Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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
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.
We made reservations and were seated promptly. Service was a bit too attentive in constantly updating the status of our dishes' estimated arrival. The only off note was a small one but it colored the dining experience: why charge for coffee refills? We had 4 coffees during the entrees with no offers to refill. With dessert we requested more coffee and were given new cups and charged full price for them. The fact that I spend such time describing this rather than the wonderful entrees reflects how a small misstep can negate many positives.
Food was delicious and unique! There was a little confusion whether a "small plate" was adequate as a meal. We plan to return in the future, as it was a good anniversary choice! The tables in the distant room were quite close, so we couldn't help but hear conversations at neighboring tables.
We ordered a few appetizers and they were delicious. My entree and my daughter's were good. My husband on the other hand ordered a ribeye steak. He was extremely disappointed in the cut and quality of the meat. It was probably the toughest steak he has ever eaten.
The service was terrible. After being seated, we waited 15 minutes for the server to come take our drink order. We requested bread three times and it never came. We ordered two soups after our appetizer and one soup came out after my husband and daughter's meal were served. I waited at least 5 minutes for my swordfish to be served. Our server never came back to check on us. We unfortunately couldn't wait to leave. Our server's poor service was reflected in her tip.
We had a wonderful dinner. The new menu offers some new options, and our appetizers and entrees were delightful (we didn't save room for dessert). The dishes were well-prepared and all offered some taste treats and flavors that would sizzle. Thia was the kind of food to take time to savor and enjoy. We would highly recommend On The Square - whether for a special occasion or for a pleasing dinner when you don't feel like cooking. You can't go wrong!
We always have a wonderful meal at OTS. We did make reservations, and were seated earlier than expected-- which was nice! We planned on having a drink at the bar.
Food was spectacular, although our service was sub par.
Probably will not keep us from coming back though! Thank you Tarboro!
We had a group of 10 celebrating my sons graduation from ECU. Every one of us loved our meal - the food is fabulous and the presentation is beautiful! We had a member of our group who was vegan and the chef cooked a special dish for him that he loved! The wine list is extensive and the staff extremely helpful in making choices. Beautiful fresh peonies on every table. Quiet enough that a table of ten could engage in one conversation. This restaurant is worth the drive when you desire a melt in your mouth meal that you won't soon forget! I highly recommend to those who truly appreciate good food and wine!
What a wonderful family lunch we had at On The Square today! Cobb salad, Rachel and Roast Beef Sandwich...all were delicious and it was a great opportunity for us to catch up and relax. On The Square never disappoints and we always run into someone we know.
An excellent evening with outstanding company. Great meal that was well prepared with a beautiful plate presentaion, paired with a very nice risotto. Excellent wine list and found a great bottle at an appropriate price. The owner was most accomadating and shared time at our table. Our server was new and had difficutlty with the order, or else I would rate the entire experience as 4 star or better. Highly recommend this as the best restaurant in Eastern North Carolina.
I had not been to On The Square for quite a while so I hoped it would be as good this time as it always has been in the past. They didn't let my friend and me down. We had the seafood pad thai and it was excellent; just spicey enough. I also had the strawberry salad which was very good. Service was excellent and we were able to carry on a quiet conversation without the noise drowning us out even though the restaurant was quite crowded while we were there.
The bottom line is --- I let too much time pass between visits to this great restaurant. I will be going back soon.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.