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Blu Restaurant & Bar

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$$$
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic
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1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439 (Artic Street)
Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
843-588-6658
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Description: Few restaurants in Charleston offer oceanfront dining. None offer the...
Few restaurants in Charleston offer oceanfront dining. None offer the unique experience you"ll find at the brand new BLU.Set alongside the beach at the Tides Folly Beach, BLU combines indoor and outdoor seating featuring an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean from almost every seat. Enjoy fresh local seafood showcasing the finest in contemporary coastal cuisine as well as an eclectic assortment of small plates perfect for sharing. Casual yet gracious, BLU is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two or an enjoyable night out with friends. Sit back, watch the waves roll in and enjoy the cool ocean breeze as we serve you the most delectable food around. With a casual beach bar and comfortable restaurant seating, BLU is where you want to be in Charleston.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 133
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Go for the view

I came here for breakfast on a Saturday morning. I was leaving Charleston that day and wanted to see the ocean before I left. I found this place on Yelp and decided to give it a try. Above everything, the view is awesome. It's situated right on the beach with floor to ceiling windows that face... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
EdQ528
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
  • Private Dining
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276 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I came here for breakfast on a Saturday morning. I was leaving Charleston that day and wanted to see the ocean before I left. I found this place on Yelp and decided to give it a try. Above everything, the view is awesome. It's situated right on the beach with floor to ceiling windows that face the ocean. I believe... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We had my wife's birthday dinner here. Everything was okay, but not spectacular like a lot of the meals we had in Charleston. It was just as expensive as many of those better meals as well. Great if you want to be able to wander back to your room at Tides after your meal, but otherwise I'd make the trek... More 

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

First of all thank you for taking the time to review us. I am sorry to hear that you were just ok with our restaurant. We truly take pride not only in our food but our service and I am disappointed we were not able to amaze you with either. Hopefully we will get a chance to see you again... More 

Savannah, GA
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at Blu last Friday while on a trip to Folly Beach. The food was very good, but we were MOST impressed by the service. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurant manager was frequently walking around the restaurant checking on guests and making sure everything was running smoothly. I accidentally spilled a... More 

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your response, I am so glad we were able to exceed your expectations on our food and service. We take pride in our effort to provide a seamless dining experience. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you and we look forward to seeing you at Blu again soon!!! More 

Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I am so overwhelmed when I have to call the old Holiday Inn... Tides and Blu, I'm also very excited at the same time because the amazing job they have done with the restaurant bar and hotel! this is my go to spot he will find me here on the weekends with my son enjoying a great meal, that they... More 

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review. We are happy that Blu is your place to enjoy your family meals. We will look forward to seeing you and your family all summer long!!! More 

asheville, nc
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We travel to Folly Beach several times a year and always come to Blu, whether we are staying at the Tides or not. Drinks at the beachfront bar, overlooking the ocean can't be beat! On this particular trip, we did the New Year's Eve party and New Year's Day oyster roast. We look forward to this all year! There is... More 

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Danielle, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. So glad you were able to spend the holiday with us. New Year's is one of those that we look forward to every year. Hopefully next year you will be able to return for the celebration and enjoy the Oyster Roast the next day. Look forward to seeing you... More 

Anderson, South Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The bbq pork nachos and brownie dessert are amazing! Love sitting right on the beach. Yummy painkillers too! Good service and great atmosphere.

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Mandy thank you so much for the positive review. I too am a huge fan of the brownie for dessert. Hopefully we will see you again soon so you can enjoy another painkiller on our deck. Best Regards More 

Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The food wasn't all that great but it was good. Our waitress was very nice. The setting was very nice and romantic. I would go back maybe when its warmer so we can sit outside.

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

First of all thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry to hear about your disappointment in food quality and would love to hear more about your meal. Overall I am happy to hear you enjoyed not only the setting but our service. Hopefully we will see you again and can improve on your dining... More 

Shenandoah, Iowa
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had the Local Shrimp & Lump Crab Salad. It was perfect! Just the right size to fill me up without feeling stuffed. It was so fresh and tasty. I had the Languedoc French white wine with it and that complimented the salad just right. My sister had the Autumn Salad with the local shrimp and really liked it too.... More 

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review with us. I am glad you all enjoyed your food and experience. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Tides!! More 

Ridgetown
Top Contributor
506 reviews 506 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We stayed at Edisto Island on Christmas Day on the way to be with family at Disney World. No restaurants were open there so we needed to book something in the Charleston area. We chose the Blu Restaurant because it was open, served seafood, had good reviews and accepted reservations. What a busy place! Without a reservation, one would have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

First of all Merry Christmas, I am glad you were able to stop and share your holiday with us. We are truly proud of our menu and our staff. I am happy you all enjoyed your meal and experience and wish you safe travels. We look forward to seeing you again soon perhaps on your way back from Disney!! More 

Concord, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

I ordered the Pork Osso Bucco and I wanted more after cleaning my plate. Delicious food,beach view dining. Truly 5 star menu. Quite setting, not for children. Nice wine selection. Highly recommended.

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Ryan_Francey, Manager at Blu Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

I would personally like to thank you for your "5 Stars" review. We strive to not only provide 5 star food but 5 star service as well. We look forward to seeing you here at BLU again soon. Best Regards, More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439
    (Artic Street)
  • Public Transportation: Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Folly Beach
  • Phone Number: 843-588-6658

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

Few restaurants in Charleston offer oceanfront dining. None offer the unique experience you"ll find at the brand new BLU.Set alongside the beach at the Tides Folly Beach, BLU combines indoor and outdoor seating featuring an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean from almost every seat. Enjoy fresh local seafood showcasing the finest in contemporary coastal cuisine as well as an eclectic assortment of small plates perfect for sharing. Casual yet gracious, BLU is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two or an enjoyable night out with friends. Sit back, watch the waves roll in and enjoy the cool ocean breeze as we serve you the most delectable food around. With a casual beach bar and comfortable restaurant seating, BLU is where you want to be in Charleston.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?