Refectory Cafe

4.6
370 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Offers

  • Afternoon Delights!

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Fri 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Sat 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Enjoy a variety of small-plates Monday-Friday from 2:30pm-4:30pm and Saturday from 3pm-4:30pm

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 370 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Date night was good , good choice, love menu choices

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KimW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation and was seated promptly. The food and service was great! Will come back!

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BeckyD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. I recommend reservations especially around 11 on a Saturday

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CindyC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great choice for a wide variety of healthy options that also supports local vendors and farms.

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vipFlyingFoodie
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a local favorite, always fresh, great food and amazing deserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a nice restaurant. Will definitely go again. It was me and my friends first time dining at that establishment. I will say it’s a bit confusing for first timers (or just me). I didn’t realize you order, pay, then pick your seating as it wasn’t clear when you walk in. Once I ordered, my cashier didn’t give me a identification pole so that the server can recognize my table which resulted in me getting my food late, and one of the orders was incorrect. Other than that, I had a great experience.

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vipHenryB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a basketball, we read reviews from others and booked a table at Refectory. The food was outstanding. My wife had the braised ribs and noted they were the best she had ever eaten. The service was efficient and friendly.

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Chasyz
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful and the service was prompt and on point

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It’s currently a bit of confusion. We, obviously, had reservations, but when we arrived, it was pretty clear that someone without reservations had removed the reservation place markers from our table and placed it on a less desirable table. Ordering from your phone does decrease contact, but zero refills on three buck coffee seems pricey. The food was delicious! But it was a bit on the cooler side. The table next to us was loud and obnoxious—of course, that is not the restaurant’s fault. I heartily recommend the grits bowl. Yum!

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LeahP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food options! Pleasant atmosphere. Welcoming and attentive staff. Outdoor dining option.

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kenmask
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super. Loved the place the food and the service
Will try to return

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good brunch drinks. Love the cafe experience but wait service is still incorporated. Will definitely be back!

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jdesigner
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service as always.

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DianeO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the garlic shrimp linguine very much. Nice selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The desserts looked fantastic, although we were too full to sample.

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szuchalady
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Love that they take reservations any time of the day!

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely little cafe...definitely recommend making a reservation as the venue is small. Selection of menu is small but vegan/vegetarian options are great. They even have seasonal menus and daily specials. Drink menu is just a large as the food menu. Will definitely be trying this place again.

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vipKayla
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I appreciated the quick service and the heated patio. I would have liked more clarity on how to get served with my reserved table (going up to counter vs. finding a waiter).

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LivyR
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and service is quick and friendly. We sat outside and had no issues with noise, although it’s possible it was noisier inside. Also can’t beat the mimosas flights. Easily my favorite brunch spot in the area!

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Chrisstu
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Corned beef hash special barely had any corned beef in it and the poached eggs were cooked hard.

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abbyGee
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Coming from Raleigh there was not a convenient route , however it was worth the drive. The food, staff and desserts are superb. We will likely visit this restaurant again.

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ChipH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular spot to celebrate the Jewish of sabbath!!

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JeanK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Refectory Cafe!

As we walked in, we were greeted by the owner, who made some wonderful meal suggestions. We'd made a reservation, so our table was ready for us. The serving staff serve every table, which makes every job easier. The beer and wine selections were not huge, but were all very good options. I ordered the meal that the owner suggested, roasted pork with mashed potatoes and hoisin Brussels sprouts, and it was fantastic. My husband had a lovely piece of fish. There were two large groups dining that night, but it was not at all loud. Everyone appeared to be enjoying their meals.

A superior meal with excellent service! Thanks for a great experience!

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ElizabethD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite spot for lunch with friends. Highly recommended!

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Jfaye
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was our first visit to Refectory Cafe and we have lived in Durham for 30+ years. While we found the service and ambiance to be lacking, the food was delicious. We were surprised by the spartan interior space given the price and quality of the food. With some minor attention to interior lighting and table placement, a more intimate atmosphere would make the dining experience more pleasurable for dinner. That being said, we will return...maybe for lunch!

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Gege
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time coming and we truly enjoyed it! Will definitely be back for brunch!

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DurhamLocal
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, outstanding service, two visits in a row. They're batting 1000!

CJ
ClaudeJ
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Good service but underwhelming food. Not as good as advertised.

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vipFoodFiend
Raleigh
55 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasant place for a meal, whether brunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Refectory Cafe. We had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service was spectacular! Will definitely be back.

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Microbelove
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service coupled with good food and beverages! Readily accommodated our large party of 8 outside. Love the Refectory!!

MJ
MoliJ
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening out, thank you for your service.

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Tricia
Greensboro
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us ate before concert at DPAC - a quick drive to parking garage. Killer homemade chips and excellent crab sandwich. I can’t recall what my dinner companions had but everyone was happy. Clean but not ‘sterile’ environment.

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vipNoNick
Raleigh
69 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

On this first visit dinner we were a bit surprised by the cafeteria appearance of the restaurant, which is not shown in photos in their online Gallery. Several of the items in the OpenTable-linked full menu were not on the current menu, including two that were part of our choice to go. Our server delivered our salad, then three minutes later someone else brought our entrees, so not good timing. Food we received was plentiful and very good, and reasonably priced. So, while not a very attractive place despite nice pictures on the walls and good choice of music, it was a really good meal and we would go again for everyday dinining...just not a place for an elegant occasion or to impress guests.

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vipTasty
Wilmington
89 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice casual Brunch spot near Duke. Food was good and nice size portions.

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vipBHMEsq
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The service was great as well! A perfect beginning to a birthday weekend!

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JulieZ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful evening on our last night in North Carolina. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful with our questions. The crab cakes were crispy on the outside and soft and full of flavor on the Inside. The shrimp was abundant on the pasta and shrimp dish and the meat bolognese was superb. The restaurant had a few other tables but it was quiet and the music light so that we were able to enjoy our conversation as a family. Btw it was nice to not have to wear a mask!!! Thank you from a Texas family!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed our first time there. Great food. We will be back !

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vipSandraA
West Palm Beach
37 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a bit slow, but the Food was delicious. They have vegan and vegetarian options also a keto dessert

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DianeV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Dinner was very good.

FAQs

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

Refectory Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 370 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.