Red Onion Cafe

4.4
223 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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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
5 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
1 review
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
7 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
1 review
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
19 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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JR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time dining but won’t be last. Very good service and food.

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C
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Onion is a local go-to. Always a good choice with any group. Excellent food and service and a convenient location. Make reservations for busy nights.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we made a reservation! Their menu has something for everyone. Service was excellent!

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DD
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was average at best. French onion soup was good. Pimento cheese was average, not very flavorful. Chicken salad was average, lettuce wasn't very fresh, chicken was simply grilled with no seasoning so very bland. Overall, very disappointed.

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KA
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Average food. Mushroom Spinach Lasagna tasted like leftovers reheated. Meals don’t include salads or bread. Many restaurants in Boone with better food. Service was great!

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d
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

No ambiance whatsoever- husband had overlooked burger and I had French onoion soup the was so bad I didn’t eat it. The waitress was nice and tried but even good service couldn’t overcome bad food.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We loved the food and restaurant
We ordered the steak special that evening but only 3 of the six orders were correct Three steak specials came as ribeyes not filets. My daughters came after the table had finished dinner so she had to take her’s to go. The kitchen and staff seemed really confused. The last steak finally came with no sides. We still had fun but it was unfortunate to spend that amount of money The waiter apologized and comped one meal
We want to return and give y’all a second try. Take care

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VN
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food & friendly service! Spinach & Artichoke dip was amazing!

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EM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit to the Red Onion while visiting our daughter at App State. So grateful we had a reservation as the gentleman in front of us was told 1.5 hour wait and we were seated immediately! Make a reservation!! Server was great, food was yummy and I know we'll visit again when spending time in Boone!

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MK
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious pizza. Greek Penne pasta was good. Horace cookie dessert was fabulous.

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I like the food, As I never have been disappointed in the past. It was very busy the night I went with my family. As I am hard of hearing it was difficult to communicate over the talking in the restaurant. Overall, I was pleased because the quality of the food and it’s presentation made the trip worthwhile.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We were there for family weekend this past weekend. Had a reservation at 6PM for 4 but due to the weather did not attend the game. Our party of 4 turned into 7. We came in at 5. A party of 2 were the only people in the entire restaurant. We were told that there would be a a 45-minutes to an hour wait. Literally 2 people dining in the entire place. I said you are joking right and was told no, no joke they have reservations starting at 6. I said well I am one of those reservations but we are now 7 not 4. We were begrudgingly sat but told they need the table by 7PM. WOW. We were out by 6:30. I doubt we are ever going back. The server was not happy to be there and apparently was going to take it out on the guest. Too bad because the food was good.

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GW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food and so appreciate that they take reservations.

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