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On The Square

4.8
4.8
1197 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 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 1,197 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Value

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

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    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

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  1. CA

    ClaireA

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food - so good!!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine was excellent as was the service and atmosphere.
  3. MS

    MarkS

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was a very nice time. The drinks were incredible and the food, even though it took awhile, was delicious. We were seated in the back of the restaurant. Some attention should be paid to this are.
  4. AR

    AlinRaleigh

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The two of us had dinner just after opening so it was pretty quiet. We drove down from Raleigh to check out the restaurant. The atmosphere was great sitting in the sun room. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu with good suggestions. The food in general was good. The fried okra were prepared differently than I have ever had … and I’ve tried a lot of fried okra. The steak was very good and the chicken pasta dish was tasty. The cheesecake was excellent. Portions were plentiful with enough to take home. Prices were better than expected. If you’re in the area it’s worth a visit.
  5. t

    tamb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We had been wanting to dine here for a long time. Disappointed that when we walked in and patiently waited, no one approached us about the restaurant's procedures until we asked. We sat ourselves as we were handed a menu and were told to come back to the cashier when we were ready to order, like a fast food restaurant. My husband ordered the roast beef sandwich and said it was good, fries also, my chicken sandwich was bland and dry but edible. Water was served in a styrofoam cup. I realize finding personnel is difficult these days, but having only one person out front to host, take orders, serve drinks and cashier is a bit extreme. She did the best she could but as a patron, I feel maybe they need to reconsider and offer take out only. That way no one feels cheated.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and server very attentive. Good knowledge of wine list
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was incredible, truly some of the best meals. Bartender drinks delicious. Service was average.
  8. DC

    DeborahC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service is always amazing. Have not had a meal we didn't like. Knowledgeable concerning Gluten Free!!
  9. n

    notalocal

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Many good menu options. No wine list and has not been one for a while. Server was good making recommendations, Food was good, but not outstanding. Very much a local hangout. Noisy at times.
  10. T

    Tgill

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal at a wonderful restaurant.
  11. NL

    NLong

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly and professional staff and great service and experience!
  12. B

    Butter

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful meal. Traveled one hour and it was worth the travel.
  13. RM

    RobertM

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    On the Square continues to shine as an example a locally owned business that goes above and beyond for both employees and customers. The food is outstanding. Like many small businesses, getting and keeping staff is a challenge. Set in a beautiful small town, On the Square is one of our favorites.
  14. MS

    MichaelS

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and excellent service. The calamari appetizer was fantastic, as was the Scottish salmon.
  15. t

    taxgeek

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delish as always! Chef kindly accommodated a special request. Every one loved their dish. Great service. Special thanks to our server.. she was fantastic.
  16. D

    David

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in all areas.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome!
  19. LE

    LenE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu was very interesting and the portions (in our opinion} were large. On the Square is a must go to place in Eastern N.C.
  20. M

    Marie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love On the Square. Thanks to the chef, Steven! Great selection of wine to choose from, great price point. Service is great, food delicious
  21. F

    Foodies

    Mississippi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food is excellent , service ok but its no longer the upscale restaurant it was prior to the pandemic.
  22. D

    Dennis

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to share moments together with friends & family with the diverse dinner offerings of a beloved restaurant -by-many in Eastern North Carolina !
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at On the Square is consistently delicious!
  24. BB

    BretB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A happy staff, the outstanding tasting dinner we remembered from pre-pandemic and a bartender who truly knew what she was doing and took pride in her work
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food always! Outstanding staff always! Outstanding atmosphere always! Great place for an intimate dinner or a big party in the back. Never disappoints!
  26. JC

    JosephC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was well prepared. My wife had the burger and fries..she said that they were among the best that she ever had. I had the salad with strawberries and for the main course, risotto. The risotto was excellent, but the portion was a little small for my large appetite. The salad was exceptional and enough for the two of us. The carrot cake was deconstructed with pecans and raisins on the side. The cake was served with a large portion of stiff cream...altogether it was very satisfying. The staff was very friendly and helpful but one of them seemed to lack experience and was a bit intrusive (not rude, however). Perhaps she was very rushed. Overall, it was a nice evening with some friends. The noise level was tolerable, and we had a good conversation. We will certainly return.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready when we arrived. Server was attentive and staff was friendly. Cannot say enough good things about our meals. Everyone ordered different entrees- all were excellent. Juicy steaks, delicious salmon and soft shell crab, and shrimp and grits that I will probably dream about for weeks. Followed with a creamy cheesecake- a fabulous way to end the celebration of our daughter’s graduation.
  28. PH

    PamelaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant but it won’t be our last. The food was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommend
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful find to celebrating college graduation with family and friends. Great service, food and hospitality! Relaxing evening together. Thanks If you’re in the area, truly recommend a visit.
  30. MS

    MarkS

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have eaten there many times and each time the quality of the food and service goes down. The food is good, still better than average and the service is okay. The dessert choices were limited and they no longer serve coffee. This was disappointing and made us cancel our dessert order all together. We had a table of four as a birthday celebration and overall it was a disappointing evening.
  31. M

    Michael

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Always good recipes - but usually always small portions. Service adequate, knowledgeable - but never quite as polished as the pricing would suggest. Same goes for atmosphere, decor, background music, presentation and a lasting warm and welcoming impression. Have always hoped for more at these price points...don't see evidence of improvement in these areas anytime soon.
  32. j

    joeyde

    Raleigh

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came over again from Greenville. Food and drinks were excellent. Split the very tasty mussel appetizer. Our party had the mahi-mahi, shrimp and scallops in a pastry shell and the salmon. All three were delicious, but my favorite was the shrimp and scallops followed by the salmon. The sauces, seasonings and presentations were exception. We split the warm fried apple pie with vanilla ice cream and it too was delicious.
  33. TM

    TrentM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service and the wine was fantastic!
  34. S

    Stump

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Not the experience it used to be. Gone are the candles, fresh flowers, and local artwork. Dress is far too casual, even for the staff. Food is very good, but a more limited menu. Service is ok. Disappointed.
  35. R

    Ricky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Anbience was only problem. Otherwise great.
  36. JW

    JimW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Excellent food! I would and do recommend everyone to make an effort to try On the Square! We are from Greensboro nc but whenever we are in the area, we make sure we have dinner there!
  37. r

    roberty

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was extremely busy, but the staff did a wonderful job. Very cordial waitress who had a lot of tables to manage. I know Stephen was catering elsewhere tonight but the kitchen turned out some delicious meals. Kudos for having them so well prepared. Saw a lot of friends last night. Will be back in 2 weeks for my birthday.
  38. DW

    DonnaW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We were there for lunch. I would prefer not to pour my own drink. I would also like to have had at least a paper table cloth. The food was very good. The service was quick. The server friendly. I will certainly go again.
  39. JC

    JimC

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was fantastic Service was good. A very enjoyable evening
  40. JC

    JohnC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Drinks and dinner were absolutely fabulous: Brown Derby, fried brussel sprouts and chicken scallopini for my wife and I had the Valdemort cocktail (referesing like lemoncello), garden salad & Seafood Cacciacucco (sp?) with shrimp, mussels, squid & clams (?) in a nice garlic red sauce - all VERY good at a moderate price & defnitely worth the 40-minute drive. If you want to get away from the aroma of seafood, request a table in the back. We will definitely go again.

FAQs

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

On The Square is rated 4.8 stars by 1197 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 2 times today
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

  • 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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