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On The Square

4.8
4.8
1201 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 1,201 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for Lunch

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Contemporary American

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome!
  2. LE

    LenE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu was very interesting and the portions (in our opinion} were large. On the Square is a must go to place in Eastern N.C.
  3. M

    Marie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love On the Square. Thanks to the chef, Steven! Great selection of wine to choose from, great price point. Service is great, food delicious
  4. F

    Foodies

    Mississippi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food is excellent , service ok but its no longer the upscale restaurant it was prior to the pandemic.
  5. D

    Dennis

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to share moments together with friends & family with the diverse dinner offerings of a beloved restaurant -by-many in Eastern North Carolina !
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at On the Square is consistently delicious!
  7. BB

    BretB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A happy staff, the outstanding tasting dinner we remembered from pre-pandemic and a bartender who truly knew what she was doing and took pride in her work
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food always! Outstanding staff always! Outstanding atmosphere always! Great place for an intimate dinner or a big party in the back. Never disappoints!
  9. JC

    JosephC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was well prepared. My wife had the burger and fries..she said that they were among the best that she ever had. I had the salad with strawberries and for the main course, risotto. The risotto was excellent, but the portion was a little small for my large appetite. The salad was exceptional and enough for the two of us. The carrot cake was deconstructed with pecans and raisins on the side. The cake was served with a large portion of stiff cream...altogether it was very satisfying. The staff was very friendly and helpful but one of them seemed to lack experience and was a bit intrusive (not rude, however). Perhaps she was very rushed. Overall, it was a nice evening with some friends. The noise level was tolerable, and we had a good conversation. We will certainly return.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready when we arrived. Server was attentive and staff was friendly. Cannot say enough good things about our meals. Everyone ordered different entrees- all were excellent. Juicy steaks, delicious salmon and soft shell crab, and shrimp and grits that I will probably dream about for weeks. Followed with a creamy cheesecake- a fabulous way to end the celebration of our daughter’s graduation.
  11. PH

    PamelaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant but it won’t be our last. The food was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommend
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful find to celebrating college graduation with family and friends. Great service, food and hospitality! Relaxing evening together. Thanks If you’re in the area, truly recommend a visit.
  13. MS

    MarkS

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have eaten there many times and each time the quality of the food and service goes down. The food is good, still better than average and the service is okay. The dessert choices were limited and they no longer serve coffee. This was disappointing and made us cancel our dessert order all together. We had a table of four as a birthday celebration and overall it was a disappointing evening.
  14. M

    Michael

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Always good recipes - but usually always small portions. Service adequate, knowledgeable - but never quite as polished as the pricing would suggest. Same goes for atmosphere, decor, background music, presentation and a lasting warm and welcoming impression. Have always hoped for more at these price points...don't see evidence of improvement in these areas anytime soon.
  15. j

    joeyde

    Raleigh

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came over again from Greenville. Food and drinks were excellent. Split the very tasty mussel appetizer. Our party had the mahi-mahi, shrimp and scallops in a pastry shell and the salmon. All three were delicious, but my favorite was the shrimp and scallops followed by the salmon. The sauces, seasonings and presentations were exception. We split the warm fried apple pie with vanilla ice cream and it too was delicious.
  16. TM

    TrentM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service and the wine was fantastic!
  17. S

    Stump

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Not the experience it used to be. Gone are the candles, fresh flowers, and local artwork. Dress is far too casual, even for the staff. Food is very good, but a more limited menu. Service is ok. Disappointed.
  18. R

    Ricky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Anbience was only problem. Otherwise great.
  19. JW

    JimW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Excellent food! I would and do recommend everyone to make an effort to try On the Square! We are from Greensboro nc but whenever we are in the area, we make sure we have dinner there!
  20. r

    roberty

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was extremely busy, but the staff did a wonderful job. Very cordial waitress who had a lot of tables to manage. I know Stephen was catering elsewhere tonight but the kitchen turned out some delicious meals. Kudos for having them so well prepared. Saw a lot of friends last night. Will be back in 2 weeks for my birthday.
  21. DW

    DonnaW

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We were there for lunch. I would prefer not to pour my own drink. I would also like to have had at least a paper table cloth. The food was very good. The service was quick. The server friendly. I will certainly go again.
  22. JC

    JimC

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was fantastic Service was good. A very enjoyable evening
  23. JC

    JohnC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Drinks and dinner were absolutely fabulous: Brown Derby, fried brussel sprouts and chicken scallopini for my wife and I had the Valdemort cocktail (referesing like lemoncello), garden salad & Seafood Cacciacucco (sp?) with shrimp, mussels, squid & clams (?) in a nice garlic red sauce - all VERY good at a moderate price & defnitely worth the 40-minute drive. If you want to get away from the aroma of seafood, request a table in the back. We will definitely go again.
  24. JH

    JudyH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I always enjoy On The Square when I’m in the area.
  25. RM

    RobertM

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the Square is a small local gem…excellent food and service.
  26. GA

    GeneA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our visit. Very neat and clean. Love the low light atmosphere we will visit again!
  27. E

    Ellen

    Philadelphia

    176 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were staying at a hotel 20 minutes from Tarboro and wanted to eat at a nearby gem. We found On The Square on Open Table and decided to try it. The food was outstanding, the service very attentive, the prices more than reasonable and all in a very charming atmosphere. This restaurant is a true neighborhood gem not to be missed.
  28. HD

    HD12

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wine was top notch as usual. Staff were friendly and personable. It was busy but I didnt feel rushed. Great experience
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food, especially for Eastern NC. Service was great. It was rather cold in there and I would request a table and chairs instead of their wooden straight back bench seating. It was a bit uncomfortable. Pricing is very good. I would definitely return.
  30. GS

    GinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing and the food was delicious! Can't wait to go back!
  31. TL

    TinaL

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointing
  32. IP

    IglooP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Excellent service. Took a date here for Valentines day and was more than pleased. Wine choices were excellent. Food is on a daily menu and everything tasted amazing.
  33. MY

    MauryY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good, and at a reasonable price.
  34. NA

    NAJYALC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was the best from the bread to the dessert. We all cleaned our plates.
  35. LC

    LucindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I normally love going to have lunch there, but recently my husband and I like to go on double date with our friends for dinner, and it’s been delicious!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the Square was great as always!
  37. PD

    PhillipDixon

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  38. BF

    BobbyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 6 was extremely pleased with every aspect of our experience at On The Square. The food and service was exceptional.
  39. KL

    KellyL

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready for us when we arrived. The server and the food were wonderful! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  40. j

    joeyde

    Raleigh

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We drove over from Greenville after reading the reviews and were not disappointed. Wonderful food, great martinis and excellent service all at reasonable prices. We will definitely return soon. A hidden gem.

FAQs

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

On The Square is rated 4.8 stars by 1201 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 4 times today
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

  • 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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