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
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.
We've visited On the Square several time ...
We've visited On the Square several times on our way back and forth to the Outer Banks. Always a good meal for foodies with local ingredients prepared in a unique fashion. The sea bass was excellent. Prices might be a touch higher than I would expect but still a great option for a small town. The staff was very efficient and was nice enough to seat us at a table near the front so we could keep an eye on our car with bikes hanging off the back.
Calamari is the best of anywhere I've ev ...
Calamari is the best of anywhere I've ever been and is usually not on the menu but ask the server. The crab cake on the seafood trio was also excellent--not so with the oysters or shrimp. Oysters are not in season in NC which I should have remembered. Overall, this is still my favorite restaurant in Eastern NC.
Friends recommend the location to us and ...
Friends recommend the location to us and we decided to try it on the way to the beach for the weekend. We will definitely return even though we live a little over an hour away. Clam appetizers were so good we had to order another (kids 12, 15 & 18 requested the second serving). The petite filet was very tender and my wife said the sauce it was served with was excellent. My sea bass was exceptional and I can't wait to come back to try the ribeye. This restaurant is providing a dinning experience, with a changing menu weekly, which we were looking for, not just the get you in, get you out like many of the chain restaurants unfortunately provide. My hat is off to On The Square!
As always, the food was delicious. My f ...
As always, the food was delicious. My friend and I both had the same dinner and enjoyed every
morsel. My only complaint is that our waitress brought us the dessert menu before our entree was served and it did take longer than usual to get our entree.
The past 3 times we have dined at OTS, t ...
The past 3 times we have dined at OTS, the portions get smaller each time. My husbands grouper resembled bait rather than a filet of grouper. The chicken scallopini might have been 3 oz, too small for $23. We aren't sure what is going on but prices are up and portions are down.
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.
We went for my wife's 65th birthday. The ...
We went for my wife's 65th birthday. The food was very good. My wife's chicken dish was outstanding with the best Cous Cous I have ever had. The calamari was also exceptional. Prices were very good for the quality of the food. Service was only so-so with our waitress not doing the specials justice in her description. The ambiance is nice but never going to be exceptional and unfortunately we were seated near a couple who brought their two less than four year old kids. I like kids but not in a nice restaurant when we are trying to have a romantic dinner. They were a noise distraction, not the kids fault, they were doing what kids do. OTS wrapped it up nicely when my wife ordered a chocolate sundae for dessert and they bought a large sundae with a candle and special birthday wishes - nice surprise.
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.
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.
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