Nasher Cafe

4.7
582 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic

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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 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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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, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 582 People Are Saying
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VM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
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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JG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Have enjoyed menu often. Entree was extremely over spiced. Had salmon omlet. Even potatoes were too spicy garlic. Will visit again.

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L
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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OT
Raleigh
56 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent Father's Day brunch at Nasher. Interesting menu, nicely served, good service and a most pleasant atmosphere. Good access for handicapped and handicapped parking.

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D
Raleigh
185 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great choices for lunch: paninis, salads, sandwiches, sides. Interesting flavor combinations. Attentive server.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I was disappointed in the crab cakes. I get better cakes at Harris-Teeter and cook them at home. You can do better

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s
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, nice choice of beers, but just way too noisy ----the space itself, having high ceilings, lots of glass windows and hard surfaces makes it extremely noisy. The wait staff contribute to the noise level by actions such as loudly pouring buckets of ice. We were hoping for a calm lunch to visit out of town siblings. The food was good, but don't go for the ambiance, and especially avoid if your group enjoys quiet conversation.

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GJ
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came here with some friends for an end of the year meal. Very pleasant meal and experience as always, 3rd time going to the Nasher this semester.

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P
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch at the Nasher during visit with daughter at Duke! Highly recommend the red white and green panini

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E
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I have had many wonderful meals at Nasher Cafe. It's too bad the acoustics of the indoor space are so bad - on a busy day it's almost impossible to carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice.

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GJ
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love eating at the Nasher with friends. Always a young lively student crowd.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

1, The music was too loud. I asked if they could have her turn it down and was told nothing could be done. She was a beautiful singer but it was distracting, like at a bar at night. Frankly, there's no need for music at a gathering like this because it was loud from conversations!
2. We asked for bread and got nothing for 30 minutes. They brought it promptly when reminded.
3. It took at least 45 minutes for our meal. Our Easter reservation was at 2:30. It was full when we got there but was emptying out, so not sure why it took so long.
4. The wait staff was clearly working very hard, so perhaps there weren't enough of them or enough chefs.

Overall, we enjoyed it. Food was very good and it was a lovely day. But it was frustrating to have to get up and ask three separate times for the above. Thanks, Marianne

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KM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch was wonderful, really enjoyed the patio seating with live music!

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j
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for lunch or brunch even if you do not have time to visit the museum!
Food is fresh. Services is fast and wait staff are always very pleasant. I have been coming
here for years for quick lunches. Do make reservations when possible as lunch and weekend
brunch are busy. Across the street from Sarah Duke Gardens is a plus.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Food was great as always. The nasher is a wonderful place for a meal especially on beautiful spring days!

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CB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was seriously impressed with our visit. The staff and manager were all incredible. We actually arrived quite early for our reservation, and while we couldn't sit down right away because I specifically requested to be by a window, the host was extremely kind and accommodating. Our server was so much fun and engaging. I got the mushroom and goat cheese omelet which was OUT of this world. They had run out of the wine that my mom wanted but the manager brought over a few options and talked with us a while. We love making the trip out here from Raleigh.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Handicapped parking spaces extremely limited. Noise level is terrible

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d
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vegetarian pasta was amazing!
Just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! I used to love going here with my team after practice, now I enjoy going with my business team after a meeting.

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

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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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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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AH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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V
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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...

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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s
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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