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Red Onion Cafe, Boone, NC
Red Onion Cafe, Boone, NC
Red Onion Cafe, Boone, NC
Red Onion Cafe, Boone, NC
Red Onion Cafe, Boone, NC

Red Onion Cafe

4.2
4.2
528 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A Boone Restaurant Offering Food to Feel Good About. One of the classic restaurants in Boone NC, the Red Onion Café opens daily at 11am and serves continuously into the evening. Across from Appalachian State University on Highway 321 near downtown Boone, the restaurant offers convenient dining for Appalachian football and basketball games and other campus events. The Red Onion Café is unique among Boone restaurants, offering a menu stocked with one-of-a-kind items such as the Artichoke Dip appetizer, our famous blond brownie - the Horace Cookie, weekly dinner specials, vegetarian meals, lunch specials, pasta, pizza, salads, a large children's menu and homemade desserts.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 264-5470
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Boone
  • Parking details
    Appalcart (local bus, free of charge)<br />Boone Taxi (828-266-3860
  • Additional
    Takeout

What 528 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for business meals

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Kid-friendly

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for groups

528 Reviews
  1. MarionC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food here and the wait staff is excellent!

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  2. Keito

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous casual dining restaurant. Wide variety of food which was delicious. Love that you accept reservations. Will definitely return!

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  3. MorganJ

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were unique and tasty. Portion sizes were very generous. Ingredients were fresh and combined beautifully for a pleasant culinary experience. Service was delightful and energetic.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Guanajuato

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location, the service fenomenal The food, outstanding, really amazing Thanks to all the staff for such a lovely evening

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  5. kevinp

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Their menu on Open Table has several wonderful vegan options, including a home-made veggie/vegan burger and hummus platter. Their actual menu, however, offers neither. It gets better. Even though the actual menu says “Ask about our vegan options”, the server’s response was, “Only salad.” Please do better.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. RaymondW

    Western NC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We went there for my wifes birthday and wanted to have the entrees listed on the website but was told the don't offer it until after 4:00. We left and went somewhere else. Very disappointed.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. busyguyinGreensboro

    Greensboro

    80 reviews

    1.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly, our experience was not good. None of the food was up to par and we won’t be back. Cost was way too high for the quality of food served. Server was very nice and attentive.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. leshiaw

    Greensboro

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reserved for a birthday dinner … told them on the reservation. While we didn’t get a great table or even a happy birthday it was a very nice meal and wonderful service. The salmon was delicious

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  9. AnnW

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent! Restaurant was a little noisy due to a large party near our table.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From the outside it doesn’t look like much. Inside it reminded us of a like a local diner. A lot of choices on the menu. Portions are large enough to share with 2 people! Great food and value for the amount of food you receive!

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  11. LucasM

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Red onion was great! Only complaint was that the food came out a little slow, but otherwise the entire experience was amazing!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great service during our visit. My French dip sandwich was delicious. However the zucchini fries needed more salt, and the French onion soup needed depth of flavor. 

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  13. MaggieT

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were slammed, so our order took a long time to get to the table. But we were on the porch, enjoying the company of good friends, and the food was delicious.

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  14. GregS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Just ok. Small portions and overpriced for what you get. Very good service from our waitress though, which is increasing rare these days.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and quick. Our server was fantastic! Boone is so busy I appreciate that they allow you to make a reservation. Definitely recommend

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  16. TracyY

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, services and atmosphere were awesome but a few patrons had their children about and they were being children which made the experience a little noisy. We will return.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Steak was not cooked evenly, some parts were medium some were well done. The broccoli was not steamed! The sweet potato fries were cold. They were out of baked potatoes, we asked what other sides and chose sweet potato fries was never told there would be an up charge. Not worried about a few dollars just would have been nice there was. Not to mention we waited close to 45 minutes before we received food. Then received bill and we put our card in then she forgot to add something else to bill. We inputted for a special occasion and had to hear how drunk the people were behind. Not very ambient either. Waitress was okay other than kept adding or either forgot to our ticket. We were just not impressed.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. CarolG

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious!! Red Onion is my absolute favorite place to eat in Boone!!!

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  19. AmandaH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best waitress, she was so nice and friendly to us.

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  20. HJAS

    Miami

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    offer more gluten free dished maybe a chicken one !

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  21. Trip

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming to the Red Onion for years and the food is consistently great. Their dinner entrees are really good.

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  22. DonnaV

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had to return my Cajun chicken pasta because it was sooo salty. I replaced it with the Champagne chicken florentine that was just OK. My wine was good and my husbands burger was OK.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely fantastic service with Grace. My steak had to be recooked but good otherwise. Grace made our visit amazing. 5 stars for her service.

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  24. DMackDiningOut

    Charlotte

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but took soooo long (45 minutes) to get food. 90 minutes for 3 of us to have dinner!

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  25. Faithgirl1

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was fantastic. Service could have been better. We went awhile with no water. It would be great if the ambiance matched the food and prices. The ambiance is equal to $10.00 meals. Walking on the floors, they were sticky. The portion of salmon was very small for the price.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an excellent after-game meal at Red Onion. My girlfriend had the Low Country Salmon and loved it. My BBQ Bacon Pub burger was perfect. And my daughter enjoyed her impossible burger. She also had the Red Velvet Cheesecake which was to die for. We were late for our reservation because of the football game (Go App!) and they were patient and accommodating. I can’t wait to try them again on our next visit to Boone.

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  27. Foodie4sure

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was excellent but the food was lacking. We had the pesto pasta and meatball sub. Neither was anything special, not much flavor to the pesto. We’d definitely order other things if we return.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was very professional and personal. I believe her name is Amanda I had the ribeye in my husband had a chicken dish, both which were very flavorful!

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  29. DeborahD

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was cold. We had to send it back and then wait 20 more mins. It was like a bunch of kids were running the show. Our waitress kept apologizing to every table. The food itself was mediocre

    1 person found this helpful

  30. Anonymous

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service by the young waitress Food was disappointing. Parking lot very sloped .

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  31. MichaelB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was all made from frozen, even pre-made burger Patties

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  32. CarolS

    West Palm Beach

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, lunch was tasty, served quickly! It is my groups weekly lunch destination!

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  33. RandyS

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food. Waiter was very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back.

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  34. MarionC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have had the pleasure of eating at Red Onion numerous times. The food has always been good and the service has been wonderful.

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  35. RobertL

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had eaten there before so split a pizza to try desert. The red velvet cheesecake is to die for!

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  36. CarolS

    West Palm Beach

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite places in Boone. Food is always good, the service generally quick and it’s location is great!

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  37. CJWF

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    While the food was flavorful, the overall meal was a disappointment. Nice patio.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Foodie4fun

    Coastal Georgia

    169 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We like this place, but wish they had a better selection of wine and would offer specials. Our server- Syndey did a good job, but she really needs to lower her volume.

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  39. justme

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife loved the reuben sandwich and sweet potato fries. I had their delicious roasted red pepper and gouda soup and excellent salmon salad with lemon-poppyseed vinaigrette. Our waitress was superb. We will definitely return!

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  40. Robin

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were OUTSTANDING! Especially artichoke dip and Mediterranean Tilapia entree. Best meal I’ve ever had in Boone, including more pricey places. A new favorite!

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FAQs

Red Onion Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 264-5470.

Red Onion Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 528 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Red Onion Cafe

227 Hardin St., Boone, NC 28607

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Boone
  • Hours of operation
    Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Appalcart (local bus, free of charge)<br />Boone Taxi (828-266-3860
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Takeout
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