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“Still a Winner”
Review of Bleu Olive

Bleu Olive
Ranked #28 of 790 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front Street
Transit: Yes
Description: A Mediterranean Bistro owned & operated by the Papanikas Family since 1994!
Reviewed July 12, 2013

My wife and I returned to the Bleu Olive on Tuesday July 9th to celebrate my birthday. We were again warmly greeted and were well taken care of by our waitress. The menu was unchanged from our prior visit, so I ordered my favorite Blue Cheese Wedge Salad $6.50 and the Calamari appetizer $11.50. Wife ordered the Char Grilled Octopus $9.50 that is served with marinated onions, lettuce and olive vinaigrette and the Lamb Lollichops $13.5 that are served with
baby arugula and pickled fennel in a port wine reduction.

There was one immediate disappointment as there was only one of the two chardonnay choices by the glass available. We had the Hess Select before and it was not available, so we asked for a taste of the other. The waitress brought us a taste and it was a dry fruity type of chardonnay which left us in a quandary. Do we order a $48 bottle of wine that we still may not like or drink a glass of wine that we know we do not like? I looked at the selections and saw a Viognier that was served by the glass which was acceptable. The manager came over to explain that he was changing the wine menu, which was why the selection was limited.
He did not however offer to serve a chardonnay by the glass that was on the list as a bottle only.

The bread was brought to our table with the roasted garlic dipping oil that was excellent. The salad was great and the calamari dish was awesome. It was sautéed calamari with capers, black and green olives, diced tomatoes, spinach, and feta in a white wine sauce. The wife's Char Grilled Octopus was grilled perfectly, as it was not overdone and rubbery. The Lamb Lollichops were also a perfect medium rare just was they were ordered. Our waitress was very attentive throughout the dinner even though she has several other tables. The manager also stopped by to check on us and brought additional bread.

I got the complimentary birthday dessert of a chocolate mousse cake to go as we were more than satisfied by the end of the dinner. The food and service are still excellent and hopefully the new wine list will be in place the next time we return.
I would suggest offering more wine selections by the glass and perhaps offer a wine tasting flight to highlight the new wines on the menu.

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Thank Gary C
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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.

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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.

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Thank SelectTraveler
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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.

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Thank moharaphd
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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.

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Thank LibbyO
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