Red Onion Cafe

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$30 and under
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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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GaryB
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! Our waitress was friendly and very outgoing! It was a great place and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Get the red velvet cheesecake. You’re welcome.

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Lindsey
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made reservations for dinner through OpenTable, which is always convenient. Great service during our meal at The Red Onion. I tried the french onion soup and kale trio salad. Both were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & delicious food ! Great experience.

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MicheleH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A nice night out to celebrate my birthday with my family.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good service and good food! Thanks. 1/18/20

OT
OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cute place food was great. The service initially was slow but our food came out quick . Overall good experience.

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StacyJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well all the rumors I had heard were true, and this is a great place to relax, eat a great meal at a good price, have a drink and not get pushed out the door. Saw folks with some kids, couples, parents with college kid....had something for everyone on the menu....was able to just sit down and enjoy a meal and talk. Yes, I would definitely be coming back here again.

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CharlestonChews
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice.

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JosephineS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Boone, NC
I live the soups, baby kale trio salad, quiche and the salmon and polenta cake is out of this world!

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vipChristopherD
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was a little bland. Everyone in the party had the same comment

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Out of salmon so substituted chicken for the salad but same cost. French onion brought out spilt all on saucer with no cheese on top.

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JCJR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We ordered a chicken salad and a ribeye steak for dinner. I asked for my steak medium and it came out basically mooing. The lettuce in the salad, ranch, baked potato and vegetable side with the steak all taste like they are pre-packaged and refrigerated. It does not taste like fresh food. The service was good, the appetizer for the avocado dip was average, and the chicken and steak flavor was average. The restaurant is nice and the service was fine, but the price you pay for the food is not worth the meal. The dip, steak, salad, and beer came out to around $56 with tip. I would recommend going somewhere else that's a little pricier and get your money's worth for quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food at a
Very reasonable price!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our whole family LOVED the variety on the menu and each of our meals was fantastic. But my fav, was the desert..which was the Horace cookie...it was delicious!

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CindyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall food was excellent. Disappointed with the spices in French Onion soup. Seemed like sage or rosemary, weird.

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BobD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was among the worst I've ever had. Loved the food, but staff needs a LOT more training.

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RobL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a really great meal. Food was good, and fresh. Order was also correct. Did feel very rushed to pay after the meal, otherwise great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Small portions, asked for a booth to put a baby car seat in at the time of reservation, but they would not give it to us because of a later reservation with more people.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Onion has been a favorite since the 80s for us. It remains excellent

DJ
DeborahJ
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we enjoyed every minute of it. Will come back again when we are in Boon.
Food was great, the service was outstanding our overall time spent there was outstanding.

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vipAlphaDon
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the mushroom lasagna (share coz it's extremely rich). All entrees were excellent, surpassed only by the dessert selections
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vipplanoharry
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was not full and we were seated right away. Onion rings came out in a reasonable time and were OK, but I would not order again. Then we waited half an hour for our entre. Fortunately, the water pitcher was nearby so we could refill our own glasses. We got tired of waiting, found someone and asked for our check. We were told our food would be right out! We agreed to wait. Low Country Salmon finally arrived. It was very good, but very salty. We had a few bites and asked for a to go box and the check. The waitress took off 25% for the long wait. Probably just an off night, but disappointing.

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Glenn
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Would recommend for anyone looking a great meal.

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vipDubs
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Haven't eaten here in over 20 years, and the food was great, just as I remembered it.

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food at affordable prices with a great staff and location. We will definitely be back next time we are in Boone

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The red onion cafe had some delicious Cajun pasta I had, great atmosphere, definitely recommend.

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Beachloverdeb
Greensboro
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Brie was excellent and super knowledgeable and friendly. My husband had the coffee rubbed filet and it was delicious. Our college student daughter had the champagne chicken florentine and she ate every bite. And I had the low country salmon which had a good flavor except that it was overly salty. We would definitely go back only I would change my order. I love that this is a local restaurant that has been here for 34 years(I think).

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AdrienneS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the lobster bisque was the best I have had since leaving Florida. And we all had different desserts... all so good! I would highly recommend dinner here for any date or occasion.

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vipMilouG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Try and score a table outside. My husband housed the meatball hero and I loved the grilled chicken salad.

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Cindyk
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was mediocre. Service was horrible, horrible, horrible!!!

JM
vipJohnM
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner and cocktails on the outside patio. Our server Ben did a fabulous job of taking care of us. We had a very nice, quite, and relaxing night out.

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Loveasteak
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Food was good. Ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. But, this will not prevent me from dining there again.

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KatyS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Much more casual than we expected but top notch food. While the restaurant was kind of loud, if you want a romantic date night vibe, the food is something not to be missed! Yummy artichoke dip with just a little spice. Perfect coffee rubbed filet. The salmon was cooked with crispy skin, grit cake and amazing cajun sauce. Plus, the cajun chicken pasta was a hit with our son. Not to mention, excellent service. Do yourself a favor and try this place out. We will definitely return!

JP
JessieP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere , friendly staff and great food overall !! The burgers were a little under cooked , pink/red when ordered medium well . I would still go back again and just order well done if getting burgers . Apps were wonderful and delicious !
Very enjoyable lunch

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JerryK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations but got there early. We were taken and seated. We took some time trying to decide on our meal, but our waiter was VERY patient and returned several times until we had decided. Food was excellent and menu outstanding. We had dietary restrictions and these were honored. We chose to sit outside and the weather was perfect (I know the perfect weather was not because on the restaurant) but it did add to our great experience

Again thank you and our waiter (not sure of the name) for a great experience.

MD
MichaelD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant satisfied the needs of members of our party who were vegetarian and who needed gluten-free dishes. The variety of the menu allowed all of us to find something we really liked, and the food was good all around.

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TerryT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you for making my son's 20th birthday a wonderful celebration!!

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Debbie
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the view of the mountains outside added to the experience! Will definitely eat here again!!

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Diane
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the restaurant very much and will return. The Creme Brule was particularly good. The patio was comfortable, aside from a few flying insects, which is unavoidable with outdoor seating. Our server was marvelous.

FAQs

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

Red Onion Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.