Nasher Cafe

4.6
615 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International

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About

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 Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Café, Farm-to-table
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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Enrique Abreo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Anderson
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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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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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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
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 615 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They accommodated us despite being a large party and having to switch from outdoors to indoors.

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KB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine for the food is delicious and the art is a feast for the eyes and brain. Loved the music they had also!

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was unremarkable. I was at the museum to see an exhibit, so dining at the Nasher Cafe was convenient. Next time I'll make the effort to dine elsewhere.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday brunch at the Nasher and were delighted with the variety of menu items. Each of us ordered something different and were all pleased with our choices. ‘Loved the Mushroom Benedict!

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CH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious, and the staff attentive but unobtrusive.

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JC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We had some loud people right next to us. We were outside so couldnt say "use your indoor voices".
This is a fave place to eat in Durham

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BB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful day and we got an outside table with a covering to keep some sun out. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was great. I wanted to try it because I had a couple of vegan friends with me. Everyone was able to have something they liked. Will go again.

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CW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Fajita omelet was disappointing and service was somewhat slow. Noise was loud due to family day.

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CW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Nasher over 20 times the past 6 years I've been at Duke, and I've never been disappointed by the service, the ambiance, or the staff. The noise level varied according to the events there, but I have few to no complaints. If you make a reservation, everything goes smoothly. If you don't make a reservation, consider going back another day because business is often booming.

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nasher Cafe always provides an exceptional dining experience. This past Sunday was special, with family visiting (sister, three nieces and one of their daughters, one nephew, my daughter and son-in-law, and wife. Wide variety of brunch orders. I chose the cinnamon French toast special -- exquisite, "as usual." Nasher is terrific; service outstanding.

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K
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My risotto du jour was delicious and graciously served. So nice that my friend and I never felt rushed to finish and move on, but instead to relax and truly enjoy the occasion together.

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s
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Menu is appealing and salads are excellent. Desserts looked great although I did not indulge. My only real complaint is that the front of the restaurant is a very noisy environment because of the open room and high ceilings. On the other hand, it's attractive. Tables further "in" toward the patio may be quieter.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was slow and sporadic on my last visit on Saturday. It was difficult to get the attention of the staff in order to get condiments and to get the check.

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KP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and terrific ambience. Relaxing lunch venue with wonderful menu choices.

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M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, reasonable prices, and a great place for brunch!

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One suggestion: please don't have construction vehicles park in the disabled parking in front of the museum as it makes it very hard for a disabled person to not park there when obviously able body construction people are filling up the slots.

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L
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Always a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience.

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S
Raleigh
38 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scrumptious paninis outside on a warm February day. Great service, good prices. We look forward to return visits!

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Although I made a reservation, the table was not ready and another couple was seated before us at what was presumably our table for two. I still had a great time and the food was delicious!

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PZ
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the Cafe was a fabulous experience. The food was wonderful and fairly priced. the service was excellent. Because of all of the hard surfaces in addition to the voluminous size of the main great hall, it is quite noisy, but not so as to limit hearing.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great time, variety of menu options. Definitely will return soon!

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NC
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious salmon plate. Slightly pricey!

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely lunch with a friend, celebrating her birthday. Red white &n green sandwiches with beer/wine were perfect. A lava cake serving with a candle was delicious, and Matthew sang Happy Birthday -amazing voice:) I loved the ambiance and low noise level- we were able to really enjoy chatting and catching up!

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j
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Live their changing menu and fresh well prepared dishes. Light and bright surrounded by glass.

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EL
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. We’ll definitely will dine at the Nasher Cafe again.

Thank you,
Elke Hoffmann

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CW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nasher is one of my favorite dining places on campus. It has the best quality of food for its price, outperforming the Fairview Dining Room and the Commons. The food is consistently good, and the service is always spectacular. I love visiting with friends every week, and I eat there frequently.

Nasher Cafe
Responded on December 11, 2018

Thank you so much for your comments! We love hearing positive reactions from guests! See you soon :)

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RG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Waited a bit to long to be seated despite having reservation.

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EL
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lunch was great. My friend and I will definitely return to the Nasher Cafe. Great food and service.

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EL
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything excellent! Food and service outstanding.

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GJ
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Thursday dinner with a few friends. Mushroom salad was very good, lite, and fresh and enjoyed splitting a bottle of the Resiling, strong fruit tones but not too sweet. The only complaint is that they close, aka have to leave, at 9.

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H
Raleigh
56 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Nasher Café inside the Nasher Museum serves delicious, healthy, well-prepared meals along with a nice selection of wines and beers. Its great to eat here after viewing the exhibits at the Museum. This ain't no snack bar! Its a wonderful and elegant (albeit, a bit spendy) lunch that offers elaborate and tasty lunch dishes.

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FS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having the Nasher Café at the museum is so convenient especially for school groups with limited time. I reserved a table in advance and my table was ready when our school group got there (group of 7 of us). I also spoke to the waiter right away to let him know we had to leave by a certain time to get back to school for the school buses (in Raleigh). He came over right away and took our order. We received our food very quickly and all the kids enjoyed their lunches. Thank you for having this café on site! We all had a great experience!

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JG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Dined many times. Quality of food for 4 people today was NOT the normal excellence. Is there a new cooking team?

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VM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A visit to Duke would not be complete without a meal at The Nasher! Delicious food and lovely surroundings.....Always feels special!!!

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QB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed sitting outside in the beautiful weather.

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MU
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are ever near Duke campus, don’t miss out on dining at The Nasher Cafe😀Their staff is warm & friendly. Their food is absolutely delicious. I would recommend ordering The Nasher salad or one of their omelette options 😋

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LM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious home-made pasta. My dish was missing an ingredient but they provided it beautifully when I asked.

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D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food selection at the cafe is amazing! We had a hard time deciding what not to order! The service was very good. The servers were attentive and very friendly. We can't wait to go again!

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w
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Nasher is the perfect place for an informal lunch that is good, healthy food, and feels refined without being at all stuffy. The modern architecture of the Nasher Museum soars overhead, or you can dine on a nice patio outside if weather permits. Terrific for small groups too.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Cafe is located in the Nasher Museum which is a contemporary art museum so the ambiance is striking with lots of glass and light. The lunch/brunch menu is quite varied and menu items change with the themes of the exhibits.

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