Braised Onion
Braised Onion

Braised Onion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 3526209255
  • 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
39 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (20)special occasion (20)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (16)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Satisfied Customer
    astutediner
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Our cocktails were excellent and large. Food was cooked to perfection and our waiter was very attentive. We dine here before every Ocala civic theatre production,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and great service.
    Travelingfoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Excellent food and great service. Will be going back the next time I'm in Ocala.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    susan
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    ordered several different appetizers and entrees for our group. each and every dish was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Great service...amazing food. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Food is always good, comes out hot and very tasty. Service is great and bartender makes a great drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was our first time at The
    peachy
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    It was our first time at The Braised Onion. We cannot wait to go again. The staff made it a perfect evening, and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is consistent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This restaurant is consistent. It has outstanding food at moderate prices. Ambiance is more like a New York restaurant than typical to central Florida. It is one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to remember
    Chocoholic
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    From start to finish this was a great experience. The food is fantastic! I will be recommending this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Braised Onion
    sarahnauat
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Was delicious the second time around. My first visit was lacking in taste, but we gave it another shot and was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv B. Onion
    JoyatBO
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Our neighbors joined us for a short drive from The Villages to our favorite place to eat in Ocala. The trip was in heavy rain, but the trip to the Braised Onion was and always is well worth it. All four of us had different meals and each was excellent. The service, ambiance and value are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Ocala!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    My parents and I had the best dining experience here on Saturday evening! Jeremy is the best server for real! The drinks and food were outstanding. Parents had martinis up with twists and I had their Summer Special Mango Tango Cosmo which I highly recommend. They loved the prime rib and said it was the best!! I loved the lemon chicken too! My mom really enjoyed the mac & cheese too. Brownie dessert was delish! I thought the hostess (unsure of her title/name) was really cool too. Thanks to the whole staff including Chef Felix for a fabulous Father's Day celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUr New Favorite Restaurant
    villager
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    This was the second time we dined at The Braised Onion. The first visit was so good that we again took another couple with us, We were not disappointed. The menu is billed as "comfort food with an attitude", and it describes it well. Comfort foods included meat loaf and chicken pot pie (with real pie crust!) and both were excellent. Other entrees ordered were pecan crusted salmon ("best ever"), Norwegian salmon, pasta with seafood, pork shank, and chicken marsala ("wonderful"). Everything was perfectly seasoned. Side dishes and salads were attractive and fresh. The crowning glory is their bread pudding - a base of crème brulee with caramel-glazed topping - be sure to order this, even if to share!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmospheric
    Jewels
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    My 2nd visit with friends and it's our new hot spot for dining and celebrating birthdays etc. The DJ carries the evening making everyone want to dance or sing or certainly listen to the genre appropriate music. Jason was our waiter and what great service he provided- smiling, knowledgeable, attentive and genuine! We love your place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We all had a delicious meal. The service was excellent. The noise level was a little high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    fortitudes
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    They have the best crab cakes I have ever tasted.. You have to try it. And for dessert their creme brulee tasted so light and just melts in your mouth. Our waiter Tony is very friendy. I would definitely come back and recommend this place to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food best in the area
    Luvfood
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    Great food best in the area for the price. The noise level is high. The waiter was not the best this visit but his co- workers tried to pick up his slack .Love the sangria. We bring all of our out of town guest there for dinner. We have been to the Braised Onion serveral times and recommend it to all of our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    The BRaised Onion is a great restaurant which always serves outststanding meals at terrific prices. I would recommend this restaurat to anyone who is into fine cuisine in an excellent environment and outstanding service. Terrific choice for a great night out!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything about this restaurant
    Amchan
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Everything about this restaurant us notable, especially since it's located in Ocala, Fl. From the time you walk in to the time you walk out is a god experience. The staff is friendly and very astute to your needs. The decor is wonderful--definitely doesn't feel casual even though the attire is. The only thing negative is that the acoustics in the place cause it to get pretty loud when there are a lot of people there. Other than that everything is great. Reasonable prices, tasty food, and excellent service. Oh, and the pastry chef is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip!
