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Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake - Refectory Cafe, Durham, NC

Refectory Cafe

4.6
4.6
942 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Please NOTE: We are changing reservation platforms. Please call us at 919.949.8623 to make your reservation.

Established in 2005, The Refectory Cafe was the first “Green” restaurant on the Duke campus and was located at the Duke Divinity School. The Refectory Cafe focused on social & environmental sustainability, healthy dining and sourcing from local farms.
The award-winning Refectory Cafe was to be a “one-of-a-kind” local farm to table restaurant where omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, plant-based, KETO and gluten-free diets could all happily share a table together in the same facility. Every diet classification could delight in delicious, satisfying, creative food from a common menu, while enjoying the health benefits of consuming nutrient-dense meals devoid of chemical additives – all while practicing social & environmental sustainability.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Organic, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 908-6798
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Jake Miles
  • Catering
    Seven-days a week, Breakfast, lunch & Dinner. Comfortable casual events to full service, you design your perfect event - we will deliver!
  • Private party facilities
    Delicious & Nutritious, serving all diets, always. Cafe can be rented for private parties - indoor and outdoor experiences. Staff fully vaccinated
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Cross street
    Academy Road
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking in our private lot, right outside the front or side doors. Handicapped parking out front.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop across the street from the cafe
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 942 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

942 Reviews
  1. BrunchLover

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    They no longer accept OpenTable reservations. (I see now that they have a note at the top of their OpenTable page not to use OpenTable.) So we had an issue getting a table. After finally being seated, we ordered our food at the counter. We waited over an hour, knowing they were busy because it was Mother's Day. When we went to check on the food, they'd lost the ticket. We waited another 20 minutes. Food was overall OK though the fish and chips were awful. They did not offer us any discounts or refunds.

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  2. Joyful1

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At The Refectory there's something for everyone on the menu with their excellent variety of food, drink and dessert choices. Our table of 5 included 3 diners who had never been to The Refectory before and all commented that they were returning to "try everything on the menu". Now that's a compliment. Although we were there on a busy, busy day of Mother's Day and graduation celebrants, the staff was incredibly professional, personable and attentive. The Refectory remains one of my top "go to" restaurants. Keep up the delicious work!

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  3. NealB

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s a nice enough place, but the food was a little disappointing. For example, my salad came with no dressing, and since I didn’t have a specific waiter, I had to find someone to help. We also waited a significant amount of time for our food - more than an hour. It was Mother’s Day, but the wait was still a little excessive.

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  4. VAlocal

    Raleigh

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love eating at Refectory. The food is great and the staff is friendly.

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  5. MichelleB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had 12 people in our group and they were so accommodating. The food was great.

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  6. jdesigner

    Raleigh

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What happened to the black beans on the huevos rancheros? There were hardly any. Tasty overall. Salmon avocado toast was great. Hadn't eaten there at noon for a long time every seat taken so quit noisy. Still one of my favorite neighborhood gems. Eva

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  7. BlakeM

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. Our favorite restaurant, plus the menu updates were great as usual.

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  8. LauraC

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered 3 apps, 3 desserts and 4 different entrees. Everything was delicious! We loved all the vegetarian options on the menu - the cauliflower piccata was outstanding!

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  9. MaryK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Colorful and funky decor. Service with a smile.

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  10. CTfoodie

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really wanted to love this place. The people are wonderful, the space is lovely, and the food looks beautiful. The arancini and marinara sauce were delicious. But my “filet mignon” looked and tasted like pot roast. It arrived well done rather than medium, and it just wouldn’t slice right. The gravy it came in just reinforced the pot roast feel. Very disappointing. The arugula salad was nice, but for $13, I’d like more than four bites of arugula. The strawberries were the best part! Yum! We loved that they brought the dessert tray to us, but the cakes and pies all looked pretty average. The apple pie seemed like a safe bet, and it was good, but why serve it cold? It would be so much better warmed up.

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Refectory Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 908-6798.

Refectory Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 942 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Refectory Cafe

2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Academy Road
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Organic, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking in our private lot, right outside the front or side doors. Handicapped parking out front.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop across the street from the cafe
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Jake Miles
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 908-6798
  • Catering
    Seven-days a week, Breakfast, lunch & Dinner. Comfortable casual events to full service, you design your perfect event - we will deliver!
  • Private party facilities
    Delicious & Nutritious, serving all diets, always. Cafe can be rented for private parties - indoor and outdoor experiences. Staff fully vaccinated
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