On The Square

4.9
1252 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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roberty
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great and the presentation is beautiful. Clearly the best restaurant east of Raleigh. The service was wonderful. Always enjoy our meals there.

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Fran
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I enjoyed the shrimp and mussels curry dish.

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Foodlovers
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On The Square is a gem! It is a bistro which offers outstanding food and a great selection of wines and cocktails. The menu varies but always offers many tempting treats.

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Bootman
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner. My only suggestion is to lower the lights s bit.

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Snoyts
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was amazing! Only issue we had was the service was a little off that night. Cocktails were ordered as soon as we got in, ordered appetizers shortly there after. Appetizers showed up, then the cocktails arrived about 15 minutes later. The glasses of water are on the smaller side, so we ran out of water and had to wait for refills. There was no interaction about any of this, but wait staff took care of the drinks because they knew there were some slight timing issues. Which we appreciated very much. Again, the food was amazing and the staff made sure we were taken care of. Look forward to going back.

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vipAlexanderU
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent yet again. Service was prompt and cordial, drinks were great and the food was delicious

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vipWRD49
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not a regular but have been to On the Square a number of times. appetizer was very good but service and dinner was lacking this trip.

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vipGreenvillite
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always attentive service. Intimate atmosphere. Food very good. Grilled Romaine salad the very best around.

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Smkp
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed an enjoyable evening. Food and service were top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at it’s finest - with a splash of Southern charm!
Try the wines!

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KatW
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. One of my favorite places to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends.

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ClarkL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Really like the sushi- fresh and worked as great appetizer. Salmon was perfectly cooked. The Tarboro brewing company beer is a must try

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vipChrisB
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become a regular date night location. The food service and atmosphere are always great.

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Karen401
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!! Service wonderful and can definitely recommend!

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Short25
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, the atmoshere was very nice, everyone was very friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides the food being amazing the staff was great and super helpful.

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clarkb
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will
Be going back again soon

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LindaD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with food and service when we dine at On The Square

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PaulC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Waitstaff we’re very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu selections and wines.
A most do if you’re in Eastern North Carolina.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Wedding Anniversary

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SButts
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it will be back. Enjoyed the open bar and drinks and food was great.

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was what we have come to expect at On The Square, did not let us down!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!

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BobS
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant feels like it should be in New York--what a jewel for Tarboro. The food is exquisitely prepared, there are tantalizing cocktails available, locally brewed beer on tap, and a sparkling ambience. We could not have found a better place to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary.

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greyb
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service and great food as well, will return again.

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vipElea
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious - as always!! While everything on the menu is great, On the Square serves the best fish dishes - they never disappoint.

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BenC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party had a wonderful evening at On The Square. The staff was friendly and professional. The food exquisite, as were the cocktails. The presentation was awesome and the dessert beautiful and delicious. We look forward to our next visit to On The Square.

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vipdoctorbill
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In this day and age of Covid and the pandemic it was nice to be able to make a quick reservation at On the Square. This is one of my favorites. Even though we could tell they were somewhat understaffed it was a delightful experience. The seafood trio that I had was just wonderful as well as the wine. Our server was incredibly nice. If you haven’t been down to On the Square you definitely need to put that that is one of the best restaurants in this part of North Carolina

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, skilled and intelligent service. A joy to experience this gem once again.

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RickR
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely one of our favorite places to dine. The food is always excellent, and the hospitality is second to none. Our brother/sister servers, Joseph and Porter, were a delight. We will see you again soon.

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vipMarkS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice to be back after COVID. Wonderful attentive service. Great value for the price. We will be back again soon.

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vipDEACONfan
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post pandemic. Food was cooked to perfection. Service was great. Always a good experience.

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SamF
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Had pre/arranged birthday celebration... waitstaff apparently had never checked those details. Extremely non-attentive service. Charged twice for one entree. Management marginally receptive to feedback provided at end of evening.

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ncgirl
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service! This was our first visit and we will definitely be back.

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LindaD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is almost visually appealing and delicious to the taste buds

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NicoleP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This is not our first visit to this restaurant but it may be our last for awhile. This was not the same experience we are used to. The service was very slow and we had made a reservation. They helped several tables who had come after us before even taking our drink orders. The majority of the entrees were already out. The staff could be heard multiple times throwing each other and the owners under the bus for not being prepared. It wears very expensive to not be able to order anything we wanted. At the end of the meal we realized they had also over charged us for someone else's food so we had to continue to wait even longer.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

portions small

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vipBroadwayDrTony
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yesterday we were driving from New Jersey to Charleston. We stopped at Rocky Mount NC and made a reservation at “On The Square”. (4.9 rating on OpenTable)We were delighted to find a gem of a restaurant, sort of a diamond in the rough. The food was simply delicious. Local dishes that were expertly prepared. Service was attentive and eager to please, by a waiter,Joseph who’s sister, Porter, was just as charming.
A memorable dining experience, highly recommend.

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BethD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group was looking for a lively, delicious, fun experience and we got it!
Joseph was a very attentive server and the food and drink were exceptional.
So glad that On The Square is there!

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NeashaS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Excellent drinks and great atmosphere!

FAQs

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

On The Square is rated 4.9 stars by 1252 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.