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On the Square

115 E Saint James St, Tarboro, NC 27886-5016
+1 252-823-8268
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good12%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“calamari” (9 reviews)
“salad” (16 reviews)
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
115 E Saint James St, Tarboro, NC 27886-5016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to OTS for lunch today. I had 45 minutes for lunch. I waited in line for a long time to order. They have 1 person taking orders at the register. She also takes phone orders. The process is really slow. I did not make...More

Thank Rob F
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Dinner at OTS was superb. We continue to be amazed at the presentation, quality and variety of this place. This truly is a hidden gem. My seafood brodo was out of sight. My wife had grilled Romain salad and swordfish. I love being able to...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

We made a reservation as suggested. We were seated promptly but I was nearly bowled over on the way to the table by an employee moving WAY too fast for the Saturday night circumstances. On paper the food sounded great, but in reality it was...More

Thank Libby T
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

I happened to be driving by Tarboro and found mention of this restaurant on TripAdvisor. My experience did not get off to a good start. I was not welcomed when I entered nor was there any signage that explained how I was to proceed. In...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 3 February 2018

My usual anticipation about dinner at On The Square was a bit disappointing tonight. It was a first for the Calamari appetizer to be greasy and not as light and fresh tasting as usual. The sauces were as superb as ever but without the light...More

Thank NCCUfootballmom
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Tarboro isn't on the way to anywhere, so you're just going to have to make it a destination to visit On the Square. A colleague took me there for a business lunch, but really it's a perfect place for a couples dinner. The restaurant is...More

Thank WhitfieldObserver
Reviewed 5 November 2017

There are a few really exceptional restaurants scattered around the rural parts of NC that you would think could only be found inside the larger cities. On The Square's owners owe their talent to their time working in the World Trade Center before 911. But...More

Thank Wayne T
Reviewed 30 October 2017

All four of us loved our food but the service was painfully slow and lacked attention to details unless prompted. It also took a very long time for the food to arrive from the kitchen. We had a reservation so being seated was not delayed....More

Thank Ec328888
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Delicious and inventive cuisine. I had ordered arugula salad and friend okra. The salad was especially fresh, crisp and inventive. Portions were generous. I was dining solo on a busy night, but I was given a entire booth and never hurried. Staff was very gracious....More

Thank Kathleen R
Reviewed 5 October 2017

I am seriously addicted to the lunch here. I found this place after a closing on a property in the area. I have eaten here 4 times at lunch (every time I come through Tarboro). The menu isn't extensive but the food is plentiful and...More

Thank Kristina C
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14 December 2016|
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Response from Sheryl C | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. We don't live in the immediate area, so we're not at the restaurant frequently. There is probably info on their website or Facebook page.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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