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Blue Corn Cafe


716 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 286-9600
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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 Tammy Daughtrey Tammy Daughtrey
Nov 19, 2019 3

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

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 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 Preston Banks Preston Banks
Jan 2, 2020 5

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

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 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 Sandra Benton Sandra Benton
May 6, 2018 5

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.