Blue Corn Cafe

4.5
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205 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American

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Blue Corn Cafe has been serving the Triangle area for 17 years. We offer a locally sourced twist on Latin American cuisine. Our passion for locally sourced food and beverage has allowed us to offer our unique twist on Latin and South American recipes. Both owners Danielle and Antonio Rios have a passion on bringing their culture to your table with unique quality products.
Our warm atmosphere and kind servers make you feel comfortable upon entering and that is only where it begins. We look forward to serving you. Prevecho!

Specials

Live music on Valentine Day

Join us with your sweetheart for dinner and enjoy a live jazz trio
and great heart day specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 14, 2019

Ends: February 15, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:30PM-8:45PM

What 205 People Are Saying
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MB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful and the food was delicious. Good selection as well.

C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The jazz band was excellent. They were a little loud for the space, so maybe have them tone it down a bit next time.

RL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Durham...have never been disappointed dining at Blue Corn.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic friendly, & attentive (but not overly pushy) service. It wasn't super crowded for dinner which we think may be a rarity because we went during the winter holidays when most college students aren't in town. Amazing fish tacos, guacamole, & chicken tinga tacos. Plantains are a must. The salsa was perfect & authentic. Not too spicy, but with some kick.

OT
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fresh margarita was delicious. Our trio bought a pitcher which was more economical. One draw back is that they loaded the pitcher with ice.😕

Food great!

Evening was terrific up until the end
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It was raining. As I sat with my girlfriends I realized water was dripping from a ceiling tile. Unfortunately this had gone unnoticed our entire meal. Water had been dripping into my girlfriend’s purse and down her back.

When we brought it to manager’s attention at first all she could say was how sorry she was.

We pressed on with her to comp my girlfriend’s meal. Reluctantly she (after discussion) that this was the “right” gesture to do.

Not impressed with how she handled it. Our conclusion was it was a typical response from a millennial! Customer satisfaction is #1 in a service industry if you want to stay in the game.

Hopefully the manager will or upon reflection understands that now.

JC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience in every way!

WW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super. Food was fast and hot. Great dining experience!

j
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Fresh ingredients and extremely tasty. Had the fish tacos and they were nice meaty fish and perfectly cooked.

P
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was excellent. Went above and beyond to ensure we had a good experience. Food is good and reasonably priced.

F
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and served promptly. Service was friendly and good. We plan on going back soon.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our server was very attentive but not overly intrusive. They had a variety of salsas that were interesting that I had never seen before. The silver margaritas were outstanding!

RH
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Blue Corn Cafe has been in business for many years. The folks are very welcoming. It is always a pleasure to go there. Even though there were no 5 star individual ratings, I rated it 5 stars overall.

OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I came here to celebrate our anniversary of being together! We had a great time at the restaurant. The service was outstanding- the staff was very nice, friendly, and thoughtful with their suggestions. The meals and the portions were quite satisfying, and we loved the ambiance. We will love to be back!

p
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We find that we must try something different every time we visit. Each dish is extremely flavorful and obviously freshly prepared. No microwaved food here! Finding a parking place is difficult (not their fault!) but it is worth taking on that search to enjoy this food. We are particularly fond of the black bean and sweet potato stew and I, personally, love the chicken with plantains.

H
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service. Really enjoyed the queso with the add-Ins. We will definitely go back.

M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is always excellent.

KS
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had excellent food, fast service and an environment amenable to good discussion. Perfect lunch.

c
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our second visit here. Very good experience. We will definitely return soon!

CH
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Always good

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and really good!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily and Danielle were awesome. Excellent food and chill atmosphere.

CS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have found our new Spanish style restaurant. We loved the authentic food and the price.

D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed a place near Page Auditorium for an early dinner before a show at 7 pm. Found this place on OpenTable - one of the few that had an opening at 4:30. We were very pleasantly surprised. Began with a very friendly greeting from the hostess. The place is small and quaint with interesting art on the walls (a Mexican flavor) and 1960's music playing in the background. The waiter arrived promptly despite there being a fair number of other patrons in the dinning room. He help us select our meals (my wife had fiestas and I had Osso Bucco pork). Both were excellent - as was the wine (suggested by the waiter) and the chips and salsa appetizer (which was an after-thought but promptly delivered by the very nice waiter). We will definitely go there again the next time we are in the area (near Duke University).

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Worth the drive from west chapel hill. We are both from south florida and love Latin food. This was wonderful and will come back again and again.

K
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Lunch portions are very large. Enjoy the variety of vegetarian options. Definitely will eat here again

s
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great celebratory meal... good service.. and were fortunate that it wasn't crowded, so little noise. Good experience all around.

RB
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time having a wonderful dinner with friends.

RP
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service! C.C. was great! Ropa veija is delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we were so impressed. The staff and food were both amazing. We will be back!!

LT
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unique entree choices and meal presentation was terrific. Minimal seasoning on appetizer and sauces so a little on the bland side. Other than that was fantastic.

OT
Raleigh
58 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

God food at a reasonable price in a very comfortable, casual at atmosphere. Extensive menu.

FG
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was just okay. No one in our party thought their food was excellent. The quesadillas were EXTREMELY cheesy and my teens did not like them at all. However, I do not rule out trying it a second time. Perhaps this experience was a “one off.”

SC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, food was exceptional. We loved the choice of music.

DK
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Just not very good food. The fillings for tacos and quesadillas were greasy and bland.

JM
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been here a number of times and recommended it to others. The food is fresh, tasty and unique. Great that it’s a family affair. In addition, a comfortable place where you can talk.

CE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great platanos sampler. Mole was excellent; I enjoyed the spinach enchilada with mole. The black bean and sweet potato stew could have been more flavorful. Service was friendly and attentive.

LS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had been before and had a great meal, this time I ordered the special and was surprised that is was not great. Tasted like leftovers. I do apologize, I wish it had been better, I was dinning with a client.

J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The I he tuna fish taco was outstanding. The sangria was good but should have had fruit in it. The service was excellent.

GB
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fabulous service and good food at sensible prices. We were late and hence tight on time, but had a relaxed meal and made the concert (at Duke) on time.

Highly recommended.

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