Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/
  • Phone: 8037993838x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Brian Dukes
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Blue Marlin Signature Catering is dedicated to elevating the food and entertainment experience for corporations and individuals. We are known for exceptional service, experienced friendly staff, creative menus and our attention to detail.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Blue Marlin
Welcome to the Blue Marlin Restaurant, proudly serving "A Taste of the Southern Low Country," located in Columbia South Carolina's thriving Congaree Vista District.

Stretching from Savannah to the South, and Georgetown to the North, the Low Country is resplendent with the bounties of the sea and coastal marshlands. Succulent shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish and catfish abound. Lush greens, corn, rice and ripe red tomatoes are plentiful. Low Country cuisine brings all of this food together in a sumptuous array of unique and distinctive dishes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLow Country
Blue Marlin reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (64)neighborhood gem (54)great for lunch (47)fit for foodies (42)good for groups (39)romantic (28)hot spot (23)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (15)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Texans love Blue Marlin
    Glenda
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We discovered Blue Marlin when our daughter became a student at SC. We have established a ritual that includes taking her to a very nice dinner at Blue Marlin each time we visit her. We have eaten at Blue Marlin on three different occasions; we have never been disappointed with the food or the service. The menu offers options for everyone. I make a habit of ordering an entrée that comes with the grits. My husband favors fried seafood, and our daughter the shrimp and grits; everything is all ways seasoned to perfection and in the perfect portion size. We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and the crab cakes as appetizers.The restaurant is always full, but the staff is always very friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food came very quick and service was very freiendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    jnoel
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Blue Marlin is consistently excellent. When we had a guest from out of town who loves seafood, I knew just where to go. They didn't let me down. Some of the best food ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good food
    Cookie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    A group of 4 of us ate here after a showing of The Jersey Boys at the Koger Center. Food selection was good, service was quick, and ALL of us enjoyed our meals. We all ordered something different. I eat at Blue Marlin almost every time I'm in Columbia. I can always count a having a great meal. Only down side...no bread was offered. Asked for it and we got a small piece (half of a very small loaf) because they were running out. This was at 4:30 in the afternoon. Seems they were unprepared for the after show rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    KatD
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our visit to Blue Marlin was fantastic. The food was great and came hot and fast. Our waiter did a great job stayed right on top of everything, and was very unobtrusive. We had mussels, teriyaki salmon and steak. All was cooked very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too warm
    Corky
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Arrived 15 minutes before our 5:45PM reservation for four people. Table was not ready @ 5:45 although booth was empty but not cleaned. Had to remind hostess of reservation. When seated had to ask another waiter to tell our waiter that we were seated. Once our waiter came things moved without interruption. Ambience was noisy and stuffy, although place was packed. Outside doors were opened to help cool the environment but with little effect. Food quality was acceptable but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Blue Marlin Works
    4goodfood
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    great restaurant with an small but diverse menu...something for everyone with an emphasis on low country cuisine. service was great as was the food. consistent, dependably great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    KhoseamVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Food was great. I had the fried seafood platter and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding waiter!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Our waiters name was Jeff. Jeff did a fantastic job taking care of my fiancé and I, even though we wore him out with having to get us so many refills :) I brought my fiancé there to celebrate his birthday and I asked Jeff If he could present a key lime pie with a candle on it to surprise my fiancé. Jeff said he had me covered and he helped make it fun and special. There are so many more things I could say but don't have enough space :) Jeff is a really great waiter and though he has only been there a short time, I think he deserves a raise ;). I am in HR in the QSR industry and people with a personality like his make some great managers :) just a thought. Please tell him to keep up the great work, we look forward to returning to see him!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best places to
    ancme
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    One of the best places to get local seafood in Columbia.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in SC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Seeing that this was our first time visiting SC, we were determined to try authentic low-country dining. Let me say, the Blue Martin didn't disappoint. In fact, the food was excellent. The wait staff was extremely accommodating and didn't snub my four year old. It's a little pricey for family dining, so I don't recommend bringing the "gang." Overall, great place to dine. Don't forget to stop by the local shops directly across the street.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visitors
