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Blu Restaurant & Bar

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$$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439 (Artic Street)
18435886658
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lexington, Kentucky
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a nice choice for appetizers or a meal. It is located right off the beach and is usually very busy. It can be noisy with loud music on the weekend.

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I can't say much about the sit down restaurant but the outdoor Tiki bar has an awesome day time vibe. We had a group of 20 on a bachelor party and ended up staying at this bar for a whole day after surfing. The bartenders were fun and kept up with our pace of eating/drinking. It turns into a bit... More 

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Thank Christopher M
Charleston
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

For the poor service: Hostess 'forgot' us (her words) and left us waiting in the bar for 45 minutes. Waiter brought menus and water and promptly disappeared. About 15 minutes later he arrived, took our order and disappeared again. Food arrived about 40 minutes later. This is where this experience goes from poor to terrible. 3 scallops on a bed... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The food and service were both excellent. They had a vegan hummus appetizer that was excellent. They also made me a vegan platter of fresh grilled vegetables with fingerling potatoes that were the best potatoes I have ever had! The hostess was nice enough to even move a table for us by the ledge!

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Thank JillMJackson
Charleston, South Carolina
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496 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Blu is located in the Tides hotel just down from the Folly Beach pier. We went for a light dinner. We sat on the deck overlooking the beach and ocean. I had mussels and my wife had the braised short ribs with Geechie boy grits and pine nuts. Both were excellent. The service was up to expectations. There is a... More 

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Thank Howard P
Charlotte, NC
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

we orginally had a boat trip scheduled so I made reservations for dinner. It rained so we still kept the dinner reservations and drove over from historic Charleston. We had drinks in the many bars and had a very nice dinner. The food was beautifull and great tasting, trigger fish. Appetizers a little small , but that is the way... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

So nice & comfy to enjoy a drink in the outdoor bar right on da beach! Very spacious & relaxing! Had a variety of seating arrangements - u could sit up at the bar, or in circular seating in comfy chairs or on the bar stools that face the beach.

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Thank luvdabeach620
Charleston, WV
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Limited breakfast menu, unless you want the $14 buffet. Bar staff very nice and accommodating. Please bring back truffle popcorn.

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Thank sonrisesonset
Greenville, South Carolina
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132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed sitting by the ocean and having a sandwich. They have a mahi mahi BLT. The southern twist is the fried green tomato instead of your standard and of course the mahi ! The sandwich was done nicely, the fish was fresh so you had no fishy taste. Seasoning was good with a sauce on the side. The drinks... More 

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Thank Frank S
Williamsburg, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

For our last night in Folly Beach, we decided to try Blu. Have been coming to Folly for years, but hadn't tried this place yet. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Sitting at a table overlooking the beach was so nice! Our server, Ryan, was extremely courteous, friendly, and knowledgeable...we liked him a lot. We had the bruschetta, mussels, &... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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
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: 18435886658
Description
Few restaurants in Charleston offer oceanfront dining. None offer the unique experience you'll find at 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. 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?