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Red Onion Cafe

4.6
4.6
387 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 264-5470

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Boone

  • Parking details

    Appalcart (local bus, free of charge)<br />Boone Taxi (828-266-3860

  • Additional

    Takeout

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Fried Onion Rings$6.99

    A house specialty (of course). Sweet onions, dipped in a homemade batter and fried to a golden perfection.

    • Fried Zucchini$6.99

      Lightly battered zucchini, deep-fried and served with horseradish sour cream and spicy honey mustard sauce.

      • Pimento Cheese Plate$7.99

        Sometimes called "pâté of the south," it's our homemade pimento cheese, with toasted bread and veggies.

        • Artichoke Dip$8.99

          Our famous dip is a warm, spicy mixture of artichokes, parmesan, and onions served with garlic bread pieces.

          • Hummus Plate$7.99

            Roasted red pepper and garlic hummus served with toasted bread and veggies.

            • Nachos$8.99

              Big enough to share or a meal on its own. Heated tortilla chips layered with a black bean sauce, melted pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, all topped with sriracha sour cream.

              • Veggie Flatbread$8.99

                Toasted flatbread with vegetable tapenade, hummus, goat cheese and fresh tomato. Cut into squares and garnished with fresh basil and Baby Kale Trio.

                Salads

                Dressing Choices: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette, Caesar, Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Honey Mustard, Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Thousand Island, Italian, Asian. Additional Toppings: Pecans, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries, Chow Mein Noodles, and Croutons.

                • Boston Bibb Wedge Salad$7.99

                  Locally grown lettuce wedge, cherry tomatoes, bacon and bleu cheese crumbles. Served with house-made bleu cheese dressing.

                  • Baby Kale Trio$6.99

                    Baby black kale, baby scarlet kale, wild arugula, crunchy homemade croutons, goat cheese, roma tomatoes and cucumbers.

                    • Garden Salad$6.99

                      Fresh romaine topped with red onions, carrots, cucumbers, button mushrooms, and tomatoes.

                      • Tuna or Chicken Salad Plate$9.99

                        Creamy homemade tuna or chicken salad served over leaf lettuce with tomatoes, fresh fruit and a roll.

                        • Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad$10.99

                          Delicious marinated chicken served over romaine and shredded cabbage with carrots, scallions and crispy chow mein noodles, then tossed with our house-made asian dressing. For a vegetarian version, try it with grilled tempeh.

                          • Chicken Caesar Salad$10.99

                            Marinated and grilled chicken breast served on a bed of romaine, crunchy homemade croutons, shredded parmesan, and creamy caesar dressing.

                            • Grilled Chicken Breast Salad$10.99

                              Marinated and grilled chicken served over a bed of romaine topped with mushrooms, black olives, red onions, and tomatoes.

                              • Chicken Fajita Salad$10.99

                                Marinated and grilled chicken, monterey jack and cheddar cheese, grilled red onions and peppers, tomatoes, black beans, and freshly made tortilla strips, over a bed of romaine lettuce. Served with salsa and sour cream.

                                • Lemon-Poppy Salmon Salad*$14.99

                                  A mix of romaine and spinach greens topped with grilled Scottish salmon, finished with a delicious blend of goat cheese, pecans and cranberries, served with lemon-poppy seed vinaigrette on the side.

                                  Soups

                                  • Signature French Onion

                                    Baked crock filled with beef broth and french bread, topped with bubbly, toasted parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.

                                    • Cup$4.99
                                    • Bowl$5.99
                                  • Soup of the Day

                                    All soups are made fresh daily. Please ask your server for the chef s choice of the day.

                                    • Cup$4.99
                                    • Bowl$5.99

                                  Sandwiches

                                  All Sandwiches are served with your choice of potato chips, fries or pasta salad. Substitute sweet potato fries or fruit for an extra $1 or a salad for $3.99. Gluten-free bread $1.50; All natural applewood smoked turkey All natural applewood smoked uncured ham, Pole and line caught Skipjack tuna, Certified angus roast beef, All natural chicken.

                                  • Mauney's Club$9.99

                                    A classic club done right with layers of ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and mayo on freshly baked wheat bread.

                                    • Chicken Breast$9.99

                                      Marinated and grilled chicken breast served on a bun with lettuce and tomato. Have it blackened or coated with teriyaki or barbecue sauce.

                                      • Tuna or Chicken Salad Melt$9.99

                                        Our tuna or chicken salad over tomatoes, covered with cheddar cheese and baked on an English muffin. Topped with alfalfa sprouts.

