Blue Corn Cafe

4.5
172 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!

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 172 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DK
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

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

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JM
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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CE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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LS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GB
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Blue Corn is one of our regular go-tos. The food is very good. The prices are very reasonable. The great thing is really the service. It is the best waitstaff, routinely, in Durham. I have never had a bad meal and have always had an enjoyable time. It is family friendly and also great for a date night. The Cuervo Margarita is worth the upgrade price and the combo meals are large.

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EF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to go someplace new before the Full Frame Doc Festival. Saw Blue Corn on the internet and decided to try it. So HAPPY we did.. This will be one of our go to places in Durham from now on..

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D
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, friendly service, and nice atmosphere.
Good place for any occasion. Good wines. Reasonably priced.

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G
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience...food, service, atmosphere.

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EH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service, as always. We always enjoy Blue Corn, it's one of our regular stops.

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall good service, drinks, and food. My black beans were cold though.

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m
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent in every way. My father is super picky about tacos and he crushed all three on his plate. My mom's black beans are legend of these are a fierce competitor to hers. I highly recommend the enchiladas and the salsas you get with the chips are absolutely fabulous and pair so well with tacos.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and our server was amazing! Blue Corn offers many entrees you can’t get elsewhere so it’s always a new and delicious experience!

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GD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The three of us had a lovely early dinner before a cello/piano forte concert at Baldwin Auditorium. The food was excellent with a nice selection of dishes for most tastes certainly ours. We had enough leftover fish to make fish tacos at home for lunch the next day.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Every item we tried tasted great!! This is my 4th visit. I want to keep going back again

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SR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice change from standard American or Mexican menus. Great food preparation and all paired with great service.

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m
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding! I will definitely be back.

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h
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here for Valentine's Day. Being from out of town, we had not dined here before, and what a pleasant surprise! The vibe of the restaurant is laid back and attentive. There was a trio of musicians playing in the front area, but we were seated in the back. We could hear the music but could talk and hear each other. The service was good and patient with our questions. The food was tasty and well presented. I had the fish tacos (grilled by request). My son had the pork and my husband had fish. We were all pleased. It was a very relaxing and pleasant experience. Will be back!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mateo, our waiter, was excellent. The food was delicious. The music was very pleasant. We will return.

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Raleigh
55 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our table of four was greeted promptly and we received excellent service at Blue Corn Cafe. The entrees were acceptable enough, but the sides: black beans and rice were lukewarm and lacking flavor. I'm not sure that I'd return given the large number of other good restaurants in the 9th Street area.

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience with a great menu selection and fast, friendly service.

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice nice nice. A high quality restaurant with pleasant atmosphere. You can actually have a conversation without yelling.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our "go to" restaurants in Durham. Locally owned and committed to high quality. Delicious meals and a menu that is especially inclusive for vegans and vegetarians.

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KW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was so tasty. The staff was incredible. I will definitely return.

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Raleigh
100 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch with the Nieces! I gave them two place to pick from and they picked Blue Corn Cafe - it was a first visit for all of us. We were cheerfully greeted and promptly seated in an open, bright eclectic environment. The menu offered wonderful options for the many health and dietary restrictions some have. Service was warm, helpful and attentive. Portions were plentiful and delicious. Before our entree we shared guacamole and calamari - both were substantial portions for sharing between four of us.

It was s lovely visit and enjoyable meal and we will be back!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Blue Korn. Food is always good, the service outstanding and staff is wonderful.

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PS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had one of the best servers we have had anywhere in years - friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Coupled with great food, Blue Corn is an all-around winner!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, flavorful and great portions. Drinks were tasty and came out quickly. Our waitress was so nice and helpful. She made great suggestions and really made our experience great. We will definitely be back!

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Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met a girlfriend for supper and loved everything about it! Wyatt our server was helpful in suggesting menu choices (including drinks). This is absolutely a repeat!

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef and staff beyond accommodating to our variety of dietary issues! Allergies and specific food prep requirements. Really awesome!
Food was fresh, portions large and drinks strong!!
Excellent

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JW
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here but we will be back! Great margaritas as well as sangria. Loved the guacamole, salsa and homemade chips. Hubby enjoyed the calamari and I had a spinach quesadilla. Large portions so we took home leftovers! Food was fresh and delicious and our wait person, Cici, was awesome and so helpful.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My meal was absolutely delicious! The service was great, the company was wonderful.

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JH
Raleigh
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We eat at Blue Corn most Friday nights with good friends and we do so for many reasons. First, the food is delicious and reliable, always made with the freshest ingredients and care. Second, the owner and her servers make us always feel like we’ve been invited as their personal guests to their wonderful home. Finally, we can have a conversation without worrying that the table next to us is listening to our every word. And we can hear each other without having to raise our own voices. We aren’t crammed in and we never feel hurried. It is our “go to” restaurant for dinner with friends. And there is always available parking.

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OB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal although I found the pork shank a bit salty. Overall though a great place and it’s easy to see how they havare been a long standing survivor on 9th street!

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MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very nice place with exvelent service, but is not Latin American food, is an eclectic cusine with some latin ametican ingredients, but do not expect your abuelita ropa vieja!!!!

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HG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We all loved our meals and the chips and salsa; however, one of us received the wrong dish and the server said she hadn't ordered the chicken dish and we all heard her say it, so . . . . weird. Our friend ended up sticking with the wrong dish because she thought she'd like that one, too (and she did), but it was odd that the server reacted that way. This is the reason I gave 3 stars to Service instead of 4. Only once in several years have I not been satisfied with the food and/or service here, and that's pretty darn good!

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B
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic and our waiter Bryan was knowledgeable, astute, courteous and attentive. One of the best dining experience we have had in the Triangle in ojr three years living here.

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SR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Second time here for lunch, good food great portions and very nice atmosphere.
Last time service was off due to only one server??
Otherwise a real good option.

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