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About Braised Onion
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!
Ocala, FL 34470
Comfort Food, American, Southern
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
NE 8th Place
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Full service catering to meet your specific needs!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Braised Onion Ratings and Reviews
A busy night as it was Valentine's Day, but the hospitality by the hostess, the owner and our waitress were very sincere and not overplayed.
The food was very good, particularly the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer.
This was our second time there and we will definitely be going back!
My daughter and 2 grand daughters returned for Valentines Day after visiting 3 nights before with my son in law. We were seated in an ‘over-flow’ dining room and waited 35 minutes to be brought water and a drink menu requested twice. We had to ask for bread at that point. When returning for our order we informed there were no dishes available for children -though we were provided a kids menu by the hostess when seated And there were no entrees available to suit my allergies-nothing. We should have left then. After 2 trips to the kitchen they were willing to grill a piece of salmon to add to my half pear salad and make my grand daughter mac n cheese. I asked specifically that my salmon be medium rare and it arrived cooked dry and the Mac n cheese was completely tasteless as were the special crab cakes my daughter ordered as an app. The highlights were her lobster bisque and short rib entree which was great. After 1 1/2 hours for poor service and dull food we decided to forego dessert. 4 apps, 1 entree and 3 wines were $93 before tip. Worst Valentines in memory. Like many good restaurants they were completely incompetent on a busy holiday.
All the food was very good and came out within a good time. The only "problem" was that I did not see any mention of the fact that they would only be serving from a specific Valentine's Day menu on their website or anywhere. I was planning on spending around $35 for us and ended up well over $70... We could not simply leave as we made reservations and were already sitting down. Definitely felt a little tricked.
We couldn’t wait to return to braised onion since visiting last year when in town for the HITS horse-show. Once again they were conscious of my food allergies. The appetizers were wonderful again- lobster bisque, onion loaf, lobster crab salad, pear salad and the kids sliders were great. Sadly our fish entrees Salmon and Cod were both lacking flavor. We’re looking forward to returning on Valentines Day.
Just a very pleasant and wonderful surprise! The food is simple but executed VERY well. Braised Onion nails this and add a signature onion twist to the mix! The service was very good, the ambiance was perfectly tame. Not too loud but still a nice energy about. The appetizer of round onion loaf with onion jam was delicious. Entree selections were great and our skirt steak and liver/onions were both spot on. However, the two slices of bacon with the liver, while perfectly cooked,felt like an afterthought and not truly incorporated into the dish. Also, the side items are very well executed but pretty limited in selection and largely the same with every dish, hence my four stars instead of five. The desserts were amazing!! Coconut cream pie and New York style cheesecake. Delicious. They also make one of the best sangrias we’ve had in a while!! We HIGHLY recommend this restaurant! There are several items we can’t wait to try!
The food was a disappointment. We came for dinner for a birthday celebration. The French Onion soup was good, but far from superb. The bread under the cheese was not firm but soaked. The salad was wilted and did not appear appetizing. My chicken dish had the appearance of being left over, covered two-thirds of the plate and was swimming in gravy. The green beans and mashed potatoes were quite good. My husband ordered the liver and onions which were enjoyed but again had too much gravy. The meatloaf was good, but needed gravy along with a more generous serving of potatoes. My daughter ordered the pot pie which was not dry and not overloaded with carrots. We all agreed the pot pie was delicious. I ate lunch at the Braised Onion a few months ago and it had a much better presentation. Our young service waiter was excellent during this dinner. He had been groomed for his position well. PeggyS
The hostess was over not prepared for service, even though we had called weeks in advance.
The service staff was good but the timing for meals was atrocius.(SP)
Food was late for some diners, on time for others. (only a table of four)
Diner was soup (Cold) and just broth. Not the onion soup that expected with ONION in it.
Kitchen was ready for this rather meager meal and customers.
Might try again just as a second chance. (Ocala does not offer fine dining!)
Good decor but overall meal.setting, and quality is poor.
Went for a birthday celebration. Extremely disappointed. We had a 6:30 reservation. The hostess seated us. 30 minutes later had to ask the hostess to send us a server. Server came over to tell us that she had told hostess not to seat us cause she wasn’t ready. I told her a drink would make us happy to which we ordered and then waited another 20 minutes to get. Waitress tried to make it enjoyable but offered no round of drinks or anything! Not even a free dessert for birthday girl! I’ll never go back! Food was good but nothing so outstanding that it would overcome the bad experience. They kept saying they were busy?! Not every table full and most tables were either paying or getting entrees when we were sitting for the 50 minutes waiting...
