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: (845) 679-1223
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)romantic (46)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (39)great for outdoor dining (23)notable wine list (20)good for groups (16)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Excellent as always
    Hurleygirly
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We have brought friends from all over the world (Bali, Honduras, NYC) to dine here. They love the creative menu, especially the seafood entrees. Mussels, fish and chips (our friends have eaten fish and chips in Vancouver which was their all time best) and the seafood risotto are all easy to rave about. Thanks for making it easy to entertain!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Melinda
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Service was fantastic from the moment we entered the door. Food was delicious, seating was comfortable. Very friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find
    TomW
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Worth traveling 30 miles for an excellent meal, vibrant menu, fine service and warm setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A perfect birthday dinner spot
    amd1971
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My mother chose The Red Onion for her birthday dinner. I had never been. Having eaten there now, I can't believe it took that long for her to bring it up. The menu is not extensive but it offers something for everyone. There is a nice mix with fish, beef, chicken, lamb and pasta. The starters are not the usual offerings. The perogies were warm and savory and I would eat them again in a minute. The steak frites were done exactly as I asked. My mother had the lamb, which she said was the best she had in many years. My sister and father both had the fish and chips, which they both enjoyed. And the wine list offers some nice choices at a reasonable price. I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    food always interesting and well presented. drinks way too expensive (martini $14). service good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We can't make it like this
    BrooklynMagnolia
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We love to cook, and we do a pretty good job of it. So when we go to a restaurant, we want to have dishes we don't make ourselves...and better yet, that we would find it challenging to make! Like the awesomely fluffy, tender, and perfectly balanced seafood risotto; the mussels in a lovely but not overwhelming broth; or the swordfish with pignoli and spinach...sounds easy, but this was delighfully flavorful and tender! It's a little pricey, so we don't come as often as we would otherwise, but...wow. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Every time my husband and I visit Woodstock, we always set aside one night for dinner at The Red Onion and we are never disappointed. I make sure to try something different each time and love every meal I get. This visit I indulged in beef short ribs and my husband in the rack of lamb. Both meals were mouthwatering and large enough to take leftovers home for a midnight snack. I recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting the Woodstock area, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnandKath
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Enjoyable meal. Good food. Best we had in Woodstock
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great except for noise.
    MaryMoon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was delicious. Love the restaurant. This reservation was under my ex- husband's name. But I am the one that frequents it, Mary Nevins. We loved everything about it. I'll be back, I bring anyone who visits Saugerties to the Red Onion. PS.. took a pic outside to post of FB (I'm a photographer). My friends responded, LOVED the way it looked with the fall decorations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive
    FoodDee
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary here. Grilled calamari was a unique and delicious appetizer and our meals were fantastic. Server was attentive and helpful. I loved the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    macherie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The appetizers were outstanding! We had the cured anchovies, the grilled calamari and the oysters all uniquely prepared and well-presented. The Monday mussels were plump and juicy. We will definitely return to sample the regular menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat you like you matter to them
    Paulius
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in the area. The food is consistently tasty and exciting to experience. Not once has it been a miss. I want to mention the excellent Maitre D. He honors our table requests, even on busy nights. And he does it without being begrudging! I can't tell you how many restaurants in the area we have gone to where requests are ignored. Bravo Red Onion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Four and a half
    Richard
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our best meal so far in Hudson Valley. Very nice atmosphere with exposed brick and wide plank flooring. Many good choices on the wine list and we watched the bartender whip up a number of good looking bespoke cocktails. It Was hard to choose from the excellent sounding selections from the menu but the biggest hit was the pierogi appetizer. We didn't order red meat but the lamb that was served next to us looked fabulous. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Shokanman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very nice restaurant:great atmosphere, top quality dishes (smoked trout salad and the mussels were great appetizers);and the staff all very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oasis After a Long Day
    GothamDuoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Red Onion was a perfect way to end what was a very long day. From the greeting at the door to the attention of the waiter it was a great experience. The beet salad was light and refreshing and the rack of lamb was delicious. The chicken was crispy accompanied by a ragout of vegetables including squash and asparagus. When we're back in near Woodstock, we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff and food
    Kate
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We came from Pennsylvania for the Garlic Festival so decided to try the restaurant for dinner. The staff waiting on us were exceptional. Outstanding attention to detail, very friendly and accommodating. The food was absolutely lick your plate delicious and we would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh my goodness!
    bobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We eat out in the city on a regular basis but this restaurant puts all the others to shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not our kind of place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We prefer quiet dining. The food was not special, slightly expensive but also not terrible. The drinks were really expensive and not all that good. We do enjoy the Stone Ridge Inn or the Hoffman House as a special place to eat much more than the red onion. We will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Woodstock Area
    BrianW
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    having tried several other restaurants in the area, most of which were not exceptional, we had fairly low expectations for the Red Onion. We were glad to be proved wrong. Lovely outdoor setting + great food and service made for an excellent evening. We would definitely dine here next time we are in the Catskills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Energy Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ate at the the Red Onion on a Friday night while visiting Woodstock. The place was nicely decorated and the host was very accommodating. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived, so we ordered a drink at the bar. I was very surprised they didn't offer any Pinot Grigio wine and my husband said they only offered a house rum that wasn't to his liking. The place is extremely LOUD, made it difficult for us have a conversation without screaming at each other. Not the romantic dinner we were hoping for, maybe week nights are quieter. Overall, the food was very good. The host was nice enough to move us to another table in a quieter area when one became available and didn't charge us for my husbands drink.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Too many tables too close together. Service was slow. Food was good but menu confusing; ended up getting salad and appetizers together and the table was too small to accommodate it so it was, again, uncomfortable. Overall: uncomfortable dining for the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    2enjoytoeat
    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 141 reviews are from the The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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.