The Purple Onion was conceived in 1998 by two sisters who envisioned a gathering place reflecting the gracious, casual pace of Saluda; a place for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music. Lynn Casey fell in love, married and moved on in 2000, but Susan continues the pursuit to provide good food, good fun and good music, with 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. The restaurant is open seven days a week in summer, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday with brunch on Sundays. September through April it is closed on Sunday and Wednesday. Menu and live music schedule are available on the website.