Blue Corn Cafe

4.7
229 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
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!
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PedroL
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was authentic and delicious! The staff was very attentive and service was great!

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TomK
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first venture to restaurant since the pandemic. We decided to go to an old favorite, Blue Corn Café, and chose to sit outside. Staff all appropriately masked, menus laminated, patrons all masked. Felt very comfortable in regard to Covid-19 issues.

Food was great - wife had the Paella and commented on how packed it was with seafood. I had the Platanos con Pollo - wonderful flavors. Flan for dessert was excellent. Very pleased with the meal - could not have asked for more.

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vipCGTracy
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Creative and delicious food! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipNorm
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Extremely disappointed in this restaurant. The food was tasteless. Chicken was rubbery. Would never go again.

Blue Corn Cafe
Responded on September 15, 2020

Mr or Mrs Segal, We are so sorry to hear of your disappointing experience here on the 5th of September. Upon review of your check and a meeting with your server, none of us were informed of any unhappiness or dislike of the food. We are so sorry that any or all of this was not to your satisfaction, our server is sad he did not give you the experience you anticipated. We wish you gave us the opportunity to rectify what was unsatisfactory, but most importantly we wish you well and Thank you.

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KatieK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was great. The dining room looked very cozy, but we opted to eat outside. We thought it a bit pricey, but overall enjoyed our meal very much.

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vipNeilV
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very helpful waitress and bartender. We were the only ones sitting outside on the sidewalk. We went at 8pm and it was very pleasant. The food was all real good, and forward to returning

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Nccooker
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner and a super waiter named Mateo. We asked for his recommendations for dinner choices and we chose two of his recommendations and they were excellent. It was a great family night out, enjoyed by all. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back again.

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vipseafordiner
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoed the guac and chips, the blue corn quesadilla was excellent. Do not recommend eating outside, no shade and place faces west.

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LanaW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far exceeded my expectations! Our server was great. Very kind and informative gentleman. Food was amazing! Such flavor . Can’t wait to go back

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Boomer
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten at Blue Corn for many years. One of our favorite spots in Durham to eat out. Delicious food and great service. The BEST chicken quesadilla around!

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vipJHammerEsq
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Corn is our "go to" restaurant for dinner with friends. Service is amazing, you can hear, food is superb, specials always unique and interesting. We walk in and they KNOW exactly how to begin for us -- guacamole and sangria, and we go from there. It is so wonderful to have a restaurant where they not only remember you but are truly happy to see you. Tables are far enough apart that you can hear everyone at the table (we were a group of 7 on Friday) and I just can't say enough about how much we enjoy Blue Corn. Family owned and run, it is a Durham gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meetup with alumni

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice local restaurant; lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. Definitely "Latin American' and a big step up from a Tex-mex joint. We enjoyed the chicken mole and the chicken with plaintains dish. Prices reasonable and service very attentive.

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MaryH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here a few times a year. Always a great experience.

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Kathryn
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating and the food was delicious. The homemade salsas have great flavor and there are many vegan options—including daiya cheese! Will definitely visit here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great value for money. Comfy setting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great vibe.

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ScottA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our son is at Duke hospital and we have been in Durham off and on for 2 months. One of the nurses recommended Blue Corn. We finally tried it last night. So glad we did. Food and service was top notch. We will be back soon!

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Nora
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Want to have a low-pressured, comfortable meal with a friend as you catch up with one another? Service here is fast, the food selections and prices are reasonable. Parking is nearby. There's no loud music, and tables are spaced so we didn't feel crowded.

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vipHomecookin
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Four of us started with the plantain sampler and guacamole. All delicious but would have liked the guacamole spicier. Margaritas were ok. I had chicken with plantains, friend had chicken mole, and blue corn quesadilla was ordered. All delicious. Very large menu, reasonable prices and large portions. . We want to come back to try some more of their entrees. A winner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and excellent service. Delicious food😋

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have scheduled two work related dinners at Blue Corn for 6-8 people in the last couple of months and really like the ambiance and the service.
Wonderful wait-staff and nice combination of happy animated energy in the room and quiet enough to hear each other at our table.
thank you!

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marianna42
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We greatly enjoyed our evening there - good food, beer and wine, excellent service.

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Milli
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service for a for table of 8 and a child. The food came out at the right time even though they were busy.

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MonteBasset
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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Charlyrandy
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.

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RebeccaL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
51 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.

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JonathanC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience in every way!

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WalterW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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jessie
Raleigh
15 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.

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vipPumpkin
Phoenix
19 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.

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Fritho
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.

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JenniferB
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!

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RobertH
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 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!

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vippickyeater
Charleston
14 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.

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Happhopp
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.

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You can order delivery directly from Blue Corn Cafe using the Order Online button. Blue Corn Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 286-9600.

Blue Corn Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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