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Off the Square

114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
+1 704-986-0621
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“crab cakes” (15 reviews)
“salmon” (9 reviews)
Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an amazing restaurant. Our group enjoyed the bread, shrimp and grits and the salmon. My group also enjoyed the apple cinnamon cake with ice cream and the peanut butter chocolate pie. Restaurant has an excellent bar and friendly staff. Don’t miss this place...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pricy and small portions. Great service and delicious food, but too expensive. Kid's meal hamburger portion was just a roll with meat. We left hungry.

Thank Steven H
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love that you enjoyed our food and service! Please come back soon and we will make sure you don't leave hungry!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve eaten here several times. It never disappoints. It’s always hard to decide what to eat because it’s all so good. I try to get one of the monthly specials each visit.

Thank Kristin O
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Tank you Kristin! We appreciate your continued business and look forward to you trying our March specials!!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've driven through Albemarle a few times and so far have only seen the main drag and chain restaurants. Exploring a little and found this place. The cheese board and the quiche were completely delightful but it was so noisy we finally gave up on...More

Thank travelingmom1998
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

As new owners we are currently looking into solutions to enhance the customer experience and the noise level is at the top of our list! Thank you for your feedback and please come back and see us soon!!!

Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Wonderful little place with delicious food. Stopped by for lunch had the black bean burger topped with a sauce that had a nice little kick to it. It also came with one side I picked sweet potato chips it was great. The key lime pie...More

Thank line1155
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate all of the kind words regarding our food!!! We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 4 January 2018

Group of women met here for lunch the other day. This was my first time at the place. I enjoyed the meal. I had a burger and it was done very well. It was a special that day and came with goat cheese and baby...More

Thank CRBug
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

We very much appreciate you choosing to dine with us, and are most grateful for the feedback! We welcome you back again soon! All the best from all of us at Off the Square...

Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Had the pecan crusted mahi. Delicious! The service was great and the staff was very friendly! Highly recommend the specials. The owner uses local suppliers whenever possible. So glad they are a part of the local scene.

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Used to be my favorite restaurant in Albemarle. No longer. The food is still good but the service is horrible. We were there for over an hour before we got our entre. They didn't have the beer I wanted and ran out of my second...More

Thank James N
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

James, please accept my sincerest apologies for your unsatisfactory experience. This is not at all what we strive for each and every day to deliver to our guests. Whilst we do have a very limited and rotating beer on tap assortment (which is generally appreciated...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Off the Square is a very unique restaurant. It has a very eclectic feeling - chairs don't match, plates and cups don't match, etc... - but it works! The food is delicious and they have specials that change every month. A lot of their food...More

Thank SusanMallorie
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Deari Susan, we truly appreciate this feedback and it motivates us to work even more to provide great experiences! All the best from all of us at Off the Square!!

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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

We have been to Off the Square a few times and each time was excellent. Dinner here is outstanding! The crab cakes, duck and chicken were done to perfection. The sauces on these dishes so tasty and delicious. Portions are perfect. Service was fabulous-our waitress...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

We really appreciate the feedback and work hard every day to keep up the high level of experience...we welcome you back soon and of course please do let us know when visiting if there is anything we can do to further improve!

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Tammy E
5 May 2017|
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Response from scott l | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We do offer takeout however we do not deliver.
27 September 2016|
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Response from scott l | 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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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