Braised Onion

4.6
986 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Welcome to Braised Onion where we serve "Comfort Food with Attitude!" 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 4:00-7:00 Tues - Fri. Try our martini specials! Whether it's a big event or a quaint party, you will enjoy our fantastic food and a fun, colorful and festive atmosphere!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 986 people are saying
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DeborahI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal a bit on the pricey side, but worth it! Food was delicious. Very warm, inviting, and comfortable atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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JudithE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

You can count on the food being consiently good. Our server was pleasant but a little distracted. Dessert and drinks were excellent too. I would recommend to everyone to give it a try. I also like that it's an independently owned restaurant and not a chain

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MrsNBH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant service and food are wonderful. Additionally it is close to the Ocala Civic Theatre, which is a plus. The only problem is dim lighting - but our server immediately provided a small flashlight for reading the menu. Overall a great experience

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viptgindc
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last-minute decision to go for dinner, and wisely chose Braised Onion. I arrived first and took advantage of two for one happy hour house wine in the bar, and I was most lucky that Trevor was tending bar. He is fabulous. Moving on to dinner, we started with the delicious spicy shrimp appetizer, followed by the ribeye and prime rib. Both were excellent. Then we sprung for two desserts, some thing we almost never do. The crème brûlée and the chocolate mousse were both top-notch. We will be back!

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LoriH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I finally found a place with excellent food in Ocala it was a long search. We had a fabulous meal.

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Ocalaresident
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Overall good experience. Very noisy! The young man who was our server was excellent!

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vipCam75
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

I thought the food was good I was impressed that there was enough for more than one meal and I thought the service was great

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Bobbi
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was phenomenal! The best restaurant I’ve been to in Ocala. The food is high quality, flavorful, and delicious. Our Server, Andrew, was great- personable, fun, and prompt. Highly recommend The Braised Onion!

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SteveB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Prime Rin in Marion County!! Also lobster mac and cheese excellent!

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vipRichG
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice night with family. The French onion soup is amazing and the bread pudding is a showstopper!

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BalsamRicky221
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visit. Excellent all around experience. We'll be back.

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LindaK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. I am gluten-free, thought I picked everything safely, but was very ill all that night. Would recommend just one or two GF items on menu. Might come more often. And my husband asked what happened to your chicken pot pie?

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GregoryS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our server was informative, answered all our questions . Was very friendly and attentive to our needs. Will return soon for another great experience.

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JPoz71
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s birthday. We had been here before but cannot begin to express what a wonderful dining experience the Braised Onion is. There is nothing negative about this place and anyone says anything else I would question their sanity.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both servers were great, food was good

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Heat7918
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here as we’re new to Ocala. My husband loved the onion fritters with the green goddess sauce and the prime rib special. The onion soup was fantastic! We also got a couple of desserts to go: the bread pudding & coconut cream pie were delicious!

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KrisP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is top-notch. My family of 5 had a delightful evening. Everyone felt Christian’s genuine care for the restaurant and our dining experience.
The food was scrumptious: Fried Green Tomatoes, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, RibEye, Chicken Parmigiana, and Shrimp and Grits were all delicious.
We will definitely be back!

Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I ordered the Mahi Oscar because the menu said stuffed with lump crab. It was not stuffed. The mahi was a bit too done and the crab was in the sauce. The biggest lump I saw was about the size of a small marble and only 2 that size. Very disappointed!

My husband’s broccoli was scorched.

Can not recommend.

Edible food but didn’t get what we paid for.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

All good but only one waitress and place was full - so she was hugely overwhelmed and not as helpful as I would have liked
The crab cake starter was not marked with a price - I was told that was $23 rather high by comparison with other restaurants starters
The food we had was very good but my business partner felt the onion soup and short ribs were over salted
My shrimp and liver were perfect.
Sadly we had communication issues re selecting a drink for me - I wanted cider - alcoholic apple juice - sold almost everywhere but the waitress just said no without asking the Barman - probably because she was too busy
This was our most disappointing visit and we have been many times before and I tell people all about the Resteraunt as I think yours is one of the highest quality for food and service but that can’t continue as my opinion is regarded highly as I teach locally food selection cooking and serving.
I hope this was a one off incident and these issues will be addressed.
David Purdie

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marvinr
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best overall restaurant in the area. Could not be better.

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ArthurS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, well prepared and presented. The service was friendly and timely. I highly recommend them.

