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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Special Occasion (10)
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Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on November 25, 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 19, 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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·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 3, 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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·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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·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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·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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·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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Salad, Entree, and Dessert were all excellent!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We ate on a Wednesday night which is sushi night at On The Square. There were 4 of us, and we enjoyed 6 or 7 wonderful rolls plus great edamame and crispy Tempura fried onions. We all enjoyed the tasty dinner. It was outstanding food in a relaxed atmosphere. We would highly recommend On The Square - for sushi night or any night they are open!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

It was highly recommended by friends. We had a family celebration and everyone enjoyed dining at On The Square.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Disappointed to see a sanitation grade of 90!!! Food was excellent, service was good until they got busy. Then our glasses sat empty and nobody came by our table for 15-20 mins. If the service had been better, I would've had an easier time paying our $100+ check...

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Service level is not what is use to be. Had to ask for refills and had to wait a long time for tab. The food is usually always fresh and delish. The chocolate molten cake was very runny and not completely cooked. It tasted raw. Entrees were good. I hope that with the new brewery they own and the taco place at the Mill, the owners are not stretched too thin. This is the third time I have been in a couple months and the service is just not at the top notch level as it was.

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 14, 2017

This was a major let down. We have heard the rave reviews of this classic and were sadly disappointed. The wait staff were still in training, I watched my drink sit for over five minutes being iced down, even ordering a classic martini was a challenge for the staff. We waited over ten minutes for our drinks, over an hour and a half for our food. I watched the bartender use the wrong vodka on my drink and the wrong rum in our friends. The quality was okay, but not to the level that you would expect. The only saving grace is this restaurant is the only one of its kind in the area. Very much a letdown.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Would highly recommend the crab cakes with the corn soufflé. All seafood is consistently excellent including the calamari. Deserts, too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on July 14, 2017

On our 55th anniversary we chose the restaurant were we enjoy good food, great service and thoughtfulness the most. Our server was interrupted at least 3 time by people calling in about our being there and she joined in the celebration with us. It was just a great experience, in a small town where people still care and where they can still be people and friends whether we have known each other or not.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 14, 2017

TRY ORDERING THE "RACHEL" SANDWICH. IT IS AWESOME. LOTS OF FRIES, JUST RIGHT

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Always pleasant and you will not be disappointed. The food is good and creative and the wine selections superb. They can make some wonderful cocktails too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Looking forward to returning for another great meal! What a find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was very good, but out of the crab cake for seafood platter at 8:00 for a 7:30 reservation! Doubled up on the shrimp!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great as always. Wonderful food, excellent service, nice friendly staff. We go as often as we can.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great place to dine anytime. Great food and atmosphere. A true gym in a quiet southern town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We made reservations and were seated promptly. Service was a bit too attentive in constantly updating the status of our dishes' estimated arrival. The only off note was a small one but it colored the dining experience: why charge for coffee refills? We had 4 coffees during the entrees with no offers to refill. With dessert we requested more coffee and were given new cups and charged full price for them. The fact that I spend such time describing this rather than the wonderful entrees reflects how a small misstep can negate many positives.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was delicious and unique! There was a little confusion whether a "small plate" was adequate as a meal. We plan to return in the future, as it was a good anniversary choice! The tables in the distant room were quite close, so we couldn't help but hear conversations at neighboring tables.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Dinner and wine were very nice. Slow service and no Bombay Sapphire gin in bar.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 8, 2017

The food was delicious, as always. Really enjoyed the braised beef and grits.
We also liked the new eclairs.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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