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“Bloody Maria's with brunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bleu Olive

Bleu Olive
1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705 (Formerly Bleu Olive Bistro)
+1 919-383-8502
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Ranked #13 of 637 restaurants in Durham
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Tapas, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front Street
Transit: Yes
Description: A new Mediterranean Bistro serving lunch & dinner Monday thru Saturday as well as brunch on Sunday
Dalton, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Bloody Maria's with brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We love going here for brunch or a meal any day of the week, food is always good, menu is fresh and the staff is on top of things. I would reccomend to anyone, I'm picky and I always find something yummy.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, North Carolina
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117 reviews 117 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Nice place for lunch/brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We went to Bleu Olive for Father's Day brunch and were pleasantly surprised. The restaurant looks to be fairly new and is located in a nondescript strip shopping plaza. The atmosphere is contemporary and casual with friendly, attentive staff.

The food was interesting, a blend of American and Mediterranean influences. I had fried oysters which tasted fresh and sweet but could have been crispier. My wife had chermoula salmon which was done just right, cooked right through but juicy and creamy as salmon is supposed to be. Our starter of baba ghannouj was also delicious and was served with crispy pita points and cucumber slices.

All in all a good introduction to a new restaurant. We will be back for dinner one of these days.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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moharaphd
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Very Nice Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Just got back from a Father's Day Brunch. First time visit and we will go back. Menu choices were excellent and the prices were reasonable. I LOVE small plates as I cannot finish an entire entree. Our server was very cheerful and worked hard to see we were taken care of. Despite a very busy mealtime, our food was served in a reasonable time and arrived hot. Dad had lamb Bolognese and loved it; I had Eggs Benedict and the Hollandaise sauce tasted homemade and very fresh. We will certainly go back.

For the three of us, with two drinks each, the bill before tip was $70.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Friendly service, delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I ate here while in Durham on business. I was by myself, and I didn't have a reservation. It was very busy and most of the tables were reserved, but the hostess was very friendly and immediately offered me a high table at the bar. I was right beside the window, and I was just fine. I ordered the hummus plate and a Caesar salad, and they were both delicious. The hummus came with pita wedges, as I expected, but it also came with sliced cucumbers. I haven't gotten hummus like that before, but I loved it. I had a chocolate raspberry torte for dessert. It was good, but it wasn't quite as raspberry as I was expecting.
My server was very friendly and polite. I had a few questions since I had never been to the restaurant, and I felt like he gave me useful, honest answers. Overall, I was very pleased with the dinner.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

Great Middle Eastern and medditerean food can be hard to find. Came to the area on short business trip. Had spread plate appetizer one night was absolutely delish. Had lamb bolognese next day which was excellent. Will repeat as often as I can when back in the area. I would recommend to those looking for great middle eastern.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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