My number one go to now
Food was FABULOUS! All five of us were delighted. Can't wait to go back!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first time eating
This was my first time eating at this restaurant, and I was greatly impressed!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meal was a delight for the palette. The combination of mint, shredded carrots, and mussels in wine sauce was a wonderful first course. The rest of the meal was also delicious. Service was excellent and attentive. We sat outside near the fountain, wonderful. Everyone else was inside that night, so it was as if we had the whole place to ourselves.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
FRESH OYSTERS AND SEAFOOD
As always, wonderful fresh seafood brought in daily.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great meal
One of our favorite places to go. We order the daily special every time no matter what the fish is because the preparation is always perfect.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special dish for the day
I appreciate it that they have specials for the day, and they can do better if the prices for specials were clearly listed on a menu or something. Not until the moment that customs see the receipt that they have just learnt the so-called special were not really at a special price....
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our service was great! The staff was warm and friendly, and very welcoming. It was our first time. I expected a lot more "fancy" nut the ambiance was perfect - not too stuffy! The quality of food was all that mattered and it exceeded my expectations. We had cocktails and they were on point!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great yummy seafood. Excellent
Great yummy seafood. Excellent service and
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Back to why we love Blu Seafood
This recent dining experience brought us back to the Blu Seafood we love! Great service, seated by the chef/owner himself. Our waiter was knowledgeable and courteous. The wine and food, was impeccably plated and delicious. From the oysters on the half shell to the Amber Jack special, not a missed note all evening. The old Blu is back and better than ever with new wait staff and Mr. Lyons in the kitchen where he shines.
Great evening and thank to the entire Blu team for a great dining experience.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit to Blu's. A successful restaurant must have two ingredients: First, wowing service and second, good food moderately priced. Blu's has both, plus consistence.
Most chain restaurants do not offer online reservations with a confirmation. This was a unique experience and, "it worked"!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my favorite restaurant
This is my favorite restaurant in Durham. I've introduced it to many friends and family members.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best in Durham
We had a wonderful meal with special service by Lindsey. She MUST be the best. By all means give this place a try.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every way
Our third trip to Blu Seafood was over the top wonderful. The clam chowder is as good as anything in Maine and better than most. The trout was perfect in every way - mushrooms, asparagus, bacon bits combined - superb. Best seafood in Durham.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I heard about Blu from a friend and just went over on a whim to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how sophisticated yet relaxed the environment is in the dining room. The food was excellent and the service was magnificent. This place will definitely make it onto my preferred restaurant rotation!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The quality of the seafood was outstanding. The service was quite good. The dessert was only OK.
On the whole we really enjoyed the experience. I thought the specials were very well done and would definitely order them again. I had the swordfish and my wife had the whole bass and we both loved them.
For dessert we tried the pot de crème and it wasn't very good. But we came here for seafood and that was great. We'll be back but will probably skip dessert.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quiet gem
We were driving past Durham so we used the iPad to look for restaurants that had been on TV shows. Sometimes, you just take an exit and hit a fast food joint or national chain. In this case, we wanted something local and were NOT disappointed. For a mid week visit, they had 4 different oysters, reasonably priced and just delicious. I had the whole fish special which was fantastic. Other meals off of the menu were just as great.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
loved this place
Had a great dinner at this place the other night with absolutely no complaints. Everything was very well done. Especially attentive service. Shrimp and grits were some of the best I have ever had! Great for a special evening.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Surprise Gem in Durham
I was so pleasantly surprised with my dining experience at Blu. The food was excellent and I am selective! The server was most helpful, friendly, polished and humorus. The atmosphere is not overbearing but rather cozy. I like it so much I have already booked my next reservation.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The cook is talented and had
The cook is talented and had some unique flavors in the fish my wife and I had.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey but good value
We took friend for a birthday and had a really good dinner. They were busy but the wait staff was efficient and we ordered and were served in comfortable time. Everyone had different fish and every selection was extraordinary. We shared tastings. I was really hi Gary and left satisfied in every way
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious
My wife and I really enjoyed the food and the service was quick. I had the Shrimp and Grits and it was amazing! I also had a LI Iced Tea x 2 and it was very good and gave me a nice buzz.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun attentive staff, yummy oysters,
Food presentation was great, but the taste was even better. Perfectly prepared scallops and the swordfish special was awesome..
