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On The Square, Tarboro, NC
On The Square, Tarboro, NC
On The Square, Tarboro, NC
On The Square, Tarboro, NC
On The Square, Tarboro, NC

On The Square

4.9
4.9
1272 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Due to limited seating, we are only accepting in-house reservations. Please call the restaurant directly for a reservation.

Located in Historic Downtown Tarboro, one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, On the Square Restaurant offers seasonal, sustainable ingredients that are celebrated throughout the ever-changing menu. Open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for lunch on Monday through Friday, we are as proud of our food and comfortable atmosphere as we are of our eclectic and value-driven wine list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (252) 823-8268
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Stephen Ribustello
  • Catering
    We offer catering of every kind. From box lunches to weddings, we are happy and able to provide food and wine for your special event.
  • Neighborhood
    Tarboro
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,272 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Value

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Value

1,275 Reviews
  1. TweetieM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is always outstanding! The wine selection is awesome as well. I highly recommend On the Square for a great dining experience!

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  2. Joan

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The 3 of us got 3 different dishes - salmon, filet and seafood crepes. All were delicious. We know because we couldn’t resist sharing bites. This is amazing food at very reasonable prices. It makes you feel like you won the lottery.

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  3. NosquaresOntheSquare

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food like always! The service throughout the restaurant is impeccable. We always enjoy our time at On the Square.

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  4. Luv2eat

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambience was excellent! Our waitress was extremely nice.

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  5. yiayiakat

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! The servers were so attentive. Had a wonderful time!

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  6. Incredible

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing and friendly team. Food is always so good!

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  7. KarenC

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous server and outstanding meal! Accommodations made for a food allergy was much appreciated. Low noise level. Chef is the best! Will be returning for another super dinner experience

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  8. DerekMaul

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, great food and excellent service. This time I tried the duck and Rebekah went with the swordfish steak. Wonderful flavors, beautiful ambience and a full restaurant where everyone seemed to be having a great time.

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  9. PamelaW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the evening with you. It was the first time back in a while. I hope we can get back very soon. The food was outstanding. Thanks so much

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  10. Tish

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best ribeye and salad I have ever had. Service was impeccable and the food was elevated. I wasn’t expecting this and it was a pleasant surprise.

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  11. Paul

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. Cocktails prior to meal very nice and clever. Service super as usual.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent. Our service was great. There was a noisy party of 20 next to where we were seated. It was a little overwhelming. The seats are very hard. The lighting, fresh flowers on the table, and the pictures on the wall were all very nice.

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  13. DerekMaul

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always!! Great food. Amazing service.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We always have an awesome dinner, usually I order one of the shellfish options. This time, I tried something new and ordered the duet of duck and it was delicious! If you enjoy a glass of wine or champagne, then speak with Xavier. He does an outstanding job of pairing wine with your dinner.

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  15. FoodLover

    Raleigh

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always the standard to which we measure every other restaurant we go to. Duck was fantastic, Mahi outstanding, the service was a bit weak but the food makes it so worthwhile

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  16. GeneM

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drink, and service as always. Perfectly fried oysters, perfectly cooked tender ribeye steak. Great helpful service.

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  17. DEACONfan

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been frequenting OTS for years and it has always been an all around great experience. Lately, they have stepped up their game and has been excellent(er?). I highly recommend On The Square.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We love On The Square. It is our favorite restaurant of all time. Last night seemed a bit rushed, but I realized later that they were overwhelmed with heavy holiday traffic. They handled it well, including my whining.

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  19. Carol

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our supper club (minus 2 who were sick) dined at On The Square Thursday evening. Although they had a full restaurant, the service was prompt, the staff knowledgeable and the food delicious. On The Square is worth the trip from anywhere in North Carolina and beyond, and we are always commenting on how many patrons we do not know, even though we have been Tarboro residents for 45 years. Give them a try; you’ll be glad you did.

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  20. MichaelS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had meals on nice restaurants in Raleigh and Rock Mount and the food was good. But, On The Square IS the gold standard for good food in this region. They have set the bar in good preparation, recipes, presentation and service. It's as simple as that. And the staff are so professional and make you feel at home. Bravo! Love the wine selection too!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great people, great food. OTS is perhaps our favorite dining experience.

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  22. KennethC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my wife’s 50th birthday. Staff was excellent as well as food.

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  23. DEACONfan

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wine selection is vast, the food was prepared to perfection, the service was excellent!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. AlexanderU

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of best visits of my approximate 100 or so meals

    1 person found this helpful

  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never had a bad meal there. The petite filet will melt in your mouth. Excellent desserts.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. KatW

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very busy evening may have impacted our experience a bit.

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  27. DeborahB

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our visit was excellent. The food was delicious (steak, salmon and sushi). Paige was our server and she went out of her way to ensure everything was perfect. We spent time with Xavier in The Wine Shop. He was extremely knowledgeable and help us make selection for purchase. We purchased the cookbook and the book on the history of the owner. Looking forward to reading them both. I highly recommend this restaurant and will return the next time we are in Tarboro.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. CeliaD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always! Good food friendly service.

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  29. SarahW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service, and fun time!! Sushi night is great!

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  30. LynneG

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went with friends and had a wonderful dinner. Good variety; food was prepared well. Very attentive service. Drinks were great.

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  31. ArthurB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food and service. The food presentation was top notch. Service was impeccable as they always kept your water glass full and table cleared.

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  32. Samuel999

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, great service. Noisy at times in there is little to absorb the sound. Benches could be more comfortable. If would be nice to see more frequent new dishes.

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  33. Maverick

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time, great food, will definitely be returning!!

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  34. Bob2golf

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and service. Took a long time to get our food. Very friendly staff and right on target except for time to get food.

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  35. RichardM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The calamari is a favorite and no restaurant does the Romaine dish like this place! We had the Jambalya and the chicken Scallopine both very well prepared and plated! Wish we had room for the dessert but was impossible!

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  36. DEACONfan

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been dining here for years. Although the food and service have usually been excellent, lately they have really stepped up their game. The new wine sommelier is awesome and the presentation is great. The food has been cooked to perfection. Can’t say enough good about this establishment.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Ziggy

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant evening Great wait staff as always Was seated timely

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  38. BrianM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always exceptional in this quaint little restaurant. Couple this with an exceptional wine list, makes for a wonderful escape In a small town filled with wonderful Victorian homes to view along the way.

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  39. FD67

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Lunch time is nothing like the nice evening ambiance. Basically OK for a quick bite if you don’t mind ordering at the counter, and sitting at a table without linnen, proper glasses and get your soft drinks yourself. If you want service, anything else to drink and expect something more than you’re out of luck in Tarboro. No coffee, and soda water was a mission, although they did eventually accomplish it. Good job we had fun friends to lunch with…

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  40. KarenC

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional food! The salmon dish and the Amberjack were amazing. I was asking for a glas of Pinot Grigio but it was not an alternative since none chilled. That’s my only complaint. And a pesky fly around us while enjoying our meal, which is common in the south 😆

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

On The Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 823-8268.

On The Square is rated 4.9 stars by 1272 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for On The Square

115 East St. James Street, Tarboro, NC 27886

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Tarboro
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Stephen Ribustello
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (252) 823-8268
  • Catering
    We offer catering of every kind. From box lunches to weddings, we are happy and able to provide food and wine for your special event.
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