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On The Square

4.6
1091 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(252) 823-8268
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Ribustello
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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.
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Private party contact
Frances Liverman: (252) 823-8268
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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
What 1091 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food two of us had the roasted oyster dish that was described accurately by the server. We also had a wonderful wine, you do not normally find a Chateau Musar wine on a menu often.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fabulous meal in a beautiful setting. The tuna tartare and grilled romaine appetizers were great.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was great, the service not so great as we were served after couples and groups that came in after us

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Have eaten there since they opened years ago. Three terrible meals in a row. I will not return unless I hear they have returned to their prior good offerings. Not worth the price or effort.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We traveled from Washington, DC to enjoy a wonderful dinner at On the Square. Even after living in Paris and enjoying Michelin star restaurants, On the Square provided a delicious, wonderful dining experience! Everything was perfect, and well worth the extra effort with the travel!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This was my first visit to Tarboro’s On The Square and I was very pleased. They are an unexpected food bright spot in this small eastern North Carolina town. The food was spot on and based on local ingredients and they have a very nice wine list. Great place.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Would like a more original menu. Seating is tight. The awkward date adjacent to us proved distracting, if not a bit entertaining.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

To be honest, my girlfriend and I were both underwhelmed in general. The ambiance would have been perfect had it not been for the inevitable booming voice sitting behind us trying to impart some alleged wisdom to his grandchildren. But the real disappointment was the slow service, which is unacceptable when the restaurant appears to be at less than half its capacity. We were not in a hurry so it was not as inconveniencing as it could have been, but it was conspicuous nonetheless. There was also a draught beer on the dinner menu which wasn't actually available. Really?! They own a brewery just down the street for the love of Pete!
So, after having heard so many wonderful things about this place, I guess I was simply expecting more. Oh well, fool me once.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This is the third time we visited this restaurant. The food was delicious, service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The line coming in got a little long at times and did not realize we had to put our order in at the counter when we came in for lunch. But overall--it was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food, atmosphere and service were all excellent! We will return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Another delicious dinner at On The Square....calamari, mushroom risotto, chicken scallopini, fried oysters and a perfectly cooked ribeye steak. The Pecan Pie Bread Pudding was the cherry on top for this 30th Birthday Celebration for our son. Consistently delicious and special...we’ll return again and again.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Dinner excellent, service was really great---waiter was very attentive. The Square continues to be a standard from which we judge other places.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The service and food were very good

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was delicious! We had a great time.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great dining experience.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Really enjoyed it! Service and food was very good.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

fantastic wine list complimented by a very knowledgeable sommelier

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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