You can tell that Ryan enjoys handcrafting your martini and really likes engaging with his customers.
Blu is in the very top tier of fine dining Durham restaurants!!!!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, kind of fishy
We arrived for a dinner at 6 pm and were puzzled when they sat us in the back of the back room where we remained alone for a while as other guests where seated in the front dining room. It made us wonder why we were being isolated. And the entire restaurant, true to it's name smelled of seafood. My daughter loved her fresh oysters, I thought my salmon was great but my wife thought her scallops were only okay. Our waiter was very good - attentive, low key and professional.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best meals in years
The shrimp and grits is amazing (and I am an expert on this dish). Others in our party had the fresh fish and there wasnt a scrap left on anyone's plate. Go there!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service means everything!
Traveling to bring my daughter to college. Found this restaurant on Open Table. Our waiter Adrian assisted my husband with the menu making suggestions. He was spot on! Food was fabulous and service was friendly and helpful. Sat in the bar room which was fine but they do have another area that seemed more quiet.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
we go for the oysters & haven't been disappointed!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
elegantly prepared seafood
If you want to eat fresh seafoood, creatively prepared, eat dinner here. Moderately priced but flavorful and cooked to perfection!
Friendly and helpful wait staff. Somehwat noisy.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Actually amazing seafood. From the Oysters with the pesto sauce that we tried and failed to replicate to the calimari and the shrimp and grits, the food was wonderful and the service superb. I warn you the food is very rich so if that is not your thing then OK but if you are a foodie and you are in Durham, make this one stop on your itinerary. We will be back
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
First time dining at Blu. Live out of town, but will come back in the future! Calamari appetizer was some of the best we've ever had in a restaurant.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Blu Seafood to celebrate my wife's birthday. It never disappoints. Every dish was exceptional, from the oysters to the coconut sandwich and the cornmeal crusted calimari and warm spinach and mushroom salad to the amberjack special. The excellent service matched the cuisine.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sauces tended to be a bit strong for fish, but overall the dinner was well above most of the local restaurants. Service could slow at times.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and service.
Very good food and service. Good selection of seafood and other food. Large oyster bar with a great selection from around us. Would recommend to all age groups
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good from start to finish
We had reservations so we were seated immediately. Our server was very attentive. Our salads were great. My wife loved her main course -- one of the specials. I don't like fish and have an allergy to mammal (it's real) so I had one option -- a tasty chicken dish, so we were happy all around. The dessert was good too. It is a very loud space, so that was a bit of a bummer, but nothing that would keep us from returning.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
A-1 dining experience
The waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The meals were delicious - unique accompaniments, fresh and cooked perfectly. The wine was a mouvedre blend that was reasonably priced and so good that we had a second bottle.
This restaurant has a nice mix of excellent food and classy atmosphere. without being too casual or too formal. This is our second visit and it won't be our last. We recommend the wine pairing dinners.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice treat but wanting to know more
Just a bit disappointed at the waiter's knowledge of the "local" fare. Was not aware if the NC mahi mahi was really from NC and had no idea where the green beans were from either. Said the chef was out.. Would have like more information instead of just saying, "i really do not know"
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would reorder everything I ate.
And so would my wife. Everything from the conch seviche to mahi to coconut sandwich was superb. We can't wait to go back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my son here who is a CIA trained chef. He had the whole fish and was delighted. The calamari is one of my all time favorites! It was a lovely meal. Very quiet and it was Thursday evening. Great service.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre show dinner
The food took a little long to reach our table but when it did, it was excellent. The taste of the fiod and the way it was expertly prepared was excellent.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Knowledgable waiter, delicious food
I went to Blu for the first time 3 years ago and found it to be good, but not remarkable. I returned this weekend and....WOW. I was blown away by all aspects of my experience. They have redone the interior, and it feels like a charming, cozy cottage - perfect for a date or family dinner. Our waiter could not have been more helpful. He knew every aspect of the menu, including the wine list and drink specials, like the back of his hand, offering wonderful recommendations as to food and wine pairings as well as helpful pricing information.
