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“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bleu Olive

Bleu Olive
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Ranked #32 of 763 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front Street
Transit: Yes
Description: A Mediterranean Bistro owned & operated by the Papanikas Family since 1994!
Durham, North Carolina
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

There aren't a lot of restaurants in this area of Durham so we were very surprised by the look and quality of the Bleu Olive. A very interesting menu and for us our waitress, made great suggestions. The Lemon Broth Soup is excellent and they have a really decent burger. I hope this place stays here forever!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Sally D
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A place for very satisfying Greek/Mediterranean dining in Durham”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

This little restaurant is my favorite place to visit in Durham for Greek and Mediterranean food. The decor is modern, simple and classy, the service is friendly and comfortable, and the food is dependably excellent and perfectly prepared. The restaurant offers very good typical Greek dishes (outstanding avgolemono soup and saganaki, for instance), but also very satisfying seafood and varied other dishes in Mediterranean style. My current favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth delicious pork belly appetizer served on unusually soft and tasty polenta. This is definitely a place you will want to return to again and again once you have experienced it.

  • Visited August 2013
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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perhaps my favorite restaurant in Durham!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Food is always good; they know how to cook fish which many places do not. Service is super. Always a treat.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Ken E
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Cary, North Carolina
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260 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Not so great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had great expectations of this little restaurant in a strip mall. We were so disappointed. Atmosphere and service were mediocre; the waitress was very sweet but forgot my order. I ordered a glass of wine and got a short pour - about half of what a normal restaurant or bar would have served. Complimentary bread was brought, and it was okay. Then came mussels with "bruschetta". This was pitiful, really. The mussels were tiny - not much large than the size of a pea on the inside, and several of them had not opened when cooked so they were useless. Bruschetta was not bruschetta at all. It was two pieces of dry toast placed on top of the mussels. I asked the waitress why this was bruschetta and she responded that it was what the restaurant called bruschetta, and she walked off. My friend had crab cakes and mushroom risotto - those were fine, although portion size seems quite small for the price. Never saw a manager that evening, certainly not at our table.
They really need to re-think their pricing and sizing. And the bartender should be removed. Cannot recommend this restaurant based upon our experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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4 Thank Bocain
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful travel lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stopped off I-85 (exit 174?) at Durham looking for a place for lunch and stumbled upon the Bleu Olive. Excellent and attentive service, wonderful soup of the day and salads. Would certainly plan to include it again if near meal time.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Wil L
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