BLU Restaurant & Bar

3.8
436 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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About

Few restaurants in Charleston offer oceanfront dining. None offer the unique experience you"ll find at the newly renovated BLU. Set alongside the beach inside Tides Hotel, 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 on Folly Beach.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am

Lunch: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Late Night Bar: Until Midnight

Saturaday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 588-6658
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Glen Benskin
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arctic Avenue
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Parking details
Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
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Public transit
Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
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Entertainment
Live music every Friday Saturday and Sunday!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.9
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LD
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We are hoping to find a quality place on Folly. We are still looking. The ideas are good and the execution is off.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noce. Food was very good

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant was wonderful. We originally sat outside, but quickly got too chilly and dark so we moved inside and the waiter already had a place for us. outside yes we did get plastic cups, but I imagined it was in case they blue off from the wind. We also had some drinks at the bar and them breakfast buffet which was wonderful as well.

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JL
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were so excited to find an ocean front upscale restaurant to dine at on our only night in Charleston for our anniversary. When we arrived we were greeted by a very nice hostess. We had requested a patio ocean view table; however, we were seated inside. That actually ended up being best because the noise level from the life band was high (which is to be expected) however, We did enjoy the music from inside. My husband ordered his favorite cocktail, an old fashioned, but received what looked and tasted like water with a "splash" of Whisky. They did take the cocktail back which was appreciated. We placed our food order with our waitress & waited over an hour. There were numerous empty tables all around us but we were told "the kitchen is just so slammed" when questioned on what was taking so long. I ordered my steak medium rare and received a well done steak, at this point I'm so hungry I didn't bother to complain. 😞 Our bill was well over $100 with tip. The portions were tiny. I doubt we will be back to this establishment. Which is unfortunate because it is in a beautiful spot on the beach.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had a table of 19 people, our waitress was great but she was spread WAY too thin among the other tables. Everything was S L O W and I will not blame that on her. You need more staff on the weekends. Also, the chairs are extremely uncomfortable, way too low for the table. The atmosphere is top notch and the band was good but as much as we paid for our party, we should have had a manager tend to us.

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old friends getting together after 35 years and it was the perfect warm and friendly setting. The weather cooperated so we sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful view of the stars and the water. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating and the food was DELICIOUS

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R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu items of crispy oysters and seafood saute were better at other Charleston area restaurants. The waitress was great and very helpful and attentive. The place has so so decor but the sunset was great.

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G
Saarbrucken
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We had breakfast on the terrace. A plus is the proximity to the beach. However, I was missing the style. Food was served in plastic and paper cups, service was rather unfriendly. The bar and the inside of the restaurant were renovated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Raquelle was awesome!

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JC
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best surf and turf I've had in a very long time! I wanted to lick my plate!
The brownie dessert was just so so but enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Great place with a great ocean view.
Highly recommend!

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RO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was okay. Blu had high reviews on Yelp, but I didn't feel it was deserved. Ordered Bang-bang shrimp and 5 shrimp on the plate and was just okay. I had a half-lb of very large steamed shrimp the night before, so...not such a great value for mediocre food.

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RP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food. Service was friendly and good. Nice view of the beach and outdoor area but was too chilly to sit outside.

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Berkshire
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 4

You cannot beat the view. Good spot for a cocktail. Food is average.

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Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

In town on business for 2 nights and stayed at The Tides Hotel. The restaurant is located in the Tides and was very convenient for a business-related dinner with 2 other associates. The menu offered a good variety, our choice of fish was good for all. Server was knowledgeable, available, and prompt. It was a nice evening for all.

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening. I would love to have gotten more than 3 scallops for almost $30 but they were delicious. Great ambiance also!

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JJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came in for the Valentines menu. Nice selection for the three courses. fried oysters were awesome. The wine pairings were a nice touch.

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PP
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch, inside with window. The food was FABULOUS! Calamari with sauce was superb, watermelon salad terrific and lobster rolls were great. Would definitely return for dinner. Service with a smile.

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JM
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty good meal; only place open for Christmas dinner on Folly Beach. Good service, but a bit pricey for what you get.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Blu on Christmas night. Initially it looked like I made a terrible call because the hostess and wait staff appeared to be disheveled and behind. We went to the bar for a drink and before we could order we got seated.

Our waitress was very busy, but attentive. She was able to overcome that and we had great service. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was good. We hope for the regular menu, but it was abbreviated with the holiday. Still, the food and service were great and a good time was had by all.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We were here on Christmas Day so they had a limited menu. The view was great.....however the food was just so so....nothing to talk about. The two hostesses were not very competent. Our waiter was pleasant.

