Serves meat, veg options available. Casual, eclectic cafe making wraps, sandwiches, quiche, soups, and salads. Vegans to specify. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Catering, Non-veg

Mon-Fri 11:00am-7:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-4:00pm



First Review by The Vegan Review
  • non-vegetarian

New Management

Posted on 03 / 08 / 2012

"The Purple Onion" is now "Purple Onion - Cafe of Newburyport". The menu is the same but things are being added and renovations are being made to the aesthetics and equipment. Great things to come! Their new website is

Pros: healthy delicious food, friendly service, you get more than your money's worth
Cons: improving on atmosphere
  • vegan

Portobello yum

Posted on 11 / 30 / 2011

Their portobello bowl vegan style is really good. If my memory serves me correctly there aren't exactly vegan options, more like vegetarian minus a few items, which if you're like me you appreciate the availability of vegan options but when all the flavor and "work" is in the dairy it can get frustrating to say I'll have this but without this and this and this. Blah blah blah, try the portobello bowl.

Pros: bowl option instead of wraps, friendly service
The Vegan Review
The Vegan Review
  • fruitarian

NOT Vegan-Friendly

Posted on 05 / 30 / 2010

The servers and preps are not educated in vegetarianism nor veganism. Our group of vegans ended up getting cheese on top of chili and sour cream in the guacamole. I truly believe, working in the restaurant business, that it is of utmost importance for each staff member to be fully educated of what is in their food and what specific eating habits people might have (i.e. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.)



Posted on 07 / 12 / 2007

The folks at The Purple Onion are extremely accomodating to vegans visiting the area. We were able to construct our own, delicious and filling black bean burrito to our vegan liking. I've been here many times in the past and I always come here when I'm visiting the area, as most other Newburyport establishments are way far behind in vegan offerings.

Pros: accomodating staff, vean offerings, outdoor cafe
Cons: close early some days


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