About Blue Corn Cafe
Durham, NC 27705
Blue Corn Cafe has been serving the Triangle area for 17 years. We offer a locally sourced twist on Latin American cuisine. Our passion for locally sourced food and beverage has allowed us to offer our unique twist on Latin and South American recipes. Both owners Danielle and Antonio Rios have a passion on bringing their culture to your table with unique quality products.
Our warm atmosphere and kind servers make you feel comfortable upon entering and that is only where it begins. We look forward to serving you. Prevecho!
Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern, South American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 4:00pm-9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are custom caterers and can design and implement what our client envisions. Both on and off site, we have been entertaining and catering in the Triangle area for 17 years.
We have both street and lot parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Looking for a casual upscale private room, Blue Corn offers custom designed menus with a warm smart casual feel. Perfect for corporate events, showers and birthdays.
Private Party Contact:
Danielle Rios: (919) 286-9600
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Blue Corn Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Went to celebrate the birthday with few ...
Went to celebrate the birthday with few friends. Ambiance was good and the service was very good. our waitress was very informative and answered all our questions . Food was not as good as what I had expected, but not bad as well. Very good salsa!
This was my first time at the Cafe. I tr ...
This was my first time at the Cafe. I treated my friend to dinner and we really enjoyed it. The ginormous plate of calamari and the Venti-sized margaritas made for a great start! Everyone was incredibly friendly and genuinely cared about how our meal was going. I'll definitely be back.
2nd time here. 1st was excellent. This ...
2nd time here. 1st was excellent. This time, entrees were poor. Wife's salmon was tasteless, my bisteca was not recognizable by texture, appearance or flavor. Accompaniaments were excellent. Will give them another try, but only once more.
Friendly, attentive service without bot ...
Friendly, attentive service without bothering us all the time. Much quieter than I imagined. Didn't have to wait long for our food which was very good and provided my wife another meal for the next day. Lots of other stuff on the menu I would like to try since this was our first trip.
My wife thought her fajitas were good, b ...
My wife thought her fajitas were good, but I just plain didn't like mine. It wasn't bad, just not good. That is, until about 5 hours later when my opinion changed. Terrible digestive cramps and bathroom visits over a 4 hour span. Needless to say we won't be going back. Service and atmosphere were great, but you come to a restaurant for food.
With so many new restaurants in Durham, ...
With so many new restaurants in Durham, I had neglected Blue Corn for quite awhile. I was so glad to go back and have their beyond delicious tomato avocado salad with grilled chicken...it can only be better once we are in full bloom with homegrown tomatos. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants Mexican food even though this is Latin American. The quality is so much better than any Mexican food I have had around here but still satisfies that taste for those flavors. Was great to see Danielle and her, now 16 year old son, who was working there. I remember him "before" he was born. Can't wait to go back and have some more of their delicious eats!! The Mojitas were FINE!!!
Wonderful service: had water and table a ...
Wonderful service: had water and table all set up for our reservation, host was super sweet and our waiter was attentive but not naggy
Incredible food: got the vegetable fajitas......but added chicken :) veggies were delicious; so well spiced
Good atmosphere: local (I assumed - didn't check) artwork all over the walls...loved!
Very happy with everything!
I really liked the place. The food was g ...
I really liked the place. The food was good and was just what I was looking for. I ordered plantains and they were very delicious which isn't always a given when you order plantains. The portions were large, the prices very reasonable.
Good for Vegans
We have been several times because they offer options for my wife and I who are vegan. The food is consistent, tasty and served by friendly staff. They don't have many outdoor tables but when we have been fortunate enough to get one, it has been a great bonus.
This is a nice place with good but not great Mexican food. In three meals over the last three months, the food was good on two occasions and so-so on the third - e.g. an entre served cold that should have been hot, etc. Service is very nice, prices are generally reasonable. In sum, I will be going back from time to time but it is not at the top of my list.
Excellent Dining Experience
A longtime favorite item of mine on the menu, a tortilla shell salad containing strips of skirt steak, has recently been unpleasant for me because the meat was consistently tough. When told about this, our server discussed it with me and then asked the chef to make this salad for me with meat that was less "well done." The chef kindly agreed, and the result was the best such salad I can recall ever having. The meat was cooked "medium", with some pink, and was tender and flavorful. I am grateful to our server and to the chef for their great response to my concern.
Great food, except for paella
2 out of 3 in our dining party were very happy with their food. However, the one who ordered the seafood paella was barely able to take a couple of bites before refusing to eat any more. Luckily, the other two of us had some extra food and appetizers left to share with him. But I was surprised when he sent his plate back virtually untouched why no one asked if there was a problem.
Went with my wife and another couple. Was very happy with the look and feel of the establishment. Our waitress was great; she explained dishes to us and was very attentive. I could have drank the queso dip it was so good, but it's a nicer restaurant so I abstained. Our meals with tasty with good portions. My wife had the fish tacos and I had a beef and rice dish. The dessert was good as well. Would recommend to anyone who wants a satisfying meal at a reasonable price.
Blue Corn Cafe offers a very good selection of Latin inspired dishes in a friendly, comfortable setting. This was our second visit, and once again quite satisfying. We started by sharing the Plantain Sampler which was nice and more than the two of us could finish in anticipation of the next course. For entrees, we both had the Picadillo, a delicately seasoned ground beef dish that should please most tastes. Some of this went home as well along with a piece of Tres Leches cake that was a bit on the dry and heavy side. Service was fine, although a bit more time between arrival of the appetizer and the entrees would have been appreciated.
The food was ok not great. But what anno ...
The food was ok not great. But what annoyed me was I asked if the Sangria was sweet. I was told it wasn't too sweet. When I got the sangria I took two sips. it gave me a headache and was way too sweet. I sent the sangria back and finished my meal. The sangria was on the bill at the end of the meal. I asked why the terrible sangria was on the bill and I was told it was one of those things. What kind of explanation is that??? Terrible customer service. I will not be going back.
Not very busy
I went to this restaurant on Saturday. I booked a reservation for 6:00, but there was no need. There was only one other table occupied. We ate for an hour and only two additional tables had come in that time.
I have no idea why this might be. It had a great selection of Mexican and South American dishes, the server was very knowledgeable, and the food was delicious.
I will be back for the taco happy hour: $2 tacos between 4 and 5:30 M-F.
My book club meets here regularly and we ...
My book club meets here regularly and we always enjoy it. The food is good, the location is great and the people are incredibly nice. There are eight of us -- everyone wants a separate check and on top of that we are often splitting apps or wine bottles or margarita pitchers and the kind and competent wait staff never complain and always get it divided up correctly.
Mondays are for margaritas
First time back since the makeover. Looks fabulous inside. We had a party of 8 and our waitress never missed a beat. She was friendly and helpful. Empanada was incredibly yummy. Margaritas are $10/pitcher on Monday evenings. Worth the trip just for those! Love this Ninth Street gem.
Our dining group of 14 were warmly and ably served on a Saturday night. Emily, our server, was attentive and efficient. All orders were correct and came out together. As usual, the food was superb. Everyone lavishly praised our choice, especially since a full dozen were there for the first time. They will be back.
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