Please call the restaurant between 11:30 and 8:00 to make a reservation, or make one in person.
Nestled in the heart of beautiful Downtown Waynesville, The Sweet Onion Restaurant offers regional cuisine with contemporary flair. From our traditional favorites like southern fried chicken to our signature pastas, fresh mountain trout and scrumptious house-made desserts, we offer something for everyone in the family.
To Begin With
Soup & Salads
Add to any Salad: Flame-grilled chicken $7 | Pan-seared salmon $11 | Grilled shrimp $9
Sweet Onion Soup $8.5
Our own take on the classic French onion soup — just creamier, topped with a crouton and Swiss cheese bubbling hot.
Garden Salad $8, Large $11
Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, cheddar, sun-dried cranberries & candied pecans.
Caesar Salad $7, Large $10
Romaine lettuce, cracked pepper croutons & Parmesan tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing.
Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Salad $15.75
Lemongrass grilled chicken, served with Romaine, cucumber, carrots, crispy wontons and Thai peanut dressing.
Crispy Mozzarella Tomato Salad $13
Panko fried Mozzarella served with fresh basil, Romaine lettuce and a honey balsamic reduction.
House Made Dressings
Sweet Onion Vinaigrette, Lemongrass Vinaigrette, Ranch, Blackberry Balsamic, Thai Peanut, Bacon Bleu Cheese.
Sandwiches are served with one side. Substitute a garden or Caesar salad for your side for $4.25
Fried or Blackened Catfish $12
Fried or blackened catfish strips served on a grilled brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, creamy cole slaw and house tartar sauce.
Sweet Onion Chicken Parmesan $12
Hand-breaded southern fried chicken breast topped with provolone cheese and basil roasted tomatoes served on a grilled brioche bun with lemon pesto aioli.
Pecan Chicken Salad Melt $12
Toasted pecan chicken salad served on grilled sourdough with lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon and cheddar.
*Black Angus Burger
6 Oz. Flame grilled black Angus burger, topped with lettuce, tomato, your choice of cheese. $13, Add: Bacon $1.5, Mushrooms $.75, Sautéed Onions $.50
Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich $12
Hand-breaded Southern fried chicken breast served with a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing.
Open Faced Pot Roast $12
Slow-roasted beef chuck roast served over sourdough bread with provolone cheese, carmelized onions, creamy horseradish and herb aujus.
Add a garden or Caesar salad to any pasta for $5
Entrees come with choice of 2 side items. Add $4.25 to substitute a garden or Caesar salad for one of your choices.
Fried or Blackened Catfish $17
Fried or blackened catfish served with our house tartar sauce.
Sweet Tomato Glazed Meatloaf $18.75
Wrapped with Applewood bacon, crispy fried onions and herb au jus served with cheddar mashed potatoes. (Entrée Served with one side item).
*Pecan Encrusted Local Mountain Trout $23.5
Pan-seared rainbow trout encrusted with pecans and served with a creamy fresh herb & garlic lemon butter sauce.
Crab Cakes $25.5
Sautéed jumbo lump crab cakes served with a lemon basil aioli.
Shrimp & Grits $24
Applewood smoked bacon and jumbo shrimp served over stone-ground cheddar grit cakes topped with a lobster cream sauce. (Entree served with one side item).
*Peach Sweet-N-Sour Grilled Salmon $23
Flame-grilled salmon with Peach Sweet-N-Sour glaze.
Chicken Schnitzel $18.5
Lightly breaded lemon sautéed chicken breast cutlets with Madeira wine mushroom sauce.
Blackberry BBQ Beef Short Rib $24
Braised boneless short rib flame grilled with a blackberry BBQ sauce.
Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken $18
Choice of Southern fried beef cube steak or chicken breast topped with white pepper gravy.
Sweet Onion Pot Roast $16
Slow-roasted beef chuck roast served with caramelized sweet onions and herb au jus.
On the Side
All Sides $5, Choice of 3 $14.50, Choice of 2 $9.5
*Consumption of raw or under cooked foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish and eggs, which may contain harmful bacteria, increases the risk of food borne illness.
There is a $.25 charge for all extra sides of dressings and sauces | $1.50 charge to divide meals in kitchen
Our sauces and dressings are available for purchase. Please ask you server.
Please check with your server for our seasonal selections
Wine by the Glass
Wine by the Bottle
Hecht and Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé, France $37
Crisp and dry with a poised fruit character punctuated by orange zest and a touch of herbs.
Schloss Saarstein Riesling, Germany $28
A fresh Riesling with lean fruit and citrus flavors, firm, juicy and pleasing. Light floral and tangerine scents and a touch of sweetness balance the mineral acidity.
Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California $32
Bright and lively, with fresh aromas of ruby grapefruit, mango, papaya and peach. The vibrant citrus and tropical flavors linger on in the finish.
Salvard “Unique” Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France $29
Soft grapefruit, prickly acidity and freshly cut grass. Perfectly approachable and balanced.
La Cana Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain $29
Fleshy, weighty apple and pear flavors are enlivened by notes of orange and honeysuckle, with a kick of white pepper on the back.
Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand $30
Intense aromas of passionfruit, black currant and a hint of nettle. The palate introduces a mouth-watering intensity that is perfectly balanced by the presence of grapefruit and lime zest.
King Estate Pinot Gris - Oregon $33
Bright fruit & balanced acidity. Flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, honeysuckle and lemon, with a crisp, clean finish.
