Nasher Cafe at Duke University

4.8
659 Reviews
$30 and under
Global, International
The 125-seat indoor/outdoor Nasher Cafe overlooks the garden and sits adjacent to the Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen "Corridor Pin" sculpture, providing a serene and beautiful ambience. The Nasher Cafe offers local and sustainable products forged into creative lunch, brunch and dinner menus. Guests can experience a world class museum as well as restaurant in one stop.
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Chicharito
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had flowers on the table after I mentioned we were having a brunch for your anniversary! That was a simple yet lovely gesture.

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Hights
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Absolutely. Early dinner before an exhibit....perfect place to relax after work and transition to a calm state before enjoying an exhibit. A glass of wine and warm mushroom salad are my favorite things! Great food!./.

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vipTraveler
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I loved eating a the Nasher Cafe after attending a Nasher Museum event. It's the perfect spot for a quiet lunch with friends so you can talk about your experiences. The menu is eclectic and I can always find the perfect entree for the mood I'm in that day.

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ElizabethN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a table of eight and everyone was very pleased with the menu choices and the quality of their food. It was a quiet day in the cafe. We were seated in the front, which was great; but that made it a little difficult to get the attention of our server when we needed it. He was very responsive to requests and all agreed we would return.

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SamJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch had a pleasant atmosphere! Sunday’s are fast pasted but the waiters provide great service.

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vipMindy
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Nasher Cafe! The food is always delicious And the service attentive but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good, but overpriced. For college students (especially graduate students), I don't think it was affordable. This was partly due to the "automatic 20% gratuity" for a split check; I've never seen a restaurant that has this policy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Re: noise--nothing the cafe could do. They're de-installing old/installing new exhibition in Pavilion 1.

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DianaD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My mother and I really enjoyed our lunch at Nasher. My ahi tuna bahn mi sandwich was excellent as was the accompanying potato salad. My mom's southwestern chicken sandwich was really good too. My only complaint is that the open kitchen was very loud. There was music playing from within and the use of a giant immersion blender was intrusive. Easy fixes. We will be back.

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JVDurham
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a very pleasant venue for brunch. The staff are genuinely nice and cheerful, the ambience is a change from the usual town restaurants. Our food was tasty and we were served promptly in spite of it being quite busy. And you can walk off some calories while enjoying the wonderful art exhibits.

Nasher Cafe at Duke University
Responded on January 14, 2020

Many thanks for the accolades-- we're glad you enjoyed your visit and a walk through the galleries. We hope to see you in the future!

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KathrynK
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, healthy food! They were happy to accommodate a vegan who is also gluten free!

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AliceS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of so many worlds. Whether you have time for a leisurely lunch and enjoy the wonderful art, planning a business lunch or you just have time for a quick lunch off the beaten path in an amazing setting, there are several truism re: to lunch at the Nasher Cafe.
Your food will be deliciously innovative yet familiar, service accommodating and the ambiance is just lovely.
The Nasher is an authentic Durham treasure and lunch at the Cafe adds to that experience.

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Gabrielle
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful! Everything was as we hoped (as the French would call it 'comme il faut' - as it should be, done right.

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ElisabethH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place as a treat for brunch a few times each year– The Eggs Benedict was wonderful with tasty home fried potatoes and salad on the side. The Fajita Omelet was delicious. Our server was courteous and friendly. Great atmosphere and perfect start to museum visit.

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SergioWallace
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cafe has great food and it also has a great environment.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting my daughter

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ChouChou
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very agreeable place to meet and catch up with a friend in a relaxed and aesthetically pleasing setting, with nice wait staff and relatively quiet surrounding.

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vipVictoriaD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and a really great atmosphere

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ClareC
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our brunch reservation was for Saturday at 11 a.m. over Family Weekend and perhaps that explains the hiccups in service. We were seated swiftly but after that, the service dropped off rather dramatically. We placed an order for coffee and water and while we waited a bit for that to get filled, we had no idea how sluggish the service would later become. After a considerable wait, our food orders were finally placed and water glasses/coffee cups refilled. The food was good (not great). The atmosphere was nice on the patio but the outdoor metal seating was a chilly perch on a cool day. Most of the staff was personable, except for one young lady who seemed overwhelmed and rather abrupt when my daughter tried to get her attention. They used a team approach to serving and while that seems like a good idea, in theory, it felt like there was no one who took adequate responsibility for ensuring that our needs were met and our dining experience was favorable. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and try Nasher Cafe again on a future trip to Duke to visit our daughter. I truly hope that the staff will have ironed out the kinks in their customer service by then.

