We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Works Bakery Cafe

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5a Mill Rd, Durham, NH 03824
+1 603-868-3500
06:00 - 18:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 27: English reviews
New Hampshire
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I stopped in just before closing which we didn't realize they were closing. The two girls were nice & friendly but the smoothies we each got seemed to be a little more soupy then they should of been and tasted ok. Seemed in a bit of a rush to make them. My first time there but my... More 

Thank DougieFresh17
Durham, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here several time for bagel sandwiches. The bagels tasted fresh but somehow lacked deeper flavor or balanced chewiness. Also the coffee was just OK. I usually have decaf but there was nothing exceptional about it --- just like DD's. I prefer the rich dark roasted flavor from other nearby cafes. And finally, the staff smiles but just never felt... More 

Thank Prentiss P
Durham, New Hampshire
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The place is just a textbook example of poor customer service. The people behind the counter act as if you are interrupting their private time by wanting to order. The staff seems like a clique that wishes you would just go away. The system for ordering and paying is chaotic - the person on the register is constantly walking away... More 

Thank MarxBrother
Barrington, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

You would think an on-campus sandwich shop would be more budget oriented, but it doesn't matter, because The Works makes some killer sandwiches and soups, and the servings are quite large as well, which supports the pricing structure.

Thank FoodCriticNH
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We put a lot of love into the menu and it's wonderful to see that it translates. We look forward to serving you again! Becky K for The Works More 

Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Great sandwich the Dagwood is great. The French vanilla chia is awesome. Enjoy they let you take your time no rushing you out.

Thank Jean H
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this review

Awesome!! We're so glad that you had a great experience. We can't wait to serve you again. More 

New Hampshire
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Service is terrible. Too bad as only bagel spot around. No one cares. Owners appear lazy. Would go once a week minimum if decent. Will never go back have multiple chances.

Thank torbtronics
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear tortronics, We are so sorry that your experience of The Works was negative. Our customers are important to us and we must always put them first. Thank you for letting us know. Your feedback helps us improve when we fall short. Thank you, Becky K for The Works More 

Level Contributor
40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Great food and atmosphere; prices are VERY reasonable ; picnic tables with red umbrellas outside; had the italian panini which was hot and crunchy...scrambled egg, cheddar, spinach sandwich on whole grain bread puts Panera to shame! You order at the counter and choose your own seat.

Thank stitch63
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear stitch63, Thank you SO MUCH for your review! We're really happy that the food, atmosphere, and prices fit the bill for you. In case you were wondering, our cheddar cheese comes from a Vermont dairy co-op, Cabot Creamery, and is always hormone-free. And our breads are made with un-bromated and unbleached flour and sweetened with pure malt syrup, a... More 

Hartford, Connecticut
Level Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

For years I have had the pleasure of visiting THE WORKS BAKERY CAFE. The name has been changed but the bagel's are nothing like any other bagel places I have been to before. They are baked on property and are always fresh and well seasoned! Try out their different cream cheeses and you wont be disappointed either. Coffee is fresh... More 

Thank dog1s00tydog
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear dog1s00tydog, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're tickled and grateful that our bagels are to your liking. Did you know how they're made? Yes, we make them on site, always from scratch in small batches. We use only un-bromated, unbleached flour, and our bagels are still made the old fashioned way: proofed, boiled and baked. No... More 

Bangor, Maine
Level Contributor
26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This place has an amazing selection of eats, my favorite is a sandwich that is not on the menu, I get a sourdough panini with their pesto, mozzarella, and chicken! This is a great place to hang out with friends or get some homework done if you go to UNH. Love visiting this place every time I return to Durham

Thank brandonn_mcc
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this review

Dear brandonn_mcc, Thank you so much for your review! We're thrilled that we're a go-to spot for you—and that you have a signature sandwich :). We look forward to seeing you again!! Thank you, Becky K for The Works More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
Level Contributor
80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

A pretty amazing place to hang out. The coffee was delicious!! I mean, it tasted smooth and I wanted to savory each swallow. We were in the area looking at real estate and needed a place to go between meetings. We liked it so much, we came back for lunch. The three bean chili was robust, spicy, and filling. I... More 

Thank McRenn8

Travellers who viewed The Works Bakery Cafe also viewed


Been to The Works Bakery Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Healthy
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5a Mill Rd, Durham, NH 03824
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 603-868-3500
The Works to you: humanely-raised, naturally-cured meats and poultry with no antibiotics or added hormones. Local eggs from cage-free chickens. Hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and cream cheese from Vermont family farms. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches and paninis on artisan bread, wraps or traditional boiled-and-baked bagels made with unbleached, unbromated flour. Fresh salads. Hearty, from scratch soups. Fresh-fruit smoothies. Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee. Thoughtfully sourced, local when possible. Open daily 6:30-6.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Works Bakery Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?