An elegant venue for hors d'oeuvres receptions

Lobster Tail Salad with Mango and Avocado.

The perfect venue for receptions and holiday parties!

About Us

Established in 1987, the University Club is Durham’s premier private dining club.  The Club is home to members who conduct business and entertain socially in a fine dining atmosphere.  Located in the 11,000 square foot 17th floor penthouse of the University Tower, the University Club offers gourmet dining with luxurious furnishings, gleaming chandeliers and tastefully arranged rooms.  Throughout the Club, sparkling windows offer magnificent panoramic … read more

New at the Club

American Born Moonshine Dinner – Friday, November 20

Hey y’all! Come on up to the 17th floor for… read more

Holiday Wine Expo – Friday October 23; 6:30-9:00 pm.

Please join us for our annual Holiday Wine Expo, featuring… read more

Duckhorn Wine Dinner

Join us for an evening with Duckhorn, and explore fine… read more

Upcoming Events

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  • Our Team

    Kelly Santel

    Kelly Santel

    Owner, Managing Partner




    • I’ve worked at the Club since 2001, going from server to owner
    • I brew my own beer
    • I’m an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan
    • Cookies should be their own food group
    • The perfect afternoon: taking my daughter to the playground
    • I’ve had gray hair since age 12
    • My favorite book is Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    • I’d love to have a beer with Bill Murray
    • I make a mean chili