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.
Oct 11, 2019
Well-prepared, tasty food. Cocktails are wonderful and desserts sublime - what's not to like?
Jul 9, 2019
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.
Nov 13, 2019
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.
Nov 13, 2019
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.
Dr. Alisha Cornell
Jun 16, 2019
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.
Apr 24, 2019
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!
Apr 18, 2019
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.
Apr 27, 2019
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.
Jun 26, 2019
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!
Kaylaa T. Blackwell
Jul 7, 2019
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.
Jun 19, 2019
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.