About Nasher Cafe
Durham, NC 27705
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: (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nasher Cafe Ratings and Reviews
It really was a scene on the Sunday befo ...
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 extreme ...
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.
The setting is pleasant thanks to the la ...
The setting is pleasant thanks to the large glass panes creating a link with the trees outside.
The sea scallops were done just right. They could be less salty.
Waiters are gracious and well informed about the wine selection.
Always a pleasure to dine here! The food ...
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 f ...
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.
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.
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