Bleu Olive
Bleu Olive

Bleu Olive

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bleuolivebistro.com/
  • Phone: 9193838502x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon - Fri 11am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Mon - Thur 5pm - 9:30pm | Fri & Sat 5pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch: Sun 11am - 2:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Sam Papanikas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining room for any occassion.
  • Private Party Contact: Angelika Papanikas 9193838502x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front Street
  • Public Transit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bleu Olive
A family operated - chef driven Mediterranean Bistro serving a fresh & local ingredient inspired menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bleu Olive reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (65)special occasion (40)great for lunch (31)great for outdoor dining (27)notable wine list (22)romantic (20)good for groups (19)great for brunch (15)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A Wonderful Eatery!!!
    Louwan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was the star here! From the different flavored appetizer sampling to the pistachio honey cheesecake; every dish was done to bring out its uniqueness. Salmon burger browned on outside, juicy, flavorful inside. Plenty of cheese and spinach in the flaky crusted spanakopita. My test for a Mediterranean restaurant is the soup (egg/lemon). Light broth,lots of chicken and the hint of tartness was just right! I could go on and on. Our waiter was professional and adept but personable as well. We ate outside this time, but the inside looked tasteful and inviting. If I lived in Durham this would be a place I would go to often and would bring my friends. See you on our next trip!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had the grilled saganaki, charred octopus, mushroom risotto, and steak frites. All were good and cooked perfectly! The chocolate ganache torte and hazelnut crepes were good also, but the banana cardamom gelato with the crepes while tasting great was more icy than creamy unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Visit
    ACLynn
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Bleu Olive and, as always, the experience was outstanding. The quality of food and service were truly GREAT.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was an enjoyable evening with excellent atmosphere, food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rdodgen
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was outstanding, still hot when delivered. Can not compare this restaurant with any other in the area. Always busy and the waiter keeps checking back making sure we were satisfied and if we needed anything else about 2-3 times all total. The restaurant had a large crowd of customers for a Thursday night, I thought that showed you that the food was very good and had ample amount of waiters so no large waiting periods between seating, ordering, and receiving your meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Evening
    Moon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Came here with another couple, one a wine connisseur, both foodies. Everything was superb. Arrived 7 pm; left 11 pm. Great wine list. Amazing service. Imaginative menu. Only downside - rather crowded and noisy. Bartender very knowledgable. Food was luscious. This was our first visit. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is probably the best food you're going to get in a strip mall. The menu is creative, the food is delicious, the service is great, and the drinks are fantastic. The crowd is a little older and stuffier, but that's probably because of the location: it's near a retirement community and the high-end homes that surround it, and it's one of the only good restaurants for miles.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Drink
    horton
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Crispy NC oyster mezze was superb as was the fish special: moon fish. Delightful young waiter who was quite knowledgeable about both the food and the wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch!
    JimN70
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Met family for brunch. It was their first visit and our first brunch there. Everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    LindaB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waiter was nice and made suggestions. He did ask if we like calamari and suggested the sauteed calamari but my husband wanted the crispy fried calamari. It was not oily at all and perfectly cooked with two dipping sauces. We liked the preparation but there was an odd aftertaste. It may have been the breading or the oil.........not bad, just not as good as it could have been. While we waited for the calamari, bread and dipping oil was presented.The bread was just okay but the dipping oil was very good.I had the blackened snapper on a gumbo and my husband had the grouper with sauteed red peppers, spinach, and fennel. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious! We were too full for dessert.Prices were in line and portions very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Durhamran
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I do not have to write ANYTHING. Is this a literature class. It is I doing you a favor. Bye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    Kyle
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice presentation of traditional Mediterranean dishes. Flavorful, aesthetic, delicious. Would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still my favorite...
