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About Red Onion Cafe

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.

227 Hardin St.
Boone, NC 28607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 264-5470

Website:
http://www.theredonioncafe.com/

Parking Details:
Appalcart (local bus, free of charge) Boone Taxi (828-266-3860

Red Onion Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

3.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (6)
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Casual (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I look forward to eating at Red Onion every time I go to Boone and it never disappoints! One of my all time favorite restaurants! Would definitely make a 2 hour drive just to eat there! The staff is great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had the turkey burger (Greek turkey) ... it had very gritty prices in it. Not the best. 😞

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great lunch specials and the kitchen never disappoints. If you're going at noon, you might want to make a reservation. Its popular place!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Basic menu of sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. However everything was really well prepared. Not your usual run of the mill sandwich place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Quick Bite
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Although the food was very tasty it came out luke warm and cold in spots. Service was a little slow but tolerable . Brought friends in from out of town and just wish the food had been a little warmer. If the food is great service can be overlooked and vice verser. Unfortunately this time neither stood out

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is a go-to place in Boone for lunch or dinner. They have consistently well prepared dishes with a good variety to meet everyone's taste. The lunch specials are a great value. Neighborhood gem is a good way to describe because you always see people you know in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always great food. Love the French onion soup.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Always good. Food is consistent . Good for lunch or dinner. Staff always friendly.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and what a wonderful place to do so!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I would not recommend this spot for a special occasion. The food is good but it's casual, loud and not that nice.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were on vacation in Boone. Saw the Red Onion on line. Excellent food and service. The filet was prepared perfectly.
If we return to Boone, we will stop gy Red Onion again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 21, 2017

You probably know that the restaurant scene in Boone is nothing to brag about, mostly fast food and budget oriented. The Red Onion stands out as a solid choice for adults that like finer dining. The food was very good, if not special, and the service was prompt and professional.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Wife and I both had the orange salmon which cooked to our preference and excellent. Veggies were good. Mushrooms not ro my taste.
Service was excellent. Great place, but wasn't conducive to lingering over coffee or a drink. I must add the coffee was excellent, especially with the shot of expresso added.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great varied menu at reasonable prices. Service was excellent. Nice relaxed atmosphere and outdoor dining.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Very much enjoyed sitting outside. Sweet waitress and great food!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Enjoyed our meal here. Must admit the friendliness of our server increased our experience. Found the Red Onion provided good fod at a reasonable rate.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Had a hard time getting anything to drink water glasses were empty most of the dinner.

Fish was very overcooked it took the word blackened to a new level.

A couple orders were wrong.

steak was ordered med-rare came out med-well.

Mixed drinks took about 15-20 minutes to get.
Martini was cool not cold.


Had a reservation for a party of 12 we were seated promptly

Food is very reasonably priced had it been prepared well.

Waiter was very polite however I think he was a rookie and possibly part of the problem.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Delicious quick meal prior to going to a concert at ASF. Easy walk to the auditorium!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Nice place, good service! Food was somewhat disappointing.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Definitely would recommend Red Onion! The food was good, our server was quick and attentive, and the atmosphere was nice and cozy. There was a moderate amount of noise, but not to an uncomfortable degree.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Our dinner had special requests that no butter be used in the cooking of the Trout. It was so dripping with butter, utterly drenched that it had to be recooked, That spoiled the entire dinner as it took a long time before the dinner was finally brought back. Then the rice was overdone and the vegetable was cold. Also the portion given for my Salmon meal was extremely small for the price charged. I will never return for dinner there again or recommend it either.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We made reservations for 7pm and we did not receive our food until 8pm. There was not enough people in there at the time for the wait to be so long. Our server was not the issue and therefor we would hope to come back if the wait is not as long. I hope they fix the issue and can be more accommodating. The food was not worth the hour wait.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Good enough food and excellent service but the noise level the night that we went made it not be a great experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great place to dine for lunch or dinner. Sat outside for dinner so nice. Food was amazing and so was the service! Will defiantly go back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Food and service were very good. Kitchen left a little to be desired. Friendly waitress--no name tag--took wine order and said "I'll be back with the bread." 3 salmon orders, nicely prepared and enjoyable arrived together, but the fourth entrée--steak--didn't arrive for almost 10 minutes. And we had to ask for bread--were told the kitchen had run out--but it arrived with the steak. All in all, enjoyable if uncoordinated.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Had a party of 11 that was well cared for and the food was excellent!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Excellent food and great service!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Nice menu selection. Great service. Enjoy the outdoor seating.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Chandler gave great service and was very vibrant

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Exceptional service. Our server was so very nice and knowledgeable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Were vacationing in Boone over Easter and had dinner at this location. Service and food were great and will return again if in this area visiting.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Service was terrible. We sat for 15 minutes and no server ever came to our table. We left and went elsewhere. The restaurant wasn't very crowded so there was no excuse for such inattentive service.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Very yummy, went late at night on Monday so relatively slow. Food was very good, they had gluten free options, and a wide variety of menu items so there was something for everyone. Will be visiting again.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food and very friendly service for a pretty good price. We'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Cozy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Our main choice for a restaurant with good parking. Service was excellent.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Great lunch while visiting App State.
Burgers were great. Wife ate fish tacos also great

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. We have eaten here on several occasions and is always good.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 18, 2017

It was our sons birthday, party of 9. Food was really good, service excellent. Great to have a go to restaurant in Boone

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 18, 2017

2nd time here from nearby town. Has the feel of tired family restaurant that aspires to be chain. Server was disinterested- couldn't pronounce the specials and left us for ourselves after awhile. All college students working who could care less about customers. Food was all salty and haphazardly prepared. Embarrassing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Always want to go to the Red Onion when we are in town visiting!

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