BLU Restaurant & Bar

3.8
436 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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.
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
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3.9
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3.9
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vipLeeD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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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JimL
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very noce. Food was very good

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CaraS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

JL
JamieLynn410
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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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vipTrini
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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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PhilomenaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Rude
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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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Geburtstag1981
Saarbrucken
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Raquelle was awesome!

JC
JlovesCLT
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

RO
RaymondO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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Rosie
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

CA
vipChadA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall4food1service3ambience4

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

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Luvgoodfood
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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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Charlotte
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JJ
JohnJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

PM
PatM
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JM
JohnM
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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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Delicious
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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osmart4
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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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AdrienneP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall2food1service1ambience5

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.

AJ
AsnamJose
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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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vipShane
Charlotte
79 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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Gina
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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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vipgreyfox
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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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BrittanyR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

MW
vipMarkW
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

GT
GlennT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience3

They overcooked

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LadyLittle
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Horrible service and mediocre food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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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vipGagirl
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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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Marci
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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vipDebby
Charleston
88 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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FrankT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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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