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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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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (31 reviews)
“kale salad” (18 reviews)
“soups” (17 reviews)
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Seafood, Healthy, American, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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2726 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Academy Road intersection, Durham, NC 27707-2870
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We always find The Refectory Cafe as a nice atmosphere, simple and quiet. The food is very good... fresh and tasty. They provide a variety of choices that can satisfy almost anyone.More

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

Hello CoachGM! Thank you for loving the atmosphere, food & menu. We love it all too! We are so grateful for the 5-STARS and the appreciation that you have bestowed on our staff. Yes, our menu was created to serve all diets, Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, small portions for the price.... especially the quiche. Service if good. Can get crowded at lunchtime.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here for the first time. We started with good leek potato soup and a kale salad. But the main dishes were disappointing. My wife had linguine with shrimp that was fairly tasteless and served with five smallish shrimp. My dish was spaghetti squash...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 14 June 2018

This cafe is a great little place for a snack stop, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everyday features provide for a new option for dining. Breakfast is served all day. Homemade desserts are out of this world - pies and cakes. Super nice unique salads and...More

1  Thank Burtdol
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I rarely give 5-star ratings, but this was another excellent find via TripAdvisor. The food was all excellent (barring a special I found too rich for me, which they quickly removed). The octopus was well-prepared, the kale salad was properly done with massaged kale (to...More

1  Thank JamesSMc
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Thank you James! We appreciate the "rarely given" 5-star rating. The entire team works diligently to make every guest experience a phenomenal one. They will be thrilled to see your stellar review. Love the "highly recommended"! Gratefully, Laura Hall

Reviewed 5 June 2018

This is a small restaurant with great tasting food. We were concerned about the romain lettuce issue and our salads were prepared without it.The desert tray seemed to be carried past us almost all the time.More

1  Thank davekcpa1
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Hello Dave, Thanks for the 5-STAR review!! You do not have to worry about Romaine at our restaurant as we know where all of our food comes from! The Romaine at the Refectory is safe. :-) Yes, our pastry chef is definitely 5-STARS! We look...More

Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

After a few cafeteria meals at Duke we decided to make a quick drive to this small restaurant and we were all glad that we did. My rosemary chicken was very flavorful and juicy as were the brussel sprouts that accompanied it. Everyone enjoyed their...More

1  Thank MeOnVacationFL
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hello "MeOnVacationFL", We are delighted you decided to come off campus and have a healthy delicious meal at The Refectory Cafe®! Thank you very much! "Flavorful, juicy, healthy, enjoyment" - all the accolades we could hope for. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch we are here...More

Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Went for brunch and really enjoyed it. Employees are great - very friendly and knowledgeable. I had the huevos rancheros which was so delicious. The eggs were cooked just the way I like them. My husband had the eggs benedict with smoked salmon. While his...More

1  Thank MAP1080
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Hello MAP! Thank you for the fabulous 5-star review - it means a lot to the entire team! We love our blueberry hibiscus tea - antioxidant dense and delicious, check out the green tea too - equally delicious and good for digestion! :-) You will...More

Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

I was looking for a place to take my wife to lunch on a day when we had lots on our minds. Considering the reviews here and elsewhere, this sounded like a destination. So we drove the 35 minutes each way. The food was good,...More

3  Thank DHNC
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thank you DHNC, We have worked very hard to get to #4 and what makes us special is that our team is so friendly and they go out of the way to please people. It is also a labor of love that allows us to...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

This is a four and a half star review. Five stars are reserved for nirvana experiences. We were spending one night in an unknown town and found this restaurant on Tripadvisor. The menu held several promising items and we were extremely pleased with the food,...More

1  Thank rhfatula
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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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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
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"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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