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Bleu Olive

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1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2659 (Formerly Bleu Olive Bistro) (Front Street)
+1 919-383-8502
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Attica, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous dinner, business traveler, walked across the street from my hotel and had the best ever lamb burger..sat at the bar great company...highly recommend.

Thank davlincc
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Much thanks to Bleu Olive Bistro for providing us a wonderful lunch and excellent service on our wedding day! The restaurant was very accommodating to us and allowed us to dine in earlier than anticipated. Everyone enjoyed the food and the champagne! The mussels were a big hit! We had a wonderful experience and our server provided phenomenal service. We... More 

Thank Christine A. B
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very tasty greek entrees Very unwelcoming reception by staff - they are centered in their own inner cohort circle - and having an entire career based on providing excellent customer service, I just cannot go in there again and give them our business!

1 Thank Barbara Burke G
Brooklyn, New York
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a delicious meal and inviting atmosphere with non-hurried approach to enjoyable dining, then this is the place. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. I could find nothing even remotely less than excellent. Superlatives all around!

Thank C S
Calabasas, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Back in Durham and stopped by Bleu Olive to perform a culinary continuity test. I ordered my two favorite dishes from my first visit in December 2016, the appetizer sampler and the chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta. As I reported in my initial review, these are in a class by themselves and worth the price of admission. Was... More 

Thank Splash46
Sebring, Florida
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119 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered their paella. Very flavorful and reasonable portion but I thought it was a bit pricey at $24. The wine choices were good well by the glass. If you are staying in one of the hotels nearby, this is well worth a visit.

Thank PTAnderson
Orange Co, NC
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bleu Olive is located in a strip mall and that might indicate a mediocre restaurant. But it iis much better than that. It describes itself as "Mediterranean" and that seems a fair description. There are dishes on the menu with Italian, Spanish and Greek/Turkish flavors. My wife's appetizer of chicken liver paté was superb and her paella was a rich... More 

Thank Michael_Orange_NC
Durham, North Carolina
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prior to a recent visit to Bleu Olive, we had been big fans and were always impressed by the quality of the food and the excellent service. We are no longer fans - we were so disappointed in both the service and the quality of the food during our recent visit. It has definitely taken a step backwards. On arrival,... More 

Thank Mike S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had reservations for 6 on a Sunday. We were seated at a round table which was great because we could talk to each other. The salmon was perfectly cooked. The food was delicious for all of us. I ordered baklava for dessert. It was not only delicious but beautifully presented. The cost was reasonable. I definitely recommend it.

Thank Gina N
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I consider myself a foodie and I rank this place as one of the best. I did not find anything from the appetizers to dessert that was good or below. Everything was excellent and wonderful in taste and textures. Even the staff was attentive and courteous. Anytime I have to be in the area, I will dine there.

Thank thomasls2015

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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$30
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2659 (Formerly Bleu Olive Bistro)
    (Front Street)
  • Public Transportation: Yes
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-383-8502
A Mediterranean Bistro owned & operated by the Papanikas Family since 1994!

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