The 10 Best Lunch Restaurants in Durham

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We feature the ten best lunch restaurants in Durham, North Carolina (also known as The Bull City) as voted by diners on TripAdvisor. With around 625 restaurants located in Durham alone, there are many delicious choices for guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast to select from. 

Refectory Cafe (Lunch: Mon. to Fri. 9 am to 3 pm)
Seafood, Healthy
2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
Phone (919) 908-6798
Lunch menu: Healthy vegan salads, mouth-watering burgers, and much more.

Gonzy y Tacos Tequila (Lunch: Tues. to Fri. 11:30 am to 2 pm)
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
608 Fernway Ave., Durham
Phone (919) 907-2656
Lunch menu: Favorites including quesadillas, fajitas, and burritos. 

Pizzeria Toro (Same Menu: Sun. to Sat. 11 am to 11 pm)
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly
105 E Chapel Hill St., Durham
Phone (919) 908-6936
Lunch menu: Pizza, pasta, soup, salad, and desserts.

Foster’s Market (See Below For Times)
American, Cafe, Deli
2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
Phone: (919) 489-3944
Sandwiches: Cold Deli | Grilled Sandwiches | Market Wraps (Mon. to Sun. 7:30 am to 8 pm)
Soups & salads: (Mon. to Sun. 11 am to 8 pm)
Baked goods: Cookies | Bread | Bars | Pies | Cakes (Mon. to Sun. 7:30 to 8 pm)
Desserts: Coffee bar | Smoothies | Milkshakes (7:30 am to 8 pm)

Burger Bach (Sun. to Thurs. 11 am to 10 pm & Fri. to Sat. 11 am to 11 pm)
Bar, New Zealand, Pub 
737 9th Street, Ste 220, Durham
Phone: (919) 973-4416
Lunch Menu: Starters | Salads | Sides | Burgers | Fries | Cocktails | Wine

Elmo’s Diner (Every Day 6:30 am to 10 pm)
American, Diner, Vegetarian-Friendly
776 9th Street, Durham
Phone: (919) 416-3823
One Menu: Breakfast Anytime | Soups | Salads | Square Meals | Burgers | Sandwiches

Juju (Lunch: Mon. to Sat. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm)
Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian-Friendly
737 9th Street, The Shops at Erwin #210, Durham
Phone: (919) 286-3555
Lunch Menu: Dumplings | Bites | Salads & Vegetables | Plates | Sweets

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe, & Biergarten (Closed Mondays; Brunch Menu Open to 3 pm)
American, German
2706 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd., Suite #1, Durham
Phone: (919) 401-2600
Bakery: Bread | Cakes | Desserts
Cafe & Biergarten: Eggs | Soups | Salads | Sandwiches

Rue Cler: A Parisian Restaurant (Lunch: Tues. to Fri. 11:30 am to 2 pm)
French, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten-Free Options
401 E Chapel Hill St., Durham
Phone: (919) 682-8844
Lunch Menu: Soups & Salads | Burger | Crepes & Sandwiches | Beignets

Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas (Lunch: Mon. to Sat. 11 am to 2 pm)
Peruvian, Latin, South American
112 W. Main St., Durham
Phone: (984) 439-8703
Lunch Menu: Starters | Wood-Fired Rotisserie Meats | Empanadas | Grain Bowls | Desserts

As you can see from this list, there is a wide range of choices in cuisines found among the best lunch restaurants in Durham. This reflects how inclusive the city of Durham is to a variety of cultures and lifestyles. We’re proud to welcome people of all backgrounds to this incredible area known for its arts, entertainment, healthcare, museums, parks, restaurants, shopping, sports, and universities. We welcome you to stay overnight at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast, here in the heart of Durham, North Carolina. 

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