Red Onion Cafe

4.5
361 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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JEdH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My daughter loved her orange glazed salmon, and I had a great pesto pasta dish. The food was terrific, service was on point, and overall value was spot on.

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vipAsh4
Mobile
38 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The menu online did not match the menu when we arrived. Wanted a bottle of wine that was on the menu, didn’t have it. Ordered filet and they were out of that too. Service was great and food was decent but nothing spectacular.

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JulieM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red onion is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Boone, and I have been eating there since I moved to the high country in 1991. It is consistently good and a cozy place to eat. I tend to order one of the lunch combos, but it’s always hard to decide between the quiche of the day, the soup of the day, and one of the many delicious salads or sandwiches. Their crème brûlée is always a delicious choice for dessert.

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DavidB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and I ate dinner here on NYE. Enjoyed the food and service was outstanding!!

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KENB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was very good as usual. Will be back soon!

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Bannerelkie
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My husband and I decided to take a break from cooking and treat ourselves for dinner out the week of Christmas. The entrees we had were outstanding and quite inventive. We both ordered the orange glazed Scottish salmon which was cooked to perfection. Our waitress was very attentive making sure we were enjoying our food or needed anything. The only thing we would have preferred was more ambiance and privacy. Overall, the evening was a winner. Thank you for continuing to ensure that the Red Onion Cafe is one of Boone's best loved restaurant establishments. Merry Christmas to all!

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Annmarie
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love going to Red Onion because the food is delicious and the service is great. We also like that you have the option to eat inside or outside.

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SueW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great including the salads, bread, and entree, the service is always incredible, desserts are great if you have any room left, they also serve Pepsi which all of the best restaurants do. Never had a bad experience or complaint about Red Onion Cafe

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KathleenA
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice menu selection, but we decided to split the nachos and they were very lacking in toppings.

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DebbieN
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, loved my soup and the grilled cheese was divine! Wonderful service as well!

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vipPalmettoGal1
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent. The chicken pesto pizza was outstanding. The Cajun chicken pasta was also very tasty. Both entrees had lots of chunks of chicken and the sauces were well flavored. Our server was attentive and friendly. Will return.

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vipjoes
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was AMAZING, and the food delightful ... great casual spot for dinner in Boone!

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KatH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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DGirls3
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish tacos were AMAZING! Can't wait for our next visit to Boone to stop back in!

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JoeH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food selection is good and the lobster bisque is outstanding. Service is attentive but not hovering and the food is consistently good. Reservations are recommended, especially on game day weekends or other events at the University. Great place for a causal meal or something special.

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suzlvshp
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We had the steak and a pasta dish with shrimp added. The tails were still on the shrimp, but it was baked with lots of cheese on top so you couldn’t see the tails. While the steak was good, not great, it was over priced.

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vipDanaR
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating to my friend in a wheelchair. Good was great.

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HeidiM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really cute restaurant. My steak was perfectly cooked and the Blue Cheese Wedge was amazing! Our waitress was very accommodating and friendly!

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vipnclkb123
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for a late lunch and I was great. My husband had the fish tacos and I had the artichoke & spinach quesadilla, both were delicious. If we are ever back in Boone, we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice service with a pleasant atmosphere

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CEKH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great experience and our server could not have been more friendly!

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ConnieT
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fried zucchini to die for. Especially loved the vegetable/mushroom lasagna. Everything tasted so fresh. Very good

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vipSirena
Raleigh
76 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t have our reservation recorded. they went on to say that sometimes between Open Table and their system things reservations don’t always come through so apparently it’s a known issue. they could’ve put a note on their website that if you make an open table reservation to call afterwards to confirm that the reservation went through. we were left scrambling with guests that were visiting us to try to find dinner at prime dining on the weekend it was awful fyi Open Table wouldn’t let me not rate their food or atmosphere while doing this review

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JeannieL
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the food and service were excellent. Would definitely go back

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KENB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service and food were very good, as usual.
Will be back!

JH
JoeH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to go after Sunday church. They take reservations which is a plus and the food and service is consistently good

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Marsha
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great as always. A classic in the town of Boone since 1985.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu. Service is fantastic.

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ClintJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, great staff, great food and price. Nachos with homemade chips are excellent and red velvet cheesecake is a showstopper. Thanks again!

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vipCarolS
West Palm Beach
34 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was great. The Burger, spinach and artichoke quesadilla, chicken quesadilla, were enjoyed by all! Service was quick; food was hot and tasty!

JH
JoeH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
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 on September 11, 2021
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.

DB
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.

JB
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

FAQs

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

Red Onion Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 361 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.