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Nasher Cafe

4.5
556 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:15pm (building closes at 9pm)
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Phone number
(919) 684-6032
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Cross street: Anderson
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What 556 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
1.0
Dined on December 8, 2017

Decent food terrible service.
1) the waiters here have terrible patience and pay no detail to the diners. You will never find out about daily specials because no server will bother to let you know. Everything is minimally polite. You pay for table service without the service.

2) Hours. Their opening hours are different depending on where you look, and even if you call to ask about it, I guarantee you no one will bother to pick up. At least this happened to me the several previous reservations I was trying to confirm. Though they do call you back later with the bad news that while they didn’t pick up the phone, everything else is full and because “a large party is coming in” they won’t be able to seat you regardless. How accommodating. This is just the thing you need when you are the one in charge of brunch planning.

Unless you have money to waste, I would not come here.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0
Dined on December 6, 2017

Was completely underwhelmed with the quality of food. Great ambiance given that it's in the atriumof the Nasher but it's overpriced and underwhelming!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0
Dined on December 5, 2017

I am a Nasher Member and I enjoy lunch there from time to time. Mostly I enjoy the ambiance and the food (taste)The service, however, has always been slow and inattentive. Also the portions are small, especially for the price. The food is very tasty but I am gernwrally still hungry after an entree w a side.

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AHungryDukeStudent 
5.0
Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing, fresh food. Salads and sandwiches are amazing, and you HAVE to get the molten lava cake. One of the best I've ever had.

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Fresser (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on November 12, 2017

Makes going to the Nasher to see an exhibition even more of an event.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on November 11, 2017

It was my first time visiting the Nasher Cafe and it was a great experience! The only thing that I think the restaurant should improve on is checking up on tables more frequently. We had to call on the waiter to order desserts and get our checks.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on November 10, 2017

Fresh and delicious soups, salads and sandwiches in a sunlit corner of the museum.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved the feel and the lunch menu of this cafe. The server was helpful and attentive without being on top of us. I thought my lunch was delicious, but I couldn’t eat it all. The portions are large. It was very noisy at lunchtime, but the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves. I would certainly go back and will tell my friends about it.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on November 10, 2017

Salads plus all dishes are outstanding!! Wines by the glass are interesting and tasteful. The service is always friendly and helpful. The ambience of the museum design and architecture adds tons to an overall great experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on November 3, 2017

It was great to share a delicious lunch with friends after seeing the Carlo Dolci exhibit at the Nasher. The service was friendly and very attentive and the atmosphere was quiet enough to have an enjoyable conversation with friends.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:15pm (building closes at 9pm)
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Cross street
Anderson
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(919) 684-6032
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Entertainment
Summer Days Nasher Nights Programming includes special events we coin 'Live and Local'. There is live music from the talented musicians of the area as well as a menu featuring local products. Check out the calendar on nasher.duke.edu for further information regarding special programming and more.
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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).
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Executive chef
Enrique Abreo
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Special events & promotions
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