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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 good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (31 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 1 week ago 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.

Thank ferrucci762018
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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

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

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

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great menu food always fresh. Love the cucumber water. Have it even when I have take out orders! Goat cheese cake is delicious

Thank Izell M
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 8 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 14 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

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4 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
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
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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