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The Refectory Cafe


2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 908-6798
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Photo of Theresa Novicky Theresa Novicky
Dec 10, 2023 5

Refectory We went to the Refectory Cafe for lunch on a Saturday (they were doing brunch). We walked in and weren’t sure where to order at first. We walked to the register and ordered. They gave us a stand for our table (not a number). Our food came out very fast and it was delicious. I got the French Dip sandwich it was so good. I opted for traditional French fries they were the best fries I’ve had for a while. The French Dip was amazing it had the perfect amount of meat. My boyfriend got the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich he loved it he said it had the perfect amount of crunch from the toasted bun and the sauce was perfect. We liked it so much we came the next day as well. This was Sunday it said wait to be seated so we did, we sat down and were told to order at the front. A little confusing but no big deal. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with fries my boyfriend got the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich again and I got my son the butternut squash soup. The chicken sandwich was really good. The French dip however was my favorite. The squash soup was ok, my fussy 1 year old wouldn’t eat much of it. We will definitely be back though!

Photo of Heather House Heather House
Nov 14, 2023 4

Been on my list a while, and I was finally able to get a reservation on a DPAC night. I love all the available outside seating and the decor inside... everything is my favorite color... green! We got the special Trout dip. It was really good and meaty. Wasn't as big of a portion as I expected, but maybe because there is more meat than filler. I had the fall Walnut gnocchi and my friend had the pumpkin alfredo pasta. Both were delish! I love the combo of balsamic glaze, nuts, and seasonings. Service was great and they even let me sample the wine before purchase. I believe I would like to go back for one of their food events!

Photo of Juliette Peoples Juliette Peoples
Oct 22, 2023 5

First time here this morning and I will be back. Food is delicious. Faustine greeted us at the door with such an awesome vibe/spirit. Great atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Photo of Thea Picard Thea Picard
Oct 21, 2023 3

Overpriced mediocre food. Staff and service were great. Everything was tasty enough but presentation was dull and lacking. Shrimp and grits was decent and most worth the price. For $8 per pancake you'd think they'd have some whip cream, butter and maybe a few more strawberries but they were semi burnt with one chopped strawberry and some syrup. The breakfast bowl is a rip off. Overall it's ok, nothing to write home about.

Photo of Jenn Plumb Jenn Plumb
Oct 1, 2023 5

This cute little place was delicious. I love that they have vegan options AND vegan desserts to take home with me. I had a tofu bowl and a smoothie and took home vegan gluten free cheesecake and a chocolate chip cookie. The staff was kind and inviting and friendly. Will definitely eat here the next time I am in Durham.

Photo of Allison Olson Allison Olson
Sep 6, 2023 5

We had a lovely outdoor dining experience this week at The Refectory. It was our fifth time to eat there over the years and it never disappoints. We had an excellent waiter in Jared last night who was just the right amount of attentive and fun. The food was so so good and they easily met my husbands g free and dairy free requirements. We even had our dog with us for the first time and she got a nice clean bowl of iced water. We never miss a chance to eat here when we are in Durham and wish there was one were we live! Great job Refectory!

Photo of Godis Jones Godis Jones
Sep 3, 2023 5

I had the shrimp and grits for the first time, and it was DELICIOUS! My daughter had the Cobb Salad, and my friend had the French Toast, we enjoyed everything!

Photo of Emma Pastor Emma Pastor
Sep 2, 2023 5

I love coming here. Always full of locals, great service and delicious food. Makes you feel right at home.

Photo of Mer G Mer G
Jul 15, 2023 5

DELICIOUS!! Was a little concerned since it seemed pricey at first but it was absolutely amazing! I got the chicken and waffles and loved it, would go back!

Photo of Katy B Katy B
Jul 2, 2023 5

Made reservations for a larger party for brunch and our table was set for us before we arrived. Be aware you do have to go to the counter to order or order on your phone. We ordered and our food arrived quickly. Everyone really enjoyed what they got. I got the smoked salmon eggs Benedict and it was delicious! Will definitely come back.

Photo of Liz Parks Liz Parks
Jun 1, 2023 5

Wow! We had seen The Refectory Cafe on Out and About so we decided to check it out. It was fantastic! I had the Crab Cake Burger with a side of veggies, delicious! I loved the sriracha aioli (not too hot), the fennel and pepper slaw, and the crab cake was loaded with fresh herbs. I appreciate veggies as a side option, and they were perfectly cooked. My husband had the French Dip and chips, also delicious. Good ciabatta bread, and a nice mix of light, crisp chips. They have a nice selection of vegan and vegetarian options as well. Will definitely be going back next time we're in Durham!