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The Red Onion Cafe

227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
+1 828-264-5470
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Had the worst experience here...the service was awful, we sat on the patio and for half of our visit there was a delivery truck parked right in front of the patio spewing exhaust into the patio. The food was mediocre at best and extremely expensive...More

Thank TravelledAndTan
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This was my first time eating here, with my Son. We eat on the outside porch, which was very nice. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. The food was Delicious! I would highly recommend this restaurant. It was nice to eat outside , feeling...More

Thank babetravels
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This restaurant is across from Appalachian State University so it may have been better for a younger crowd. The place was clean with nice waitresses. I found the menu to be a little strange. I rarely eat fish while traveling and not tilapia. What is...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great place for lunch. Food is reliably tasty. Service is wonderful. The outdoor seating is a nice extra. Appetizers are really good.

1  Thank Bobby L
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in this little GEM of a restaurant for lunch. The soup of the day was Black Bean Rice soup. It had a terrific flavor with lots of cheese that actually dripped off your spoon. I split a club sandwich that included french fries. There...More

Thank Brunbag
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We love to come here for lunch. The soup/salad or sandwich combo is a great deal. The food is excellent and the atmosphere of the restaurant is nice.

1  Thank atsleon
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Wife ordered the black bean & pesto lasagna and I had the meat lasagna. Both were solid. We also had the french onion soup, with a very modest amount of cheese in it. Tasted like it had oregano in it, so we wouldn't recommend it...More

1  Thank allsizzlenofizzle
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Great food, sandwiches, salad plates, etc. When they get busy, though, kitchen is tiny, and they fall behind. Management poor, servers not well trained. Hit them when not busy. Hint, use Open Table to slip in a reservation.

1  Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I have recently enjoyed lunch here several times. The atmosphere is relaxing the staff are really nice and do a great job. Food is good however the French onion soup is not always great. Needs to cook with more flavor.I really think with some tweeking...More

1  Thank Christy B
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The Red Onion is. Nice little place with very good food and very reasonable prices. Good variety of dishes on the menu. Good service. Across the street from the campus.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4156
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-264-5470
Red Onion is a local restaurant that has been serving the High Country across from Appalachian State for over 30 years. Our menu ranges from lunch time favorites to local delicacies and exquisite entrees. With a wonderful waitstaff customer satisfaction is always our top priority and we promise you a meal you will feel good about.
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