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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 good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (24 reviews)
“kale salad” (16 reviews)
“cheesecake” (18 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00All 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

I took a large neighborhood dining out group there for dinner a few weeks ago (about 14). Thought they did a great job of taking our orders and serving everyone's food in a timely manner. The server was well-versed on the menu and was able...More

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

Hello Sushiblues, Fantastic review!! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Yes this "cafe" absolutely transforms into a beautiful casual fine dining restaurant in the evenings. The candlelight, flowers, music and lighting - as well as the amazing food & full service...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had no idea this restaurant was going to be this incredible. I am a foodie. I know really good food. I wasn’t even exactly thinking about the dinner because I was there slightly on a business-related matter. I have been to every single restaurant...More

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

OMG Alex, What an amazing review and you have inspired the entire team to keep trying to do more! I love our food and our customers. Dinner is just an amazing interesting treat that gives everyone and every diet something really special to try (definitely...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this place! The food is amazing -- there so many delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options (especially the desserts, SO GOOD). This is our go-to brunch spot (honestly it's so much better than the nearby options!!) but the dinner is wonderful too....More

1  Thank Cand10000
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow C&10000 - we have heard that comment, "most underrated" often! Thank you. Thank you for "we love this place" - I used your comments in our weekly email. On behalf of the entire team we love the "exuberance" of your comments. We love it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a phenomenal experience! Dinner was great and everything on the menu seemed wonderful. It was too hard to choose! I guess I have to keep going back so I can try it all! Just an excuse to get to eat there again.More

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

Hello Kylison, What a great way to start a Monday morning in January! We could not ask for a better accolade - we love it too! And we could not ask for better clients. Chef is constantly bringing out new items to ensure that it...More

Reviewed 6 January 2018

Amazing! Excellent! Superb! We had a great meal tonight. I had Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes and green beans. The lemon cheesecake is a great way to end the evening.More

Thank Rodney37
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Hello Rodney, Thank you for choosing The Refectory Cafe for your special "Date Night". We are thrilled you found the experience "Amazing! Excellent! Superb! The entire team is grateful for your review and we look forward to serving you again soon. You are awesome, wonderful,...More

Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

After having fried chicken, hush puppies, and mashed potatoes for lunch, we needed something different and healthy for dinner. The Refectory Cafe delivered! We loved the kale salad, brussel sprouts with quinoa, and coconut curry tofu. Everything tasted fresh and made with love. The staff...More

Thank 10,306
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Happy Holidays, Yes! Always fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. Thank you for noticing. The entire staff appreciates your "made with love" comment - because it is! We love our guests and do everything possible to make their day and constantly provide a...More

Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I cannot rate this restaurant highly enough. The food is superb; as good as I’ve had anywhere. The staff is friendly and the restaurant is comfortable and not a bit pretentious. Try the kale salad, salmon, London broil, and especially the risotto. The homemade chips...More

Thank Jane H
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Hello Jane! What a tremendous holiday gift reading your "Excellent" review! We continue to strive to provide the best food with awesome service in a very "comfortable" atmosphere. Your review made our day and we will continue to strive for excellence always. We look forward...More

Reviewed 4 December 2017

I oftentimes forget about how awesome The Refectory is until I dine there again. Fresh, well prepared fare, generous portions, solid value, and a generally uncrowded dining room make for a consistent winning combination in Durham. The cobb salad I opted for recently was one...More

1  Thank vlblv
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Hello "Simply Great", I love your choice of accolades and the details on our food. "Great" and "consistent" - the hallmark of any great restaurant only to be bested by, "one of the best I have had in years". Thank you so much, we are...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017

Had lunch here and enjoyed it a lot. Our group of four had two vegan options and two carnivore selections. In addition, the vegan chocolate cheesecake was especially tasty. The BLT salad and classic BLT were more than ample and the vegan grilled cheese and...More

Thank ncgrampy
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Dear "enjoyed it a lot!" You definitely chose the right restaurant when it comes to fabulous menu creations that take care of all diets. We LOVE that the carnivores can get local beef, Vegans can have fabulous stews, grilled cheese, amazing local salads and flavors...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed an omelette and a cup of fruit. The omelette was huge and very good. I believe it was made with 4 eggs .. Up to 3 ingredients. Would return.More

Thank becca83-TN
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thanks Becca! We love our breakfast offerings. Perfect for all diets and always fresh, local eggs. We now serve breakfast from 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday due to it's popularity. Weekend brunch is 9am-3pm, again fresh & fabulous. We look forward to serving you...More

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3 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
3 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$25
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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