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Blue Corn Cafe

4.4
4.4
312 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Blue Corn Cafe has been serving the Triangle area since 1997. 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern, South American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 286-9600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Antonion Rios

  • Catering

    We are custom caterers and can design and implement what our client envisions. Both on and off site, we have been entertaining and catering in the Triangle area for 17 years.

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for a casual upscale private room, Blue Corn offers custom designed menus with a warm smart casual feel. Perfect for corporate events, showers and birthdays.

  • Private party contact

    Danielle Rios: (919) 286-9600

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cross street

    Main St.

  • Parking details

    We have both street and lot parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 312 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Durham

    Good for Groups

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  1. SO

    SamuelO

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Food was cold and tasteless. Place was empty and they had a tood about reservations. Not going back
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The plantain platters are outstanding.
  3. SR

    StephR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice restaurant that is kid friendly. Everyone was so nice to my kids. The food was so delicious. EVERYONE cleaned their plates. Win Win!
  4. PB

    PhaniB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recently hosted an oversea's friend in this restaurant and we had a great time.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I forgot how good the Mome sauce and plantains were! ❤️
  6. AG

    AndrewG

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, cute little restaurant. The food? Eh. Steamed mussels appetizer was mushy, certainly not fresh, probably frozen mussels. Busted Milanese— steak was tough and overcooked. Calamari appetizer was good. Chicken and steak fajitas— just OK, nothing special. Disappointed as we expected better food. Oh well.
  7. AL

    ALScott32114

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We dined here on a Saturday afternoon (04Jun22) after seeing Hamilton at DPAC. It was very slow at the time we arrived. Since we had reservations, there was no wait and we were seated outside very quickly. Outdoor seating is on the sidewalk, which can be very busy in this location and there was no shade cover or umbrellas, so it was pretty hot but manageable. Our server was very nice. She took our drink orders and food orders pretty quickly. The appetizer was tasty (queso dip), but our entrees were not what we were expecting. I had the fajitas with the steak, shrimp, and chicken, with rice and beans, and my spouse had the seafood paella. The shrimp in my dish had a funny taste, very 'fishy' as if they weren't fresh, so I didn't eat them and the rest of the dish was bland. My spouse indicated their paella had no seasoning/was bland as well. We had dined there before a few years ago and were underwhelmed but decided to give it another try. Although the staff is very nice and the facilities are immaculate, we don't think we'll visit again.
  8. P

    Pix13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really tasty. Service was great. Food came out fast.
  9. CJ

    CathyJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a nice ambiance. We will return!
  10. LG

    LynnG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting up with childhood friend who I see rarely
  11. AP

    APRILH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time there, Food and drinks were great, will go back again to try other items!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent new restaurant for us in Durham. Glad we found it in Open Table
  13. WW

    WarrenW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, food and ambiance.
  14. S

    Scott

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to grab dinner before a recent show at Carolina Theatre. Waiter was very polite, attentive and made excellent suggestions. Our table had a mix of items: Ropa Vieja, Chicken Mole, Steak Quesadillas, Mussels and a Salad. Everything was very pleased with this meals and dining experience. Will definitely go back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always
  16. r

    rcdagrn

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Disappointing I chose this restaurant based on the reviews. Our meals were nothing like other reviewers experienced. I had the poached salmon, the chutney had the weirdest flavor ever - it was inedible. I didn’t notice any citrus in it and the avocado was a slice laying on top. The skin had been removed from the salmon but the dark gray layer remained and was served facing up. Pretty unappetizing. My dining companion had the Pollo Milanese, which was just ok. Saffron rice didn’t compliment either of these dishes. On the plus side the staff was great - very professional and pleasant. I’m sure they would have replaced my meal but I hate sending a meal back - it just ruins the experience of dining out - the additional waiting and eating separately.
  17. D

    Domi

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner at Blue Corn Café! The food was delicious and plentiful and our server was super nice. We’ll definitely go back.
  18. J

    Jmfreeman

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, delicious food, and comfortable table with nice social distancing from other diners!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely. Service was wonderful and the food was so nice.
  20. JX

    JenX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really liked this restaurant. We had an early evening reservation because we had to make a 7pm show at DPAC. Our server was amazing--he was knowledgeable about the menu and attentive to our time constraints. The other couple in our party was running late because of traffic so we gave their order to the server who timed it perfectly for when they arrived. As for the food, wow! The tostones and fresh guacamole along with our meals were fantastic. Fresh and perfectly seasoned. They also have a large vegetarian selection with many items that can be make vegan. My only suggestion is to have a non-alcoholic beer/beverage for the non-drinkers in the group. Lagunitas makes a Hop Refresher and Athletic Brewing Co. makes a couple of nice NA beers that would pair nicely with their menu!
  21. JG

    JamesG

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is very good. Good variety. Very good value. The chairs could be a bit more comfortable. Quiet. Good for conversation.
  22. c

    cmcm

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great and the service is fantastic.
  23. CB

    ChuckB

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite places near the Duke campus. I go every time I'm in town. Food is so flavorful and there is plenty of it. Servers are great and the ambiance is casual with great local art work for sale on the walls. If you like spicy ask for the habenaro sauce on the side.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal - I had the chicken rings empanada which was cooked crispy on the outside with tender chicken inside - loved it.
  25. RH

    RobH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here many times, and always the service and food are excellent. There are so many choices in Durham, but the value here is unparalleled. You will not be disappointed!
  26. D

    Do10hedron

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great meal for the wife and me. We had the plantain sampler to kick things off followed by a chicken meal for me that also featured plantains. Both were spectacular. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. I would readily recommend Blue Corn Cafe.
  27. NH

    NicoleH69

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retirement dinner
  28. TH

    THill

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive service, fast out with delicious food and drinks. Blue Corn is a can’t miss.
  29. DC

    DCDRaleigh

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Really enjoy this neighborhood gem! Always a nice meal and friendly staff.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service by Troy was exceptional . The food was absolutely the best I’ve ever had. The whole staff was friendly. Going back soon.
  31. DH

    DHMc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely spot and delicious food. The food came out very fast and the casual atmosphere was great for conversation.
  32. VJ

    VijayJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience, food and service was outstanding. No hesitation recommending.
  33. SM

    SandraM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute atmosphere. Friendly staff. Nice menu. Great presentation. Delicious food at a great value. Highly recommend.
  34. JB

    JeffB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town for a show at DPAC. Great food, service, and atmosphere. Will definitely be back.
  35. SH

    StevenH

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food - Tesa was an awesome server - highly recommend
  36. Y

    Yummy

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great find! Cure restaurant! Will definitely be going back !
  37. S

    Scott

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, large portions and excellent service.
  38. B

    Bri225

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town with the kids for a sporting event and made reservations. The place exceeded our expectations, the food and service were amazing! We will definitely make a return trip if we are ever in the area. Great variety on the menu and great overall value!
  39. B

    Bernadette

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and the freshest,greatest tasting dishes!
  40. D

    Dinner

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food amazing service!!

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Blue Corn Cafe

716 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main St.

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern, South American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We have both street and lot parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Antonion Rios

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 286-9600

  • Catering

    We are custom caterers and can design and implement what our client envisions. Both on and off site, we have been entertaining and catering in the Triangle area for 17 years.

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for a casual upscale private room, Blue Corn offers custom designed menus with a warm smart casual feel. Perfect for corporate events, showers and birthdays.

  • Private party contact

    Danielle Rios: (919) 286-9600

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