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
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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/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), 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
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.
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.
Excellent food as always.
Happy to accomodate special requests. Good, fast service in a friendly atmosphere with students and art museum visitors. We enjoy eating outdoors if the weather is good. Try the seafood or veggie omlet with the apple and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Heavenly.
Delightful special meal
We had the Chilean evening meal at the Nasher Cafe. The Chilean Bass with shrimp and mussels was outstanding. Also, there was nice selection of Chilean wines with a knowledgable wine steward. It is very nice to have these special meals highlighting foods from around the world available in Durham.
I was pretty underwhelmed with my experience at Nasher Cafe. The menu looked great online but when we got to the restaurant, some of the items were different, which was disappointing. The prices were also far too high for the quality of food served. I was looking forward to a nice date night and the cafe didn't really make for a good dining experience.
great food, service needs improvement
Service was terribly slow. Wait staff was polite, but they did not have enough servers for a brunch and there was indication that someone had not shown up so I'm leery if this is normal for the restaurant.
Food was excellent and I felt reasonably priced for the quality and amount.
Music by Mike Paris of Dogwood Blossom was excellent. Music volume was set well so you could hear the music as well as converse with friends. Great idea for the restaurant.
Lovely food, lovely place
I always enjoy the Nasher because of the setting: it is so light and bright plus I can go early or stay after and see the exhibits which are always provocative. Our last visit in July 26 was delightful with one caveat: the staff apparently hadn't been given an update on numbers so the service was uneven. Our original waiter completely gave up on us and the manager took over. She was overwhelmed as well so getting a cup of coffee, dessert and the check took quite a time and quite an effort to get someone's attention. The staff really needed a heads up on how many people were going to come. They were doing their best, trying to get to everyone. The music was an attraction so there were way more than usual. It is always busy on brunch days so this was above and beyond. The food was really nice, as always, the kitchen managed to stay on top of things.
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