                                        • Classic Reuben$10.99

                                          Grilled rye bread piled with sliced turkey or corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and reuben sauce.

                                          • French Dip$10.99

                                            Layers of thinly sliced roast beef topped with melted swiss and creamy horseradish sauce on a toasted french roll. Served with au jus.

                                            • Tilapia Sandwich*$10.99

                                              Blackened tilapia served on a bun with alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, and a creamy remoulade.

                                              • Meatball Sub$9.99

                                                Hand rolled meatballs topped with our house-made marinara, melted mozzarella, and fresh basil. Served on a toasted sub roll.

                                                • Southern Chicken Sandwich$9.99

                                                  Marinated and grilled chicken breast topped with pimento cheese and Texas Pete.

                                                  Signature Burgers

                                                  • All-The-Way*$7.99

                                                    Locally raised ground chuck served with local bibb lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise, and mustard.

                                                    • BBQ Bacon Pub*$9.99

                                                      Locally raised ground chuck served with bacon, pimento cheese, barbeque sauce, and a crispy onion ring.

                                                      • Sunrise Farm*$9.99

                                                        Locally raised ground chuck served with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar, local bibb lettuce, and tomato.

                                                        • Greek Turkey$9.99

                                                          Greek seasoned, all-natural turkey burger with feta cheese, black olives, baby kale trio, Roma tomatoes and yogurt tzatziki.

                                                          • Spicy Veggie$8.99

                                                            House-made veggie burger with pepper jack cheese, baby kale trio, tomato, guacamole, and sriracha cream sauce.

                                                            Pizzas

                                                            • Italian Pizza$13.99

                                                              Tomato sauce, pepperoni, italian sausage, and mozzarella cheese.

                                                              • Chicken Pesto Pizza$13.99

                                                                Basil Pesto sauce, grilled chicken, fresh mushrooms, and fontina cheese. It's always a Red Onion favorite.

                                                                • Greek Pizza$12.99

                                                                  Red sauce, mozzarella, feta, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, artichoke, fresh basil and a side of tzatziki sauce.

                                                                  • White Pizza$12.99

                                                                    Olive oil, mozzarella and goat cheese crumbles, along with romas and fresh basil.

                                                                    • Vegetarian Pizza$12.99

                                                                      Zucchini, onions, mushrooms, squash, tomatoes, and creamy fontina. Your choice of sauce: basil pesto, olive oil, or classic red sauce.

                                                                      • Thai Chicken Pizza$13.99

                                                                        Peanut sauce, pepper jack, julienne Asian veggies, shredded cabbage, and sriracha cream sauce.

                                                                        Quesadillas, Tacos & Wraps

                                                                        Our quesadillas are served with lettuce, tomato, house-made salsa & sour cream on the side. All wraps and tacos are served with hand fried tortilla chips unless otherwise specified. Add Guacamole $1.50.

                                                                        • Traditional Cheese$8.99

                                                                          Melted cheddar and monterey jack cheese in between two perfectly crisped flour tortillas.

                                                                          • Add Spinach, Chicken Or Both For$9.99
                                                                        • Artichoke & Spinach$9.99

                                                                          Our homemade spicy artichoke dip mixed with spinach is the filling for this local fan favorite.

                                                                          • Add Chicken$11.99
                                                                        • Baja Fish Tacos*$10.99

                                                                          Two soft shell tacos with blackened Tilapia, grilled pineapple, and a spicy cilantro slaw topped with a sriracha cream sauce.

                                                                          • Tempeh Wrap$9.99

                                                                            Sautéed tempeh, mushrooms and onions, in a sundried tomato wrap with cheddar and jack cheeses, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes and a basil pesto mayonnaise.

                                                                            • Portabello Wrap$9.99

                                                                              Sautéed portabello, zucchini, squash, and red onions, wrapped up with rice, fresh spinach, and a basil-feta mayonnaise.

                                                                              • Blackened Chicken Caesar Wrap$9.99

                                                                                Blackened chicken, romaine lettuce, crunchy homemade croutons, and shredded parmesan tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla.

                                                                                • Chicken Fajita Wrap$9.99

                                                                                  Marinated and grilled chicken, red onions and green peppers, mixed with monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce and tomatoes, then wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.

                                                                                  Beverages

                                                                                  • Bottled Water

                                                                                    • San Pelligrino$3.00
                                                                                    • Panna Spring Water$3.00
                                                                                  • Soft Drinks$2.50

                                                                                    Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mt. Dew, Dr. Pepper, Pink Lemonade.

