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Blue Corn Cafe

4.5

716 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 286-9600
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Photo of James Hunter James Hunter
Aug 28, 2019 5

The flavors were amazing. I was with family and we each had something different and each meal was super. We will come here again for sure when we are back in Durham.

Photo of Aaron Peterson Aaron Peterson
Aug 3, 2019 5

Went for the first time the other day for lunch and it was amazing! Everything our group ordered was great. Kids loved their food. The daily special was great. The Cuban sandwich and empanada meal was great. Appetizers were great! We were all too full for dessert. Service great! I wish I would have discovered this place earlier. Can’t wait to return!

Photo of William Campbell William Campbell
Oct 20, 2019 5

First time at Blue Corn. Will not be our last. Attentive staff. Very nicely prepared food. Guacamole could be some of the best I've ever had. If you like mile, I also recommend it. Very nice selection menu.

Photo of Andrew C-K Andrew C-K
Aug 16, 2019 4

Blue Corn is one of our new favorites. It has a nice variety of dishes for everyone - omnivore, vegetarian and vegan. Everything tastes fresh and the atmosphere is charming and slightly eclectic. Service has been solid both times this summer. The beer and wine list isn't terrible either. We've gone for just a weekday dinner or a little celebration.

Photo of Leighann Breeze Leighann Breeze
Jun 21, 2019 5

Such a good restaurant with a relaxed vibe! And one of the best and easiest event spaces to work with in town. This is a Latin American Grill but they are accommodating for special request menus for events. They are also extremely vegetarian and vegan friendly :)

Photo of Kathleen Anderson Kathleen Anderson
Mar 25, 2019 5

My husband and I have been here 3 times to eat over the last 4 months. Every time we've visited the food and the service have been exceptional. The Picadillo is so rich in flavor and the Patron margarita is to die for. There are unique dishes and it's easy to tell the chefs are passionate about creating food you won't find on every menu. The atmosphere is adult but not stuffy, and lastly, the prices are fair. Had visitors in town and they agreed this place is special.

Photo of Austin Alwood Austin Alwood
Mar 10, 2019 4

I thought about making reservations but when I looked on Open Table there were openings every 15 minutes on Saturday so I didn't. When we got there no open tables for 20 minutes. We opted to sit at the bar. Service was great and the food was good. I like the relaxed atmosphere and enjoyed my beer and dinner.

Photo of Rachel Moss Rachel Moss
Apr 4, 2019 5

Don't let the description fool you: this was far and away some of the best food and service we have had in all Durham. ("Tex Mex" makes this place sound like an upscale Taco Bell.) Great food, wonderful atmosphere. Our server was great at recommending things to us, and the food came out quickly. Definitely save room for dessert. We will be back soon!

Photo of W. A. Rivera W. A. Rivera
May 17, 2019 5

The food is always excellent and the service on point. It helps that the owners manage the service and are the head chef respectively. How much they care is obvious in every detail. By the way, the menu is really interesting combining Mexican, Cuban, and American influences. I strongly recommend it!

Photo of Heather Arndt Heather Arndt
May 29, 2019 5

I love this place! I eat here every few weeks for lunch, and the atmosphere is so welcoming. I’ve only had delicious meals every single time - I recommend anything that comes with plantains, yum! You can see the staff is trained well, and the management is always on the floor active with them and customers. I plan on being a regular!

Photo of michael mathews michael mathews
Mar 10, 2022 5

Wow the food is outstanding! Wonderful atmosphere, terrific service, definitely a place Worth visiting. I will be back!

Photo of Jack Linscott Jack Linscott
Feb 28, 2022 5

Excellent lunch!!! The staff is very courteous. The food was brought quickly, and is truly delicious. The Blue Corn Cafe is WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!!!]

Photo of Joey Labriola Joey Labriola
Mar 18, 2022 5

Personable place where they really appreciate your business. Food is always consistent and excellent. Prices are fair and the value is great.

Photo of Tracey DeShazo Tracey DeShazo
Jan 29, 2022 5

First-time diners and the experience did not disappoint! The restaurant was spacious and clean, and the staff was extremely friendly. Our server, Tessa, was very knowledgeable of the food selections and provided us with exceptional service. We ordered guacamole for an appetizer, and it was delicious. The steak fajitas were tasty, and the black beans were out of this world. I highly recommend giving this hidden gem a try.

Photo of Tyler Falwell Tyler Falwell
Dec 29, 2021 5

If I'm within 20miles I have to stop, it's that good. Reminds me of Cuban food with so many different flavor profiles on one plate.

Photo of Andrea W Andrea W
Dec 21, 2021 5

The food was amazing and the service was even better. Our server even brought us all different sizes of to-go containers so we could bring home all the delicious food we were too full to eat! Will be back!

Photo of Bonnie Strowd Bonnie Strowd
Nov 19, 2021 5

Off the charts GREAT experience!! My family had an event in the private room. The staff was helpful from the moment we walked in until the minute we walked out. They went above and beyond to help us set up and helped us load our things after the event. The service during the event was stellar and the food was excellent. There is nothing else I could have asked of these folks! I will be a regular customer for life!

