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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 good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 3 days 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 2 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in early, around 4pm due to event. They offer limited menu in between lunch and supper. Our salmon was excellent and the arugula salad with champagne vinaigrette was very good. Have eaten here many times and highly recommend.More

Thank becca83-TN
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Becca! Salmon is one of our top menu items at the cafe! It is so popular that you can get it breakfast, lunch or dinner! Thank you for being a frequent customer and sharing your recommendation with the world! We are grateful for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are in town for the weekend and decided to come here because of the reviews. What a great place!! The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, the food was incredible, and the service was impeccable. Our server, Lydia, was delightful and gets 5 stars. We...More

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

Thank you AgileWahoo! You made our day and what a wonderful shoutout to Lydia! We are thrilled with your comment, "What a great place!!" The entire team works diligently to make every guest experience special. Your 5-STAR review & comments was sincerely appreciated by all....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here a couple of weeks ago, and it was really good from a to z. Lydia, our server, was patient and attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is very different from breakfast, and I like both. Dinner is more candle and cloth napkin....More

Thank Bruce M
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Bruce! That is exactly what we strive to achieve for all meals! Breakfast, lunch & brunch a very efficient service to match the speed you need. Evenings are candlelight, table service and a relaxing atmosphere - with truly amazing food! Delighted you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food and service in a relaxing atmosphere. You feel at ease either dressed up or dressed casual. An excellent place for picky eaters.More

Thank TarHeel071
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello TarHeel!! Thank you so much! We love our food and our guests! They can be as picky as they want, we are here to please. Thanks for the observation on the "feel at ease" dressed up or casual. It is definitely our intention. The...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018

Although there was nothing that stood out about this restaurant, it was quiet and the food was good. A nice place to have a meeting at mid morning.

Thank Richard D
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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$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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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