About 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.

1200 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Low Country, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Gervais Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 799-3838

Website:
http://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Meagan Horton

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Blue Marlin Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

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4.5

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (53)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
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Casual (39)
Business Meals (38)
Worth the Drive (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Local Ingredients (27)
Comfort Food (23)
Fun (22)
Authentic (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Romantic (21)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Cozy (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great Beer (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated my husbands birthday. Shared a generous cup of delicious she crab soup and an excellent Caesar salad. The waitress even found anchovies for my husband. I had amazing teriyaki salmon, garlic mashed potatoes and really yummy Brussel sprouts. We shared crime brûlée cheese cake which was on the House. The service was excellent. Overall a great experience. Cannot wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Good meal and service!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was simply amazing... the appetizer special (pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, fried shrimp, and crab cakes) was a highlight of their classics, the seafood gumbo is perfectly seasoned, thick and creamy... the Blackened Salmon Pontchartrain is a must!! The standard for fine dining in the Vista!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great restaurant!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Delightful and delicious, a great start to my evening out with my dear son-in-law.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food was very good and I felt the cost was not expensive. We had a small issue with the swordfish not having been thoroughly cooked but the manager was very accommodating and tried to make things right. We will definitely return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined 7 days ago

As usual the Blue Marlin delivered on service efficiency, food quality and speed of service. In fact, our party of three were served a bit quicker than we wanted. But that beats having to wait. I suspect our order was hurried through the kitchen in anticipation of the orders from a huge party seated near us after we arrived. Also the noise level was a little high but boisterous . ‘‘Tis the season”

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

We were sat next to the absolute LOUDEST TABLE who would not stop cackling the entire time. The entire restaurant was staring and making faces at the table yet the staff did nothing. The food was not as good as I expected it to be and we had to ask for a waitress...... Not the service I was expecting....

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great ambiance with awesome service. Only downside were the parking meters. I'm not from Columbia, so I was a little surprised Columbia still has pay to park parking meters. Fortunately there is an app on the parking meter that allows you pay with a credit card. Other than that issue, it was a great experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always great. The shrimp and grits are some of the best on the East Coast.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is always exceptional, especially the bread and collard greens! The last visit on December 2nd was great except for a few minor details. The cocktail-Bloody Mary-was screwed up..when u ask for less ice and more Bloody Mary mix, that doesn't mean more ice and a 8oz glass-normally 12oz. also, what is up with the 10% food tax. Every visit changes from 6-7% to 10%. Bill came up to $44.00 and tax was $4.39. That part definitely needs to be addressed and corrected.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious. Due to a loud group of youngsters, it wasn't the most pleasant experience. Service was slow; waited over 30 minutes for food and at the end 20 minutes for check.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went here to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The food was great but the customer service blew s away! Our server was great and went above and beyond to make sure everything flowed smoothly. This was our first time dining here and we will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and good food but not exceptional. Did their best to accommodate a Vegan guest but had very few choices to offer.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and food would recommend to friends

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and service!! Took my husband for a bday dinner and he was very satisfied.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

As I suspected, The Blue Marlin was an excellent place to dine for lunch. The food was wonderful as was the service. The fare was very reasonably priced and I would be inclined to visit again for any occasion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Spicy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Casual, Quick Bite, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As usual, Blue Marlin was F A N T A S T I C! We love coming here for lunch after church. Make a reservation and be seated as soon as you arrive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had been there once before and thought the food was average but decided to give it another try. Based on feedback from friends. The gumbo didn’t have a lot of flavor. The crab cake had a fishy taste, was too firm and had a lot of filler. Probably won’t go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service Teshia was extremely attentive without being overbearing and we enjoyed our meal thoroughly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our waitress was awesome and was hustling because it was a very busy game day. As for the food, I think it's a bit over rated. The green beans were tough and the mahi dish I ordered had too much pepper. I'm not even sure it was suppose to be peppery. My son's filet was cooked perfectly. And my husband enjoyed the shrimp and grits but he wouldn't call it award winning, as they do. Overall good experience. Not sure if return as there are other great restaurants in the Vista of Columbia

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Took forever to get our food

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome as always. One of my favorite restaurants in Columbia for over 20 years.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Had a group of friends from Mizzou in town and they LOVED it! Highly recommend and our server was excellent (can't remember his name but a USC student in engineering), attentive but not over bearing, friendly and fun, made thoughtful recommendations and was very patient as people decided what they wanted.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Disappointing and I assume it was “just one of those days” as historically they are known for their excellence in food. I started our meal with the she crab soup that had multiple pieces of shell in it, luke warm and tasted and appeared as if someone placed the inside of a biscuit into it to thicken it. I followed this with the evenings seafood special, fish, that was dry with also little flavor. The mashed potatoes had the consistency of an instant product. My daughter, who I dined with, had a salad that appeared to be delicious. Our server, like many there, was a college student with little knowledge or experience. Maybe one day I’ll venture back with hopes for a better meal however with so many other choices, not sure how soon that’ll be.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Delicious food and incredible service. The fried green tomatoes, filet, and creme brûlée cheesecake were amazing!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Oh my! The food was delicious! The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The service was quick, but not rushed. All in all, a perfect evening. Afterwards, while walking under the awnings and walkways , it was nice to be able to read about the history the Blue Marlin.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very friendly and attentive staff. Was very loud on the night we dined, was not quite expecting that as we are older and prefer a quieter, more romantic ambiance. The food was excellent, however I would recommend a few more wine selections, especially in lower price range. There are many great wines in the $20 - $ 30 range.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our waiter, Ben, was fantastic!! We had my mothers 85 birthday party there. So FUN!! She loved it and we did , too. I am a transplanted Southerner (live now in Miami, Florida) so the Southern food was so good!! We had the appetizer medley- pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, spicy shrimp-All good! Mom and her friend ( we celebrated his 93 birthday too!) had she crab soup which they both loved..

Tags: Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Customer service started out great with the hostess and Manager. Service outside is very slow. Table of 5 was served drinks and food at different times. Literally took 15 minutes to get our wine.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best restaurant I've visted so far in South Carolina!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service. I reconmended to a friend for lunch. She loved it especially the "Shrimp and Grits"!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Cozy, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overall good meal everytime I’ve dined there. Is usually a place I would recommend in the Vista.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Have eaten here before and had good experience. Very disappointed in the quality of the food. Ordered rib eye that was very grisly, poor quality. Expect more for a $24 steak. Not planning to return.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This gem is located just a few blocks from the beautiful capitol building . Metered parking right outside . Comfortable booths or tables . Beautiful interior. Waiter was friendly and attentive . She crab soup was exceptional. Fish prepared and served timely. Don’t miss this great place !

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very disappointing, gumbo had little flavor, spinach and crab dip appetizer was basically spinace dip with some crab and cheese thrown on top and the "fresh catch" was trout? How is farmed fish a fresh catch?

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food and service were great. This was a birthday celebration and it was on my reservation and when the restaurant called that afternoon to confirm my reservation I reminded them of the birthday celebration. Our waitress was never told. Very poor communication. Also, at a restaurant like the Blue Marlin the manager should be coming around checking on the guests to see how their meal is going. We saw no manager.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Loved our waitress Hillary! She was very helpful and friendly.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Knew it would be great and it was. Service was outstanding and the food (especially collards and crab cakes) was excellent. I always look for reasons to eat at the Blue Marlin. The Dukes family runs a tight, tasty ship.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our waitress, Haley was amazing. The shrimp and grits were amazing as well.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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