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On The Square
On The Square

On The Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.onthesquarenc.com
  • Phone: (252) 823-8268
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Ribustello
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering of every kind. From box lunches to weddings, we are happy and able to provide food and wine for your special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining area seats 38 people comfortably. It is available any night of the week. On Sunday-Wednesday, the minimum is $1500 ++, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the minimum is $2000 ++. Of course, we also cater off-premise so please contact us for more information if you already have a space in mind.
  • Private Party Contact: Frances Liverman (252) 823-8268

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from On The Square
Located in Historic Downtown Tarboro, one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, On the Square Restaurant offers seasonal, sustainable ingredients that are celebrated throughout the ever-changing menu. Open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for lunch on Monday through Friday, we are as proud of our food and comfortable atmosphere as we are of our eclectic and value-driven wine list.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "On The Square has a very diverse menu. You can expect to find what you may be craving as well as discovering a new favorite dish if like to try different cuisine. The food is excellent, wine selection is excellent,the portions are correct, and the service is great. It can be a little noisy depending on the crowd as the seating is very close and in tight quarters."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had heard about On the Square, and decided on the spur of the moment to go one Friday evening - it was the best date night we have had in a long time. Staff were very pleasant, food was extremely good, and ambiance of restaurant was lovely. We will definitely go back?"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our celebration lunch at OTS. Such a great place, good food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "When you walk through the door you are greeted with a smile. Order at the counter for lunch. The food is delicious and they always have a special. Eat dessert! They had a Piña Colada pie with toasted coconut on top.... Wonderful. We have eaten there many times and have never had anything I didn't like. Dinner is a whole different experience . White tablecloth and great waitresses. The entrees are always creative and delicious . You have to make a reservation well in advance because people travel quite a distance to eat here!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "good food, advanced cuisine, unique in East Carolina. Always several very fresh seafood dishes, sophisticated preparations."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This place was marvelous in every way! Food-amazing, Service-very attentive, Location-simply great! Inez has an incredible wine list (and took the time to stop by and say "hello" as well as the added step of writing up something to learn about a specific wine for each table-this week being Riesling) and her husband, Chef Stephen, creates a new menu each week that is staggeringly good! From start to finish, we were completely thrilled with the experience and I DO recommend ordering a dessert (take the extra time and money to do so, it's worth it) or at the very least, order a dessert wine at the end of your meal (either way you will NOT be disappointed)! "On the Square" is a place you do not want to miss or rush out of! Thanks guys!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It was excellent, as always! The grilled romain salad was excellent! The wine and entree were excellent. Always special treat!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and had wanted to try On The Square for some time. We chose to celebrate our anniversary there. The food was great, the wait staff was very attentive, and our desserts had a special message. We casually mentioned to our waitress that we were celebrating our anniversary. When our desserts arrived, "Happy Anniversary" was written in Chocolate sauce. Special event and special evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We visit over and over again and we're always impressed. Delicious food, refreshing cocktails and great service."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We commonly enjoy eating here,but this was best meal ever. Enjoyed a very nice Barolo from the wine shop. Began our meal with the fried calimari, done perfectly. My guest has the grilled romaine next, while I had the soft shell crab. The crab was the best I've ever had. Large size with a wonderful sauce. My guest had the crab for her entree, while I had the pork loin chop. Done perfectly with a speculacular sauce. Service was impeccable. Worth traveling to sleepy Tarboro for meals of NYC caliber."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "On The Square is truly the "Gem" of the restaurants in Eastern Carolina. They have great food, great wine, and a wonderful staff that provides outstanding service. I have already a reservation for our group of 35 for 2015, and look forward to coming back then."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Have had lunch and dinner there numerous times and it has always been amazing!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had been to the restaurant several years ago and quite frankly had forgotten about it. While looking for a place to go for a special celebration, I remembered On The Square. We couldn't have been happier! The service was excellent. The wine list is amazing. There were several off the menu chef specials for the night which were wonderful! Simple dishes like calamari and Ribeye steak were beyond compare. The grilled romaine salad, lobster ravioli, and chicken liver appetizer were all my favorites. It is definitely worth the trip to Tarboro! I won't wait several more years to go back this time!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Menu was very good, even my three children found many options. There is not an appetizer section but there were 2 or 3 small dinner options that worked. Ambience is simple, a little loud but overall a good experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I am never disappointed when I dine at OTS. A group of ladies dined last week for a birthday in the group. Absolutely delicious. The server was more than helpful. Several of us requested wine pairings with our main dish and they were on point. Thank you again!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Unexpected find in small town North Carolina. Great food. ... booth seats are a little uncomfortable."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I are so busy we rarely get to sit together to enjoy a meal. This was our chosen spot for our long postponed date night. We wanted an outstanding meal. Got it! We wanted outstanding service. Go it! We wanted charm. Got it!! "On the Square" is the best restaurant in Edgecombe, Nash or Wilson areas. In fact, it should be ranked as one of the best in the state. Make reservations. It's a busy place, and for good reason. It's not cheap, but a good meal with world class service never is. I promise it will wow you!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always excellent food and service, we love going there."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A true gem. Undoubtedly the best restaurant in North Carolina...maybe the best in the Southeastern US. