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The Blue Note Grill


709 Washington St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 401-1979
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Photo of Antoine Charles (Ant or Twan) Antoine Charles (Ant or Twan)
Sep 10, 2023 5

I had the Smoked Pulled Chicken, side order of salad and mac n cheese The chicken was well seasoned and juicy. The smoky flavor was just right and not overpowering. I did try it with the BBQ sauces and it wasn't needed. Its fine by itself. The Mac N Cheese was good. It had a mild creamy cheddar sauce that did the trick. Wished it had more of a kick to it but it was good none the less Smoked Pulled Chicken & Mac N Cheese portions can look small from the first glance but its a lot packed in there Side salad was good. Everything looked and tasted fresh NOTE: The side salad doesn't have nuts in it. However if you do order a main salad, be warned that it does contain nuts. The atmosphere is really chill and give a nice warm family vibe. The people down to the server and waiters were really nice. Also the band that played that night was awesome and got me out my seat dancing. Great experience and will come back again

Photo of Michele Reynolds (BrokerReynolds) Michele Reynolds (BrokerReynolds)
Sep 5, 2023 5

Quintessential southern style BBQ, ribs and sides. Better or equal to what “Momma” used to make. It’s a hard decision about what to get, but have no fear, you’ll be delighted how glorious it all tastes. No matter how full you get, be sure to order the “shooter” size of hot pecan bread pudding for dessert. The R&B music, live stage performances are superb for an added dining ambience. worth checking out The Blue Note!

Photo of John Adams John Adams
Aug 19, 2023 5

We had a blast here listening to Wiley Fosters band. Great sound! Had the smoked pulled chicken with coleslaw and french fries! Will definitely go back again!

Photo of Clark Stern Clark Stern
Aug 9, 2023 5

Durham's most soulful food. Everything you'd expect (mac and cheese, ribs, bbq, bread pudding) and more. For ribs fans, they can be basically eaten with a plastic spoon (but try the ribmeat sandwich, too). Even more importantly, this is the best (and often the only) place to hear and watch live blues and blues-based music. Come out for fun food, stay for fun dancing and listening.

Photo of Rachel Hayden Rachel Hayden
Aug 7, 2023 5

I had the cow jumped over the moon burger. It was very good. The cheese fries were excellent. The fries are not soggy and that is important with cheese fries. The prices were as expected. The service was excellent our waitress and I am sorry I do not know her name was really terrific. It was cool outside underneath the screened in patio and the band was very enthusiastic which is why we were sitting outside we could still hear the band and still talk.

Photo of Cameron P Cameron P
Jul 26, 2023 4

I have been to the Blue Note Grill on two occasions, and I enjoyed both. Food was very good, and the crowd was down to earth. I only wish place/dance floor was larger.

Photo of L. L. L. L.
Jun 29, 2023 5

I like to give honest reviews! This is the most honest I can be. This is the best d*mn BBQ ribs I’ve tasted in a long time!! Fall right off the bone seasoned to perfection good. I can’t tell you about any of the customer service beside the service I received over the phone. It was great experience. I did a pickup order. The amount people waiting to get in blew my mind.

Photo of Alexandra van Dorsten Alexandra van Dorsten
Jun 28, 2023 4

The food at the Blue Note is ok but what really attracts the crowds is their live music every night. I go on Tuesdays to dance to blues and swing music and it's always a blast! The drinks are priced well and the vibe is great 👍

Photo of Jennifer Braxton Jennifer Braxton
Jun 4, 2023 5

We came earlier in the afternoon. The food is soooo worth the fact that parking is an issue for the moment due to construction. I'd love to come back when they are doing live music, which apparently is most evenings/ nights! We had brisket tacos, brisket sliders, salad, fries, and pickle fries! Everything we tried was great! Our waitress was really wonderful.

Photo of Preston Hon Preston Hon
May 4, 2023 5

We sat outside with our family away from the music. The service was fantastic as was the food. We ordered fried pickles and they were good. I ordered the "Cow Jumped Over the Moon* and it disappeared real quick from my plate. All the sides are great too, especially the mac and cheese.

Photo of Dex Madden Dex Madden
Mar 25, 2023 5

unexpected Saturday afternoon visit before another venue, fast friendly service, perfect combo of shrimp basket and brisket sliders, all that and then some.

Photo of Kat C Kat C
Jan 7, 2023 5

HOLY MOLY! Stopped in here randomly for lunch and boy am I glad we did! The bread pudding is to die for. We got the “shooter” size first and loved it so much we ordered it again to get the full size. My husband and I agreed it’s one of the best desserts we’ve ever had. He joked we would come back to NC just to have this again. We’re on a road trip from MI and this is the best BBQ we’ve had in years. The ribs were falling apart, perfectly delicious! The mac and cheese also deserves a special shout out. 10/10 would recommend this spot!