About Us

Red Onion Cafe

In Historic, Downtown Joplin since 1995

Our Story

Since opening our doors Labor Day weekend of 1995, we have endeavored to provide the Joplin metro area with a casual, urban dining experience that includes friendly, knowledgeable service, unique and delicious menu favorites, and a place to share memories with your family and friends time and again.

We are proud to be a part of historic, downtown Joplin. Residing in a 100-year-old building at 4th & Virginia, one block off Rte. 66, two worlds converge. Our comfortable dining room is contemporary yet eclectic, perfect for both family dinners and date nights. Local photography and friendly faces exemplify our midwest persona.

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years of serving the 4-state community. Red Onion Cafe began as a dream to bring something new and exciting to Joplin, and we are still excited about the delicious food and exceptional service we provide. We have since expanded Red Onion to Galena, KS, and we are proud to be a part of the communities we serve. But we realized that it is to YOU that we should express our gratitude. Thank you to all of the guests that frequent our restaurants and spread the word about us. Here's to many more years of Smoked Chicken Dip and David's Fried Chicken Salad!

Contact Us

  • 417.623.1004
  • 203 E. 4th, Joplin, MO 64801

Downtown Pan & Tray Catering

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Downtown Catering Menu

Red Onion Cafe has been catering the finest functions in Missouri, Arkansas & Kansas since 1995. We take pride in the quality, timeliness and accuracy of our catered events. We have listed many of our entrees, salads and accompaniments, but we can work with you to make a menu that will fit the event & venue perfectly.

For full-service catering, food is served buffet-style by our experienced Red Onion staff. Please choose a menu option from our Catering Menu and contact us for pricing that will fit your budget. Ask about custom menu selections if you are looking for something we don’t have on our menu.

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Red Onion Restaurants

Visit our other locations!

Red Onion Espressoria


1007 E. 32nd, Joplin, MO 64804  |  417.781.4999

Red Onion Espressoria


1619 Rte. 66, Galena, KS 66739 | 620.783.1748

Red Onion Catering Co.


417.529.0485 | james@redonionrestaurants.com