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Bleu Olive, Durham, NC

Bleu Olive

4.8
4.8
1195 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
For parties of 5 or more, pease give us a call.

A family operated - Mediterranean Bistro serving a fresh & local ingredient inspired menu.

The Papanikas family first opened the doors at this location in 1994 under the name Papas Grille, a fine dining Greek and Mediterranean restaurant. With “Papa” and Sam in the kitchen and Angelika, Chris & Yianni running the front of the house, Papas Grille turned into one of the finest and well-respected restaurants in the Durham food scene. After eighteen successful years as Papas Grille, it was time for a makeover and with that came a new brand as well. The reconstruction took place in 2012 in which the changes brought a more casual setting and modern feel. With “Papa” retiring during the changeover, Sam took over the realms in the kitchen fine-tuning his craft which is highly focused on quality ingredients and consistent execution. The front of the house continues to be overseen by Angelika and Yianni.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Greek
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 383-8502
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Papanikas
  • Catering
    Catering available.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining room for any occassion.
  • Private party contact
    Angelika Papanikas: (919) 383-8502
  • Neighbourhood
    Durham
  • Cross Street
    Front Street
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Yes
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,195 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Durham

    Best Value

  • Durham

    Neighbourhood gem

1,195 Reviews
  1. KennethF

    Raleigh

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal. Service was awesome and food was well prepared and delicious.

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  2. JeanneY

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual, the food at Bleu Olive was delicious. But for the first time in my experience there, we had a waiter who was hugely inattentive. It may have been because we were seated outside, but we felt ignored for long periods of time. It should not take an hour and 45 minutes to have dinner, especially since we got dessert to go instead of sitting there even longer.

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  3. Digger

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server had no personality whatsoever. When he left the bill he never said “thank you” or “have a good afternoon” The Dalmathes were tasty except they only had sticky rice in them-no meat. My Greek salad had a balsamic vinaigrette that was too sweet and I couldn’t taste any Greek spices. Many pieces of lettuce had dark edges. Hubby had Chicken Swarama (?) and it wasn’t up to his expectations. Creme Brulee was Meh. We’ve had dinner there before and loved it but will not try it again for lunch. Not sure we’ll try dinner again there unless our local friends want to go there. We were very disappointed and did not feel there was value in the cost of the meal.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated graduation at blue Olive with 14 family members. Service was excellent. Food was incredible! Love everything I tasted! It would be a little bit easier if they had a printed children’s menu, felt bad that the waiter had to repeat options for different sections of a table, but all in all if great experience!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing! Highly recommend the cheesecake 👌 🤤

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service outside was excellent despite a crowded and busy restaurant. Menu options were limited because it was graduation weekend. Sitting outside was good for conversation, and we did not feel at all rushed.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant! It is family owned and operated and they have kept the same quality over time and through the generations. It is always on my short list of places to go for great food and service and if I’m taking friends I know that is going to be a winner with my guests. I’m so glad that they are there and have maintained the same concepts that they had when they started the business!!

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  8. sharonk

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant for either lunch or dinner. The food is always well-prepared and cooked perfectly. Presentation is on point. Service is friendly and professional.

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  9. Diana

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional food and service. Business dinner. Will definitely return.

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  10. LaurieH

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always. We always enjoy our meals there.

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  11. coolnana

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Blue Olive doesn't disappoint. It's a good value for the price. They/you just need to update the menu and prices displaced on OPENTABLE. They are very out of date and misleading .

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  12. drjc

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Relaxed, casual environment, excellent service, good food and a reasonable cost.

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  13. rossmck

    Raleigh

    275 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    275 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner. Both the chicken and the lamb burger were first rate.

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  14. KenE

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff inexperienced. Brought drinks way after appetizers were served and finished. Main meal followed quickly.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Compared to previous visits, it was slightly less good. The pork chop was dry and overcooked- our guest had requested pink in the middle. The lamb appetizer was also dry and overcooked and was served without any sauce. Previously, it was served with a red sauce that was delicious. Lastly, a salad was served with out dressing. When the dressing was requested, the bill reflected a charge of 0.75 cents ; Which did not sit well with my guest. It was removed from the bill after my guest complained. Overall, it is still one of my favorite restaurants in Durham. Our guests came from Albany NY and It was not 5 star experience as we promised.

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  16. live2eat

    County Durham

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always love the Spanakopita and Greek salad combo! Delicious.

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  17. coolnana

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu listed on line are out-of-date as far as prices go. It's time to update because it's misleading as it stands now. Otherwise their food never disappoints.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food and service. We go once a month.

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  19. Loves2eat

    Raleigh

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Mediterranean food and outstanding service. Good location, easy to find. I will definitely return.

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  20. SusanY

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Most incredible food - consistently a delicious meal!