                                                                                    • Iced Tea$2.50

                                                                                      Sweet or Unsweetened.

                                                                                      • Coffee$2.50

                                                                                        Our own special blend roasted for us by Mountain Lion Coffee. Decaf, Regular, American or Espresso shot.

                                                                                        • Specialty Coffees$3.50

                                                                                          Cappuccino, Macchiato.

                                                                                          • Lattes$3.50

                                                                                            Grasshopper, Turtle, S'mores, Almond Joy, Mocha, or ask your server for special flavors.

                                                                                            • Hot Chocolate$2.50

                                                                                              Topped with whipped cream.

                                                                                              • Hot Tea$2.50

                                                                                                A selection will be provided by your server. One bag per customer please.

                                                                                                • Chai Tea Latte$3.50

                                                                                                  A sweet blend of ginger and clove steamed with frothy milk.

                                                                                                  Desserts

                                                                                                  All of our desserts are made from scratch/in-house.

                                                                                                  • Red Velvet Cheesecake$6.99

                                                                                                    A decadent modern twist on the Ruby Red American Classic. Tiers of fluffy red cake, layered with our homemade vanilla cheese cake, covered with cream.

                                                                                                    • Banana Cream Pie$5.99

                                                                                                      Graham cracker crust filled with fluffy banana cream and topped with fresh bananas then finished off with cool whipped topping.

                                                                                                      • Horace Cookie$6.99

                                                                                                        Our house specialty! A blonde brownie with pecans served warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                                        • Key Lime Pie$5.99

                                                                                                          Tangy Key West lime juice filling on a buttery cracker crust, finished off with cool whipped topping.

                                                                                                          • Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie$6.99

                                                                                                            Oreo cookie crust filled with chocolate ice cream and peanut butter cups topped with hot fudge and cool whipped cream.

                                                                                                            • Crème Brûlée$6.99

                                                                                                              A creamy vanilla custard finished with caramelized sugar and fresh berries.

                                                                                                              Pasta

                                                                                                              • Baked Linguine$10.99

                                                                                                                Linguine noodles topped with house marinara baked with asiago, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses.

                                                                                                                • Add Special Recipe Meatballs For$13.99
                                                                                                              • Meat Lasagna$14.99

                                                                                                                Layers of pasta, mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheeses, topped with meat sauce.

                                                                                                                • Florentine Wild Mushroom$14.99

                                                                                                                  Layers of pasta, portabello, shiitake, button mushrooms, and spinach covered with a rich chardonnay herb cream sauce, cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese.

                                                                                                                  • Black Bean and Pesto Lasagna$14.99

                                                                                                                    Layers of pasta, black beans, ricotta, parmesan and basil pesto covered with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

                                                                                                                    • Greek Penne Pasta$14.99

                                                                                                                      Mushrooms, tomatoes, capers, and kalamata olives, tossed with penne noodles in a savory greek stock. Topped with fresh basil and feta cheese.

                                                                                                                      • With Shrimp or Chicken$17.99
                                                                                                                    • Cajun Chicken Pasta$17.99

                                                                                                                      Blackened chicken breast, tasso ham, broccoli florets, and tomatoes tossed with penne pasta in a parmesan cream sauce.

                                                                                                                      • Pesto Pasta$14.99

                                                                                                                        Portabello mushrooms, tomatoes, wilted spinach tossed with penne noodles in a basil pesto-asiago cream sauce garnished with toasted pecans.

                                                                                                                        • With Shrimp or Chicken$17.99

                                                                                                                      Entrées

                                                                                                                      • Champagne Chicken Florentine$16.99

                                                                                                                        A marinated and grilled breast of chicken served on a bed of steamed spinach, topped with a rosemary-champagne sauce. Served with vegetable of the day and crispy potato medley.

                                                                                                                        • Tuscan Red Pepper Chicken$16.99

                                                                                                                          Marinated and grilled chicken breast, roasted red pepper cream sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Served with vegetable of the day and crispy potato medley.

                                                                                                                          • Mediterranean Tilapia*$16.99

                                                                                                                            Tilapia seasoned with traditional Greek spices , pan-seared and served on a bed of rice finished with a sun-dried tomato caper butter, feta cheese and fresh basil.

                                                                                                                            • Low Country Salmon*$18.99

                                                                                                                              Our delicious Scottish salmon blackened, served over a pan-seared polenta cake and topped with andouille cream sauce.

                                                                                                                              • Orange Glazed Salmon*$18.99

                                                                                                                                Grilled Scottish salmon basted with a zesty orange glaze. Served with vegetable of the day and crispy potato medley.

