On The Square

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
What 1223 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out for dinner with my sister.❤️

JH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great reunion at On the Square with an old friend. Everything was perfect. Thanks

f
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and wine. Knowledgeable staff and nice ambiance

LG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Recommend guardedly .. was not worth the 40 minute drive

CH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, service was very good and the wine recommended by our server was perfect. Portion size was just right. Did not overwhelm but left us with room for a shared dessert. We'll be back!

TG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great diing experience. Wondrful food and our server was so nice. Me and my family will be back for sure!!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food service and fun as always

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing else like this place in NC

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love!!

AR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and presentation was, as usual outstanding.

CP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly. Our food was delivered in a timely fashion and was absolutely delicious!

WA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the food my wife and i had was excellent. however in the seafood trio our neighbor received the oysters were severely overcooked and the other items were "watery" indicating they were frozen and not fresh. tarboro is within 2 hours of wanchese, nc which has the freshest seafood in the state and easily accessible. i would recommend for a restaurant of your stature to either serve fresh seafood or none at all.

f
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Goid goid and wine but service was spotty. Expected better service based on previous visits and reputation. Slow and failed to remember specific requests. Coffee was lukewarm at best. Owner away so this may gave affected the service.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Fresh ingredients and unique flavor combinations. The menu on-line was different from in restaurant. We were hankering for an item that was no longer an option, but we loved the dishes we did get! Service was great as always. We enjoy the casual atmosphere. Bathrooms could use some attention/love.

KW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - Great wine - Great place to catch up with an old friend - One of my favorites!

SC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great experience and food is consistently good.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OTS is, without doubt, one of my favorite restaurants. The food is ALWAYS delicious, the service is stellar, and I always love return ing to Tarboro to see old friends.

TS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

SUPERB! Well worth the drive from Greenville! Open one in Greenville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GR
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place in Tarboro! Food on par with very good restaurants in the metro cities. The peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream and a coffee at the end of your meal will put you in that coma you may be looking for!

DM
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love On the Square and always plan special occasions at our favorite place! The staff is always so attentive and welcoming and the menu varies enough to keep you excited about trying new dishes.

JM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and uninterested. Had 5:30 reservation but took a good 20 minutes for bread to even get delivered to table and only after asking. Water glasses not filled regularly. Have gone there lots of times with great service but not this trip.

CC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love On The Square so much, we will eat there again tomorrow.

D
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing, not what it used to be, won’t be back!

RA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food, service and ambiance have really gone down hill since last I was here a year or two ago. Filet came out literally inedible it was so raw with a giant grease-dripping onion ring that was also inedible. Salad was drenched in dressing. Waiter rolled his eyes at us and was really not very professional. Not worth the $80+ we spent for dinner. Don’t recommend and don’t plan to return.

JC
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The noise was uncomfortable. At least two tables asked to move to the front room. The food was excellent. Waitress was uncharacteristically unfamiliar with wines. We enjoy this restaurant so much this was a somewhat disappointing experience

BF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a terrific dining experience at On The Square last week. Fantastic food and service.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is delicious, but the last two times of dining with you, our service was slow. Our reservation was for 6:30 and we did not leave until 9:00.

W
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night experience with fabulous food.

AD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch, consistent quality

TH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with friends. The food was great. The deserts were excellent. Overall a great evening.

PW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Graduation

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L
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience.

D
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As great as always. We had family in town for graduation and they are still raving about it.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistantly solid! You can’t buy a better meal! I’ve traveled the entire country, trust me! But don’t tell anyone; it is our Eastern NC secret!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were s large group with a good amount of dietary restrictions. There was a concerted effort to “get it right” and to not lag behind on anyone’s order. It was a very enjoyable evening.

RR
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. Prices on salads seemed a bit high. Server was nice and attentive and appreciative of our business but person working bar who served as host and maybe an owner was less friendly and never said goodbye nor thank you as we left nor other guests. Kind of odd.

M
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of 252’s best restaurants. The drive from Rocky Mount is always worth it.

d
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mother’s Day celebration.

GK
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and good service. A well planned menu...the grouper was cooked perfectly with well balanced flavours.

RM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great folks, great food and an awesome wine store. A super spot for lunch ( or dinner)

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