Blue Corn Cafe

4.6
266 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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant servers, plenty of tortilla chip appetizers, cocktails very good, food good not great (bit bland, but in fairness we did ask for “mild” spice level).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lunch after Dr. appointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was poor

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CathyG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each person in our party of 3 really enjoyed our entree’s. It’s a cool spot in a great location . We’ll be back.

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TeamW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Corn Cafe was a perfect place for us as we had a mix of eating preferences from vegetarian, to a chicken and fish lover, to a red meat connoisseur. The three of us all left so satisfied and fulfilled! We all loved the flavors and the combinations of ingredients. Tessa was excellent providing upbeat, thorough service. Love the colorful, creative atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was wonderful. Our server Grace was so attentive and quick to help us. The restaurant is small and intimate. I love the fact they source all of their ingredients locally. The food was delicious. We had the chips and salsa sampler - all were delicious and house made. Our party tried several dishes on the menu and al were very good. The dessert menu has several choices - we tried the flan, tres leches cake and the seasonal cheesecake- all were delicious and made fresh in house. I highly recommend this locally owned restaurant.

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Pann
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Lots of good vegetarian options.

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Macgyver7964
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food and EXCEPTIONAL service. The "famous" Black Bean and Sweet Potato stew deserves to be famous!

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Katie
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service to complement a delicious, flavor-rich meal. I highly recommend the pollo con platanos and the queso. Blue Corn Cafe is a Ninth Street staple and worth spending your time, and money, at regularly.

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DeborahL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere was wonderful… and the Sangria was FABULOUS!!

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vipPMTYankee
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Blue Corn in a really long time. Never been for dinner, but years ago, used to go for lunch. Now it will be a regular spot. The food was fantastic! Loved everything we had. The food focus was flavor, not over-spiced for heat as some placed tend to do. The cleanliness and atmosphere made you feel very comfortable. The wait staff was so attentive and thoughtful. And the prices were shockingly good. Especially considering the area. Overall, I highly recommend going to Blue Corn.

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durhamdiner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food for a good price, great service. Highly recommend.

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SandraR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was prepared wonderfully and presented nicely. Both our dinners were very tasty and seasoned well. Service was very good and all other staff very attentive as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Corn Cafe is a whole vibe!

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TLS0000000
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and fresh! I highly recommend.

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vipJulieS
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to area when we came across this little place. Food was great with tons of vegetarian options. Black beans and rice were fantastic and portion was huge. I would definitely recommend and would come back again!

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briang
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Empanada and chicken tinga tacos were very good. The paella was too salty and the fish was over cooked. The guacamole was very good.

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vipTrish
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Corn is a neighborhood gem, with fantastic latin-inspired menu with a nice array of options. Casual and pretty.

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DavidN
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good food at great prices

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vipbbme999
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a first time diner, it was hard to find parking and the windows looked dark when I drove by. They weren’t, I discovered. And I’m so glad I tried!

Very nice and attentive staff, fun menu and decor. Would definitely go back. Had recommendation chicken mole, which normally isn’t something I enjoy. But theirs was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friday date night after a busy week at work for both of us. Food was really good and delivered hot to our table. Portions were very generous so we took home nearly as much as we ate at the BCC. We originally booked the reservation for outside seating, but it was chilly outside so we asked to be seated inside. Owner graciously took care of our request so that was a pleasant surprise. Will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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Charlyrandy
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Corn never fails to create a great dining experience! Thank you!

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MimiA
County Durham
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this restaurant twice in one week. And each time I enjoyed dining there!:)

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Terri
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Latin food, large portions. The young man that was our server was excellent. Will return when I’m back in Durham.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Usually very good food - this time around the food was terrible

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MaureenR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food! It was a good value for the size of dishes and quality! There are a lot of vegetarian options.

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Greg
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual! Good to be out and about again.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the Picadillo and And my husband got the vegetarian fajitas.Both were excellent! The service is excellent as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great for a casual dinner with friends!

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JohnnyK
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Corn Cafe made our date night exceptional. The restaurant is wonderfully cozy yet spacious. The service was excellent. From the moment we walked in to when we left, service was 10/10. The food was mouthwateringly delicious. Everything our server Troy recommended was delicious. We are definitely returning to try the rest of the menu.

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vipNYGal
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here. The nachos starter was huge - I would even get it for an entree next time. Our server gave excellent recommendations and was very attentive. Will definitely go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was bland

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NourH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptionally delicious, I ordered Enchiladas con Mole which was so good! And shared these appetizers: Guacamole dip and chips and salsa, which were also so good. The service was great and the ambiance was lovely.

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Charmlessgirl
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great, courteous service- I like how our server told us fun details about the ingredients and the owner's menu choices. I did not care for the plantain chips, the calamari, or the Cuban sandwich, but my empanada and rice and beans were all yummy. I also enjoyed the flat plantain pancakes in the plantain platter. I'll have to try another margarita when I return, as the signature one just tasted like orange juice with ice to me. Easy street parking available during lunch-time hours. Try the house-made guava-chipotle hot sauce if you like-y the spice-y!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! the food was really good and so were the drinks!

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StephenF
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been eating at Blue Corn since I first happened upon it when I was visiting Durham from Dallas about 5 years ago. Now that I have moved to Durham I can eat there more than once or twice a year.

The food was excellent as usual, we (group of 5) also had deserts. All were very good with the exception of the Mango Sorbet which I had. The Mango Sorbet would have been very good if they had used ripe mangoes, unfortunately the mango they used was not ripe & sweet. Sorry Blue Corn, but sugar won't make up for an underripe mango.

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PedroL
Raleigh
5 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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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 4.6 stars by 266 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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