Photo of Susan Feinblatt Susan Feinblatt
Oct 29, 2021 3

We were visiting Durham and needed a place close to the School and Science and Math to take out dinner and found Blue Corn Cafe. I have many food allergies and they were wonderful in trying to help me find something. Unfortunately that’s why I gave them 3 stars. For the food i would have given them a 1. There is a reason why our order took only 10 minutes. Everything must be made in advance because the chicken fajitas were not only very unappealing but tasted strange. The tortillas smelled rancid and the beef quesadilla was also pretty awful. It is too bad because the front of the house were amazing. We are in Durham for the weekend but won’t ever be back.

Photo of Kat Friel Kat Friel
May 6, 2021 5

Chose this as our, “first dine-in restaurant in over a year, because we’re finally fully vaccinated” dinner and they did not disappoint. It was our first visit as we just moved to the area and I already can’t wait to go back. Fish tacos were crispy, full, crunch and fresh, and my husband loved his mole. We both really enjoyed our cocktails- and not just because someone else made them for us, the house margarita was tasty and just the right amount of salt on the rim! Service was friendly and fast. Looking forward to our next visit(s) to try all the other meals I had to decide between getting.

Photo of Joyce Beavers Joyce Beavers
Sep 22, 2021 5

Totally smooth environment. Great staff and the drinks were amazing. Clean and sanitary 💕💕💕

Photo of Cherie W. Cherie W.
Jul 18, 2021 5

Always great customer service!! Food is "excellent"! A favorite places for authentic Mexican dishes! Thanks to Antonio & Danielle! See you again soon!! 😊

Photo of Damola Damola
Jun 6, 2021 5

The interior is really nice. The bathrooms are very clean. And of course, the food is incredible. The serving sizes are quite large as well.

Photo of Todd Rosenlund Todd Rosenlund
May 13, 2021 5

Amazing experience, great service, amazing food. Actually the best Tostones, I've ever had. I can't understand why this place was not packed with people. I would recommend very highly and will go back next time I'm in town

Photo of Alivia Evans Alivia Evans
May 6, 2021 5

I've worked next door for two years and finally decided to stop in for dinner, I was so pleasantly surprised when I walked in and was greeted so well! The atmosphere is so cozy and I adored their decorations. They already had my table prepared and my waitress was absolutely wonderful! I loved everything she recommended I try, the food was very fresh and delicious. Oh, and the coffee was GOOD!! Its so hard to find a restaurant with all of the boxes checked off, but they did it! 10/10 recommend! This place is a gem.

Photo of Joe Lunne Joe Lunne
Apr 17, 2021 5

Don’t miss. My wife and I stopped in for a quick bite and may have found a new favorite place to eat. The service was great, food was fabulous—I had the enchiladas con mole, wife had the fish tacos—and the atmosphere was relaxing. This was our first dine-in since COVID began and it was great. Get on down to Blue Corn Cafe!

Photo of Darice Darice
Mar 26, 2021 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants! The service is excellent and the food is out of this world AMAZING!! I tell all my friends and family and always recommend them to anyone looking for a great night out.

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
Mar 19, 2021 5

Blue Corn Cafe made our date night exceptional. This 9th Street Latin restaurant is wonderfully cozy yet spacious. The service was excellent. From the moment we walked in to when we left, service was 10/10. The food was mouthwateringly delicious. Everything our server Troy recommended was delicious. We are definitely returning to try the rest of the menu. Also, there is a Taco Happy Hour and outdoor dining.

Photo of Samayyah Parker Samayyah Parker
Mar 9, 2021 5

First time eating at this restaurant and I must say, I’m impressed. The food was fresh and the service from Troy (our waiter) was outstanding! I’d definitely go back.

Photo of Kendra W Kendra W
Mar 9, 2021 5

This is my first time visiting the Blue Corn Cafe and I must say they did not disappoint me. I had the Cod with grilled veggies and rice, plantains, and calamari. Everything was fresh and hot. The mango salsa is the best I have ever had (and I have had a lot mango salsa ). Troy my server was awesome. I hope he is my server the next time I return (which will be often) .

Photo of Mara Shea Mara Shea
Mar 6, 2021 5

We had our first date here 19 years ago, and have come back every year on that date. So after a year of self-isolation and pandemic, it was a joy to return. We didn't get there last year, and were a little anxious about eating out now... But we found the staff are all being cautious and caring, and it was wonderful to be there. The food is still great, and the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. Thank you, Blue Corn!

Photo of SaraN SaraN
Nov 7, 2020 5

Finally, a restaurant with real food! Our food was clearly prepared with whole food ingredients, meaning nothing was frozen or premade - it was like eating an authentic home-cooked meal. The flavors and textures of the food reflected the quality ingredients. Portion sizes were generous. Service was friendly and attentive but not obtrusive. Atmosphere was very comfortable, even cozy. Prices were very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food. Upon leaving we both wondered 'Why haven't we come here sooner?!' We look forward to returning for future meals.

Photo of Allison Alvarado Allison Alvarado
Dec 7, 2020 5

Socially distanced seating and masks required. Felt safe! Also the best margarita and plantains I've had in Durham! I'm also a salsa addict and everyone of their salsas were delicious!

Photo of Thomas Olson Thomas Olson
Nov 24, 2020 5

Fantastic restaurant with extraordinary friendly staff at a great price. I’ve been going to blue corn for over 3 years now, and each time I am surprised at the quality of the food and the attentiveness of the staff. Even while COVID-19 is going on, blue corn continues to exceed expectations. 10/10

Photo of Brooke Burton Brooke Burton
Oct 16, 2020 5

Love this place everyone is friendly and food is excellent!

Photo of Anna V Howard Anna V Howard
Oct 6, 2020 5

Absolutely delicious!!! I will definitely be going back there. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Photo of Michael Pendergraft Michael Pendergraft
May 30, 2018 5

Food and service were great. We went on a slow day, but we got seated quickly and our server came by immediately afterwards. My mother was impressed how our server remembered everyone's drink and food orders without writing it down and everything came out without a mistake!

Photo of Keshia Best-Barnes Keshia Best-Barnes
Jul 18, 2020 4

First visit to this location. I placed a carry out order after being in the area. I was pleased with my choice of the Eggplant Quesadilla. I plan to visit again to take advantage of other menu items.

Photo of Glenn Sikes Glenn Sikes
Jul 20, 2020 5

What a delight to find such a wonderful restaurant! We had a chicken and Serrano ham paella and chicken mole enchiladas. Both were superb with inventive seasonings and surprisingly high quality ingredients. As a side we had the plantains (maduros) which were perfectly ripe and perfectly cooked, a rare event for sure! But the best came later, I ordered a Cuban sandwich to go, that my wife and I had for dinner later. What a treat! I grew up having Cuban Mix sandwiches in Key West and Miami. I'll even fly to Key West just to have a Cuban Mix! This was not your regular lunch sandwich. This was an haute cuisine dinner Cuban Sandwich! Inventively constructed on a home made (soda?) bread with excellent pork and ham and served with the best black beans I've had in years. 5 stars!

Photo of Dotty Davis Dotty Davis
Jul 11, 2020 5

What incredible dishes. Not only delicious, but with incredible presentation! The prices were very affordable considering the selection and variety. Beautiful, local restaurant with very friendly and fun staff.

Photo of Sandra Benton Sandra Benton
May 6, 2018 5

Excellent food and service! Watermelon basil margarita was perfect and my entree was delicious!!

Photo of Sean Bickford Sean Bickford
Mar 19, 2020 4

Very friendly staff and excellent food. Their salsas were notably good. I'll be back.

Photo of Julie Small Julie Small
Jan 17, 2020 4

The food was good. My mother ordered something she did not like and the staff bent over backwards to make it right. The atmosphere was awesome

Photo of Preston Banks Preston Banks
Jan 2, 2020 5

Great food, service, music. All around nice experience. Nice place for a date.

Photo of Samuel Grossinger Samuel Grossinger
Dec 28, 2019 4

Good central American food, great service, reasonable prices. New management, menu and chef since the last time I was there. A huge improvement overall.

Photo of Nolan Lawson Nolan Lawson
Nov 23, 2019 5

This is a great Latin diner. Fresh menus. Well prepared food with wonderful servoce. Try the Plantains.

Photo of Tammy Daughtrey Tammy Daughtrey
Nov 19, 2019 3

The service was great. Super friendly. Tad bit pricey. But overall good experience

Photo of Penny Jones Penny Jones
Nov 9, 2019 5

Yummy. The entrees were delicious. Definitely vegetarian options. The service was awesome as well. The best part was the salsa!!!

Photo of Tynetta Lamont Tynetta Lamont
Aug 22, 2022 3

I had the Casita salad without the bacon. The salad was fresh and would have been a lot tastier if it had more garbanzo beans: I found 4 total in my salad and zero cheese which was supposed to be included in the salad.

Photo of Jenette Arreola Jenette Arreola
Apr 28, 2021 5

Not many restaurants actually have a tantalizing aroma (unless you validate that which is naturally being produced as a result of chemistry occurring in the kitchen). However, a wonderful scent drifts within the confined walls of Blue Corn Café! The pleasant smell isn’t intense; you only get a whiff upon entering. Anyway, the café is well kept, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. For an appetizer, my daughter and I had guacamole and cheese dip with multicolored chips. Appetizing indeed! For our main dishes, she selected a steak quesadilla and I had steak fajitas. I highly recommend both! Very delicious meals (she gave me a bite)! I did notice, unlike other restaurants offering Hispanic foods, the black beans had a distinct, sweet taste. I personally enjoyed them! Our server was a young man, Sebastian. He was raised with great manners. Not only did he served us well, but he even held the door for us when exiting the lobby. We shall return! 😄