2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC 27705Neighborhood:
Fusion / EclecticPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.nasher.duke.edu/museum_cafe.php
- Phone: 9196846032x
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Thursday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:15pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic
- Executive Chef: Enrique Abreo
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Private Party Contact: Aidan Peters 9196846032x
- Entertainment: Live and Local features live music and local products. Check out the calendar on nasher.duke.edu for further information regarding special programming and more.
- Special Events: Please contact Aidan Peters, General Manager of the Nasher Museum Cafe for details regarding Private Events and bookings. 919.684.6032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A word from Nasher Cafe
The 100-seat indoor/outdoor Nasher Cafe overlooks the garden and sits adjacent to a Mark Di Suvero sculpture, providing a serene and beautiful ambience. The menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
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Nasher Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 4, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (29)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (23)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (14)scenic view (10)good for groups (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
- Always reliably good food.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/28/2014It is a bit loud for conversation due to the design, but the food is always good and a good value.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nasher Cafe a WinvegetarianchoicesDined on 9/27/2014Very good coffee and Asian Salad ; outside dining was fairly quiet since they were not really busy when we were there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thursday night outNCtarheelDined on 9/25/2014Nasher museum is open until 9pm on Thursdays, this turned out to be an ideal low key date night out with my husband. The café was not busy for dinner, we sat ourselves outside around 7pm and were waited on immediately. Our service was outstanding! Although the menu's selections are not extensive, there is a good variety, and the food is delicious. I had hanger steak, cooked to perfection. My husband's gnocchi was also wonderful. Decent wine selection and prices are on par with other restaurants that serve food of this caliber. What we really enjoyed was the low noise level and open atmosphere that allowed us to actually sit there and have a conversation! Follow dinner with a relaxed art exhibit viewing and you have a perfect night out.Special Features:
- Best restaurant in townjudeDined on 9/23/2014Nana's provides an excellent culinary experience. There are great choices for all parts of the meal, outstanding flavors and combinations of foods. We had lamb and duck for the main meal and they were superb. Love the art decorating the walls, and the choice of wines.Special Features:
- Art and BrunchMemimiDined on 9/21/2014Went for brunch, food was great, nice jazz playing, lovely outside seating. Service could have been better. Hostess was amazing and very helpful! Great place to eat before or after viewing the current exhibition - which at the time was Miro!Special Features:
- Fabulous FoodDukemomDined on 9/21/2014I ordered the Huevos Rancheros. I am not sure how they managed to make such an ordinary and predictable dish extraordinary, but they did! Every bite was full of flavor. The eggs were so tender. In spite of being very full, I ordered dessert because it looked so good. The almond raspberry tart with tangerine sorbet was also fabulous. Thank you for a great afternoon.Special Features:
- WineanddinerVIPDined on 9/18/2014After a shaky start (I waited 10 minutes for someone to show up to seat me. Finally phoned the restaurant to point out that I had been standing there.), we had a very nice dinner. Unfortunately they were out of tuna, so I had to settle for chicken as a salad topper. Fortunately it was well seasoned and quite good. We ordered two glasses of Cote d'Rhone wine. They were only able to supply one glass; made a decent substitution for the second. My husband had the Paella which was excellent. It is a very limited menu made more limited by running out of offered itemsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious!MissOpheliaRoseDined on 9/18/2014The food was creative and delicious. The choices were varied, and we wanted to try many of the dishes. I heard other people commenting on how good their food was. There were a lot of vegetarian options, so vegetarians will be happy. The ambience was perfect. We sat outside, and who doesn't like dining alfresco in a beautiful setting? My only complaint is the server did not listen when I told her we wanted our two shared choices coming one at a time. Yes, both came out at once! How difficult was that request? Nonetheless, she was nice, and we enjoyed the experience a lot. It went well with our Miró exhibition.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not as expected1outof6Dined on 9/7/2014Reserved table for 6 at window - birthday party for family incl 8 year old! Arrived - and "window not possible for big group". Unfortunately that was the POINT of choosing Nasher Cafe: great view ! To hot to sit outside. Disappointed - that should have been made clear during booking. Fantastic food - to loooong wait (35-40 min) and several servings were cold (3 stars only) - and NOTHING basic for a regular/picky child. Acoustics are awful (not really "energetic)" and make conversation in a group hard.Special Features:
- Eat with the Arty CrowdtrianglenanDined on 9/4/2014When I go to the Nasher for a show, talk, or whatever, I always plan to eat there. Usually I plan a meal, but always at least a snack and tea. Unlike many museum restaurants that are hidden down a dreary hallway, the Nasher Cafe is in the lobby and is part of the action. This does not detract from the ability to talk at your table. There are often groups of students or Duke faculty groups eatting there as well as the ''ladies who lunch". And the food is good. The menu changes with the seasons and is sufficiently varied so that carnivores and vegans can co-exist. Worth a try on your next visit to the Nasher.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nasher nashed her teethFirozeVIPDined on 8/9/2014Went because Food And Wine rated this as one of the 25 best Museum cafes in the country. Boy, did they ever get it wrong!! It might have been good when they rated it but it has gone down since then. On the day we visited - a Saturday at 2:30 pm they were serving brunch. We ordered the soup and salad and the Salomon eggs benedict. The soup Chicken Tortilla, arrived at room temperature, not hot. When we askedif it should be hot, were told that since they shut down at 3:00 pm they had turned the soup off. Reheat it but not enough. The salomon eggs benedict were good. For dessert we were told their freezer had broken down the day before so all the gelato had melted. Needs a professional tightening up.
