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On the Square

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115 E Saint James St, Tarboro, NC 27886-5016 (Main Street)
+1 252-823-8268
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the past we have gone out of our way for lunch at On the Square. Last week we stopped there for lunch and once again had a great meal: a hamburger with pimento cheese and a shrimp salad. Both were excellent and the servings were generous. Just wish it was closer.

Thank Rob H
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last evening we were extremely disappointed in our experience at this highly rated restaurant. The lack of customer service was appalling. Upon arrival we did not have a waitress...and when we did get someone to the table the lack of attention to our needs continued. We left after an hour and half of poor customer service when our food FINALLY... More 

Thank Tyler E
Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this restaurant! Love the people that own it and work there, and the food is top notch. Can't do any better than that. So happy the Ribustello's decided to make Tarboro their home and open this wonderful little restaurant with a great big heart, hope you guys are there for years to come!!

Thank Renee L
Yatesville, Georgia
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I visited this restaurant for dinner wit five other coworkers, We each had a different dish, I had the grilled salmon, it was the best, Everyone raved about their food.

Thank clrdl
Columbia, South Carolina
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Fresh food at reasonable prices. My husband and I had the fried chipotle fish sandwich and potato soup. My sister in law had the fried pimento cheese sandwich. She makes her own and is pretty picky but she really enjoyed it

Thank eyeamready2go
Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We stopped in for lunch after the bird sanctuary in Scotland Neck (great place, go there). It is a quaint little resturant with a good menu for lunch. Service was good and the food was good. Nice stop on the way back to Raleigh.

Thank Dan L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

All entrees are good, but the seafood offerings are always my favorites. Every week they offer new soups and salads for starters.

Thank 256billyu
Raleigh, North Carolina
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141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Before I begin... we were told by different people that the place was great, food was terrific, a great wine selection and that we need to check it out. So my wife and I went in there with high expectations from what we've been told as we're foodies. I want to start off with the negatives... Areas needing improvement: -----------------------------------... More 

2 Thank Nick D
Hertford, North Carolina, United States
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169 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We stopped for lunch at On the Square on the recommendation of a friend. They have a great selection of sandwiches and salads, along with some specials each day. I had the Strawberry Salad with Chicken, which was quite good. My husband had the Scallop Salad, which was one of the specials. He said that the scallops were cooked perfectly.... More 

Thank Sheryl C
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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153 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

As usual it was worth driving 30 miles for great food. Several folks turned away because of no reservation. Sheepshead fish was superb and my seafood shellfish dish was excellent. Hard to beat the carrot cake and the wine was a bargain. Sometimes gets too loud when everyone knows everyone and have to reminisce as they leave. If they had... More 

1 Thank William H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 E Saint James St, Tarboro, NC 27886-5016
    (Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Tarboro
  • Phone Number: +1 252-823-8268

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?