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, 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
My wife and I have eaten at On the Squar ...
My wife and I have eaten at On the Square many times over the years. It is probably our favorite restaurant. This past Saturday night was not the normal experience for this restaurant. The food was still outstanding but the service was significantly less than expected. We were not sure if it was a kitchen problem or a wait staff problem. But we waited significantly longer than normal throughout all phases of the dinner. It took a while for the the waitress to greet us and take the drink order, it took longer than normal for the appetizer to arrive and far longer than normal for the entree to arrive. We were almost ready to leave when the main course arrived. This was the first time over many times that this has happened. We are hoping that this was just a bad night for a great restaurant.
A coworker who lives in Tarboro recommen ...
A coworker who lives in Tarboro recommended OTS as a stop on our way to the beach. Truly a small town gem. Understand that dinner is really outstanding but a great bistro lunch in an quaint historic setting. One warning - peanut oil is used for the fries if you have allergies which disappointed my allergic son - and it is not indicated anywhere.
Our extended family of cousins enjoyed a ...
Our extended family of cousins enjoyed a walking tour of Tarboro family sites and the enjoyed a wonderful dinner later at On the Square. All eight of us had a wonderful meal with great wine. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. We will be back!
It is always good no matter what is goin ...
It is always good no matter what is going on around the state/world!! Which this visit happened to be right around the hurricane, they were not busy at all, but that was not because PEOPLE didn't want to be there, they COULD not get to the restaurant because of water... it was nice and quiet, but you could tell they were not used to quiet.. Hopefully the area is getting somewhat back to normal! and life is moving forward!!!
We enjoyed celebrating my wife's birthda ...
We enjoyed celebrating my wife's birthday at your restaurant. However, we would have liked some smooth jazz or some sort of easy listening music to have been playing softly and that would have possibly encouraged people to talk not quite as loud. We did not care to hear other's conversations. The lighting could have been a little softer to compliment the candles on the table.
We really enjoyed our waiter! He was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. When my wife had to return her fish because it was too salty, he made the perfect suggestion for another choice! We do plan to return in the future.
Had an absolutely exceptional meal on Sa ...
Had an absolutely exceptional meal on Saturday night. Chicken dish paired perfectly with the red recommended by the in-house sommelier. Juicy flavorful dishes that are well spiced and fresh. Bigger portions than expected but perfectly sized for a dinner. Also ordered house-made ice cream sandwiches which were a perfect ending to the evening. Will return!
There aren't many places in eastern Nort ...
There aren't many places in eastern North Carolina where you can get vegetarian meals outside of a salad or veggie burger. On The Square is one of the few places you get fresh innovative vegetarian. Many of their vegetarian are specials so best to call before hand.
It is always delicious and beautifully p ...
It is always delicious and beautifully presented. The service is always attentive, and everything you need, but also non-intrusive. I love the creative specials! This time it was an open face avocado BLT. Delicious!
We always love coming to and eating at O ...
We always love coming to and eating at On The Square. We've been coming from Aulander (45 minutes north) for about 10 or more years now. It will continue to be our choice when we want a special [but good value] dinner out. OTS rocks!
On the Square never fails to delight us. ...
On the Square never fails to delight us. at our table of six three of us tried the shellfish cacciucco which had a rich tomato sauce with the shellfish. The rest of us tried the shrimp/scallop en croute which was divine-- puff pastry with a wonderful sauce with the seafood. We all enjoyed our experience.
Nothing tremendously exciting on the men ...
Nothing tremendously exciting on the menu. The restaurant smelled slightly of mildew, which we stopped noticing by the time our entrees arrived. Oil was a bit cool for our fried items, so the calamari was tougher than we hoped and the parmesan fries that came with my steak were soggy. Not sure if I'll go back.
I as surprised that you order at the bar ...
I as surprised that you order at the bar, and that was fine! A nice menu with several salads and sandwiches. The wait was not long. We both had Cobb salads (honey mustard for one and blue cheese for the other). I immediately noticed how good it smelled. The dressings were excellent, and the salad was one of the best that I have had in a long time. Ate the whole thing!! We will definitely go back anytime we are near Tarboro. What a gem!!
Rough start to this experience. Placed ...
Rough start to this experience. Placed in a dark corner with a wobbly table top. Took the server 10 minutes to come take the drink order, and another 5-7 minutes to bring it back. Server came back into dining room several times while we were waiting, nothing from the bar just tea and coke. Had to request a steak knife with the New York Strip. Silverware had soap spots. No candle, flower, or salt and pepper on table.
Having said all that, the food was amazing. We ordered the chicken livers, New York Strip, and chicken and waffles. The only critique was the chicken livers with mushroom and red wine reduction did not have all the alcohol cooked off, however, it was so delicious I highly recommend it. The chicken livers were perfectly cooked, tender and delicious. The New York Strip was cooked to order, tender and juicy. The chicken and waffles had a bacon maple "gravy" that was addictive. Our compliments to the chef.
Even with the questionable beginning we will be going back again. The food makes the drive from Greenville completely worth it.
We are new to the area and wanted to try ...
We are new to the area and wanted to try this restaurant, which was recommended by many as one of the best in eastern NC. We arrived a little early for our reservation. There was no obvious hostess. Unfortunately we were not seated until about 30 min after our reserved time. Then it was another 15 min before a server came to our table. Once we ordered, our food arrived promptly. More importantly, the food was great. There were no problems in the kitchen. But you shouldn't have to ask for a spoon when you order soup. Lol. The wine list was great and had good, but reasonably priced options. Perhaps service was off just on this occasion. We will give it another chance because of the food. This restaurant could be great. But they have to get their service up to the standards of their kitchen. It was a frustrating experience.
I've eaten here a few times before and a ...
I've eaten here a few times before and always enjoyed the experience and the food. This particular visit, I brought some friends as part of a "girls weekend". This was the only night we planned to eat out for dinner. I was hugely disappointed. Our server was not knowledgeable and with every question seemed to say, "I can check". She knew nothing about wines, but also, did not offer to get someone who did. The calamari appetizer was great. When we received our meals, the friend who ordered the filet was very happy, the friend who ordered the ribeye was not (much of it was not edible and this is someone who knows ribeyes and what is expected), I ordered the salmon and altho' the flavor was very good, the fish was overcooked. I didn't even finish half. We decided to skip dessert. I'm not going to go back any time soon, there is nothing more frustrating than paying a good sum of money for a meal that would have been better at home.
Without a doubt, this will be one of the ...
Without a doubt, this will be one of the best dining experiences of your life. This place is nestled into eastern North Carolina, and the food has the flare of the big city world class dinning, yet served with southern charm and an accent! Stephen and Inez, indeed, go out of their way to make you feel like you're in their home. I've eaten in big cities all across this country, yet I still can't wait to get back to their table. If you're disappointed, may God help you.
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