    Ndloomer
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We were visiting and this was near our hotel. Had the filet topped with crab and shrimp, mashed potatoes and green beans. Excellent meal! Steak cooked just right, flavorful. Potatoes not too salty (a rarity) and green beans perfect. My friends had shrimp and grits which they liked also. Easy parking and staff welcoming
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, As Usual
    Catkev
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I have eaten here a number of times and this time, like the others, did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday evening
    john4
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Had reservations for 6, on arrival we were crammed into a booth more appropriate for 4. Crammed conditions definitely detracted from otherwise good meal. Wait staff was very good, and food was good as well. Seating issues will definitely weigh in our future decisions on a re-visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last Minute Brunch to Lunch
    Lana
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Made a last minute reservation here on Sunday after the place we had originally intended as our brunch spot had a 45 minute wait. Thank you open table app! I thought that would have a brunch menu, but I was sad to discover they did not. Ended up going with lunch items for our table of 6. Everyone seemed happy, but I thought the service was subpar. Our waiter kept telling us that he was going to return with things like drinks and straws, but it seemed to take an exorbitant amount of time and when he finally did come with straws only the ladies got them. Odd. Wish they would add brunch to their sunday offerings, and that the service was a little better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will return when in Columbia!
    kinspin
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Very pleasant experience - ambience, service, good selection of dishes offered and wine by the glass. My only reason for 4 stars for the food ... served lukewarm. I didn't say anything about this to the server regarding the she-crab soup (still very tasty), but did mention it with the crab cake entrée. It was returned to the kitchen to warm up, and actually a new meal served which was at the proper temperature. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Marlin was good but not
    FarlandSar
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Blue Marlin was good but not great. The service was polite and competent. The noise level was high but probably celebration of St. Patrick's Day encouraged higher volume. The food was good. We went there for fish and got interestingly prepared dishes but nothing stood out compared with other places we ate in Columbia. Probably the fact that we got a really good white wine was due to a recommendation of the waiter. We're not sure that the wine list was superior, however. For a good meal, we recommend this as a place to try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The restaurant service was excellent and the food more than satisfied my palate. My guests for the evening were thoroughly pleased with the food on their first visit to the Blue Marlin.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daniel was a wonderful and
    SOTR
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Daniel was a wonderful and attentive server. Very accommodating and sensitive to our needs. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    ParkJones
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We dined here to celebrate a friends birthday. The food was good, cold but good. Service was a little slow but we did have a part of 8 and there was a very large party seated in the restaurant as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Marlin Afternoon Delight
    luvseaqfood
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Dining at the Blue Marlin is a superb delight! The Open Table Reservation insures that diners start off with a hassle free experience. The service received was exceptional. The appetizer, soup, and entrees arrived in a timely manner - no waiting overtime for the next course. Water and tea were refilled quickly, and the food was prepared beautifully and served with generous portions. Overall, the dining experience deserves a perfect 10. Looking forward to coming back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Comfort
    nymrsu
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    If you like or are in the mood for some honest southern comfort food, then this is the place. Our group enjoyed the fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, fried oysters, and the best grits ever! The restaurant is located in a charming part of town and had the weather been a little warmer, we could have enjoyed our lunch al fresco... Next time! The service was prompt and friendly and the bill was reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    tufluv
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    It was girls night out and the service was right in tune with our mood. The employees was awesome as well as the service. I would definately go back and reccomend it to friends and family members.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    Baynham
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The service starting with online reservations to the willingness of our waitress to split checks was all well done. Thank you for making our dining experience a pleasant one.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Just for Seafood
    Mickey
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Two members of our party ordered the Vista Chicken and swore they would never order anything else again on future visit. Our birthday celebrant ordered Teriyaki Salmon and I ordered Mahi Orleans and both were excellent. The Blue Marlin is our "go to" place for seafood on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time for our friends
    jack
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    First time for our friends who joined us and are moving to Miami. Wonderful last Columbia experience for them
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a gem
    DougG
