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About 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.

115 East St. James Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(252) 823-8268

Website:
http://www.onthesquarenc.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Stephen Ribustello

Private Party Facilities:
Our private dining area seats 38 people comfortably. It is available any night of the week. On Sunday-Wednesday, the minimum is $1500 ++, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the minimum is $2000 ++. Of course, we also cater off-premise so please contact us for more information if you already have a space in mind.

Private Party Contact:
Frances Liverman: (252) 823-8268

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

On The Square Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Worth the Drive (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
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Disabled Access (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was delicious! We had a great time.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We always go to On the Square for special occasions and we are never disappointed! The food is always very interesting and they offer a nice variety. The staff is always friendly and meet our every request. I recommend On the Square to all my friends and they have all been extremely happy with their experiences!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

We are blessed to live in Tarboro near On The Square, we dine there often for lunch and dinner. We've been going there since we moved here six years ago and we have never had a bad meal.

The food is always delicious and well presented, with a great wine selection. The staff is always cheerful and attentive. They know the menu well and will assist in making selections if you ask.

The Chef teaches cooking classes at the college where I teach and they are always sold out! You can't miss with On The Square, but I would strongly recommend reservations if planning dinner there.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I've eaten at On the Square several times but won't be going back. I order the petite filet and it was so grisly that I couldn't eat it not to mention it was raw (I ordered MW). The wait staff didn't pick up on the fact I didn't eat my $22 steak. Also no poultry on the menu (my husband has a beef and pork allergy) so his only choice was a bowl of soup. We know they serve chicken at lunch and asked if they could make him something and was basically told no. He also ordered a Bloody Mary and was told they don't get many orders for this drink so it was doing to take a long time to make a mix or he could order something else. Overall very disappointing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The menu was fabulous. We enjoyed some new offerings by the new chef as well as some traditional dishes. We also had some wonderful new wines to go with our meal. We had a delightful evening with friends and would recommend On The Square any time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Outstanding experience. Our server was amazing and the meal was absolutely delicious!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a Birthday dinner. The service and ambience were perfect. We are shrimp & grits and the southern osso bucco. Both were cooked to perfection! A large table of friends showed up and lived up the room to top off a fantastic evening!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I enjoyed a relaxed lunch with friends. I had lovely chicken quesadillas with a perfect bread pudding for dessert. It was a perfect lunch for a cold, winter day. My friends also enjoyed their meals and time to sit and talk. On The Square is a reliable lunch stop, always satisfying.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

THE SERVICE WAS GREAT AND THE DINNER WAS OFF THE CHARTS.WE HAVE TOLD SEVERAL FRIENDS ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great as usual. Been eating at OTS for years. Hard to believe they still “make it exciting to see what they are going to come up with this time. “ NOBODY, can do fish like Stephen, NOBODY! Try their TBC beers also, all made in our best kept secret of Tarboro, NC ! Well, you should tell a few good friends!!!!!😎

