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C&H Cafeteria


1720 Guess Rd
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 286-7303
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Photo of Ken Ray Ken Ray
Jun 13, 2019 5

They call the cafeteria "the original fast food" and that is accurate. The elder population that dominates the establishment is pretty much done with lunch by 11am, so by the time we show up, there's no line. Food is always fresh and tasty, and the portions are generous. Kids plate is more food for less money than you will find anywhere else.

Photo of Rosa Underwood Rosa Underwood
Jun 1, 2019 4

The food makes my life easier... Service is always good. I enjoyed the charm of this place every visit.

Photo of G Hailey G Hailey
Apr 14, 2019 3

The meat options were very good. The desserts were hit or miss. I had the chocolate walnut pie (one of my favorite desserts), and it was not good...too much corn starch in the recipe they used. Coffee leaves much to be desired. It was quick and easy to order. I loved the variety of vegetables and meats available. Overall a good value. Not fancy, but you can get a balanced meal on any meal plan- vegan, vegetarian, keto.

Photo of Karen Bentley Karen Bentley
May 2, 2019 5

SO GOOD!!! Stopped here on the way home from a week long school trip with my daughter to Washington DC... After a week full of greasy fast food, this was the best thing ever! Food and staff are wonderful!

Photo of Gabriel McCrea II Gabriel McCrea II
Apr 27, 2019 3

It was decent. Nothing too spectacular. Good place to go if you want "Homestyle" food.

Photo of Tonya Case Tonya Case
Jun 26, 2019 5

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. They recently replaced their general manager. A big thumbs up for doing that!!!!

Photo of Lamond Hodges Lamond Hodges
Jun 26, 2019 5

Great food and you get to see what you are going to eat before you order it. Me and my wife ate for $15.05 plus a 2 dollar tip. Good cheap eating

Photo of Nathan Gatlin Nathan Gatlin
Sep 9, 2019 5

The food here is very good. I got the pork roast, mashed potatoes, green beans. and soft roll. I was very satisfied with the portions and the food tasted great. The friendly staff were so much fun and very helpful. I definitely recommend this place.

Photo of Wendy Green Wendy Green
Oct 17, 2019 4

Overall my experience has been good. Only other thing this particular time is that I was looked over while a Caucasian server took care of two other Caucasian male customers behind me. I waited and made eye contact with the server and told her what I needed. Wanted to share because I did feel some type of way. I wonder if anyone else had this experience here. Food was good as usual.

Photo of Michael Digilio Michael Digilio
Oct 19, 2019 5

Nice selection of fruits, salads, meats, veggies, breads, and drinks. We had 5 people in our party. Seems like everyone got something different and everyone said it was good. Less than 10 dollars per person. Pretty good deal.

Photo of Waldo Fenner Waldo Fenner
Sep 27, 2019 3

Great food so glad they has gone back to seasoning. Price is great and over all staff okay. But they need to let staff know eating from counter is a no no.

Photo of Nina Massengjll Nina Massengjll
Nov 5, 2019 3

Well, I guess they were having an off day with some of the food items on the menu not all good or happy at my table. But it happens. Maybe I will have better luck next time.

Photo of greyscout50 . greyscout50 .
Nov 10, 2019 5

Wonderful food selection. It seemed clean, and the staff was friendly and very helpful. Great experience overall.

Photo of Marshall Ray Marshall Ray
Dec 25, 2019 5

Look forward to eat there every time I go to Durham or above in North Carolina. Would be solid gold money maker if he could locate to south park mall. In colonial heights off 95 in Va he would make big money nothing like it all thru Va .

Photo of Jennifer Abdo Jennifer Abdo
Aug 28, 2019 4

Honestly cafeterias aren't my thing, but the employees here are exceptionally nice. I don't know if it's an awesome place to work or they all just like each other or are customer service experts, but it's a good atmosphere for the customer as a result. The food is pretty good. The layer cake is soft like they use swan's down, so it's awesome. The crab cakes are more of a deviled type than Maryland, but still good. They have the usual greens, potatoes and creamed corn which aren't bad. The open cafeteria ambiance and whole ordering in the line while making several decisions under pressure is rough personally, but not something that can be helped for this type of place.

Photo of Tomeka Alston Tomeka Alston
Mar 8, 2020 5

Always a lovely atmosphere and really had a Great Customer Service today by a guy name Nathan such a wonderful pleasing and caring.

