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About 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.

1 Center St
Folly Beach, SC 29439
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:

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

Dinner: Thur-Sun: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Arctic Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 588-6658

Website:
http://www.blufollybeach.com/

Entertainment:
Live music every Friday Saturday and Sunday!

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.

Parking Details:
Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.

Public Transit:
Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.

Executive Chef:
Frankie Kirkman

Additional:
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

BLU Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.1

Overall Rating

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food

3.2

service

3.1

ambience

3.5

value

2.8

Noise

Moderate

53% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Waterfront (7)
Scenic View (7)
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Casual (4)
Fun (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Waterfront
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·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·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.

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

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)·Dined on August 21, 2017

They overcooked

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Horrible service and mediocre food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Inside the restaurant was completely empty at 6:00 on a Monday night. Decided on outside beach front dining. Very uncomfortable having dinner with beach goers in their swimming attire using the same tables reserved for dining. Started with a wedge salad which didn't include a wedge? Plastic drink glasses. Service was horrible. One of two paying couples left due to lack of service. Coffee was cold cold... The entrees were actually very good. There is no reason this place could be a gold mine based on location and its tasty food. The place needs some real restaurant operational management. Without changes this place will fail.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was great. We had our beer served in a plastic cup. (Not impressed). The service was okay. The server was polite but was a little forgetful. The atmosphere was not what I expected. Did not realized the restaurant was inside a very busy hotel. Our food was delicious, it made up for all the other things.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The restaurant was pretty empty, so we had our choice of tables. Wait staff was very friendly, but not exceedingly attentive. Food was very good--pan seared scallops were well prepared and very fresh. Flounder was light and crisp. Desserts were rather disappointing. A good experience overall.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Restaurant has ocean views. Food is very reasonably priced, with several creative entrees. A good value. Lots of room for improvement, though some wait staff were particularly helpful and attentive.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Much better than you would expect from z hotel restaurant. Fish and veggies r very fresh, the menu refined and the presentation gratifying. An excellent meal served in an ultra casual beachfront setting. It is priced like a fine restaurant, however the product is as good, if not better, than that of downtown Charleston's higher end eateries.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Casual, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great Beer, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I'm local and been many times. Very disappointed to see it going downhill. Took 10 minutes for a server to come over - 3 total tables seated. Risotto used to be excellent very poor. Shrimp and grits used to be very good. Shrimp overcooked and rue seemed thrown together. Don't know what's going on, but it isn't good.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. We ate inside where it was nice and quiet, still enjoying the view.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Food was good and we should have dined inside. Not very romantic with people who should not be wearing swimsuits walking right in front of your table . Also smoke was an issue , drunks puffing on e cigarette and regular ones as well. Overall not a very good dining experience since we drove for and hour and a half to dine there. Parking was a disaster. Would not recommend this place to friends.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Sat at outdoor table, spent over 10 minutes waiting for a waiter... anybody. ..no one ever showed. Seemed more like a beach access point with through traffic rather than restaurant trying to serve $20+ entrees Got up and walked out. Tried to ask hostess a question, she said sorry, ask your waiter, I have to make a phone call. Don't. Go. Here.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We made a reservation for 3pm. When we arrived, I asked if we could sit outside. The hostess, TAYLOR, stated there were no tables. Mind you she said this without even looking. I pointed out there were a few open and she said they were taken. I pointed to a specific empty table and said that one is open. She proceeded to roll her eyes at me in front of me and my family, and stated "if you wanted outside, you should have put that in the reservation". I replied, I didn't recall seeing a spot to do so or I would have. Our waiter was great, I believe his name was Jared. He apologized at the end because we had to sit inside as he knew we wanted to sit outside. Hmmmmmmm, how would he know that unless Miss Taylor was talking about us? The first impression of the restaurant is the hostess. Not a good start for sure.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Good beachside location. Fish is fresh and local. Chef prepared it well

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We had a fantastic time! Delicious food, Evan(waiter) was amazing, tasty drinks, fantastic view and wonderful music!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Very experienced server, youg man from Virginia - great service

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The view and ambience was great as well as the food and service. It's a great place to go to relax or get together with friends and family for food, drinks and desserts.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We sat at our table for 45 minutes before we were even served our drinks. The food wasn't super fresh. Seagulls were stocking customers, which while slightly entertaining, was also slightly stressful. This place is probably better for light snacks and drinks while hanging out at the beach.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Food Yummy and Service Great, 1 of 2 Hostesses Rude and Non-Responsive. You can always count on the chefs at Blu Restaurants to deliver on a good meal. You can usually count on servers and hostesses to be pleasant. We were allowed to choose our seating. Cool. Crab cakes delightful. Grits fantastic! Burger was very good, but they cannot cook it medium or medium rare. Other than the hostess, our evening at this Blu was quite nice.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Rude staff, dirty patio and prices were entirely too expensive for what we got. Will never recommend.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great place for a beach break! Make reservations on the weekend for patio dining. Sunday had a noisy band but we were luckily done eating by the time they started. Wings were good, tender calamari and crispy flounder washed down with a cold beverage!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great service- excellent preparation!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The food was great, but the service was subpar. A staff member spilled about 1/4 of our already scant plate of calamari, picked it up with his hands, and did not replace what was taken away. The restaurant itself is beautiful and has gorgeous views.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 26, 2017

It's our local go to spot on the beach. Friday Lunch Diva's celebrating birthday. You can't beat the view. Parking can be issue if you aren't staying at the hotel. We had a reservation for a group. Were told we could park there. And, then got the run around once we got there.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The fish--snapper and grouper--were outstanding with perfect preparation. Ambiance was a bit dark and funky on a late evening dinner.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 21, 2017

First we were seated outside, but had to move back inside due to noise level of a visiting live band. Second there were so many young people outside drinking heavily, while eating, we watched a young lady getting sick in front of our window. Food was good, not enough for the price. This would be a great place if it weren't part of a hotel which changes the environment.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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