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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (32 reviews)
“kale salad” (18 reviews)
“soups” (17 reviews)
Closes in 9 min
08:00 - 21:00 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 4 August 2018 via mobile

We ate at the Refactory Cafe for breakfast. I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast so I ordered their Baked Oatmeal and it was amazing! Great pancakes as well. I would clearly recommend this restaurant for breakfast!!More

Thank Michael K
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Hello Michael! We agree on breakfast and every other meal.... :-) We appreciate the stellar review. The baked oatmeal is one of our signature items and yes, it is "to die for"! On behalf of the entire team we thank you for sharing your thoughts!...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

I was looking for a place that was vegetarian friendly and had gluten free options and this place filled the bill beautifully. I had the potato leek soup (cup) and spaghetti squash with roasted vegetables and sliced almonds with an avocado sauce. It was spectacular!...More

Thank Barbara S
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Hello Barbara, I am so glad you found us and that you were delighted with your dinner! Yes, our claim to fame is that we accommodate all diets, Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, plant based & omnivore for breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018

The Refectory is a neighborhood restaurant with a terrific chef and a really interesting menu. I had a dinner salad of fresh NC sweet peaches sliced over local, garden-grown tomatoes, topped with slivered shallots and a white balsamic vinaigrette. The key lime pie was “real”,...More

Thank Kathy K
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Hello Kathy K, I love that NC sweet peach salad too! Thank you for sharing your delight with that dish. All of our desserts are made in-house. We have a fabulous pastry chef who uses the finest ingredients - including organic flour, never bleached or...More

Reviewed 10 July 2018

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 11 July 2018

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 9 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 7 July 2018 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 13 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

2  Thank Burtdol
Reviewed 9 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 11 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 4 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

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