Red Onion Cafe

4.4
236 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A Boone Restaurant Offering Food to Feel Good About. One of the classic restaurants in Boone NC, the Red Onion Café opens daily at 11am and serves continuously into the evening. Across from Appalachian State University on Highway 321 near downtown Boone, the restaurant offers convenient dining for Appalachian football and basketball games and other campus events. The Red Onion Café is unique among Boone restaurants, offering a menu stocked with one-of-a-kind items such as the Artichoke Dip appetizer, our famous blond brownie - the Horace Cookie, weekly dinner specials, vegetarian meals, lunch specials, pasta, pizza, salads, a large children's menu and homemade desserts.
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JS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Red Onion never disappoints! Great menu!

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

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

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G
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good as usual! Can't go wrong with Red Onion Cafe.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

When we walked in there were 2 people at the desk I said I was Traci then everyone just stood then we were seated outside well it was getting cool & no one come to say I will be with you shortly so after 15 minutes we come in & ask for table inside then still no greeting for 10-12 minutes?? Not a very good experience for 1st time & my husbands fish tacos tasted horrible!! We will not go back !!

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K
Naples
42 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Timing is important in food service. Our appetizer was delivered and then the entrees arrived only a few minutes later. Both courses were good on their own but not when served so close together. Waitress was nice, but our overall experience was not positive.

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CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Maybe this was over-hyped at our hotel, but this was a major disappointment. We would have had just as good a meal at Burger King or Mickey D's. I had a salad that was similar to those I have had at Wendy's or Burger King. Our grandson's chicken tenders looked like some that came out of the frozen food section at the grocery and were a uniform shape and the color of sand. I did have a nice glass of wine.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated quickly, and the waitress was fantastic! (Dark short hair girl)
Our issue was somehow our ticket got mixed up or lost so we got our food AFTER 2 large tables that sat after us. I will say our waitress did try to make up for it though which we appreciated.

The restaurant is more casual than we thought based on the pictures from the website. The food was very good though and we would try it again when in the area.

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JW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience at Red Onion. Food was very good, service prompt, and overall a happy meal. Salmon was tasty over grits. Would recommend it to folks.

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JL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was simple, but tasty. Had the trio of kale salad, and the quiche special of the day. The quiche was spinach/bacon and it was an individual pie, with a very flaky crust and quite a generous portion. My fiance' had the club and it was huge, and also very good. Sat outside on the covered patio as it was gorgeous spring day. Nice relaxing atmosphere.

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KN
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service during graduation weekend. Food was good.

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LH
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Red Onion was very accommodating for a large group and made us feel very welcome. Great food. Try the pimento cheese appetizer

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Post graduation dinner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were wonderful!

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J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service and food was slow. Food was cold and sub par. Probably won’t return.

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JR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Food was good! And the drinks were phenomenal!

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C
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Onion is always a dependable restaurant for all occasions. Efficient staff, great food, good atmosphere, convenient location. Can't go wrong.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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BB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was overpriced for what it was. I ordered the blackened Cajun chicken pasta. The chicken was not blackened, there was barely any sauce, and it was bland. The broccoli was not fresh and the dish was barely warm. We went on a week night. Service and drinks were good.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going and it was beautiful and delicious

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance. Service was good, and the desserts were to die for. Would definitely recommend and will be going back!

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G
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Red Onion for Valentines' Day with my wife. Entrees were excellent, but some of the onion rings were not done. Overall, very good meal.

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SL
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kit was a surprise but the service was great, the food was delicious and we really enjoyed the experience. It was Valentines but no decorations . The restaurant was very plan but the food more than made up for what was lacking. Our waitress was excellent

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C
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice in Boone for lunch or dinner.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always have a good time whenever I got to Red Onion. The sandwiches are excellent and the bourbon glazed steak is outstanding.

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OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choices & delicious food with outstanding service.

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FT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent food and service

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M
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and lots of choices

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CC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can’t beat the French dip and they are on special on Wednesday’s!

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business lunch for 5 people with reservation. LOVE the online reservation service. Great service and great food. Meghan S. was wonderful.

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S
Tallahassee
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner and Bruce, our waiter. We were disappointed yet amused the restaurant was out of onion rings, being the Red Onion.

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DP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Onion is always one of our favorites! Brandon is a wonderful server and manager! :)

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BE
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Probably due to holiday schedules and the size of our party, but not a great experience. Have had better here on previous occasions, so I know they can do better. Will give them another chance, but not impressed with this visit.

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BR
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Sunday lunch. 15min before we saw our server. Another 10 before we could order. Waited 50 min for 2 burgers and 2 Turkey Reubens. Restaurant was not crowded or overly busy. Food was ok, nothing special. Warm but not hot. Can't recommend to others. No plans to return.

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MS
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Red Onion never disappoints. The outdated decor is part of its timeless charm. The food and the service are always exceptional.

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