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Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake - Refectory Cafe, Durham, NC

Refectory Cafe

4.6
4.6
553 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Established in 2005, The Refectory Cafe was the first “Green” restaurant on the Duke campus and was located at the Duke Divinity School. The Refectory Cafe focused on social & environmental sustainability, healthy dining and sourcing from local farms.
The award-winning Refectory Cafe was to be a “one-of-a-kind” local farm to table restaurant where omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, plant-based, KETO and gluten-free diets could all happily share a table together in the same facility. Every diet classification could delight in delicious, satisfying, creative food from a common menu, while enjoying the health benefits of consuming nutrient-dense meals devoid of chemical additives – all while practicing social & environmental sustainability.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Organic, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 908-6798

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Jake Miles

  • Catering

    Seven-days a week, Breakfast, lunch & Dinner. Comfortable casual events to full service, you design your perfect event - we will deliver!

  • Private party facilities

    Delicious & Nutritious, serving all diets, always. Cafe can be rented for private parties - indoor and outdoor experiences. Staff fully vaccinated

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Cross Street

    Academy Road

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of parking in our private lot, right outside the front or side doors. Handicapped parking out front.

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop across the street from the cafe

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Another Extraordinary Italian Wine Dinner!

    US$80.00 per person

    Oct 19, 2022 only
    Another incredible authentic Italian Wine Dinner! Save the date! full Menu will be available the end of September! Tables will be seated at 6 pm. Come earlier for Cocktails on the patio or inside. Can't wait - so much fun and so delicious!

Popular dishes

What 553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Brunch

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    American

  • Durham

    Brunch

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. e

    emilym

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I got the cranberry Turkey sandwich and tomato soup with a fruit cup, my mom got the Turkey Reuben and my husband got a regular Reuben. None of us liked our sandwiches. The apples on mine were baked in cinnamon and had a gross mushy texture, I was expecting fresh apples which would make a much better Sammy, IMO. The soup was fine, a little onion heavy which was a surprise for a tomato soup but it wasn’t bad. The fruit cup was mostly melon (sadly) but otherwise fresh and tasty. The Turkey Reuben wasn’t made with Turkey pastrami (another unpleasant surprise) and my husband will eat anything and said his wasn’t good either. The service was excellent and the patio was very nice. Possible that we all just misordered but we won’t be back to find out.
  2. MS

    MarshaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best and I truly appreciate the delicious vegan options!
  3. AG

    AshleyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wait staff was super helpful and nice. Food was different and very good.
  4. PD

    PDub

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, comfortable atmosphere, great service - all at a reasonable price. My favorite place for dinner
  5. SK

    SherryK

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful brunch today for my brother-in-law's birthday. Perfectly scrambled eggs with sautéed veggies, shrimp and grits and the best burger ever!
  6. LJ

    LJSlowFood

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another lovely evening eating delicious food outdoors at one of my favorite restaurants in Durham, Refectory Cafe.
  7. b

    barblout

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up moving inside because it was very hot. The noise level went way down! The food and service was great! Loved the potato leek soup! The Turkey is fresh!
  8. KS

    KristinaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Love Refectory Cafe. Took 1 star off because I didn’t realize we’d have to get in line to order with a reserved table. It does seem like we could have ordered from table with QR code but didn’t realize that until after being in line. Would recommend a host up front to explain this to customers if at all possible. Your food is fantastic and the staff are so friendly! One of my favorites for brunch and dinner!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Just know you are on your own! You will order at the counter or from the app at your table. Your delicious food will be delivered and then no one will check on you until it is apparent you are finished and need to pay the bill. If you want more coffee or water, good luck waving someone down. You will still tip your “server,” as though you had one. It is a nice spot and the menu has enough variety for everyone. Just don’t go expecting any service.
  10. SH

    SusanH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We entertained Duke alums returning to Durham for the weekend. Saturday brunch was a great idea at Refectory! Service was fast, friendly, didn’t hover. We ate outside in the shade a perfect quiet place to catch up on news with friends. The food was absolutely top notch from veggie omelet, to BLT avocado toast, smoothie to grits, lemon ricotta fluffy pancakes with the best bacon!!!! Do yourself a favor and try this place!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have never eaten here before and we…along with my extended family of four…. were looking for an outside experience with food that could accommodate school-aged children as well as someone with gluten intolerance We could not have been more pleased with the menu options nor the quality of fast service combined with excellent Service. Kaylan went out of her way to make certain that everyone had exactly what they needed. Her professional demeanor and obvious love for her job made the night really special My husband passed away just a few months ago and it’s rare for all of us to get together Thanks for making the meal and experience so perfect for us
  12. m

    milenio

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I went with some friends on a Wednesday night before DPAC, so we got there early; definitely didn't need a reservation for 5pm! It stayed pretty quiet all night, so don't know if it's normally slow on the weekdays. We sat outside - seating is picnic tables that are covered, very nice. All of our food was awesome, and we had great cocktails and wine as well. The highlights were the pumpkin linguine and the fried cauliflower appetizer. We also had the key lime cheesecake dessert - wow, and a big piece! Definitely will go back.
  13. T