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Really enjoyed it! Service and food was very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The Mediterranean Seafood Stew was phenomenal!! Keep thinking about going back for more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always a wonderful meal and service!
Menu always has good variety. Service staff is always helpful and polite.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Over-hyped!! The is no reason to make a reservation - we had to order at the counter and had to stand in line for 20 minutes to do so. - behind everyone who came in off the street to eat lunch, buy wine, pick up orders, buy gift certificates, etc. They didn’t even give us menus to look at while we waited. We’d initially made reservations to come for dinner with friends for a special evening, but would have been embarrassed to offer this restaurant to mark a memorable occasion. Nothing to see here - wouldn’t make the effort to go again, and wouldn’t recommend it to friends.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A beautiful place to eat great food and service. Wonderful evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Much better experience at night. I was very disappointed in the "average" sandwiches and sides for lunch.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I took my girlfriend out here for a nice dinner on a Saturday night and afterwards we strolled through downtown Tarboro. It was a wonderful night, enjoyed the food, especially the specials. Service was great and the server was very knowledgeable about all of the menu and the specials. I would highly recommend to any of my friends looking for a nice place to dine!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very disappointed. We’re locals and have had good meals and service previously. We took family visiting from California tonight and were embarrassed. We started with cocktails, which were excellent. The Jalapeño Margaritas was outstanding. We ordered a bottle of Chardonnay with our entrees that was on the wine list. However, they had to chill it as it came off the shelf in their “wine store.” We ordered an Beet & Arugula salad that was first brought out without beets. Our server was too busy in the front dining room and we got tired of waiting for her to check-in with us. We had to ask another server to assist. No apology. New salads had five slivers of beets. Really? For a $12 salad? What is the food cost on fresh beets? The vegetarian entree ($20) was disgusting. I refused to pay for the dish. It was that bad. The seafood risotto was beautifully presented. The risotto was overlooked (mushy). The chicken & waffles was above average. The chicken cutlet was tasty and crispy. The waffles were cold and soggy. The maple gravy was delicious! Having waited tables while in school, I tip 18% average, 20% good, and 22% for excellent service. While we did not receive 20% level service, I tipped our server at this level as the restaurant was busy and appeared to be struggling with keeping up.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our daughter turned 21 and it was also her first time there. She took some friends and everyone had a wonderful time. The wine selection was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My husband and I enjoy On the Square so much! The food is well-prepared, waitstaff is friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is cozy. I recommend it highly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

fantastic wine list complimented by a very knowledgeable sommelier

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went twice in 7 days - first for a birthday, second with out of state guests. The calamari appetizer was beyond excellent (wasabi & honey drizzle). Petit Filet a gem, as was the red fish. For more basic fare - try the ribeye. Done to a 'T', can't go wrong, if not adventurous.

Wait staff excellent - especially Hannah (who was our server both occasions). Very responsive to inquiries and banter from the table.

Try the Tarboro Brewing Comapny's Abbeye brew - a brown ale (or close to it).

Coming from the west coast (CA and WA), we appreciated the emphasis on wines from the fire-ravaged areas in Napa-Sonoma, to assist in rebuilding efforts.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Do not miss this experience! On The Square is the best-kept secret in eastern North Carolina. We had the mushroom risotto, which was a beautiful flavor explosion, and our salads and desserts were also wonderful. They also have an incredible wine list. We had a wonderful night.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best meal that we have had in a long time. The desserts were spectacular.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always-great service and food was delicious! Great for a special occasion!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, outstanding meal and service. Menu changes weekly and offers a great culinary opportunity . Appetizers, entrees, as well as deserts are creative and different offering a dining experience outside the norm for Eastern NC. Inez and Steven have produced a true gem. Well worth it. Great beer at Tarboro Brewing Company also.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have never had service quite so slow. Not busy for a Friday night!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food good prices. Not sure what was up with our service this time. Service was slow and orders were not correct.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Always a pleasure. Have been many times and never disappointed. Friendly staff. Great wine and food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Always enjoy dining here for lunch. Fresh local food cooked just right. Brought two first timers with me and they really enjoyed their food. They had soup (corn chowder) and sandwich and were really impressed with both. Said it was delicious. I deflinitely wll be back if I'm in the area and my friends will be bringing their families and friends back there to enjoy the delicious food. Highly recommend to anyone that likes locally owned restaurant food that's fresh and cooked to everyone's expectations.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We eat at OTS often but are finding that when the owner is not there the food is not as good and in this case the service was inferior. We don't want to ever have the same waitress again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Overall great!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The wine selection was great. Steaks were prepared nicely with a great presentation. The local community and people are great and very friendly. It's worth the drive.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Perfect night... The Calamari is the best, everything was cooked perfect. The service was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food and service were not what we have come to expect. And there were
no flowers,

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent farm to table in Eastern NC. The food was amazing and the service was great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We drove from Knightdale, NC and the food was well worth the trip. Will go again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always a treat to go to on the Square. Never disappointed in menu, taste, presentation, or service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times. They are never disappointing! We had scallops to steak, all great. If I had any suggestions the cocktails were a little small.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 28, 2017

great food had a birthday lunch for good friend. Always enjoy when I go for lunch or dinner.
good atmosphere, service always good and timely.

Tags: Live Music, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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