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "On The Square is always an excellent choice for Eastern NC. My favorite restaurant… hands down. Food is always superb. Service can be a little slow. Atmosphere is small town quaint feel. Well worth going."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have high expectations when dining at On the Square because that is their history and my experiences. The level of excellence was again met as we had agreat evening filled with fabulous food, great drinks from the bar, 5 star service, and a great place to enjoy it all."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I can always count on a good meal, good drink and good service when I visit On the Square! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We always enjoy eating @ On The Square. Service is the best every time & the food is always delicious. I highly recommend requesting a table in the bar area. The back dining room usually is not very quiet. Save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Recommended as an excellent place for a final dinner in NC and so it proved! This place is up there with the best that America offers. Good, short menu but with plenty of choice. Superb cooking.Food and wine matches were perfect. Portion size a refreshing change from the usual NC mountains. Waiting staff really friendly and very helpful. Christian, our waitress, revealed it was her first night but she was super."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time here. As expected, the food and service were very good. The portions are a little small for the price, which I could overlook given the atmosphere of this quaint neighborhood gem. But seating a party of 12 next to us rendered the noise level ridiculous! The exposed brick wall without any sound absorption act like a sounding board. It was so loud that I couldn't hear my dinner companion at a table for 2. Not the best dinning experience. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't compliment the chef on the Asparagus Risotto. Creamy, yet still tender and almost fluffy. A treat for the palate."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a party of four, and without exception everyone raved about the food and overall experience. Cannot recommend enough. This place is a gem, located in a small out of the way town. Worth the drive from Wilson, Rocky Mount, Greenville, and surrounding area. Without a doubt one of the top 5 restaurants in east NC. Loved it and the wine selction was terrific. Drive a little and love it a lot."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Had lunch there yesterday and found everything exactly as i expected - WONDERFUL. If you are in the ares you should plan to eat there for lunch and dinner if you are there on the right day. Better make a reservation!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My husband and I finally tried On the Square for our 6th Wedding Anniversary. The food was fantastic, the pairings for the wine where excellent. My husband and I love wine but don't know a lot about it, the staff was very helpful in helping us choice a bottle of wine that was a great pairing for what we where both eating. We had the Calamari for an appetizer, it was perfectly cooked. We have tried Calamari at every restaurant that has it and this would have to be our 2nd or 3rd choice, which is really good! I had the Jambalaya all but the shrimp where cooked perfectly. The shrimp where a little over cooked. My husband had a seafood pasta dish that was delicious. The seafood was just right! The Carrot cake was to die for, delicious!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First time visit, we'll be back. Staff friendly & helpful, very good waitress. Started with the calamari, followed by mahi mahi & pan seared oysters. The food was wonderful. Good mix of flavors, spicy where appropriate, cooked to our tastes - neither under or over-cooked. Had strawberry shortcake and volcano cake for dessert, very good. Good coffee as well."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food is very good, but the wine list and wine prices are spectacular. A great find in a small southern town. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had dinner at On The Square on our 33rd anniversary. The food was great! My husband particularly enjoyed the pork dish. The dining experience is pleasant, not too noisy and not too closely packed. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "When we arrived, the owner greeted us personally, and thanked us for coming in for our first visit. What a nice touch! And the pleasure continued. The menu was outstanding with great choices and variety. The dishes we ordered, seafood linguini and mahi mahi, were delicious. The service was most cordial and very attentive. The desserts were wonderful. Their dessert specialty, molten chocolate, was fabulous."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food, people, service...all wonderful, as always! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Fine dining at it's best w/ Down East NC flare. Love everything about this place: the location (historic downtown Tarboro, the decor, the creative menu, and outstanding service). The food is world class, and the type of restaurant that is a rare find in Eastern North Carolina. The dishes are works of art, and the best part: good eating! On the Square is great for a special occasion, a romantic evening, or a family outing. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "On the Square is a true gem in the county seat town of Tarboro, NC. The owners & staff are unfailingly pleasant and helpful; their pert knowledge of fine wines add elegance to a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Lunch is consistently good, and dinner at On the Square is a lovely experience featuring mouth-watering specials. Reservations are wise as the reputation of this restaurant means many drop-ins and visitors from around the region."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine at On the Square at lunch or dinner! Great food! Great service! One of my favorite places to dine in Eastern Carolina !"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "It was GREAT! The drinks, the atmosphere and of course the entrees were all great! This is one of the finest dining experiences you will find in Eastern NC. A must!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you like good tasting food this is the place to eat. My husband and I were in the area on the days when they only serve lunch. The sandwiches were done very well. I had the fried shrimp sandwich and the flavor combinations were just right. My husband loves Rubens and said it was the best he has had. Don't miss this restaurant if you are in the area."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I eat here quite often. Their menu changes weekly with a few standards. In all the times I've eaten here I've only had the same plate twice. That shows you just how dedicated they are to not having a boring menu! I actually look at their menu every week on their website and usually drool if I can't get there! Word to the wise...if you want a table you just cannot walk in...make a reservation! On The Square truly is a gem of a find and you will not leave disappointed by the food, service or ambiance!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I have visited Tarboro very much over the years as my Grandparents live there, but have never thought there to be a really nice restaurant in town, until I went to On The Square. Food was great, service was great & I will return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014