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About Bleu Olive

A family operated - chef driven Mediterranean Bistro serving a fresh & local ingredient inspired menu.

1821 Hillandale Road
Durham, NC 27705
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Greek

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

Cross Street:
Front Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 383-8502

Website:
http://www.bleuolivebistro.com/

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Sam Papanikas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bleu Olive Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (1057)
Neighborhood Gem (1002)
Special Occasion (756)
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Romantic (433)
Notable Wine List (415)
Great for Lunch (400)
Good for Groups (351)
Great for Brunch (204)
Great for Outdoor Dining (168)
Hot Spot (96)
Good for a Date (51)
Late-night Find (42)
Kid-friendly (41)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Authentic (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Business Meals (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Casual (23)
Cozy (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Healthy (16)
Outstanding Value (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Fun (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Tapas (7)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 20, 2017

everything was good and we enjoyed the food, wine, service very much!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Awesome place great food great service will definitely recommend this place to my friends

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2017

It would be good for quiet conversation, but for the noise level. The food is very good, the service is, too. I enjoy it for lunch rather than for dinner.

Tags: Authentic
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food4
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Disappointing experience. Salmon cake was mainly filling with little salmon. Convenient To shops but would not go out of my way to dine there.

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food2
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 31, 2017

The service here is always exceptional! Delicious food and great staff.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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service5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 31, 2017

This visit was my first and it was wonderful! Food was great, service was great! Overall it was a good first time experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Always a great experience with delicious food and great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Awesome as always! Never disappoints, great food great wine, and great staff!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food and service is always wonderful....

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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I just love this restaurant...always good service and great food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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food5
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service5
value4

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Love the plaki special! It was salmon today and it was delicious!

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food4
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service4
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Went for restaurant week. We ordered from both the special menu and the regular menu and everything was delicious. Crispy oysters and paella were fabulous. As was the spec2dessert, pots 're creme. Make sure when you go you tell them that it should be put on the regular menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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food5
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service5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We went for a friend's birthday. Yani the waiter picked beer pairings for us . Service and food were excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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food5
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service5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2017

We went for Triangle Restaurant week. The menu didn't disappoint - it was delicious and as always, a treat!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Consistently good bistro menu makes this a good choice for a casual gathering with friends or a business meeting.

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food4
ambience3
service3
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2017

The food was especially delicious tonight..we thoroughly enjoyed everything and look forward to going again soon.

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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Good food but they tend to over cook the meat in the gyro.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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food3
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service4
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Outstanding food: Kale salad perfectly seasoned. Calamari silky and tender. Best lamb chops ever, perfectly cooked. Exceptional service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Fabulous menu - excellent tapas. Great variety of food.
Staff very friendly and very helpful with selections.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2017

This is really a neighborhood jewel. The specials on the menu are always exciting. The recent scallops were out of this world. Greek appetizers always hit the spot and there is a decent selection of wine by the glass or bottle. The moderate prices make this the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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food5
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service5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Enjoyed every aspect of the dining experience: wine, personal attention by server for gluten issues and wine info, lovely ambiance, and enjoyable meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Our server, Lisa, was wonderful. She was very pleasant and attentive to all our needs. I had the salmon and it was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 2, 2017

We have now been to Bleu Olive twice and enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Their best menu items are their appetizers, really delicious. Very good service as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Bleu Olive is our favorite restaurant. It's like an old friend. It has NEVER disappointed us - so we keep coming back. Although we enjoy eating at the many other excellent dining spots Durham has to offer, the reliable outstanding meal preparation and warm service is unbeatable. So grateful for this fantastic family-run enterprise !

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Bleu Olive has always been my first choice for a great dinner out with friends and my spouse. The food is always excellent and the ambiance is warm and friendly. Great date night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience4
service4
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Delightful New Year's Eve dinner date, service was exceptional and the food delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Love this place! Great family owned restaurant that is consistently excellent!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, People Watching, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Food is delicious. We always enjoy it.

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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Food and service was top shelf.

Cocktail was very disappointing- wrong ingredients, no garnish, amateurish and priced ($12) as if it were a handcrafted cocktail that you can get at the better local bars. Might have been an off night, but I'll be careful next time I order a drink.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Our food was great. We ordered dessert, but we probably could have just gotten one dessert for everyone to taste.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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food4
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service3
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2016

This is a stopover for us en route to see grandchildren. It's a very good restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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food3
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We wanted a special Christmas Eve dinner, so we selected Bleu Olive. I have never
been disappointed at Blue Olive and this meal was no exception. There is absolutely no match for e Avgolemono served here and the Grouper special on Christmas Eve was exciting--well prepared, well seasoned, and beautifully presented. Lisa was very friendly, helpful, and I liked her smile. We go to Bleu Olive when we want something special--I highly recommend it!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We have been here before and liked the food and service, but the night before Christmas Eve day, we had a bad experience all around.
We had made a reservation and was 10 minutes late - they had already given our table away so we waited another 10 minutes for another table.
The waiter was not very friendly and did not tell us about the numerous upcharges for some minor changes we requested. We were charged $2 extra for a dish to be made with rice instead of orzo. Then we were charged $1.50 for some cucumber slices to go with our dip . The waiter never said anything about the extra charges and we only saw them when the bill came.
The dish I ordered was the nights special - a fish with spinach - and when it came the first time, it was so salty I could not even eat it- could not even taste the fish, only tasted like salt. They remade it (which by then, everyone else in the group had finished their meals) and it was better.
The meals were good but not great for the price.
I think the best deal was the bottle of wine we had, very nice red wine for $55.
For the price, I would rather go to one of the many other fabulous restaurants in Durham, like Motto or Revolution.

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food2
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2016

This was our first time at the restaurant. Very cozy and inviting atmosphere on a cold winter's night. Excellent food -- I had the shrimp dish with orzo and my friend had steak frites, accompanied by a very good rose wine. Dessert was five spice creme brulee and the apple cake. A most pleasant evening meal - we will return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Food is great but $3.50 for a Diet Coke at lunch time is absolutely ridiculous!!

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food5
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value1

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Delicious meal with my parents! Everyone's food was amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Casual, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Very pleasant setting and good food. This time my lamb kettle was a bit overdone and charred, but I nearly always love the food I have there. Attentive service without being intrusive.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Bleu Olive was a treat as usual! The salmon dish with roasted potatoes and root vegetables was a seasonal dynamite!! I was sad to learn the restaurant has discontinued their cocktail specials, BUT our server asked the bartender to re-create last year's "Autumn" cocktail at my request. He did so and it was as fabulous as I remembered. I appreciated the response to my personalized drink request!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2016

A wonderful dining experience! The food was amazing and the service impeccable! A gem in Durham!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Delicious. Amazing. Can't wait to return!

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