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Blue Corn Cafe

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716 Ninth St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-286-9600
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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485 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I liked everything about this place. The decor, the atmosphere, the food and great service from waiter Brian. We shared an order of platanos as a starter, and we had the Cuban sandwich, Ropa Vieja and picadillo as mains. All exquisitely spiced. I particularly enjoyed their tomatillo green salsa. Great selection of latin food. Recommended.

Thank frenchteddywww
Mebane, North Carolina
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The food is outstanding, with a creative flair and beautiful presentation. Everything is fresh. Service was great too, with a friendly staff. The walls are covered with art that changes from time to time.

Thank Kim S
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348 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It had been several years since we had dined at the Blue Corn Cafe, so we decided to get in the mood for The Mavericks' show and have a bite. In the past, we have gone for lunch and found the menu fine. Tonight it seemed a bit limited and a bit too fancy--at the same time. We started with... More 

Thank EdRockster
Cary, NC
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142 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I eat at this restaurant 1X a week as my business networking group meets there; however, I've visited there a couple of times independently as well. We have a set menu at our meetings and I usually get the Tomato and Avocado Salad w/ Cilantro dress. All the ingredients are fresh and delicious and never disappointments. The other day I... More 

1 Thank HotMessNC
Durham, North Carolina
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66 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Excellent place to have lunch or dinner. I recently stopped by to kill some time waiting for my husband and had a wonderful experience as well as dinner to take home! I must say they make a great martini to order! I had some tasty guacamole to go along with it. I ordered fish taco's to take home as well... More 

1 Thank susan c
Blacksburg, VA
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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

My daughter and I went here, after visiting her mother in the Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at Duke hospital (hence the abnormal attention being paid to sanitation ratings- we can not visit her if we get sick), for dinner. It is not a fancy place and only has street parking but, especially after 6pm, that isn't much of a problem.... More 

1 Thank pattynjay
Greenburgh, New York
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Delicious food. Celiac friendly (including a separate gluten-free fryer and a knowledgeable waitress). Good family option within reach of the Duke campus.

Thank Davidqwerty
Durham, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I was with a large group and everybody raved about the food. The special of the evening was a mild fish with a peach and tomato sauce. The sauce was excellent! I had quesadillas and they were really good and came with rice and beans so a big plate of food for a very reasonable price. Look forward to returning!

1 Thank CJohnson143
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209 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

One of my favorite places to eat in Durham. Can do business meetings, date nights, take the kids - - it all works. Very good service with excellent owners who care deeply about the food and the place. peccadillo is awesome!!!

1 Thank simnznc06
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

What is better than free parking in the evening, great service, tasty food and inviting decor? Blue Corn Cafe is a place where you have many menu options, including a vegetarian menu, it is quiet enough to talk to your friends, and the location on Ninth Street is convenient wherever you are coming from in the Triangle. Our teenagers loved... More 

2 Thank Diane J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 716 Ninth St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-286-9600

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