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Blu Restaurant & Bar

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American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub
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1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439 (Artic Street)
+1 843-588-6658
07:00 - 23:00
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Massapequa, New York
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90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

So you will not beat Blu's location on the beach at Folly Beach. But their food is average at best and the portion sizes are small. You will be disappointed in the salads (insultingly small). Maybe have a drink here, but pass on the food.

Thank LJD2076
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

I'm still a little sore about the unannounced 20 percent add on gratuity for a check with three people on it, the inattentive service that didn't warrant it and the high prices. With that said I would have rated this place higher if food was the only criteria though even on that score we are not talking any place special.

Thank Ivan K
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We visited Blu for the first time on Friday, September 16th at 3:30 PM. There were a few people seated outside, but no one was at the bar, and the young clueless girl at the hostess stand sat us at a table for two at the window, which made sense. We waited 20 minutes, and no one ever acknowledged us,... More 

Thank IFA83
syracuse, new york
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Dinner was very good. We sat at the bar as we didn't have reservations and wanted to just sit and visit so that worked out well.

Thank mmcandy
Locust Grove, Virginia
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service were all great! A little something for everyone from burgers to seafood and salads. The oyster po-boy was yummy!!

Thank Mleach103
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The three of us sat down and waited a long time for service and then for our food. We were not impressed. Maybe it was because it was Labor Day weekend and there awe busy or understaffed. It was just okay. Ordered the fish tacos. They were good.

Thank mommytotwo36
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I stayed at the Tides for a week, and I was trying local restaurants outside of the hotel, but I stayed in and went to Blu with my wife. We both had very nice dinners. I had the scallops and she had the grilled swordfish. My dinner was great, hers was good, but not great because the red-beans in her... More 

Thank Wally K
Chantilly, Virginia
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53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you're looking for more than the casual "beach" restaurants in town, go to Blu -- you will not be disappointed. I've eaten at Blu numerous times and the meals, especially the fresh seafood, have been top-notch. The chef always adds a delicious concoction of local vegetables and wonderful sauces. Try the Snapper with the coconut curry and black rice!

Thank M Q
Arnold, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have had the pleasure of having lunch here twice this week. Both occasions we were fortunate enough to have Amanda as our server. What a delightful treat it was to have her infectious cheerful personally topping off the wonderful food and setting of Blu. It was an all around wonderful experience. Thanks

Thank Henry S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

As the "nicest" restaurant on Folly Beach, Blu should be held to high standards, and we were receiving mixed reviews when talking to locals. I ordered scallops, which are my FAVORITE, so I know how they should taste and really aren't that hard to mess up, and Blu did them perfectly. I mean they're pricey and you get 3 but... More 

Thank Lauren R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439
    (Artic Street)
  • Public Transportation: Guests of BLU Restaurant & Bar may use the Tides Hotel parking lot free of charge on a space available basis.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Folly Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 843-588-6658
Few restaurants in Charleston offer oceanfront dining. None offer the unique experience you'll find at 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. 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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