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On The Square, Tarboro, NC

On The Square

4.9
4.9
1285 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
  • Good for special occasions
  • Great for fine wines
  • Neighborhood gem
Due to limited seating, we are only accepting in-house reservations. Please call the restaurant directly for a reservation.

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (252) 823-8268
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Stephen Ribustello
  • Catering
    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.
  • Neighborhood
    Tarboro
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,285 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Value

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Value

  • Raleigh

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh

    Good for special occasions

1,243 Reviews
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    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food, excellent service, and beautiful atmosphere! Can’t wait to return again and try something else on this exquisite menu.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience Everyone was very thoughtful and attentive Food was excellent

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  3. DonnaJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have lived in Tarboro for two years, so we are lucky to have this gem so close to home. The food is delicious featuring local in season dishes, an amazing wine list, and stellar service. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, it’s worth the drive.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited ON THE SQUARE for Wednesday Sushi night. We had a wonderful family girls’ night out. They went out of the way to please & we highly recommend the Crab-At-It-Roll, our favorite every time. My daughter also loves your chocolate martini that you make for her each time we go. Highly recommend this restaurant! A++++

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  5. SandraR

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The fettuccini with meat ragout was absolutely delicious!!

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  6. ShariR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant! Everyone is so kind and attentive! We had the fresh fettuccine with ragu sauce and pork belly, beef, mozzarella and crushed garlic bread. It was off the charts good! I only ate half to ensure I’d have leftovers the next day! Please bring it back for a regular appearance

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  7. Wakefield

    Raleigh

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We had not been to On the Square for six years, but decided to go to celebrate our 51st anniversary with two friends who were also an hour's drive away from Tarboro. One of the ribeye steaks had way too much fat for costing $32; however, another steak was fine. Our friends had the fillet and the salmon which they said was quite good. It certainly is the finest restaurant in that part of North Carolina. It's only open for dinner three nights a week.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go there every year for my birthday. Very good.

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  9. BrianJ

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and my 2 adult children and their spouses went to On the Square last night for our (3) May wedding anniversaries. We had 3 of their appetizers (Pork Belly, Scallops, and Beef Carpaccio) - all excellent. For dinner, we had the ribeye, lamb and salmon dishes. We passed them around so all got to sample each and all were excellently prepared. To finish the night off, we got the carrot cake, caramel cake and the strawberry shortcake biscuit. Each of these were beautifully prepared and were photo worthy (we texted pictures to friends and said they had to have them when they came to eat). Probably one of the best meals we have had in a long time. My daughter and son and their spouses were still talking about the meal until they left to travel back to their homes today. The service was also exceptional. Our server, Kaytlynn was very friendly, offered suggestions (all which were excellent) and made sure we had all we need for our special day. Thank you Inez and your staff for a great night and a great memory for our anniversaries.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special, memorable experience, all aspects , many thanks to all appearing at our cozy table

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FAQs

On The Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 823-8268.

On The Square is rated 4.9 stars by 1285 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for On The Square

115 East St. James Street, Tarboro, NC 27886

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Tarboro
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Stephen Ribustello
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (252) 823-8268
  • Catering
    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.
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