Bleu Restaurant, in Columbia, crafts modern American cuisine with an emphasis on comfort food, served in its relaxing and inviting eatery. The roasted red pepper hummus with grilled naan bread and pickled vegetables and the homemade chips served with a gorgonzola chive crème fraiche dip make stunning appetizers. Some of Bleu Restaurant's specialty entrées include the roast turkey pot pie in puff pastry with a tarragon white wine cream sauce, the grilled beef tenderloin filet with green peppercorn and cognac sauce and crispy shallots and the tagliatelle pasta with goat cheese, butternut squash sauce and toasted walnuts. Casual fare, such as the citrus fish tacos, the spinach and artichoke flatbread with parmesan and the grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and smoked gouda cheese, are also popular with diners.
Bleu Restaurant's incredible desserts, like the sweet cigars funnel cakes with apple butter and Chantilly cream, are perfect meal enders.
We dined at Bleu during The Mizzou graduation weekend. The entire city of Columbia was swamped with humans. But Bleu was right on time with our reservation, everything was perfect. So glad they were able to provide us with such a lovely experience. Would DEFINITELY recommend Bleu!
The food was average and the wait was long. Too pricey for what you get.
We have been going to Bleu for years and have enjoyed it a lot. We always ask for Brook, who is a great server, but only works part-time and so she isn't always there.
We had the Bleu Burger and regular fries, which are consistently tasty. We also tried the onion rings, which we don't remember seeing before. They were very greasy but very tasty.
The menu seems to have shrunk over time, which is too bad because we don't feel that there is the wide selection of items we have enjoyed in the past. We especially liked the several varieties of flatbread they used to serve but have disappeared from the menu. I realize that there is probably a cost for have a larger range of items on a menu, but we miss some of the selection, especially the flatbreads. Hint, hint.
I've always been a fan of Bleu, however the Mother's Day Brunch was quite a disappointment. We were a bit later(1:30) but you would still expect them to have a fully stocked buffet for $30 per person. The signature Brussels Sprouts were cold, the Prime Rib anything but, and they were very slow to replenish simple things like Deviled Eggs.
We went for Mother's Day brunch. All of the good tasted terrific. Not a bad right on the buffet. Great service. Will be back.
My parents came in from out of town for Mother's Day this year, and being from Chicago they have been to quite a few outstanding restaurants. After our reservation at Bleu, they definitely went back raving about the cuisine in Columbia! The Mother's Day brunch was phenomenal! There were just the right number of options - not too few that I felt cheated, but not too many that I was overwhelmed. The quality and presentation were wonderful as well. Honestly, my favorite part was the coffee - where does this place get their coffee and how do their prepare it?! I was in love - I would go back just to sit and drink pot after pot of this stuff! Our server (sorry I forgot her name) was great and kept us full on drinks and whatever we needed the entire time. Definitely going to book again soon!
We went to Bleu with my son, while visiting for the day. The menu is small, but the food is outstanding as usual. Our only disappointment is that the outdoor patio dining is gone - it was the best outdoor dining in Columbia
Nice wide open space. Did not feel cramped. Interesting menu with items that you would not normally see. As Chopped fans, my family loved the menu and enjoyed the food. A little pricey and the service was just coming on shift when we arrived, but I would do it again.
Went to Bleu on a Thursday evening. Less than 5-6 tables of people at 7:30. They were out of tuna appetizer, have no grilled chicken on the menu, just crispy/breaded to put on a salad, only had two duck entrees left. Their explanation was that it had been Mom's weekend the weekend before and their next order of food hadn't arrived yet. Really?? Five days later?? Ordered a Caesar salad with shrimp since no grilled chicken. The shrimp were not grilled, no spice on them, no nothing. Just a few cold, thawed shrimp on top of lettuce and croutons. Looks like they have really gone downhill. I won't be returning any time soon. On a positive note, the bartender was friendly and attentive.
I want to like Bleu. The Food is good and they are one of the few restaurants in Columbia that actually take a reservation. There seems to be a disconnect between the seating capacity and the kitchen capacity. Nearly a year ago I made reservations for my wife's birthday for a party of 8. It just so happened to be prom night. After being promptly seated, as we had a reservation and placing our order, we left 2 hours later having only had drinks with 2 young hungry children now up past their bedtime. Our waitress was apologetic and offered to waive the bill. We paid her for the drinks because I felt sorry for her. It took me a year to return. I again had reservations for 4. Again we we were promptly seated. This time there was a large fundraising event in their basement facility. This time after waiting about an hour our salads were served. It was another 30 minutes before our meal arrived. The manager did comp us our drinks which was nice. Prior to writing this review I did express my concerns about the slow service and the apparent disconnect between restaurant capacity and kitchen capacity via Bleu's website contact form. I left my phone number and e-mail. After 3 weeks and no response I am now writing this review.