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.
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: 2528238268
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
On The Square Ratings and Reviews
This place is truly a diamond in the ruf ...
This place is truly a diamond in the ruff. One of my favorite restaurants in the state of NC, and definitely in my top 10 of national cuisine. The ambiance, service, food, sommelier wine pairing suggestions - everything Is wonderful. Ours meals tonight did not disappoint. Will definitely be back.
Always great food. Lunch is a little cr ...
Always great food. Lunch is a little crowded and a reservation is a must.
The food was excellent, and it is a wond ...
The food was excellent, and it is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.
We moved out of the area over 3 years ag ...
We moved out of the area over 3 years ago but return to this restaurant when we are visiting. The food is always excellent and the staff is friendly. Be certain to make a reservation as soon as possible because the time slots fill up quickly.
Excellent food at a good price...but not much else
The food at On The Square was excellent. The remainder of the experience was a let down. The wait staff seemed like the owners' nieces and nephews--nice enough but not informed about the menu selections. We felt rushed and were asked if we were ready to order (our meal, not drinks) about a minute after we sat down. Tables are close together, but not too close as the clientele seemed to realize the proximity to others and were quiet. I was generally disappointed that I chose On The Square for our anniversary meal. I believe a wait staff that is attentive but not hovering, informed about the menu, not making me feel rushed, and most importantly, making me feel like they were glad I was there would make me want to go back. If I lived in Tarboro, I would go back for the high quality food but if I'm going on a drive again, I'll head to downtown Kinston.
Love coming from Greenville for dinner!
Love coming from Greenville for dinner!
Excellent Anniversary Meal
This is one of our favorite special occasion restaurants -- and a dinner there is always a treat to look forward to. The presentation of the food was awesome. The bottle of wine perfect. And for desert, they added "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate writing -- making a special occasion even more special. Looking forward to our next visit and hoping to make it there more often!
Always the BEST experience !
On the Square never fails to make you feel so special! Very southern, comfortable dining experience with delicious food as a bonus! Their food is always the freshest plus the desserts decandent! We had the best strawberry cake that I have ever tasted! Cannot wait to return!
Read about it, and sounded well worth th ...
Read about it, and sounded well worth the drive. It was! Price not only seemed reasonable, but actually cheap for Level of food and service. Wine was no exception. We will absolutely be returning within a month. Talk about a hidden gem. I know it's a drive from Raleigh, but don't miss this. Not a lot of places in Raleigh that bring this level of excellence. And we consider ourselves hard to impress ex-New Yorkers.
As usual, my friends and I each enjoyed delicious meals (and I had dessert). It is always exciting to try new items added to the menu.
The only complaint i have is that I call ...
The only complaint i have is that I called and changed my reservation to 8 people, upon arrival I found out my 80 year old uncle was coming and I needed to make an adjustment to 9 and the hostess got annoyed. She accommodated our request,however she was visibly upset about the change. We thanked her for accommodating our new request and she walked off and said nothing!!!! Our reservation was for 5:30 and the restaurant had plenty of room, however we did not let her attitude affect us celebrating my mother's 70th birthday!!
Outstanding food and impressive wine sel ...
Outstanding food and impressive wine selection. Big city dining experience in acquaint historic beautiful small town.
Food always good! Highly recommend the ...
Food always good! Highly recommend the Carrot cake cupcakes!!!!!
First time left good impression.
Great server. Great atmosphere and fantastic food and dessert.will definitely be back (with friends).
Great Place off the beaten path worth the trip.
Absolutely one of the best restaurants in eastern NC. Tarboro is not a hot spot for food but this place is worth the trip. The menu is moderate priced. Dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine under $100 not including tax and tip. the food is great as is the service. Would definitely go again. Best for a date night with your significant other or special occasion. Reservations are best made 1-2 days a head of time for best selection of times. We will definitely be going again.
Mother's Day celebration dinner
We enjoyed the restaurant, the historic location, the service and the food. I ordered the sea food trio. It caught me by surprise that all the seafood items were fried. Maybe the menu mentioned this and I just missed it. My wife's meal, the seafood crepes, was outstanding. The restaurant was full and busy, yet the service was good.
On the Square is on time!
On the square has a limited, rotating menu that allows them to focus on quality and presentation of the food. Selection usually covers meat, chicken, seafood and locally sourced veggies. The dinner entrees can be pricey. Good wine, beer and cocktail selection. They also have their own nearby brewery and pub. Very popular so can get busy and noisey. The restaurant is in a historical store front in the wonderfully quaint historical town of Tarboro. The executive chef is very experienced and well trained, as is the restaurant manager.
