Red Onion Cafe
Red Onion Cafe

Red Onion Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theredonioncafe.com/
  • Phone: 8282645470
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Appalcart (local bus, free of charge) Boone Taxi (828-266-3860
A word from Red Onion Cafe
A Boone Restaurant Offering Food to Feel Good About. One of the classic restaurants in Boone NC, the Red Onion Café opens daily at 11am and serves continuously into the evening. Across from Appalachian State University on Highway 321 near downtown Boone, the restaurant offers convenient dining for Appalachian football and basketball games and other campus events. The Red Onion Café is unique among Boone restaurants, offering a menu stocked with one-of-a-kind items such as the Artichoke Dip appetizer, our famous blond brownie - the Horace Cookie, weekly dinner specials, vegetarian meals, lunch specials, pasta, pizza, salads, a large children's menu and homemade desserts.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Red Onion Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (14)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (7)fit for foodies (5)great for brunch (5)good for groups (4)romantic (3)notable wine list (3)special occasion (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Always pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always eat here when in Boone. Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, excellent service. Opentable allows us to reserve our table and avoid having to wait...a must if you have hungry kids in tow.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, good service, good value
    rockmeisterVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was skeptical, given its proximity to campus, but my wife and I are both fans. The hostess and server were both very pleasant and polished - good training. You may choose combinations for lunch for 7.95. We both had the baby kale salad. I had half of a tuna salad sandwich piled high and tasty with excellent bread. my wife had the spinach and feta quiche which was also excellent. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very varied menu
    eastwest
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Crowded college weekend good service, everything was prepared perfectly and very tasty. It was a little cold even on a hot night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Normally Very Good; but . . .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I sent a private note to the restaurant about my meal problem. Normally, this is a very good restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Owner mistake
    DisappointedDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We waited over 1 hour for our food with only a few visits from the waitress. The owner had invited an ASU team to dinner and didn't prep the managers so they were not staffed to handle the party and other guests. We were discounted for our wait and given free dessert but only after we asked to see a manager. Other tables got up and left. We were close to doing the same
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  • Reasonably priced; good food!
    n8song
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Visiting the area, wanted a 7:30 table, but due to wi-fi issues was only able to get 8pm. Showed up @ 7:25 (as we had nowhere else to go for that brief time) & were seated immediately. Loved the kale salad! Orange salmon was perfectly cooked, and spouse's pistachio-encrusted trout was A++. We both enjoyed the rosemary vegetable saute. Starches (potato medley for me, rice for spouse) were just OK. Finished the evening with the house specialty Horace cookie with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, perfect for sharing. LOVED that the house music was interesting without being loud enough to hinder conversation, as well as the perfect lighting (sufficient to read, but not overly bright). Excellent service; reasonable prices. Hope to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food for a reasonable price, good service, the world's best onion rings and we have never had a bad meal there!! We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ever Artichoke Dip
    Out2LunchVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Visiting Boone to show our daughter ASU campus. We read some pretty good reviews of the Red Onion and it fit our needs along with the needs of our vegetarian daughter. Nice eclectic menu. Interesting beers. We arrived pretty late but others were still eating when we left at 10:30 p.m.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    CallForAGoodTime
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I'd rather save my money and pick up some fast food. The meat was dry, the recipes were uninspired, and the bowl of melted cheese they called lasagna was made cheaply. Two of our party didn't care to eat even half their meal, then left with a uncomfortable stomach ache. Aside from the poor quality of food, they were out of steaks on Fathers Day, couldn't control the thermostat, and had very noticeable dish washing spots on the wine glasses. We won't be going back. If you're in Boone, and looking for something delicious, try Hob Knob or Melanie's.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Red Onion Cafe reviews archive.
  • New favorite!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our server was wonderful- appropriately attentive and fun. There were 5 of us and everyone loved their selection. We will go back often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Volman
    Volman
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Nice, friendly restaurant across from Applachian State University. The gf and I had a reservation and were promptly seated. The menu was diverse and our server was helpful in narrowing our selections. Our food came out promptly and was well prepared. This restaurant is a solid choice for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary
    LarryB
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Good food, nothing special, nothing unusual. Not disappointing with the usual restaurant fare and selections. There are many more more foodie locations but this is safe for a quiet meal at a fair price.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The menu has enough variety to satisfy any group. Pizza, pasta, salads, fish, sandwiches, chicken. Food is good. Service good. Recently rare Decorated. Outdoor seating. Close to Campus.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Average pub food, with poor service. waited 20 min to place an order, waited 30 min to receive 3 burgers.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fresh and seasonal foods
    jhope66
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    we were a family of five visiting app state. we were grateful that this popular spot took reservations on a friday evening, since we are a larger group and many of the local spots are first-come, first-served. I have dietary restrictions and had no trouble finding a gluten-free option. they also happily removed the dairy from the dish. We found the prices to be very reasonable as well. I had the cornmeal crusted trout. It was served with rosemary/olive oil roasted potatoes and a medley of root vegetables (carrots, turnip, parsnip). Others in our group had the pesto pasta (very creamy but they enjoyed it) and the salmon salad. All portions were generous. Staff was efficient and polite. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be really good...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We arrived at 7pm on a Thursday night so it wasn't busy but from the moment the hostess sat us it took 7 minutes for someone to come over and introduce themselves as our waitress. Even though wait staff and the hostess kept walking by. Finally our waitress came and stated "no one told me you were here" So, the wait staff young students from the college and are not the most experienced and need lessons on how to interact with them. There was no kind of rolls served or separate utensils for salad/entree, no placemats etc... Food was good and unique - dessert was okay. Had key like pie but it was like something you could make with jello pudding. Expected more for our money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Red Onion has a variety of
    CAgirl
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Red Onion has a variety of items to choose like salads, soups, sandwiches, burger bar, whole wheat crust pizza, as well as chicken, beef, fish, & pasta entrees. My favorites: artichoke dip, pizza, french dip sandwich, chocolate peanut butter ice cream pie (so delicious). It's not a place to go if you're interested in a fast meal because service tends to be a little slow. I reserved a table using Open Table which was ready & waiting for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good burgers! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Very good burgers! Service was also very good. Good value for the price. We will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant we discovered
    Robin
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Our waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent! Love the suggestions our waitress gave us!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still living up to it's legend...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I am so happy to have a place in Boone that's been around for so many years and still makes me happy after sharing lunch. Not sure what they are putting in their chicken caesar - you have to try it. Highly recommended for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine food and service
    Lynnusa2000VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Hubby had the nachos plus bean soup (black). I had french onion soup and spinach/artichoke quesadillas. We shared a blondie brownie with ice cream for dessert. Food came and was hot and tasty. Service was pretty good. We always enjoy our visit to the Red Onion. Food is not all that fancy but it's not expensive and service is always very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our meal very much.
