We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Blu Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1 Center St., Folly Beach, Folly Beach, SC 29439 (Artic Street)
07:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

455 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 453: English reviews
Poquoson, Virginia
Level Contributor
140 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Spent Thanksgiving in Folly Beach & we went to Blu several times had cocktails on the deck & just watched the waves roll in at the folly pier grabbed a couple of Apps everything was excellent look forward to going back on my next visit.

Thank yorkhavenmarina
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

we are local residents and decided to try the Blu again after a disappointing experience about 4 years ago. When the 3 of us came in (my husband, our 3 -year old son and myself) at 6:30pm on a Sat night, the dining room and the patio had about 75% of tables open. Despite that, a hostess informed us that... More 

Thank nsamolet
Level Contributor
31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We visited Folly's island last week on a day trip and had lunch at Blu at the advice of a friend. Situated in The Tides Hotel, both the hotel and restaurant evoked childhood memories of the 1950s and 60s at the beach. It's not fancy, but has an unpretentious charm that transported us back to a simpler time. The food... More 

Thank David L
Level Contributor
223 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Seaside with attentive service and sustainable local items, it is a solid yes every time (and we've had quite a few meals here). There are quiet romantic tables inside the air conditioned restaurant, the rail bar high top facing the ocean, but we sit on the outside patio. We chose the fresh catch (always a solid choice, fish is delivered... More 

Thank babbettandcaptbill
North Carolina
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We ate there while we stayed at Tides. We had the breakfast buffet. The food was not the best, not the worst. The price was extremely high. With tip, our total for two adults and two kids was $58. They served crispy, thick-cut bacon. The grits were cold. They had lots of fruit choices.

Thank CandM2003
Massapequa, New York
Level Contributor
91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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
Level Contributor
28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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
Level Contributor
28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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
Level Contributor
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

Travellers who viewed Blu Restaurant & Bar also viewed

Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina

Been to Blu Restaurant & Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
USD 30
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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: 18435886658
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Blu Restaurant & Bar and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Columbus, Ohio
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Blu Restaurant & Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?