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Blue Marlin in Columbia has accomplished something very rare for restaurants: Sustained Excellence. I first ate lunch at the Blue Marlin in 1995, a year after it opened. At the time, it was one of the few restaurants anywhere with a chef who appreciated true Southern cuisine - it was nouveau Southern while the phrase was being created. I still recall a bowl of collard greens that blew me away. In the latter 90s, I was in Columbia monthly and routinely ate at the BMarlin. I rarely go to Columbia now and I enjoyed learning that on my last visit, the Blue Marlin is still hanging in. Very good shrimp and grits. One of the best Key Lime pies you'll eat anywhere. Very good service. Nice ambience. Definitely 4 out of 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious Hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We stopped for lunch and asked the hostess about parking, she was so friendly and helpful, made us feel like we were very welcomed. Server was also friendly and had such a nice twinkle in his eyes. And of course the food was fantastic! The gumbo was absolutely delicious, as were the tilapia with grits and succotash, and shrimp and grits. We rave about the Blue Marlin to all our friends and hope you can continue to be a great place to enjoy Columbia. Oh and also great Bloody Marys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Treat
    hungryhungrycollegekid
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went to Blue Marlin to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. I had heard great reviews from other students at USC as well as professors. It was fun to get dressed up and go out together. The staff was very friendly and since we had reservations, we were seated right away. The food was very good, my date had the shrimp and grits and I had the vista chicken and both were very tasty. We really enjoyed our evening out and Blue Marlin helped make Valentine's Day special for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was expecting to be wowed
    foodcrazy23
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was expecting to be wowed because people rave about this restaurant all the time. To my surprise, I wasn't. The "hand-cut steak" tasted very bland and didnt have the consistency of a steak. I felt like I was chewing on gum wrapped steak, after the gum has lost all of its flavor. The Malbec on hand made the steak I ordered bareable. The scallops were okay, but by this time I wasnt expecting much out of this restaurant. Blue Tappas in the Vista has better and cheaper scallops. Those scalops had flavor and took the taste buds for an eventful ride. I won't go back to the Blue Marlin, well, only if someone else paid the bill. I won't waste my hard earned money on this place again. I will say the wait staff was awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had the Vista Chicken, which was excellent! Perhaps a LITTLE more of the mashed potatoes would have been nice :) My wife had the salmon, which was also excellent. Her wine was delicious and my scotch was superb, though I would have made it with a tad less ice. Wonderful all around! Server was polite and quick!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delivered
    Bigdaddy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Exactly what we expected. Great service with attentive wait staff. Well presented plates. Good portions. I use the Blue Marlin for business lunches and dinner and it delivers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch at the Blue Marlin
    Oburgtraveler
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I thought we would beat the Valentines Day, dinner crowd and be able to get one of the limited parking spots around this popular restaurant. We were able to do both. Jenna, our server, did a great job of keeping the food coming. Everything arrived hot; from bread, to appetizer ( tasty, flash fried calamari), to our entres. We both had the fried seafood platter special and were not disappointed. The only thing that could have been better was the small crab cake. It could have spent a little more time in the pan and the spices were a little weird. We both left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Chris
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We have never been able to get in but were there in a quiet Sunday night. Great food wine and beers Waiter was very friendly. We would defiantly go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We enjoyed our experience at Blue Marlin. Reservations are a must on the weekend. We would have waited over an hour to eat getting there at 8. Popular spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a great meal and atmosphere
    Eatright
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It was a great meal and atmosphere for my girlfriend and I one year anniversary. Loved it all bad will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • railroad depot
    larry
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Excellent use of existing historical building. Brought back memories of waiting for train to come in. Best of all, shrimp and grits (and collard greens) were fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    Temples1
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Had not been to the Blue Marlin in years. Took some work associates there and had a wonderful experience. The staff was attentive and the food was just as I remembered. I would highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent!
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    This was a magnificent evening. The food was an epicurean delight. The waiter was very friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. This is obviously a restaurant with a following. The crowd of patrons grew as we dined we on this Tuesday night. Excellent choice for special as well as "just because" occasions. Parking is tricky but worth you patience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was awesome
    NDG23
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I love coming to blue marlin. I ordered the shrimp and grits and the wee awesome. I have had a great experience every time I go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.