Blue Marlin

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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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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our steak was delicious as were the vegetables. Service was friendly, gracious, and prompt. Our cocktails were not to our taste and the waitress spoke to the bartender who sent us another to try.

LS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! I had made a reservation and i was seated promptly upon my arrival. Great service!

C
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch. The serving staff is well trained and nice

A
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Blue Marlin is a great place to eat. We go once a month and it never disappoints.

JM
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Comfortable for a late lunch. Crab cakes were very good.

r
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promotion celebration!!

GM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely dinner, and the food was good. The number of fish selections seemed a bit limited. The noise level was a problem. Service was great.

AJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

WE HAD 5 AT OUR TABLE. WE HAD TO SEND 2 OF THE MEALS BACK AND ORDER DIFFERENT MEALS. THE STAFF WAS EAGER TO ACCOMMODATE US WITH NEW MEALS. HOWEVER, THE INITIAL WAIT FOR OUR MEALS WAS LONGER THAN WE EXPECTED AND THEN HAVING TO WAIT AGAIN ON 2 NEW MEALS WAS A LONG EXPERIENCE. IT WAS MY FATHER'S 85TH BIRTHDAY AND THEY DID HAVE A NICE BIRTHDAY DESSERT. WE MADE IT TO THE MUSICAL THAT WE HAD PLANNED TO SEE IN TIME BUT DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO VISIT THE SHOPS NEAR BY......UGGG NICE PLACE BUT JUST AN UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCE THIS TIME.....

TR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious and we look forward to visiting again soon!

BG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great servers (we had an extremely personable and proficient trainee in addition to seasoned server), great service, fabulous food. Who could ask for anything more?

MB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and superb service. It was a Tuesday evening and we were surprised at how busy the restaurant was. Really enjoyed the dinner, except it was very noisy and remained so for most of the evening. By the time we left the noise had subsided. I would definitely recommend Blue Marlin and would go again. However, I highly recommend having a reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, awesome atmosphere! Highly recommend the salmon dish!

d
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time at Blue Marlin, and it was excellent as always. Our server, Kari, was very friendly and attentive. When she realized we weren’t in a hurry, she slowed things down so we had time to dine. My wife and I both had the oyster and shrimp skillet, and it was outstanding.

BL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

We had a reservation, got seated right away, but after that, it was all downhill. People came in after us received their food, got rolls, and were on dessert before we got our dinner. No explanations were offered, then our server (after almost an hour) asked if we wanted rolls whereas everyone else’s were brought to table almost immediately after getting seated. Food was so so. Gave us two different menus and my husband didn’t get what he thought he had ordered. Would like to try again but apparently not on a Sunday afternoon. Rather disappointing. Was our first trip down to Columbia and was not thrilled with results.

NC
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was very good. We arrived early and were able to be seated, however wait staff didn't seem quite ready. Had to chase him down a few times. However, as the food is good consistently, we will be back.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a perfect date at this restaurant . It is so nice to come here and know that everything will be on point . I had no issues . I had the best customer service and the food was fantastic .

JT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit with our daughter, a freshman at USC. We plan to return every time we are in Columbia. The food and service could not have been better, and we felt the portions were generous for the price. The menu offered options for our seafood lovers, the one allergic to shellfish, and the vegetarian too! We also loved to see that Blue Marlin is a sponsor for Honor Flight.

TP
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents weekend at South Carolina

DA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

One of our very favorite restaurants! The food is out of this world delicious! This was the first and only time we were seated in a booth just as close to the banging kitchen noises as one can get ( just get rid of that booth). Good news is that we were asked if we could move and we were relocated😊😊. We will return and we almost always bring a guest and or someone from out of town.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really great time. Food was good and so was the service.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I visit this location whenever I am in Columbia. Seafood is always great here. Everything is fresh.

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing service and better food!

JE
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to eat here when I'm in Columbia for business. Consistently great!

RH
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most of the food was FANTASTIC. HOWEVER, I can't reccommend the crab cake. I dont know if mine was just a mistake...but the sauce and the cake were EXTREMELY vinegary. The texture was wrong as well. However, the Calamari, Shrimp and Grits, and She-crab soup were awesome.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it there! The food is amazing and I will be dining there again soon!!🥰

K
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mahi Mahi and the fried green tomatoes were absolutely DELICIOUS! The Mahi Mahi was cooked to perfection and the fried green tomatoes were crispy and super flavorful! The service and server were amazing. Next time I'm in SC, I'm going back!

PL
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Stopped for lunch since we have never been to this restaurant. The menu has excellent lunch choices for some great prices. Recommend so of the smaller plates since the amount of food you get is excellent. The petite shrimp and grits is the perfect size and paired with one of the many side salad options and you will have a very filling lunch.

HO
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always recommend Blue Marlin. They continue to amaze their customers.

WR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Had to wait over an hour for food to show up after order. However it was a game day dinner - so that’s understandable.

AD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was OK but they brought out food in wrong order. Ended up canceling gumbo and had to send Calamari back (very tuff/overcooked) Waitress tried to say that was normal - well not for us it wasn't. Scallops were delicious. Shrimp and grits were ok, nothing special. Don't wast the $ on the Pimento Cheese - tasteless. Firecracker Shrimp was good. Overall just average with a few not so goods.

JG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An enjoyable stop in downtown Columbia with delicious daily specials in a charming location.

SW
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent! Coating on the shrimp and fish was perfect. Grits and Blacken Catfish was amazing and the collard greens were to die for. Best calamari I have had!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lots of loud football fans which is no fault of the Blue Marlin. Did not mind too much because we are football fans too. Nothing negative about service-but nothing special either but food was delish!!!

C
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Curt or Kirk was amazing. He went above and beyond! The food was outstanding as well! Great place for a date.

EK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience to dine at Blue Marlin!

ED
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Made reservations and came due to a friends recommendation. Service was great but the food was not that good.

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As wonderful and consistent as ever. Swordfish and Tilapia were tasty. Service was good. Love how you can wear what you want and everyone seems comfortable!

CA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great night out for her birthday. The food was excellent and our server was great. I will definitely be going back.

LD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I believe the food used to be much better. This time and the last time I ate here, none of us in the party were particularly impressed. I will not go back.

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