709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

About Us

The Blue Note Grill is one of the Triangle’s premier live-music venues, complete with a full-service restaurant and bar. Family-owned and operated, the Blue Note Grill was voted by readers of the INDY as Best Place in the Triangle 2017 to hear Blues and finalist for Best Place to hear Bluegrass. And the barbecue and ribs are second to none!

With an intimate setting and a relaxed atmosphere, The Blue Note Grill is where you can find … … live music every night … dancing feet to any beat … delicious barbecue, ribs, burgers and other mouth-watering delights … a friendly, attentive staff … friends, both old and new … memories in the making. All in all, the Blue Note Grill is a great place to be!

Past performers at the Blue Note Grill

The Subdudes, Reverend Billy Wirtz, Roomful of Blues, Will McFarlane, The Nighthawks, Jimmy Thackery, Victor Wainwright, Tas Cru, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Albert Castiglia, Selwyn Birchwood, Tinsley Ellis, Madeleine Peyroux, JP Soars, Delta Moon, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Matthew Curry, Darrell Scott, Cedric Burnside, Lauren Mitchell, Bobby Messano, Ruthie Foster, Jarekus Singleton, Bruce Katz Band, Harvey Dalton Arnold, Larry Mitchell, Annie McCue, Jeff Jensen Band, Harper & Midwest Kind, The Gravy Boys, Wayne Sharp & the Sharpshooters, and many more including our own local and regional favorites.

Join the many people who consider the Blue Note Grill a “home away from home” and visit us today.

What about parking?

We have on site parking right behind the old train trestle. After 5pm you can use the Erwin Oil lot. There are lots of other parking options in the neighborhood, including on the street.

Do I need a reservation?

NOTE: After you purchase SEATED tickets online, please call us at 919-401-1979 to reserve your seats. 

We always want you to feel comfortable and find seating, so please call us well ahead of time and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Table reservations are suggested for those coming to enjoy dinner and the show. If you’re coming just for the show, bar seating is first come/first served.  Please don’t send a text or email for reservations.

We are now taking dinner reservations for the patio and rib room on Friday evenings! We don’t take reservations or guarantee tables in the Music Hall on Friday nights. Please arrive after 8pm for the 9pm show. Your entire party must be present to be seated at your table.

Many of our tables seat 4 or more, so if you are reserving for 2, you might share a table with other guests and end up with a whole new set of friends!

I’m in a wheelchair or have special needs? Can you accommodate?

We go above and beyond to make sure that every guest is comfortable and our building is ADA compliant. Guests with special needs should call us at 919-401-1979 in advance to make arrangements.

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