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Blue Marlin

4.5
4.5
3437 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Low Country, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 799-3838

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Meagan Horton

  • Catering

    Learn about our Catering Services. 803.799.3838 https://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/#catering

  • Private party facilities

    Whether it is light appetizers and drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a family style buffet or a formal seated affair, the Vista Room offers the quality of food, excellent service, amenities and ambiance that are sure to make any event a success. Contact our Private Event Coordinator, Alexis Wilkinson for more information (803) 587-8131 -or- TheVistaRoom@BlueMarlinColumbia.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (803) 727-3040

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Cross street

    Gervais Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Great for Lunch

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and food! A definite stop if u Are in Columbia.
  2. S

    Salz54

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great recommendations from server.Will come back next time in Columbia.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated right after checking in, server was very professional and attentive. Overall great experience
  4. KD

    KevinD

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The food was not worth the price. The service was was sub-par. We will not be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service
  6. JD

    JimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! The fried oysters and calamari are to die for. I can’t wait to be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, outstanding creme brulee cheescake
  8. BK

    BarbaraK

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Southern Pecan Salad is a must but the crab cakes were a miss tonight…too mushy.
  9. S

    Salz54

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service at a good price.
  10. N

    Naomi

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Diane was awesome as always!
  11. AB

    AnnB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The atmosphere is as beautiful as ever but a food quality doesn’t seem to be quite as good.
  12. KS

    KendraS

    Baltimore

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside, it was wonderful. Food was great, it was warm but not outrageous, they had a big fan outside to help circulate air
  13. LO

    LOL49

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a delicious lunch of fried gulf shrimp, French fries and Cole slaw. Just the perfect amount of food for a senior citizen. We were able to sit outside with nice fans and the waiter made sure we had plenty of liquid and even offered us a to go of our drinks. Hot food came out hot and cold food was cold. Will be going back.
  14. RE

    RestaurantExpert

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always very good! Server was friendly and attentive
  15. E

    Edge

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a regular there, but this last time was wonderful. I had the Crab Cake, she had the Crab Cake Benedict. Both were outstanding, as was the She-Crab soup. The service was top-notch.
  16. M

    Miriamwp

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. The quality is always consistent.
  17. BB

    BoydB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 3 year anniversary and we decided to try The Blue Marlin since we’d never been! The service was great and Jason, our server was above board! The food was fantastic! We will definitely be returning!
  18. CP

    CarlosP

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! The food was delicious and our server was extremely attentive.
  19. PE

    PETERA

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My Shrimp Grits Dinner was very salty. Smalll Shrimp and Sausage pieces.
  20. MB

    MamaBear

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Marlin was a wonderful choice to celebrate our anniversary! Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and attentive staff. I would definitely like to dine here again!
  21. KJ

    KrystalJ

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Came in for husband’s birthday dinner. Surprisingly busy for a Monday night. But we were seated right away and greeted by our server. All adults (3) ordered the Salmon Pontchartrain - very delicious. Had the crab and spinach appetizer and firecracker shrimp as well - also very good. Only issue was we waited what seemed like 30-45 minutes for our food. Two kids in the party and they actually got their food last (simple burger and chicken tenders). Notated that the reservation was for a birthday and we had to ask about a birthday treat AFTER we were given the check. (Birthday party at table behind us got red carpet treatment) Overall enjoyed dining here nothing major to deter us from coming back.
  22. B

    Billy

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was Ethan and he was terrific! Great service, engaging and polite. The food was great as usual, a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
  23. M

    Mary

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    There were 4 of us dining outside in the patio area of the Blue Marlin. It is covered and they have large fans providing a comfortable breeze for the diners. Our waiter was excellent, made good recommendations and managed to balance drinks and plated up and down stairs. He served the food hot and beautifully plated. The food was very good to excellent. The night we dined the temperature was about 82 degrees and was very comfortable.
  24. MT

    MydaT

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Even though it was warm, we chose to eat outside, fans going helped with comfort level. Great service and delicious food, consistently good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Waitress was awsome. Food was mediocre especially for the price. Amount of food was ok. Salmon was overcooked. Shrimp looked like popcorn shrimp. Very disappointing.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful food
  27. TW

    TiffaneyW

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely accommodating and a pleasant time. Wait staff wad amazing and courteous
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Son graduates FT Jackson Army National Guard
  29. AP

    AndyP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place! Food was great, service was excellent and we will be gong back for sure. Get by there and get some food!
  30. SC

    SCDMV1

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Our server never asked if we wanted a refill, didn't buss the table after we ate. We attempted a few times to get his attention after he dropped the check to add dessert and possibly an after dinner cocktail, he never said another word to us. We were there a good thirty minutes.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good meal. Great service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I come downtown blue marlin is always consistent in food and service. The only thing that does not make sense are the parking meters. I mean I know the blue marlin has nothing to do with the city but how inconvenient to have to go find change in 100 degree heat to put a few dollars for a few hours!
  33. CJ

    CeliaJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I took a friend and her visiting sister from Alabama. Blue Marlin is my favorite restaurant. We had great food, service and could talk and hear each other. I was very pleased.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    We are a group of friends who dine and travel together, albeit thwarted by the pandemic. That’s why we treasure our infrequent opportunities to meet. We arrived promptly, checked in, and were told to look for our table outside (which we had requested). Server arrived quickly and took drinks orders. All good. We placed our orders: one salmon salad, two chicken and waffles, one soup and salad, and one hamburger steak. Each one of us had issues with the quality: salmon overcooked and greens wilted, dry and tasteless chicken strips over cold dry waffles, cold and tasteless gumbo and wilted greens on Caesar salad, and cold, greasy burger with greasier fried onions. Had we not been hungry (hadn’t eaten all day), all of the orders would have been sent back. It was mediocre at best. One of our party suffered gastric distress for the remainder of the afternoon and evening. We’ve eaten here for years, and we find it disturbing that the quality has dropped off so precipitously. While we understand the issues of staffing and other stresses plaguing the food service industry, to serve products like these will hasten the demise of a once- fine local restaurant. I’d be willing to count this a one-off, but this is our third time dining here over the last two months, and each time we had problems with the quality of the food. I am sorry.
  35. S

    Spengie

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything except the key lime pie was excellent. The pie is usually excellent , but it wasn’t cold enough and the Graham cracker crust crumbled and the filling itself was almost watery. I usually get the pie there cold and it’s excellent. Otherwise the steaks for all 5 of us were excellent!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and was beautiful. The inside seemed pretty loud. We enjoyed our anniversary dinner.
  37. L

    Lyons

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice place and good food
  38. e

    excellentbelong

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Courteous and efficient service, the best seafood lunches, a favorite place for conversation and great food.
  39. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our wattress was very personable and friendly and service was great. We had a very nice relaxing date night.
  40. B

    Bubbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always good. Had a different waitress Anna. She made for a very enjoyable time

FAQs

Blue Marlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 799-3838.

Blue Marlin is rated 4.5 stars by 3437 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gervais Street

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Low Country, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Meagan Horton

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (803) 799-3838

  • Catering

    Learn about our Catering Services. 803.799.3838 https://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/#catering

  • Private party facilities

    Whether it is light appetizers and drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a family style buffet or a formal seated affair, the Vista Room offers the quality of food, excellent service, amenities and ambiance that are sure to make any event a success. Contact our Private Event Coordinator, Alexis Wilkinson for more information (803) 587-8131 -or- TheVistaRoom@BlueMarlinColumbia.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (803) 727-3040

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