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Daily Planet Cafe

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121 W Jones St, NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC 27603-1368
+1 919-707-8060
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Wed 08:00 - 17:00
Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I ate dinner here on a regular basis for several months. The cooks behind the counter are friendly, polite, and always get my order right. The cashiers vary--some are friendly and welcoming; others not so much. You order at the counter, and then pick up your meal when it's ready. Sometimes the cashier will clear your table, sometimes not--yet, there's... More 

Thank Sandra M
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in Raleigh for a business conference, and we decided to go to the Daily Planet for lunch. The first day I had the special which was a chicken cordon bleu wrap. Very tasty, the garlic herb tortilla nicely complemented the flavors of the chicken and ham and cheese inside. The next day I had the Carolina Cuban sandwich... More 

Thank Helen W
Muntinlupa, Philippines
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We had our doze of caffeine from this cafe after walking in the NC museum of natural science. We had mocha frappe and it is so much better than Starbucks mocha frap! The price is also at par with Starbucks. Planet Cafe's frappe is so much better because it is creamier. Good doze of caffeine after a walk in the... More 

Thank HuwanaB
Elma, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017

It was cold and rainy the day we visited the science museum so decided to eat inside the museum rather than walk to another location. I was pleasantly surprised by the choices and quality of food. I had a veggie burger which was huge and very good. I would recommend if visiting in the area for a quick and tasty... More 

Thank Mary H
Clayton, North Carolina
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

The frappe and latte took a little too long to prepare, but the twisted cookie was awesome! $10 for those 3, not too expensive.

Thank Chris A
Richlands, North Carolina, United States
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We had lunch at the Daily Planet Cafe while vising the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. It's located in the same building as the Research Center, making it convenient while in downtown Raleigh. The food was tasty, and we received an ample amount. The menu is quite diverse and reasonably priced. I'm not sure if the restaurant offered outside sitting,... More 

Thank Robin K
Raleigh, North Carolina
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a great place for a quick lunch when visiting one of the nearby museums or the NC Legislature. The food is good and surprisingly creative for a counter service lunch spot. The sandwich and salad offerings are generous and seem healthy. There are many tables for eat in ability but they do a brisk take out business as... More 

Thank WanderlustNC
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Food was good, had the seasonal berry salad very good. My husband enjoyed his burger and fries. The Restaurant is self serve and a little loud, but it is clean and wait staff was very helpful.

Thank 899ina
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

I was totally impressed by the variety of options as well as the great prices. Normally museum cafe food is outrageously expensive, but not here! I opted for a wrap and drink out of the cooler instead of waiting for a hot sandwich as it was quite busy that day and I was hungry, but looking at other people's orders... More 

Thank Emily M
DeanOgan, Owner at Daily Planet Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Food was very good and reasonably priced. I ordered a burger and was able to get fresh fruit as a side rather than fries. My husband had the fried fish and really liked it.

Thank danabm2016
DeanOgan, Owner at Daily Planet Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 8
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 W Jones St, NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC 27603-1368
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-707-8060
The Daily Planet Cafe is located in the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and features breakfast, sandwiches, salads, wraps, desserts, smoothies, Larry's Beans coffee and a full bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?