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!
Oct 22, 2023
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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oct 21, 2023
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.
Oct 1, 2023
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.
Sep 6, 2023
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!
Sep 3, 2023
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!
Sep 2, 2023
I love coming here. Always full of locals, great service and delicious food. Makes you feel right at home.
Jul 15, 2023
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!
Jul 2, 2023
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.
Jun 1, 2023
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!
Mar 14, 2023
Soo guys, we were in the area looking for a good Sunday brunch and stumbled up on this place! The food wasn’t nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t bad by any means! The mimosa flight was pretty cool! Defiantly served the purpose, I can’t say I’d be back but hey who knows🤷🏽♂️
Ps, I’m really wasn’t a fan of the ordering system, nothing beats a waiter assisting you.
JUST GO THERE &.
TRY IT YOURSELF, SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK WITH ME! HOPE YOU ENJOY✌🏽
Feb 21, 2023
We have been meaning to try this cafe and were pleased that we did. We ate lunch outside on a lovely day. There was quite a bit of road noise, but still pleasant. The spicy shrimp salad was excellent. We will be back to try the dinner menu.
Dec 13, 2022
Great cafe for brunch in Durham! I got the smoked salmon eggs benedict and loved it. Also got the rosemary cheddar scone, which was good but wish it was heated up since I ate it at the restaurant. They were accommodating even though they were pretty busy, so we were able to get a table even though it was a Sunday brunch. My only concern was that the vegan options were a bit lackluster (for my cousin, not for me), and really just between the tofu scramble and the vegan pancakes. I would definitely come again!!