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Bleu Olive


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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jim Clack Jim Clack
Mar 4, 2022 3

Good food, creative dishes. Tried the Lamb Bolognese $25 and Grilled Octopus. $16 Note that the prices are different and the menu much shorter than shown here. Service was okay but not overly friendly, so we were a bit disappointed based on the other reviews. Good place for fine dining.

Photo of Mike Lass Mike Lass
Jan 26, 2022 5

Beautifully and consistently fantastic. Partner and I love this place. Family owned and operated, you are in their “home”. Food is fantastic. Service is unreal. That lamb burger is ridiculously amazing. Wow!

Photo of Brad Orme Brad Orme
Jan 6, 2022 5

Stopped in here on a road trip based on Google reviews and we were thrilled with the food. Excellent Mediterranean fare, fast and efficient service, and reasonable prices. I would stop again any time and if I was local it would be a go to spot.

Photo of Katze Winzige Katze Winzige
Jan 14, 2022 5

Delicious food and kind staff. There is a cute family history behind this restaurant- be sure to ask your waiter.I ordered the mussels as an appetizer. They were so good that I ordered them again for my entree! Wonderful food. Highly recommended.

Photo of Christina Zeno Christina Zeno
Dec 18, 2021 4

Went here for lunch. Tried a bunch of hummus - original is the best IMO. The calamari was tender and delicious - definitely recommend this app. I ordered the lamb burger as an entree - it was good, but not great. The server we had was absolutely amazing, so +1 star for his charming personality!

Photo of Stanley Stasiewicz Stanley Stasiewicz
Oct 13, 2021 5

Service was great and the food was excellent. We started with the tzatziki. I had a Caesar salad and my wife the beets. For the main meal I had the moussaka and my wife had the fish of the day, red snapper. For dessert I had the goat cheese and honey cheesecake and my wife the orange dark chocolate torte. Way too much food but that's what to go boxes are for.

Photo of Wes MacMullen Wes MacMullen
Oct 9, 2021 5

Very nice, mid sized restaurant. Went on a Saturday evening so it was busy but we were well attended to. Bread service was great with fresh bread and roasted garlic with balsamic vinegar and oil. I had the steak special with risotto and mushrooms and delicious gravy. Photo attached

Photo of Mina Myoi Mina Myoi
Aug 18, 2021 5

Ordered paella, chocolate dessert and fried oysters. All of them were great. Paella was little salty. Overall good place for couples and family.

Photo of Jonelle Nace Jonelle Nace
Jun 11, 2021 5

We went to this place on a whim while in town for our “mini” moon since we got married last weekend. Every dish we had was incredible. I highly recommend the beet salad and pork chop ! Will definitely be back again. Thanks for a great dinner on our honeymoon.

Photo of Elizabeth Lord Elizabeth Lord
Apr 27, 2021 5

The place is small but the service is friendly and very fast. They provide a contactless menu which was so full of amazing options it was difficult to decide what to order. This is top notch Mediterranean cuisine at affordable prices. Though they didn't have my favorite Riesling, the server provided a good substitute. All around great experience.

Photo of scott Kozloff scott Kozloff
Apr 27, 2021 5

Stopped in for lunch before going to do cancer center. This was a fabulous place with many tables outdoors, as well as indoor seating. If you like Mediterranean food, I would highly recommend. My wife had a beet salad and I had a delicious blue cheese burger, and all other food that we saw people eating looked fantastic. Certainly a great place for lunch and probably a great place for dinner.

Photo of Nigel Stammes Nigel Stammes
Apr 21, 2021 5

We started ordering from here the last couple of months. Everything on the menu has been excellent. The cheesecake is to die for. Is the best cheesecake we have eaten, and my wife did not like cheese cake at all. In addition my wife and I usually do not like all items on a menu and default to like one or two favorites, but we have been loving everything which is very rare. Only one restaurant in NC has done that a few years ago. Keep up the amazing food

Photo of April Walsh April Walsh
Mar 6, 2021 5

We LOVED this place. Our waiter Antonio was great and was able to answer all our questions. The food was sooo good!! I can't wait to visit again. The food is a little pricey but definitely worth it.

Photo of Cassie Paulin Cassie Paulin
Mar 2, 2021 4

This place had a nice, calm atmosphere for a night out. The food and customer service was great. The only thing I could complain about was where they seated me on Valentine's Day, 3 feet from the restrooms. I don't know why that table was placed in such a strange position in the room. All in all, I would go back but will request a proper table location.

