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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 2 October 2018

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

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Matt M
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

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 28 September 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank becca83-TN
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

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 28 September 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AgileWahoo
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

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 25 September 2018

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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Bruce M
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

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 23 September 2018

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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank TarHeel071
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

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.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Richard D
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I love this place for Sunday Brunch. They have a great regular menu, but also tasty specials. The "servers" who bring your food out are always helpful and pleasant. In good weather there is nice outside seating as well.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Eileen M
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you Eileen M! We love Saturday & Sunday brunch too! Great weekend specials in addition to the regular menu that includes eggs, pancakes, soups, salads & our famous grilled chicken sandwiches and desserts. The mimosas, bloody Mary's, smoothies and specialty coffees enhance the experience!...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Have not been here for a few years. It was a little "too healthy" for me when they first opened. They have really expanded their menu in very good ways. From start to finish, very good. Mussels may now be the best in Durham with...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank TotalPerfection
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Hello TotalPerfection, "Outstanding dinner! Outstanding Service" -- Outstanding review! Thank you very much. The team strives to make every guest experience truly phenomenal. And yes, it took a little while to bring this cafe to be a "finely tuned machine" with incredible food and it...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Very friendly restaurant. My omelette with mushrooms was very good. My friends also said their breakfasts erre very good. Cucumber water very good.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank ferrucci762018
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thanks Ferrucci for the 5-Star review! Glad you & your friends enjoyed your visit. We look forward to serving you again soon, breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch! Bon Appetit! Laura Hall

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Large group of us went for early dinner, and couldn’t have been more impressed. Food prepared with obvious care, staff attentive and happy, and quality obvious. Healthy food that you would choose on taste. Highly recommended (and try the Brussels!)More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank andross218
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Hello Andros, Wow, "couldn't have been more impressed", we couldn't ask for a better accolade. On behalf of the entire staff, thank you for such high praise and we are delighted that you and your guests were so happy their Refectory Cafe experience. And, yes,...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, Kids, Child-friendly
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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