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The Blue Note Grill


709 Washington St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 401-1979
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Photo of John Kroetch John Kroetch
Sep 1, 2022 5

What a fantastic place! Server was lively and engaging. The beer was good. The ribs and pork were simply yummy. And then the live music started. The place was packed. A very fun atmosphere.

Photo of Chelsey Witsberger Chelsey Witsberger
Aug 31, 2022 5

Ordered the pulled pork with sweet potato waffle fries and Mac and cheese. So delicious. The bun for the pulled pork was amazing and the meat was cooked to perfection. My friend got the baked beans which were also delicious and very flavorful. The service was quick and the staff were nice. One of the best barbecue places in town.

Photo of Han VanderHart Han VanderHart
Aug 23, 2022 5

THE BEST BARBEQUE IN DURHAM. Fried okra not only tastes like FRESH OKRA but like my mama’s. Seriously one of the best down home tastes. Pulled pork (!!!!) sandwich on a deliciously toasted and appropriately soft, buttered bun (which for a lot of barbeque places is a missed opportunity), with slaw, as the good lord intended. Good sweet tea. Dill pickle fries DELICIOUS. A+++

Photo of Asha Kilaru Asha Kilaru
Aug 12, 2022 4

Very nice place to listen to live music. Super friendly staff and service. Had the sweet potato fries which were deliciously good with a cinnamon butter. The tables near the bar are good for watching because they are at a higher level.

Photo of Isabel Quinones Isabel Quinones
Jul 10, 2022 4

This bbq spot was delicious overall. Those ribs and mac and cheese was too good. The pork bbq was tasty. I didn’t really care for the okra. The restaurant is cool it gives old school blue vibes. The service was good and the music selection was on point. This is just a spot I stumbled across i’m glad I checked 🤗.

Photo of Sam Littlejohn Sam Littlejohn
Jun 4, 2022 5

Came during the afternoon just to eat and was not disappointed. Worth a trip just for the BBQ - smoky and delicious. Service was excellent. Will be back one evening to check out the music - and for more BBQ!

Photo of Angela Roberts Angela Roberts
Jun 1, 2022 5

I had a couple of cocktails and the pulled pork plates. It was so delicious and was even better when paired with great conversation with both bartenders. Parker and Oz are super friendly and knowledgeable! I often dine by myself since I am new to the area and extra appreciate the conversation. They told me about all of the amazing events that they have there as well so make sure to check out their calendar on the website!

Photo of Alexandra Alvarez Alexandra Alvarez
May 29, 2022 4

I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Blue Note Grill. The people were nice and the energy was high. The music was wonderful. Food was okay, it wasn't anything to ride home about. Pro tip: don't sit too close to the stage, the sound is way too loud.

Photo of Lisa & Wes Williams Lisa & Wes Williams
May 5, 2022 5

Sat outside, there were 6 of us. Service was super quick and friendly. Everything on the menu looked good! I had the catfish po-boy and give it high marks - not as good at Bullock's fried catfish plate but still heck'n good. Give this place a try.

Photo of Bob Johnson Bob Johnson
Apr 13, 2022 5

I've never eaten in the restaurant. But the bar/performance space is fantastic. Bill has an eclectic taste in live music, and it's always good. The bar is well stocked, and well staffed, and the food they offer is fantastic. Pick a night with some good live music, arrive a little early, order the chips with pimento cheese dip, and the deviled eggs, and your favorite cocktail - you will thank me later.

Photo of Aimee McNally Aimee McNally
Mar 9, 2022 4

We saw a couple of blues bands here, had dinner, and danced. While the dance floor was cement, it was acceptable since there aren't many places with live music and dancing right now. Our server, Kathy, was excellent and very friendly. The black bean burger and fried pickles with ranch were delicious. We had the buffalo cauliflower hoagie (DELICIOUS!) and The Nosh (celery stuffed with pimento cheese is a local delicacy). Our meal was rounded out with a refreshing Blue Note cocktail. Additionally, we tried a whiskey lemonade and a few local beers. There was one band we heard whose sound was unnecessarily and uncomfortably loud, so you might want to bring earplugs just in case.

Photo of Vicky Hernandez Vicky Hernandez
Jan 20, 2022 5

Super great restaurant, this was my first night here. I take my food and customer service very serious and let me tell you this place really blew my mind, the customer service here came naturally you can tell they care about their customers. Super great music , great vibe and just all around friendly, if you’re looking for a great place to unwind this is it. We had oz and he was very nice

Photo of Sheronda Haskins-Harris Sheronda Haskins-Harris
Jan 20, 2022 5

It was an amazing experience! Never a dull moment, excellent service, delicious food and tasty drinks at reasonable prices. The staff are all professional and friendly.

Photo of act19cja act19cja
Dec 10, 2021 5

Food was excellent I had the half of rack ribs, which just fell of the bone, the baked beans were delicious, and the coleslaw. Was delicious as well. The hush puppies with the honey butter or sweet spread that they had was scrumptious. The service was good and attentive, and pleasant. And the red oak amber beer was just the type of amber beer that I like. I would definitely visit again.