Restaurant News & Reviews

Blue Martini

116 N. West St., Raleigh

899-6464.

Cuisine: tapas lounge.

Rating: *1/2.

Prices: entrees average $11 to $16.

Atmosphere: cool, contemporary lounge.

Service: variable.

Recommended: pan-seared scallops, pan-fried halibut fillet, duck spring rolls.

Open: lunch Monday-Friday, dinner nightly.

Reservations: accepted for large parties.

Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express; full bar; cigar friendly; get a sitter.

The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:

**** Extraordinary.

*** Excellent.

** Good.

* Fair.

Zero stars: Poor.

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