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Purple Onion

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16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
+1 828-749-1179
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Picked up a pizza to go! Walked thru the old vintage screen doors and wished I could visit again to partake of this quaint downtown charm of a restaurant. Until then, the to-go pizza was fabulous and I highly recommend!

Thank Tammy S
Conway, Arkansas
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wandering home west on I40 I stumbled on the exit for Saluda NC looking for a place to take a break. Ended up having dinner at the Purple Onion. Glad fate intervened to make that happen... DELICIOUS FOOD, and very attentive wait staff. Had the lemon spice shrimp. Very tasty and not too spicy - just a little kick with... More 

Thank Mark H
Flat Rock, North Carolina
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful artisan restaurant on the main drag in Saluda. Had the Scottish salmon. Great service, excellent food and service and they allowed my friend's puppy to lie on a mat during the al fresco dinner!

Thank prestondyar
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was suggested to us by our guides at The Gorge zipline and we were very happy we tried it! We got there between their lunch and dinner service when they serve from a limited menu but pizza is in that menu and it was delicious! The small personal size pizza has a wonderful crust and many topping selections... More 

Thank good2gosc
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been here a couple of times, they are very consistent, the food is really good. Worth trying out if you here...

Thank Bob B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mom-in-law lives in Saluda and she always watches the kids so hubby and I can go to Purple Onion for a date night. It's got great food, beautiful atmosphere and nice wine.

Thank stefanieadams09
Medina, OH
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a great dinner sitting outside on the covered patio. We had beer and split a yummy pizza and salad. I heard from another guest that their main courses are terrific, but we were in the mood for this and it was terrific. The salad had beets and kale and seeds and goat cheese (as I remember anyway), and... More 

Thank froon
Asheville, North Carolina
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A real gem off of I26, just south of Hendersonville. . Worth a stop for lunch or dinner. Creative menu, local ingredients, excellent flavors. Service was outstanding thanks to Nora. We will return.

Thank CrackerCat
Columbia, South Carolina
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136 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to The Purple Onion for years. They have made some changes but only for the better. Larger menu selection but still local fresh food whenever possible and friendly service. They expanded the outside seating so that even in the winter you can dine in the outdoor but enclosed extension. In the summer, the walls disappear and... More 

Thank Debbie G
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105 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In a small town on main road. Easy access. The crab salad was good and done very nicely. The trout was very good and would recommend it for any group. I had the Chiplino which was very good. I personally think it had a little bit too much pepper in the broth, but everything in the Chiplino was delicious. Served... More 

Thank Rod L
Susan C, Owner at Purple Onion, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed dinner. Thanks for the excellent review. 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Saluda
  • Phone Number: +1 828-749-1179

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?