                                                                                                                                • Pistachio Citrus Trout*$17.99

                                                                                                                                  Cornmeal and pistachio encrusted trout topped with a citrus compound butter. Served with vegetable of the day and rice.

                                                                                                                                  • Bourbon Glazed Center Cut Ribeye*$20.99

                                                                                                                                    Locally raised ribeye with chipotle spiced bourbon glaze and a peppercorn dusting. Served with vegetable of the day and baked potato.

                                                                                                                                    • Coffee Rubbed Filet Mignon*$24.99

                                                                                                                                      Locally raised coffee-rubbed signature filet, grilled and topped with an herb-gorgonzola demi glace and crispy onions. Served with vegetable of the day and baked potato.

                                                                                                                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                      What 387 people are saying

                                                                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                                      4.6
                                                                                                                                      4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                      • 4.5Food
                                                                                                                                      • 4.7Service
                                                                                                                                      • 4.2Ambience
                                                                                                                                      • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                                      • Asheville / Western North Carolina

                                                                                                                                        Kid Friendly

                                                                                                                                      • Asheville / Western North Carolina

                                                                                                                                        Good for Groups

                                                                                                                                      • Asheville / Western North Carolina

                                                                                                                                        Great for Lunch

                                                                                                                                      • Asheville / Western North Carolina

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                                                                                                                                        J1243

                                                                                                                                        Miami

                                                                                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Good food, nice patio. Server was attentive and obliging. Special needs of one in our party were met and all of us enjoyed this restaurant.

                                                                                                                                      2. BH

                                                                                                                                        BillyH

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        18 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        18 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Mason was great server

                                                                                                                                      3. TH

                                                                                                                                        TarHealer

                                                                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                                                                        21 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        21 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Excellent food. Served hot by an attentive staff. Items that we particularly liked were the onion rings. both of the salmon dishes, the Greek pizza, the lasagna and the cookie for desert. We sat outside which was nice although there was moderate traffic noise. We put this place as a restaurant to visit when we return to Boone.

                                                                                                                                      4. C

                                                                                                                                        Carolinian

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        23 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        23 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        The food and service are always great at Red Onion. A great neighborhood gem.

                                                                                                                                      5. LM

                                                                                                                                        LynnM

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Great service & food, as always. One of our favorite places in Boone. I especially appreciate the wide variety of choices on the menu & wine/beer list

                                                                                                                                      6. DB

                                                                                                                                        DBDtraveler

                                                                                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                                                                                        199 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        199 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                                                                                                        My husband and I had a late lunch here on Thursday. We were quite pleased with our Fajita wrap and the artichoke/spinach quesadilla. Both were inventive and delicious. Recommended for a solid and quality lunch place in Boone.

                                                                                                                                      7. JB

                                                                                                                                        JackB

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Our server, Joy, was quick to our needs. Good recommendations for entrees. Will definitely come back soon.

                                                                                                                                      8. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Love their warm Blonde Brownie and ice cream. Delicious! Their grilled chicken is delicious on a salad. Very good Blue Cheese dressing. Good lasagna at night.

                                                                                                                                      9. RC

                                                                                                                                        RichC

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Really nicely prepared dishes Cajun Chicken was tasty as was Gumbo. always a good place to eat

                                                                                                                                      10. DH

                                                                                                                                        DeanH

                                                                                                                                        Hawaii

                                                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Was just an okay place to eat. Sorry to say I wouldn’t go back

                                                                                                                                      11. JB

                                                                                                                                        JimB

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Always a great Sunday brunch with great food and phenomenal service from Taylor, our server. The lobster bisque and quiche are always great!

                                                                                                                                      12. JK

                                                                                                                                        JenKolo

                                                                                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Pleased with the service and the food. Had a table with a window view which was nice. A bit louder than I prefer in a restaurant but that was more the patrons than Red Onions fault.

                                                                                                                                      13. AM

                                                                                                                                        AmyM

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall1food1service3ambience2

                                                                                                                                        Food was bland, cold and add on the 8% inflation fee it should have at least been edible.

                                                                                                                                      14. B

                                                                                                                                        Bruce

                                                                                                                                        Exclusive

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Wonderful service! Wonderful server! Wonderful food!

                                                                                                                                      15. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Greensboro

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Food and service were excellent. It was not crowded so noise level was not a problem. Our waitress was attentive and gave us time to talk. Their ambiance is like a diner. I prefer a little more privacy. When the check came there was an 8% addition for “inflation”. I guess that is their way of managing costs. A little surprising but we will definitely eat there again.

