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Braised Onion

4.2
588 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, American, Southern
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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
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Phone number
(352) 620-9255
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Full service catering to meet your specific needs!
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Cross street
NE 8th Place
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 588 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was our first visit to Braised Onion. Mothers Day was a buffet, and they only do a buffet 3 times a year. The food was very good to excellent, and the chef made a blood orange dessert that was to die for. Great service, excellent food. We will go back to try the menu. Would recommend this to a friend.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went mothers day. No indication on website about buffet. Stayed anyway. Food was good...server attentive. Don't like buffet atmosphere, but enjoyed meal.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Having moved here from DC and most recently from Charleston SC, it is very difficult to find restaurants that even come close. This restaurant was very close! Food was delicious and staff classy. I miss that! Not many restaurants in this area have good food and class! The only negative was the noise level but I will definitely go back and recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We found this place in open table and it was really good! excellent service and the food was very good.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had a great dinner with friends. Food was really good and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wonderful dinner. The panko crusted cod was excellent and the service was outstanding. One of the best restaurants in Ocala.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

went here for lunch by accident and it was a good one! everything was really good, lunch prices were reasonable. looked at the dinner menu and those prices seemed a little pricey for us, but we would definitely go here again!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We were spending a few days in Ocala for my husband's birthday and located the Braised Onion on the internet before traveling. We were not disappointed. The interior was lovely, the waitress was outstanding, and the food did not disappoint. We especially liked the Princess Dianna Bread Pudding--it was the bomb. Don't overlook this dessert, even if you think you are too full for dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I brought friends who were in town from Utah to have dinner herr. Rachel was our server and she was fantastic. She recommended several dishes for our party and was very patient while we took our time deciding. We had The lobster Mac and cheese, prime rib, and shrimp and grits. The food was flavorful and plentiful. The Amaretto Mousse cake melted in your mouth. I am always pleased with the food and my service every time I go here. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We had an amazing dinner. It exceeded our expectations. We will visiting again.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Nice, nice, nice - will definitely return for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Comfort food with an attitude-great liver and onions, and tasty beef tornadeu-cooked perfect med rare! Great service and moderate pricing. I will return!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Outstanding service, diversified menu, and very good food. Was nice that I could make reservations with Open Table. Went later -- 6:45 pm during the week, and we were seated immediately. I will definitely go again, and my friends agree. Some of the pricing is higher than other restaurants, as in $29 for prime rib (only served on weekend), but there are moderately priced entrees as well.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Mom’s 85th birthday!! It was everyone’s first time & we all truly enjoyed it!! We will be back again!!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Not our first visit to the Braised Onion. We keep going back all the time. Enjoy the home cooked cuisine and excellent cocktails from a very capable bartender.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Braised Onion has never disappointed us. They are always accommodating. The service and food has always been outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

As the door was opened, the hostess welcoming us back, it felt like we were home! Our waitperson was attentive but not pesky and the food and drink were as delicious as ever!
After enjoying a leisurely meal, we departed with the hostess thanking us for coming. This may be casual as far as description but they understand service. Have never been disappointed with any food I have ordered either! Warning - if you order their onion soup, It is huge (and scrumptious); plan on salad for your main course!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Met friends. Great visit as we had to wait for our very delicious food served by our very good waitress. The kitchen was obviously a bit overwhelmed as it took a while to get our food out. The wine we sipped while waiting was very good, but the noise level of so many happy diners made it difficult to talk across the table. The owner needs to put in a noise control ceiling and perhaps hire a couple more good chefs or assistants for the kitchen to get top marks all around.
Regardless of the side issues, will definitely return as the food selection and tastes were both very satisfying and better than most other local restaurants. The price was reasonable as well.
We were all glad that we had decided to give the Braised Onion a try.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This is a great place for some awesome comfort food. Service was great and everything came out hot and delicious.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was enjoyable. Good options on the menu. Something for everything. Wine list a little lacking but martini bar made up for it. Good music playing. It was very busy and they were 1-2 servers short but when the servers were around they were attentive and pleasant. Drinks and dinner $40 per person. We would go back.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I love the Braised Onion even though it is a 45 minute drive. The service is outstanding. The last time we were there we had Trevor as a server. He was amazing, attentive, accommodating, and very knowledgeable about the menu. Also Cheri (?sp) is an excellent server. Everything I have ordered there has been so delicious. i highly recommend this restaurant. Even there reservation system is a breeze. Yup, my favorite place.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Mother Day Brunch 5:00 pm, food not even warm and 2 selections for dessert, which came in a to-go plastic condiment cup. For $49.95 pp not worth it.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for dinner on Easter and we were very disappointed. We went with another couple and we both researched a place to eat. Based on mostly good to excellent reviews, and the menu on their website, we decided this would be a great choice. When we arrived we were very disappointed to find that there was no ordering from the menu. We were shocked to find out the price of the buffet was $40. It was definitely not worth the price. All 4 of us thought the food was mediocre, at best. We haven't decided if we will try it again on a regular day.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday brunch was wonderful. The food was great. I was pleased to see several vegetarian options on the buffet that were delicious. The kitchen staff did their best keeping the buffet well stocked. Overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration. They don't offer a treat for the birthday person, but that was ok. Our food was good!!! Our service was great!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We always love going to the Braised Onion. Their short ribs are the best!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was fabulous and the service was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Very nice dinner and experience for my mom’s birthday dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The service was extremely poor. The waitress was friendly enough but we waited way too long for our food. Most of us took our food home and ate it for lunch the next day and I must say, the food was excellent but would have been more enjoyable to have had it the night we went out for it. The owner did comp our evening out which was, what we feel, more than appropriate. It appeared that the staff was not managed very well as our waitress had tables all over the place, the bartender was helping at tables so therefore people weren't getting their drinks. Lots of confusion.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was nothing special, portions were small, French fries are the best!

