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.
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: 9196846032x
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
Interesting food combinations in lovely ...
Interesting food combinations in lovely atrium setting. This is how you make salads and sandwiches unique and foodie focused. Nothing outlandish. Simply tasty food combinations, many with southern accents to fit the Southern Accent current exhibition. We will be back.
This must have been a new crew of server ...
This must have been a new crew of servers or they might have been shorthanded - but the service was terrible. We were never sure who "our" server was as two different people came to the table to take orders, and when we needed something (salt, more tea), we had to flag down a third person because the first two never returned. After finishing our meals, we asked for a dessert menu (none was offered) and waited more than 10 minutes for someone to return to take our dessert order. After that wait, we decided against dessert and had to find someone to ask for our check.
Delicious and beautiful spot for a date, ...
Delicious and beautiful spot for a date, a business meal or just a weekend treat. Great food and being able to combine brunch and museum is like the new dinner and a movie ;) Loved the wild mushroom Benedict!
We had a group of five, there for a Satu ...
We had a group of five, there for a Saturday brunch with out of town guests. The menu had a good variety of meals, and we all felt it was a good quality and value. The setting was quiet and allowed us to talk and not be rushed.
Brunch at Nasher Café is a borderline st ...
Brunch at Nasher Café is a borderline steal! The prices are reasonable (except for the $3 8oz glass of OJ) and we even got free admission to one of the galleries in the museum, which was an added bonus. The menu is simple and has recognizable options. The food was amazing. They have indoor and outdoor seating available. It was our first time going, but we absolutely loved vibes of eating brunch inside an art museum.
A MeetUp group were there for an Indi fi ...
A MeetUp group were there for an Indi film and dinner. Prices were quite high for small portions. Three of us ordered the golden beet salad and it was mostly just a pile of greens with only a few small pieces of beets and one small medalion of goat cheese with a scattering of walnuts. For the money, I think it should have had much more beets and a few medalions of cheese.
The Nasher Cafe is one of my favorite Du ...
The Nasher Cafe is one of my favorite Durham lunch spots. The food is always excellent, the service is usually pretty good. The building itself is one reason it is so enjoyable: light, bright, airy and the art vibe adds to the whole experience.
Nice food and good service at a very mod ...
Nice food and good service at a very modest price. The environment is pleasant (including wonderful lighting), but it is unpleasantly noisy. The restaurant was not very crowded when we had brunch with friends and it was still a problem.
Beautiful setting. Interesting menu but ...
Beautiful setting. Interesting menu but they were out of the hamburger entree and the beer
my husband wanted. Also the area where we sat was very cold. My "Caesar salad" was delicious but it was really a Salad Nicoise."
Excellent choice and experience with fri ...
Excellent choice and experience with friends for lunch after the reopening of Duke Chapel. The location was easy to get to , away from the noise of town and nestled in attractive and peaceful surroundings. Parking was great, easy and accessible to Duke Gardens afterwards . We're already planning another event and will highly recommend this venue to others.
I very much enjoy every meal I've had at the Nasher. I am thinking, though, that the brunch servings are smaller than the same dish that I've gotten for dinner there. That would be fine, but I think the price is still the same. Otherwise, I love the Nasher -- and I will be back!
A Work of Art
A wonderful complement to a visit to Duke's Nasher Museum of Art is this gem of a cafe. Items on the unexpectedly extensive menu are expertly prepared and served by an attentive staff. Outdoor seating offers views of public art installations on the scenic Duke campus location.
cold day at the warm cafe
We enjoyed a pleasant meal on a cold day, a perfect day to stroll the museum. Making it a one stop occasion to include late lunch was convenient. Very attentive server brought beverage refills often. I regretted not substituting fruit for the highly seasoned potatoes but it was my own over site. Not long on ambience, the varied menu and table service makes it a step up from many venues cafes.
When we arrived at the cafe at our reservation time, we were asked to wait. The host apparently forgot about us, as several other groups of 2 and walk-ups were seated before us... Very hard to flag down a server as well. Otherwise food's great.
Looks are everything
The Nasher Cafe could serve boiled water for lunch and still rate a visit because of the airy, bright, elegant, spacious architecture that encloses it. The cafe spans from the Nasher Museum's soaring-yet-human-scaled atrium to the luminous outdoor patio overlooking a broad lawn bordered by Duke Rd. The food is mediocre at best, and the prices (too high for standard Mcfare but too low for gourmet fare) show it. I had a smoked salmon Eggs Benedictine that sounded elegant, but was served tepid-to-room-temperature, which ruined the taste experience from the very outset. The "flavor" ingredient--the smoked salmon--had a medicinal taste, rather than the velvety opulence of higher quality smoked fish. The garnishes were sauteed potatoes with a spicy seasoning but a mealy consistency that suggested microwave reanimation--also served tepid--and a generic small-leaf salad clump (baby lettuces don't age well) with a bit too much balsamic dressing. The "comfort" part of the Benedictine--the English muffin bottom--was soggy yet hard to cut, rather than crisply toasted, with a light, elastic crumb. Obviously, had it been served hot I might not have been so conscious of these deficiencies, so the Nasher Cafe's service is partly to blame. The servers were perfectly friendly and attentive, but it's obvious that the beautiful setting has brought in a mob of patrons that simply overwhelms the servers' ability to focus. I was there in a group of 5 for a 12:15 seating, and there were odd gaps in service, especially towards the end of the meal, when half of us were served dessert (cookies) while the other half waited 10 minutes or more for their coffee. I'm guessing the place (and that includes the kitchen) is just not very skilfully managed--a shame, since it is obviously a gold mine, even with the deficiencies.
Another great experience
Once again I had a great lunch at the Nasher. The sandwich I ordered was superb and the quinoa had a fresh taste. I polished off lunch with a scrumptious chocolate molten lava cake and a vanilla bean gelato. I will be back definitely!
Dining at the Nasher combines wonderful ...
Dining at the Nasher combines wonderful food with a wonderful view, both of the contemporary architecture inside and the beauty of wooded Durham outside. Our server went out of his way to accommodate the allergies of a member of my dining party, as well. Everything tasted delicious and is reasonably priced.
The art is the real reason to come here.
Our food was pretty good, but the acoustics inside the cafe are not so good. I recommend either sitting outside, if possible, or in the area within the museum. I had asked for an outdoor table, but they neglected to give us one.
Semi-Casual, Fresh Food
Overall, the meal was good. Between a group of 3, we ordered two salads and two entrees. The service was nice, attentive, and helpful. I would highly recommend getting a salad, which were the highlight of the meal. The Parisian Salad is particular well-composed, but in general, their salads are made with very fresh ingredients and taste great.
The entrees were also quite good, especially the seafood risotto. The meat was also fresh and cooked to perfection.
The Nasher Cafe, although not a place to show up in wearing sweats, isn't too formal or flashy. It is a little pricey, but it is on Duke campus, so it's not relatively bad. Good place for a nice dinner.
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