Bleu Olive
Bleu Olive

Bleu Olive

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bleuolivebistro.com/
  • Phone: (919) 383-8502
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bleu Olive reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (68)special occasion (34)romantic (29)great for lunch (27)notable wine list (27)good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (12)great for brunch (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best restaurant in Durham
    ReasonableexpectationVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    I travel to Durham monthly and look forward to dining at the Bleu Olive. Having dined in 5 Star restaurants across the country and abroad, the Bleu Olive is, in my humble opinion, the best restaurant in Raleigh-Durham. I recently enjoyed the crispy oysters and paella. Both were exceptional. The chef prepared the paella perfectly. They have expanded their wine list to include a broad range of harder to fine vintages. As always, the service and ambiance were first-rate. Treat yourself to a wonderful dining experience and visit the Bleu Olive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special dining experience..
    itbtVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Server was very attentive, exotic dinner choices, and a good varied updated wine list. All said, it was a special dinner dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reviews are Accurate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food and service was as good as the reviews stated. We ate both off the menu and the specials. Everything we ordered from the appetizer to dessert was fantastic. And it was five star service. Would definitely return again and strong recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this!
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Having read a number of reviews, we decided to try Bleu Olive. Sitting in a strip mall, the outside is deceiving. Bright open atmosphere buzzing with conversation, a decent wine menu and perfectly chosen, prepared and presented appetizers and main courses. Kudos to the chef for a perfect balance in seasonings for seafood, meats and veggies. Service was friendly and efficient. We will definitely go back - even with a 45 minute drive from our home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    AnnaB
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Just had a lovely lunch at Bleu Olive. Service was attentive and very friendly. Food was as good as it looks. We did not feel rushed, but encouraged to sit and chat. Every meal, lunch or dinner, never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully upscale
    CaptJ
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Appreciate the restaurant staffs excellent knowledge about the menu and attentive service on busy Saturday night . Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed the meal. Will definetly come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Typical restaurant in a shopping mall. If it is rated among the best dining in Durham, the standard is not very high.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We travel 65 miles each way to have our special dinners at Bleu Olive. The food, staff and overall ambiance make this an excellent restaurant that we enjoy more with every visit. While the noise level does bother some of our friends, my husband and I enjoy seeing people having a really good time and its never interfered with our experience. Outstanding food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    FrequentFoodieDurhamVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed our most recent meal at Bleu Olive. The food is always is excellent and staff really care about their patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad taste
    Oscar4
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    What started out as a delicious dinner served by a knowledgeable waiter spiraled into one of the worst dining experiences ever. Group of for foodies asked for a glass of water ti be refilled at the end if a $250 meal and were told they needed to clear table and could not bring more water. We had only been there 1.75/hrs not long for a fine dining experience. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND OR RETURN
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  • A Durham Dining Experience
    Kigi
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    What a delightful dining experience! We went on a Monday night and it wasn't busy. The server was knowledgable, funny and very honest about entrees. Our meal began with the spread sampler. Highly recommended. It provided us with four spreads and pits wedges, cucumber slices and crustinis. The tastes of each spread was so well balanced with flavor it was hard to pick a clear favorite. We ended up both ordering the lamb burger for an entree. It was delicious! The favors of the beets and parsley like pesto melted in with the richness of the goat cheese and the juiciness of the lamb. Dessert was also delicious. We had coffee and the pumpkin creme brûlée and chocolate hazelnut crepes. The Bleu Olive was a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    Gsuds
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Really enjoyed the food. Although not catered to young kids the staff were very nice about the food mess my 10 mo made
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ReasonableexpectationVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Excellent meal, as always. Very accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Polly's Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were joined by 3 daughters for a low key birthday supper for my wife. Blue Olive proved to be the perfect choice. Wr were greeted & seated right away & our dining experiece could not have been better. Àppetizers, entrees, wine & desserts werw all.superb! Highlighting our experience was the cheerful & skilled.attention of our server, Nina K whose recommendations and service were truly outstanding! We'll. be back next trip to Durham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummyforthetummy
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and i went for our second time there now and we have been very very happy w/ the food and service. Every dish had great flavor! The lamb especially is perfectly cooked, delicious. Perfect size portions as well. The place is clean also.(that's always a plus) I think we'll make this place one of our favorites to visit more and more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Favorite spot for a good lunch. Love the soup and salads here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine
    Marsha