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

SLOW service every time you go. Frazzled wait staff. Takes too long to get served and waited on. This was my 2nd try at this restaurant - and each time it's extremely slow.

This time, we went there specifically 2 hours prior to our theater ticket show time; assuming it was plenty of time for a table of 4 to eat. We ordered within 5 minutes of sitting down because we knew we didn't want to wait long. It took over an hour before we realized we didn’t have our food still and flagged our waitress down to check on our food. We mentioned we had theater tickets and needed our food soon. She went and got a manager, who came and told us they had an accident in the kitchen, plus a large party, and it would be another 20 minutes.

I totally understand that things happen, but have a plan in place when things go wrong . Had the waitress let us know early on there was an issue, we could have gone somewhere else and not had a bad experience. They knew they had a large party and were extremely understaffed. And they continued taking patrons, knowing they were over 1 1/2 hours wait on food, and with the accident issue in the kitchen. I felt bad for the waitress, as she was having to wait on half the room it seemed, and of course everyone is aggravated about waiting. I’m sure her tips were awful that night and she was working extra hard. Shame on management.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Arriving at exactly the time of our reservation, we were greeted by a hostess who did not seem to be expecting anyone. She recovered quickly and seated us by three other groups. All of them were very loud throughout our meal. Trevor, our waiter was efficient and timely, just a bit aloof. The Cesar Wedge was excellent, a great presentation. The Lemon Chicken was delicious, almost a Picotta. Chicken Marsala cooked perfectly. Staff began cleaning around us, several leaving before we did. A great meal, not the best experience, since there were so many other places we could have been seated. Had it been a special occasion, we may not have ordered.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very good meals! Delicious! Atmosphere nice, good value. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The Braised Onion Round Loaf is the best appetizer ever!! So tasty. The beef stroganoff is fantastic. Whenever we are in Ocala, we visit the Braised Onion.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Wonderful food and service

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First time there. Service was excellent, food tasty, good menu.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The atmosphere was lovely and the food was superb. Braised Onion is a nice hideaway spot for good music and food in Ocala.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Not impressed with the service and the food wasn't anything special. We were rushed throughout our meal. No drink menu was provided and water glasses were never refilled. Asked to sub a side salad in place of french fries and was told that wasn't an option since they offer half salads - what if you don't want fries and a salad.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food was ok, service was terrible. We sat there about 30 minutes before someone even acknowledged that we we're even there. We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. He asked for extra butter only on his bake potatoe and the only thing that was on there was a ton a sour cream which he does not like. As if that wasn't bad enough at the end of our dinner when the waitress brought our check she also brought over business cards from her other job (message therapist) and passed them out telling us if we ever need a massage that we should come buy and see her. I was stunned that she had done that.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We took out of town guests to celebrate our 52nd anniversary, and we were disappointed. My husband and I have eaten there about 4 times, it was all good. One piece of my chicken from chicken Marsala was full of gristle and some soft fat, my husbands beef burgundywas not warm, he didn’t want to send it back and make a fuss. Two of us had broccoli that was cold, we did have that replaced and it was then okay. She did not complain, but our guest had salmon, and the inside looked rather mushy to me.
Not sure we will return right away.

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