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  21. JohnG

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal. Sat at the bar and received excellent service. Good value, as well. Restaurant is located in an upscale strip mall, but that’s pretty standard. Not my favorite type of setting, but the food and the staff made up for it. We will return!

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  22. sherryg

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Roxanna was a peach, our water server kept our glasses topped off without having to ask. We had the snapper special with the saffron rissoto. 4 dishes, every one cooked differently. Just need a bit more consistency across the chefs.

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  23. BuddyPriest

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bleu Olive has been our go to for date nights and special birthday nights for a very long time. Never disappoints! Chad was a great server and the food - pork chop and lamb, were amazing as always. Be back soon!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of my few “go to” restaurants because the food is always perfect, the family taking care of us are fantastic and it is usually very quietly pleasant where we sit. It was a little noisy yesterday as several large parties came in, but I’m sure it was because they were enjoying everything as much as my friend and I were.

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  25. SherryK

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed sharing the salmon preceded by sharing the beet salad. That beet salad is amazing and the salmon perfectly cooked. Our guest had the Joyce Farm chicken on risotto and that dish is always a hit. Since it was a birthday celebration we also had 2 desserts, the cheesecake and the chocolate tart. Again, wonderfully prepared and delicious. Oh and their cocktails I can highly rate. My wife had a Conniption martini, I had Conniption and soda while our guest had a blue motorcycle which I had never hear of. This family really knows how to cook, create a quiet atmosphere and deliver great service. We eat there at least 1-2 times each month.

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  26. coolnana

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our time and, as always, Bleu Olive did not disappoint. Our waiter was a bit aloof (Antonio V, according to credit card receipt) but he was quite busy. We'll definitely come again.

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  27. DeShaunH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My partner and I had an amazing experience. The exceptional food, close tables, and background conversations added to the ambiance. Vera, our server, was excellent, and we look forward to having her serve us again. Planning to make another reservation soon!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Bleu Olive. It is a regular “go to” for us. Whether we order off the regular menu or one of the specials, everything we eat is amazing! Our favorites are the babaganoush, shrimp linguine, local fish special and pistachio cheesecake! But literally everything is so good! The cocktails and wine are delicious. The wait staff and management are always so friendly and provide great service!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I have rarely been disappointed in this (or in another restaurant to lead to sending food back. In fact this may be the first time). However, I was very disappointed. In part I may have not taken time to well consider the menu options. Our waiter was in a big hurry to get our orders. — another large group had just arrived. But the fish seemed overcooked and the topping very salty.

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  30. ELKEH

    Raleigh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’re regular diners at the Bleu Olive. The food and service is always consistent. It’s our favorite restaurant. Thank you, Happy Diners

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  31. DanielL

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food with authentic Mediterranean flavors. Very consistent quality and flavors. Food is flawlessly cooked. Great service too!

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  32. tony

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another good meal. Sat at bar which is a great place to dine. Fish special, herb encrusted halibut, with orzo and sautéed spinach and mild peppers (I think) on top. Fish flavor came through without being smothered by other flavors. Perhaps slightly over salted. Bar tender attentive.

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  33. Jermaine

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! We will come back next time we travel to Durham..

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  34. BridgetteP

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best martinis in Durham! And the food is great quality, you can’t order wrong!

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  35. CarolineC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good, good value. Chicken was bit over cooked, dry. Lamb burger, salads, octopus, spreads, orzo, etc were delicious.

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  36. AverageDad

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Prices a little high, but the quality of the cooking is worth it.

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  37. Tiffani

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bleu Olive never lets us down, 10/10 every time. The food tastes fresh, you can tell the taste of spreads is made fresh. Portion sizes are perfect. The flavors are present and never over powering. We look forward to coming back to try something new each time!

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  38. twylaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! We ordered the paella and the pork chop. I have to say the pork chop was outstanding - the cherry fig mostarda was an amazing compliment to the other spices. I will be remembering that taste for awhile! We debated between the chocolate pote de creme or the 5 spice creme brulee for dessert. I have never had the 5 spices they were serving together on a dessert before so we went with that. A fantastic choice. Delicious and smooth until the end! Very highly recommend.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely amazing food. These chefs know what they’re doing! Flavors popped, seasoning on point, textures exactly right. not a mediocre bite on any plate.

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  40. Rose

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing! Cleopatra was our server and she was absolutely wonderful. We definitely plan on coming back!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bleu Olive using the Order Online button. Bleu Olive also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bleu Olive also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 383-8502.

Bleu Olive is rated 4.8 stars by 1195 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bleu Olive

1821 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Front Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Durham
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Yes
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Papanikas
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 383-8502
  • Catering
    Catering available.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining room for any occassion.
  • Private party contact
    Angelika Papanikas: (919) 383-8502
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