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The Refectory Cafe

2726 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Academy Road intersection, Durham, NC 27707-2870
+1 919-908-6798
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (32 reviews)
“kale salad” (18 reviews)
“soups” (18 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Seafood, Healthy, American, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
2726 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Academy Road intersection, Durham, NC 27707-2870
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Again, another relaxing, quiet and lovely dinner at Refectory, made all the more memorable with the graciousness and attentiveness of all the floor staff. Our server, Geneva, was superb! She is genuine, caring and goes out of her way to make guests feel welcome and...More

Thank doodle1957
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello doodle!! O.M.G. "well card for" and "Durham Treasure" -- we will do everything possible to continue to meet & exceed your expectations. Your words inspire us to continue to do more for all of our guests. You make it a pleasure to serve this...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Refectory (again) recently and ordered three vegetarian entrees. They were THE BEST veggie food we have ever eaten. Seasonings, presentation, interesting interpretation of ingredients, proper temperature.....all perfect. The dessert tray was tempting, but we were so satisfied with dinner that we ordered...More

Thank Kathy K
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Kathy, "Again" and "BEST" - we can not ask for more. The staff is inspired daily by folks like you to go "above & beyond" in flavor, presentation, service, cleanliness, joy -- "Sublime" - many thanks on behalf of the entire team! You have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently had a birthday lunch at the Refectory Cafe with my brother from Cary. He likes to go there for a good lunch choice in west Durham. I started with my usual cup of tomato soup, that I love, even with their large varieties...More

Thank JosephJ1
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Joe! Glad you came to The Refectory Cafe to celebrate your birthday! LOVE full, healthy & happy!! We look forward to serving you again soon! Bon Appetit! Laura

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good for lunch, coffee, dessert, or brunch/breakfast. They always have interesting choices and great things you can depend on. Plus, they always have plenty of gluten free desserts to choose from - I always love their huge chocolate chip cookies! Another thing I love is...More

Thank 624kerrit
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Currently the #1 restaurant for lunch! Thank you for choosing us for awarding the "5-STAR" accolade! We pride our restaurant on being able to provide fabulous tasty options for all diets - Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, low carb, keto, plant based & omnivore. We love...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very casual atmosphere and reasonable prices, but with upscale food, cocktails and service. My husband and I were both so happy we discovered this place!!! Lydia was our waitress and she handled my multiple food allergies with care and concern. The portions were perfect and...More

Thank ColleenNC
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Colleen! We are delighted that you discovered us too! Love "Phenomenal experience" - it's what we strive for daily! Lydia will be thrilled with the shoutout and your appreciation of her attention to detail. We are known for accommodating all diets with fabulous options...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

...about the quality of food and meal preparation at Refractory Cafe. The restaurant is in a nondescript building and the inside is spacious, but again, non-descript. We were greeted at our table by our waitress, Lydia who made our dining experience very pleasant. Lydia is...More

Thank Dynamo41
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Dynamo41, Lydia and the Chef will be pleased to read your comments. We love when guests find our food "amazing", "healthy" & Fresh". We are always happy to modify our guests choices to accommodate all diets, everything is made to order other than soups...More

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

We ordered four entrees to go for dinner at home with friends. Two orders were the coconut curried rice with tofu and one was the quinoa with Brussels sprouts. Both dishes were so salty they were almost inedible. The tofu was apparently prepared with nothing...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2018

I meet friends or colleagues at The Refectory regularly because their food is reliably good and because everyone can find something on the menu they like. I especially like their salmon burger and their dal with rice.More

Thank stokesnet
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Hello "stokesnet", You are the "bomb"! Thanks for the 5-Stars - the entire staff is eternally grateful. And many thanks for being a "regular client". The entire team endeavors to make your visit stellar every time and they are always cooking up seasonal specials so...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

This is a great place to relax and enjoy a fine meal without being too stuffy. The menu is always great and the food is always fresh. I've never been disappointed.More

Thank Charles C
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you Charles! I am so proud of the entire team and the effort they put in to making every guest experience delightful from start to finish. We are fortunate to have a really amazing "work family". Thank you for noticing and for sharing your...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is a great place for a slightly upscale meal; maybe an anniversary, graduation - it's casual, but the eclectic menu is thoughtful and the service mostly good. I did have one dud the last time I went; some sort of vegetarian daal makhani that...More

Thank Matt M
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Hello Matt, Thank you for the kind comments. My apologies on the "dud" - not sure why or how that happened as it is definitely one of our most popular dishes. And yes, the beef short ribs and mashers are a definite crowd pleaser! We...More

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4 August 2017|
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Response from achef | Reviewed this property |
Yes you need to make reservations for dinner and I have no idea about calories.
Angela U
4 March 2016|
Response from Laura H | Property representative |
Hello, We are one mile from Duke's Main (West) Campus. You can download all of our menus from the website which you may click to from Tripadvisor. We are not able to attach the link to this response. Dinner is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$29
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2726 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Academy Road intersection, Durham, NC 27707-2870
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-908-6798
  • E-mail
"Slow Food, Fast", this award Winning, local family owned, restaurant is focused on Hot, healthy, homemade & Local fare. The Refectory Cafe® was Duke University's first "Green Cafe" established in 2005, it won best food on campus 7 Years in a row and Duke University's Environmental Leadership Award four times. The Refectory Cafe "on the Boulevard" opened September 2012 and continues the tradition of great homemade soups, fresh local produce, eggs, local line-caught fish, local grass-fed beef, chicken and simply amazing desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten Free, Raw or Plant Based The Refectory Cafe caters to all dietary preferences. Award winning VEGAN, GF DAL, Chili and soups; delicious panini on locally made bread; "breakfast of champions" with amazing grits, local eggs, biscuits, Tofu scrambles, baked oatmeal, local sausage and more; Delicious Dinners of Chicken Marsala, Surf & Turf, Lobster, Linguine with clams, Crabcakes, Slow-cooked short ribs, Blackened or Grilled Salmon, Vegan GF Tempeh, Indian DAL, soups, salads & more. Full bar, craft cocktails, martinis, fine wines and local beer with Table Service Evenings 5pm-9pm. Monday through Saturday. Excellent seafood, steaks, soups, salads, vegan & vegetarian fare. The award winning desserts are created on site and are simply fabulous! Reservations encouraged and available on-line.
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