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The Refectory Cafe

4.4

2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 908-6798
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Photo of Jerri Jordan Jerri Jordan
Jul 24, 2019 4

I liked it because it was clean and i liked the way it was setup. Only 2 things: if you have never been before, you wind up standing at the door waiting to be seated not knowing you have too order at the register then seat yourself. Secondly, had shrmp n grits, which was good but it was a little watery with not too much flavor. Use to the sauce being thicker & spicier. Otherwise, you will enjoy it.

Photo of Scott McKeown Scott McKeown
Oct 11, 2019 4

Well-prepared, tasty food. Cocktails are wonderful and desserts sublime - what's not to like?

Photo of Fit Kid Fit Kid
Jul 9, 2019 5

Man oh man. This was a great pick. The good was amazing and the desserts was just as good. Very friendly and comfortable environment. When in Durham this is a must go place.

Photo of Amy C Amy C
Nov 13, 2019 4

This is listed as gluten free, but there are not many options. The salad I had was very yummy so I'll give 4 stars. But I would recommend expanding the menu. It's a little pricey, but worth it for one trip.

Photo of G Hailey G Hailey
Nov 13, 2019 4

Entrees are good, but portions are small with the exception of the desserts. The coffee is excellent. The desserts are worth the money. Did I say the dessert portions are huge?! Well worth a visit.

Photo of Larry Donaldson Larry Donaldson
Dec 11, 2019 5

I celebrated my PhD earlier this evening in this fine place. I am glad to say that we enjoyed a phenomenal evening and the venue was absolutely one of the reasons for this happy celebration. The stuff cooperated in a lovely way, the food was tasty and my friends were so pleased. We shall definitely come back again for more events. Thank you very much.

Photo of Beverly Harrington Falls Beverly Harrington Falls
Dec 3, 2019 4

This is a restaurant with a good selection and vegetarian options. It was once at Duke University Seminary but relocated in the 2010s to its current location. There are two prominent competing restaurants nearby with similar selections but a friend and I had a delightful dinner here recently. They kept the interior so subdued for a few minutes I was not sure they were open.

Photo of B Robertson B Robertson
Dec 1, 2019 5

Delicious! The vegan chili was great! They are always very accommodating to my dairy allergy, too. They staff has very good knowledge of the ingredients in every dish.

Photo of Ryan Sawhill Aroha Ryan Sawhill Aroha
Dec 15, 2019 4

Staff were great and we got our food quickly. Had some good french toast, potatoes, eggs... I would definitely like to come back again to try more of the veg/vegan options.

Photo of Marcela Lastre Marcela Lastre
Jan 2, 2020 5

The food and staff were great! We arrived on a busy afternoon and there was enough parking. We had a lot of food and were able to take some home. I loved the laid back atmosphere.

Photo of Mike Xenos Mike Xenos
Jan 3, 2020 5

The Delmonico steak was cooked to perfection. If you've read my previous post, you know I will use condiments if needed. Not in this case. The pre-season and expert char is more than enough flavor to accompany the scratch made sides. A must visit if you are wanting to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

Photo of Susan Montani Susan Montani
Feb 2, 2020 3

Maybe it was a bad day? At breakfast specialty coffee maker not working, no reg. Coffee in decanter, cheese grits like "soup" & very spicy. Quiche "okay" (good crust). Reason I will give it another try is the Key Lime pie slices purchased to go were amazing!!

Photo of Rick Hobbs Rick Hobbs
Feb 12, 2020 5

Great local place to eat and also get work done. Friendly staff who I have seen handle the most *ahem* particular of customers with kindness. I've even had the chef tell me to change my order because they weren't happy with the quality of the fresh ingredients.This is a really great place. Try it as an alternative to the other breakfast places on the same road, too.

Photo of Caitlin Travels Caitlin Travels
Feb 9, 2020 5

One of my favorite places in Durham. Everything here always tastes incredible. Their tomato soup is spectacular. I also LOVE their kale salad. Sometimes I wish they used a little more dressing so I ask for more on the side.

Photo of Keith Rench Keith Rench
Mar 11, 2019 5

A little cafe that we enjoyed a delicious breakfast out on their patio. It was a gorgeous day outside and the birds were chirping. The breakfast burrito is huge, so plan on sharing it! My wife and I shared the burrito and a large grits. It was more than enough food for the two of us. The grits were pretty spicy, so beware if you can't handle spicy foods! If we lived here, we'd totally come back for more!

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
May 7, 2020 4

To go lunch during Covid-19...Our company ordered lunch for us today. There were a lot of options to choose from...Salmon, veggie burger, turkey reuben, chicken sandwich and a salad. I selected the NY Turkey Reuben. It was delicious.... pretty thick and filling with lots of flavor. I would definitely get it again.

Photo of Shae Rob Shae Rob
Jun 2, 2020 5

Everything is freshly made andyou can tell it's homemade with the best ingredients. The butter, yes the butter, is one of the best I've tasted in my life. I think I've found my go-to restaurant! Well worth the price! I've only had the breakfast and the lemon cheesecake thus far. Can't wait to try more!

Photo of Vica Billings Vica Billings
May 28, 2020 5

Decided to check this place out for a to-go lunch. I got the Cobb salad and I will say it's honestly the best salad I've ever had. Quality ingredients, delicious vinaigrette, perfect portion. Will definitely be a regular customer.

