The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar
The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar

The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redonionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8456791223x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Katz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Red Onion creates unique off-premise and in-house events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glasco Turnpike
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking surrounds the stand-alone restaurant.
A word from The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar
Serving hand-crafted cuisine for over ten years, The Red Onion is one of the Hudson Valley's most highly rated dining destinations. Located in a restored mid-19th century farmhouse just outside the historic Village of Woodstock, The Red Onion is a warm, welcoming bistro-style restaurant. In addition to the award winning food, chef/owner Kevin Katz has personally selected every wine on the list of over one hundred labels of estate grown and bottled wines. The Red Onion boasts ten wines by-the-glass and a selection of hand-made cocktails all served in elegant stemware.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (29)special occasion (27)great for outdoor dining (20)notable wine list (15)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great experience
    DrMojo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We stayed in the Catskills for the weekend and went to a place with a great reputation on Friday night and it seemed that is all that is left. It was not what you would expect for the price or the reputation. The next night we went to the Red Onion and were very happy with the whole experience, from the service to the physical surroundings and not least the food. We highly recommend the Red Onion. And will avoid the 1st place we went to with a bear of a reputation !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We came to celebrate an anniversary and were seated at an intimate table, as requested, received a glass of champagne on the house and had stellar service throughout the evening. The mussels were the highlight of our meal, though all the food was delicious. Definitely will return to sample more items from the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Excellent Choice
    Sean
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a last minute choice and it was an excellent one. From the greeting at the door to the exit everything was spot on. The server was attentive even as it got busy. The food arrived in prefect sequence and was the appropriate temperature and properly cooked. Nothing was a miss. The best meal and dining experience we have had in awhile. We look forward to going back. If you go later in the evening on a weekend I recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I were spending the weekend in Woodstock and thought we'd try The Red Onion. Everything from the cocktails, to the appetizers and entrees were delicious. For dessert I had a terrific warm berry crisp with ice cream. The whole experience was great. The waitstaff was professional and the table we reserved was ready at the appointed reservation time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There were a few proolems
    Trying2BFAIR
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wait staff and management did not know how to deal with American Express gift card which was viable for $100. Bill was 106 and change and I included $20 for tip and $6 for difference. Wound up having to use another credit card for the full amount that I did not choose to use. Did not get $6 overage back. Also thought that $16 for a Manhattan was excessive, although quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Eduardo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything was fine, but the food arrived COLD. Food appears to have been served on a COLD plate or not served immediately after preparation
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite when I'm in town.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Consistently great food, drinks and wine, service, and ambiance. I love the small plates especially. The variety and ingredient quality is really excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fafardfan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    dining at the Red Onion is a must-do during our annual visit to Woodstock
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does Not Live Up to Its Reputation
    FNL82
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Ate here on a slow night. About ten minutes before our server approached for a drink order. Waited about 15 minutes for cocktail. No acknowledgement or apology for any of the delays in service during this meal. Menu was unexciting. We found nothing "new" to try with exception of a sardine appetizer. Long wait for our wine (ordered with meal) to be brought after our steaks were served. Steaks were cooked properly, but flavorless-served with average french fries-no dipping sauce-and undressed salad of greens. Flagged down waitress to ask for dressing, she brought it much later after passing our table many times. + good wine list, nice decor. - poor service, unexciting menu, long waits.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some of the Best Dining in the area
    HBeck7
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A gem of a restaurant in the Woodstock NY area. The food was excellent and the menu features locally sourced ingredients. The ambiance is fitting for a romantic dinner for two or even a small group. I highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed. We'll definitely be back during our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    LouYum
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I had another delightful and delicious meal at the Red Onion
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • GR8 as usual
    YOHO
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always a nice staff & ambiance ( dined out on side porch ), very nice sea food appys & very nice meal. compliments to the kitchen staff. Reminiscent of the old restaurants in the area 20-30 yrs ago > all those vanished . the others still left are mediocre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, iffy service
    WoodstockLocal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've eaten here many times, and the food is always delicious. However, the service is inconsistent. Most times the service is wonderful, but sometimes it is very slow and the staff seems disorganized. This past Saturday night we arrived on time for a 6pm reservation, and we did not leave until 9pm. The 3-hour dinner was not because we ordered numerous courses or were taking our time. Also, we dined outside and were eaten alive by mosquitos. If you are pressed for time, I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fabulous food! Best in Saugerties. Interesting menu with something great for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME!!!