    villager
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Went as party of four. Restaurant much more upscale than expected - great décor, live music, friendly service. Menu had wide selection, from comfort foods like chicken pot pie with real pie crust (yum) to pork shanks and pecan crusted salmon, and great sides. Onion loaf appetizer was excellent. All were attractively served. Prices were reasonable. Only tried one dessert, tiramisu, and it was delicious. Wil return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food was terrific and I am very glad that I made reservations. The noise level wasn't great for conversation, but the noise was from people having a good time while enjoying their meal. Our server was very friendly, but almost too quick. We hadn't finished our appetizers before she appeared with our entrees making us feel a little rushed to eat and leave. This didn't feel like she was trying to be mean; only a little too focused on fast service rather than quality service. Overall, the food was great and we will be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Area too small for crowd.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Food Area too small for crowd. Could use more space to navigate each station.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent holiday buffets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Excellent holiday buffets and wonderful employees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine list doesn't list vintages
    FredofPlanoVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Wine list doesn't list vintages but the Claret I odered was served in a decent glass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food was pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Service and food was pretty good. The oonly real negative was the noise level --- they should do something about the acoustics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    My wife and I with friends and now family have been to the restaurant several times and have always found it to be excellent. The menu is great as well as the food. The service has been outstanding and we consider it to be our favorite restaurant in the area. They do a great job in providing a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience at the right price. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was perfect
    outtolunchVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Off the beaten track a bit- this place was wonderful. The range of choices is welcome as there is something for everyone. Every detail has a real chef's attention written all over it. Our server was excellent; so kind and solicitous to my elderly Dad. The value is amazing- great food at fair prices. Eclectic and fun decor. Can't wait to go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    I have not found a single item on the menu I did not enjoy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The salmon dish was a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The salmon dish was a bit skimpy on the fish. Very small piece, although it was very good. One in our party of six ordered filet mignon medium and received it rare. Other dishes were just as ordered and expected. A definite quality restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding in all respects.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Outstanding in all respects. If I am want to criticize, I would like a cocktail napkin to absdorb the condensation from the glasses. The entertainer was GREAT. My liver and onions were the best I've ever had in a restaurant the other 3 diners in my party were very pleased with theirs as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Up to Its Usual Standards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    I have been in this restaurant on several occasions and always enjoyed my meal. This night was a bit different, although I must say that my meal, a petite salad was excellent and certainly worth the money. However, I was with a party of six this time. Two people in the party found the food to be too salty (a meatloaf and a lemon chicken). I had ordered sweet potato fries to go with my salad; these came only after reminding the waiter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service could have been better,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Service could have been better, we went almost the whole meal without even getting a drink refill. No excuse for it really it wasn't busy at all. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was
    Showjumper
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Made a reservation for valentines day. Showed up a few minutes prior to booked time, only to be told it would still be a 30-40 minute wait. Why did I make a reservation?! There were 15-20 other people sitting waiting for tables. When the hostess took our name she put us at the bottom of the waiting list. I asked if all the people ahead also made reservations...she said yes. She either lied to me or they overbooked their restaurant by 10 tables on valentines day. She promised to "make our inconvenience right", but there was no acknowledgement after that. It's a good thing the food was quite good, otherwise it would have been a less than stellar evening. I will not be going back, as there are other options in Ocala for my date night $$$.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You'll love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were there on Valentine's Day. There was a more limited menu than their usual dinner menu but it included some of their best choices. We split a bowl of the lobster bisque, which was delicious, & was nice to split. It's so rich a full bowl for 1 might be too much. I was told that Chef Felix makes his own lobster stock from scratch & you can tell by the flavor. The shrimp & grits appetizer was so good that I'll probably get it as a main course next time. The filet mignon & prime rib entrees were excellent & cooked to perfection. As for their service, even though they were PACKED when we were there, it was outstanding. Our waiter, Jason, was friendly, & never made us feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the Valentine dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Enjoyed the Valentine dinner immensely. Our first time at the Braised Onion and we will return. The only thing I can think of in any negative way was the noise level, but that would not dampen the enjoyable evening of great/delicious food, delightful and professional service, and being with my favorite girl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This was a perfect pick for a lovely St. Valentine's Day dinner. Our server was amazing, appropriately attentive. The prime rib was perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    This was our second visit to Braised Onion, and we are hooked! Great food, attentive and courteous staff, and no tummy ache on the way home. Lots of fresh ingredients. Just a great place to eat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Other than booking through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Other than booking through open table for a 645 dinner date and not actually being seated until 725, the food and service was superbly excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A group of four for a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    A group of four for a birthday celebration dinner. Had drinks, appetizers and good conversation among an energetic atmosphere. Server was very attentive to our needs. Entrees were served with three looking and tasting great. Unfortunately, my entree was unfinished and not realizing at the time, I had it wrapped to take home for dog (a chicken fried filet). Because all at our table were having a great time, I did not complain about my entree's most unappealing taste. Everyone else enjoyed their meals (mahi mahi picata, bourbon glazed NY strip and braised short ribs). It was not till our group left and while driving home someone made a comment how unappetizing my entree looked. I realized the chef had forgot to place gravy over entree
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    This was our second visit to The Braised Onion and that's why we came back. We brought our friends there for her birthday and we really had a delightful evening. Joe our waiter was pleasant and very helpful and the food was delicious. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a reservation for 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    We had a reservation for 4 and ran into two friends who had already been seated. The hostess gladly moved all of us to a beautiful round table for 6 and we had a wonderful time. Food was delicious all around and Sherry gave us great service. We love being able to make a reservation and have it honored.
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