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Blu Restaurant & Bar

1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439
843-588-6658
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Ranked #7 of 27 Restaurants in Folly Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Artic Street
Transit: Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
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.
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Palm Bay, Florida
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We (5 adults) actually went to Folly Beach to go to another restaurant, which was "closed for the winter" Went up onto the boardwalk, which was closed early "for the winter". LOL We decided to go to The Tides for drinks and an appetizer...The wait staff was very nice and brought everything out and it all was very enjoyable...We particularly... More 

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

Fortunately, we do not close for the winter and because of this, we had the opportunity to serve these fine people! Thank you for dining with us and thank you for your compliments of our food, service and atmosphere. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope we get another opportunity in the near future! More 

Athens, Georgia
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Tapas generally good, but you go there more for the view and the drink

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

Thank you for giving Blu a try while you were on Folly Beach! We certainly do offer a one-of-a-kind experience in the Charleston area and encourage everyone to come out and see for themselves what we are all about. More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We were so comfortable in the lounge that we stayed for hours.

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

And you are welcome to stay for many more hours on your next visit! Thank you for contributing this review and we look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

south carolina
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276 reviews 276 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Great cocktails and wine selection, great she crab soup and grilled romaine salad, great tapas menu, beautiful ocean front views, and great service. Only disappointment was the dessert. Had the apple cinnamon bread pudding, very dry. Other than that, would go back again. Decor could be improved, kind of an 80's sort of vibe, maybe more like a cruise ship... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience here on Tripadvisor! We are happy that you enjoyed your food, the view and the service you received. While this is the first time we’ve heard our vibe described as “80’s,” we’re glad that you seemed to enjoy it and look forward to serving you during your next visit... More 

Summerville
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

I drove 50 min each way. Food not the quality stated and the whole experince was disappointing. There are many places to have great food and this is not one of them. The view was the best part. I will not return. Sorry. I have never rated a restaurant before but I had to rate this one.

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

While we are very thankful that you chose to dine with us at Blu, we regret that we did not “wow” you with our cuisine. We understand that we only get one opportunity to make a good first impression but we are also confident that, given a second chance, we could prove that Blu Restaurant and Bar is in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012 via mobile

We were staying at Tides for a long weekend at Folly. Our first night we decided to give the in-hotel restaurant a try.. It was a phenomenal choice! It's a tapas restaurant so expect smaller portions and get a couple to share. I had the beet salad which was honestly one of the best things I ever ate. I would... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to contribute such an amazing review and endorsement of Blu Restaurant and Bar! It was our pleasure to serve you on your birthday and we are very happy that you enjoyed every facet of your meal. We look forward to your next visit and if there is anything we can do to make it... More 

North Texas
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We ordered grilled shrimp and beef tapas and both had a bitter taste which may have been caused by a grease build-up on the grill. Also, portions are small and prices are on the high side. The service and view, on the other hand, were good.

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

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Blu Restaurant and Bar. At Blu, we strive to provide the best quality seafood with local ingredients coupled with excellent customer service. We regret, in this case, that we fell short of the expectations of the author of this review when it came to our food. It is our hope that... More 

Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Blu (in the Tides Folly Beach hotel) is always a nice place to visit. More often than not, we go there for their Sunday brunch which is quite good. This time we visited on Christmas at lunchtime, and they had a holiday lunch menu instead of the Sunday Brunch. I had a bloody mary (quite good) with a reuben sandwich... More 

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

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Blu Restaurant and Bar on Christmas and taking advantage of our very special holiday menu. We were all excited to read how thoroughly enjoyable you found the selections. Thank you, also, for your continued patronage during Sunday brunch. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you on all your future... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

This place is better than most places in the area, and although a little pricier, it's worth it. After dinner, take a stroll on the beach and enjoy what Folly has to offer.

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

Thank you very much for this glowing endorsement of Blu Restaurant and Bar! It was a joy having you, not only as a guest in our hotel but as a patron in our restaurant. We hope to see your entire family again soon! More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011 via mobile

We made a reservation for thanksgiving(party of 4). Wanted to seat us with two elderly people outside without heaters. When we asked for seating inside we got skipped by multiple parties of 2&4. No thought or flexibility. Then we get seated at two 4-tops cramed together with someone needing to sit on the crack. Food was okay traditional holiday items... More 

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

Thank you for choosing to dine with us over the Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate that this is a very important family meal and are honored that you chose Blu Restaurant over the other options on the island and Charleston proper. Without a seating preference given at the time of the reservation and a sunny, 70 degree day, we believed our... More 

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Additional Information about Blu Restaurant & Bar

Address: 1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Phone Number: 843-588-6658
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Folly Beach
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic

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