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About 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.

2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC 27705
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic

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)

Cross Street:
Anderson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 684-6032

Website:
http://www.nasher.duke.edu/museum_cafe.php

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.

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).

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

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for a deliciously elegant brunch & follow it up with a final peak at the Carlo Dolci exhibit! The museum & cafe open at 12p & we will finish serving at 3p. We’ll be serving up our signature breakfast & lunch flavors as well as some decadent Italian specials in honor of the exhibit!

Nasher Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
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Casual (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Healthy (6)
Scenic View (6)
Fun (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·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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 (Atlanta)·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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·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.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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·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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·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.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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 (Raleigh)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·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!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Worth the Drive
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·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love going to the Nasher Café. The food, drinks and staff are always excellent ... and then seeing the art is a definite bonus.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Did’t realize it was a Halloween costume and pumpkin decorating day when we made brunch reservations!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love the Cafe, love the food. My only complaint is that it is a very noisy environment. I would opt for an outside table, but the weather doesn't always permit...

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Visited Nasher Cafe for the first time for lunch with a friend. Service was prompt and the food was delicious. I have already recommended the Cafe to other friends and look forward to lunch again next time I am in Durham!

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Meal was very good. Service on the slower side...long wait between water and order service. Lots of coffee and water provided, order came about average wait time. Friendly staff.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lot of students have found this place - it has great food, inspired by what exhibits the museum has at the time - great entrees and wonderful desserts. Fabulous wines and according to some in our party fantastic cream soda. Very fast and friendly service. Definitely a restaurant to visit again!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We went for a special dinner offered in conjunction with a show of Italian art. The menus were supposed to be from 18th-c. Italy - they were simply spectacular! I had swordfish, which is much too easy to overcook; instead, this was absolutely delicious. We were very pleased indeed. We had dessert even though we were full, and the cheese cake was light and wonderful, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very poor service considering an automatic gratuity of 20%

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great place to have a business lunch.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent setting within the Nasher Art Museum and there is a large glass wall looking out to Duke University heavily wooded area with art within the landscape. Patrons can opt for seating outside which is lovely. For lunch I selected the Eggplant sandwich on artisan bread with the red potato salad--tasty and lovely presentation. My friend had the salmon and green salad--also beautifully presented. Ingredients are quality and fresh, and breads as good as in France.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Poir service the day of my visit by server including wrong drink refill and no silverware

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a great experience at the Nasher Cafe for Sunday Brunch. It was for a Bday treat. The weather was beautiful, so the outdoor seating was fantastic. Our drinks were specials of the day and BOTH were great. The brunch/breakfast entrees were very good and proportioned and priced reasonably.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We love dining at the Nasher Café. The food is great and the staff is wonderful. Can dine either before or after looking at the fantastic art and special exhibits like Dolci are very interesting.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Consistently delicious food. Very friendly wait staff.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

What a great dining option in an unexpected place! Lovely museum happens to have amazing food! The outdoor seating is perfect if the weather is nice too, making for an even better experience. Have been here multiple times when visiting my family in Durham.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Organic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I loved the idea of a dinner linked to the exhibition of the Italian painter Dolci. Therefore we ordered the Italian dishes. The quality of the food was pretty good and with a creative combination of the ingredients .

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fabulous! Saw Frankie and Ed. Loved being there so much. It was lovely. Thank you.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Casual, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Absolutely amazing brunch/lunch dining!!! We love it here and to be right in the ambiance of the architecturally magnificent Nasher Museum is super!!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great place to go for brunch. They open at noon, so I recommend making reservations. The service can be a little slow if you get there right at noon with everyone else, but the food is great every time. Very fresh and flavorful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Best brunch in the area, but make reservations!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Salad was good but served with a dry piece of bread. Should omit if you won't serve with a fresh wheat roll/bread or sweet bread.
Our waiter was not attentive to our needs. He said "we are very busy".

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Don't know if Nasher was simply short-handed for Saturday brunch, but we felt looked off and rushed in a sense. Servers while doing their job, food was on table.... they took no time to make the dining experience relaxing or warm/friendly. It's warm in summer, and water glasses should be filled to the brim more often than not. Going out to eat should also make us feel welcomed for our business, not like we are a chore to serve.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Our Saturday lunch with friends at the Nasher Cafe was delightful. They have wonderful brunch/lunch selections.

The Cafe service was excellent, even as they got busy. Reservations are recommended. There were many young people, and an entertaining atmosphere.

We loved visiting the museum before and after our lunch. The selections from the permanent collection changes, so there are always new things to see.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Love the food. Ate inside, very noisy. Unsure if our waiter or another person spilled my husband's coffee as he/she set it down. Did not take away coffee cup with spill in the saucer. Necessary to ask it be done. Perhaps cafe needs more staff, Saturday lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We really enjoyed the music, the laid back atmosphere!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I was sorry that I made reservations as they placed us in the sunshine. I think we would have had a better table without reservations.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 28, 2017

My only reservation about a top-top review is that I was seated directly underneath the frigid AC, which blew down precisely on my neck. I couldn't figure out where the cold air was coming from until I had finished the lunch. I'll just choose my seating more wisely next time!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent brunch! My friends and I went hiking at Duke forest and had brunch at Nasher Café. We all enjoyed the food and the environment!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Tiramisu especially good. Other courses and service also very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 21, 2017

This small, intiment restaurant is a hidden gem. Our group of 6 wasp offered a place inside with air conditioning or on the warmer, but visually delightful patio. On the patio we overlooked a green lawn with colorful artwork. The food is a little expensive-salads about $12. But everything was fresh, crisp and well-presented. Our server was friendly and efficient. Desserts were wonderful--the vanilla ice cream was rich and creamy-great on the apple or chocolate desserts.

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