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a wonderful experience dining here. We shared the stuffed grape leaves and beet salad. Both were plated beatifully and were nicely seasoned. Each of us enjoyed our main course and we shared the wonderfully tasting baklava. Our waitress was very pleasant and very knowledgable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Order the chicken
    FoodiefanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We started with the Crispy Carolina Oysters which were satisfying--anything fried is gonna be good. The Avgolemono soup was tasty. The free range chicken with the apple bacon hazelnut stuffing was terrific, moist, great combination of flavors. We enjoyed the Scottish Salmon, it was good, but we both thought the chicken was something special. The place was full on the night we were there, a Saturday, and the atmosphere was lively and pleasant, with warm lighting. Our waitress, Angelika, was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back, and order the chicken again, but I'd order a different fish dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Dine2Shine
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I ordered the plake, made with fresh sword fish, which was AWESOME! I have never been served a piece of fish that thick, nor that well prepared. Others in our group were equally pleased with their entrees. One member of our party was celebrating her birthday, which was recognized by the restaurant with an exceptionally delicious chocolate dessert. Other commitments that evening required us to eat dinner at 5:15 PM. Some restaurants try to seat such early arrivals in the worst locations in the restaurant. Such was not the case here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service/disappointing cuisine
    Benchley
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a super waitress. Very friendly and helpful. And the restaurant is nicely designed. But the cuisine did not cut it for us. We had four different main courses. The steak/frites was probably the best, although not great. The two vegetarian dishes were bland and the moussaka, which is normally a Greek staple and hard to get wrong, was more like a 'shepherd's pie' - the eggplant was microscopic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy birthday
    Debbi
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are on a long camping trip and wanted to meet a friend for a three way birthday lunch at a location halfway between the campground and her house. We found the blue olive on mapquest, took a look at the menu and the decision was made. We had a really fabulous lunch and the service was so good that the wait staff heard us disputing who would pay since it was a lunch to celebrate all three birthdays and she showed up with a delicious desert to be shared with a lit candle. We only regret that we don't live in the area. We would definitely return often. There is envy for our local friend who can easily return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome luncheon!
    katydid
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our luncheon at the Blue Olive exceeded our expectations! We were given a table where the ladies could talk easily. The menu is amazing, there is so much to choose from. All of our choices were presented beautifully and were delicious. The mussels were exceptional. The service was outstanding! This restaurant should be on everyone's list of places to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • popular for lunch
    mop2eli
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is a great place for lunch. A group of us lunch out once a month. We are a particular group of foodies and Bleu Olive made our "must return" list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most Preferred
    Warning
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Blue Olive is my most preferred restaurant because the pork chops are delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do you love salt?
    Geej
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I ordered steak frites. It was so salty (and I LOVE salt) that I had to return it for a remake. On the second try (after my partner had already finished eating), the steak okay, but not special and the fries were as salty as the first time and not edible. No recompense of any kind was offered for the very disappointing meal. My mouth burned from the salt the rest of the evening. I will not return or recommend the Bleu Olive to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Great Start To An Evening
    ArnoldS
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Headed to a night at the theatre with friends and suggested Blue Olive. Big hit with them and always big hit with us. GREAT food, GREAT service and GREAT atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great birthday dinner for my wife
    SDeniseVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was fantastic at Blue Olive as always. I had the hickory pork chop with caramelized apples and I was able to substitute and have the sides for the lamb loin. I have to say the mushroom risotto, broccoli rabe and bordelaise sauce went great with the pork and they were gracious enough to make the change at no extra charge. They have the best pork chop I have ever eaten. The birthday girl loved the local grass fed rib-eye steak with root vegetable hash, broccoli rabe and bordelaise sauce. The baba ghanoush was tangy and went great with the sliced cukes and pita bread. The dinner, service and atmosphere helped make the birthday celebration a wonderful event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay time
    NomadVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service was great, food was good, but somehow I left more disappointed than happy this time. Though billed as a Mediterranean/Greek restaurant, most of the main dishes seemed anything but with the exception of the small side plates. Maybe that explains my feelings upon leaving.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, loved it
    esfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Haven't been here for dinner, but the lunch is great. Many choices, many look GREAT. We'll be back...again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We love Bleu Olive and go there often. We love introducing this fabulous restaurant to friends and family. However, we prefer to eat outside as the noise level inside one a busy night precludes conversation. Even the staff admits to feeling frazzled by the noise. I would suggest employment of some noise reducing devices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    ACLynnVIP
    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
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
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    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