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D
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten there before and I’ve always enjoyed the food and the service. A really great place right on the ocean. The people who work there are tops!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th Christmas brunch for us. It has become our Christmas tradition. We love it.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The hotel has a strong scent which follows you to the restaurant where it is still strong but not headache inducing. Don’t even think of going to the bathroom as they have a different scent that is even stronger in there. You can actually taste it. Awful. The scallops had too much fishy taste to me and the fried green tomatoes weren’t anything special. I got a duck entree that was still quacking so I made them cook it more. Once it was cooked correctly it was very good. The beverage glasses were tiny so you needed refills constantly. Will not return.

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AP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

We sat inside. Great decor, rude server, tastless food and the drinks came in plastic cups. We expected much more from this place and we will never return.

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AJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The overall dining experience was wonderful. Complaint about the ambiance was that the group beside us was loud and inconsiderate. The view was superb and the outdoor patio area was perfect for outdoor dining. If you want a more intimate meal, inside dining may be a better option. The food was delicious. Just wish there was more of it! :-) Calamari with the sauce was the best I can remember having. When they ask about desert, say yes and get the cobbler. We will return soon to try some more menu items.

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S
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service were lacking. One entree was fine, the other not very good - over cooked. The band was so loud you couldn't have a normal conversation.

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G
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent meal, setting is the best feature. Went with a group of 8 friends on vacation celebrating 40th birthdays. Had requested an outdoor table and it was a wonderful spot - the patio overlooking the beach and pier was very enjoyable. Food, well, not so much. Shared a few appetizers among the group - Folly Fried Shrimp and fried calamari were good but nothing special; seared ahi tuna was overdone and the fish seemed to be of suspicious quality. For entrees, the crispy snapper and cheeseburger were well-received as was another fish special; shrimp & grits were disappointing, other dishes were fine but nothing outstanding. Didn't stay for dessert; service was friendly but a little disorganized. Location was definitely the highlight, an ok meal overall.

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g
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food good, service horrible. They were out of iced tea,sparkling water,bread. Servers tried hard but were untrained. Air conditioning apparently set on "frigid". Asked for coffee after dinner and it was given to me in a paper Starbucks cup. Grossly overpriced for the value.

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BR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was very over seasoned. Took over 30 minutes to get out check after we asked for it. Nice view.

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e
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

seared sea scallops and flounder was great; along with the peach cobbler. The waitress didn't know the menu that well; had to go back and ask questions.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went there with the family for my birthday and found the service to be very slow and the food simply mediocre. Portions were small and prices high. I would not waste my money there again

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

They overcooked

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LL
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The plus for Blu is that it is oceanfront. Food, service and surroundings are mediocre. There was nothing wrong with anything served, but there was nothing that stood out, either. Given the town of Folly Beach, there may not be anything better, however.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service and mediocre food.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a nice lunch with a wonderful view. We shared the blackened fish tacos and enjoyed our margaritas!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

There were at least 3 hosts at any one time, none of whom had any idea what was going on in their restaurant. The Wait Staff ran in packs and had no apparent designated section or understanding of efficiency and were generally inattentive, except the water server. One food runner was particularly rude. The manager was friendly but the staff in general was, apparently, unmanageable. Expensive for average quality food. Much better options abound on the strip. Give Blu a miss!

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G
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Hotel restaurant on the sands of Folly Beach offers ocean views but mediocre food and disinterested , disorganized service. In fact, we have recommended that folks not go there for a nice meal and ambiance. If you want to drink, the outdoor bar was lively with live music. Besides waiting over an hour for our meal, a bus boy brought a dirty dish from another table and stacked it one of ours to take away! My lobster rissoto was tasteless and my husband left half the steak served him due to toughness and lack of flavor. This is really a food service place tacked onto a beach bar.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Also great for bringing the dog - seating outside. Its such a fun place & you can't beat the view.

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D
Charleston
62 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday Dinner! We love coming out to Blu! You can't beat the food or the View thank you

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FT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

unfortunately our dinner on our last day of vacation was not up to par. was there with my family (wife and 4 adult daughters). 3 ordered the seafood pasta, which was so salty and the pasta so overcooked that it was inedible. i had a burger which was good...my wife said her salad with ahi tuna was good and our daughter who had crabcakes and salad indicated that her food was also good.
Paul our waiter was very good and actually adjusted the bill to reflect the issue. He was attentive and service was fine.
Maybe it was a bad day for the chef....needs to adjust the pasta dish prior to serving this to guests again.

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