Blue Fin - Columbia
Great Bass dish & friendly Service.
The server was outstanding and incredibly knowledgeable about the seafood as well as the beer. He was patient, had great recommendations, and checked on us regularly. The food was very good (seafood platter, braised short rib, calamari) but the server made the meal spectacular. Quiet but didn't feel out of place with children in tow.
Service was slow. They didn't realize we didn't have a server. However, they gave us a free dessert to make up for it.
We visited the area for a funeral and decided to explorer the city before heading back to MD. The staff was really friendly, but food and ambiance was mediocre, kinda like a Fridays and Ruby Tuesday. I expected a higher end based on reviews.
Our waiter was truly exceptional! The food was delicious
Overall experience was great! Waitress/server Shayla was incredible followed her recommendation on the meals and they were outstanding. Planning to make another visit before I leave SC
Food is great! Wide variety of choices. Highly recommend.
My family went to celebrate my Mother’s 70th Birthday. When we got there we were seated immediately and greeted within 5 minutes. We ordered an appetizer which was brought out rather quickly as well. However, the service when downhill from there! We all ordered at 6:50pm...they didn’t start bringing our food until 7:40pm. The server seemed extremely frazzled, and continuously apologized, which was acceptable to me. However, I asked to speak to a manager, and when he came to our table he (John the General Manager) was extremely abrasive and said verbatim “well our kitchen is backed up because we had a party of 15 and 20, so our ticket times are running at least 30
minutes. I’ll buy y’all dessert to make you feel better” I was extremely annoyed with his comment because not only did he NOT apologize for the extremely long wait between ordering and receiving our food, he thought that “buying us dessert to make us feel better” was him saving the day! I never expect a discount on food, or even free food, but a little customer service, and even an apology goes a long way with dissatisfied customers. We paid our bill of $128, left our waitress a tip, and will ensure that we never visit Blue Fin again. The food was a 5 out of 10 at most (small portion sizes) but the service was a 1, which made the whole experience, an unpleasant one.
Very good place to eat. The food was amazing
Great meal, steaks were spot on.
Daniel our server was terrific.
The food is of poor quality. Over cooked. Poor seasoning to no seasoning. I have never dined at a restaurant where not one of the 7 items we ordered tasted good. I ordered the seafood platter and found myself wishing I had saved the money and gone to Captain Ds. My husband ordred the ribeye which was clearly not seasoned well if at all. It appeared to have been charbroiled and way over cooked. Never again. The waitress was fine. That’s about the best I can say about my experience.
Our new favorite spot for special nights out. We love adding salmon or shrimp to the salad if our choice.
Blue fin is an excellent restaurant. Everyone was very nice and smiling. The food was great.
We received wings that weren't cooked and returned them. I had a piece of crab in my trout. And I got sick shortly after the dinner.
Been there several times before but not likely to return anytime soon. Though the food tasted fine, we (a party of 4) were put off by the waiter's (or as he claimed, the management's) inflexible policies. I ordered the swordfish special for the evening which was accompanied by asparagus - which I dislike intensely. When I asked the waiter if I could switch the asparagus with ANY other vegetable or side I was told it was against "management policy" to allow substitutions on specials: "It's easier for the cooks" was the rationale that was offered.
A dining companion ordered a different main but didn't want either of the sides offered with it. Instead, she was told she could get a small side salad for a $2.50 upcharge which she agreed to. I also ordered a side salad after making it clear I didn't want the asparagus. Yes, the main course showed with the asparagus anyway. And BTW, my wife ordered the meatloaf which came with a side of well made green beans. I asked the waiter why couldn't the kitchen have simply left the asparagus off my plate and replaced with green beans since he knew I didn't want them and I would see how wife's main course complete with green beans SITTING NEXT TO ME! "Against policy," again was the response.
It gets better: when it came time to settle up, we noticed that our companion's side salad was indeed $2.50 while mine was billed at $5.00. When asked about the discrepancy, I was told that since the companion didn't get the sides normally included in her meal, the cost was only $2.50. Since my meal was delivered with asparagus - which I didn't want and never touched - the cost of a side salad was $5.00.