Tommasi Pinot Grigio, Pedemonte, Italy $29
Spicy nose with hints of tropical fruit. Soft and perfectly round with notes of zesty citrus and fresh pear.
Steele "Cuvee" - Chardonnay, California $37
Amazing winemaker Jed Steele crafts a sleek, full and polished wine with pretty citrus, toasty oak and nectarine flavors. Buttery on the palate, with back notes of pineapple and mango. It finishes with some spice notes.
Newton “Red Label” Chardonnay, Napa-Sonoma, California $39
Flavors of citrus, pear, apple and honeydew melon. A discreet presence of oak evolves into spring-like acidity on the finish.
Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $42
The wine has a spicy nose which highlights apple, pineapple, lemon cream and floral aromas. A rich body lingers with flavors of vanilla, apple pastry and lemon zest.
Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, California $53
A medium to full bodied wine with aromas of peach, Honeycrisp apple and citrus blossom. The wine presents flavor complexities of caramel apple, nectarine, and pear.
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $72
Layers of tropical fruit, white melon, green apple, and citrus. Excellent weight and acid balance refresh the palate, while subtle notes of oak spice and vanilla linger at the end of the exceptionally long finish.
Breca Garnacha, Spain $26
Lively acidity and ripe black fruit punctuated by black pepper, chocolate and toasty oak.
Marietta Old Vine Red, Geyserville, California $28
Zinfandel based “field blend” with ripe blackberries, earthy spice, black pepper, and subtle hints of oak. Dense, lush round and mouth filling with thick fruit flavors.
Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California $28
This wine has very engaging aromas of blackberry brambles layered with dark cherry, chocolate and cassis.
Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso ‘Solane’, Valpolicella, Italy $30
Ruby red, intense bouquet, cloves, vanilla cherry jam and almonds. Dry taste, full, warm and harmonious with an elegant finish.
Robert Hall Merlot, California $32
Rich aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and black cherry, on the palate, rich flavors mirror the aromas and are complemented by soft, silky tannins on the finish.
E. Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Rouge, Rhone Valley, France $32
Smoky cherry and blueberry aromas with a touch of cracked pepper. Black and blue fruit flavors sharpened by a spicy nuance. A sexy floral note comes up on a gently lingering tannic finish.
Melini “Granio” Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy $32
Intense and complex perfume, with strong, fruity noted and elegant touches of vanilla, irises and violets.
Mitolo “Jester” Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia $35
Pure aromas and flavors, with attractive notes of cassis, pepper and licorice lead to silky tannins and superb length on the finish.
Decero Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $30
Beautiful purple color with perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and lush blueberries. It is round, full bodied and penetrating on the palate with loads of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, and a light acidity on the savory finish.
Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon $35
Aromas of bright fruit lead to cherry, cranberry and earth on the palate. The finish has hints of vanilla and spice and the perfect balance of fruit and minerality.
Conundrum Red Blend $35
Aromas of ripe berries and plums with a hint of cocoa, followed by a palate of dried fruit and chocolate-covered cherries with a hint of smoke.
Elouan Pinot Noir , Oregon $35
Vibrant acidity, soft tannins, hints of sweet tobacco and oak.
Obalo Crianza, Tempranillo, Spain $35
Ripe fruit and oak on the nose. Intense red fruit palate and layers of spice, cocoa, vanilla and toast.
Steele Carneros Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, California $39
Strawberry and cherry preserves with well-integrated hints of oak, vanilla and cassis. Silky tannins and a pleasant medium length finish with flavors of tobacco and plum.
Monticello Cabernet Sauvignon $49
Aromas of berry, coffee, and dark chocolate. On the palate the wine is big and full bodied yet displays balance and elegance.
Gundlach Bundschu Merlot, Sonoma, California $47
Distinctively dark with aromas and flavors of blueberry, spice, and black tea.
Rombauer Zinfandel $49
Lifted aromas of raspberry and cranberry followed by a lush palate bursting with ripe cherry, vanilla and spice.
Mendel Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $46
Opaque purple colored with aromas of smoke, toast, violets and black raspberry. Supple, ripe and layered, it is firmly structured with well-concealed tannins.
Adelsheim Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon $48
This wine displays aromas of both red cherries and raspberries that continue to the palate. In addition, one finds A light touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. It is elegantly textured with satiny, polished tannins.
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California $78
Dark rich ruby in color, this wine offers rich, complex ripe dark cherry, sweet chocolate, cinnamon, pie spice, and leather, with top notes of rose and forest floor. The rich, tremendous long finish that will keep you coming back for more.
Honig Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California $73
Elegant and sophisticated with subtle aromas of nutmeg, allspice, cassis and vanilla. The palate has flavors of black cherry, plum and black tea and is beautifully balanced by soft tannins and a touch of oak.
Champagne & Sparkling Wine
Rotari Brut, Italy 187ml $7
Toasted brioche with just a hint of residual sweetness.
Laurent Perrier NV Brut, Champagne, France .187 ml $17
Green apples, pineapple and white peaches are balanced by rich flavors of fresh butter and shortbread.
Mistinguett Brut, Cava, Spain $24
Straw color with greenish glints. Aromas of toast and green apples. Bubbly, fruity and elegant on the palate with light acidity and a clean, dry finish.
Mistinguett Rose Cava, Spain $24
Aromas of strawberry, cherry and spice give way to a dry, refreshing mouthfeel accented by a soft, fruity palate.
Veuve Cliquot NV Brut, Champagne, France $85
A complex nose of apple, citrus and caramel is followed by full flavors with elegance, crispness and a slightly spicy finish.