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Purple Onion

16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
+1 828-749-1179
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (98 reviews)
“salad” (44 reviews)
“tiramisu” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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16 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7817
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second time at the Purple Onion and we continue to be impressed. The service provided by Dory was excellent and the food was very fresh and perfectly prepared! This will continue to be our top choice in Saluda!

Thank warrendumford
Susan C, Owner at Purple Onion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your food and service. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Charming restaurant in a quaint area. Park down the street and take in all the shops along Main Street. Food was very good and made fresh. It was busy on a Friday afternoon for a late lunch but service was timely and food came out...More

Thank Alexandra G
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Never a disappointment. Food and music are top notch. Make a plan to eat here. However, you have to enjoy your music loud and the music be the focus of your evening the nights they have live music. Every evening is extraordinary! If you want...More

1  Thank travelingteacher2468
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch with our dog and sat outside. Shared a wonderful wild mushroom and arugula pizza with my husband. Wow! It was so good. Also tried the key lime pie - nice & tart - and the chocolate decadence - creamy, chocolately goodness....More

Thank Queenwondergirl
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

This was a return visit. My husband built his own vegan pizza which he said was delicious. I had a purple Onion burger which the meat was a little on the dry side. Would recommend to our friends! Love the outdoor seating when weather is...More

Thank Bcbc1
Reviewed 4 February 2018

I have been eating here for several years. I have never been disappointed. They always have fresh, seasonal selections. Everything is made to order. I love sitting out on the outdoor porch. In the winter, they enclose it and put on the heaters, so we...More

Thank pam181
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for lunch after a long hike. We ordered a small pizza to share, salads and burgers...did I mention it was a long hike?? We loved every bite. The pizza was light, with fresh veggies and a delicious crust. The...More

Thank Hwc88
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Food and service were excellent. Trout and other entrees were very delicious. Very good wine selection.. We come here regularly. We will be back

Thank onemichael
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Popping in without a reservation, we were seated on the patio, covered due to winter season. Heating such is always a challenge. We were placed at a table for two directly under a blowing heater that felt like a hair dryer. Our request to be...More

Thank UVAsoccerdude
Reviewed 28 December 2017

After reading a billion reviews of restaurants in the Tryon area, we settled on the Purple Onion in Saluda. We were not disappointed. My daughter warmed up with some hot chocolate and my husband and I had the pimento cheese app. It wasn't amazing, but...More

Thank sciteach07
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19 November 2017|
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Response from Fred A | Reviewed this property |
Located in Historic Saluda, with outdoor dining available and live music on Thursday and Saturday night, The Purple Onion features a variety of ethnically inspired dishes with an emphasis on the Mediterranean’s simple and... More
Erwin M
6 May 2017|
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Response from PastorJG | Reviewed this property |
medium prices... and they are open on Sunday eve...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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Popular as a relaxed live music venue since 1998, The Purple Onion offers outdoor dining, a Mediterranean inspired menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, a wide selection of micro brews, fresh roasted coffee and a wine list featuring over sixty price friendly, sustainably produced wines.
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