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Red Onion Cafe

4.4
156 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 264-5470
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Appalcart (local bus, free of charge) Boone Taxi (828-266-3860
What 156 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is our "go to" spot for casual fare. Cant miss with anything you order from Pub Hamburger Sandwich to Chicken to Steak. Consistency at its finest. Always good service and the kitchen is clean. I'd like to see an expanded Champ[agne Bubbly offering, but the food is always good.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Red Onion was the perfect place to celebrate our daughter’s graduation. There were so many menu options and plenty of choices for the vegetarians in our crowd. Service was great and food was awesome.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food we ordered arrived on time and the onion soup was excellent. We also enjoyed their signature blooming onion.
The tables were too close together. It did not offer a good distance for quiet conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We've been dining at The Red Onion for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. The food options are varied and always fresh and appealing. We think it's the best restaurant in Boone.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The Red Onion was very accommodating of our large party of 12 on a recent Saturday evening. The wait person was very patient and the service was excellent as well as the food. The menu is varied enough that everyone was able to find something on the menu to their liking. We visit the Red Onion regularly when in the Boone area and will be dining with them again soon.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food at lunch. Inexpensive options available. Reservation was ready as we walked in the door.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

One of the better restaurants in Boone. Nice to have a place that isn’t fast casual like so many places in a college town.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was ok. The service was great. There was 6 of us in the party. All had something different. Mostly bland. Chicken nuggets on kids meal were processed. Husband liked his chicken wrap. I had the French dip at the suggestion of the server. It was cold. Others had the All the Way hamburger.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Great meal! Alister was awesome as well.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent as always
One of our favorite restaurants

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Plenty of menu options and food was very good. Our server was very polite and friendly but the service was slow.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Menu had lots of options. It's great when you look at the choices and can't narrow it down to just one, it's a bonus. Our server, Zoey, was delightful at all times while helping us. Definitely a place our family will visit again. It was also one of about 3 options in the Boone, NC area that we could reserve on OpenTable with only a couple hours left to plan.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

I look forward to eating at Red Onion every time I go to Boone and it never disappoints! One of my all time favorite restaurants! Would definitely make a 2 hour drive just to eat there! The staff is great!

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Had the turkey burger (Greek turkey) ... it had very gritty prices in it. Not the best. 😞

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Great lunch specials and the kitchen never disappoints. If you're going at noon, you might want to make a reservation. Its popular place!

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Basic menu of sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. However everything was really well prepared. Not your usual run of the mill sandwich place.

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Although the food was very tasty it came out luke warm and cold in spots. Service was a little slow but tolerable . Brought friends in from out of town and just wish the food had been a little warmer. If the food is great service can be overlooked and vice verser. Unfortunately this time neither stood out

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

This is a go-to place in Boone for lunch or dinner. They have consistently well prepared dishes with a good variety to meet everyone's taste. The lunch specials are a great value. Neighborhood gem is a good way to describe because you always see people you know in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Always great food. Love the French onion soup.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

Always good. Food is consistent . Good for lunch or dinner. Staff always friendly.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and what a wonderful place to do so!

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2017

I would not recommend this spot for a special occasion. The food is good but it's casual, loud and not that nice.

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2017

We were on vacation in Boone. Saw the Red Onion on line. Excellent food and service. The filet was prepared perfectly.
If we return to Boone, we will stop gy Red Onion again.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2017

You probably know that the restaurant scene in Boone is nothing to brag about, mostly fast food and budget oriented. The Red Onion stands out as a solid choice for adults that like finer dining. The food was very good, if not special, and the service was prompt and professional.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2017

Wife and I both had the orange salmon which cooked to our preference and excellent. Veggies were good. Mushrooms not ro my taste.
Service was excellent. Great place, but wasn't conducive to lingering over coffee or a drink. I must add the coffee was excellent, especially with the shot of expresso added.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Great varied menu at reasonable prices. Service was excellent. Nice relaxed atmosphere and outdoor dining.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Very much enjoyed sitting outside. Sweet waitress and great food!!!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Enjoyed our meal here. Must admit the friendliness of our server increased our experience. Found the Red Onion provided good fod at a reasonable rate.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Had a hard time getting anything to drink water glasses were empty most of the dinner.

Fish was very overcooked it took the word blackened to a new level.

A couple orders were wrong.

steak was ordered med-rare came out med-well.

Mixed drinks took about 15-20 minutes to get.
Martini was cool not cold.


Had a reservation for a party of 12 we were seated promptly

Food is very reasonably priced had it been prepared well.

Waiter was very polite however I think he was a rookie and possibly part of the problem.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Delicious quick meal prior to going to a concert at ASF. Easy walk to the auditorium!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Nice place, good service! Food was somewhat disappointing.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Definitely would recommend Red Onion! The food was good, our server was quick and attentive, and the atmosphere was nice and cozy. There was a moderate amount of noise, but not to an uncomfortable degree.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Our dinner had special requests that no butter be used in the cooking of the Trout. It was so dripping with butter, utterly drenched that it had to be recooked, That spoiled the entire dinner as it took a long time before the dinner was finally brought back. Then the rice was overdone and the vegetable was cold. Also the portion given for my Salmon meal was extremely small for the price charged. I will never return for dinner there again or recommend it either.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2017

We made reservations for 7pm and we did not receive our food until 8pm. There was not enough people in there at the time for the wait to be so long. Our server was not the issue and therefor we would hope to come back if the wait is not as long. I hope they fix the issue and can be more accommodating. The food was not worth the hour wait.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Good enough food and excellent service but the noise level the night that we went made it not be a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Great place to dine for lunch or dinner. Sat outside for dinner so nice. Food was amazing and so was the service! Will defiantly go back!

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Food and service were very good. Kitchen left a little to be desired. Friendly waitress--no name tag--took wine order and said "I'll be back with the bread." 3 salmon orders, nicely prepared and enjoyable arrived together, but the fourth entrée--steak--didn't arrive for almost 10 minutes. And we had to ask for bread--were told the kitchen had run out--but it arrived with the steak. All in all, enjoyable if uncoordinated.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Had a party of 11 that was well cared for and the food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Excellent food and great service!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Nice menu selection. Great service. Enjoy the outdoor seating.

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