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Bleu Olive

1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2659
+1 919-383-8502
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1821 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2659
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our daughter highly recommended Bleu Olive for our last night in Durham. So many delicious choices on the menu, that we wanted to try them all. Best option for us were to share mezza, or small plates. We tried grilled octopus, baked feta, baba ghanoush,...More

Thank buckeyefanz1957
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food if you enjoy mediterranean. Wide selection on the menu. Quiet and good atmosphere. Service was great

Thank _Timothy_OConnor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overnight stay in Durham and found Bleu Olive on Trip Advisor. We shared the calamari, each had a salad. He: fried Carolina oyster salad. Me: roasted beets. Both were extremely fresh & tasty. The oysters had a wonderful fry, resulting in plump oysters. Roasted Beet...More

Thank P T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As soon as you enter Bleu Olive, you leave its plain strip mall exterior behind, in favor of warm, contemporary surroundings and excellent food. Although Greek dishes and wines are prominent on the menu, you'll discover "meze" (or tapas-style) dishes influenced by the Arab world,...More

Thank Projournalist
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Interesting menu and all great tasting. Stayed in the hotel across the street (business traveller) and just came here for a drink (as all the other food places have no bar here, imagine that). After checking out the menu I came back every day that...More

Thank J. F
Reviewed 22 March 2017 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
Reviewed 14 March 2017 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...More

Thank Christine A. B
Reviewed 14 March 2017 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!

2  Thank Barbara Burke G
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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
Reviewed 8 March 2017 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...More

Thank Splash46
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How do I purchase a gift certificate?
8 April 2016|
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Response from CTSopper | Reviewed this property |
Please call the restaurant. 919.383.8502 I checked and they can sell you a gift certificate via telephone.
How far in advance do we need to make reservations? My husband and I will be in town next Friday-Monday, but have not decided which day or days(though we likely will hit the brunch for sure on Sunday, I believe it is. We will be staying at a hotel right across the parking lot from you. Do you have lunch during Saturday? Thank you. Poopsie
6 July 2015|
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Response from Mrsjones930 | Reviewed this property |
I an sorry you hit the wrong key. I posted a review. I don't own the restaurant.
barbara c
Are any of your meats and chicken pasture raised? Is you seafood wild or farmed
10 February 2015|
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Response from Bleu O | Property representative |
Yes, our meats & poultry are from North Carolina farms & seafood off NC, SC & Virginia coasts. Thank you for your interest.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
A Mediterranean Bistro owned & operated by the Papanikas Family since 1994!