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Red Onion Cafe

4.5
4.5
430 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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

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What 430 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Kid Friendly

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. They sat us in a great spot for a business meal.
  2. JG

    JudithG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. I eat there at least two or three times a month.
  3. MW

    MaryW

    Charlotte

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mason provided excellent service. Each of our entrees were cooked perfectly and the portions were plentiful.
  4. S

    Suzanne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Orange Glazed Salmon and Greek tilapia entrees, which were great, both fish cooked to perfection, moist and flakey. Service was excellent, timely and friendly. We were seated on the patio, which was very pleasant even though it borders the parking lot. I'd definitely recommend and return.
  5. T

    Tamtam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good as usual! Red Onion never disappoints! Make sure to finish off with the Horace Cookie !
  6. BB

    BrandyB

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a little early for our reservation and very hungry and tired but the staff was so accommodating. The service was excellent. They have a good wine and beer selection. We shared the pimiento cheese appetizer and each of us was pleased with our choices of french onion soup, baha fish tacos, baked linguini and pesto pasta. We then shared the peanut butter pie for dessert and it was heavenly. We will definitely be back!!
  7. C

    Chocolate

    Greensboro

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server! Delicious food, burgers, club sandwich.
  8. d

    diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Only negative was staff in masks. Can’t understand and we would love to see their beautiful faces!! Not very welcoming.
  9. J

    Jacks

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good service by Grace, beverages good amd cold. Food was tasty, right size serving and tasty.
  10. SC

    SusC

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service. Lovely outdoor dining. Very accomodating with reservations and preferences for seating.
  11. AC

    AliceC

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went up to visit our App student and took him to lunch. I had made a reservation, but we ended up arriving almost 30 minutes early. The staff was very accommodating and were able to seat us right away. The quiche of the day was a chicken & goat cheese which was delicious as were the chicken salad and French dip sandwiches. Would definitely go again.
  12. JW

    JacquelynW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will ask for a more secluded table next time. Didn’t like being by bar and hostess, traffic
  13. M

    Martha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Extremely generous portions, exemplified by natco appetizer, dessert cakes, and burgers! Polite, pleasant,accommodating wait staff deserve your most generous tip!
  14. JS

    JuliaS

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Eclectic menu for lunch - salads, burgers, sandwiches, soups. Outdoor seating is excellent and reservations online is easy.
  15. AB

    ABCD

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The food was poor (why would a grilled chicken breast be crunchy?). The staff complained about diners that had left in front of the customers still in the restaurant. The restaurant itself (and the food) doesn’t really look like the website. When I got the check, I learned the price in the menu was not the price I would get to pay. They added in an inflation factor. A diner in Boone can definitely do better
  16. CS

    CarolS

    West Palm Beach

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten here many times, including 4 visits during this trip! Red Onion is the best all around restaurant in the High Country, in my opinion. There is never a time, that the staff will not knock themselves out to accommodate you. The food is always great. Been here for lunch with a couple of people or for dining with 10. I am always impressed! It is my go to restaurant here in Boone!
  17. TB

    TBAsheville

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outside table - our choice. The weather was great and it was a beautiful night. We had specialty coffee and chai
  19. c

    cookie

    West Palm Beach

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My tilapia was good not great. The spaghetti zucchini had no taste the corn mixture was o k
  20. O

    Onthewater

    Treasure Coast

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Filet was cooked perfectly. Cajun chicken pasta was tasty, a huge portion. Disappointed when entrees were delivered as we were just getting started with our appetizers. Excellent creme brûlée. The downside is that there is no atmosphere, just tables in a room.
  21. PG

    PGAFooser

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our consistent go to spot in Boone. Patio dining at sunset. Wonderful evening.
  22. JP

    JoanP

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buddy and Carter were so friendly and accommodating when we stopped by when the restaurant was closed. Our dinner that evening was super and all the staff was too. See you on our next trip.
  23. J

    Janet

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service! We were seated on time and I’d like to eat on the patio next time we visit.
  24. M

    Mountainlover

    Western NC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 'go to' place to eat before App Summer events. Very convenient patio dining, with good food.
  25. BW

    BobW

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were a party of 4. 2 ordered burgers. It was nice that we were asked how we wanted the burgers. Both said medium; they were well done. Needed to ask waiter to do some things (like open the bottle of wine; shouldn't have to ask for that. Food was good but not great.
  26. F

    Foodie4fun

    Savannah

    145 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    very reliable place to go in the area-- some of the servers not really up on wine and the menu, but they do fairly well. Would be nice to have some specials
  27. BJ

    BruceJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Asked for medium steak, was served well done. The second steak was real thin, but was good.
  28. AW

    AnnW

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent, service good. We enjoyed our meal.
  29. S

    Stan

    Greensboro

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch on the veranda, meeting old friends for a birthday celebration. Impressed with the onion rings, my wife loved the French Dip and my Club Sandwich was fresh, crunchy and delicious. We'll be back soon.
  30. JH

    JoeH

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for lunch or dinner. Food is consistently excellent and the name “Cafe” is misleading. Great variety of selections and daily specials.
  31. C

    Carolinian

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very consistent delicious food, something for everyone, great service.
  32. LY

    LesleyY

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Seated at table just outside kitchen even though many others were available. Few things wrong with order. French onion soup was all but flavorless. Very loud even though the restaurant was at less than 50% capacity.
  33. s

    susie

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our salmon salad was extraordinary and our server Elinor was amazing
  34. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not happy with 8% surcharge but understandable.....
  35. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Inside is ugly and dirty. Outside dirty too. Ripped shade banging against a light. Food portions small for prices. People friendly and nice.
  36. DH

    DustyH

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The Red Onion Cafe is super cute and the staff was very nice. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and the waitress was very sweet and efficient. I ordered hot tea and was impressed by the selection of local teas. We ordered the fried zucchini which was great! So far, so good. I ordered a cup of the soup of the day which was tomato bisque and the fish tacos for my entree. My husband ordered the Greek pasta. The tomato soup was thin and bland, so I only had a couple of bites. Then the tacos came. I don’t know if it was the flavor of the blackened fish or the sauce, but I couldn’t eat them. I ran into two other ladies on a trail the next day who had been there when we were there and had also ordered the fish tacos, and they thought they were great, so it could very well be just me, but unfortunately I had to send them back because I just couldn’t eat them. The flavor wasn’t good. I ended up eating half of my husband’s pasta which was fine. Anyway, it’s a cute restaurant with a friendly staff. If I’d ordered something different, it probably would have been fine. They were very nice about taking the tacos back and not charging me for them.
  37. J

    Judy

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Service was slow when you considered how many people were there. .waitress forgot my soup and also forgot something for the people at the next table.
  38. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly and our server was excellent. The food was delicious. We are from out of town, but we will definitely dine with you again. Thanks
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating here and everything was delicious. We were a party of 4, we all chose a different meal, and everyone was delighted with their meals. Great portion sizes and great service. We will definitely be back!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Good was just okay. Not that great

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 430 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
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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