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BLU Restaurant & Bar
BLU Restaurant & Bar

BLU Restaurant & Bar Details

  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Beautiful oceanfront view and great food. A perfect combination. Would definitely recommend..."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Beautiful view. Very friendly. Great place for drinks and appetizers."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This place is awesome. Everything was great. After dinner drink on the outside deck with the beautiful moon; Priceless."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Outstanding shrimp and grits, unusual crab cake presentation Best food if Folly Beach!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food doesn't match the price. Great atmosphere though"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Good food, great atmosphere, fun place to eat! The bloody Mary's very excellent!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It started when the hostess greeted us with "can you hold on a minute"... The cocktails were made poorly (mint used in mojito were browned and old); it took our server 20 mins to take our dinner order & another 35 mins until the food arrived. It was edible but not great and the server maybe stopped by once. I had to literaly get up and find her so we could get our check.....So many other great places to check out in folly! Don't waste your time here."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Thursday 4/17. Reservation at 7:30. We ordered off of the menu. We watched the tables all around us get excellent service when they ordered at the mercy of the chef. Our experience was quite different. When the food finally came it was delivered by the manager. My wife and I let him know that we were disappointed with the lack of service. We had hoped that this might change our experience but nothing improved. Our glasses were left empty repeatedly. and our empty plates sat on the table for what seemed like an eternity. The new head Chef was making the rounds and stopped to ask how the food was. He seemed very surprised when we explained our experience. He asked that we return another night and give them another try. Dinner took 2 hours."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Make a reservation. Small and intimate. BLU has a creative menu with good service tucked into a smaller format of a two story house. Outside porch for maybe 4 tables. No waiting area inside so if you decide to walk up, be prepared to wait outside. Service was good. Food quality and presentations were excellent. Fried chicken was perfect as was the pasta with shrimp. If you only have a few days in town BLU should be one of your stops"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the service is terrible. Took an hour to almost 2 hr to get my food. I also received a coupon for the restaurant from the hotel themselves and the waiter did not take it. The food is good but expensive."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We wanted to dine by the water and this was the place. Folly beach is a happening place and very touristy, but Blu allows you to have fine dining right in the middle of the beach front excitement. Great menu and food, excellent service and it's right on the beach. You can go inside for quiet and relaxed w/ great beach view or on deck outside with with a large wooden deck and open air bar. Decor is modern and trendy and the walls between you and the beach are all glass so you can see everything. Have reservations during busy season and be aware parking is difficult if you are not a hotel guest."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful meal at Blu. Service was excellent, and all four of us had a wonderful meal - beautifully presented, cooked perfectly. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We loved this place. We sat outside & enjoyed the beach scene! Food & service were very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was some of the best we have had in Charleston. My wife had the fish and I had the pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon and both were very good. We had a fantastic view of the beach and was able to watch the sunset was a glass of wine. The service was the best we have had in Charleston."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We took friends who were visiting us on the island. Unfortunately it was too cold to sit outside, but we enjoyed our meal anyway! The beet salad was a work of art and all of our entrees were delicious. I ordered the bread pudding for dessert and the portion was so large, I shared it with the entire table. Thoroughly enjoyable meal . . ."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The location was great and the view of the beach was awesome. My kids really enjoyed looking out to the beach and it was very nice! The food was good and the staff seem to be very helpful and friendly! Until the next time!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere and view -- the wait staff was very friendly -- the food great and priced right. Thanks! I ate there twice when I was just on Folly Beach for 3 nights."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "...but, the service was a little weak. All in all, the setting and the food made up for it. Will go back again when in town."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Have stayed many times at The Tides and have always had a very pleasant dinning experience. Bar is very Vibrant and is a Gem of Folly Beach. Sunsets are second to none and is a great place to meet and make new friends."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Have eaten here multiple times and always had a great meal! Using local grown herbs & veggies in season pairing with varieties of seafood! A few selections as well for the land lovers! Decent wine list to pair for all enter selections! Great oceanfront view!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The view of the beach was amazing, our waitress was absolutely fantastic, the food was delicious and filling!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014