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vipTaipan
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We went at noon Sunday expecting that the lunch menu would be available.
Turns out that they only do dinner on Sunday

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AbigailS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service makes a difference when you're eating out and the service at the Braised Onion was 5 stars. The food was great too. We had the pow pow shrimp, lump crab cakes, lobster mac and the ribeye. The pow pow shrimp were 10x better than Bonefish's comparable shrimp. They were crispy and full of flavor. The lump crab cakes were generously portioned and full of real crab meat - not your typical dried out, fried crab cake; very tasty! The lobster mac had large pieces of lobster in every single bite. Worth every penny. And the ribeye was very tender and full of flavor. Ordered rare but served more on the medium side, it was still great. We will be back!

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LORRAINEB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best French Onion soup I have ever had! My husband had the steak which was massive and one of the best steaks he has ever had. He ordered french fries which were very good. I had Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables which was zucchini and yellow squash, which was also cooked and seasoned exceptional. We will definitely be back. The service was fantastic and attentative. But because it is not an extensive menu, the attention is on the food which makes it perfect. Looking forward to going back again.

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Alan
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Rachel, our server, wae very attentive and took the to=ime to answer our questions. The food was fatastic... Little pricey but well worth it for a "Date Night" spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful. Food is delicious. Restaurant is nicely decorated and clean!!

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal with wonderful service. I will definitely be back.

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tkster
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Parm was outstanding. My wife enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff very much. Early afternoon was perfect time for a late lunch. Not to busy. We'll be back. Very Clean!!
Only distraction was an obnoxious woman with her cell phone ringing. I had to ask her to turn it off or at least turn it on vibrate. We didn't need to listen to her call. Maybe the restaurant could post a sign requesting to turn off phones while we all enjoy a very nice lunch/dinner. Thank you.

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JanieB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Group of six of us. We all agreed we'd be going back!!

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vipcamster
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went for the very first time, and were pleasantly surprised! Two of us shared the short ribs stroganoff which was absolutely delicious and our friends had a chicken burger and a Bloody Mary burger both of which they really enjoyed!
Sherry was our server, and she was excellent! bathrooms were super clean which was a nice bonus!

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Macmosi
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food, drinks and dessert. Best egg plant parm I’ve ever had.

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vipRugbymom
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my dad and stepmom to the Braised Onion for dinner. They live in Ocala, but had never been there before. It was a five star hit and I can guarantee they will be back! I had the Lemon chicken which was tender and delicious. The sauce was perfect,
There was a great selection of fresh veggies and they were cooked to perfection. My husband had the Chicken Parm and loved it, my stepmom was thrilled with her pecan crusted salmon, and my extremely hard to please 85 year old dad loved his fish and chips and even consented to try the kale slaw (after lots of coaxing from the rest of us) and he liked it. The bread pudding dessert was excellent and while the creme brûlée was good, the top was not done properly and there was a huge mouthful of large grain sugar that uncomfortably crunched and stood out as a mistake. I don’t think they broiled or flamed the top, as well as they should have.

But that was a minor detail in an evening of excellence and I include the service from our waiter, Tony, who impressed my dad with a little local Ocala history! Excellent meal in every respect!

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BarryC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

First impressions are not always lasting ones. Food was satisfactory, but I'd like to come back and try something different from the menu. (I had Stroganoff and the wife had chicken parm.) Portions were large, a couple could easily split one entrée. This was our first visit.

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiter we had last night was wonderful and put everyone at ease from the start. Our service was exceptional, and the ambiance of the restaurant is really nice and a great place to spend a Saturday evening meal. Will definitely return soon.

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KenW
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

out side of the loud noise volume it was a good expearance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been to this restaurant several times, primarily because they serve excellent eggplant parmesan. Today, I ordered the chicken Marsala. It was unbelievable! The Marsala sauce was the best I’ve ever eaten. Additionally, our server,Rachel, was knowledgeable and attentive. The restaurant never fails to impress!

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GailL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The main dishes were excellent.
(Lemon chicken, chicken parmigiana and chicken Marsala).

The rolls had just the right of garlic and seasoning.

The broccoli was supposedly roasted with parmigiana cheese was bland.

Onion soup excelllent.

The restaurant was not completely filled but the noise level was extremely loud. As An upscale restaurant better sound reduction needs to be installed.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good. Our waiter Christopher was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very nice place for Ocala. Food was just ok and service was just ok as well.
Nice for a special occasion.

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vipHappy
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect cocktail, perfect presentation, perfect dessert, perfect server, perfect atmosphere and extremely clean.

FAQs

Braised Onion offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 620-9255.

Braised Onion is rated 4.6 stars by 986 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.