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Refectory Cafe

4.5
4.5
639 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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, BYO Wine, 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

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What 639 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for brunch

  • Durham

    Great for brunch

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Neighborhood gem

  • Durham

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. MM

    MariaM

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I ordered over easy eggs and they were actually over well. Same with my husband; but besides that, a very enjoyable experience. The rest of the brunch was very good. The biscuit was perfection, fluffy inside slightly toasted outside. Our table ordered a mimosa flight which was delish with fresh juices. Overall a very good experience.
  2. TM

    TolgaM

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cauliflower appetizer, Risotto and salmon main dishes were absolutely delicious and generous - we had enough to take home for another meal. Greek yogurt cheesecake was a very large dessert - definitely for 2 of us to share. My wife and I really enjoyed the experience!
  3. CP

    CaseyP

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and excellent, attentive service,
  4. s

    schautzie1013

    Richmond

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you to the staff that accommodated us when they were closing. Not sure why Open Table allowed a Sunday afternoon 3 pm reservation. However the staff were gracious; let us order our salads, served us inside. I felt awful about them trying to close and we walk in with a reservation. This restaurant is one my very favorite places to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner. Always the freshest food and great service. Will be back again on my next visit to Duke.
  5. l

    luv2dine

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! I enjoyed the baked oatmeal and the smoked salmon Benedict. I’m glad they accept reservations—this place is always packed. My friends ordered the veggie quiche and french toast and they loved it too. Will definitely come back even though parking can be a challenge.
  6. m

    mariag

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice brunch and easy to reserve for a party of 10!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and well prepared!
  8. LR

    LRHK

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    In town for a night and had dinner here. Food was delicious. Gumbo to start was delicious. Shrimp pasta was also really good. Dessert was a little lacking in our opinion. Would definitely return!
  9. SB

    ShellyB

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were exceptionally good! Pricey, but good enough that we will return.
  10. TM

    TwinMom

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My friend and I met for lunch & ordered the shrimp & grits & the Nashville chicken sandwich. The shrimp & grits were a little too spicy for my friend. The chicken sandwich was delicious and I loved the spicy sauce. The roll was a little too soft for the chicken. Restaurant was packed and noise level moderately high at 12:30 and was much quieter by 1:30.
  11. m

    michaelm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great experience and enjoyed the food and service was great.

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you very much Michael! On behalf of the entire staff, we appreciate the shout out. Delighted you were pleased. :-) Laura

  12. JB

    JanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    My boss was disappointed she thought the food wasn't as good as normal. You must have a new chef.
  13. K

    Katerach729

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I always enjoy eating at the Refectory Cafe. Dinner was a sit down, served style, which I always prefer. Since I am a Celiac I have to be very careful where I dine. This restaurants food is always safe for me (and I am very sensitive to gluten). The chocolate cheese cake was outstanding!!

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you Kate! We are thrilled that you were so pleased with your experience. Thanks for the shoutout. We look forward to serving you again soon. Happy new year! Laura

  14. MR

    MargaretR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are visiting from Charlotte and found this based on online recommendations. Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you Margaret. The entire staff appreciates the shoutout. We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and service - we aim to please! Appreciate the 5-STARS! Bon Appetit, Laura

  15. JD

    JamieD

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Friendly and attentive service. Outstanding food. I requested a low carb substitution for the linguine served with the Chicken Marsala and received a bed of sauteed mushrooms, peppers, onions and zucchini, DELICIOUS!

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Thanks Jamie, glad you enjoyed your special meal! Laura

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food ,fast service and fun staff

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you. Great food, fast service fun folks - love that description. Many thanks for the comments and the 5-STARS. Laura

  17. J

    Jems

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good. No table service for ordering but the food came out quickly and was delivered to our table.

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 18, 2023Hello Jems, Glad you enjoyed your meal. Brunch is set up to allow for extremely efficient ordering to help people with a limited lunch period. Dinner, however, is table service and candlelight. The gentler, more relaxed casual fine dining. We look forward to serving you again soon. Laura

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a surprise. I booked this late for Nee Years and it was such a surprise. I wouldn’t have chosen any other place
  19. R

    Rose

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was not good. I’ll not recommend .
  20. r

    raync

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Overall, good, tasty food and reasonably competent service. We chose this restaurant in part because they seemed very allergy savvy and two of us have different allergy issues. But one of us had a pretty significant reaction, probably to the apple pie. We asked if there were nuts and got different answers but ultimately assurance that there no nuts. But the reaction suggests there were nuts after all.