    Tracy

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Impressed with salmon and crab cakes entrees. Kevin, our waiter, needs to improve customer service. Our take-home desserts didn't fit in the container he provided and he told us to smash the desserts down as they taste just as good that way. He also didn't want to show us the desserts on a platter that were offered because he thought we could see them well enough from a distance.
  14. DP

    DuncanP

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food. We were a party of 6 people and each person noted that their brunch was excellent. Great flavors. Nicely prepared. Vegetables are not over-cooked. Chicken is not over-fried. I had the smoked salmon eggs benedict and it was great.
  15. C

    Chasyz

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were the good star reservation of the day and we found the food top notch. We would like to see the cafe expand their vegan options.
  16. ER

    ElissaR

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was outstanding - we sat outside and enjoyed our dinner with friends
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!! Thank you
  18. KW

    KatherineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with excellent service. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.
  19. j

    jdesigner

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Brunch spot in Durham. Two of us had our usual - Huevos Rancheros, yum, and one had the veggie quiche of the day - also excellent. The staff were great as usual. This is a place not to miss if you enjoy or insist on good food, made fresh. Even the desserts, including GF, are freshly made. What's not to like!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food. Nice to be able to order online from your phone and have it brought to the table. Nice to be able to book outdoor seating ahead of time. Beware parking is a nightmare at busy times!
  21. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food and menu selection was great. Deserts were great. Server was nice but a bit inattentive on a not crowded evening. Out doors had picnic tables under roof. Indoor has bright green paint. Would definitely go again and try some other dishes.
  22. CC

    CarolC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food - great service - sat inside - much cooler!
  23. SK

    SherryK

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Five of us gathered by Saturday brunch. The eggs were perfectly cooked. The crab sandwich filled the bun and my friend with the small appetite ate the whole thing. It was large too! Veggie quiche had a handmade crust which was tasty and well seasoned. All in all we would highly recommend this place not only for the great food but for the attentive, kind service.
  24. CB

    ChanelB

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The ambiance and menu offerings were not in line with the pricing of the food in my opinion. The food was fine but I’ve had much better at the same price point
  25. LJ

    LJSlowFood

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal at the Refectory immensely. Our server was very attentive to our needs. Staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. We are all fans of the restaurant and will be back again! Thank you for a special evening.
  26. LK

    LeighanneK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, super quick service & great staff.
  27. MJ

    MichaelJ

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh food, great atmosphere,, and friendly pleasant staff...Perfect combination!
  28. BB

    BrianB

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always spectacular!
  29. PS

    PeytonS

    Pinehurst

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food at a decent price, service was fast and friendly!
  30. NC

    NCVisitor

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was ABSOLUTELY delicious! We elected to sit outside - the restaurant has a nice covered porch although it is close to the street and traffic noise. The service was a little uneven, but it was a busy night. However, we will go back because the food is simply terrific. We started with a charcuterie board which had some very interesting selections. One of us had outstanding crab cakes and the other one had a delicious grilled salmon dish. The sides were as good as the main dishes. We recommend The Refectory Cafe!
  31. KS

    KathleenS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time diners here, we had a reservation but chose to move to an outdoor tsble in the back of the patio, the weather was cool and the back of the patio was quiet. The service was prompt, the food came out quickly and was just superb! We will be back!!
  32. NV

    NancyV

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was terrific! They were short staffed so service was slow, but server was excellent. Will be back!
  33. K

    Kandance

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outdoor farewell brunch for our son who was returning to college. The food and service were wonderful! I love that you can reserve a table in advance. I could not recommend Refectory Cafe more highly!
  34. LM

    LindaM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Cute little spot, if traveling - know that Sundays they cannot serve alcohol until 10am.
  35. RL

    RitaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and owner was very gracious and knowledgeable and welcoming.
  36. CC

    CarolC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service - the restaurant is small, but comfortable and the food is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had their salmon dish and my friend had the bolognese spaghetti and both were absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend - oh, and don't forget the desserts . . . yum!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our go to when in Durham.
  38. LL

    LisaL

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience. Excellent place.
  39. NC

    NCJoan

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful dinners last night included the shrimp, crab cakes and pasta bolonese. Each was delicious and
  40. LF

    LynnF

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, fresh, local food and wonderful service. We enjoyed a comfortable dinner on the patio with shade and a gentle breeze from the fans. It looks like they have heaters for colder days, too. We will definitely be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Refectory Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 908-6798.

Refectory Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 553 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Refectory Cafe

2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Academy Road

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Organic, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of parking in our private lot, right outside the front or side doors. Handicapped parking out front.

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop across the street from the cafe

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Jake Miles

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 908-6798

  • Catering

    Seven-days a week, Breakfast, lunch & Dinner. Comfortable casual events to full service, you design your perfect event - we will deliver!

  • Private party facilities

    Delicious & Nutritious, serving all diets, always. Cafe can be rented for private parties - indoor and outdoor experiences. Staff fully vaccinated

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