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Blu Seafood and Bar

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2002 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705-4118 (Ninth Street)
+1 919-286-9777
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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North Carolina
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here last night for his birthday. The food, service and atmosphere was fantastic! Our waitress (Jenny) could not have been more accommodating. We had the Oysters Rockefeller for appetizer and it was savory and delicious. I had the shrimp and grits and it was the best that I have ever consumed. (and we have a... More 

Thank VTHokieNorthCarolina
West End, North Carolina
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did not see the building on Hillsborough Rd, so I had to go around the block and try again. Thankfully, they have a BLUE awning to go along with their name "Blu." Small restaurant with very little parking. Went during lunch so we had no problem, but would recommend making reservations if you decided to go to dinner. Food was... More 

Thank SBH87
Durham, North Carolina
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We arrived at 7:15pm for our reservation and were seated right away at a nice table (the tables can be REALLY close to each other at this place). Our waiter came immediately and took our drink order (we each had wine). We waited around 15 minutes for the wine; a tiny piece of bread was brought for us to share.... More 

Thank SueLovesDuke
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325 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This place has a limited but tasty menu. The only problem was they had just ran out of the Tuna Tartar before we ordered and I had had my heart set on having that before I left home. We had the Crab Mac and cheese as a replacement. It was tasty but not what I had been looking to eat.... More 

Thank Nancy M
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Oysters Rockefeller was awesome. We had scallops and shrimp also one of my favorite. Also try the key lime pie. Will return soon.

Thank Andy F
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I spent most of my life around water and wonderful seafood restaurants. I really enjoyed the seafood here. Though I will say that I am looking forward to the summer for their amazing crab gazpacho.

Thank AhsiaSands
Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Excellent service, I was with friends and we were not rushed at all. The server allowed us to actually take our time and enjoy the evening. -The Oysters are the best oysters I have had in the triangle! (Yes, better than 42nd street) Just delicious! -Also enjoyed the special of the day. Which was a pan roasted fish that was... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Ambience was nice and the staff welcoming but the food needed some seasoning, at least a pinch of salt. I had the mountain trout and my hubby had the bouillabaisse and I wouldn't get either again. Started with clam chowder which he liked and I had Asian salad. Those were fine.

Thank jadoc
Durham, NC
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Durham and I've never been disappointed, although I feel like the quality has slipped a little over the years. I ordered the crab mac and cheese which was pretty good and the daily fish special. My step-dad had the shrimp and grits, which are always excellent.

Thank Andy M
Cairo, Egypt
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Nice ambiance. Excellent service from a very attentive waitress. Had oysters, trout cooked to perfection, scallops with risotto and crab mac& cheese . On the menu were other dishes that also seemed very nice. Hope will be able to visit the place again.

Thank F H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2002 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705-4118
    (Ninth Street)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-286-9777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?