On The Square

4.8
1253 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.3
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Tony
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the innovative food at this place! Always extra delicious, a gem.

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JimC
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a wonderful way to re-enter the outside world after Covid. A wonderful meal served by a delightful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful for food and wine selections

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DebM
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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Doug
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was as excellent as always. Dinner and dessert was perfect.

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PamelaG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and excellent service. Big city experience in a small town.

JW
JohnW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food,fresh local ingredients one of the best restaurants in NC. We drive about a hour to go there.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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?

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vipGreenvillite
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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KellyV
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service food cooked perfect . Service was on point.

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Kyle
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always amazing. Service was also stellar!

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vipFoodLover
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant hands down. Excellent service and food consistently.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant. Dinner and service was great

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Rocky
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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.

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MichaelS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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windchaser
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KlineGG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

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EddieJ
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMackie
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always worth the trip from Raleigh.
Amazing food with great wine pairings.
Love it.

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vipGreenvillite
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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vipJosephT
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife. Our favorite place!!

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EugeneM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends with us for Christmas. Amazing food and cocktails.

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MichelineD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!!

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LisandraM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always have a great experience in this restaurant. Fantastic food, good service and good ambiance

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StephanieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with lots of amazing choices. The food was really great and we enjoyed the eclectic beer selection. The bread pudding was outstanding.

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RobertM
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out for dinner with my sister.❤️

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JohnH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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foodlover
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and wine. Knowledgeable staff and nice ambiance

LG
LynneG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Recommend guardedly .. was not worth the 40 minute drive

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CarlaH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

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TracieG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food service and fun as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing else like this place in NC

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ClaytonC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love!!

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ARC1
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and presentation was, as usual outstanding.

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CinduP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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WALLYO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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 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.