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vipTishF
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The recipe for the ravioli changed, and it didn't come out warm it was more room temperature. And we tried the crab cake and it had too much filler (bread) for me. So I wouldn't order it again unless the recipe changed. Everything else was amazing.

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ShannonH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was nice to sit in the patio. Our waitress was very attentive and did her best to accommodate us. I had asked for Tito’s vodka in a drink, because I have a gluten issue. They had no gluten free vodka and no rum. She explained that they do not really have a full bar. She was very apologetic.

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PPan
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining at Nasher cafe. The food is fresh and delicious though a little pricey. Day was perfect for the outdoor seating which faces the quiet, green lawn.

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vipAlliebug007
Raleigh
45 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was awesome! The grilled blt had an awesome goat cheese flavor but too much bread in proportion to its toppings. Loved the smoked salmon appetizer. We’d definitely eat here again.

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Jessicamengjueni
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ARTISANAL CHEESE PLATE is actually $20 instead of $15 on the website. Chicken breast in SOUTHWESTERN PANINI is tender, Juicy.

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Newbie
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

food was amazing and I loved the ambiance and setting. our waiter was friendly and polite however the service was incredibly slow throughout the whole process

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vipomid
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing salads, great french toast, love the vibe here. recommend it highly!

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TamaraB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server is always a delight to work with, especially while hosting guests in the cafe.

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vipgmert
Richmond
57 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Shockingly good for a museum cafe!
I’ve saw the reviews so I had to try it out and specifically tried the Italian hash which I’ve never had before. It was very savory. My wife had a fantastic salmon salad and we both enjoyed a wonderful berry cobbler desert with vanilla ice cream. Everything was very delicious !

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emily
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mother-daughter lunchtime!!

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vipRgoodluck
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service - we always try to get to the Nasher when we’re on the Duke campus.

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Esther
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The risotto, a daily special, was outstanding. My guest’s lunch was as he ordered and also excellent.

I love the space, the noise bothers me a bit, but is unavoidable, given the hard surfaces.

One of the best places to go in Durham.

Nasher Cafe at Duke University
Responded on August 20, 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us! The risotto is one of my favorites as well! Hope to see you in the future for a repeated wonderful experience!

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vipKBriggs
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to the Nasher Cafe for the delicious food and great service...the staff is very friendly!
Before or after we enjoy the art work and learn something new each time.

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nancylu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My husband ordered the mezze platter. At the end of the meal he realized that there were no grape leaves on the platter as there were supposed to be. We asked the waiter about the grape leaves. He checked with the kitchen and came back and said: "The chef said that we don't have any stuffed grape leaves so she said that she gave you some extra feta cubes." THIS IS NOT GOOD. We should have been told this when we ordered or when the food was delivered. My husband would not have ordered this menu item if he knew that there were no grape leave. In the end the waiter took a few dollars off our bill, but this really was not handled properly.

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Adventuretad
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonable pricing, wonderful atmosphere.

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vipTamaraC
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere!

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ACEL
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely Father's Day lunch! The service was attentive but not hovering. Food was tasty and plentiful. Another great experience at the Nasher.
Consistently good.

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TrevaF
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at the cafe as a special treat! We also always take out of town guests!

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mms615
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely brunch sitting outside! A great place to enjoy a glass of Rose with your friends and/or family!

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Elwood
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

2 Benedicts were ordered for Sunday Brunch. Both were served cold. They were taken back and 2 new Benedicts were served. Again, served cold.

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herder
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

One of our party (me) had the Italian hash. An obviously moldy potato had been included as one of the ingredients. This was the only blemish on an otherwise excellent experience.

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Nasher Cafe at Duke University offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 684-6032.

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