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Bleu Olive

4.4
798 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

A family operated - chef driven Mediterranean Bistro serving a fresh & local ingredient inspired menu.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek
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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

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Phone number
(919) 383-8502
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sam Papanikas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Front Street
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Public transit
Yes
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
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 31, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Always a great experience with delicious food and great service.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Food and service is always wonderful....

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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 !

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Food is delicious. We always enjoy it.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Delicious. Amazing. Can't wait to return!

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