On The Square
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.
Grilled Mahi Mahi
to be determined
Carrot-Potato Puree, Beurre Rouge
Pan Roasted Oysters
Spoon Bread, Bacon, Mushrooms, Green Onions, Sherry-Chipotle
Love the innovative food at this place! Always extra delicious, a gem.
What a wonderful way to re-enter the outside world after Covid. A wonderful meal served by a delightful staff.
Great food as usual. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful for food and wine selections
On the Square never disappoints! We go for every special occasion. Even with COVID we felt safe and well cared for. Can't wait to go back!
Our meal was as excellent as always. Dinner and dessert was perfect.
Fantastic food and excellent service. Big city experience in a small town.
Excellent food,fresh local ingredients one of the best restaurants in NC. We drive about a hour to go there.
Great food on our first visit. Locals had told us that things were not as good as they once were. Upon arrival there was a look of panic when I stated we had a reservation and there were no tables. Staff seemed less than attentive and were more concerned hanging out with each other talking. Bartender made my first cocktail, but was nowhere to be found for a second. Our waiter attempted to make an old fashioned for me but it was a fail. I will chalk this up to Covid, but how long can that be an excuse?
Good service and food but appeared under staffed. Our waiter was literally running between the kitchen/bar and the dining rooms.
Apparently it was much busier than usual.
A gem in rural North Carolina.
Great food and service food cooked perfect . Service was on point.
Food and drinks are always amazing. Service was also stellar!
Our favorite restaurant hands down. Excellent service and food consistently.
My date and I got an appetizer to share, two entrees, and two desserts. Food was exceptional but we left hungry. Not enough food for the high price you pay
Pleasant. Dinner and service was great
Great meal but service for drinks was terrible. No water refill, poor bar turn around time. Good meal with great flavors, but service needs to be better for the price.
Excellent food, as always. The calamari appetizer was fantastic. My grilled salmon was perfect, as was my wife's filet. The service, which is always good, was even better this Saturday night. Excellent job overall! We will be back.
A true gem one of the best restaurants and best food you will find anywhere. Worth an hour drive to get there if that is what it takes.
We brought along another couple that was very excited to try OTS and the local beers. They ordered Golden Ticket beer. Server comes back "We're out of that". They order another lighter TBC beer. Server comes back "we're out of that". I ordered the Shellfish Trio "We're out of that". Ordered either the Triggerfish or the eggplant "We're out of that". So I had lukewarm lobster bisque. My husbands strip steak was only 4 ounces of meat at best. Our friends had swordfish that was cut about 1/3 inch thick and dry by their report. Fortunately we are not picky eaters. The service however was absolutely outstanding, and we were comped scallops since most everything else had run out.
We were greeted promptly and our server was outstanding throughout our visit. The calamari is the best we have experienced. My Redneck Whiskey Sour (w/egg) was great. Both our entrees (Shrimp/Grits and Mahi) were prepared exquisitely. The peanut brittle sundae was out of this world. We strongly recommend visiting On the Square.
Always worth the trip from Raleigh.
Amazing food with great wine pairings.
My wife and I have frequented On the Square several times for special occasions and date nights. Our college age daughter was home for the Christmas break, so we decided to give her an On The Square experience.
Unfortunately, there were multiple faux pas from running out of a signature side (without the wait staff being aware) to undercooked entree (medium well request was served medium rare), to the molten lava cake not having any “lava”.
Fortunately, the staff was very apologetic and provided outstanding service recovery. My wife and I will return, but I do not think my daughter will.
Date night with my wife. Our favorite place!!
The food is amazing! Great variety, wonderful service. Also top notch wine. All at a very reasonable price. The best restaurant I've ever experienced .
Had friends with us for Christmas. Amazing food and cocktails.
What a wonderful evening my friends and I had. The food was delicious. The wait staff was so friendly and thoroughly professional. I feel as if I am in a Parisian restaurant each and every time we go there. Bravo!!!!
I always have a great experience in this restaurant. Fantastic food, good service and good ambiance
Lovely restaurant with lots of amazing choices. The food was really great and we enjoyed the eclectic beer selection. The bread pudding was outstanding.
On The Square is a gem. The trip to Tarboro is well worth a visit to see Inez and her staff at On the Square. Great food, beautiful presentation, friendly folks.
Out for dinner with my sister.❤️
We had a great reunion at On the Square with an old friend. Everything was perfect. Thanks
Good food and wine. Knowledgeable staff and nice ambiance
Recommend guardedly .. was not worth the 40 minute drive
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!
Great diing experience. Wondrful food and our server was so nice. Me and my family will be back for sure!!!
Superb food service and fun as always
There is nothing else like this place in NC
Love, love, love!!
The food and presentation was, as usual outstanding.
The staff was friendly. Our food was delivered in a timely fashion and was absolutely delicious!
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.
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 1253 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.