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On the Square

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115 E Saint James St, Tarboro, NC 27886-5016 (Main Street)
+1 252-823-8268
11:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Greenville, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I drove in from Greenville for dinner. She had the Pork Tenderloin. It was wonderful. I have the Swordfish, also wonderful. Service was crisp and attentive.

Thank David H
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On The Square is an oasis of BBQ buffets. Fresh, locally sourced food prepared in a mindful and healthy way. Salads are the best. And they make one of the best Ruben sandwich outside of NYC. A must stop when visiting Tarboro.

Thank Ann Marie v
Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

In the past we have gone out of our way for lunch at On the Square. Last week we stopped there for lunch and once again had a great meal: a hamburger with pimento cheese and a shrimp salad. Both were excellent and the servings were generous. Just wish it was closer.

Thank Rob H
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Last evening we were extremely disappointed in our experience at this highly rated restaurant. The lack of customer service was appalling. Upon arrival we did not have a waitress...and when we did get someone to the table the lack of attention to our needs continued. We left after an hour and half of poor customer service when our food FINALLY... More 

Thank Tyler E
Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Love this restaurant! Love the people that own it and work there, and the food is top notch. Can't do any better than that. So happy the Ribustello's decided to make Tarboro their home and open this wonderful little restaurant with a great big heart, hope you guys are there for years to come!!

Thank Renee L
Yatesville, Georgia
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I visited this restaurant for dinner wit five other coworkers, We each had a different dish, I had the grilled salmon, it was the best, Everyone raved about their food.

Thank clrdl
Columbia, South Carolina
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Fresh food at reasonable prices. My husband and I had the fried chipotle fish sandwich and potato soup. My sister in law had the fried pimento cheese sandwich. She makes her own and is pretty picky but she really enjoyed it

Thank eyeamready2go
Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We stopped in for lunch after the bird sanctuary in Scotland Neck (great place, go there). It is a quaint little resturant with a good menu for lunch. Service was good and the food was good. Nice stop on the way back to Raleigh.

Thank Dan L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 November 2016

All entrees are good, but the seafood offerings are always my favorites. Every week they offer new soups and salads for starters.

Thank 256billyu
Raleigh, North Carolina
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141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Before I begin... we were told by different people that the place was great, food was terrific, a great wine selection and that we need to check it out. So my wife and I went in there with high expectations from what we've been told as we're foodies. I want to start off with the negatives... Areas needing improvement: -----------------------------------... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 E Saint James St, Tarboro, NC 27886-5016
    (Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Tarboro
  • Phone Number: +1 252-823-8268

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Robersonville, North Carolina
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?