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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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DJ
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

p
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

G
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

BL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

B
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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).

AS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

MG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

C
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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

JM
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

L
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

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

KS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

JK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

D
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

BM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our dining experience was not as good as our first

OT
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I ordered Salmon Salad and the poppy seed dressing or something in the salad had a "funky" taste. I was not able to eat it.

OT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I ordered a salmon salad with cranberry and walnuts. It was wonderful

MG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Onion is one of our favorite restaurants! Have been here many times and we love the wait staff, food, and atmosphere!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Red Onion was way more casual than expected. Still good but not as nice as expected. Ambiance inside was a bit drab. Staff was underwhelmed. Food was good but average. I’d go back but with different expectations.

c
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Appreciated the vegan options and nice kids menu- would have liked some more interesting/less mainstream meal options in general. Portion sizes were generous. Prices were a bit high for what you got. Our main server was beyond terrible- barely made eye contact, had to track him down for the check, no attempt to establish any sort of rapport.

J
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good. The service was “ok” only as were the surroundings. Overall a good basic meal.

VM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great people, great service, great food, great value!

s
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The first time we had tried Red Onion Cafe and we really enjoyed it. Nice setting, good service and very good food which was priced very reasonably. We will definitely be back.

OT
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We have always enjoyed going to the Red Onion. While the service was terrific, this time the food was not prepared as well. It was still good, but it wasn't delicious. A few too many capers and olives in the Greek Pasta. The broccoli was not "roasted" and the broth used to cook it was too strong. Everyone has an off night. We will go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I decided to try a new restaurant. We chose Red Onion Cafe and we were very surprised about how fantastic the service and food was. We will definitely be back in the future!

G
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really yummy food. Our server, Sarah, was very good. My Bloody Mary was first rate, but my quesadillas were ho-hum. My husband’s champagne chicken was exceptional.

B
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Onion is by far our favorite restaurant in Boone. I had the orange glazed salmon and my husband had the 10 Oz ribeye. Both were cooked to perfection and the vegetable medley of green beans, sweet red peppers and crispy diced potatoes was a much welcomed change. The atmosphere was filled with patrons enjoying genuine conversation. Highly recommend giving Red Onion a try for those who have never eaten there before. Truly a rare treasure.

JS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always The Red Onion did not disappoint. The meals were just as described and arrived steaming hot in a timely manner. We will definitely eat here again.

D
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience at the Red Onion. Food was delicious (my husband had the mushroom lasagna and I had Cajun chicken pasta). Service was pretty speedy considering how busy they were and everything was quite tasty! Would definitely go back again!

NB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very busy holiday weekend in the high country and this restaurant was crowded, there was a wait. We were seated without delay (we had reservations). Although our waitress was busy, our service was very good! Excellent attentiveness from our waitress. Our food was tasty, cooked perfect and just right portions. We recommend this restaurant for American food, drinks, and appetizers. There is outdoor seating as well.

AN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived an hour prior to our reservation and the staff went out of their way to prepare a table for us... even though some of our party did not arrive until the original reservation time. Food was delicious and waitress was very friendly and attentive.

MG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and drink. We love coming here!

h
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Onion never disappoints! Great menu!

MK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great service. Next time in Boone plan to go back.