Red Onion Cafe

4.4
331 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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JoeH
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good variety of menu items, great friendly service and excellent food. Spacing between tables is good and makes for a very pleasant experience

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MarkH
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good good great service. Recommend it. Why do I have to do a minimum of 50 characters.

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AnnW
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside on covered patio. Had not anticipated it being so noisy, but we were able to carryon a conversation with a little effort. Our lunch arrived within 10 minutes of placing our order and was delicious. We were checked on several times by the wait staff. All in all an enjoyable lunch.

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KaitlynG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was excellent! Will definitely return!

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SheilaS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The atmosphere and service were all great! Loved sitting outside and feeling the breeze come through. I wish the food had been the same. The Onion Rings were completely room temperature - not warm at all. I asked if the fish tacos were spicy and was told no. The sauce on them was very spicy. My sons Chicken Sandwich was just 'ok'. Nothing special. My husband did like his French Dip. But overall our food was just so so and I wouldn't go back simply because of the food. But again - great service and lovely atmosphere!

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Shipnc
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good dining experience. Reservation was honored on time, adequate staff to handle diners, good service an good food at a reasonable price.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been to Red Onion several times now. Really enjoy the pasta, salmon and fish tacos.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Excellent service. Food came quickly and was delicious. Making a reservation helps.

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JennyB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, our waitress was so personable and kind. We will definitely be back.

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Peri
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have gone to the Red Onion for years and they always have great food at reasonable prices

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This was a huge disappointment as it came referred. The food was subpar, there was zero atmosphere and they didn’t even have anyone over 21 to make us a drink

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KellyH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We ate by the door that leads to all of the outside dining. Between servers and patrons the door would slam shut after each opening at least every 20 seconds. No joking. Food was good but ambience a bit lacking for a nice restaurant and expensive meal.

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GibsonLover
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

When one meal of 2 didn’t come, waitress said the chef forgot to make it? Didn’t charge for the very late presentation.

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vipfoodher
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

it's been a while since we've been to this place and it seems to have gone downhill. Food was just ok. Menu was boring. the only thing that was good was service

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vipLauraZ
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly… don’t miss out.

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bondengle
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meat lasagna. Excellent service. Even liked the background music.

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MarcS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Food was tasty and prepared well! Excellent service made for a most enjoyable dinning experience. Looking forward to another meal at the Red Onion Cafe!

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adams
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It just didn’t taste…. Fresh. The menu wasn’t very diverse, and the food didn’t come out looking appetizing. I had the mushroom lasagna, which just looked like a thrown together afterthought of a dish. Not a good value and we won’t be back

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Johnway
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Our meals were tasty. We both had salads. We had onion rings, which were good but would have benefited from a spicy dipping sauce other than ketchup. We are inside and the decor was meh. Outside patio seemed to have more ambiance. We would come back but would hope to see the interior dining area get some updates.

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Mountainlover
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch outside on the covered patio. Excellent experience!

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JillA
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, good food and service. The bread is delicious too.😀

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vipFoodie4fun
Savannah
118 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

a very cute place with diverse menu. The fish tacos were excellent and the pimento cheese appetizer was huge and good.
My filet was good meat but the coffee rub was a bit excessive.

We'll be back!

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maureenl
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Food was too salty. Wine by the glass was very small at high prices.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived the host asked about our reservation including a gluten free guest. Our guest was given a GF menu. We were so pleased with our meal: The artichoke dip was delicious with a little zip finish. The specialty cocktails and wine by the glass were outstanding. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the tomato bisque was very good. The vegetarian burger and chicken were excellent. Our waiter, Tyler, was knowledgeable, helpful making sure GF was adhered to in the kitchen and so efficient.
Red Onion has come along way since our pre covid visit. It is now a favorite!

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LeslieW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time to Boone, NC and the Red Onion Cafe. Reserved a patio table and it was ready for us when we arrived. The Chicken florentine was amazing with fresh veggies. My daughter had her first fried egg hamburger and loved it. This restaurant is our must go to now when we visit. Servers were great!

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Jools
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best entrees I've had in a very long time. Champagne chicken was perfectly cooked and well matched with vegetables and potato. Very well made cocktail too!

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vipGlennA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Most impressed by the soup (Red Pepper /Gouda cheese) and the Martini. Entrees were solid. Vegatable medley above average spiced nicely. We will come back.

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vipLovetoeat
Greensboro
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Just not the best... we made a poor choice. Not a lot of menu options but a bit expensive for what we got ($13 for a chicken salad plate)... seemed a bit high. Surprising the cost for a place across from the college. It was fine, just not a place to repeat.

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vipPUpton
Naples
84 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a pleasant surprise! I ordered filet mignon and it was a fabulous preparation, perfectly cooked medium rare. I take clients to a lot of high end steakhouses, and I would put this up there with the best. The broccoli carrots and mushrooms side was the most flavorful and delicious veggies I’ve had in a long time.

The place itself isn’t fancy, but pleasant and wonderful service. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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JBrianC
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A good alternative to nearby options that are overflowing with college students. Bartender had never made a Manhattan before, from the taste of what was delivered.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wait staff, social distancing and each part of our meal was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

From the reviews we thought it was going to be nicer than it actually was. Service was good but the food was just ok.

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PaulP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Our server was Sarah and she was very attentive to us and extremely pleasant.

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vipRaymondS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Good food and nice service but not much ambiance!

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KimberlyW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful The food was awesome the waitress was so pleasant I will definitely come again

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vipMarshaD
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just relocated and this is quickly becoming my favorite place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this little restaurant & the food was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Onion has delicious pasta, and Shelby our server was awesome!!

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DentonFoodie59
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Not what I was expecting. It was okay but couldn’t order off dinner menu because it was 3:30pm on a Saturday. Menu was pretty limited so I had to just settle for what was on lunch menu.

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Kimmy
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were greeted by Tyler and also waited on by Tyler. He was great. Food was delicious. We sat inside which was just ok. Should have sat outside. Everything was great. I would recommend this restaurant if your in Boone NC

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 331 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.