Nasher Cafe
Nasher Cafe

Nasher Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nasher.duke.edu/museum_cafe.php
  • Phone: (919) 684-6032
  • 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 aidan.peters@duke.edu

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anderson
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Nasher Museum has a metered parking lot. The meters accept credit cards or cash (exact change needed as they do not provide change).
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Nasher Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (41)great for brunch (37)great for outdoor dining (34)fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (14)scenic view (13)good for groups (10)romantic (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Nasher Cafe Durham
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Our group of 8 women ate lunch on a Tuesday after viewing the museum art exhibit. We ordered soup, salads, wrap sandwiches. Service was competent, food was beautiful and tasty. The best creme brûlée I've ever had anywhere! Can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    They always get my order wrong. I asked for no cheese in my dish and this is the second or third time they've gotten it wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was delicious and each part of the meal arrived in a very timely manner. Small reservation detail: I tried to reserve seats for 6 the night before for a Sunday brunch, but there were no spaces available until Tuesday. While eating from 1:30-3 on Sunday, I noticed that there was at least one empty table that could have fit my group. Usually at Nasher Cafe it is best to reserve ahead of time, but I wonder if that space was anticipated to be free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Miro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We had an amazing Spanish dinner on a "Café Miro" night during the Joan Miro exhibit currently at the Nasher Museum (until Feb. 22, 2015). The regular lunch fare at the museum café is excellent. The three-course Spanish dinner, from tapas to entrée to dessert, to celebrate the Miro exhibit was superb (as is the art, of course). Wine list included some great Spanish choices as well. The museum is open late (until 9:00 pm) only on Thursdays, so check website for other nights that the "Café Miro" menu will be offered. Attentive service, helpful staff, and great food in a small, friendly, unpretentious space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent Sunday Brunch!!
    PhilNC
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The Café opens at noon on Sunday, and it is popular. Please make reservations so you need not wait in long lines. We enjoyed a window table view on a sunny day. The service was quick and informative. The meals were excellent. The ham eggs benedict was topped with crab lumps (an interesting flavor addition) with a excellent sauce. My spouse enjoyed steak and eggs- the hanger steak was flavorful and tender. Both meals included a salad and browned potatoes. Wonderful, relaxing Brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine for when visiting the museum
    Rhoda
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Everything was fine for Saturday brunch. Much prefer to eat in the outer section which is noisey but better than noise inside which is is awful. Poached eggs done perfectly. Potatoes way over peppered.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance
    Pennepasta1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Not much art or creativity in dining area, has potential to incorporate artwork or sculpture into the cafe!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SmittyfromDurham
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The Nasher Cafe is a great place to land for Sunday brunch. The Parisienne salad I had was delicious. I didn't like having to pay to park but the museum environment is wonderful. The service was a little slow but they were fairly busy. I will go back for sure and I highly recommend it for anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Cafe never disappoints! Always excellent service and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch!
    jvrw
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Once again, another great lunch at the Nasher! A great place to take out of town visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special praise
    Durmeats
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It is very hard to find a place that is both luxuriously delicious and fully, easily accessible. We were able to enjoy fully with one member of our party in a large wheelchair. Bravo to staff and restaurant. (Plus: the Caesar salad was as close to the " original" as I have found in the Durham area--and the salmon plate was gorgeous!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you're there for the art...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    ...you might as well stay for the food. But I wouldn't go out of my way to partake of the food at this café. Service was disjointed, despite my OpenTable reservation, and the metal chairs made for a chilly experience while the overall level of noisiness made conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Nasher
    DeVee
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We always enjoy brunch at The Nasher Museum Cafe. The venue is lovely, the wait staff courteous and the food consistently delicious. My evaluation would have been higher if they offered a few more health-friendly plates and if our water glasses had been re-filled once! The servers are very nice, but a little too busy compared to other restaurants in this category.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nasher knows food
    GDFEater
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had lunch in the sun outdoors on a pleasant fall afternoon. Delicious food, attentive wait staff (though the place was busy), good coffee. Both of us have food allergies and sensitivities, and the wait staff kindly helped us determine which dishes were safe. Amazingly, they even had dairy-free sorbet, which many otherwise allergy-accommodating restaurants don't bother with. I'm going back when I get a chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing brunch
    Rudyard
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is a great place to go after seeing a couple of exhibits. However, be sure to make a reservation, as there was a 45 minute wait for those who did not reserve a table at this popular restaurant. A beautiful space in which to dine, and the food was good. Wait staff needs to be slightly more attentive (e.g. coffee refills), but otherwise they were efficient and friendly. My wife and I had a table near the window and we had no problem with noise level, which apparently has been a problem for some reviewers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • big disappointment
    EagerEater
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Not up to their usual standard, nor up to the Giorgio s group standard. Both the salmon and the steak were overcooked. I asked for the steak to be redone as ordered, medium rare, and they were very obliging about it. But it turned out to be very tough, with a lot of leftover fat and gristle. One wine was tasteless, the other ok. We have been here many times, but are not likely to return after this evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliably good food.
    anon
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It is a bit loud for conversation due to the design, but the food is always good and a good value.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nasher Cafe a Win
    vegetarianchoices
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very good coffee and Asian Salad ; outside dining was fairly quiet since they were not really busy when we were there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday night out
    NCtarheel
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Nasher 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:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best restaurant in town
    jude
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Nana'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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Art and Brunch
    Memimi
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Dukemom
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WineanddinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    After 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 items
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    MissOpheliaRose
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    1outof6
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Reserved 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat with the Arty Crowd
    trianglenan
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    When 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:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nasher nashed her teeth
    FirozeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nasher Museum with Guest Chef
    arroydee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely place
    dineout28
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The 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:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 344 reviews are from the Nasher Cafe reviews archive.
  • Satisfactory
    cboo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harvest 18 Chef Dinner Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    What 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service needs improving
    traveldiva2003
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    If 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At the Museum
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I 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 for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food During Guest Chef Events
    RTPAreaFoodReview
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed
    hopeful
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    There 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:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden foodie gem
    traveldiva2003
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening out!
    TamaraNC
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A civilized experience
    herder
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Our 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:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kate
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    ambience 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    Valerie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The 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:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate