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Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake - Refectory Cafe, Durham, NC

Refectory Cafe

4.6
4.6
910 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 31 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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

Experiences

  • Another Incredible Italian Wine Dinner

    $98.00 per person

    Mar 19, 2024 only
    It's another incredible experience with amazing dishes created by Chef Jake Miles and Pastry Chef Rosa Redel. Laurence Vuelta, Sunrise Wines, is always entertaining and extremely knowledgeable of the beautiful boutique wines from Italy. It is always a night to remember with a fun mixer to kick off the party.
    Another Incredible Italian Wine Dinner Photo
  • Italian Wine Dinner

    $98.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for another spectacular evening celebrating the wines of Italy and a fabulous menu from Executive Chef Jake Miles and Pastry Chef Rosa Redel! A short mixer with a little bubbly begins the exceptional experience followed by four creative courses paired with fabulous wines.
    Italian Wine Dinner Photo

What 910 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for brunch

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighborhood gem

  • Durham

    Great for brunch

  • Durham

    Kid-friendly

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Neighborhood gem

  • Durham

    Great for outdoor dining

910 Reviews
  1. LauraR

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. jdesigner

    Raleigh

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 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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  6. KathyT

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. IronDuke68

    Greater Boston

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 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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  17. MarshaAnnM

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    For $100+, it was a disappointment. It was a Saturday night and very busy. That said, it took 20 minutes to get our wine and an hour to get our food. It was just as well since the food was quite mediocre - steak, crab cakes. Brussels had good flavor but were drowned in the sauce. Beets were very good. We've eaten here before and enjoyed our meal but this was a very different experience. Hard to say if we'd go back.

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  18. Joanie

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Love this place! Some customers either ignored or did not comprehend the “reserved” signs on tables - bless their hearts. The staff could not have been nicer.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious food. I had the short ribs. Great service as well. Good spot for dinner before a Duke game.

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  20. Dineout

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m from NYC. I visit Durham a few times a year. I always have dinner and or brunch at The Refectory. Their preparation of vegetable dishes amazes me -totally tasty and full of great ingredients. Deserts are best I’ve had in years. There is an excellent selection of meat fish and pasta. Service is delightful. They truly hope we enjoy the meal. A totally unexpected culinary find.

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  21. JoyceC

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to dining spot for pre-theater meal. The food options are outstanding. The food quality is consistently excellent. Service is courteous, friendly and timely. Did I mention the desserts? Yum.

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  22. JayneF

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent. My favorite place when visiting friends and family! Can’t go wrong with any choices. Haven’t tried there quick breads or desserts. At some point I hope to. Love the staff!

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  23. HLJones

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of my favorite local brunch places. The food is reliably good to excellent, the baked goods superb, and the service, attentive. Last weekend I had guests from out of town and we ate at Refectory Cafe twice. The second time was Sunday morning. One of my friends' plates arrived cold, and once we got the attention of our server the problem was fixed pretty quickly, but it took awhile. That was the only tiny drawback of our experience that day.

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  24. frequentdiner

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was execllent. Flavorful and filling. Varied menu with something for everyone

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  25. KellyD

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Found this on open table. Made a reservation for 7 for standard seating. Arrived a little early. Was busy. Offered us outside which they do have heaters but still too cold for us. Overall good experience. Had the cheese board and gumbo for apps. The filet only came with a few mushrooms so adding a little more to that plate or suggesting a side would have been good. Would return just manage expectations that service might be slow.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious lunch and friendly service! Look forward to dining again.

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  27. MaryA

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Massaged kale salad is great! Staff is friendly and service was good even at a busy time.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This place was busy but mediocre. No waiters, so lots of waiting in line. Meh.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall it was not a bad time but heavily overcrowded. While this isn’t a true table service place, the waiting in line to order is difficult for those with disabilities who can it stand for long periods (like my wife). The food was standard breakfast fare.

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  30. Jaye

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! A well balanced menu with delicious options all made with fresh and exciting ingredients. The soup was so enjoyable that we purchased a pint to go. We were one of the first to arrive for dinner seating. Even as the room filled up as the evening went on, the service stayed attentive and on point and the room never lost its ambiance. Highly recommend!
    Refectory CafeResponded on January 25, 2024
    Thank you Jaye! Love the exceptional review, the entire staff sincerely appreciates the shoutout. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Bon Appetit! Laura

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  31. PamelaK

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was absolutely dreadful. Usually it’s very good.

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  32. IrwinA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There was a crowd waiting to be seated on Saturday noon, very glad that I had a reservation - seated immediately. Eaten there many times, food always very good, service excellent. I'll certainly be back in the future.
    Refectory CafeResponded on January 25, 2024
    Thank you Irwin! We sincerely appreciate the 5-Stars and your continued support. Bon Appetit! Laura

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  33. Elaine

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere, good service, food was very good, yummy dessert. Good variety of food options. Easy access and parking.
    Refectory CafeResponded on January 25, 2024
    Hello Elaine, LOVE that 5-star review. The entire staff works diligently to make every guest happy. It is rewarding for everyone to get such great feedback. We look forward to serving you again soon. Bon Appetit! Laura

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cassandra is a wonderful waitress. The food was exceptional.
    Refectory CafeResponded on January 25, 2024
    Woohoo! Thank you. We all love Cassie - she is wonderful. Laura

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  35. PhyllisC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service! Food was good but the asparagus spears were so firm that I couldn't even cut them with my knife! The salad greens were in large pieces that made them difficult to eat. I recommend "fork-tender" for vegetables and "bite size " for salads as guiding principles.

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  36. TimA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was perfect for conversation, and the food did not disappoint. Service was exceptional. This was a Tuesday night and it was not crowded.
    Refectory CafeResponded on January 25, 2024
    Hello Tim, We love "perfect" and "exceptional". On behalf of the entire hard-working staff many thanks for the 5-STAR shoutout. Gratefully, Laura

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  37. amandacrob

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great cafe with yummy food and kind staff. We will be back!
    Refectory CafeResponded on January 25, 2024
    Thanks Amanda! We look forward to serving you again. Thanks for the 5-STARS - sincerely appreciate it. Bon Appetit! Laura

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a good place. You have to order at the register yourself and someone will bring you everything you need, which isn’t bad. Food is good … could be better but for the price & type of place it is there’s nothing to complain about. I would go back.

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  39. ShirleyJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Salmon, Reuben sandwich, vegetarian quiche, sides and beverages were all delicious and perfectly prepared, as always.

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  40. LanaG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Refectory has been a mainstay for me and my family for a while. I was surprised to see on this last visit that prices had gone up while plate portions were significantly down. I’m not sure we will keep them in rotation as a favorite spot for brunch, and that’s sad.

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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 4.6 stars by 910 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 31 times today
Experiences are available.

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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