    CJ03
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We enjoyed our meal very much. I had the chicken special with squash and greens. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the squash puree with chutney was delicious! My husband had the rib-eye and he said it had tremendous flavor. We will return to The Red Onion on our next visit to Boone!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely go back
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    While setting and service were average, the food here was very good across the board. In an area of the state with mostly fast food and/or fried food this restaurant is a welcome find!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapponted
    Asteed
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Ordered their signature Salmon dish. The polenta was charred on the bottom. Took so long to get the dish I did not send it back. I ordered a side of broccoli. Barely steamed and unseasoned. It was old. Some of the stems were brown. I did mention this to the waitress and she took it off my ticket. Would not recommend.
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  • Good food in an atmosphere
    MaryBVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Good food in an atmosphere that does not match the food. Out of date interior and pricy for overall experience. Need to update
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  • Eh. Good but others better.
    WFRJ
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Eh. Good but others better. Felt too closed in. Great for under 25s on a date or hanging.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good local place
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Food uses local suppliers and had great variety. Very kid friendly. I had local goat cheese, farmers market beets and local greens. Definitely a spot to try in Boone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    josy968
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    I love the restaurants ambiance and food. It's an amazing place to go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit for our friends
    Bikers
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We made reservations for 8 pm, and since our friends were running late, the restaurant seated us outside. My husband ordered an appetizer for us to share while we waited. Once they arrived, we ordered dinner. Trout, pizza, and a burger were greatly enjoyed by all, and there was leftover pizza for us to take home. We love coming to the Red Onion, and this was the perfect place to entertain our friends. The food is great, and the wait staff is great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in Boone
    AMGVITOVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We loved the Red Onion. I had the Tuscan Pepper Chicken and my lovely wife had the Flourintine Chicken. Our waitress made an excellent Manderin Infusion cocktail for me. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Consistent!!!
    CANYAKVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    The food and service has been consistently above average ! This was our third visit in as many yrs for vacation !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family time
    CNathan
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We had a terrific experience ate Red Onion. We love a classic martini once in a while and these were wonderful! The pizzas were perfect --crusty and yeasty. My husband had the meat lasagna and said he could not eat it all when he was served. He all but licked the casserole dish!. We've had many family dinners and lunches at Red Onion over the years and it never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Place
    hikerjim
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Friendly staff, very good service. A good restaurant for a relaxed meal. If you want a romantic setting, perhaps somewhere else, but for good food and a friendly atmosphere, it's fine. Across the street from App State dorms.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining choice in Boone!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Nice, quaint Boone restaurant next to ASU campus. Reasonably priced and very nice, accommodating staff. Our favorite dish was the artichoke appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly restaurant with good food
    CarolinaGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    We brought friends visiting us in Blowing Rock to the RO. The food was very good...from the salads to the quesadillas to the French Dips. RO's signature onion rings were excellent~with just the right amount of breading. We chose to eat inside because of the iffy weather, but the outside porch looks great. The RO doesn't pretend to be anything other than what is it...a friendly, casual restaurant with good food. It had been quite a while, but we will return for lunch and dinner. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gonna try it again
    Lynnusa2000VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Went on Saturday evening. I had the smoked gouda with red pepper soup (their special) and a spinach and artichoke quesadilla, my hubby had a house salad and the baked linguini. The portions were large. Hubby's spaghetti looked a little dry to me, but he said it tasted okay. It had meatballs, cheese and some tomato sauce on the linguini. My soup was fantastic. The quesadilla had 6 large triangles and were relatively filled with spinach and artichoke. The flavors were good. We had a chocolate peanutbutter pie which was very tasty as well. The server was ok, but not super attentive. We will try again to see if we were missing something. Really wanted to like it, but found it mostly just ok, not fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic