About Blue Corn Cafe
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: 9192869600
Banquet/Private Rooms, 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
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.
I think we will pass
I selected this restaurant for Mother's Day and was a little bothered that I had to provide a credit card to reserve on Open Table, but did it anyway. It was great for us because we were the only people there when we arrived at 3:15. Our waitress was great and very patient. The food was not bad, but my husband was not able to eat what he order because when he tasted it, he knew it would upset his stomach. I asked if we could trade his entree for another and the waitress said sure and took his order for something simpler. Another lady ( I think the owner/manager) came to get clarity on his order to make sure he would be happy and said she would wrap up his current dish for me since I was having the same thing and did not have a problem. When we received the bill, we were charged for both entrees. We did not question it, but were not happy with being charged for both, especially since I did not want it (I had requested no corn and both were filled with corn). I have never had another restaurant charge for replacing an item, so we will pass on Blue Corn Cafe in the future.
I took my parents to Blue Corn for Mother's Day. We got the plantain sampler and 3 main dishes. Dad really liked the quesadilla with beef (asado), I had a cheese and chicken enchiladas, and I forget what Mom had. I thought it was all blah - not bad, just not much flavor. My enchiladas tasted like frozen dinners. The restaurant itself was ok, the service was fine. No better word for it than meh.
Went to Blue Corn last night. Really nothing special about it. The food is good, the drinks are good. Nothing remarkable at all. I wouldn't go back but not because it was a bad experience, it wasn't. I just wasn't impressed enough to want to return.
Located on 9th street, the artsy/bohemia ...
Located on 9th street, the artsy/bohemian neighborhood a block off the Duke East Campus.
Limited on-street parking, pay lot across the street.
The atmosphere is spartan - light colors, utilitarian tables without tablecloths.
Service was friendly but slow -- our waitress disappeared and I had to take the check to the bartender to get it rung up.
Food was good. We had the fried scallop taco special, the ropa vieja (steamed shredded beef in a mildly spice red sauce) and the mole chicken, along with beer and a margarita. The food was plentiful and tasty.
A nice lunch with pleasant service
We enjoyed lunch here while visiting Durham. The service was very good and it was a nice quiet afternoon, though the place filled up as we ate. The menu at lunch was different that what is online, but plenty of choices. The food was good, but can't really say authentic. The fried calamari were excellent, crispy, tender, and tasty with nice sauces. Ropa vieja was good and served with a big roll. Salad with chicken was fresh and chicken was tender. Paella was served piping hot, but was more like a soup than paella. I would try the Mexican menu next visit. We saw many of those platters as they went by and they looked very appealing!
Guacamole is great -- Salsas need some updating. Rice and beans are so-so -- could use some added spice and interest. Quesadillas are excellent -- but need more salad/guacamole to go with them.
Although 3 different Margaritas are offered, they all contain a sour mix -- I think Blue Corn should do better and avoid sour mixes. It's not that hard to make a genuine Margaret with real ingredients.
They accommodated us for a going away lunch for my colleague. They seated us in the back so it was quite private and made it easy for the whole table to join in the conversation. Everyone raved about their meals. I had the Chipotle Chicken Salad (subbed avocado for the feta) and loved every bite! We will be returning!
My date and I ate at the Blue Corn Cafe this past Friday evening. It was her second time there and my first time there. We both loved our dishes and the drinks were delicious as well.
I had the mahi mahi and it was awesome! They have a nice chutney that it goes with along with plantain chips! Very tasty!
My date loved her dish also and I think it was a form of plantain stuffed chicken!
We skipped dessert and opted for coffees, she had the Italian with amaretto and I had the Mexican with Kahlua!
We had never been here before, but have had some appointments at Duke and had heard the food was really good. My wife has multiple food allergies, and these were taken seriously the minute we were seated, as we had made notes in the Open table section about special requests. It was great that the server already knew her limitations. The salsas were spectacular, especially the Salsa Verde and smoky Chipotle. The guacamole was vegan and spiced just right. She had the gluten-free/vegan black bean tortas and loved them. The pollo millanese I had was some of the most well-coated, moist chicken breast with a vegetable chutney I have tasted. All-in-all, the knowledgeable server, the great food is a reason we will be coming back again and again.
We have been going to the Blue Corn Cafe since it first opened. For many years it was our favorite place at that price point to have dinner, and I often took visitors from Duke there for lunch. In the past year or two, however, the quality of the food itself has gone rapidly and consistently downhill, to the point that I am disinclined to go back again. With no prompting on my part, my family members commented similarly after dinner on Friday night. Even the green salsa seemed "watered down" (huh?!). The black bean "pile" was virtually inedible, and my stuffed poblanos were lackluster. The Mahimahi seemed gamey, almost like it should have been retired the day before. I am grateful to have this opportunity to pass along this information.
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