    Refectory CafeResponded on January 3, 2023Hello Ray, Thanks for your comments - there are no nuts in the apple pie. Our pastry chef is always available and lists all allergens on our display so we can easily confirm allergens for our guests. I apologize that you received different answers - that should never happen. Thanks for your feedback. Laura

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Disappointing. Not sure why listed on Open Table. Had a reservation to celebrate special occasion but we were expected to order at the counter and seat ourselves??? Way too casual to be on listed on reservation app.
  22. KV

    KVSD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Potatoes were cold. The rest of the breakfast was ok. Nothing special for a $16 breakfast plate. I am not a fan of serve yourself so I wouldn’t choose to come here again given the quality of the food.
  23. RL

    RoseL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The food is outstanding. Great gluten free and vegan options.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had to quickly rethink our Christmas Eve plans and the Refectory Cafe was a great choice. They accommodated our large party beautifully and it was very easy to split the bill with their online ordering system. We had some guests with hearing and mobility issues and there was no problem getting them settled. Everyone's food was *delicious*
  25. S

    Sandie

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Refrectory has gone up a few notches in my opinion. Being able to make a reservation is great and the service was as well. Potato Leek soup was perfect for -4 feels like weather. Ruben was delicious as well and the desserts are worth the trip if it's all you want.
  26. R

    Rudy

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It is pricey. It was good, but nothing special about the Cobb salad that would make it worth $20.
  27. SH

    SteveH

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time and we’ll be back. Excellent choices. Terrific food. Server Meredith could not have been nicer.
  28. G

    Gene

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner with neighbors. We enjoyed.
  29. s

    staci

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    When they call this a Cafe, they are being true. Atmosphere is slightly upscale of a diner, but clean and open. The menu is quite unique and promising. I ordered the butternut squash soup, which had a nutmeg flavor, but didn't really taste like butternut squash at all. The chicken masala gravy was tasty, but the chicken was tough. Both items were lukewarm, which was a disappointment. My friend ordered the Mahi which was overlooked and dry. We were disappointment and won't be back.
  30. DM

    DMak

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit. Will return.
  31. AD

    AndrewD

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice find , food was very good and all delivered at same time. Met with party of 9
  32. V

    Venice

    Key West

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A group of six enjoyed a hearty brunch together. The mimosa party added festivity and we each enjoyed our entrees. The chicken and waffles rocked; the Benedict was yummy, and kale and caesar salads were fresh and flavorful (the small is enough for 2 people to share as a starter). We shall be back!
  33. C

    Chasyz

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the online ordering app seems to make ordering simple and seamless. Everything came out just as we ordered and was tasty as always.
  34. C

    Cher

    Charlotte

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was interesting and very tasty--though the risotto with the mahi arrived at the table barely lukewarm. The snapper special was excellent. The ambience is lovely. We especially appreciate the relative quiet of the space.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would eat here every day if I could. I have been over 20 times and have not had a bad experience. The food is always amazing and the staff is awesome. 10 out of 10 for Refectory Cafe!!!
  36. A

    Abadabadooo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    6 family members aged 16 - 47. We all loved our food. Every single one of us. I personally had the crab cake burger, and it was the best crab cake sandwich I ever had. I'll be back!
  37. PM

    PMTYankee

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed weekend brunch. Haven't been to this restaurant before, but heard a lot about it. We were not at all disappointed. The food was flavorful (and plentiful). The service was great. You can either scan the code and order from your reserved table or you can wait in line and order your food at the counter. We stayed at our tables and ordered from our phones. The process was really simple. I definitely recommend this restaurant. We made reservations and very glad we did... it was packed for Sunday brunch.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    A bit pricey for breakfast.
  39. ET

    ElizabethT

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a fabulous place! The menu has something for everyone - all dietary needs have options. The food was delicious, the service was great, the whole evening was wonderful. We will definitely be back!
  40. J

    Joel

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Innovative and varied menu, friendly and efficient service…easy to have a great dining experience! We want to try the brunch!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

Refectory Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 639 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
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

  • 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, BYO Wine, 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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