The Purple Onion

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

Serves meat, vegan options available. Casual, eclectic cafe making wraps, sandwiches, quiche, soups, and salads. Vegans to specify. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-7:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Catering, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by The Vegan Review

Nice little cafe - Edit

Second time here, my first time as a vegan and Laurie's as a vegetarian (she will eat dairy). To start with, we split a very nice gazpacho (s.cream on side) with salty corn chips. For a main, I went with the Mexican style whole wheat wrap (minus sour cream and jack cheese) with fajita veg. Laurie went with the black bean & lime ww wrap. Both wraps were excellent, filled with items like brown rice, black beans, salsa, onion lime juice, hot sauce, and guacamole.

Vegetarians and vegans (but especially vegans) have to self-identify and take care to eliminate certain items which are all over the menu, such as chicken, sour cream and especially Monterey jack cheese. But the staff are happy to accommodate and the food is very fresh and flavorful.

Will certainly return, and would enthusiastically recommend this casual, unpretentious, quality spot.

Pros: fresh, tasty food, moderately priced

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New Management - Edit

"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

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Portobello yum - Edit

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

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NOT Vegan-Friendly - Edit

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.)

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burritoville - Edit

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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