BLU Restaurant & Bar
BLU Restaurant & Bar

BLU Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blufollybeach.com/
  • Phone: (843) 588-6658
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:00am;

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jon Cropf
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The culinary team at Blu also caters special events and meetings in the flexible banquet space located on the second floor of Tides Folly Beach. Off-site catering and beachfront catering options are also available.
  • Entertainment: Live music at the Beach Bar from 9-12pm every Friday and Saturday. DJ at the Beach Bar from 2-5pm every Saturday and Sunday.
  • Special Events: Join the third Thursday of every month for our Mercy of the Chef Dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Artic Street
  • Public Transit: Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
A word from BLU Restaurant & Bar
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
BLU Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (24)scenic view (23)fit for foodies (10)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (9)great for lunch (9)romantic (9)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • I want to like Blu.
    ErmcgoughVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The ambiance at Blu cannot be beat. You have a scenic view of the ocean and Folly Beach pier, which makes for a very nice setting that is worth visiting. However, the food is bad. Even though it sounds good and even looks good, everything we had was devoid of taste or simply not tasty at all. Smoked marinara sauce that came with calamari was especially bad and the soba noodles that accompanied my Grouper were absolutely stone cold. Plus very little taste at all. To top it off our meal on food alone was over $100. We ordered Woody's Pizza after we left. I want to like Blu, but I just can't.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lack of flavor
    MNflavor
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Crab dip and chicken soup suffered from a lack of seasoning. If ever made the decision to eat there again, doubtful, would choose the shrimp and grits, wonderful but even with appetizer and soup, left the meal hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good view but it ends there
    Achs
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had an excellent view for dinner. Too bad the food was mediocre. I had the swordfish and she had the mahi.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were married at the Folly Beach Pier 12 years ago. We wanted to revisit that day. What a wonderful suprise to find such an awesome restaurant with outdoor dining right on the ocean with a perfect view of the pier. The staff was very friendly and spot on with food recommendations. Hands down the best Shrimp and Grits I have ever had. The food was a little pricey but to use local ingredients it was well worth it. We will definitely be revisiting soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beach bar with real food
    lynford
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The expansive open bar with a beautiful view of the ocean and pier at Folly Beach is incredible. we watched the Sun go down and then sat at a fire pit table to have dinner. Dinner was every bit as good as a meal you can find in Charleston.I wasn't expecting so much from the hotel bar, but this was really special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beach front view!
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and service were definitely good but being right on the beach can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharon
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Loved it, will go again, beautiful waterfront restaurant conveniently located on island
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant on Folly
    FollyGirl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our meal at Blu was excellent. I realize this is a hotel restaurnat, but when we have people visit, we always take them to BLU - the food is consistently very good, and the ambiance is, too - especially if you can sit outside. With one exception, we have always had excellent service, as well. It is the best place on Folly to take out-of-town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Culinary So What
    MountainjimVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is a spot that was recommended, but it could only be because it's on the beach. From drinks,appetizer, entré and desert this dining experience was mediocre at best. Definitely not for foodies.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BLU was dry...
    Scabby
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant setting is only attractive because of being on the beach. I'd return for lunch only. For a Saturday night the restaurant was dead and food cost doubles for dinner and portions per my date were too small.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • #1 Restaurant on Folly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We've been to Blu a few times now and it has always been amazing. We love to sit on the patio and walk our little girl out on the beach. Hands down - best shrimp and grits. Prices are great and the service was superb. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu at Folly Beach
    Genetravel
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Outdoor seating is a must for seven or less. Ocean view with a small tiki-like bar adds to the atmosphere. Catch of the day is fresh and varies day to day. If available, try the "Wreck" fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Good but Atmosphere Lacking
    girlswkend
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had expectations of interior based on website photo that were not met. Server was enthusiastic and did a good job. Would not likely go back, as there are many choices in and around Charleston that offer both good food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Server made-up for OK food
    NCFoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was good... I had the scallops which one was completely raw and the other ones were close. Seared perfectly on one side-no color on the other. Wife had the crab cakes which she absolutely loved; I too found them to very good. Cheese plate app was outstanding as was the gnocchi. The server was very attentive and I guess the best was to describe it is "cool".
