Blue Marlin

4.5
3036 Reviews
$30 and under
Low Country
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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BillyF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, The Blue Marlin was amazing ! They never disappoint. Service was excellent and food was incredibly delicious. The scallops were some of the best I ever had. The pimento cheese was yummy as usual. There’s no better place to eat in Columbia!

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JenB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was very slow. Second bottle of wine not served until plates cleared. Had to keep asking for water refills.

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Matt
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Ahi tuna app was high quality. Mahi mahi entree was dry and extremely salty. Grouper almondine was ok, but a bit over done. Service was fine. Beer selection was formulaic.

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FaithS
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing meal with my USC daughter who hadn’t had a good meal in 2 mths. It was nice to be able to sit outside! Food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was “excellent” and service above and beyond!!

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CharleneS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had reservations. We were sat promptly and the wait staff was fantastic. The food was good. For the price, I was hoping for "amazing". But, I would go again for a special occasion.

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BruceM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great food, very good service and wonderful interactions with the staff!!!

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PinkyBlue
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating outside was great ambiance with plenty of distancing between tables.

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Charles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

28th Wedding Anniversary dinner fell flat. Best part of the meal was the Ahi Tuna Appetizer which was fabulous!
We went out for seafood - specifically to have seafood. Unfortunately they didn't offer lobster, oysters on the half shell, or shrimp cocktail with the steaks etc. Most of the items was fried with a limited selection of main seafood entrees offering only Tilpia, Shrimp and crab cakes for the main event.
Very disappointed with the experience considering the price.

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Supper
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious, wait staff were all extremely polite, professional, helpful, and efficient. My scallop linguini is what dreams are made of! We will definitely be going back and highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service was impeccable. The food was so delicious. Must go back again soon.

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vipTrva
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fun place but average food

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HelenL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For a seafood restaurant the fish was not great - should be super fresh and clean. Servers were overwhelmed and seemed annoyed when we asked for things. Super expensive so should be over the top quality.

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TroyS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Food was cold and the place was just far too loud.

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vipDottie
Charlotte
66 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I met for lunch. Excellent food as always! I definitely recommend the crab cake; my friend had a beautiful salad with grilled salmon. We love the pimento cheese spread. We'll definitely be back!

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DavidG
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was some of the best I've seen lately. Found that I enjoy my experience more than normal.

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vipPatriciaJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Shrimp and Grits was disappointing- they said they were fresh shrimp but I think they were farm raised and very small.

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RobW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been nicer. Great place for a delicious lunch in an atmosphere that allowed for good friends to talk and catch up!!

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vipKatie
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Hostess wasn’t very friendly but we had a VERY nice waitress. I didn’t like the smoking or the lack of masks, made my family and me very uncomfortable

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IvanE
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Blue Marlin since the 1980s and I've never had a bad meal there always Superior meals in every way.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

The service was the problem. In this time when Covid-19 is ramped and we’re trying to get our lives back we decided to go to Blue Marlin for lunch our server was a male in his 20’s. He walked up to our table and started talking to us. His mask was hanging under his nose and when his chin would move the mask would come down under his lips. I was afraid to drink my water as he was talking to another table as he was delivering our drinks. He took our order in sections so he came to our table multiple times. Finally a manager came by and took our payment after I told her about our experience. Said she appreciated my telling her and would get him another mask. We just can’t go back out to eat again any time soon. The manager should have seen his mask. We shouldn’t have had to go through that and not enjoy eating out. It has been months since we have been there. Managers should watch your employees! We shouldn’t have to go through that!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, attentive service...

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place, great vibe, lots of energy, food was well prepared, attractive and delicious. Had a wonderful time. Great place for a dinner date!

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vipNancyR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were traveling to visit with family in the Columbia area

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TommyM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch for my daughter. Sat outside and was very nice service and the food was great.

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PhyllisJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Marlin was EXCELLENT!The service was OUTSTANDING! And yes the staff was fully masked.

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dwntwn2diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining with fabulous food

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SuzanneG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Blue Marlin is an established restaurant in downtown Columbia. The shrimp and grits were really delicious. The crab dip does not have much crab - spinach is the dominant flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a fantastic evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The presentation was 6 Star!
The food was off the charts!!!
The service was poor, unexpected and disappointing.

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RichM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I did not have a very good experience at the Blue Marlin restaurant. First, I made reservations for a particular time and I was sat right near the restrooms in the bar area - you could even hear the sound of the toilets flushing, which was not very appealing while planning to dine. I was moved to another seating area, however my experience was not improved. Our entrees were carried by a different waiter to another table. As he asked questions as to if the party ordered those particular entrees and they declined, we watched him take the entrees back to the kitchen. A few minutes later, our waitress bought our entrees to us. As we tasted our entrees, we noticed that they were not hot but rather cold. Letting the waitress know the issue with our entrees, she took our plates back to the kitchen. As our entrees were fried seafood platters, I asked if new fresh dishes could be prepared - knowing that rewarmed seafood is not very appetizing. I would expect this to be a normal procedure in such a restaurant as the Blue Marlin. However, I was sadly mistaken. Our entrees were returned hot but they were the same original dishes - having been rewarmed. I saw the same piece of fried crab cake that I had cut prior to letting the waitress know of the issue.

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DeborahS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

1) Our server had her mask below her nose!! :(
She said because she was sweating and it slipped down.
Not true..... she had it like that the entire time!!!
My group was not happy about it.

2) I ordered a side salad, to come before my entree..... did it?
No, it came out with everyone's entrees.

3) She did not bring enough bread the first time for our entire party.

Our group comes once a month and we were not as pleased today as we usually are.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Service could have been better. Wasn’t asked if we needed another drink. Had to find server for check & to go boxes. Never could, had to get another server to find ours & still had to wait.

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CarlaE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dinning experience at Blue Marlin.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I picked Blue Marlin because last time we ate there (over 1 year ago) the food and service was fantastic! This time was our 39 anniversary and we thought of Blue Marlin! I ordered the Mahi w/green beans and mash potatoes and my wife ordered the crab cakes w/rice and green beans. The green beans, rice and mash potatoes were lukewarm at best! The crab cakes were mushy rather than crab lumps and the Mahi was extremely salty and barely warm. The service was good unfortunately our server had too many tables at one time! We were disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow service and super busy.
We have eaten here often. Food wasn’t the best.

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GandA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Shrimp and Grits is the best. Really a great place.

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vipMicheleW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good meal as always - nice selection of specials. They conformed well to the social diaranxjnf

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PinkyBlue
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Even though we ate outside, our waitress was very attentive and helpful and friendly. Weather was nice but the flies were annoying.

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AnnaJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We sat at the bar after giving our reserve table to an elderly couple. The gentleman was in a wheelchair. The Emily’s at the bar were great. The food was Meh ...The pimento cheese was not very good, the shrimp was not local, the crabcakes were quite good. The colors were too salty. You need to take that down a notch . We will be back, we had a lovely lunch there in May.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blue Marlin using the Order Online button. Blue Marlin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 799-3838.

Blue Marlin is rated 4.5 stars by 3036 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.