The Marketplace at the JB Duke
Enjoy delicious cuisine at our contemporary yet comfortable restaurants and bars at the JB Duke Hotel. From meals in our restaurant, MarketPlace, to lighter bites at Lobby Lounge and MarketPlace Barista & Bar, there’s a unique dining experience for everyone.
Basically was the Duke campus grad student cafeteria
Mother’s Day outside in the veranda seating area. Great friendly service. Excellent food from start to finish and solid beverages. More local options would be great tho
Excellent lunch menu and wine list; very safe and spacious indoor seating. Too cold for outdoor seating but that also seems extensive. The staff was gracious and cheerful and the food was very tasty indeed.
Dined there on a Saturday evening prior to attending the Duke home basketball game - they serve a buffet which helps accommodate the crowd. Would say the service getting a drink could be a lot better. Would be nice to have an a la carte option in place of the buffet - walking around collecting food really is not a three or four star experience. The food served was delicious - but again, it's hard to recommend a very tasty cubano sandwich or corn chips, salsa and guacamole as being 4 stars. The desserts were very good - and would have been excellent if a wait staffer had simple put a couple of each on a plate and brought them to the table.
Think of it as a very high end college cafeteria. Beautifully furnished with elegant detail, it has a lovely view out to the patio and woods.
Went back after the game and had a cocktail from the main bar - excellent gingered pear martini.
Hotel was slammed due to duke basketball game. Took 30 minutes to get a glass of wine. Had to get up and find the wait person twice. Server advised against ordering from menu. Appreciated his candor, but had hoped for something better than the buffet. Very odd staffing: lots of managers moving about but short on wait staff. So disappointing. Very cool hotel. Weak on service.
When I checked out this restaurant through your site, it showed a menu from what you could order, however, when we arrived it was cafeteria style, which is not what we wanted. The cost for the limited variety of food available was $55 per person. The price was way too high - even for an upscale cafeteria. I would like to compliment the wait staff, because they were excellent. But I felt like we’ve been bamboozled, because I wanted a nice place where we could sit down and order off a menu that I had viewed and knew my family would enjoy - even though the price was on the higher side - but still affordable. However it was Christmas day, so we didn’t have any other choice but to stay there. Our little lunch cost $201 for three people. That’s ridiculous - especially when we had to serve ourselves and there wasn’t a wide variety of food from which to choose.
Reservation was for 5:30 on a Saturday to allow time before a football game on campus. We were greeted upon entry of hotel and led downstairs to the Marketplace. There we were told normal menu not available until 6:00, but offered to seat us upstairs in lobby bar / restaurant area for full menu. That was fine with us and service was good, food was very good. Convenient place to eat / park before athletic events at Duke.
The shrimp and grits were amazing! As well as the Crab Bisque. We finished off with the creme brûlée. The service was wonderful - we loved our server who was very helpful and friendly. It is a nice relaxing atmosphere and you can sit in the lounge area by the fire and have the complete menu!
The food was very good, it was extremely empty and very quiet though. I don’t think people realize this place exists...
Great place for before or after Duke basketball or any other Duke game.
The Hotel's largest customer base is from Duke University. School was out when we went for dinner. We were the only people in the restaurant for dinner. That was our mistake. out appetizer of 5 spice ribs was excellent. The entry was duck; big mistake. It was very tender on the inside of the way overcooked and hard crusted skin or anything else on the outside of the obviously microwaved food. I may give it another try when school is in. only if there are others in the dinning room.
The large downstairs dining room was so sterile & cafeteria like, we were thrilled to be seated upstairs in the bar/lobby area. It seemed as though the wait staff had such distances to cover between the kitchen and our fireside seating, it slowed the service down too much. The upstairs is much better ambiance, but it's too far from the kitchen. Maybe some of the cozier upstairs ambiance could be repeated in the down stairs dining hall. Food was nice, but it is hard to compete with other restaurants in Durham.
The staff is very attentive and the food is very good. Nice decor, too! There are cute sayings around the room. Did you know that STRESSED backwards is DESSERTS? Wow! I will be back during my next visit to Durham!
I would have never thought to eat at duke... This is a gem. New, clean, delicious and energetic server. We will fine again.
Nothing but a glorified dining hall, complete with chow line. The evening we were there, it was filled with raucous MBA students. Not the experience we were hoping for from this otherwise beautiful, serene hotel!
What a great find. Buffet style makes sure everyone gets what they want, and they get their fill. I had the soup and salad bar. The lentil soup was delicious. Other people in my party enjoyed the paella and the chicken cacciatore. Wyatt, our server, took great care of us. Will definitely go back. Great ambience, good food and reasonably priced!
The setting is very pretty and peaceful, in the new on campus hotel. The eggs cooked to order were perfect. The food on the buffet was flavorless and tired looking. I expected much more, as the student dining at Duke in incredible. I'm willing to give it another try tho, when the restaurant has been running longer.
We visited the Marketplace at the new J B Duke Hotel on the Duke campus for Easter brunch. We were a group of 5 including a baby and child. We had a lovely, peaceful lunch/brunch in beautiful surroundings and would definitely go back again. We were one of only a few guests so we received special attention. Great experience.
The Marketplace at the JB Duke is rated 4.2 stars by 18 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.