Photo of Melvina Hall Melvina Hall
Mar 7, 2020 5

I enjoyed C& H Cafeteria the staff was friendly, the establishment was great and my salmon was delicious my turnip greens were just like mom's it's a clean friendly family friendly restaurant that I highly recommend

Photo of Tasha Young Tasha Young
Mar 11, 2020 5

Great place to eat for lunch and dinner. Friendly staff and servers.

Photo of Ruby G Ruby G
Mar 27, 2020 5

My family and I come here every first Monday night of the month sometimes we have about 30 people the waitress always get our table ready so nice we all love the food everyone have been so nice to wonderful Thanks for everything we will.continue

Photo of Janice Garrett Janice Garrett
May 15, 2020 5

Always delicious. Great choices and homemade flavor even if only take out for now. My go to place when i don't feel like cooking.

Photo of William James William James
Jun 27, 2020 5

Vegetable plate was good- not too salty. Servers were very pleasant.

Photo of Jeremy Moore Jeremy Moore
Nov 30, 2017 5

Been here on several occasions. I love the place and definitely want to keep coming. The staff is friendly and considerate.

Photo of Heather P. McPherson Heather P. McPherson
Apr 9, 2018 5

Good southern home cooking at it's best, cafeteria style! Country style steak, fried chicken, Turkey and dressing, roast beef to name a few entrees. Mash potatoes, Mac n cheese and green beans are a few sides, salad bar for a bit healthier fare as well as baked chicken or fish. Perfect for families and large groups as well as a quick bite with friends or a dessert date with your significant other. Staff is friendly and helpful, always a step away to fill your cup! Affordable a la carte menu, free, ample parking & wi fi. Great place with great food!! Wonderful friendly service! Wheel chair accessible and free parking.

Photo of Delores Ayers Delores Ayers
Sep 2, 2020 5

SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD!!! FAST SERVICE. Go and try this place out. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Photo of Holland Hale Holland Hale
Sep 1, 2020 5

It is good to have some familiar comfort food. Freshly made and a good selection.

Photo of Isis Hart Isis Hart
Aug 30, 2020 5

Food was awesome along with the tea. Made to perfection.

Photo of D Roberts D Roberts
Sep 16, 2020 5

They were able to increase take out during the pandemic. Food and service still 100%.

Photo of George Schreiber George Schreiber
Sep 15, 2020 5

Priced right and food is excellent

Photo of Denise Jones Denise Jones
Oct 23, 2020 3

The food needs to be hot. I got hot fried chicken because I waited 13 minutes for it but the vegetables were not hot. The last time I came the vegetables were not hot!

Photo of Janvielle Sutton Janvielle Sutton
Oct 9, 2020 3

I got a plate to go, my man got a breast quarter, fillet of fish, cake, and a side. He said the chicken was very greasy but didn't have any flavor. The fish was just fish.. To me that's very disappointing. The Mac and cheese I got looked great but the flavor was odd. Left a weird after taste. He said we won't go back there. The cashier was terrific and the servers were nice. The place was clean and all the good looked very delicious, however; it lacked much flavor. Good price. This is a fair review.

Photo of Gloria McCoy-Glover Gloria McCoy-Glover
Oct 11, 2020 5

Today was my first visit for a takeout plate The food was beautifully presented and fresh The staff was very friendly and served me with a smile I would recommend C&H cafeterias to anyone I ate baked talapia mashed potatoes and a delicious gravy with a vegetable medley with broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash mushrooms and onions a side salad and red beets For dessert I chose an oversized slice of apple pie This food reminded me of my mother cooking Absolutely Delicious. You get your money value in the portions

Photo of Sheppard Foust Sheppard Foust
Oct 24, 2020 3

The sides were good fish was cold should have asked for hot fish. Service was good

Photo of Keith Phillips Keith Phillips
Nov 22, 2020 5

Delicious and always a fresh selection. I give it 5 stars as they are always consistent in keeping their serving line stocked with a great assortment. Pictured is my baked spaghetti - wonderful flavor! My partner had the country style steak with rice and a side of turnip greens. So nice to eat as soon as you walk in the door. Highly recommended!

