The Purple Onion was conceived by two sisters in 1998 who envisioned a gathering place which would reflect the gracious casual pace which has characterized Saluda for years; a third place, a neutral place away from home or work for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music. Lynn Casey has since fallen in love, married and moved on, but Susan continues the pursuit to provide good food, good fun and good music with a great deal of help from a dedicated staff and many good friends.
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 healthful cuisine. The menu offers pizzas, pastas, seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes using locally raised trout and organic locally grown produce when available, antibiotic and hormone free meats and poultry. Fresh locally roasted coffee and espresso are available as well as a selection of fine wines and beers including biodynamic and organic selections.
They never fail to deliver – the food is fabulous, their staff are super friendly and seem to love being there as much as the customers. This place is such an awesome addition to an already cool destination.Sara Bell – Trip Advisor
Best New Years Ever!
My wife and I have done New Years at The Purple Onion each year since moving to Saluda three years ago. Each year I think Best New Years Ever! After this year I can’t wait for next year. The food, music, friendship and service was as good as it gets!W S Sutton – Trip Advisor
“Gourmet Dining at Wonderful Prices”
I have stopped here several times over the past 15 years or so while traveling to the mountains of North Carolina. Saluda is a beautiful small town filled with interesting shops and galleries. Purple Onion is a wonderful extra to this charming environment. Everything I have had here is excellent. The service on our last visit for lunch was polite and prompt. The ingredients were fresh and delicious.James C – Trip Advisor
Our first time to the Purple Onion and what an unexpected gem in a small mountain town! It has both quaint indoor and outdoor seating. Our meals were delicious!Candy Hurtig – Google Reviews