In researching Duke graduation restaurants, I learned that you cannot procrastinate. If you do, your family might be dining at Harris Teeter during grad week. Restaurants book up faster than you’d think. Rising seniors: read on and plan accordingly!

5 Months Ahead


Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: Upscale mediterranean food with a wide menu of seafood, meat and poultry entrées.

Features: Off-site and on-site catering available.

Reservations: OpenTable via Parizade website.

4 Months Ahead

Bleu Olive Bistro

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: Mediterranean bistro with a menu of seafood, pasta, meat, and poultry.

Features: Outdoor and indoor seating.

Reservations: For parties of five or more, call at (919) 383-8502. Private dining room (seats 25) can be reserved by phone. All other reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Washington Duke – Fairview Dining Room

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: Upscale dining offering American fare made with local ingredients.

Features: Able to pay using Duke University Food Points. Private rooms for up to 20 guest available for reservation.

Reservations: Dinner or brunch reservations made on OpenTable. Call (919) 493-6699 regarding private rooms.

3 Months Ahead

Four Square Restaurant

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: Serves contemporary American food with a menu of seafood, meat, and poultry.

Features: Set in a historic home-turned-restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Prefix graduation menu for $68 per person.

Reservations: Book on OpenTable or by phone at (919) 401-9877. Must fill out the Graduation Weekend Deposit Form with $100 and return it within 48 hours of reserving.

Juju Asian Tapas + Bar

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: Asian tapas bar with an extensive menu of small, flavorful plates.
Features: Dine at the bar, in the main dining room, or around the patio fire pit.
Reservations: Reserve via OpenTable.

Local 22

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: A gastropub serving a menu of local Southern fare with a seasonal spin.

Features: Prefix graduation dinner for $35 per person.

Reservations: Reserve via OpenTable.

Mateo Bar de Tapas

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: A contemporary setting with a menu of southern-style Spanish tapas.

Features: Available for private events; contact Mary Carr.

Reservations: Reserve on OpenTable or by calling (919) 530-8700.


Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: A daily-changing menu of locally sourced, contemporary American flavors.

Features: Private events for up to 40 guests in the main dining room available for reservation.

Reservations: Book your spot via OpenTable.

Revolution Durham

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: A hip, urban setting that offers global menu of small and large plates, plus tasting menus and specials.
Features: Catering offered for dinner parties, cocktail parties and more. Private parties for up to 60 also available.
Reservations: Call (919) 956-9999 or use OpenTable.

2 Months Ahead

Lucia Bar Italiano

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: An Italian restaurant with a menu full of homemade breads, pastas, and sauces. Gluten free pizza and pasta offered.

Features: Several options for private dining to accommodate 8 to 200 guests.

Reservations: Call (984) 219-1965 or use their website to reserve.

Vin Rouge

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: An authentic French Bistro serving a menu of seafood, shellfish, and meats.
Features: Private events available for reservation by contacting Michael Maller.
Reservations: Reserve via OpenTable.

1 Month Ahead


Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: A menu of upscale New American fare with à la carte and tasting options.

Features: Private dining room has capacity for 24; meeting room has capacity for 50. Contact Amber for inquiries.

Reservations: Book 30 days in advance at 10 AM. Reserve via phone at (919) 493-8545 or OpenTable.

Watts Grocery

Graduation Restaurants

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Cuisine: A menu of local, southern American fare in a refined setting.

Features: Tables can fit parties of up to 20 guests.

Reservations: Reserve via OpenTable or by phoning (919) 416-5040.