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfectly mediocre
    B1951VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of the most I inattentive servers we have ever had. The food was average at best and definitely not worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Martin
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was awful - nothing tasted good - crab dip nasty, turkey club too greasy (buttered bread for grilling - used way too much butter); fried green tomatoes were hard - not cooked through - berry cobbler was actually apple cobbler - since when is an apple a berry? Would not recommend anyone go there - used to have nice menu and good chef - not any more
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoy it every time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I found Blu on Folly this summer when I was looking for an upgrade to the typical dining experience on Folly Beach. Each time I visit the food has been exceptional and the serving sizes has been generous! Although they have vegetable sides, my meal has been more than enough without them. You can eat inside or outside and they do have a kids menu. The view of the ocean is great and it is close to the pier for an after dinner walk. So far, I have not found anything on the menu I would not order again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kids day at beach
    Novella4VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We went to Folly Beach for the day with the kids and planned on eating at Blu already. but it rain and it was so hard to get the sand off of our legs. So they set us outside underneath the covered patio and kids were able to play and eat at the same time and we enjoyed the rain and the beach Scenicview. Their kids mac & cheese was wonderful my kids ate it all and they brought him hot chocolate to warm up. The mahi BLT with our favorite
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    ncgator
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Beautiful oceanfront view and great food. A perfect combination. Would definitely recommend...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    abbysue4u
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a large group for brunch/lunch. Although the weather was overcast, we enjoyed the view and overall experience. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, and the food was yummy, especially the grits. The bloody Mary bar was excellent. Only negative was how cold the restaurant was, and since it was rainy outside we had no option to move.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 226 reviews are from the BLU Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Upscale dining option Folly Beach
    NCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We stayed at the Tides hotel for the weekend, dinner at BLU was the highlight of our trip. Creative menu with sea and land options available. My husband had the shrimp&grits, and I had the daily fish special. Both were excellent, clearly fresh ingredients with wise use of spices. Would highly recommend for an upscale dining option on Folly Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie fun
    SueEllen
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Beautiful view. Very friendly. Great place for drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Blu
    Reviewer
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had one of the worst meals we have ever had at Blu. The Herb Crusted Grouper was inedible. The fish was clearly not fresh and the rice salad underneath it was disgusting. We also ordered the NY strip, and it was a cheap cut of meat. Our waitress however was very good, she removed the meals from our bill as we did not eat them. She did not seem surprised that we were returning the meals and indicated that the chef was new. We will not return and can not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ocean view
    Louie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This place is awesome. Everything was great. After dinner drink on the outside deck with the beautiful moon; Priceless.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, mediocre service
    Brookiesmommy310
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We've been to Blu a number of times and the food is always really good...the service not so much. I love the Shrimp and Grits! Probably the best I've had in SC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Feustar14
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good food but noisey outdoor bar. Definitely sit inside if you want a romantic experience. I will caveat that it was a Saturday night. Also a little on the expensive side, but there are limited options on folly beach
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view to compliment the food
    rondapoz
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were seated outside and loved the view of the ocean/beach. The drinks were very good and everyone loved what they ordered. The service was wonderful, as was our server. He was very personable and very attentive. Great location also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations not met
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was not as good as expected. The only thing that I enjoyed about the experience was being able to eat outside looking at the beach.
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  • I wouldn't go again
    notoBLU
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had family in and took them to BLU and were disappointed. Service was slow and no one even acknowledged out wait. The food was marginal especially the fried green tomatoes, what a disappointment. Overall we will not go back..ever.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We waited an hour to get our meal even though it was not crowded. The food was very good. Ambiance was nice. I felt it was pricey for the amount of food. No bread nor salad was included with your meal. love2eat
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Bluesky
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Outstanding shrimp and grits, unusual crab cake presentation Best food if Folly Beach!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu
    Grapegirl
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Normally would not like to eat in a hotel restaurant unless I'm in a city and even then it has to have a great reputation. Blu offers the only 'fine dining' option at Folly Beach so a captive audience. Food was fresh and flavorful though more fresh vegetables would have been appreciated with each dish. Bar scene got a little rowdy as the night went on (from about 10pm) so a romantic dinner was out of the question unless you sat inside which was a little sterile. Waiters were attentive and informed about the ingredients - local and fresh. Nice for outdoor dining with view of the pier and beach.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for breakfast
    Southernbelle35
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our service on Saturday morning was atrocious. We almost left because after we mentioned that we didn't want the buffet it took another 15 minutes before a waitress came back to out table. And we pretty much only saw her once more to bring our food. It was awful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flavor and Acknowledgment
    charlestonleaf
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Overall the evening was nice, the staff was welcoming and it's always a great view from Blu. However the food was lacking flavor. Both dishes came out looking incredible, perfect proportion and very colorful just needed to be seasoned. Had also indicated in OpenTable that we were celebrating an anniversary and no acknowledgment of this either when we arrived for our reservation or while we were dining.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We made a reso for 8 AM. When we arrived there were only two other tables seated-they were not busy at all. We sat outside and a server brought us menus and water. This would be the last time anyone voluntarily noticed us. No one ever came to take our drink or food order. There was a breakfast buffet inside so we helped ourselves. Halfway through our meal, my husband stopped a server and asked for coffee and juice. Then that server sent the other one over and we again asked for drinks. We were done with our meal by the time they arrived. We still had menus on the table. The food was awful. I expected continental hotel breakfast food, but the biscuits were hard as rocks, the potatoes dry-Bleh. Beautiful view, but horrible lack of service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service. Ok food. Decent view.
    LunagirlVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The title sums it up. They ran out of lunch menus. They were understaffed. Water was scarce. Cocktails tasted overly sweet or sour. The food was ok. Decor was blah. Felt like Saved By The Bell Beach Club. Tables around us werent cleared out. And to top it off. IT WASNT EVEN THAT BUSY! You expect a lot more service, attention and food quality from a vacation resort spot.
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  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The view of the ocean is wonderful! The staff friendly helpful- all smiles all the time. You could eat there for every meal all week on vacation and always have something new to try. Vacation is a good time to try something new and you will not be disappointed with Blu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    jereree
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The food doesn't match the price. Great atmosphere though
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rough Start but It all worked out
    FollyGirl
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The evening did not start off well. Two of us ordered mojito's and our waiter was pretty rude about telling us they were unavailable because they were out of limes. When we expressed disbelief (a bar with no limes??) he made some remark about none to be had and walked off before we could order a substitute. (How were we to know there was a lime shortage??) We had to flag him down. A few words were exchanged but we finally got our drinks and ordered. The shrimp bruchetta was to die for. The pan-roasted grouper, got high marks, as well. The Bistro Terderloin, was "okay" but nothing special. (Wish I'd gotten a few orders of bruchetta for dinner!) We sat outside and the ambiance was pleasant. All in all, we had an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food, great atmosphere, fun place to eat! The bloody Mary's very excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic