On The Square
On The Square

On The Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.onthesquarenc.com/
  • Phone: 2528238268
  • 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 2528238268

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.
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On The Square reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (79)notable wine list (76)neighborhood gem (69)romantic (42)great for lunch (33)good for groups (31)hot spot (26)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Fine Dining
    2southernfoodies
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I loved everything about our night at On the Square! The service and the food were fabulous! So many wonderful dishes to choose from! can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Bibbs
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Dinner was delicious! My family and I had never been to the restaurant before and now we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little gem
    RobertM
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A small town with a big heart and long history...the food here is first rate an the owners care about every aspect of the operation. Lunch fare is great and I would suggest dinner reservations. A lively atmosphere an very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On th Square
    notafoodcritic
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    On the Square is a great place to eat. Amazing food, a great wine selection for those who enjoy wine, and good service. Overall a top notch place to visit for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the drive
    travelgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This gem of a restaurant is hidden away in Tarboro and is worth the drive from ANYWHERE! The town is also cool. this couple gets it with food and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant ever!
    Helen
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    On the Square is just the best. I go there as often as I can, and have never ordered anything that as not delicious. Because the menu changes every week, the element of surprise is part of its wonderful dining experience. The service is always outstanding, and the changing wine recommendations are reliable. Even though the menu changes, there are some items that appear fairly regularly and should not be missed. Some of my personal favorites: the grilled romaine salad, the unforgettable calamari, and the roasted oysters. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greenvilevisitors
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food...nice ambiance. Wait staff was great. Wonderful experience. Will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Dinner
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was extremely delicious. Nice atmosphere. Service was somewhat slow-but overall it was a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lovely Dinner
    catwoman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was amazing as always. Service was exquisite and the atmosphere was delightful as usual. The fresh flowers are a nice tough of decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date with pretty lady!
    Sweetdate
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It is a wonderful place to take that special someone that you want to treat to something special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbara
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great dining experience. Took two friends who had not been there and they loved it as well. I always get the Ginger Margarita. Have never had a bad experience. One of my friends ordered the salmon and said it was the best meal she had ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A great place for my birthday dinner. Missed Iney. The food was perfect and drinks were even better. It is nice to have such a great place to eat so close to Rocky Mount. Just wish it were in Rocky Mount. My favorite place to celebrate any thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SilverFox
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary, and everyone enjoyed the food and service. Some of the portions were quite small, and there were too few appetizers to choose from. I do think a salad should come with entrees in this price range and not be a la carte. The food is excellent, but very expensive, due to the fact that everything is extra. Don't care for the lack of a decent starch in the meal-mashed or baked potato should be an offering, instead of string fried,particularly sine the portions are small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Styrofoam cups
    birthday70
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was so disappointed to see the changes at this venue for lunch - order at the counter - pay in advance and have to return to counter if you want to add anything - and the worst styrofoam cups and self serve beverages. I took my mother there for a special lunch - food was very good but for elderly the changes are so restrictive especially if like my mom she cannot stand for a long time or uses a cane,walker etc. how awesome it would have been to have had a choice to sit in a dining area with service - or - self serve in the front. This is a great evening venue but for special lunches not at all what I expected.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Former local
    glendora
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Love this place...so much that we came on a trip back south even though we no longer live here. Well thought out and prepared meals and great (and inexpensive wines). Would recommend highly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Spot in Tarboro
    eppeters252
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love On the Square, it is perfect for birthdays, celebrations, or a special date night out. The service is top notch and the food is always consistent. The specials are always the way to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better a yearago
    sher
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Except for one appetizer none of our (party of five) meals were outstanding. Still great service and a nice place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    localwholovesanightout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is wonderful, the service was spendid and the drinks are fantastic! The seafood dishes are my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was delicious; service was great loved the atmosphere, will attend again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whetyo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fantastic food! Worth the drive from Lake Gaston. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • above and beyond
    Visitor
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This little restaurant is a real treasure in a charming eastern Carolina town. The menu is full of interesting selections. Lots of fish and seafood items beautifully crafted. The wine offerings are excellent and guidance is expert and friendly. The food, wine, service, ambience, value is worthy of a large metro area. Loved everything about our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great dining experience. Happy it was recommended to me. My wife and I had a very nice evening celebrating her birthday here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had our first experience there for my dad's birthday. He said he had the best ribeye of his life. It was a definite success! Everyone was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food.