                                                                                                                                      16. JK

                                                                                                                                        JuliannaK

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        The baked linguine with meatballs was excellent! Also I had the creme brulee and it was delicious. Service was perfect.

                                                                                                                                      17. RB

                                                                                                                                        R1B1

                                                                                                                                        Austin

                                                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Great lunch. Inflation fee seems fair given circumstances.

                                                                                                                                      18. DD

                                                                                                                                        DebD

                                                                                                                                        New England

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        This was our first time at Red Onion with friends who have been going for years. Everyone was very friendly and our server, Mason, was great. We had the artichoke dip to start which was good. The Baja Fish tacos were really good, in the spicy side which my husband loved. The Greek burger was good. Great first time!

                                                                                                                                      19. JJ

                                                                                                                                        JoJo

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Nice variety of choices and have a gluten free menu which is very helpful for those with wheat sensitivity and/ or allergies. Server was very pleasant and helpful.

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                                                                                                                                        Tgm4bones

                                                                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                                                                        51 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        51 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Average. Not bad but nothing memorable.

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                                                                                                                                        Patrick

                                                                                                                                        Charleston

                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                                                                                                        This was the noisiest restaurant I have ever been in. Felt like I was eating in a pinball machine. Diane was our server and she was great.

                                                                                                                                      22. MB

                                                                                                                                        MarkB

                                                                                                                                        Richmond

                                                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall3food4service4ambience1

                                                                                                                                        Not much atmosphere and the place needs a good sprucing up, but the food was good.

                                                                                                                                      23. GI

                                                                                                                                        GeorgeI

                                                                                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                        The food was absolutely amazing! I do not eat Salmon, but it was out for this world. The only issue was the serving size. It was really skimpy. I had the Tuscan Chicken and it was amazing…. But the best part was the desserts. The Horace Cookie and the Red Velvet Cheesecake were both some of the best I have ever had. The server was a little slow, but the food was great. We will def be back.

                                                                                                                                      24. MT

                                                                                                                                        MrTechEd

                                                                                                                                        Cleveland

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Our first time there, very nice good service and fine food selection. Quality tasting food.

                                                                                                                                      25. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Charleston

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Perfect night! Great food and service!

                                                                                                                                      26. CS

                                                                                                                                        CSDBoone

                                                                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Loved celebrating our friend’s birthday for lunch, great food and service.

                                                                                                                                      27. B

                                                                                                                                        Boonebound

                                                                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Love the Red Onion! Great service, great food and nice atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                      28. JE

                                                                                                                                        JEdH

                                                                                                                                        Atlanta

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on January 16, 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.

                                                                                                                                      29. A

                                                                                                                                        Ash4

                                                                                                                                        Mobile

                                                                                                                                        41 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        41 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on January 15, 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.

                                                                                                                                      30. JM

                                                                                                                                        JulieM

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                      31. DB

                                                                                                                                        DavidB

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 31, 2021

                                                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                      32. KE

                                                                                                                                        KENB

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 31, 2021

                                                                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                      33. B

                                                                                                                                        Bannerelkie

                                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                                        14 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        14 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 20, 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!

                                                                                                                                      34. A

                                                                                                                                        Annmarie

                                                                                                                                        Orlando

                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 16, 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.

                                                                                                                                      35. SW

                                                                                                                                        SueW

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 12, 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

                                                                                                                                      36. KA

                                                                                                                                        KathleenA

                                                                                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                      37. DN

                                                                                                                                        DebbieN

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                      38. PG

                                                                                                                                        PalmettoGal1

                                                                                                                                        Charleston

                                                                                                                                        14 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        14 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.

                                                                                                                                      39. j

                                                                                                                                        joes

                                                                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                                                                        16 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        16 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                                                                                      40. KH

                                                                                                                                        KatH

                                                                                                                                        Charleston

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Great service and food

                                                                                                                                      FAQs

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

                                                                                                                                      Red Onion Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 387 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                      Google Map for Red Onion Cafe

                                                                                                                                      227 Hardin St. Boone, NC 28607

                                                                                                                                      Additional information

                                                                                                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                        Boone

                                                                                                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                        Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm

                                                                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                        Contemporary American

                                                                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                                                                        Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                      • Dress code

                                                                                                                                        Smart Casual

                                                                                                                                      • Parking details

                                                                                                                                        Appalcart (local bus, free of charge)<br />Boone Taxi (828-266-3860

                                                                                                                                      • Payment options

                                                                                                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                      • Additional

                                                                                                                                        Takeout

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