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About Nasher Cafe
The 100-seat indoor/outdoor Nasher Cafe overlooks the garden and sits adjacent to a Mark Di Suvero sculpture, providing a serene and beautiful ambience. The menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
Durham, NC 27705
Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Limited Menu 3:00pm-4:00pm
Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:15pm (building closes at 9pm)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Summer Days Nasher Nights Programming includes special events we coin 'Live and Local'. There is live music from the talented musicians of the area as well as a menu featuring local products. Check out the calendar on nasher.duke.edu for further information regarding special programming and more.
The Nasher Museum has a metered parking lot. The meters accept credit cards or cash (exact change needed as they do not provide change).
Private Party Contact:
Aidan Peters: (919) 684-6032
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Aidan Peters, General Manager of the Nasher Museum Cafe for details regarding Private Events and bookings. 919.684.6032 or email@example.com
Nasher Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Our Saturday lunch with friends at the Nasher Cafe was delightful. They have wonderful brunch/lunch selections.
The Cafe service was excellent, even as they got busy. Reservations are recommended. There were many young people, and an entertaining atmosphere.
We loved visiting the museum before and after our lunch. The selections from the permanent collection changes, so there are always new things to see.
Love the food. Ate inside, very noisy. Unsure if our waiter or another person spilled my husband's coffee as he/she set it down. Did not take away coffee cup with spill in the saucer. Necessary to ask it be done. Perhaps cafe needs more staff, Saturday lunch.
My only reservation about a top-top review is that I was seated directly underneath the frigid AC, which blew down precisely on my neck. I couldn't figure out where the cold air was coming from until I had finished the lunch. I'll just choose my seating more wisely next time!
This small, intiment restaurant is a hidden gem. Our group of 6 wasp offered a place inside with air conditioning or on the warmer, but visually delightful patio. On the patio we overlooked a green lawn with colorful artwork. The food is a little expensive-salads about $12. But everything was fresh, crisp and well-presented. Our server was friendly and efficient. Desserts were wonderful--the vanilla ice cream was rich and creamy-great on the apple or chocolate desserts.
This is the second time that I have taken friends from out of town to the Nasher and been not only disappointed but embarrassed. Although we reserved a table there was no hostess to greet us and take us to the table, so we stood around aimlessly. When we ordered, the server came back and told us that the smoked salmon had not come in that day. Since smoked salmon is served cured and not fresh, I cannot understand how you can run out of it , especially when it is mentioned in two dishes on the menu. After we picked two different items, the server returned again to tell us that they were out of potato chips. I have never heard this one before. Surely you either buy more when you run low or send staff out that morning to buy some? The kale salad was a huge pile of kale with not much else on the plate. The coffee was not hot. All in all, a poor experience for quite an expensive casual lunch.
So very disappointed to show up for our 2pm lunch reservation on time (everything online that we had found said that the restaurant was open until 3pm for lunch) only to be greeted with an empty dining area. A man approached us and said that there was no food available. My thoughts went immediately to health department concerns, shipment interruptions, the world's coming to an end but we weren't informed. Rather, the man said that the restaurant was open until 3pm but that the kitchen closed at 2pm. I asked him why Open Table allowed us to make lunch reservations. He shrugged, said something about summer hours, and walked away.
We had a delicious meal with good service in a beautiful setting at Guglhupf. I highly recommend Guglhupf.
Food and service were really good. The mushrooms on my Benedict were a little over-cooked and there could have been a few more. The bearnaise sauce looked like it was applied from a squeeze bottle and I would have preferred it spooned on - that is just an aesthetic choice, though, since the flavor was good.
Our lunch was very good. I had the Goat Cheese BLT and my husband had the Red, White and Green, both paninis, both with potato salad. The ingredients were fresh and I have heard locally sourced when possible. Portion size was plenty for lunch...almost too much, but you really want to stuff it in because its so good. Service was prompt, but reservations are needed if eating anywhere close to 12-12:30 time. Wine and beer selections are available...if you were not going back to work like we were! We will definitely be eating there again!
Went for Easter brunch. Great atmosphere. We sat outside with beautiful weather. Nice live music that was not too loud but relaxing. My husband really liked the beer he got (Port City Optima Wit). The wine was good, the food was good and service was great.
Will definitely go back!
Simply a very nice casual place to have lunch and then tour the museum. I had soup and salad, both delicious.
Apple tart with cinnamon ice cream was great. Three friends loved their creative sandwiches. Staff very attentive and friendly. The option of sitting out on the terrace an added bonus.
Our experience was good, but it wasn't particularly exceptional. I was very upset when I saw that they had charged a 20% gratuity when we were only 3 people (and the service wasn't amazing either). I think it's a nice place to go, but I wouldn't go back or mark it as a must when visiting Durham.
Excellent food and service. There was no hostess and even though we had reserved no one took our name and when we told them we had a reservation they just told us to take any table. Some tables said reserved on them but who knows for whom? Loved the food and servers were very nice just very busy... maybe it was a bad day however it was not busy when we arrived at 12:15 pm.
I always enjoy the Nasher cafe: good veggie options, love the space, nice to have lunch as part of the visit to see exhibitions. It is a bit loud for general conversation but if you know that going in, then it is your choice. I seldom give 5 stars, it has to be a meal that I'll be talking about for months, so this was a lovely brunch, nice varied menu, well presented, the service was prompt, all quite nice....
It really was a scene on the Sunday before V Day. Youth reigned as did the variety of young people outfits. Food was great, innovative brunch menu ands even though very crowded great service. A super place for Sunday brunch and we plan to try it for lunch and the one night they are open for dinner.
The food was great. There was an extremely long line so luckily we made a reservation. The wait staff and service in general needs A LOT of improvement. Felt as if the waiters were scared to come to the table, some were awkward, can tell the waiters are beginners (couldn't remember who ordered what, not attentive enough, etc.). Overall, I'd come back for the food and environment but don't expect the service to be good.
Always a pleasure to dine here! The food is always hot and delicious, the drinks are cool and refreshing and the apple tart is amazing! One of our Sunday go to places!
Along with the art displays all around, you are often surrounded by a nice number of Duke students. It feels good to be with this generation of bright learners.
I must not forget the service. The servers seem to help out each other and it works. You are always greeted and addressed with a smile. These servers work hard and add to the positive experience at The Nasher.
We will return, with pleasure.
The food is fabulous all the time. Our family is split among the vegetarians and the meat lovers. The salads especially the warm butternut squash salad is amazing. My three boys ages 22-15 love the burgers, the Portobello sandwiches, the salads with grilled tuna on top. The warm chocolate cake is always a favorite.
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