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The Refectory Cafe

"Slow Food, Fast", this award Winning, local family owned, restaurant is focused on Hot, healthy, homemade & Local fare. The Refectory Cafe® was Duke University's first "Green Cafe" established in 2005, it won best food on campus 7 Years in a row and Duke University's Environmental Leadership Award four times. The Refectory Cafe "on the Boulevard" opened September 2012 and continues the tradition of great homemade soups, fresh local produce, eggs, local line-caught fish, local grass-fed beef, chicken and simply amazing desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten Free, Raw or Plant Based The Refectory Cafe caters to all dietary preferences. Award winning VEGAN, GF DAL, Chili and soups; delicious panini
US$5 - US$29
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Seafood, Healthy, American, Contemporary
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews brunch kale salad soups cucumber water strawberry rhubarb pie vegetarian chili huevos rancheros spaghetti potatoes scallops cake biscuits healthy food free desserts vegan options casual atmosphere order at the counter
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch today with family- used the breakfast menu primarily. Very diverse menu, options for GF. Highlights were the cheese grits, avocado toast, and tomato soup. We plan to come back and use the lunch menu next time- we saw some really delicious looking salads,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Smashleeface
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is always fresh, beautifully presented and very tasty, do not be turned off by counter style ordering during daytime hours. The staff is happy, friendly and very helpful. Food is delivered to your table promptly and efficiently. While it's a casual atmosphere it's great...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LLnDD
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Woohoo!! Thank you LLnDD. We are thrilled that you were so delighted with your experience at The Refectory Cafe. This "service" change to fine dining at night is now called "Flex Casual" - it is catching on in NYC. We have been doing it here...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here for brunch - on a Sunday morning... and bought mother with me... first time here... We ordered from the "special of the day" menu, and even like that it took over 20 or 25 minutes to get our food... and the attendant...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Asigui1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For Saturday lunches with my ballroom dance friends after class, Refectory Cafe has been our go-to place! For clean, healthy, and delicious food and beverage - we go there also for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The red curry squash soup and kale salad I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Mary Beth C
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Mary Beth! LOVE that we are your "go-to place". OMG thank you so much!! We love being "clean, healthy & delicious". We love folks in the "clean plate club" - and yes, Refectory means to "Refresh & Renew" - we take that very seriously....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the goat cheese quiche, and I was not disappointed. Not only was it plated beautifully with the arugula salad, but I could taste the freshness of the ingredients. I eat here frequently, and I have seen that The Refectory Cafe consistently exceeds my...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Brenda R
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Brenda, What a great review to kick us off in the New Year! First thank you for being a friend to our team. You describe our intentions in beautifully! "Fresh ingredients, exceed expectations, budget friendly, kind & welcoming staff. Our pastry chef makes that...More

Reviewed December 17, 2018

We found this restaurant while staying in Durham for medical reasons. While not very enticing visually, we found the personnel there extremely accommodating and the food very good. I have celiac and require strictly gluten free foods. While some of the menu items are GF,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jer620
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere. The squash soup is luxurious - vegan made with coconut milk.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank innov8tor
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2018

Hello Innov8tor, Hot, healthy, homemade & local - we make all of our Vegan menu items using alternative products that maintain the excellent quality of the omnivore version. When all of our customers enjoy a Vegan/GF product we know we have created something wonderful. Thanks...More

Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

This place is great! Service and food were both excellent and overall great experience. The menu is much larger in the restaurant than online and this is due to the availability of ingredients. I was surprised at how many options were availableMore

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jamesz460
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2018

Thank you James! We love to make people happy. We are grateful for the "5-STARS" ad the "overall great experience". On behalf of the entire, hard working staff, we appreciate you taking the time to share your visit with TripAdvisor. Yes, we have a very...More

Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

I liked Refectory when it was on Duke’s campus but have been disappointed since it moved. It looks better than it is: one can do far, far better in the mid-price range in the Triangle. But, it could reflect my taste preferences. I ate with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank charlesbN1289QH
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely meal At Refectory last night. Every bite of our meal was uniquely delicious. The creativity and artistic combinations of flavors and colors always goes above our expectations. Geneva is just a dear and her enthusiasm and genuine joy makes each visit...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank G5789LKnicolen
Laura H, Owner at The Refectory Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2018

Thank you so much! It's pretty awesome to be your favorite! Our entire staff works diligently to make every experience exceptional from start to finish! Geneva and the team are all exceptional folks. We are grateful to have a team that not only loves what...More

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August 3, 2017|
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Response from achef | Reviewed this property |
Yes you need to make reservations for dinner and I have no idea about calories.
Angela U
March 3, 2016|
Response from Laura H | Property representative |
Hello, We are one mile from Duke's Main (West) Campus. You can download all of our menus from the website which you may click to from Tripadvisor. We are not able to attach the link to this response. Dinner is... More
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