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On The Square

4.8
4.8
1233 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

8:00 PM


Booked 6 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 1,233 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Value

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Best Value

  • Raleigh

    Great for fine wines

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  1. szq1129

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finally made it to this Eastern NC treasure! Three of us all had different entrees and we all enjoyed every bite! Nice sharable appetizers and of course great wine list!
  2. DianaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is very knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly! Food was excellent and was celebrating a birthday and they put in their own special touch on the dessert!
  3. Todd

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place, wonderful ambiance, friendly staff. Definitely would recommend.
  4. WurL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Took my mom for a late Mother’s Day celebration and she loved the food, atmosphere and everything!
  5. TamaraB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Bait and switch on the soup (ordered the daily soup and it changed between when ordered and when served without notice) new soup was seafood which was not ok for some in our party due to sensitivity. Tried to make it right but with the pay first model, we ended up paying for more than what we got. Food overall was fine.
  6. GeneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome meal. Quiet small restaurant, great ambiance, reservations definitely required.
  7. SherrillB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our friends birthday On the Square. The food was so delicious, the service was excellent. We enjoyed our experience and didn't feel rushed. Our friends enjoyed thier meal and especially the dessert.
  8. LisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. We loved the experience and plan to go again.
  9. EleL

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Mussels too spicy. Salmon and fish good but potato needed seasoning and very runny. Chocolate molten cake very runny. Needed another minute in oven. Celebrating 55 anniversary but nothing done. Service good but needed to pour wine as server not available.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service never disappoint! I highly recommend.
  11. SusanM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best. Consistent quality and service. I highly recommend.
  12. MichaelS

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was fantastic, as usual. What was very unusual was the very slow service. For some reason it appears the kitchen was very backed up, even though the restaurant was not abnormally busy.
  13. DEACONfan

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, great food, wine and service. Fun location.
  14. notalocal

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Saw lots of people we know.
  15. SallyD

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always delicious! The petit filet is not to be missed!
  16. DrPhil

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasant walk back in time. Grew up a similar small NC town. Going out growing up met going to a spot like On The Square. Brought back wonderful memories. I will be back… I promise!
  17. MPitty

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great. Service was a little slow at first, but improved as the evening went along.
  18. MariaC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steaks never disappoint! The duck with cranberry butter was a hit. The star of the show, however, was the appetizer of fried brussels sprouts with Taigon aioli. The sprouts were delicious and the aioli was out of this world! We placed an order for one appetizer and quickly ordered a second! I would eat that aioli on anything - in fact I took some to go and will be enjoying it on a future salad 😉
  19. TracyJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Valentine’s Day
  20. Ecog

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent meal. They ran out of some entrees early, our reservation was at 6:30 so very early. Great overall though.
  21. RoRo

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. The men declared it was the best calamari ever and I loved my shrimp and grits! The four of us eat out together almost every weekend and will definitely put On the Square into our top favorites!
  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, On The Square did not disappoint!
  23. NosquaresOntheSquare

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to On The Square for years and have always loved dining here! Again, it was excellent food and service.
  24. TaraS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute gem among a sea of fast food restaurants and diners. Appetizers, specialty drinks, main courses, and dessert were allllllll on point! Do yourself a favor and get on a over there!!!!!!
  25. TRJohnson

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Very limited menu. Tables really close together. Noisy when large parties assembled.
  26. TeresaH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service. Tried every dessert on the menu & each one was extraordinary. Entrees were delicious as well. Highly recommend!!!
  27. TinaM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Food was amazing
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Waited too long for our server to take our order. Server forgot drink refill so had to ask another server to refill.
  29. RobertM

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OTS is a gem; always a great evening. Downtown Tarboro is worth the trip. Outstanding food
  30. johnb

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Eastern North Carolina!
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food and service.
  32. Ghubb

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't go wrong with this place. One the best meals I've had in years.
  33. Jdolio

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Slow service Coleslaw not very tasty Usually we like dining here
  34. ElizabethS

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our party of four had a delightful dining experience, especially appreciating the white tablecloths and napkins, candles on the tables, beautiful presentation of our plated food, excellent and attentive servers, not to mention the outstanding food. My personal favorites always include the calamari (best anywhere) and molten chocolate cake.
  35. NewToTarboro

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    The services left something to be desired. It was difficult to get a drink or food we seemed to have about three people waiting on us.
  36. TimothyS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and accommodation of our wheelchair guest at front window table. Adored the grilled Romaine salad and salmon. The pecan bread pudding for dessert was fabulous. Thank you for a lovely evening with good friends and superb food!
  37. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a fine dining experience with delicious food and an incredibly quaint ambience. When I am in town, it is a must do.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, a very pleasant night at On the Square.
  39. ChrisB

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four different outstanding entres
  40. David

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    only drawback was no coffee available for dessert!

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 1233 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 6 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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