Blu Seafood and Bar

4.2
1231 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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About

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 Special Events.
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Private party contact
Chris Riddle: (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 tim@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.
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Special events & promotions
We feature themed wine dinners on the middle Wednesday of every other month. Four courses of food, fun, and fine wine for only $55.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

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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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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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3.0Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Have been several times and always enjoy dinner here.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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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4.0Dined on October 5, 2017

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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1.0Dined on October 5, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Awesome experience awesome service.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

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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4.0Dined on September 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

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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3.0Dined on July 26, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

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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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent service. Excellent food as always. Never disappoints

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Amber jack was awesome!

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2017

I was so disappointed in this restaurant. I chose it for four of us to have dinner before going to DPAC. I was looking forward to some good seafood. I started with a Caesar's salad. It is the worst one I have ever had! Ice burg lettuce...what seemed like packaged grated cheese and barely any taste to the salad dressing. My partner and I decided to share the paella. Too bad I have been to Spain, had the real thing, and even have made it several times. The rice base was in a gooey tasteless sauce...not exactly the wonderful saffron rice of true paella. Service was slow at first. The server was very nice, but the meal for everyone was a big disappointment.

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