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On The Square

4.8
4.8
1212 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 5 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 1,212 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Value

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Raleigh

    Best Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, On The Square did not disappoint!
  2. NO

    NosquaresOntheSquare

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  3. TS

    TaraS

    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!!!!!!
  4. TR

    TRJohnson

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Very limited menu. Tables really close together. Noisy when large parties assembled.
  5. TH

    TeresaH

    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!!!
  6. TM

    TinaM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Food was amazing
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  8. RM

    RobertM

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

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

    johnb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Eastern North Carolina!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food and service.
  11. G

    Ghubb

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

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

    Jdolio

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Slow service Coleslaw not very tasty Usually we like dining here
  13. ES

    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.
  14. NT

    NewToTarboro

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 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.
  15. TS

    TimothyS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    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.
  17. OT

    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.
  18. CB

    ChrisB

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four different outstanding entres
  19. D

    David

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    only drawback was no coffee available for dessert!
  20. PL

    PhillipL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have an incredible experience at On The Square. The staff members are always very attentive and the food is impeccable.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Disappointing meal….not up to OTS usual standards.
  22. CA

    ClaireA

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food - so good!!!!
  23. 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.
  24. NT

    NewToTarboro

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was incredible, truly some of the best meals. Bartender drinks delicious. Service was average.
  29. 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!!
  30. 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.
  31. T

    Tgill

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal at a wonderful restaurant.
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. RM

    RobertM

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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.
  35. MS

    MichaelS

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and excellent service. The calamari appetizer was fantastic, as was the Scottish salmon.
  36. 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.
  37. D

    David

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in all areas.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome!
  40. 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.

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 1212 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 5 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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