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“We WILL be going back!”
Review of Bleu Olive

Bleu Olive
Ranked #27 of 785 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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 February 28, 2014

The restaurant looked nice. Not too big, not too small. We liked the fact that it was not a "chain" restaurant. The food was great. Good balance of menu items, lots of wines! We will be going back.

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Thank Philly-In-Durham
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

The Greek food at this eatery is impressive indeed it was as beautiful as the decor . We started off with the calamari which had two sauces and an impressive aioli sauce, the calamari was perfect crisp, not overlooked or rubbery, lightly breaded yet crisp and most importantly fresh. After the appetizer which my fiancé both had I had a beer a light blue Greek cerveza which was summery and sweet yet crisp. Later we both had lamb burger which we decided to get medium rare which was perfect the burgers when they are hot melt in your mouth to perfection with the salsa of peppers a light sauce and greens but you can still taste the meat. The meat starts to get firmer as the burger cooks which is an impressive touch whether it was intentional or a nice bonus it was impressive. The decor and service was not only friendly and superb, but we felt at home , and the customers feel the same way as we had a few conversations that only truly are great when there is a wonderful atmosphere . If you get the chance to come to durham and around hills dale road which is near our home, definitely swing by this restaurant you certainly will not be sorry .

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Thank JessyT1
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

As much as the quality of their food is good, but I have to say the attitude of the owner's mother who is there every day and all the time is bad.
She does not make people feel welcome at all.
They need to do something about her. Either make her sit in the back and manage or not to be there at all.
I have tried them many times, during day, night, weekend, week day or holidays.

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4  Thank toktam
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Folks..this is not fine dining...at least not yet. Shame on us for visiting on one of the busiest nights of the season. The day after Valentine's day was not the right time to put this restaurant to the test. That's our bad judgment. My wife had been to the newly launched Bleu Olive for lunch on two occasions, and loved it. Our friends had come for the brunch, and loved it. So we visited last night for dinner, and had a great time, but it was obvious to all of us that there are many rough edges still be be dealt with, if Bleu Olive is to survive and continue to flourish. First..the high points. Our server was superb. Friendly, knowledgeable, confident and helpful. We left two of the starter choices, and later the desserts, for her to decide. Those choices were spot on. The soup of the day was excellent...all three who tried it said it was just super. The roasted beet "tartar" a cooked, chopped and chilled creation with chevre, pistachio and a nice vinaigrette...was excellent. Later, she suggested we share a goat cheese cheesecake, and a chocolate creation, both of which were absolutely delicious. Now for the rest. My wife ordered a mixed green salad that was unappealing, limp lettuce with brown edges, topped with a glop of dressing. She described it as "underwhelming at best". The daily seafood special was blackened swordfish..an ample portion of sword top a wonderful root vegetable compote, but the fish was badly overcooked, and very dry to the palate. I too am a seafood fan, so I ordered the "Crispy Fried Oysters". They were not. And in fact, it was one of the oddest dishes I'd ever encountered. The oysters were described as "west coast"...and why? We're on the east coast with an abundance of fresh seafood practically next door. The batter on the oysters was dry and mealy, almost tasted store-bought, and the oysters themselves were large and meaty and had the consistency of something that either came out of a can, or were on the downhill side of their existence. Remarkably dry oysters...certainly not the freshest they should be. All that topped with a wad of proscuitto and argula in the middle of the plate. Dreadful.

We waited about 30 minutes for our reserved table...and there was a sense of helter skelter in the room...it was palatable. Our hostess, and one of the hosts..came to us in the bar area and apologized four times for the table not being ready. We really didn't care, but we would have preferred not to have been told on 3 separate occasions that the table was currently being reset and it should be just a couple of minutes. Lastly..there are just too many tables and too many people in this space. I seriously wondered if they weren't exceeding their occupancy permit last night. The tables were so close together, that if you were unlucky to be seated in one of the middle rows, you could look forward to having a server's butt in your face while they took care of the people next to you. I observed this a half dozen times. Fortunately, we were seated in a back corner. If you visit...request on table on the perimeter. So with all of that said...we wish Bleu Olive well. It's owned by a family that has been faithful to this community for many years...they deserve success, and their efforts are obvious. but there are plenty of rough edges between here, and there. Better quality control in the kitchen, more attention to guest comfort in the dining room..would be a start. We rated this restaurant "very good"...but that's more of a hope, than it is a current reality.

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1  Thank chuckiek
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

When Bleu Olive opened we were happy but skeptical. Ever since the old Bakatsias closed this location has changed identities many times. I am happy to report this is the best version yet. Great good, great service and classy decor add up to a wonderful experience. Apparently the rest of the world has caught on because when we showed up without reservations on a Saturday night we were told there was a two hour wait! Next time we'll make reservations and enjoy this Mediterranean fare. Hubby especially loved the bakalva, served in a clever little tray.Excellent and happy to recommend (although hate to add to the already large crowds!).

Thank Linda R
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