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Bleu Olive

4.5

1821 Hillandale Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-8502
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Bleu Olive

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Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Oct 25, 2019 5

By far my favorite restaurant in Durham. I come here every year for my celebratory birthday dinner, and it's my go-to for out of town guests. I love the fresh bread and olive oil/spice dipping sauce they bring to the table. I usually get chicken as my main dish and it's always tender and flavorful. The dessert is amazing too. I especially love the creme brulee, and the dark chocolate torte.

Photo of Kyle Belanger Kyle Belanger
Nov 13, 2019 5

Came here for a work dinner and glad I did. The food was excellent and service was too notch! Everyone I was with enjoyed there meals, and desert was out of this world. Will 100% be back next time I'm in town!

Photo of Irene Jacobson Irene Jacobson
Nov 20, 2019 5

Our server Kyra provided excellent service. Our food choices were also fabulous. Greek salad, mussels and the vegetables with polenta were truly delicious. When in Durham again, we will go back.

Photo of Michael Marciniak Michael Marciniak
Nov 16, 2019 5

Great food and atmosphere. Best hidden secret in Durham!

Photo of DeAnn Byrd DeAnn Byrd
Nov 21, 2019 5

Great atmosphere! Food and service beyond expectations

Photo of Victoria F Victoria F
Dec 16, 2019 4

Great food, decent service. I enjoy Bleu Olive, it is shockingly tasty with a varied menu of the best of Anglicized Mediterranean food. I had a lamb burger layered with beer relish and savory feta. They came with rosemary sea salt fries which are a delight in and of themselves. I have yet to be disappointed by a dish. The ambiance is classy, and romantic. With lovely place settings and amble space per table. However, brunch time does tend to get very loud. Depending on the time you arrive the quality of service varies. I come from an old school concept of classic manners where you do not remove plates until everyone is finished eating. The frequency with which our server came to remove a single cup, two plates, a side dish with food still on it became a bit aggravating. Otherwise, the food does not disappoint!

Photo of Zaiden Michael Zaiden Michael
Dec 19, 2019 5

Nice vibes and super attentive service. The meals were crisp and delightful. Will absolutely recommend this spot to others. Affordable rates and big meals. Keep it up.

Photo of Clare Bathé Clare Bathé
Jan 3, 2020 5

I don't want to say how delicious the meals are at this restaurant because everyone will start going and I won't be able to get a seat!! Yes, every single dish is made with fresh food and with loving, caring hands. You can taste the difference between a meal that has been thrown together and one that has been made with care. Their hummus is the best in the world. No, really. I've been all over the world and against wherever I have had hummus, this restaurant serves the best! Customer service is just okay. But that is not the norm from my experiences.

Photo of Victoria F Victoria F
Jan 12, 2020 4

Great food, decent service. I enjoy Bleu Olive, it is shockingly tasty with a varied menu of the best of Anglicized Mediterranean food. I had a lamb burger layered with beet relish and savory feta. They came with rosemary sea salt fries which are a delight in and of themselves. I have yet to be disappointed by a dish. The ambiance is classy, and romantic. With lovely place settings and amble space per table. However, brunch time does tend to get very loud. Depending on the time you arrive the quality of service varies. I come from an old school concept of classic manners where you do not remove plates until everyone is finished eating. The frequency with which our server came to remove a single cup, two plates, a side dish with food still on it became a bit aggravating. Otherwise, the food does not disappoint!

Photo of Sam Zivitski Sam Zivitski
Oct 11, 2019 5

Mediterranean cuisine, I had a lamb burger and a cup of crab soup and they were excellent. Service was great and they had seating outside. I look forward to going back and trying other things that sounded good on the menu

Photo of Steve Breedlove Steve Breedlove
Oct 10, 2019 5

We really enjoy Bleu Olive. We've been several times and intend to go back. The service last night was terrific -- super friendly, unpretentious, and solid. The food is excellent. The Scottish salmon is excellent, Good, creative options. The bottle of Brunello Montepulciano was OUTSTANDING. Try the spiced ice cream -- it matches well with a great cappuccino. What a nice evening we had there with friends!

Photo of Patty Smith Patty Smith
Mar 29, 2019 5

My friend suggested this place for a meet up but it was so much better than that. The varied menu had so many tempting choices! We enjoyed lamb “meatballs” (actually flat patties but so good who cares?), the beautiful and creatively prepared beet salad, a large serving of moussaka and some red wine. Other than my wine was warm, the meal was a complete success. The service was pleasant, unobtrusive, and on top of everything. Oh, and the decor made it easy to forget you are in a strip mall!

Photo of Abdul Kader Abdul Kader
Feb 9, 2019 5

Great place. Owner attends the reception desk. Been there for 26 years. Great ambience and great food. My daughter loved mussels, entree and we both loved there bread. There espresso is great. The server was very attentive. I recommend the place. Tastefully decorates.

Photo of Elizabeth Gatling Elizabeth Gatling
Mar 14, 2019 5

Very good food. The mushroom linguine was fabulous and the flatiron steak cooked to perfection. We needed to add salt but that's not a bad thing, IMO, because many places add too much. Will definitely visit again.

Photo of Kerry Graham Kerry Graham
Jul 6, 2019 5

I added salmon to my beet salad, and the salmon was blackened, which I enjoyed. There was not a lot of arugula in the salad but lots of beets dressed in a sauce with a small amount of something resembling pistachio crumbles. The salad included fennel, which I love. The salad was topped with a large flat disk of tasty goat cheese.

Photo of Ann Vogler Ann Vogler
Jun 20, 2019 5

Loved the assorted spread/dips. I was quite full from the appetizer and lamb burger (so delicious but filling) that I didn’t get to the salad. I think next time I’ll get a lighter meal. My husband enjoyed his meal as well.

Photo of Abby Crownshaw Abby Crownshaw
Jun 30, 2019 5

Great cocktails and fantastic food. The mushroom risotto was exquisite, but the whole meal was perfect. We will definitely be back!