- Nasher Museum with Guest ChefarroydeeDined on 8/7/2014We went to the museum first and then had dinner in the Cafe. Once a month, the Cafe features a guest chef. I can't say how the Cafe's regular fare is, but the menu offered by the guest chef (Teddy Diggs from Il Palio) was fantastic. I think the idea of a guest chef periodically is a keeper.Special Features:
- A lovely placedineout28Dined on 8/3/2014The Nasher is such a beautiful building, filled with art and you get to have a meal in the middle of it all! It is one of my favorite places, it never disappoints! I took my teen grand daughter and a friend for brunch on Sunday, the selection was excellent, the girls loved their meals and the ambiance and so did I. And I enjoyed sharing it all with them.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SatisfactorycbooDined on 7/13/2014We went for lunch when there was entertainment. The sound acoustics are not great. The food was fine, just not exceptional for a brunch affair. Not too impressed unfortunately.Special Features:
- Harvest 18 Chef Dinner SuperbOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/10/2014What a lovely meal. Farm to table dining at its best with chef visiting from Durham Restaurant Harvest 18. 3 tomato gazpacho soup was delicious as well is beautifully presented. The flounder with grits was perfectly prepared, moist and flaky. And the blueberry cobbler was heavy on blueberry's and light on the usual sugar heaped crust. The healthy serving enhanced the taste and lowered any potential 'guilt' factor. Having never been to Harvest 18 before, we are definitely adding it to our list of great Durham restaurants. We love supporting Durham's growing foodies scene and are pleased the Nasher offers local chef's opportunities to share their talent.Special Features:
- Service needs improvingtraveldiva2003Dined on 7/10/2014If it had not been for the manager, Aidan, I would barely have had any kind of service at all. Someone took my order and then I waited over 30 minutes to be served. When the food was delivered, only after I asked what was happening with my order, I received the entree and I had never gotten my appetizer. The person who took my order never checked back with me to see how I was doing or if i needed anything. I had to call him to the table to see what happened to my order. The chef stopped by the table and asked how things were and I told him I had not yet received my food. He did not seem pleased. All of this was discussed with Aidan and they did not charge me for the appetizer. This is not the first time I have had lackluster service here.Special Features:
- At the MuseumlovetoeatDined on 6/28/2014I find it very pleasant to dine in the beautiful atmosphere of Duke's beautiful Nasher Museum. Before or after lunch or brunch, one can enjoy the art exhibits and have a delightful experience. I am so happy to live within a few minutes of this Durham gem.Special Features:
- Great Food During Guest Chef EventsRTPAreaFoodReviewDined on 6/19/2014The Guest Chef events are never a disappointment. Menu is Prix Fixe so it's a bit overpriced, but the food is excellent. Also, the menu is themed around the guest chef's experience, so throughout the year, you can experience considerable variation.Special Features:
- MixedhopefulDined on 6/15/2014There was a long wait for food although the servers were rapid. Very loud music inside; quiet outside. Food was good, especially home fries.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hidden foodie gemtraveldiva2003Dined on 6/5/2014I love the food at the Nasher Cafe. It is always freshly prepared and delicious. What is missing is a dining room manager to oversee service and to pay attention to details for the customer. I recently made a reservation with Open Table. I went to the restaurant and there was no host to seat me, there was a sign that said "seat yourself". I noticed several tables with reserved signs on them, so I asked a waiter where I should sit since I had made a reservation. She told me to take one of the reserved tables. She never asked my name or checked to see that I had a reservation. Service was spotty at best. No one checked on me to see how the food was or if I needed anything. A manager would help this situation and add enjoyment to the dining.Special Features:
- Great evening out!TamaraNCDined on 6/5/2014We attended beer tasting at the museum ($5) and then received $5 coupons to use towards the restaurant so you can't go wrong. Food and service were both great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 336 reviews are from the Nasher Cafe reviews archive.