And then, the food! The cornmeal calamari and tuna tartare were phenomenal and I finished my meal with a wonderfully cooked trout. My family and I had a wonderful time and will be back soon!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Keys-Style Seafood
Blu, next to another splendid restaurant, consistently has the best seafood one can find. On this particular evening it was not their special mussel evening, but those are amazing. Nevertheless, the whole fish NC se bass I had was exquisitely prepared and simply delicious. If one warns them in advance that you are coming with a special guest, as we did, they pull out all the stops to make everyone feel like they are VIPs. Tim runs a "joint" that could be in the movies!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband loved his shrimp and grits while I loved my chicken breast. The waiter was attentive and fun.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I travel to Durham weekly for work and have been on a quest to try local eateries at least once a week. I'm a advocate fan of OpenTable and Yelp (which I am Elite on) and my food preference since 2007 has been seafood as I am a Pescatarian. The entrees that my collegue and I indulged in were amazing from the appetizer which was calamari to our entrees. I had the pecan crusted NC trout topped with madarin oranges and grilled brussel sprouts on the side and roasted potato. My collegue had the fish special, I am not sure what type of fish it was however it was decadent and was cooked and placed atop of cheese grils with asparagus and grapes. We also had a bottle of Pinot Noir in which our very pleasant serve Adrian suggested and we loved.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
cozy but good
Excellent mahi mahi with crab sauce. Tables were placed too close for comfort - impossible to have a private conversation.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, not pretentious
The seafood is good and fresh and the service friendly and attentive. They have what seems like a great daily fresh oyster selection (I don't like oysters so I can't comment further). We have always eaten in the back room before which we found pleasant and low key. This time we ate in the front room on Saturday night and while still a comfortable atmosphere it was a little too loud to be able to easily converse with our friends.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and service
We really had a great time at Blue prior to our play at DPAC. Lindsay, our server, was aware of this, and provided us
with written directions to DPAC without being asked - extra service which we appreciated. The food was excellent and
tasty. The warm spinach salad was plentiful and tasty - could have split between the two of us.
BE PREPARED FOR NOISY CONDITIONS when the room is FULL of customers. Conversations could be limited.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious birthday dinner
We went here for my boyfriend's birthday and had a great experience. It was a Friday, so it was busy, but we still received great service. The food was also just as good. We had oysters Rockefeller and crab mac and cheese to start, and we both had the salmon entree. We definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and will definitely be back.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful creative sea food in a rustic elegant setting.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went here before a show at the DPAC. Our server, Adrian, was fabulous. I had the calamari which was incredible and the rainbow trout which was also delicious as well. Everyone at my table spoke of how great the food and service was. The only complaint I had was that there was a smokey smell from something that must have burned but it was minimal enough to ignore. Other than that, we will definitely go back!!!!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a very enjoyable evening. The selections from the menu for appetizers, and main courses were wonderful, making it difficult to choose. We had the clam chowder and a salad which were both very good, and finished with the salmon - which was also wonderful. I can't comment on deserts, because we just didn't have room for desert after the wonderful meal.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, noisy table
My husband and I tried Blu for the first time this past Saturday night, and we were delighted to find a local restaurant with good seafood prepared in creative ways. The mountain trout and fried oysters were especially delicious. My only criticism was that the noise level made it hard to have a quiet conversation. We were seated next to a couple sitting at a corner table, and we could hear the man tirelessly singing his own praises through the first half of our meal. The next couple to sit there was quieter (and more modest), but still the acoustics of that table left me knowing more of them than I wanted. Still the overall experience was a great one, and we will certainly go back for the excellent seafood.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM