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On The Square

4.5
1109 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 1109 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic 😀. Both entrees were delicious, portions just right, and creative. As always, the wine was exceptional and a great buy. In fact, we bought 4 bottles at retail for home. Well worth the short drive from Greenville.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is a wonderful restaurant with quiet, sophisticated ambience. The servers were all very attentive. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Will highly recommend it to friends.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We loved it! Very creative gourmet cooking. The husband and wife are very friendly.😉

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great food, great service and good friends, what else would you want!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is a really great place to eat good food & visit with family & friends! The sweet lady that took our order went out of her way to help us. Our server was extremely nice. We’ve eaten dinner here several times but this was our first lunch adventure. I highly recommend you give it a try!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food is delicious and the place is cozy. My favorite dish there is the calamari, I can eat that every other day!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Very pleased with service, and meal was outstanding. Would definitely recommend ON THE SQUARE to others.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Excellent as always! Fabulous meal! Love On the Square!

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

A nice quiet upscale atmosphere... the beef and pork entrees are always enjoyable.

For dessert the Key Lime Pie was authentic and exceptional... the only time to ever have authentic Key Lime Pie outside of Key West.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

I made a reservation online which the woman taking the orders at the counter knew nothing about. She was not friendly at all and explained nothing to us. The food was mediocre, at best. This was a big disappointment.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food and even better service.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Went for pre-Mother’s Day dinner. Food and atmosphere good. Prices fine.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

On The Square has become one of our favorite restaurants. We have made the 1 1/2 hour trip from Durham (a great food city) several times and have never been disappointed. The chef is very imaginative and puts a custom spin on the dishes, using wonderful, fresh ingredients. I highly recommend making the trip to Tarboro to experience On The Square.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Will go again. Will check menu every week to see what is available

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

A little disorganized from a service point of view (e.g. wine delivered to table in bucket and not served). My filet was tasty. Strawberry salad was also nice.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

On The Square is a jewel tucked away in the small historical town of Tarboro. The wine list is excellent and the food is unique and delicious. It's perfect for a fun filled evening with friends or a date with that special someone. There are always a variety of choices from seafood to pastas. Delightful seasonal salads and fresh in seasons sides. Service is top notched. One of our very favorite!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Delightful... a selective menu with upscale continental dining...

Everything except the seafood dishes met or exceeded expectations... the NC Oysters were horrible and the Seafood Chowder was unremarkable, except that it had an excessively fishy flavor/odor.

Pork chop was served under-cooked (raw in the middle), but wonderful once returned and properly cooked...

The chef has quality issues and either he or the owner needs to verify every dish before it leaves the kitchen, especially the seafood dishes.

Side dishes were very tasty.

The only restaurant that I have ever frequented that had Sherry on the wine list... I've always enjoyed Sherry as an after meal liquid dessert.

I just wish that I could have given them 5 stars

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Food is excellent,but portions much too small. Prices much too high. Asking for bread and not having salad included seems to leave one feeling the mindset of the restaurant is not generous, but rather frugal. I was shocked another time at lunch to be charged for water!

I think this restaurant having no comparable quality competition in this town allows it to overcharge.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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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