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The Refectory Cafe

2726 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2870
+1 919-908-6798
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (23 reviews)
“soups” (16 reviews)
“kale salad” (14 reviews)
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Seafood, Healthy, American, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2726 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2870
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The ricotta lemon pancakes were amazing, even for this reviewer who does not usually find pancakes worthy of comments. The smoked salmon eggs benedict was the best that my friend from the West Coast, "ever had". Unfortunately, the tofu scramble that my daughter had was...More

Thank Travelinghounds
Reviewed 1 week ago

The brunch and breakfast are especially good (lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote is the best). Always have delicious grilled cheese with tomato soup. Hot tea and loco pops are also favorites.More

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

Hello Anasoma, You have made our day on this gorgeous NC morning! We love our food, our farmers and our guests! Thank you so much for sharing. We look forward to serving you again soon! You will be equally pleased with dinner - come check...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No frills ambience, friendly wait staff, good food. Salmon was great but they might want to cut down on the portion of arugula. It was overwhelming and REALLY peppery. Perhaps that's just my personal taste, though. Nice locals place.

Thank PasssionateTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited on many occasions and can't really find anything remotely negative to say about the food. Just visited in early July 2017, and had a really great, hot egg sandwich on sourdough toast, The only thing that I can say is that it is...More

Thank 431normam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dine at The Refectory for Lunch and Dinner regularly. The food is consistently very good! The food pairings are always interesting, delectable and healthy. The not so healthy items are over the top delicious! Not the fastest service around but very friendly.

Thank SkinCareLadyNc
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Had Father's Day lunch at The Refectory Café with my wife, son and two of our beautiful granddaughters. We had a wonderful time...ate outside on a beautiful day. I would give the food and service a mixed review. My son's steak and eggs was termed...More

Thank Dave G
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We have always like the Refectory Cafe--but this time the service was very slow. We had a crab cake sandwich which was very good but the house made chips--a weakness of mine--were terrible. I was disappointed in that. I also noticed that the menu now...More

Thank NCSue67
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Hello Sue, Thank you for being a fan and I hope that your visit was a fluke and "disappointing for the last time". I can not speak to the "slow" as I am not sure what happened. We take great pride in providing "slow food...More

Reviewed 5 May 2017

I have had lunch here three times and find the place clean, friendly and fairly enjoyable. I am not a huge fan of the menu and find some of the dishes a bit clunky. I often order the vegetarian plate simply because it is healthy...More

1  Thank achef
Reviewed 5 May 2017

On Sunday after our son's wedding, we hosted a "morning after" breakfast, catered by the Refectory Cafe. The food was delicious! I requested an egg casserole which was not on the menu, and the chef created one. It was a hit, as was their famous...More

Thank suebyejones
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2017

Hello Sue, Thank you for the 5-Star review! The entire staff was delighted that you were so happy with our product and service that you chose to share it with the TripAdvisor world! We look forward to serving you again very soon and providing another...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

We traveled from NY state and met 3 friends who are NC residents. Place your order, find a table and visit uninterrupted except for the food arriving. Two of us had the smoked salmon with avocado, 1 caprese panini, 1 tuna cheese melt and a...More

1  Thank Afoodie65
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Angela U
4 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
USD 5 - USD 25
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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, Durham, NC 27707-2870
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-908-6798
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"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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