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About On The Square
Located in Historic Downtown Tarboro, one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, On the Square Restaurant offers seasonal, sustainable ingredients that are celebrated throughout the ever-changing menu. Open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for lunch on Monday through Friday, we are as proud of our food and comfortable atmosphere as we are of our eclectic and value-driven wine list.
Tarboro, NC 27886
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer catering of every kind. From box lunches to weddings, we are happy and able to provide food and wine for your special event.
Private Party Facilities:
Our private dining area seats 38 people comfortably. It is available any night of the week. On Sunday-Wednesday, the minimum is $1500 ++, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the minimum is $2000 ++. Of course, we also cater off-premise so please contact us for more information if you already have a space in mind.
Private Party Contact:
Frances Liverman: (252) 823-8268
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
On The Square Ratings and Reviews
Over-hyped!! The is no reason to make a reservation - we had to order at the counter and had to stand in line for 20 minutes to do so. - behind everyone who came in off the street to eat lunch, buy wine, pick up orders, buy gift certificates, etc. They didn’t even give us menus to look at while we waited. We’d initially made reservations to come for dinner with friends for a special evening, but would have been embarrassed to offer this restaurant to mark a memorable occasion. Nothing to see here - wouldn’t make the effort to go again, and wouldn’t recommend it to friends.
I took my girlfriend out here for a nice dinner on a Saturday night and afterwards we strolled through downtown Tarboro. It was a wonderful night, enjoyed the food, especially the specials. Service was great and the server was very knowledgeable about all of the menu and the specials. I would highly recommend to any of my friends looking for a nice place to dine!
Very disappointed. We’re locals and have had good meals and service previously. We took family visiting from California tonight and were embarrassed. We started with cocktails, which were excellent. The Jalapeño Margaritas was outstanding. We ordered a bottle of Chardonnay with our entrees that was on the wine list. However, they had to chill it as it came off the shelf in their “wine store.” We ordered an Beet & Arugula salad that was first brought out without beets. Our server was too busy in the front dining room and we got tired of waiting for her to check-in with us. We had to ask another server to assist. No apology. New salads had five slivers of beets. Really? For a $12 salad? What is the food cost on fresh beets? The vegetarian entree ($20) was disgusting. I refused to pay for the dish. It was that bad. The seafood risotto was beautifully presented. The risotto was overlooked (mushy). The chicken & waffles was above average. The chicken cutlet was tasty and crispy. The waffles were cold and soggy. The maple gravy was delicious! Having waited tables while in school, I tip 18% average, 20% good, and 22% for excellent service. While we did not receive 20% level service, I tipped our server at this level as the restaurant was busy and appeared to be struggling with keeping up.
We went twice in 7 days - first for a birthday, second with out of state guests. The calamari appetizer was beyond excellent (wasabi & honey drizzle). Petit Filet a gem, as was the red fish. For more basic fare - try the ribeye. Done to a 'T', can't go wrong, if not adventurous.
Wait staff excellent - especially Hannah (who was our server both occasions). Very responsive to inquiries and banter from the table.
Try the Tarboro Brewing Comapny's Abbeye brew - a brown ale (or close to it).
Coming from the west coast (CA and WA), we appreciated the emphasis on wines from the fire-ravaged areas in Napa-Sonoma, to assist in rebuilding efforts.
Do not miss this experience! On The Square is the best-kept secret in eastern North Carolina. We had the mushroom risotto, which was a beautiful flavor explosion, and our salads and desserts were also wonderful. They also have an incredible wine list. We had a wonderful night.
As always, outstanding meal and service. Menu changes weekly and offers a great culinary opportunity . Appetizers, entrees, as well as deserts are creative and different offering a dining experience outside the norm for Eastern NC. Inez and Steven have produced a true gem. Well worth it. Great beer at Tarboro Brewing Company also.
Always enjoy dining here for lunch. Fresh local food cooked just right. Brought two first timers with me and they really enjoyed their food. They had soup (corn chowder) and sandwich and were really impressed with both. Said it was delicious. I deflinitely wll be back if I'm in the area and my friends will be bringing their families and friends back there to enjoy the delicious food. Highly recommend to anyone that likes locally owned restaurant food that's fresh and cooked to everyone's expectations.
We ate on a Wednesday night which is sushi night at On The Square. There were 4 of us, and we enjoyed 6 or 7 wonderful rolls plus great edamame and crispy Tempura fried onions. We all enjoyed the tasty dinner. It was outstanding food in a relaxed atmosphere. We would highly recommend On The Square - for sushi night or any night they are open!
Disappointed to see a sanitation grade of 90!!! Food was excellent, service was good until they got busy. Then our glasses sat empty and nobody came by our table for 15-20 mins. If the service had been better, I would've had an easier time paying our $100+ check...
Service level is not what is use to be. Had to ask for refills and had to wait a long time for tab. The food is usually always fresh and delish. The chocolate molten cake was very runny and not completely cooked. It tasted raw. Entrees were good. I hope that with the new brewery they own and the taco place at the Mill, the owners are not stretched too thin. This is the third time I have been in a couple months and the service is just not at the top notch level as it was.
This was a major let down. We have heard the rave reviews of this classic and were sadly disappointed. The wait staff were still in training, I watched my drink sit for over five minutes being iced down, even ordering a classic martini was a challenge for the staff. We waited over ten minutes for our drinks, over an hour and a half for our food. I watched the bartender use the wrong vodka on my drink and the wrong rum in our friends. The quality was okay, but not to the level that you would expect. The only saving grace is this restaurant is the only one of its kind in the area. Very much a letdown.
On our 55th anniversary we chose the restaurant were we enjoy good food, great service and thoughtfulness the most. Our server was interrupted at least 3 time by people calling in about our being there and she joined in the celebration with us. It was just a great experience, in a small town where people still care and where they can still be people and friends whether we have known each other or not.
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