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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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“brunch” (32 reviews)
“kale salad” (18 reviews)
“soups” (17 reviews)
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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 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

Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Went to lunch with my wife, the food was great and the service excellent. Wasn’t having desert until I saw it pass me on it’s way to someone else - just had to have it. Go on treat yourselves👍More

Thank Peter H
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello Peter, Thank you for sharing your experience. We love to be everyone's daily treat! We look forward to serving you again soon. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch. You must check out our evening service. Local fish, beef & produce at dinner with a chef...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

Just had our first dinner at The Refectory after eating a breakfast there a year or so ago. The atmosphere is fairly stark - minimalist cafeteria, but clean and comfortable with pleasing background music. Menu had some fairly expensive entrees for what felt like a...More

2  Thank Anonymous924
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

It was difficult to choose between so many amazing possibilities, but I settled on the veggie quiche, and I was not disappointed.More

Thank Catherine A
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello Catherine, Our pastry chef makes our quiche from the freshest ingredients including local eggs. The crust is also made in house with Organic, never bleached or bromate flour. We look forward to having you return and try more of our amazing chef inspired dishes!...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

We've had breakfast here a couple times, and I'm in love with the lemon ricotta pancakes. But last night we decided to try them for dinner. We were pleasantly rewarded. First, they were short-staffed so it took a little while for someone to take our...More

Thank Carol S
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Hi Carol, Thank you for your understanding and we are thrilled that you were so delighted with your meal and your service! Everyone loves our pancakes AND we now make a VEGAN version. Equally as awesome as the Lemon Ricotta. We look forward to serving...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I have occasionally stopped here either for lunch or dinner. Food is tasty and consistent. Not fast food and has a healthy substantive offering for its customers. Service is right on in a nice chatty atmosphere.More

Thank roseeve
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello Roseeve, Thanks for the 5-Star review! "Always" is no small feat and we strive for that accolade every day. Every meal is made to order the way you like it! I love your description of the service and atmosphere. The entire review made our...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Let me start by saying that The Refectory has great, healthy food--breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch. But wanted to give a "shoutout" to their fantastic desserts especially their pie. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweet and tart and grandma quality crust, by far...More

Thank Jamfam18
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Hello Jamfam, What an extraordinary review! You hit all the main points - great healthy food - all meals. We pay attention to ingredients and we have a staff that truly bends over backwards to deliver a high quality product. And, yes, for all meals,...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, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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