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant was somewhat noisy, but the food was delicious with good service. Nice town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Hope
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was delicious, from salad to dessert. Shrimp and grits perfect as always. Always something new to try on the menu. The service was a little slower than usual.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Shells
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, great wine! A bit noisy, but overall wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Horsecrazyfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fabulous food! Chef is incredibly accommodating to making adjustments for gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find in a small town!
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love this restaurant! Always a different menu and always delicious! Try the ginger margarita. This last visit I had the sea bass and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love OTS
    betcrewsNC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Best eatery in the Tri county area. Great Service, Amazing food, and has a romantic feel with the table clothes and fresh flowers on each table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FOOD Gourmet!!!
    food4thought
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have eaten at On The Square many times for lunch and dinner...I have never been disappointed with the quality of the food, staff and ambiance. This restaurant could be transplanted in any large city in the country and be very successful...So happy we have this wonderful eatery close to our residence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the trip to Tarboro!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The meal was great, and we always enjoy browsing in their wine shop and bringing a couple of extra bottles home. Was thrilled to see they are selling a Fair Trade certified wine! I was disappointed that the Sea Bass was already "sold out" at 7:30 Saturday night, and blue fish was substituted. The salad was awesome-peaches, blueberries, candied walnuts and feta on arugula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OTS fan
    saladluvrVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Another fine meal enjoyed among friends at OTS! We always begin our meal here with their tender calamari which is served with a honey and red pepper-type glaze. Delicious and all but licked the plate clean! The salads offered were lovely, however, the watermelon salad with goat cheese could have been sweeter and served in bite size pieces. The entrees are always impressive - something for everyone - be it fish, shellfish, poultry, beef, pork, pasta, etc. OTS is always gracious enough to omit certain food items if there are "food issues" which is always helpful for us. We each enjoyed different entrees cooked to perfection with very nice presentation. The strawberry shortcake is a must for dessert. The chocolate molten cake a close second!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always wonderful
    taxgeek
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Long time lover of On the Square. Food and wine always superb. I'd suggest any thing on the menu. They try to use seasonal fruits and veggies which are always nice! We have taken our son for years but I did not check kid friendly bc this is not for families looking for chicken nuggets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • juppeats4star
    juppeatsVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took 3 guests to OTS. Been there before, and never disappointed. We started with their top notch calamari. Always a treat. Two of then had the peach, pecan, blue cheese, arugula salad. Really tasty combination and well dressed, although my guest felt peach pieces were too small. Two of us also had the cucumber soup. Excellent summertime appetizer, but richer than you'd expect. Jambalaya was a hit, as was the pasta dish. Enjoyed great wine from their wine shop, but they do need to find a way to more rapidly chill their whites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Repeat customer
    GREAT
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    One of the very special evenings my family every experienced...and in Tarboro, N.C. Worth the trip! Already booked for Christmas family dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful!
    roweboat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our29th wedding anniversary at On the Square. Our food was delicious! I had risotto and my husband had pork tenderloins. Our wine was superb and we also indulged in the peach cobbler for dessert. We have dined at Open Square several times. We have to drive about 50 miles to get there but it is definitely worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Star
    Happychance
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I were on our way from far southwest Florida to a family reunion in Virginia. We love to get off the Interstates and explore smaller cities and towns. Tarboro, NC, is a fine small city, with--surprise--a top-class restaurant. On the Square is charming with brick interior walls, beautiful old wooden flooring, and a superb wine selection. Prices are reasonable, especially to those used to the customary prices in the large cities of the northeast. The restaurant had several large groups, so we didn't get to talk to the sommelier. But the wine choices made on our own were better than satisfactory, and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a class act
    ilovebennyhill
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    All of us agreed we had a great overall dining experience. Where else ( in these parts) can you walk into a chilled wine room to pick out a great wine from a great selection to enjoy with your meal? Personally, however, I will say that my clams were a bit overcooked and too salty ... but my salad was fantastic as was everything else I ever ate there before ... and everyone else in our party loved everything. Overall, "All thumbs up" for "On the Square".
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Wearefoodies
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our dinner group of 10, took a road trip from Wake Forest just to eat here. The trip was definitely worth the delightful meal. The service was attentive and professional. The appetizers were amazing. Almost everyone had the grilled romain salad. The clams were tender and delicious, but even better was the table bread soaked in the clam broth. There was no conversation once the main dishes were served other than the murmurs of delight in our dinner selections, no regrets. We all saved what little room was left for dessert and again, were not disappointed. A very memorable meal all around and well worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic tester aunt
    DrTooth76
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our dining experience at On The Square was fantastic on all levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.