- A civilized experienceherderDined on 5/29/2014Our first time. The wait staff were very pleasant and the food was excellent - made you realize that a lot of what you eat doesn't actually provide pleasure. A very pleasant night out.Special Features:
- KateDined on 5/25/2014ambience and food was superb. Wait staff was very attentive and accommodating as our group had a tight schedule and had to leave within about 35 minutes of arriving...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- reviewValerieDined on 5/15/2014The food was great, the only problem I had is with the chair s. The chairs were metal, so my legs were freezing. I wish they had covers so I was less cold.Special Features:
- OverratedcassioDined on 5/8/2014Sorry, but the only justification for the prices is the convenience when visiting museum exhibits. Otherwise acceptable but overpriced and dull food. I expect it would be more fun sitting outside on a nice warm (but not brutally humid) day.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Noise inside is unbearable.PennyDined on 5/8/2014This is really a very nice place to eat - with the exception of the noise inside. In the good weather the outside dining is fine. The only other option is to go at times when they are not busy.Special Features:
- Great location, Great foodJazzLoverDined on 5/1/2014Always great art exhibitions. Have brunch, lunch and experience uplifting art.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Soothing Thursday!FoodSeekerDined on 4/24/2014I have only one word to describe my experience at the Nasher Cafe and Museum last Thursday -- DELIGHTFUL!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food and serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/19/2014Great for brunch, but hostesses and waitresses are a little...I don't know, a weird combo of cold and sassy. Not straight-up rude, so it's excusable, but definitely off-putting. Food was great though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Place!blackartlover1967Dined on 4/17/2014I enjoyed popping in before viewing the Archibald Motley exhibit, nice place, cool vibe, good cappuccino, great gazpacho.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lunchhobbes623Dined on 4/16/2014great for lunchSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Its Free to BrunchZagfan12Dined on 4/13/2014Museum is free to Brunch, A nice way to break routine. Good OmeletsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service was a little slowAviatorWifeVIPDined on 4/11/2014Service was a little slow (I think they were short on staff) and it was hot in the sun (limited shady tables and very windy. But I would return because there's no other place at Duke that serves wine at lunch other than the Washington Duke Inn.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Art...Excellent Food!JazzLoverDined on 4/10/2014Nasher is a wonderful university museum. It always has world class art. Tastefully shown. The Cafe has outstanding food. Friendly service, an outdoor patio, in good weather. Faculty, students and local folks enjoy a great combo ... art and food.Special Features:
- NasherkathDined on 3/16/2014Good restaurant with good food. Just a lunch spot, while visiting the Nasher Museum, otherwise, I would not go there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Comfortable and tasty!SatisfiedSallyDined on 3/15/2014This museum cafe is many steps above your average museum cafe. All our food was quite good and we enjoyed it. Split checks and parties of 6 or more have an automatically added tip of 18-20%. Many restaurants have this policy so that wasn't unusual. However, our server was somewhat inattentive. (ex: no salt and pepper and we had to get up to ask, no sugar with coffee and we had to ask twice and wait, etc.) However, without us complaining to management, someone noticed and must have spoken to him and his service improved considerably. Kudos to them. I personally hate to complain about stuff and to have the issue recognized and resolved was a first in my experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!CindyDined on 2/27/2014I took a friend to the Nasher Museum to celebrate his birthday, and it was his first time visiting the museum and eating in the cafe. We has an excellent time and really enjoyed the tasty food.Special Features:
- when efficiency is desiredOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/9/2014If combining a meal with visiting the Nasher, this is sufficient. While the food is generally ok, we found a poor selection of wines and one taste was clearly from an old bottle. They often seem to continually switch servers which can be annoying.
- Jazz Brunchmrsgaea1Dined on 2/9/2014What a great way to spend a cold Sunday afternoon! The food was delicious, the wait staff was very attentive, and we thoroughly enjoyed the music.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My daughter and I droppedbitsNpiecesDined on 2/1/2014My daughter and I dropped in after walking around Duke Gardens. It was very crowded but we were seated in 15 minutes. What I had wanted to try was sold out by the time our waitress came to take our order and she made a point of saying that if she had come seconds earlier we could had our first choice. Our food was okay but nothing great and our service was lacking. We will probably try again before making a final judgement.Special Features: