Blu Seafood and Bar
Blu Seafood and Bar

Blu Seafood and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluseafoodandbar.com/
  • Phone: 9192869777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Lyons
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Blu custom catering and events offers our guests an unparalleled experience with unlimited cuisine. Choose from one of our many catering menus to fit the atmosphere you are hoping to achieve at your event, or customize one of your own with our extremely talented culinary team. There are no bounds to what we can do, and the only limit is the imagination. Contact us at 919.286.9777 or at tim@bluseafoodandbar.com for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please consider us for your next special occasion; Private Parties,
    Graduations, Parents Weekend, Weddings and Special Events.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Greene 9192869777x
  • Special Events: We feature themed monthly wine dinners on the middle Wednesday of each month. Four courses of food, fun, and fine wine for only $50.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ninth Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in front of the restaurant, along the side, and in the adjoining Duke lot next door.
A word from Blu Seafood and Bar
Blu Seafood and Bar is upscale, casual seafood with innovative regional classics. In other words, our place is comfortable with great food, some local, some global, but always fresh. Stop in and enjoy one of our specialty cocktails at the bar, a delicious meal on the outdoor or indoor patios, or great conversation in our outdoor lounge.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Blu Seafood and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (60)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (40)romantic (18)notable wine list (16)good for groups (15)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 3rd trip -continue to be inmpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Blu and we were again not disappointed. Smaller and friendly, the menu has something for everyone, moderately priced, and excellently prepared. Not knowing Durham that well, when we attend DPAC and have the time, this is becoming our choice. Nice change of pace from the chains and bar food places. Might not look like much but definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not as good as I had hoped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cute place, nice atmosphere, very polite staff and good menu choices. I ordered the salmon and it was cooked well, had a bit too much feta, but not a problem. My husband ordered the shrimp and grits and it was quite greasy; a 6 at best. Bread and salads were good and the food was served in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DPAC Recommended
    CaniacLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We dined at Blu on the recommendation of the DPAC website. The NC Trout & kale salad were superb! We chose Blu based on their claim: Our well-trained staff will be happy to... get you to the show on time. Present your ticket... to your server for a 10% on dinner. We told our server that we were going to the play & needed to leave no later than 7:00 (it was 6:00 then). We also confirmed their offer of 10% off. At 6:45 we were still waiting for our main dish. Plus,our server had not checked back with us since we'd place our order. We had to flag down our server to get our check & remind her of the 10% off. By the time we got to the DPAC, we were RUNNING to get to our seats just as the show started. Disappointing service/great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Resteraunt!
    BDAZ
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A Mojito to die for! Keith the bartender is a star! The oysters..the oysters! The food was fresh, perfectly cooked and excellent presentation. Even the bread was wonderful. The service lost a star...they forgot to bring more butter. The place may have had a lower noise lever but there was a woman, possibly in nursing, at the table next to us that thought everything she had to say was extremely important for the rest of us to hear. Wine list was a bit expensive for a Tuesday though well suited for the cuisine featuring many French varietals, so opted for the mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our second visit
    MarcusAurelius
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is delicious and innovative. And we will come back for more.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a return visit
    Nclarry
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Server was excellent. 3 of 4 entrees were as well. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    mrisj
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been to Blu Seafood many times over the last several years. The quality seems to wax and wane in terms of the strength of cuisine and service and I stopped going to Blu almost 2 years ago because the service had become unattentive and very slow and the food subpar. Today, I am happy to say that both the food and service are very excellent. We had the tuna tartare, Carolina mountain trout, the snapper special, and the raspberry chocolate were all superb. Our server was very knowledgable and patient. Overall, this was a very welcome change of pace from our previous experiences and we are very happy that Blu is back to its old quality again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly outstanding
    mollym
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We didn't know much about Blu when we went. We just needed a nice place to take family that was visiting. Blu fed us one of the best meals we've had in a number of years. The meal ended up being the highlight of our family's trip. We especially recommend the trout and the calamari. The desserts are definitely far worth the calories as well. The sweet potato flan was especially a standout. We deeply appreciate the restaurant's commitment to only serving sustainably sourced seafood. Ask your server to explain what organic salmon is. Fascinating.
    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.
  • Great steak in a seafood restaurant
    sgalvin15
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The cocktail menu was interesting and they had a nice wine selection. The appetizers were delicious and creative. The strip streak with chimichurri was amazing. My wife had the trout trout and said it was delicious. Very large portion, she could finish it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great freah seafood
    DBZ1972
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was great. The menu is small but that's why it's so good. They stick to what the know and do an outstanding job in what they do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbara
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was excellent. Fresh and very well presented.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delta
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Have eaten here many times and always find the food quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the calamari!
    Billie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The calamari is really good. It is served with a vinegary slaw that sets off the tenderness of the dish. My dinner companion's fish was excellent. Mine was a little overdone although it was still flavorful. The service was friendly and informative, but not overbearing. If my fish had been properly cooked, I would have given this restaurant 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    jaybee100
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my second time dining at Blu Seafood. Great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blu Seafood
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Another great experience at Blu. Each time we go to Blu Seafood, we go with different friends to introduce them to this wonderful place. I have gotten different fish each time and am always happy with my meal. The whitefish this last time was amazing!!! Flaky and tender and the chef actually used enough spice to allow the flavors of the fish to come through and not overpower, but also not bland. The risotto and veggies were so beautiful to look at, let alone taste. I almost wanted to make a meal of just that. This was about our fourth or fifth time at this restaurant, and it certainly will not be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster a huge disappointment
    dinersII
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    If there's any restaurant that we'd expect to have fresh, well-prepared Maine lobster in the Triangle area, it's Blu Seafood, which normally is unsurpassed in seafood freshness and preparation. Alas, the lobster we were served on one of the restaurant's special lobster nights was so tough as to be nearly inedible, and apparently had been seriously overcooked. Our server offered to bring us a newly prepared lobsters, but we declined. We figured that the chef should have known better, and if not, we didn't want to be in a position of having new lobsters brought out only to have to reject them again. Frankly, we've had better lobster steamed by a grocery store in Columbus, Ohio, which is even farther from Maine and hardly a seafood Mecca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kathia
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The atmosphere, the ambiance, and service were great! We arrived 1 hour prior to our reservation and they sat us right away. The food however was a little bland both for myself and my friend. We both ordered from the small plates which were sizable and filling. I ordered the fish cakes and she had the lamb. But we loved it and the live jazz band and will certainly return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best service in a restaurant
    BobinMass
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    OK...if you go on a Monday or Tuesday, the oysters are inexpensive and huge. $10 for an Appalachicola dozen. My date had the gazapcho, which was too spicy for her, but her entree of the trout was very good. And she raved about the lemon goat cheesew/ raspberry dessert. It would be nice if they had some normal beers on the menu. Not everyone is into over hopped craft brews. But again, my date loved the Pierre Larousse wine! The waitress was the best...informative, friendly and fast. And the bus people were quick and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but 6 out of 10
    Raleighvisitor
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I would not rush back. Service fine, food imaginative but not hot at least for almost half of our 7-person table. Flickering lights not reassuring.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went to Blu for dinner for the first time last weekend with family (3 of us). We had the salmon, steak and shrimp/grits. All of us were happy with our food. Two of us had the kale salad (yumm) and one had the hearts of romaine salad. We'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for Fresh Fish Well Prepared
    ThirdTime
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fresh fish is the feature of the house and is done well, particularly the grilled whole fish. The wait staff seems a bit preoccupied with themselves or their fellow servers, but they eventually see you and respond. This is not a place for a quiet conversation, as the low ceiling in the front room amplifies the sounds of the guests and kitchen and tvs. But the fresh fish draws you back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exactly what we wanted
    Phildrades
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Sometimes you go out for dinner and are so pleased that you can't decide what dish was the best. That was our experience at Blu. We started off with tuna tartare and my wife had the fried oysters. Both were prepared perfectly and the presentation was spot on. We then had the romaine and mixed greens salads. The bleu cheese on the romaine was delicious. We then finished with the diver scallops and the shrimp and grits. The scallops were the best scallops I have ever tasted, and the shrimp and grits were equally amazing. The waitress was very welcoming and knowledgeable. For someone who doesn't get many date nights away from the kids, it's always a delight when we discover a place that provides great food from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    frequenttravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were only in town for a night and wanted to check out something "local". Boy did we find gold! Everything from the cocktails to the dessert were above expectations. The calamari was delicious. We had the catch of the day (swordfish I think) and the Shrimp and grits, both excellent. Then on to dessert- the coconut crisp cookies filled with lemon goat cheese and raspberry coulis.... a perfect ending. I would send anyone here. If you're not familiar with the area, the parking can be tricky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten free friendly.
    Kntg
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It was nice to find a local restaurant that has both outstanding food and gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, noisy and hot
    Gail
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We've dined here many times primarily b/c of the oysters...so delicious. Eating in the garden room is fine most of the year but during the summer it is a bit too warm. Otherwise, terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual but classy.
    GeekGrandma
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent food and service. The trout he had was better than he had had in the mountains a few weeks ago. Shrimp and scallops done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No next time
    Tastebuds
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The server was very attentive; however the overall food & ambience was for us, a down fall. We had gone there because of future guests that will be coming to town & I'm glad we experienced it first. The staff is worth going back for maybe a cocktail.
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  • MarcusAurelius
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have heard nothing but positive recommendations from others about Blu, but the food exceeded all of my expectations. Best Tuna Tartare that I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best seafood in Durham
    LocalLover
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The service is professional and knowledgeable. Excellent pairing recommendations. The food portions were generous, and the plates were presented beautifully. The flavors were excellent. High-point of the meal was the freshwater oysters. Only (very minor) downside of this place is the confusing parking situation, but once you realize that you won't be parking out front, not a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    TLindberg
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Unbelievable food in NC where I was visiting for a short period of time and will definitely be returning. Creative food ideas put to work perfectly the food is great and the drink menu is suiting for a five star restaurant that is priced at a bargain!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay, not great
    Liv4foodVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our meal here was not remarkable. In truth, everything needed salt. But all fish was fresh so that was a plus.
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  • Still great!
    Ozzykiki
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We come from Greensboro. Which is an hour away. Still one of our favorites when attending ADF or DPAC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lunch
    eve531
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The calamari was too chewy and the romaine in the caesar salad was more spines than greens. Disappointed.
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  • Spectacular
    Jazzgang
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had never been to Blu before and went for special occasion. The food was fantastic, service spectacular and a unique wine list. Loved it and a great place for dinner and great seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently surprising
    GDubVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    From the outside, you don't expect much but as you cross through the door you will be pleasantly surprised as the clean, crisp decor that Blu boasts. The staff is consistently at your service and was able to keep my glass full of water/beer, which is an accomplishment for most waiters and staff. They are trained on the drinks and food on the menu, which is also very nice given the vast assortment of choices on the menu and drink list. Any restaurant lives on the quality and consistency of their food, and Blu delivers. The seafood was cooked perfectly, and even the bread and butter complimented everything perfectly. I was skeptical but Blu not only met my expectations... they constantly exceeded them. We will be returning fairly soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb.
    jacnrhVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I went with my boyfriend for restaurant week and it was just lovely. It's a bit dive-y looking on the outside (gravel parking lot), but the inside is quaint and charming. The pre-fixed menu had a great variety of selections and all of the food was wonderful. Portions were good; not too big or too small. I definitely left feeling full but not overstuffed. The key lime pie was absolutely outstanding, and service was wonderful as well. I really have no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but pricey
    RemmeVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The waitress was superb and knowledgeable. The portion was adequate but could have used a bit more scallops and shrimp expecially at the price being charged. The preparation suggested a gifted chef but the sublety of flavors, diver scallop, shrimp, prosciutto, grapefruit, and arugala were ultimately overpowered by the vinaigrette (balsamic or sherry?). This restaurant certainly has the chops to be something special but it needs to reconsider its price structure...$14 for a glass of Reisling is just a bit presumptuous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    not4wife
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I have dinner with another couple about every six weeks and thus far this has been the best!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blu Seafood accommodates
    GDFEater
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Besides the friendliness of the wait-staff, the whole attitude of the restaurant seems to aim for confidence on the part of diners with allergies. Gluten-free items are marked on the menu, and the server had a tip-sheet that helped her figure out whether items are dairy-free. The chef is also quite willing to modify ingredients, when possible. Extra points for providing water without ice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jing
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    corner table too dark. Can't see the menu. Service great. Food great. A little overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 706 reviews are from the Blu Seafood and Bar reviews archive.