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Off the Square

) #1 of 52 Restaurants in Albemarle €€ - €€€ , American, Gluten Free Options
114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
+1 704-986-0621
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“crab cakes” (14 reviews)
“salmon” (9 reviews)
10:30 - 22:00All hours
Wine Bar, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found this nice little restaurant when I search trip advisor for a good place to eat in Albemarle. It is very nice decorated and was very clean. Our waitress did a great job and the manager came by to make sure everything was good. Our...More

Thank Carolyn H
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Carolyn, thank you very much for the feedback. We are happy to hear about your experience and look forward to having you back again soon. We'd appreciate to hear any thoughts you have on how we can further improve and earn a 5-star rating...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Off the Square. The food and service were outstanding. The Shrimp bisque is the best I have ever had and my wife had fettuccine with salmon and absolutely loved it. The salmon was absolutely fresh and superb. Michael, the...More

Thank Chris B
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was a pleasure to have you back with us Chris! On behalf of all of us at Off the Square, many thanks for the feedback!

Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to Albermarle, NC. The hotel staff recommended Off the Square for a nice dinner. It was a small restaurant downtown with a warm & inviting atmosphere. We went at 5 & barely squeaked in without a reservation. Danielle was a...More

Thank blessed2death
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

We very much appreciate the feedback and are happy to hear about your experience with us!!

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

My husband found this restaurant by chance. It is my favorite place to eat. My favorite thing is the chicken Alfredo. The slow roast is heavenly. I look for any reason to drive 45 minutes to eat here. The restaurant has minimum seating I would...More

Thank Stacey M
Reviewed 21 April 2017

After seeing Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence I couldn't wait to get my meal. The service was excellent and helpful with choosing a glass of wine to accompany my meal. I ordered one of the most expensive menu items on the Specials Menu, Veal Scallopini....More

Thank Vacation-Loca
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

I am so sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience. We strive to be great, however are not perfect. Rest assured we are using real veal from a very high quality source...however in spite of trying to be great and exceed expectations, we are not...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

The space is small and there are only a few menu options since it is gourmet food. They make their dishes from local products, thus, their salads are excellent. They also change their sauces often so every time you come back you will get a...More

Thank L H
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Everything my wife and four kids ate here was fantastic. The quality of the food was top notch and they had a great draft beer selection. We will definitely be back.

Thank Gabriel E
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This is a small, intimate restaurant located in downtown Albemarle. They have specials each night and they are good. In this town, this is the closest thing to fine dining that you can get. Make a reservation if you are going on a weekend night....More

Thank Kelly H
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Albemarle is a wonderfully friendly small town. Off the Square is named so, as it it on Second Street near the Town Square and the small clock tower. This is nothing elaborate but it certainly beats all the other restaurants in the classy cuisine, presentation,...More

Thank Pilakel
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We are new to the area and this restaurant came highly recommended. I enjoy non-chain eateries and was looking forward to locally sourced fare. The food was nothing more than average. (It was actually a little on the bland side.) I had the special, a...More

Thank Amanda F
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Dear Amanda, I'm very sorry to hear you were not fully satisfied with your experience with us the other day. Our aim is simply to provide great food and service in a wonderful atmosphere, and we let you down. In case you did not share...More

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Tammy E
5 May 2017|
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Response from Michael B | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We do offer takeout however we do not deliver.
28 September 2016|
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Response from Michael B | Property representative |
Hi! We are currently working towards opening for Sunday brunch in the coming months. We've had a lot of requests from our guests for this, and are aiming to start this by opening for one Sunday a month to start with to give... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-986-0621
Off the Square is a casual upscale restaurant focused on creating an unforgettable dining experience by using local ingredients to craft gourmet cuisine from scratch. Along with our house-made appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we feature a carefully selected assortment of wines, spirits, and craft beers. We strive every day to provide courteous service and a welcoming atmosphere. Off the Square is one of five NC restaurants that were recognized for featuring locally grown, raised, caught and made products during the second annual "Dig Into Local Best Menu NC" contest by the NC Department of Agriculture!
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