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The Mad Hatter's Bake Shop

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1802 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705-4840
+1 919-286-1987
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Durham, North Carolina
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it is not just a bakery, but the bakery is the best reason to go here. The dining area is crowded and there is always a wait. and parking is crazy. The food is good, but the reason to go is the bakery. Their cakes are out of this world wonderful. And also expensive. But the splurge is definitely worthwhile.

Thank Nikkisams
Wilmington, NC
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

great food, self serve. wish they had grits, beautiful cakes and pastries. Breakfast food nice. efficient. coffee, wifi

Thank happyWilmington_NC
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Easy parking which is a benefit! Hubby ordered Blueberry French Toast (ah-mazing!) and I ordered "The Biscuit" (perfect!). We shared a fresh-squeezed orange juice (a real treat!) and enjoyed the coffee! Great place!

Thank Shannon N
Chester, Vermont
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

The pastries looked amazing almost mouth watering but a major disappointment in every way. We had hot chocolate to drink but it was far from hot, it was luke warm and nothing overly impressive. He had a cupcake that was flavorless and dry while I had ordered the cafe au late, again not much of any flavor. Overall a great... More 

Thank thecriticgirl
Fremont, California
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300 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The Mad Hatter is a no frills breakfast restaurant and bake shop near Duke University. You order at the counter and take a seat in the no frills dining room, and get your own silverware and napkins. Your order is brought to your table. The food is fine, and the prices are average for this kind of dining experience. Lots... More 

Thank Ono O
Stuart, Florida
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Service is 110% GR8..!!! House coffee is fantastic...! Bought a hundred dollars worth of cakes and cookies for a family get together, ..and they were AMAZING...!!! Drove 50 miles one-way one late afternoon for more of their pumpkin bread, only to discover they were out,,!!! :-(( Rose early the next morning and drove the 50 miles again and bought THREE...!!!... More 

Thank WeBeenThereDoneThat
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have had cookies and slices of cakes from The Mad Hatter's on several occasions, but had not sat down for breakfast here until a couple weeks ago. I had an early meeting, after which I stopped in for a late breakfast and a cup of coffee. I ordered the Huevos rancheros and sat down with my coffee near a... More 

Thank MrsNight
North Garden, Virginia
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Food was good, but just good. Two of us had eggs and potatoes wth sausage / bacon. The meat was extra. The eggs were cooked as ordered (over easy) but were not seasoned. The potatoes likewise were unseasoned. My wife had eggs benedict and enjoyed that. Coffee, etc was at Stabucks prices. The pastries looked awesome, we should have had... More 

Thank Alex P
Durham, North Carolina
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Really nice bakery with great selection of scones, danish and other yummies. Also many custom specialty cakes. Loved the Chicken Quesadilla and the fresh cut french fries with three lovely dips. Situated in a College area so there is great wifi setups and plenty of plug ins.

Thank Carmen R
Durham, North Carolina
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Went with friends on Saturday and Sunday for brunch/lunch. Had different food each time and everyone enjoyed their meals. I especially love their Mocha Blast. Students are back but had no trouble finding a table either day.

Thank Z8554KFlisah

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1802 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705-4840
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-286-1987

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