Bleu Olive is now accepting reservations on OpenTable! Please feel free to make them using our website or OpenTable app. Thank you for your continued support!


The Papanikas family first opened the doors at this location in 1994 under the name Papas Grille, a fine dining Greek and Mediterranean restaurant, after acquiring the space from George Bakatsias, a local restaurateur who has not been affiliated in any way since he closed his doors in 1993. 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 who continues to exude her old-world charm as well as Yianni who is the ever so talented Sommelier.