Upon moving to the Ocala area several years ago, I discovered the Braised Onion and have sung it's praises to friends and family ever since. "One of my favorites". But after the last two visits, I can no longer offer this opinion. Most recently, I arranged for dinner with 3 other family members. Let me state that the restaurant was very busy (theatre night). I had made the reservation via Open Table. Upon arriving, we were told there would be a lengthy wait for a regular table or booth. As we too were attending local theatre show, we opted to dine at a high top (not our preference). Two of my group ordered the pecan salmon. We've had it in the past and it was very good, reasonable portion and well prepared. This time, both the plates had a tiny portion of salmon, very thin, over cooked. One ordered the seafood pescatori. It was ok, but not very interesting or flavorful. I almost always order the lemon chicken, but the last 2 visits I got very bland chicken, very little lemon flavor evident. Tiny portions of potatoes and green beans. So I opted for the chicken marsala. Again, not very flavorful, very few tiny mushroom pieces. Mashed potatoes the size of a golf ball and a small portion of green beans. I had always appreciated the "comfort food" nature of the BO menu, but now find the dishes to be bland, uninteresting and small portions. There are other nice options around the Ocala area, and so am not sure if or when I would revisit or certainly not recommend the BO to friends any longer. We barely made it to our show on time as food service was very slow (again, I acknowledge that they were busy. Maybe over booked???).
We were there to celebrate a birthday, but the BD girl ordered the prime rib at 6:00 on a Saturday and was disappointed when told they were out. Three of us ordered the beef stroganoff which was very good but the beef was sparse and the sauce was distributed unevenly; I was swimming in it and others had very little. The two dishes that were not disappointment were the lemon chicken and the fried pork. We were also entertaining guests from out of town and would have liked to visit but the noise level was so high, due to a party near us that had more than enough alcohol to drink; we had to yell to be heard.
I was very pleased with the ease of making a reservation and once there, we were seated right away. The service was excellent. The food was very good! The atmosphere was good but for the price of the food maybe a little extra pizazz would have been nice . Overall it was a great experience!! Compliments to the chef who cooked my steak !!!
This was our 10th wedding Anniversary and we expected a lot more, the table they sat us at was not set up had no candle and had four hard wooden chairs, we were unhappy and asked to me moved to a booth where we could at least sit next to each other. The sever was fantastic and the appetizer was good but, the Prime Rib was our main course and was the worst we have ever had the cuts had 70% fat and had no flavor, and even the server commented on it. when the manager was told about it her return answer for it being so fatty was that the chef cuts it thicker to make up for the fat content. Needless to say we did not get any discount for the bad cuts of meat. We will not be returning anytime soon.
We had a 6:15 reservation and when we entered the place was 85% empty. They seated us between two other tables and right in front of the door, on the coldest night. Every time the door opened, we were blasted with cold air. We didn't ask to be moved because the door only opened a few times.
The service was excellent and the food was good. On New Years eve they had a special menu. They did not allow substitutions for potato for rice as example. The prices were too high for the entrees as there was nothing that should have cost as much as they were asking. Even a high priced restaurant would have been less expensive. The value was not there. Usually prices are reasonable. WE WILL NOT GO BACK ON ANY HOLIDAY.
Traveling to Marco Island, we have been to this restaurant the last two years on New Years Eve. On that evening they have a special menu, everything was delicious. This year we were there on December 30th, so we ordered from the regular menu. My wife had the lemon chicken and I had the beef short ribs. We both loved our meals. Our server Mariah was very friendly and efficient. The owners, Nichole and Betty came by our table several times to see that we were happy with everything.
We look forward to eating here again. This place is GREAT.
We traveled to Ocala to see our son for Christmas and used TripAdvisor to find a restaurant. We wer not disappointed, everyone loved the food. We had everything from fried chicken, prime rib and lobster mac & cheese. Place was quiet so we could talk without shouting and the service was excellent. The waiter was very knowledgeable and was johnny on the spot without being intrusive. We had a wonderful Christmas family reunion at the Braised Onion in Ocala.
Restaurant was almost completely filled with large groups so was extremely loud. My husband and I were there to celebrate an anniversary so it was almost hard for the two of us to make conversation. Because of the large number of groups, we were told our dinner would be delayed. No offer to comp an appetizer or drink was made. An hour later, still no food, we spoke to the waitress about a comp for the inconvenience, she sent out the manager who comped us an additional drink, which at this point in time we really didn’t need, and told us their chef had left two weeks ago and everything was chaotic in the kitchen because of the groups. To me, this is a restaurant that welcomes groups, reservations must be made in advance for a group, it would have been WAAAAAY better to call in extra kitchen staff than let customers sit for an hour without getting their meal——a comped appetizer would be appropriate at this time. Also, we were charged $2.00 to have CC put in my drink and $3.00 to have Seagrams put in my husbands drink. Bottom line is that it will be a very long time before we return to the Braised Onion.
My wife & I have frequented this restaurant many times over the years, first when Chef Felix owned it and now under current ownership. Very little has changed and what has changed has been very positive. Over the years we have brought many friends and they all have enjoyed the dining experience. On this occasion, we traveled from The Villages with 3 “newbie” couples. Jerome was our server and from start to finish he took care of our every need & want in a professional & pleasant manner. The food, from the Lobster Mac & Cheese to the Beef Tournedos to the Short Ribs was excellent. All agreed that it was an excellent dining experience earning the Brsised Onion 8 repeat customers.
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