At no time was I ever given the feeling that the customer's needs/desires were in any way important to either the waiter or management. There was no effort on his part to accommodate my requests or any effort to reduce the charges to help take the sting out of what was a fairly unpleasant experience.
Blue fin is a regular dining destination for us. You can always count on their great service and excellent food.
Made on open table reservation and was seated immediately. That's all the good that I have to say. Service was extremely slow and food was not prepared properly. Once the manager saw me send food back, he visited every table except ours....would not try this again. At an average of $50 per person this is not the food, quality, or service that you would expect.
Our experience at Blue Fin was quite enjoyable. We were seated promptly upon arrival and our server arrived very soon after. Our server was very friendly and helpful, explaining about some of the dishes. The food arrived promptly and was delicious. The only negatives were they did not have the wine we preferred and out table was near the bar area so it was a bit noisy. Otherwise and outstanding experience. We would not hesitate to visit here again.
My husband and I with our Son and daughter n law
Wanted some place different for dinner!! So I remembered coming to Blue Fin some years back and I enjoyed it then and I’m so glad I remembered!!
We all really enjoyed everything. Our server was excellent and our cuisine was delicious!! We will be back again and again!!
I think Blue Fin is probably a really good restaurant and my experience here was good (on a scale of Poor to Excellent). I was a little disappointed in the quality of the food, but my standards are pretty high so it wouldn’t be on my list to readily recommend to a discerning patron. Having said that, I would give it another try as I don’t think one experience is always enough to make an ultimate judgment.
I took a date here and the atmosphere was perfect for a date. It’s a nicely appointed restaurant and has a casual upscale feel to it. Our server, Shayla was knowledgeable and friendly and was kind enough to remove an item from our bill (Oysters Rockefeller) that we found to taste unfresh. I ordered a swordfish special in a sriracha sauce and my date had spinach w/ a mashed potato side (a miscommunication as she meant to order the Fried Flounder). The portion of swordfish was smaller than I was expecting, but the flavor was decent. I tried my date’s spinach and it was very bland (it was plain spinach, so I get it). We didn’t have a chance to try dessert, but I will plan on doing that on a follow-up visit for a fair assessment. They also had a fried oyster appetizer w/ grits that looked amazing- although I am wary after the Oyster Rockefeller experience.
I will follow up this review after my next visit.
Excellent food and service. The bartender also knows how to make a good drink.
They were out of Coca Cola and Lemonade. My friend ordered a lemon drop martini and was told they were out then ordered the Coke and they were out.
We looked at their menu online when we were deciding where to go for dinner. When we get there they were only doing a limited menu due to the Holidays or at least that’s what we were told. With no substitutions allowed. So needless to say we were very disappointed. We couldn’t get some of the things that were on their online menu.
Where we sat we could hear the waitresses complaining about each other and sharing their stories of arguments with other members of the staff.
Great staff and waiter. We love the place for its overall value.
Have been here multiple times and the food and service has always been great. Would recommend Blue fin highly.
Always great service
The host never received my open table reservation. But they had room for our table for 6 on a Saturday night at 6:30. Every in my party had fish and raved about it. I had steak it was good but nothing to write home about. They answered all our questions and food request. I would go back.
Great service and great filet mignon! Will return!
Service was excellent. Suggestions were provided and we loved it.
Service and food very good. Ive visit Bluefin often and this was one of my best experiences.
Great experience. Would do it again.
We had the filet minion and catfish, as well as mussels and she crab soup. Delicious, although all were a little too salty this time. Server was polite, friendly, and efficient. Had a delicious beer and sweet tea
Great seafood platter. All was fresh and hot. Also had the clams for an app and martinis. Great service and atmosphere. Have dined here before and will again.
Delicious as alway!
The waitress was very attentive and the food was great.
Service was ok, got the special but it came out completely different than what was advertised and we weren’t told until the plate was brought out. Food is way overpriced for the quality. If you are craving seafood go somewhere else!
One of the worst meals in Columbia. Embarrassed to bring my family.
Way too much alcohol in the drinks. I might as well have gotten a shot. Bartender wasn't very attentive. You can tell she had her regulars and just kept complaining about her job. We moved from the bar to a booth. Much better there. The food is subpar but good enough for a quick bite. Wouldn't recommend as a date place. Not a good location either.