    Nightmare94
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is still my favorite restaurant in the triangle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice menu
    Valdo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We chose Bleu Olive to meet friends for brunch based upon the fact that they had $12 bottomless mimosas and an extensive brunch menu. When we were seated we were informed that they no longer offer the bottomless mimosas (had been removed from the menu on the table, but not from the website). That aside, their brunch cocktails were very good and reasonably priced. I love the options on their menu; much to choose from. Everyone at our table cleared their plate in a hurry, which is generally a good sign. My Mediterranean omelet was phenomenal...and quite large (considering the trend is tiny portions with high prices). The home fries were REAL home fries, as opposed to frozen potato bits that have been deep fried with no seasoning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Shouldhavedinedelsewhere
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were looking forward to a nice meal before going to the DPAC- Our server took our appetizer and entree order and then returned to our table with just our entrees- we reminded her that we had ordered an appetizer but she just shrugged and gave us our meal- My friends fish was raw in the center and she ended up sending it back- the server made no apologies to us for the disappointing experience- could not recommend this restaurant to anyone-
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A really nice place to eat
    MaxtheDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Th only reason I have not marked service with a five star is that the waiter , who was otherwise very good and not over-attentive, seemed to rush us until we told him firmly to slow down. It was not because they were seeking to turn tables, but instead just a form of service. The service could have allowed us more time and the courses, especially the first, could have arrived more slowly. As it was, the appetzer salads came while we were still having early sips of our cocktails. But this is a fine place to eat and we have been several times and taken friends to introduce them to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, but bad acoustics
    DurhamDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was my second time here. I loved the food the first time; was not impressed this time. I ordered the stuffed grape leaves. Instead of being thin rolls bursting with lemony flavor, they were fat rolls, heavy on the rice but light on flavor. Way too much rice. They weren't even recognizable as stuffed grape leaves. And the noise level makes an intimate dinner difficult. The acoustics are terrible. You have to shout to be heard. That being said, the service is impeccable, and it's still a lovely place to go. Just be prepared for a hit or miss experience, and don't go there if you want to whisper sweet nothings into your sweetheart's ear.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant was extremely busy when we arrived for our reservation and we waited 20-25 minutes to be seated. The servers seemed to be working at a frenetic pace, however, sometimes going from the far side of the restaurant all the way the outdoor patio to wait on other customers rather than being assigned specific tables. Our server was always pleasant, however. I ordered the grilled octopus, which was tough and inedible; the olive spread overwhelmed any hope of tasting the grilled flavor. My husband's appetizer was the soup of the day, and was very good. The entrees were served promptly but my beef tenderloin was somewhat dry and flavorless. Great wine list, though. I doubt we will dine here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place definitely has good food, but the services is lacking. The server we had seemed to be ok when he started but when we didn't take his wine suggestions, which was a bottle that cost $12 more than the one we ordered, his demeanor went down hill QUICKLY. We even told the manager about it when we were leaving and he said "yes, we know, all of our bad reviews are about him". Well hello, maybe it's time to let him go! Unfortunately we will not be returning to Bleu Olive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bleu perfection
    BigWill
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great pre-concert dinner at Bleu Olive. Food was fantastic, as was the service. The lamb was very tasty, and I had my usual Bleu cheese wedge with crispy oysters. Could not much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Attentive Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've eaten here three times since last year's Restaurant Week. The moussaka is sublime and competes with those we've eaten in Turkey and elsewhere in the Med. While not perfect, the service level here is very high. Our server, Cleopatra, was just the right amount of attentive and helpful while not being an annoyance. The only complaint we had was a busser for another table reach across a patron, dropped some silverware, and made no apology. One note is that this was the first experience with Open Table where both the hostess and server relayed our notes that we included when making the reservation. It showed an attention to detail that was reflected throughout our dining experience. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    babs
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have been to the restaurant two times with friends who have not heard of the restaurant. Each experience was excellent. The menu is diverse and all courses delicious, the service was excellent. Both times the server was informative, and the samolie knew his wines. The inside ambiance was pleasant and not noisy. We will be back again and bring more people who have not been here. Try the beet tatarre salad, oysters, fried calamari, and Scotish Salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch service
    LasVegas
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My girlfriend & I had dinner there and asked for a wine that would fit what we were eating the choice that was recommended was so good that we had a 2nd bottle just for our after dinner table talk. So if you want to go blind and have them pick a wine for you go for it!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food! Great service!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Bleu Olive never ceases to please. The food is delicious, and the wait staff is courteous and attentive. I will certainly keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place for small celebration
    groupouting
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    nice place for lunch with a friend. food is great and pricing is correct.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful.
    jacnrhVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my third time to Bleu Olive, and every time it's just amazing. The food was spectacular, as was the service. My boyfriend got a special and that was also great. I never have any complaints about Bleu Olive and plan to return semi-regularly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High quality
    Archer
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Intimate and congenial spot with excellent Mediterranean food, good service, great drinks and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had the fried calamari and it was excellent. Ordered a Sonoma Chardonnay and it was really buttery and excellent. I ordered the salmon and it was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find while in Durham
    Time2DineVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Ready when we arrived for our reservation, service was very good, food was excellent and we liked the ambiance. Nothing was apparently working too hard but the results of all the behind the scenes efforts resulted in really good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous - as usual
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was great! We have never had anything that we didn't love
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic farm fresh Greek cuisine
    bklyn
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Farm fresh salads, authentic Greek cuisine, creative and delicious desserts. Service was friendly, prompt and server was very knowledgeable on wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful experience!
    ChristaD
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I met an old friend for lunch at bleu olive. We had a lot to talk about so, the waiter suggested we put our menus off to the side when we were ready to order rather than interrupt our conversation. I was very grateful for the consideration. He was very attentive without being intrusive or trying to usher us out as soon as possible. The food was great and well priced. The ambiance was delightful. I am so glad I chose bleu olive for this special reunion lunch and I will be frequenting and recommending this restaurant to everyone I know!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service
    ellison27
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our 4th or 5th time eating dinner at Bleu Olive. The food was still very good, but the service was disappointing. One of our party of five didn't get his dinner until 5-10 minutes after the rest of our table had our entrees; the waiter didn't bring a steak knife with the steak; had to wait for quite a while for drinks to be delivered to our table. All in all, service inattentive and poor. Hope this will be remedied or we will rethink coming back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh flavors
    greekFan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    great coffee creme brulee. Moussaka seemed to use shredded lamb and potatoes. Greek shrimp had big taste of marinated olives.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    WilmingtonJay
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We've been to this restaurant at least seven times and the food is always excellent. Generally the ambience is very good. Some of the tables are too close to the kitchen and main walk area for servers, but there are plenty of great tables in the restaurant and if it itsn't too busy I'm sure the host will seat you at a quiet table. The service is typically very good. On our last visit the server was new and it showed, but otherwise the experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    DeltaGirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Bleu Olive is absolutely my fav dining spot! It is the only spot in the Triangle that accommodates my food allergies without any trouble. The service is great and the food divine!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Business Lunch
    deb1rn
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant is definitely on the right track. I was surprised because the area is not known for upscale. The area is built up by one of the local health centers that opened services. Again, the restaurant seems to be trying upscale, and I think they are almost there. The menu has several, well described choices. I had the chicken schwarma and my colleague had the bleu burger. Both were good, not outstanding. The service was fairly quick, but I have to say that our server did not make us feel welcome, we were clearly an inconvenience to her. We even needed to ask to get flatware. With a little more effort, this place can be a gem instead of a decent lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charge for bread?
    bluedevilbill
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    After having a number of good meals here, I took a friend out for a Sunday brunch. I ordered the linguine with shrimp. It was excellent, as always. I asked the waiter if the meal came with any bread. He told me there would be an extra charge. I declined the offer. I spent nearly $35 there and I thought it was very tight of the restaurant not to add in a couple pieces of bread on a Sunday afternoon. I was not going to say anything publicly about this, but I sent the restaurant a communication about this on its web-site and never got a response.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service fell short
    colascroversVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our second visit to Bleu Olive confirmed its reputation for very good food preparation and presentation. Unfortunately, the ambiance is merely par for a shopping-center based neighborhood eatery, and the service less accommodating than one would expect even in the rudest souvlaki shack. We will not be back.
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  • North Carolina Mediterranean
    Greeklover
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I enjoyed having lunch with two friends at Bleu Olive and recommend it highly for business lunches as well as casual get togethers. I especially enjoyed the Greek dishes. I had spanakopita and a wonderful beet soup. I am over 70 and have a little trouble hearing above the noise, but this is an ideal spot for quieter outdoor dining in good weather. The proximity to several Duke clinics should make this an ideal venue for those with appointments nearby.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic