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The Blue Note Grill

4.5

709 Washington St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 401-1979
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Photo of Stephen Clark Stephen Clark
Jul 20, 2019 5

I was able to have my post wedding party here. They let me use the private room for our family and provided excellent service. The food was great and everyone had a good time. I think it was the best choice of venues. Thanks for the help in making a great memory.

Photo of Grace Lutter Grace Lutter
Sep 12, 2019 5

Service was excellent, as well as the food. I had the black bean nachos, and they came with the works. It was topped with cheese and a spicy ranch sauce. I also had the fried avocado, which were amazing as well.

Photo of Richard Ambrose Richard Ambrose
Oct 5, 2019 3

Service was outstanding.. food was not to my taste. Nice place to visit once.

Photo of Marko Marisic Marko Marisic
Aug 31, 2019 5

One of the best venues for live music in the triangle. The atmosphere is essential to the soul of downtown Durham. The barbecue is excellent. I love the Blue Note and highly recommend it.

Photo of Scott Stahl Scott Stahl
Nov 7, 2019 5

The ribs were great and the atmosphere was homey. The restrooms were extremely clean and well-maintained. With excellent towel and soap dispensers. Among the nicest I've seen for laid-back bar and Grill

Photo of Denise Williams Denise Williams
Nov 26, 2019 5

This was my first time at the Blue Note Grill and it will NOT be the last. The Redneck Fries with Bacon was spectacular! The BBQ pulled pork was really good as well. Especially with the Vinegar based sauce. I definitely will recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Photo of Felicia Cooper Felicia Cooper
Dec 5, 2019 5

Had a blast here for my friend's birthday dinner on Wednesday night. The music, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the service was Awesome and I couldn't asked for a better time. I love that they allow local Artists to come on stage and perform. I will be coming back with my hubby.

Photo of Teresa  Cousins Teresa Cousins
Dec 4, 2019 4

Plenty of parking, nice rustic environment, affordable, best smoked pulled chicken nachos I’ve ever had! I would give 5 stars if they had 1/2 servings. I hate to waste food and dont like to take home leftovers

Photo of Shannon Brooks Shannon Brooks
Dec 8, 2019 4

Had a pretty good experience here during a work lunch. Could have got some more food for the price but everything tasted good.

Photo of Jim Garrett Jim Garrett
Dec 30, 2019 4

It was a clean nice place. I had BBQ and the flavor was not what i was used to. I like the vinegar flavor of NC-BBQ, this had a watered down taste.

Photo of Carl Carl
Jan 6, 2020 3

Nice atmosphere, good location, average food.. I've had much better BBQ than what I had here. Bartender was great, all the people were very friendly. Nice beer list. I wold not go again for the food

Photo of Brian Burnett Brian Burnett
Jan 7, 2020 5

My wife luckily found this spot . We wanted to go see some live music and have dinner and this was a great option. The food was fantastic , the redneck cheese fries are a must and the sweet tea is good as well. A good family spot also.

Photo of Jml nc Jml nc
Jan 20, 2020 5

I immensely enjoyed The Blue Note Grill last evening! My fave blue grass band, Doc Branch, was headlining from 5pm-7pm. They never disappoint! My friends and I reveled in the food.... Blue Note's fall-off-the-bone ribs are to due for, trust me!

Photo of Rich Haag Rich Haag
Jan 22, 2020 5

A great BBQ joint. I had the pulled pork plate and daughter had the sides plate. The hushpuppies are fabulous. On keto so I couldn't have all they gave me and it was upsetting. I had one and absolutely loved it. Pork was tender and sides were well made. Recommend the close slaw and beans with bacon. Side salad looked very fresh and delicious. Overall a great place. We were lucky enough to be there for a bluegrass jamboree which added to the comfortable atmosphere. If that's a regular event, go when they have it. The music made the meal so much better.

Photo of James Parker James Parker
Feb 14, 2020 5

Visited for lunch on a Wednesday and got the BBQ plate with collards and okra for $9. Food was straightforward but tasty and was a great portion and price for lunch. The music selection was great and made me want to come back on a weekend to see a live band.

Photo of Brandi Ricci Brandi Ricci
Feb 9, 2020 4

Love the place but too many people during events; can't move or breathe without bumping into someone. Food is always great, music is too. Dogs are allowed outside. I'm a repeat customer

Photo of Brian Field Brian Field
Feb 16, 2020 5

My first time there and I definitely will be going back. The food is awesome...at least the BBQ I had. The service was excellent. That is becoming a rare occurrence. I went to hear some music and the stage is just right for this place. Not to loud, at least the act I saw. I look forward to seeing my favorite Blues Artist there...All around great place for music and good Q. Check 'em out. Be sure to check their website for upcoming acts. I love this place!

Photo of Peter Larsen Peter Larsen
Mar 12, 2020 4

The Blue Note is awesome. Some of the best open mics I've attended have been here. The food is surprisingly good. Crowds of all ages come to dance and have a good time

Photo of Caroline Smith Caroline Smith
Jun 14, 2020 5

Great service and they take special care to be covid-safe. We really appreciated that!

Photo of Cynthia Mark Cynthia Mark
Jun 20, 2020 5

I've been ordering from local restaurants to help help where I can. Blue Note Grill was the BEST food I have had in months. Hot , tasty and generous!! Please eat here!!

Photo of Marcia Holloway Marcia Holloway
Jun 18, 2019 4

I decided to take my fiancé here for his birthday since he loves ribs. I was trying to find a place we had never been to before, so I found this place thanks to Google. The food was really good. Their ribs literally fall off the bone & had a good smokey flavor. The green beans & baked beans were delicious. We also ordered the pickle fries...which I absolutely loved, they were just right & I like how they were actually shaped like fries. For dessert we had the bread pudding shooter, which was sooo good & the perfect portion for our almost full tummies. There are other things I want to try from their menu, so I'll definitely go back. I only deducted a star because the mixed drinks & cole slaw were not too pleasing to our taste buds. Service was great as well.

Photo of Deidre Jones Deidre Jones
Jun 22, 2020 5

I love their bread pudding. Their food is good too but I really just keep coming back for the bread pudding!

Photo of Naveed iftikhar Naveed iftikhar
Jul 15, 2020 4

Lunch outside during Covid times was lovely and socially distant. Nice food and service.

Photo of Austin Alwood Austin Alwood
Sep 6, 2020 5

Fantastic service and food, as always. The aroma of the barbecue smoking as we walked up was mouth watering. And the Q, collards and lightly battered fried okra were delicious.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

Went on a Wednesday night for Brett Chambers Open Mic - realistically, I didn't expect anything too special. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was fun, there was plenty of good soul and R/B music, very friendly people a mix of ages and races and excellent food.

Photo of bill rowland bill rowland
Sep 21, 2020 5

Times are tough for a lot of small businesses around Durham, and the Blue Note Grill is no exception. If you're looking for a good hamburger, pulled pork or ribs, please give them a try. Oh, and try their hush puppies, they are delicious!

Photo of Lynne Gensor Lynne Gensor
Sep 10, 2020 5

A long-time favorite place of mine, The Blue Note Grill remains great despite Covid restrictions. Everyone stays masked, the seating is physically distanced and the ribs remain the best in Durham.

Photo of G Denis G Denis
Sep 5, 2020 5

Great food, great vibe, great staff and definitely highly recommended.

Photo of Zach Brown Zach Brown
Sep 27, 2020 5

We had our first night out in months at the Blue Note. The food was terrific, sure and the band was excellent but this night, none of that was really the point. The proprietors were consciencious enough to put on a great evening and put everyone at ease. Plenty of distance, plenty of masks, all without feeling overwhelming. If they can throw this kind of party during a pandemic, I'm sure they be a blast when all this is over.

Photo of Julia's art Julia's art
Sep 26, 2020 5

Great food, great music and service I am definitely coming back...

Photo of Holly Sullenger Holly Sullenger
Feb 16, 2020 5

Amazing music and fantastic food. We have seen Jo Gore twice and loved each performance. Dinner and drinks were great each time.

Photo of Kristina Keeter Kristina Keeter
May 21, 2019 5

This place is always amazing. Sorry for the half-eaten poor lighting photo, but the 1/2 rack of ribs + two sides plate is the best thing to get here! It comes with hush puppies and my favorite sides are the sweet potato waffle fries (which come with a DELICIOUS cinnamon butter to dip them in), Mac & cheese, and collards. Another great entree choice is the “cow jumped over the moon burger,” and the “redneck cheese fries” are a great (and HUGE) appetizer to share if you have more than a couple people.

Photo of Wayne Rogers Wayne Rogers
May 3, 2019 5

Most excellent place. Great tunes by Wishbone Ash. Great waitress, excellent food. Very accommodating service! Can't say enough. The manager Bill very nice.

Photo of michal Jackson michal Jackson
Apr 14, 2019 5

Great food. Nice atmosphere. Family friendly. My first time going since they moved from my neighborhood a few years ago. Can't wait to again.

Photo of Dale Wahl Dale Wahl
Jun 15, 2019 5

Great music (Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos). Delicious BBQ. Loved the ribs. Bit of an older, retiree crowd that night but everyone was having fun, dancing, and super friendly.

Photo of Timothy Timothy
Mar 21, 2019 5

Blue Note is a cool place to go with friends. I feel like people tend to forget about it, but it is good! Their food never fails. Plus, at night they have live music/bands. A cool chill place to check out.

Photo of Nicolle Tulve Nicolle Tulve
Jun 23, 2019 5

Food was excellent. I had the ribs. Just falling off the bone awesome! And the fried okra was the best I've had in a while. The girls and I went to hear The James Armstrong Band. Great jazz. Quite a wonderful entertainer. Crowd loved him. And don't forget about the drinks. Well made. Our waitress did a great job. Everything about this place was spectacular! Highly recommend for a night out.

Photo of Roger Underhill Roger Underhill
Jun 29, 2019 5

A listening room with space for dancing and good drinks. Does it get any better? Don't think so. We had a blast and will be back? Gotta try the food you know?

Photo of T. Baker T. Baker
Jun 16, 2019 4

Food was pretty good. Really enjoyed the burgers and fried pickles. Loved the live music.