced. Service was good and the music was at just the right volume. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restuarant
    collieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service was amazing, food as well the fried green tomatoes where very tasty, we enjoyed the filet, braised ribs, and cream of mushroom soup all are to rave about we will deff go back. The rolls, which starts your meal are amazing so don't fill up on them. We dont live in Ocala, this is a great find, there arnt many good restaurants that offer great food, service and an upscale environment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Janet
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    food was great, service by Bob was outstanding, Sat. night live music was fun. A little noisy (Talking & baby crying). Wine list by the glass was minimal,otherwise, OK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    SueHVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was my first visit to Braised Onion. Brought my parents for Father's Day celebration. Fabulous service from Joanie! Great choice of entrees...something for everyone. Dad had prime rib, Mom had filet, I had lemon chicken and my fiancé had braised beef short ribs. Everyone was happy :-)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place, But...
    Kahuna32162
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our 2nd experience at Braised Onion and unfortunately not half as good as the first. Our server was slow and a bit confused (4 people at our table) 3 out of the 4 ordered the Braised Short ribs for and 3 out of 4 of us became ill later that night. I'm sure we will go back again, but not for a while.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    OcalaMan
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I've been here many times and will continue to return. The food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & entertainment
    BAS1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food selection. Excellent house wine. Attentive competent service. Talented jazz and blues entertainer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michigan07
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    1st time for my ;husband & I, enjoyed our dinner, food was very good, good portions, not rushed, was able to enjoy conversation with our friends! Our waitress was outstanding, very professional & knew her menu !! Enjoyed our evening, will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    HeidiZ
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    There were 6 in our group and everyone raved about their food. We all agreed we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT TOO PLEASED!!
    Sunshine
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I wish I could say we had a good experience at your restaurant this past Saturday evening (May 31st). It was a special occasion, my birthday, and we both ordered the prime rib from the menu. Much to our disappointment we were served a very small, very thin, piece of meat with a lot of fat in it. We even told the waitress, but she did not offer to exchange the meat for a better cut. We did not pursue the issue, which we surely should have done. The portions of the vegetables were very disappointing, also. We, also, ordered the Braised Onion appetizer and received a platter of bread with a half cup of braised onion dip. Needless to say, we left still hungry. Not sure if we will ever return or recommend your restaurant at this time.
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  • Great Food
    astutediner
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Did not get booth as requested. Said they did not get note about a booth. First time this has happened, so we let it go. Sat at table very close to a family. Not as private as a booth. As always, food was great as was service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    sharingfriendship1
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were celebrating with friends! It was a wonderful experience! Food was superb!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    pastafagoli
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had the chicken marsala wife had the Maha I dish very flavorful presentation was nice will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    An unknown gem to me. will definitely go back. 3 in party. We all had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a nice Mother's Day buffet. Should have went a little earlier though the food was good but had been in the chaffing dishes awhile. But that was my fault not the restaurant. Service was good and attentive. Overall we had a nice family time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.