Photo of Tommy Isenhour Tommy Isenhour
Nov 22, 2020 5

Today was my first visit to C&H Cafeteria and I was not dissatisfied. The Fried Chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The Baby Limas and Creamed Corn was delicious! The Strawberry Shortcake was excellent! I highly recommend C&H Cafeteria for your next great meal!

Photo of Elizabeth Pierce Elizabeth Pierce
Dec 1, 2020 5

I wanted some comfort food and C&H was the only place to get it. Good to see social distancing was in place. The food is good as well as the service.

Photo of Chandra Jennings Chandra Jennings
Jan 26, 2021 4

Old school cafeteria with tons of comfort food and healthier options mixed in. My adopted mother took me and it felt like the TV show Cheers as everyone knew her name. Let's just say we were warmly greeted. I was told the lay of the land that started with a mix of salads. It then continued with more sides, a mix of proteins, an array of desserts and breads. A nice and funny dude was pouring the fountain drinks. Everything was socially distanced and safe with everyone wearing masks and gloves. All the seating was separated as some booths and tables were blocked to keep people six feet away. As for the food--omg everything was sooo good. Minus one star as the food, particularly the green beans and fish were a little too salty for me. Otherwise everything reminded me of my grandmothers cooking and doing. The carrot and raisin salad was on point and made me think back to being in my grandmas kitchen and her mixing up the salad. Wow! If you can bring back those kind of memories I will for sure be back.

Photo of Jane Coates Jane Coates
Feb 28, 2021 5

I love this place! The food is always delicious. The country style steak tastes just like my mother’s did and is probably my favorite with either rice & gravy or homemade mashed potatoes & gravy. The Mac & Cheese is excellent. Southern comfort food is what you’ll get. The staff is outstanding, so nice and friendly from those who take your order to the cashier. Whether you dine in or take out, you’ll be treated with Southern hospitality!

Photo of Anita James Anita James
Feb 27, 2021 5

My husband and I ate there for the 1st time. We were in Durham for an appt. and I searched for somewhere to have lunch. I saw the reviews for C&H Cafeteria so we gave it a go. I'm so glad we did because the food was delicious with large portions and the staff was exemplary! The apple pie was a BONUS! Hubby was so impressed that he ate a piece there and I got a slice to go 😁

Photo of Shady Shane Shady Shane
Apr 4, 2021 4

You cannot beat the price and the variety of food. Great place to hop to during lunch. You never have to wait in line too long and the food is decent.

Photo of Tara Christie Tara Christie
Apr 11, 2021 5

It was our first time here. We walked in and were greeted with the aroma of a busy home kitchen. The cafeteria line up was clean and nice looking. The staff was friendly. It was hard deciding what to pick. My Husband ended up with two plates and was wishing he had picked up a third one. We had 5 plates, some breads and a dessert for under 50.00. No complaints about the food. It was all delicious and we are all full with leftovers. We will definitely be back again.

Photo of Mickymort Mickymort
Apr 16, 2021 5

Love this place. I'm biased because it's something I grew up with. Home style food. Fast and easy. Not as good as Mom's cooking but close enough.

Photo of Dee Menser Dee Menser
Jul 10, 2021 5

The food was very good. Customer service was great. They were very friendly and helpful. Prices are very economical. Finding a cafeteria still ongoing during COVID is saying something itself. Was very satisfied.

Photo of Billy Shepherd Billy Shepherd
Jul 16, 2021 4

I know it wasn't a reasonable expectation, but I've been a few times hoping for baked spaghetti, but I always seem to miss that night. I am reluctant to try anything but my standard chicken pot pie (good) but EVERY time I very hopefully try something new...this time the chicken ranch pasta...it's not great. Could just be me though. Still..I occasionally try again, so...you should also try it. Obviously I do! billy shepherd

Photo of Dave Kinney Dave Kinney
Aug 24, 2021 5

Nice cafeteria with great choices daily. They're a bit understaffed as every business is at the moment in our history, so be patient. I've never had a bad entree, side, salad, or desert.

Photo of Donnalee Stephens Donnalee Stephens
Aug 19, 2021 3

Ask for the chicken livers when there's no more in the pan. They were the best made fresh and soft with a slight crisp.

Photo of Thomas Patten Thomas Patten
Sep 26, 2021 3

I was very dissatisfied with the service i ordered sweet potato pie for dessert they gave me custard cream when they corrected it they put the. sweet potato pie in the same container the custerd was in. Really. I don't want to talk about the dinner wow never again.