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7:00 PM
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BLU Restaurant & Bar

422 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Thur-Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm;

Dinner: Thur-Sun: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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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
Frankie Kirkman
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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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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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Live music every Friday Saturday and Sunday!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 422 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Luvgoodfood (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

Charlotte (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

JohnJ (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

PalmettoPalmBFFs (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

JohnM (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Delicious (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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

osmart4 (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

AsnamJose (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

vipShane (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Gina (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

vipgreyfox (Charleston)
1.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

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.