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Blu Seafood and Bar

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2002 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705-4118 (Ninth Street)
+1 919-286-9777
11:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent service, I was with friends and we were not rushed at all. The server allowed us to actually take our time and enjoy the evening. -The Oysters are the best oysters I have had in the triangle! (Yes, better than 42nd street) Just delicious! -Also enjoyed the special of the day. Which was a pan roasted fish that was... More 

Thank antierox
Charlotte, NC
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95 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Ambience was nice and the staff welcoming but the food needed some seasoning, at least a pinch of salt. I had the mountain trout and my hubby had the bouillabaisse and I wouldn't get either again. Started with clam chowder which he liked and I had Asian salad. Those were fine.

Thank jadoc
Durham, NC
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110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Durham and I've never been disappointed, although I feel like the quality has slipped a little over the years. I ordered the crab mac and cheese which was pretty good and the daily fish special. My step-dad had the shrimp and grits, which are always excellent.

Thank Andy M
Cairo, Egypt
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice ambiance. Excellent service from a very attentive waitress. Had oysters, trout cooked to perfection, scallops with risotto and crab mac& cheese . On the menu were other dishes that also seemed very nice. Hope will be able to visit the place again.

Thank F H
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked through TripAdvisor. Arrived 10 minutes early but seated within 5 minutes. Had to be moved due to location mistake but ended in an acceptable table. Drink orders lost in move but staff recovered quickly. Bread was cold, hard and some was slightly burnt. Dishes ordered included shrimp and grits, flounder special, and NY strip steak. All were delivered faster... More 

Thank Joel W
Rochester, New York
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117 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Blue Seafood is located on restaurant row in Durham, and was a highlight of our visit. The waitress was friendly, funny, gracious, and informative. Their November specials included oysters on a half shell, and included a variety of warm water choices. Recommended entrees included red drum with an oyster sauce, Asian inspired boullebaise, shrimp and grits, and vegetarian specials. Service... More 

Thank Ray S
New York City
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right on 9th street in downtown Durham , Blu is a friendly, cozy and excellent seafood restaurant,. Fresh, well cooked, and prepared a real gem.

Thank Seberus
Durham, North Carolina
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

It was my last week at my contract job and my fellow manager wanted to take me out to a nice seafood lunch. I chose Blu Seafood as it was close by and also to introduce him to a good restaurant as he is new to the area. We were greeted and seated and provided a lunch menu that had... More 

Thank Gary C
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This little restaurant is the perfect place for seafood lovers. They have nice offerings of fresh items daily, The service here couldn't be better. We enjoyed the PEI mussels, calamari,scallops, and a not to be missed spinach salad. Their daily specials are wonderful. Try a dessert. I recommend the coconut flan.

Thank teddya323
Raleigh, North Carolina
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It is small nice restaurant with optional outside seating area. Service was very good. Food was of high quality with excellent presentation. They had good selection of seafood including three different varieties of oysters. Cons: had an average selection of bottled beers bot nothing on tap. Also beer was advertised as "$3 beer!", but we payed $4 and $4.5.

Thank Nicholas_705

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2002 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705-4118
    (Ninth Street)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-286-9777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?