I made a reservation online which the woman taking the orders at the counter knew nothing about. She was not friendly at all and explained nothing to us. The food was mediocre, at best. This was a big disappointment.
Great food and even better service.
Went for pre-Mother’s Day dinner. Food and atmosphere good. Prices fine.
On The Square has become one of our favorite restaurants. We have made the 1 1/2 hour trip from Durham (a great food city) several times and have never been disappointed. The chef is very imaginative and puts a custom spin on the dishes, using wonderful, fresh ingredients. I highly recommend making the trip to Tarboro to experience On The Square.
Will go again. Will check menu every week to see what is available
A little disorganized from a service point of view (e.g. wine delivered to table in bucket and not served). My filet was tasty. Strawberry salad was also nice.
On The Square is a jewel tucked away in the small historical town of Tarboro. The wine list is excellent and the food is unique and delicious. It's perfect for a fun filled evening with friends or a date with that special someone. There are always a variety of choices from seafood to pastas. Delightful seasonal salads and fresh in seasons sides. Service is top notched. One of our very favorite!
Delightful... a selective menu with upscale continental dining...
Everything except the seafood dishes met or exceeded expectations... the NC Oysters were horrible and the Seafood Chowder was unremarkable, except that it had an excessively fishy flavor/odor.
Pork chop was served under-cooked (raw in the middle), but wonderful once returned and properly cooked...
The chef has quality issues and either he or the owner needs to verify every dish before it leaves the kitchen, especially the seafood dishes.
Side dishes were very tasty.
The only restaurant that I have ever frequented that had Sherry on the wine list... I've always enjoyed Sherry as an after meal liquid dessert.
I just wish that I could have given them 5 stars
Food is excellent,but portions much too small. Prices much too high. Asking for bread and not having salad included seems to leave one feeling the mindset of the restaurant is not generous, but rather frugal. I was shocked another time at lunch to be charged for water!
I think this restaurant having no comparable quality competition in this town allows it to overcharge.
Wonderful food two of us had the roasted oyster dish that was described accurately by the server. We also had a wonderful wine, you do not normally find a Chateau Musar wine on a menu often.
Fabulous meal in a beautiful setting. The tuna tartare and grilled romaine appetizers were great.
The food was great, the service not so great as we were served after couples and groups that came in after us
Have eaten there since they opened years ago. Three terrible meals in a row. I will not return unless I hear they have returned to their prior good offerings. Not worth the price or effort.
We traveled from Washington, DC to enjoy a wonderful dinner at On the Square. Even after living in Paris and enjoying Michelin star restaurants, On the Square provided a delicious, wonderful dining experience! Everything was perfect, and well worth the extra effort with the travel!
This was my first visit to Tarboro’s On The Square and I was very pleased. They are an unexpected food bright spot in this small eastern North Carolina town. The food was spot on and based on local ingredients and they have a very nice wine list. Great place.
Would like a more original menu. Seating is tight. The awkward date adjacent to us proved distracting, if not a bit entertaining.
To be honest, my girlfriend and I were both underwhelmed in general. The ambiance would have been perfect had it not been for the inevitable booming voice sitting behind us trying to impart some alleged wisdom to his grandchildren. But the real disappointment was the slow service, which is unacceptable when the restaurant appears to be at less than half its capacity. We were not in a hurry so it was not as inconveniencing as it could have been, but it was conspicuous nonetheless. There was also a draught beer on the dinner menu which wasn't actually available. Really?! They own a brewery just down the street for the love of Pete!
So, after having heard so many wonderful things about this place, I guess I was simply expecting more. Oh well, fool me once.
This is the third time we visited this restaurant. The food was delicious, service was excellent.
The line coming in got a little long at times and did not realize we had to put our order in at the counter when we came in for lunch. But overall--it was a good experience.
Food, atmosphere and service were all excellent! We will return soon.
Another delicious dinner at On The Square....calamari, mushroom risotto, chicken scallopini, fried oysters and a perfectly cooked ribeye steak. The Pecan Pie Bread Pudding was the cherry on top for this 30th Birthday Celebration for our son. Consistently delicious and special...we’ll return again and again.
Dinner excellent, service was really great---waiter was very attentive. The Square continues to be a standard from which we judge other places.
The service and food were very good
The food was delicious! We had a great time.
We always go to On the Square for special occasions and we are never disappointed! The food is always very interesting and they offer a nice variety. The staff is always friendly and meet our every request. I recommend On the Square to all my friends and they have all been extremely happy with their experiences!
We are blessed to live in Tarboro near On The Square, we dine there often for lunch and dinner. We've been going there since we moved here six years ago and we have never had a bad meal.
The food is always delicious and well presented, with a great wine selection. The staff is always cheerful and attentive. They know the menu well and will assist in making selections if you ask.
The Chef teaches cooking classes at the college where I teach and they are always sold out! You can't miss with On The Square, but I would strongly recommend reservations if planning dinner there.
I've eaten at On the Square several times but won't be going back. I order the petite filet and it was so grisly that I couldn't eat it not to mention it was raw (I ordered MW). The wait staff didn't pick up on the fact I didn't eat my $22 steak. Also no poultry on the menu (my husband has a beef and pork allergy) so his only choice was a bowl of soup. We know they serve chicken at lunch and asked if they could make him something and was basically told no. He also ordered a Bloody Mary and was told they don't get many orders for this drink so it was doing to take a long time to make a mix or he could order something else. Overall very disappointing.
Great dining experience.
The menu was fabulous. We enjoyed some new offerings by the new chef as well as some traditional dishes. We also had some wonderful new wines to go with our meal. We had a delightful evening with friends and would recommend On The Square any time!
Outstanding experience. Our server was amazing and the meal was absolutely delicious!!!
It was a Birthday dinner. The service and ambience were perfect. We are shrimp & grits and the southern osso bucco. Both were cooked to perfection! A large table of friends showed up and lived up the room to top off a fantastic evening!
I enjoyed a relaxed lunch with friends. I had lovely chicken quesadillas with a perfect bread pudding for dessert. It was a perfect lunch for a cold, winter day. My friends also enjoyed their meals and time to sit and talk. On The Square is a reliable lunch stop, always satisfying.
THE SERVICE WAS GREAT AND THE DINNER WAS OFF THE CHARTS.WE HAVE TOLD SEVERAL FRIENDS ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE.
Great as usual. Been eating at OTS for years. Hard to believe they still “make it exciting to see what they are going to come up with this time. “ NOBODY, can do fish like Stephen, NOBODY! Try their TBC beers also, all made in our best kept secret of Tarboro, NC ! Well, you should tell a few good friends!!!!!😎
Really enjoyed it! Service and food was very good.
The Mediterranean Seafood Stew was phenomenal!! Keep thinking about going back for more.
Always a wonderful meal and service!
Menu always has good variety. Service staff is always helpful and polite.
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.
A beautiful place to eat great food and service. Wonderful evening.
Much better experience at night. I was very disappointed in the "average" sandwiches and sides for lunch.