Thursday Night at On The Square
The wait staff is exceptional. Well-informed, attentive, but not hovering. Food was outstanding. Broken Dreams was terrific.
Great wine selection, knowledgeable sta ...
Great wine selection, knowledgeable staff, delicious food
The food was delicious as always!
The food was wonderful as usual, but I tried the seafood crepes for the first time, and they were amazing, rich and decadent. My dining partners both had steak, always a good choice. Love it, can not wait to go back again.
a gem in Tarboro
We also look forward to an opportunity to dine at On the Square. Great menu and wine list, and always a few creative specials. We've never been disappointed.
Great food, friendly service. It took a bit longer than I would have liked but other than that no complaints.
I just had a wonderful supper with my wi ...
I just had a wonderful supper with my wife. The food, wine, and service were superb. The calamari was perfection. It was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The aioli sauce served with it was divine. I have eaten a lot of fried calamari over the years around the world. What I had tonight beat anything I had in Italy.
Nice dining experience
There were four people in our group and everyone really enjoyed our meal. The food was very good and not overly pricy. The desert was crazy good.
Pretty Good -- could be better
Dined here on the recommendation of several friends. Wine list and sommelier were top-notch. Food was good overall, although an asparagus soup was pea-green, utterly tasteless and gelatinous, which was weird because there was asparagus on two of the entrees and it was fresh, green and lively. When we sent it back the server said, I tasted it and it tastes like it always does. Other than that we had a lovely risotto, very nice trout and a rib-eye. Accompaniments were good too. Service was very friendly and warm, but oddly slow although they were not very busy. We don't like to rush through dinner so it was not a big deal. Dessert was nice too - an okay coconut creme brulee and an outstanding carrot cake that was really a tower of cake and cream cheese filling. Prices were reasonable. The staff apologized all over the place about the soup and offered several times to replace it with something else at no charge, and to be fair, these things happen. I would return.
Love the food and service. My favorite p ...
Love the food and service. My favorite place to eat!
Great Small Town Dining
We are never disappointed with On The Square...great wine options and wonderful dishes. The services are great and the staff is wonderful!
Another Great Dinner
We recently met friends from Williamston at On the Square for dinner! Had a great evening... food, wine and conversation! Loved the grilled Romaine !
Best restaurant in area
Always a treat. Great food. Beautiful presentation. Friendly staff. Excellent value.
The Gem of Northeast NC and indeed the entire Southeast.
Great food in a cool location.
Great food in a cool location.
Oso buco was fantastic and suggested win ...
Oso buco was fantastic and suggested wine pairing was wonderful! :-)
The food was delicious, service perfect ...
The food was delicious, service perfect and atmosphere great. Delightful evening!
Early reservations suggested, before get ...
Early reservations suggested, before gets too busy, too loud...
Unique for the area....
On the Square is a rare find in Tarboro, NC. The food is amazing!!! We waited a little over 30 minutes past our reservation time for our table (worth the wait) and unfortunately there's really no comfortable place to be until you are seated. The staff members and servers are friendly and prompt. For the record I would much prefer waiting for my table over being rushed out before I'm ready to end my meal.
Worth the drive from Raleigh!!!
A great neighborhood restaurant and worth the drive from wherever for this experience. Our server, Paige, was expertly trained in conveying the menu and sommelier wines selected for the dinners. She was well versed with all aspects of the menu selections and their origin. I had the Tilefish with the spaghetti squash bread pudding and brussel sprouts. Beautiful presentation and a huge WOW for the entire meal!. My husband had the Petite Filet and was able to switch out the sides due to dietary restrictions with no problem. In fact, they actually encourage to make sure you are completely satisfied. The Sommelier visited our table to chat about the wines that were selected by her. A true dining experience. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Do not miss this! Looking forward to attending the wine dinners.
Always a treat.
I would put On the Square on bar with any restaurant I have visited anywhere.
Great lunch in a small town.
We had lunch. An interesting aspect is that you line up to place your order whether take out or in. Best to make a reservation even at lunch as seating is limited. Would like to try dinner.
As always, the food is delicious and the service is fabulous. The wait staff is very attentive to our needs. If you are looking for a great dining experience visit OTS.
Have been here many times. I'm always satisfied. One of the most consistent quality dining establishments in 50 mile radius. Great wine. ++++++++@@
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