    Randman
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Best food/service as any restaurant I've ever been to!!! The bread is just the [DELICIOUS] beginning!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very helpful server, some unique and delicious dishes (Roasted squid appetizer!). Liver is their famous dish, but it was not
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise in the Catskills
    inwoodart
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything at The Red Onion was great. We all had salads, fish, and shellfish. All was perfectly cooked, seasoned, and served by an extremely friendly staff. If we are in the Woodstock area again, we will definitly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time around
    Hurleygirly
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Dinner was even better this time as it was in February. Last time the fish & chips and the cast iron mussels were fabulous. This time the seafood risotto was to die for!!! Yes, we will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Onion
    foodforthought
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We have been to the Red Onion a handful of times and have never been disappointed. Start with one of their great creative cocktails. Their appetizers and entrees are always fresh and exciting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would return
    aceyducey
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very noisy. Great food. Parking is tough. Very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with friends from afar
    fabnite
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My two friends and I had an evening that far eoutdid our expectations. My fiends were late and altho our reservation was at 6:30 the staff were exceptionally accomodating and I felt completely comfortable having a drink by myself while waiting at our table. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was fabulous. We were not rushed. I have already recommended this restaurant to several friends in the Woodstock area. Thank you for a memorable night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Excellent
    SamT
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food here is absolutely delicious, and stunningly presented. The ingredients are obviously very high quality and no dish has any extraneous elements. The host is somewhat snooty, but that's probably what they hired him for. Try the spicy Thai beef salad appetizer, the duck entree, and the steak frites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive
    bobbyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great menu, friendly service and beautiful location. Drove up from Long Island and it was well worth it. Where else can you dine on spectacular cuisine, watch hummingbirds feed five feet from your outdoor table and then see deer walking around the parking lot when you leave? A truly great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place to remember
    bluepepper
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Impeccable food, friendly and timely service in an historic gem. House made Pierogi with black truffle niuanse was artful, and The Iron Skillet Mussels were butter tender, the best fish & chips I've had since my childhood in NY's southern tier. The Arctic Char had a nice crisp exterior and melt in your mouth center. Top it off with the Affogato with hand cranked ice cream, made for a memorable anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Restaurant
    nini
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went here based on Trip Advisor reviews and couldn't have been more pleased. The restaurant is attractive, the food was outstanding and Jason, our server, was attentive and charming without being overbearing. Our food was innovative but not tricky. We would definitely return for another meal if we come back to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    visitforwork
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been going to The Red Onion for years and it is always a pleasure. Service is great, and the menu strikes a perfect balance of being interesting without demanding all your attention. The food and drinks never disappoint and we always leave happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • epicuriosity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Not what I expected, -far better ! Look forward to going back whenever the opportunity arises. Tally ho !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JEA14VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Extremely good food in a cozy, converted farm house, with impeccable service--friendly, efficient, unobtrusive; imagine upscale NYC without the attitude. Terrific seafood risotto and pasta with black ink sauce, with a delicious (and affordable) bottle of Pouilly-Fuisse. Our best dining experience in the Woodstock area (where we are regular weekenders).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch only once a year… boo too!
    RhodyJoJo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Red Onion opens for brunch just once per year, for Mother's Day. WHY???? It was so fantastic! Really impressive that the management, chef and staff can put on such a lovely, delicious brunch with so little practice! Crab cakes bennie, french toast, ham, house omelet… all so delicious, and complimentary mimosas for mums!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tuesday night is wine night
    marcus
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My first dinner at Red Onion was on a Tues evening when almost all of the local restaurants are closed. Red Onion was hopping, and it is also the night that they offer a 30% discount on their interesting, and already well priced, about 2x retail, wine list. The resto has a good feel, and the service is friendly and attentive. Portions are generally large, how often do you order lamb chops and get a whole rack of lamb? However, in general, the protein was under-flavored, the vegs tasted better. The house pate was a flop, but this is common, as we aren't in France. More concerning was the lack of flavor intensity in the lamb and veal. The issue is either quality of ingredients or skill in the kitchen. Good resto, but not the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty spot
    malibooty
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was great. So was the service we look forward to coming back soon
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Quality country dining
    RhodyJoJo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The ambience is a rustic/country, but curiously "bustling." There's a happy feeling, a lot of conversation going on among diners. The host who greeted and sat us and our server Katie were outstanding -- both were very accommodating, attentive, always smiling. The food was very good as well, especially my bolognese and panna cotta, and my sister and mother enjoyed their sea trout. I had one tiny issue, and my sister agreed: We were turned off a little by most offerings simply because of one small ingredient or spice. It's one of "those" menus. We both worked in restaurants, so we don't like to ask the chef for alterations. And I DO cook, a lot, so I understand ingredients. Check it out before you go (but don't let it stop you from going!).
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SirMonty0
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great food & drinks! Best pierogies!Always a good dining experience!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Weekend
    JD59
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at the Red Onion. The waiter was very attentive and helpful when asked for suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't complain
    thisguy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food takes longer on a Friday night than a Sunday night, go figure. The food is very good, the staff is incredible, but it's their willingness to go the extra mile for a special occasion that really sets The Red Onion apart from many of the restaurants in the Hudson valley
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    foodie66
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I've been to The Red Onion many times and never once been disappointed. The food is consistently excellent. The service is prefect. The ambience is warm and inviting. The one thing I'm not crazy about is the lighting. It's often too dark to read the menu. They should have little flashlights at each table. All in all, if you want great food in Woodstock, don't miss this terrific restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Shelf Dining Experience
    DinnerGuest
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Four friends dining together, several for the first time at The Red Onion, enjoyed a delicious meal and an all-around wonderful dining experience. The menu is creative and each person ordered a different entree. Everyone enjoyed her selection and said they would like to return. We sampled appetizers, salads and main courses and each item was prepared attractively and was equally delicious. It was a busy Saturday night. We were seated in the middle of the main room and the waiters were a bit cramped for space and my chair was bumped from behind a few times but the staff was courteous and friendly. This is one of my go-to restaurants when I want to take friends out to dinner in the Woodstock, NY area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needle in a haystack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We enjoyed our meals very much and were so surprised how busy the restaurant was on a Tuesday night, it felt like a Saturday for the crowd that kept coming in non-stop. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent, local seasonal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Always excellent, local seasonal foods creatively prepared. Love the red woe poached pear with lemon semifreddo dessert! Seas food risotto is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We couldn't have had a better night. The staff was warm and welcoming, even after we arrived late for our reservation. After describing our harrowing ride on a winding road (optional - our mistake) through sleeting rain, the host handed us 2 glasses of champagne and our stress melted away. We were nestled into a cozy corner table in the front of the restaurant by the bar, which was busy but not loud. The ochre walls w/ cool photos lend to a great vibe. The food is creative and delicious. Not pretentious, just really fine fare and an excellent wine list. We even found a favorite Pinot in a half bottle! (perfect considering we had to make that drive back). The service was attentive and highly professional. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.