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The Blue Note Grill


709 Washington St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 401-1979
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Family-owned and operated, the Blue Note Grill is a live-music venue complete with a full-service restaurant and bar. Enjoy live blues and bluegrass music every night at the Blue Note Grill while enjoying a plate of classic North Carolina pulled pork barbecue. The slow-smoked barbecue and ribs are delicious, and the recently expanded patio is open, so head on over for some outdoor music, food and fun.

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Photo of Carlton Brown Carlton Brown
Dec 30, 2023 4

Really good food in a great atmosphere with great service. I plan to visit again soon to support this great local restaurant and music venue because they recently lost their dedicated parking area to an apartment developer in downtown Durham😔. BUT there are still no-cost on-street parking options close by. Don't miss out!

Photo of Aaron Black Aaron Black
Nov 18, 2023 5

The atmosphere is great! It is set up for very good acoustics, and it shows with the live music - speaking of which the performers when I went were just amazing. The bartender was fabulous, and the food was very, very good. I will absolutely be back.

Photo of Brian Sweebe Brian Sweebe
Oct 25, 2023 5

Stopped in with friends and family. The band was phenomenal. 8-Track Minds. It was so much fun. Service was great, and the intimate seating was perfect for the evening's musical experience.

Photo of David Chang David Chang
Oct 15, 2023 5

Make sure to get the ribs. You won't regret it - absolutely fall of the bone tender, with perfect seasoning. Slap some BBQ sauce on there and you're in heaven. Portion sizes are really generous, the half rack is more than enough for a normal human. They also have live music and dancing, what's not to like?!

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 👍