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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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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 4 days ago

Enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere. The squash soup is luxurious - vegan made with coconut milk.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank innov8tor
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Innov8tor, Hot, healthy, homemade & local - we make all of our Vegan menu items using alternative products that maintain the excellent quality of the omnivore version. When all of our customers enjoy a Vegan/GF product we know we have created something wonderful. Thanks...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great! Service and food were both excellent and overall great experience. The menu is much larger in the restaurant than online and this is due to the availability of ingredients. I was surprised at how many options were availableMore

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jamesz460
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you James! We love to make people happy. We are grateful for the "5-STARS" ad the "overall great experience". On behalf of the entire, hard working staff, we appreciate you taking the time to share your visit with TripAdvisor. Yes, we have a very...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I liked Refectory when it was on Duke’s campus but have been disappointed since it moved. It looks better than it is: one can do far, far better in the mid-price range in the Triangle. But, it could reflect my taste preferences. I ate with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank charlesbN1289QH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal At Refectory last night. Every bite of our meal was uniquely delicious. The creativity and artistic combinations of flavors and colors always goes above our expectations. Geneva is just a dear and her enthusiasm and genuine joy makes each visit...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank G5789LKnicolen
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! It's pretty awesome to be your favorite! Our entire staff works diligently to make every experience exceptional from start to finish! Geneva and the team are all exceptional folks. We are grateful to have a team that not only loves what...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were terribly disappointed by our meal here. The prices would indicate a very sophisticated, high quality of food and it just wasn’t. The cheese plate has two bland cheeses, one of which is a very mild cheddar. At $12 in NC you really expect...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FNKT
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank doodle1957
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 6 November 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kathy K
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

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 6 November 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JosephJ1
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

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 6 November 2018 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

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank 624kerrit
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

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 30 October 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ColleenNC
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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