The Refectory Cafe

  4.5 – 956 reviews  $$ • Restaurant

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Hot, healthy, homemade & local! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, paleo, plant based & omnivore. All diets, always. Best Breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch – yes we have won in all of those categories. Also, Best Pie, Best Vegan, Best Vegetarian from other publications. Dinner is full service, table service! Full bar, fine wines, craft beers. Breakfast, lunch & brunch are delicious & fast! Soups and specials all created from scratch. Pastry Chef on site – amazing desserts! Large parties accommodated with reservations. Plan ahead, order ahead, enjoy the experience!

Breakfasts, brunches & casual American food, with vegan options, in a colorful, casual setting.

Service Options:  Dine-in · Curbside pickup

Health and Safety:  Staff wear masks · Staff get temperature checks · Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits · 


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Address: 2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Phone: (919) 908-6798



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Reviews & Complaints

Aishah Griffin
The food wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. My fries were gross. We spent $63 on two sandwiches, sweet teas, slices of pie, and tip. New to the area and trying things out. I probably wouldn’t come back here. This place should be on that show where Gordon Ramsey comes and gives the restaurant a physical and mental makeover. We’ll try the desserts when we get home hopefully they don’t disappoint.
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Jenette Arreola
I met up with a girlfriend during lunch. She ordered a delicious looking chicken sandwich. I ordered a salad- romaine, chicken, avocado, bacon, eggs, cheese and tomato. It could have been better- had the chicken not been black on the outside, or had it had two times the burned chicken. With that said, $15 was too much for this salad. However, service was excellent! Very polite staff! The dessert- cake and pies, look amazing! Unfortunately, ya’ girl is on a diet. Otherwise, I’d of gladly tried one!
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Anna M Hatcher
Healthy food and cozy atmosphere. Stuff are careful and kind, so no concerns but not our type desserts. I think it’s a place to visit once and enjoy a good company, but don’t expect no ordinary memories.
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Amanda 1095
Comfortable ambiance and great service. The gnocchi was outstanding. There are many vegan and vegetarian options. We ordered two desserts (lemon pie and strawberry shortcake), which were both outstanding.
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lexi hayes
Soooo this is my 2nd time dining at this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING CAFE! From its sweet modest character, to the stellar service and the amazing attitudes of the people (everyone) who helps run this freakin rad bad restaurant, to the most delish brunch items around town! They also have a great mimosa flight special which you can’t beat! I love this place! The 2nd time we came we brought a few new folks and they fell in love too! Keep those chefs and the amazing front of the house staff! See you this wknd!
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Finally found a great spot in Durham since we moved from NYC. The ingredients are very fresh and delicious. The Huevos Rancheros were delicious and filling. My chicken and waffle was lightyears ahead of what they served me at Dame’s. Beyond what you expect for a Cafe in the South. This place has earned some new “Regulars”Also they have the Cholula from Mexico ; the better one
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Anna Edwards
Went here today for the first time. Loved it. Sitting outside reminded me a lot of Mt Pleasant outside of Charleston. I had one of the specials, the meat quiche which was ham, bacon and spinach that came with a side salad. Also ordered the cheesy grits. They were great. A little bit on the peppery side. Seating was a bit confusing so I asked: the hostess stand is for dinner. You go through the line and place your order and sit down any other time.
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Andrea Carroll
A fun little find. Passing through the Durham area for an overnight stay on our way home to Atlanta. The dinner menu had some great choices and the food was delicious. Funky casual atmosphere with a fine menu. Love a place that allows you to bring in your own wine for a corkage fee, but I am sure we could have found a good selection on their wine list. Our server was excellent. Attentive and personal. Should we make this trip in the future, Refractory Cafe will be a stop on our journey for sure.
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Danielle Denson
Good food , def a must have dessert place , menu isn’t always the same but fresh selections
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Brianne Cellemme-Short
The Refectory Cafe is a great place to eat, especially with a group. It has options for nearly every diet (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian. etc). Even the dessert case has options for vegans, vegetarians & keto diets! I mostly go for brunch and it has always been a good experience!
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