Blu Seafood and Bar

4.2
1233 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Blu Seafood and Bar is upscale, casual seafood with innovative regional classics. 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 patio or let us host your function in our private dining room.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00-10:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 286-9777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Lyons
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Private party facilities
Please consider us for your next special occasion; Private Parties, Graduations, Parents Weekend, Weddings and date nights.
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Private party contact
Kellie Ervin: (919) 286-9777
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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 info@bluseafoodandbar.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ninth Street
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Parking details
Parking in front of the restaurant, along the side, and in the adjoining Duke lot next door.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1233 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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3.7
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! We had been told this place was great! Finally made it! Well worth it!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around!

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T
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really like how the menu changes to include new dishes that take advantage of what is fresh and in season in fish. You can always count on Blu to have delicious seafood and a lot of choice.

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C
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We are never disappointed. The food is routinely excellent and service is always great.

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Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Blu Seafood has great seafood--fresh, well-prepared and much of it local. The clam chowder and crab cake were both outstanding--lots of crab, very little filler and nicely spiced; the clam chowder was the right level of creaminess, tender clams and clearly had a great stock as its base. My only complaint is the service can be slow. I was one of the only customers and yet had to wait over 5 minutes for a server to take even stop by to welcome me or take my drink order. I will go back, but the service needs to be much more attentive for me to become a regular.

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m
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! I have never been for lunch and decided to go for lunch with a friend that I had not seen in 18 months. We loved the food- creative and delicious. The service was great. The restaurant was quite accomodating when we sat visiting after we were done with our meal. It was comfortable and quiet. The crab sandwich was really good and my friend loved the fish tacos.
I will be back.

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t
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was just mediocre. Much better places to eat in Durham.

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MW
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Have been several times and always enjoy dinner here.

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DH
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Blu is an all-around good restaurant. The food is always delicious, and the "Blu plate specials" are an especially good value. They do not always have soup, including the clam chowder I love, so don't expect to be able to order it at all times. But there are plenty of other good menu choices. I find the service to be friendly and efficient. I mainly go there for lunch, and it is quiet and homey--you can have a good conversation with a friend.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters and Shrimp n Grits. Service was attentive and great night with friends.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blu has become our "go-to" restaurant. when guests visit, special occasions, and anytime I want wonderfully prepared food.

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C
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous as usual! This is our go-to seafood spot in Durham. We have never been disappointed!

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EG
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a very last minute reservation and had a short window for dinner. They got very busy just as we arrived but they handled the rush pretty well. The only glitch was a dish that came warm but not piping hot, which was remedied quickly. We had to eat and run so we didn't have time to enjoy the hospitality. All things considered, a very good dining experience.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Blu has been a neighborhood favorite of ours since it opened. The food was outstanding, as always, but I have to say to service this visit was pretty "uneven" - once seated, we waited quite a while for somebody to bring water and greet us, the entrees didn't come out together, etc. It was a busy Saturday night, but I have come to expect better.

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Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pre-theater meal. All 6 of us enjoyed our entrees, plus shared appetizers and desserts. We asked ourselves "why don't we come here more often", and I expect we'll return before too long!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seafood was excellent. Noise level a bit much for us; seafood restaurants usually have high noise level. We'll be back.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit was our 5th visit and was as exceptional as the first. The dishes are fresh and wonderfully prepared so that each ingredient can be tasted. Fresh vegetables and fresh seafood......wonderful!

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NM
Raleigh
237 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been dining at Blu since it opened and have always enjoyed our meals. There are always specials off the menu which are often quite good. The seafood is always fresh and well prepared. The prices are reasonable and the wine list is not extensive but good. Highly recommended (as is the "sister" restaurant, Primal Spirits.

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BK
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at Blu Seafood on the occasion of my Mother's birthday and had an excellent meal. The menu was creative and the food was very well prepared, spiced, and presented. I plan to return!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I visited this restaurant for the special occasion of treating our daughter, a student, to a special night out. There were so many delicious sounding menu options it was hard to decide. We opted for the sheep-head fish dish, paella and the mushroom plate. All were excellent. Our server was quite helpful and attentive.

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We visited Blu Seafood to celebrate my birthday. The service was wonderful and the food was quite good. I was especially happy with my dish (the daily fish special).

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BD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was so looking forward to this meal. I ate there a couple of years ago and it was really good. Unfortunately, this time the food was not the same quality at all. The cocktail was okay.

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LB
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son lives in Durham and suggested Blu as he dined here previously and wanted to come back - we were not disappointed. We brought both our sons and the staff was attentive and the fish delicious!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience awesome service.

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B
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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LC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside the front door on a beautiful fall night, and the food was excellent. Oysters Rockefeller were amazing, and the fish dishes were also superb.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service and food! Awesome pear martini! The shrimp & grits were the best I have ever eaten.

I forgot how great this place is, it has never disappointed us! 💙

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Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

the portions were a bit small but there was a lot of great flavors. Excellent food!

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Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent at dealing with dairy allergy. The new menu is excellent.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meals here. Nice casual chic environment with great food and service!

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m
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceeded our highest expectations.
Service and every dish masterfully prepared. Even dessert.
Left wanting more soon.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blu never disappoints, the only exceptional seafood restaurant in the area, they have specials that envy a 4 star Restuarant at a value price.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was well prepared, reasonably proportioned, and very good. The night's special was excellent. However, if you're wanting oysters and you're given a choice between NC oysters and any other oyster, go with any other; NC's were like licking a salt lick.
There is nothing to absorb the sound in the main dining area, so it is uncomfortably loud when full. One table with 2 hard of hearing men was so loud, surrounding patrons struggled to hear their own conversations. Glares appeared to encourage them to be even better heard.
Parking: very limited, get there early. I definitely will return. When I do, I'll make reservations for sure, come early for parking options, avoid NC oysters and order the night's special.

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SP
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious trout with crab stuffing with portions that did not overwhelm, leaving space for oysters and sorbet. The service was wonderful. Ask for Matt!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blu Seafood was celebrating their 10th anniversary with half price appetizers and $6/doz. oysters. We have appreciated them ever since they opened. Delicious seafood prepared expertly with creative flavors. And I must mention the famous crab mac & cheese with truffle cream and prosciutto.

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TF
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the new updates to the restaurant. It was really nice.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our night at Blu was fantastic! Some of the best seafood I have had locally or otherwise. Everything was perfectly seasoned, the wait staff was very at tentative, and we truly felt like it was dining experience that we hope to have again and again. The prices are reasonable considering the quality of the experience, I highly recommend Blu!

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This place did not blow us away at all. The food isnt exciting. Interesting. Slightly different twist. But nothing to tell my friends about. My husband did really enjoy the habanero margarita.

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Q
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food seems to get better every time I go. I love how they support our local farmers.

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S
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Excellent food as always. Never disappoints

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