Photo of Malik Brewer Malik Brewer
Feb 25, 2021 5

Food is amazing and our server Antonio was very professional and fun. I’m glad he had a sense of humor. He wasn’t pushy and he gave us time and space. More businesses need to hire people with quality and standards like him.

Photo of Angela Rose Angela Rose
Jan 31, 2021 5

The food was delicious, especially the mushroom risotto! The service was impeccable. Our table was effectively distanced from other diners, so my family & I felt very safe. I definitely recommend this restaurant!

Photo of Dub Karriker Dub Karriker
Jan 18, 2021 4

Went to celebrate my wife's birthday during the pandemic. We weren't disappointed. Instead of an entree we shared a lot of little plates. The menu has a lot of tasty choices. The staff works safely and they are attentive. The ambience is middle upscale and quiet. The food and presentation are very good and overall it is worth the price.

Photo of Meshel Wade Meshel Wade
Jan 4, 2021 5

High end service that starts at the door. Fabulous food with unusual pairings that create some of the best flavors. Romantic lighting. Can't go wrong bringing a date for a special occasion or just for a tasty meal. Staff wore masks and they have electronic menus. I highly recommend!!

Photo of Brody B Brody B
Dec 28, 2020 4

Have had several dishes here so far -- lunch and dinner. The sandwiches were almost all superb, and the one I didn't care for was just a matter of taste -- as in it didn't fit my tastes but did others. Lunch items are all flavorful and I look forward to sampling the complete menu in the upcoming months. We were going to order sandwiches for dinner and realized that the menu is different. Okay, lots of stuff that we were interested in. Everything that we ordered was extremely well prepared. Every dish we ordered was exceptionally well flavored. Why then the -1 star? While the lunch dishes didn't seem to be over salted the dinner dishes were to a one, over salted. We will see if we can change this with a "no additional salt" request in the future. We would have been amazed with 1/3rd the salt so I am hoping that we can find that happy balance. This is probably a matter of local tastes -- the dishes would have held up on their own without the salt -- they were amazing. Going to talk to the pork chop. Who roasts dates? Was that a wine reduction with the dates? I don't know but it was spectacular, juicy, and cooked to perfection. The underbed of rice (or was that risotto?) was moist and flavorful -- if not too salted -- but the chop itself was divine. The calamari was bland at first, until you tried one of the two sauces and realized that they were meant to be paired. Regardless, they were cooked perfectly, not undercooked but certainly not rubbery from overcooking. A difficult thing for me to do so I know they know what they are doing. The white sauce was smokey and exquisite, the red sauce just spicy enough to say hello. The combination was sublime. Use the sauces...

Photo of Amanda Bernard Amanda Bernard
Nov 15, 2020 5

We were staying nearby for visit to a Duke Clinic and thought this would be a good place to try. Having previously vacation in Greece twice we knew the cooking would be great. I has the Paella which was slightly spicy but absolutely wonderful and my wife had yellowfin tuna with Saffron risotto and Asparagus.

Photo of Jesse Ellington Jesse Ellington
Oct 14, 2020 5

One of our favorite places in the area. The food is always good and consistent. My wife usually gets the spanakopita and always compliments it. I jump around a bit more on the menu, but my favorite on their dinner menu is the moussaka. It is great and it's hard to wait for it to cool down before taking a bite.

Photo of Randy Evans Randy Evans
Oct 7, 2020 5

Always tasty, and great even with takeout - they are also skilled at dealing with food allergies. We also noticed that it seems like there are a lot of regulars, which is a good sign.

Photo of Aaron Beaty Aaron Beaty
Sep 28, 2020 5

Loved the team. Their atmosphere and staff were welcoming. But the real star is the chef. Amazing food.

Photo of Erin Erginer Erin Erginer
Sep 15, 2020 5

Great covered outdoor patio, friendly service, tasty Mediterranean food in an unassuming plaza

Photo of Larry Goldberg Larry Goldberg
Aug 29, 2020 5

Our many'th visit to this restaurant over the last several years did not, yet again, disappoint. Family owned and operated, Bleu Olive serves delicious food at reasonable prices, and has an outstanding wine list which it serves with knowledge and flair. The choices on the menu and the wine list are not huge, but they are carefully curated. For fine dining in the triangle this is hard to beat.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

Ate here for dinner on our trip to move our freshman into Duke University. I absolutely loved the blackened swordfish special and the Greek salad and 4 spread sampler were a great way to start. My sister enjoyed her lamb burger and fries and my brother thought the paella was good.

Photo of Wesley Hayward Wesley Hayward
Aug 25, 2020 4

Great all around ex the salmon being presumably dosed in butter 8,000x. Don’t let the appearance fool you though. Nice gem.

Photo of Ray Hernandez Ray Hernandez
Aug 5, 2020 5

The lunch is an especially great value for the quality of food and service. Favorite dishes include the Joyce Farms Chicken with risotto, Salmon Plaki, Paella, and the wonderful Shrimp Tourkolimano. For lunch, the Chicken Salad Croissant is a tasty choice. The wine selection is extensive and you'll probably find a draught or bottled beer to enjoy with your meal.

Photo of Dawn McNeill Dawn McNeill
Jul 9, 2020 5

We have been eating at Bleu Olive for years and the food is always good. Yesterday for dinner I ordered the tenderloin with blue cheese risotto and root vegetables. OMG I must say without a doubt the best meal I have ever had anywhere!!!!

Photo of Stephanie Mains Stephanie Mains
Jul 14, 2020 5

Sat at the bar for a solo dinner. The bartender, Chad, was fantastic and knowledgeable. The dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) were amazing! I highly recommend the goat cheese and honey cheesecake with the pistachio crust! Absolutely wonderful experience and atmosphere. I will be back the next time I’m in Durham NC.

Photo of Jesmin Woon Jesmin Woon
Jun 23, 2020 5

Food is good n service tooBig portion, love the goat cheese cake

Photo of Hanna Norris Hanna Norris
Jun 29, 2019 4

I am feeling 4.5 stars but leaning more towards 4. This place was a great treat for my birthday dinner. The appetizer was amazing, probably the best part. All of the spreads were delicious and the pita is lovely. The wine was great, we has Riesling. The soup of the day was awesome as well, very fishy and good. The meals were probably the worst part of dinner yet they were just fine. They arent "i have to eat every bit" amazing but they got better the more we ate. I ended up wishing i ordered something else but that is kinda on me. Our server Ashley was perfect, not too much and not too little. The Trio dessert was fabulous, very very yummy! All in all we drove over an hour to get here (not a lot of choices in sanford....) and it was worth it but wont be coming out of our way again. However, if I am ever nearby I will keep in on the list of places to stop for lunch!

Photo of A Wall A Wall
Oct 6, 2018 5

Nice small plates (mezze). Entrees are excellent too. I especially liked a chowder, crab cake and pork chop. Outside seating added a special touch, even though it was next to parking lot

Photo of Michael Hauser Michael Hauser
Apr 18, 2020 5

Takeout was AMAZING! The lamb tenderloin was done perfectly and so tender. The risotto was rich and flavorful. And then the cheesecake! Light and fluffy with a wonderful tart flavor that perfectly set off the pistachios in the crust. My wife's chicken was just as delicious, if the soft moaning sounds were any indication. Do yourself a favor and order dinner here right away!

Photo of Brad Kirkpatrick Brad Kirkpatrick
Mar 5, 2020 5

Excellent food and service! Very eclectic menu for all appetites. The wine choices were great as well.

Photo of John Knutson John Knutson
Feb 4, 2020 5

I ordered the beef tenderloin and it was very good but the mushroom risotto was the start of the dish and worth coming back just for it. Great service and atmosphere. Excellent restaurant!

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 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 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 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 DeAnn Byrd DeAnn Byrd
Nov 21, 2019 5

Great atmosphere! Food and service beyond expectations

Photo of Michael Marciniak Michael Marciniak
Nov 16, 2019 5

Great food and atmosphere. Best hidden secret in Durham!

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 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 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 Phillip Andrews Phillip Andrews
Apr 12, 2022 5

The food was really amazing and the staff was very attentive. The beet salad was very bright and fresh and beautifully prepared. For an entree I had the grilled pork chop that was outstanding! The fig compote on top was so tasty. The root vegetables were nice and toasty and the blue cheese risotto added a nice interest. The moussaka was very tasty. A great evening!

Photo of Nathan Anglin Nathan Anglin
Jun 4, 2022 5

Somewhat upscale but still a place you can get away with wearing shorts and a collared shirt. Very nice ambience and excellent cuisine. The paella was great. A bit on the pricey side...but isn't everything these days?

Photo of Katarina Popovic Katarina Popovic
Jun 22, 2022 5

Cocktails were delicious and the food was good (recommend the salmon and the paella). They charge for bread service (meaning no free bread at the table) but it was only $3 so nothing too crazy. All in all, would definitely go back.