Blu Seafood and Bar
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00-10:00pm
This is one of our favorite spots in Durham for dinner! The food and service are always excellent, and we find the prices to be quite reasonable for the quality. The separation of a bar/dining area from a small dining room also provide intimate spaces, so it is generally quiet enough to enjoy good conversation with a great meal or drinks.
Loved the place! My 2 girlfriends and I met for dinner and drinks and we had a blast. The food was amazing. I had the seared scallops, my friends had the Mahi Mahi special and Salmon. They too loved their entree. Our waitress April was great!
Mahi special was outstanding, one of the best preparations I have had. Blue Point oysters on the half-shell were also excellent.
Went for the fish tacos and sangria Thursday night deal. Overall I would say it was fine. The service was good and there was a nice atmosphere, but I was not thrilled with either the tacos or the sangria. I had a few friends who ordered different things that seemed to really like them. Will have to go back to give it another try.
The food was great but the service was lacking. My wife ordered a glass of wine and I ordered an old fashioned. Her wine came and about 10 minutes later mine come out. However, it was not even close to an old fashioned. Ordered a easy drink and it come out a short time later. Ordered raw oysters as an appetizer and maybe 10 minutes later, we ordered our entrees. Our entrees actually come out first and the oysters come out later. Everyone was super nice. Not sure if they were understaffed or what, but definitely could have had better service.
Hadn’t been to Blu in a while. It was a complete let down The food was mediocre. The service was really really not good. Hope it improves.
Disappointing! The service was slow and the servers were obviously overwhelmed, but never once apologized for the poor service. The food took over an hour to get to the table after ordering, and it came in waves ... 2 entrees, then another and almost 10 mins later the final entree arrived. All entrees were cold and not worth the wait. Several tables around us had stated that they had never had such poor service or food. Regardless of a 1 time issue or not, we are not wasting our time to return!
Excellent seafood and good service. Only issue was loud noise level
I was having lunch with someone I hadn't seen in 50 years. They let us stay until they
had to close to set up for dinner! That's great service!!
The building itself is not inviting (to me). My meals have been good. I was there recently and had the steak (1st time I’ve had it). I have to say it was most likely the best steak I have ever had. It was absolutely perfect! Much thanks to the chef!
Dinner with friends. Wine glasses were large, wine good for the price, cocktails likewise. Fish was excellent. Service timely and polite. No issues. Will go again.
I ordered salmon with salsa and it was the best salmon I’ve ever eaten- perfectly cooked and the accompaniment was delicious .
Food was fabulous! We had been told this place was great! Finally made it! Well worth it!!
Fantastic all around!
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.
This is one of our favorite restaurants. We are never disappointed. The food is routinely excellent and service is always great.
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.
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.
Food was just mediocre. Much better places to eat in Durham.
Have been several times and always enjoy dinner here.
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.
Great oysters and Shrimp n Grits. Service was attentive and great night with friends.
Blu has become our "go-to" restaurant. when guests visit, special occasions, and anytime I want wonderfully prepared food.
Fabulous as usual! This is our go-to seafood spot in Durham. We have never been disappointed!
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.
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.
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!
Seafood was excellent. Noise level a bit much for us; seafood restaurants usually have high noise level. We'll be back.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
Awesome experience awesome service.
Food and service were fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
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.
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! 💙
the portions were a bit small but there was a lot of great flavors. Excellent food!