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Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake - Refectory Cafe, Durham, NC

Refectory Cafe

4.6
4.6
934 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 9 times today

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Dining areas

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 934 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for brunch

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Great for brunch

  • Durham

    Kid-friendly

  • Durham

    Good for groups

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Neighborhood gem

  • Durham

    Great for outdoor dining

934 Reviews
  1. MaryK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. CTfoodie

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  3. Durhamdiner

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of four asked to be seated outside, but the pollen got to us and we were kindly accommodated inside. Outside is also noisy due to traffic. This is a good choice if you want to eat healthy. All entrees were nicely prepared and served. This is a great place for brunch or lunch.

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  4. BobL

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. This is one of Durham’s finest restaurants. Dessert are made in house and were delicious.

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  5. NCVisitor

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We have eaten at the Refectory Cafe several times but this is the first time in a couple of years we have been there. We were there for a family birthday celebration on a busy Saturday night. Although our server was very good, it seemed like the kitchen was quite disjointed. It took forever to receive our food. A side item two of us had ordered to accompany our main dishes was not delivered to the table until after we had finished our main dish, so I asked the server to return the side item to the kitchen and to remove the charge from our bill. Based on our earlier experiences at the Refectory Cafe, we expected to have a better experience, and we were disappointed.

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  6. moxie1406

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The refectory café is a neighborhood gem! I highly recommend the huevos rancheros with brisket. The bakery case with a wide array of delectable delights is guaranteed to please your sweet tooth.

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  7. lifeb4kids

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a peaceful evening that allowed us to enjoy our meal and have good conversation without yelling.

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  8. Cheryl

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server Anthony was very welcoming and helpful to us.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I came into town for a conference at Duke, and dined here a few times during our stay. The food was fresh and delicious each time, and the dessert selections were great. What sets this place apart is the incredible service, and Anthony provided an exceptional dining experience. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by!

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  10. DrMM

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was great. We went for and plan to go back for brunch.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! Great staff- Anthony and Kyle were fantastic and fun! The food was fresh, creative, and delicious!

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  12. MEve

    Atlanta Metro

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was hit and miss. Many people in our party were raving about their meals. Some were so unhappy that they sent their food back. There wasn’t the ability to get refills or refunds. Very awkward experience.

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  13. TifffanyS

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food with a variety of choices. Service was five star!

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  14. HeidiG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot! Cocktails, beer, wine & food were fantastic!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was great. The outdoor seating was perfect and allowed us to enjoy the wonderful sunshine. Will definitely eat there again

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  16. Hiccups

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a pleasant surprise! I booked a dinner for 8 with a group of business colleagues. We didn’t know what to expect and were blown away by amazing service, accommodation of special requests, and a very nice wine list! The food was absolutely wonderful and we all want to go back next time we visit the area. Two thumbs way up!

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  17. TracieD

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious meal! The vegetables are outstanding. The waitress was attentive and the service was fast despite the restaurant being full. Highly recommend!!

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  18. MelanieD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner, the food was excellent and we were happily surprised to discover they had kids menus :)

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  19. SallySmith

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Attention any person with any dietary restrictions or food allergies. I urge you do NOT go here. When a food establishment has a clearly labeled menu with all allergens indicated, one assumes that it is safe to eat there. This is not the case here. It is not safe. I was served food that had gluten and specifically asked server if it was gluten free and he inspected my plate and assured me that it was. After I had already eaten some, they realized it was an error.

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  20. LindseyD

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service was absolutely top notch! Definitely save room for dessert too!

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  21. KatieM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The white lasagna, risotto, and linguine were amazing. Our server, Kyle, was wonderful!! He was friendly and attentive, and we can’t wait to go back.

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  22. Shelly

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was ok….there was a lot of confusion with reservations and seating. The burger was ok.

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  23. AnnetteD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible service. Very inattentive despite it not being very busy, and despite the fact we were celebrating my dad’s 86th birthday. One of our orders was given to another table (my mom waited another 20 mins to receive her food, at which point the rest of us were finished). My dad was served a very old, stale, inedible slice of coconut cake. The server was incredibly unapologetic about all of it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the vegan pancakes for the first time, and amazing! Also the cheesy grits has to be the best I’ve had from anywhere in quite some time. Overall wonderful experience, and I’ll be sure to come back.

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  25. LauraR

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Th best beef burger I've ever had. Seriously. Cooked exactly as requested (medium-hot and slightly pink inside). Juicy but not greasy. Tasty bun, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato. I also like how they reserve your table FIRST when you are seated and give you a menu, then you go to the counter to order and pay, and then they bring your order to your table.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time eating at this quaint restaurant. I enjoyed the friendly staff and the great food. I can’t wait to eat here again. I brought my best friend who attended church with me and she loved everything about the restaurant too.

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  27. NanV

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My whole party loved this place. Casual, classy and great food!

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  28. MartinD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu original, outstanding and well prepared; drink menu also outstanding; moderate prices. Service was friendly but somewhat slow. I would like to give it 4 1/2 stars, right below the top tier of restaurants. I always leave the Refectory pleased and contented.

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  29. jdesigner

    Raleigh

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Short ribs were a hit with my out-of-town guests. The staff helped with special requests. New menu is ala carte. Out of the fish so limited choices for me. All food and desserts were prepared with perfection. Much appreciated.

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  30. Kabber

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time at The Refectory. EXCELLENT food! Very unique items on the menu….delicious! We will be going back!

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  31. DianeJ

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Refectory is always my restaurant of choice. The food is always delicious, and the servers are wonderful. One of the best things for me is that I know Laura, the owner, is very conscious about serving "clean" food from sustainable sources. What could be better?!

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  32. EricaM

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. The ambiance was ethereal. Will definitely be going back.

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  33. AnneM

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food here is always delicious and the dessert are unique and tasty

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was by far the best part of our dining experience. Unfortunately the service was awful and our seating was not as expected. We had made a reservation for standard seating, which one would assume is inside, yet we were sat outside on a cold February night. While they did have heaters, they were not warm enough and we were cold the whole time. Our waiter forgot to put in our appetizer, we had to flag him down after 45 minutes to order a second appetizer and our mains, our mains and second appetizer came in ten minutes and we still had not gotten our first appetizer, he brought an incorrect drink, forgot a glass of wine, and tried to blame it all on a table being placed in front of the bar. We are very understanding people, but not taking responsibility for your mistakes is a one way ticket to us never coming back! This is very unfortunate because the kitchen definitely knows what they are doing back there!

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  35. ElizabethP

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at the Refectory, and we loved everything about it.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Breakfast entrees and desserts were very good. Fish and chips was barely seasoned if at all resulting in it being very bland. Served incorrect tea orderx2 and incorrect dessert. Will return and avoid the fish.

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  37. CoadyE

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious - it was busy, but that was expected for a Sunday late morning reservation. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful when we had some dietary restrictions, and were great at making suggestions to make our meal better.

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  38. DurhamGirlForLife

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time, however, I unfortunately didn’t get to have my breakfast with our group because our order didn’t go through (even though we paid for it). We took my pancakes to go as there were people waiting for the table.

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  39. CarlaJ

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a good idea to get a reservation because the place was full. We chose outside seating and it was a good night for it weather wise. I ordered the Cobb salad with chicken and Hubby had the Mango Mahi Mahi with bok choy. Everything was delicious! Oh and we ended the meal with a slice of red velvet cake. It was devine! Looking forward to the next time!

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  40. IronDuke68

    Greater Boston

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food with vegan options. Relaxed atmosphere. Excellent service.

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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 934 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 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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