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Purple Onion

16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
+1 828-749-1179
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our niece and her hubby live in this area, and it was my first time to No. Carolina. They love this restaurant, and I can see why. Food was amazing; the soft shell crab special I had for an appetizer was the best I've ever...More

Thank Travelhabit
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ruined during our recent visit to the purple onion in Saludo North Carolina. A friend had recommended and we were not disappointed. Staff was very friendly, food was excellent and prices were reasonable.

Thank ljdouglass59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Creative brunch in a fun town. dog friendly too! Omelets, mimosas, the whole giddy up. Fantastic bakery too.

Thank clamal0t2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a Sunday drive and on a whim stopped into the Purple Onion in Saluda, NC. What a pleasant surprise! We had Huevos Rancheros-try them! Good service, pleasant surroundings, overall a great choice! And, oh, by the way, reasonable prices. We also opted...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever we are in the area, we look forward to lunch at The Purple Onion. The menu is extensive and varied. We have never had anything that was not excellent. Service is friendly and competent.

Thank hpnc14
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I travel often to Saluda and eat at the Purple Onion. The soups are always very good and I love the daily specials.

Thank Akrongirl49
Reviewed 7 April 2018

This was our second time at the Purple Onion and we continue to be impressed. The service provided by Dory was excellent and the food was very fresh and perfectly prepared! This will continue to be our top choice in Saluda!

Thank warrendumford
Susan C, Owner at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

So glad you enjoyed your food and service. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Charming restaurant in a quaint area. Park down the street and take in all the shops along Main Street. Food was very good and made fresh. It was busy on a Friday afternoon for a late lunch but service was timely and food came out...More

Thank Alexandra G
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Never a disappointment. Food and music are top notch. Make a plan to eat here. However, you have to enjoy your music loud and the music be the focus of your evening the nights they have live music. Every evening is extraordinary! If you want...More

1  Thank travelingteacher2468
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch with our dog and sat outside. Shared a wonderful wild mushroom and arugula pizza with my husband. Wow! It was so good. Also tried the key lime pie - nice & tart - and the chocolate decadence - creamy, chocolately goodness....More

Thank Queenwondergirl
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19 November 2017|
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Response from Fred A | Reviewed this property |
Located in Historic Saluda, with outdoor dining available and live music on Thursday and Saturday night, The Purple Onion features a variety of ethnically inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean’s simple and... More
Erwin M
6 May 2017|
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Response from PastorJG | Reviewed this property |
medium prices... and they are open on Sunday eve...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Saluda
  • Phone Number: +1 828-749-1179
  • E-mail
Popular as a relaxed live music venue since 1998, The Purple Onion offers outdoor dining, a Mediterranean inspired menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, a wide selection of micro brews, fresh roasted coffee and a wine list featuring over sixty price friendly, sustainably produced wines.
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