Photo of Elizabeth Baltaro Elizabeth Baltaro
Jul 3, 2020 5

Best covid take-out! We’ve ordered from many restaurants and Refectory wins for the BEST ordering/ pick up experience yet— plus full menu options. Delicious food. We keep ordering again and again.

Photo of Thomas Monaco Thomas Monaco
Jun 29, 2020 5

Very clean and COVID prepared/safe. Super friendly staff. Plenty of nice pasties

Photo of J L J L
Jul 1, 2020 5

SUPERB, EPICUREAN DELIGHTS & SUPERB AND AUTHENTICALLY KIND AND FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIVE TEAM! ASK TO MEET LAURA, THE OWNER! YOU’LL SEE WHY!!! SHE’S REAL AND KIND AND SUPER BRIGHT, WARM-HEARTED, AND OUTSTANDING GOURMET & HEALTHY CHEF! ENJOY LIFE!

Photo of Andy Singh Jr Andy Singh Jr
Jul 11, 2020 5

An excellent well-run establishment. Friendly people who can whip up some really good food. Management is always wiping down tables, wearing masks, and they really seem to care for the well-being of their customers during COVID-19. 5 stars!!!!!

Photo of Michele D Michele D
Jul 27, 2020 5

I live in Oregon and my mom lives in Raleigh so I ordered some food and desserts to be delivered to my mom today for her birthday. They were so easy to work with start to finish and my mom was incredibly touched by the love that was put into a handwritten card they made and an extra sweet greeting at the door (no contact delivery). Super delicious and veggie friendly options. Thanks guys!!!

Photo of Reggie Scruggs Reggie Scruggs
Aug 1, 2020 5

The food here is always fresh and tasty.

Photo of Joe M. Joe M.
Jul 28, 2020 5

Great breakfast! Outdoor seating available so we brought the dogs. Really nice covered patio with lots of potted plants and good music playing. Great challah French toast and lemon ricotta pancakes!

Photo of Dr. Alisha Cornell Dr. Alisha Cornell
Jun 16, 2019 5

I've NEVER had a bad meal at this place We come nearly every week and have eaten most of the food with 0 errors. The owner, Laura, is the most delightful and energetic soul to ever own a restaurant. You can taste the love in every drink, dessert, and entree. I've eaten at the best restaurants and by far this 1 holds it's weight. Don't miss out on this hidden gem and don't read any of the negative reviews, some have too much time on their hands to enjoy this treasure.

Photo of Sandra Morris Sandra Morris
Apr 24, 2019 5

The cake made by The Refectory Cafe’s pastry chef Rosa for our wedding was FABULOUS. We have several close family members who have gluten intolerance, so we wanted a cake they could share with us and The Refectory Cafe’s lemon raspberry cake with cream cheese frosting was divine. You would never even know it was gluten free. Rosa gave us a very fair price for the largest size (12”) round cake. It was very tall, with lots of lucious icing, and served ~40-50 people (when cut like a usual wedding cake). It was extremely fresh and moist. Everyone raved about it. She kept the decoration simple (some piping around the edge) per our request, so our florist could easily add some fresh flowers for decoration. The catering manager, Geri, was wonderful to work with. She was easy to reach by phone/email and helped coordinate getting some requested paperwork to our venue coordinator. She checked in immediately after the wedding to make sure everything had gone smoothly. We have been to The Refectory Cafe many times together for both their savory food and desserts (highly recommend both) and are so glad we were able to make this local business a part of our wedding day!

Photo of Kim Priebe Kim Priebe
Apr 18, 2019 5

I want there with friends to celebrate a 50th birthday lunch. We reserved a table in advance and was glad for that, as it was busy and the owner set a table aside for us in the corner. I ordered the salad with grilled salmon. Delicious. Two friends ordered the chicken and waffles, and reported the chicken was moist and tasty. We got wine at the counter, and the owner and bus staff graciously took our orders for a second round from the table. The owner offered for the pastry chef to make a birthday cake, so I special ordered one. They made a coconut cake with fresh strawberries. It was moist and delicious! I advise people to save room for dessert! Great find for healthy, tasty food.

Photo of Joshua Allen Joshua Allen
Apr 27, 2019 5

Amazingly handcrafted dishes that delight the pallet. The ribeye platter was on point and highly recommended. Additionally the coffee was simply amazing. You can spend big money at Starbucks but you still will not get the same flavors and depth.

Photo of Heather Swift Heather Swift
Jun 26, 2019 5

It was romantic and the food was excellent! My fiancee ordered the vegan chili and it was some of the best chili that I've ever ate, let alone a vegan dish. the owner was very kind and she came up and made sure that everything was okay and she was fantastic also. I would definitely go and eat there again Time after Time!

Photo of Kaylaa T. Blackwell Kaylaa T. Blackwell
Jul 7, 2019 5

Awesome and completely yummy Sunday Brunch. Great menu with lots of choices and generous portions...so it was a pleasure to eat and take home leftovers. There were so many things we wanted to try...so definitely have to keep going back so we can do just that...LOL😊. Last but not least, the place was so relaxing you will not be in a rush to leave and its easy to to not realize the time passing.

Photo of catherine wilson catherine wilson
Jun 19, 2019 5

One of the most charming eateries in Durham! Service is excellent (servers are cheerful and courteous), food is delicious (in particular the Greek yogurt cheesecake!) and the atmosphere is lovely (the fresh flowers add a nice touch). Five out of five stars.