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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ED
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

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

CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

N
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with a friend scheduled for 8:30 on a Wednesday night--we were seated immediately and our server came with menus after a couple of minutes. Service was great throughout dinner and our meals were terrific!

N
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Good food. On the pricey side, but not uncommon for a decent or better seafood restaurant.

b
Key West
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good. The server new his menu , but in a little hurry. The food was just ok. The Cesar dressing was poured over poor quality lettuce.
My fish was not fresh.

RJ
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

It was very busy in the restaurant and had to ask our waitress multiple times for food items she kept forgetting and finally just gave up. Husband had the raviolis of which they were floating in oil. I had the blackened ribeye which did not taste like blackened and very tough and most of it was fat.
Probably will never return

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Been to Blue Marlin many times. The quality of the food and the experience is slowly going down hill. My steak tonight was tough. The green beans were a mixture of over cooked and under cooked. The restaurant itself is in need of a fresh I got. Parking is always a nightmare. I do not think this restaurant is worth the trouble anymore.

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

We had excellent food & service! Will be coming back.

JF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went there for seafood but for some reason had steak and chicken which was delicious. Very friendly staff and reasonable prices.

KT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. Drink selection complemented the meals well. Friendly atmosphere. Will definitely return!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We had a very bad experience so we don't character ever come back. None of us at the table enjoyed our food and it was everyone's first time to your restaurant. With such a fancy place you would think the food would be just as good as the atmosphere but it was not. It's a glorified Captain D's and I'm not happy with spending that kind of money for such poor quality food.

c
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Ordered the shrimp and grits - not what I was expecting. Bland with small shrimp and sausage. No peppers, onions or sauce. The waitress was great - took it back and got me a different dish. Other meals were good. We don’t think it was worth the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not as good as we remembered it being. The potatoes had so much black pepper on them I could only eat a few before they made me cough. The sauteed veggies were bland, soggy and not really warm. Friendly server. Scallops were good as was the fresh bread they brought to the table. Mahi with the citrus sauce was good as well.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement dinner/celebration for co worker. Food and service was fantastic. Our server was Jarvis - took excellent care of our table!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Graduation

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SS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The drinks, apps, entree were amazing. The service was perfect. The restaurant is clean and inviting. Have been there for lunch and dinner and will be back again

BS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the entrée special. It was OK, but I've had better meals at Blue Marlin.

KA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like a fine dining experience but without fine dining prices. Quality food and service and atmosphere.

TL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Yes. It is a nice place. Perhaps we caught the chef on an off night. The parking is limited. They were ready when we got there, even though we were a little early for our reservation. Considering all we had, the price was very reasonable. My steak was cooked perfectly. My wife’s shrimp and grits was basic. The calamari was good. The service was very good. They have a nice varied menu. I would have no hesitation in going back and trying other things on the menu.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our staff event was enjoyed by all. The food was extraordinary and cooked perfectly. I'm looking forward to returning so I can try the creme brulee cheesecake.

w
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great dinner. Excellent food and service, waitress and bartenders went above and beyond to handle a special request. It is a little on the loud side.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to The Blue Marlin. Service was great. I was meeting someone for the first time and she recommended your restaurant. I ordered the skillet with oysters, shrimp, and tasso ham. I found a small piece of ham, and few chewy oysters, but never found a shrimp. The bowl of grits was huge and truthfully tasteless. My wife ordered her favorite dish, shrimp and grits. The 8 or so bay shrimp were very under seasoned and she said watery. The dish looked and tasted very bland. The lady we were meeting had the tilapia and string beans. She ate her beans and a half of a piece of fish. I had requested a "nice" table because of yhe meeting and wound up in a booth closet to the bathrooms. I did not want to embarrass our guest or I would have definitely complained to the manager. Maybe a bad day in the kitchen, maybe a poor selection of entrees. All in all a terrible meal. We eat out at least once or twice a week and was surprised at how bad the meal was. I will not recommend the Blue Marlin to anyone. I've worked in restaurants and there is always a bad day, but this meal was simply bad. I'm sorry about this review but someone needs to know. Thank you for listening. Mike McRae

Blue Marlin
Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for your review any and all feedback is valuable to our success! You are correct we must have had a bad night you did not receive the true Blue Marlin experience. After looking into your reservation our management team has identified the table you were sat at isn't a desirable table and we do not intend for that table to be sat for our reservations. I am sorry that policy wasn't followed through for you. We have addressed your dinning experience with our staff.

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MD
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambience but the food was nothing special.

MH
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I mistakenly made our reservation for the wrong night. They did their beat to accommodate us, even though I was completely at fault!

My only negative comment would be that the acoustics aren’t great. The restaurant was very loud.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!
FANTASTIC! FANTASTIC! FANTASTIC!

AR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside which is why I said the nose level was low but inside it was quite loud. The service and food was outstanding aside from the crab cake that was part of the seafood platter. It fell apart and did not have much taste.

JP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a tasty and pleasant dinner. Split 3 appetizers among 4 of us and each was delicious - the crab & spinach dip fondue, the gumbo and the shrimp & grits. I'm not a fan of grits at all, but of all the times I've ever tried them, this was the first time I totally liked them. Dinners of blackened mahi, salmon Pontchartrain, and crab cakes were all tasty and well prepared. Only low spot for me was a kentucky mule that tasted a little bland, I think the ginger beer may have been a bit flat. But all told, it was four thumbs up and a pledge to return whenever we're back in Columbia

BC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were coming in from out of town and running late. I called and we were still seated as soon as we got there. Our server was wonderful, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was fantastic. We will be back!

EB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my girlfriend's birthday and she enjoyed it a great deal. The service was great and food delicious. Was a pleasant experience.

MP
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good but the food wasn’t very good. The BLT salad was a bit watery and the scallops were small and overcooked

CT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was there for a birthday dinner. Asked one of the managers to inform our waitress that I wanted a dessert with a candle at the end of our meal to surprise my mom for her birthday. It was never communicated to the waitress. Waitress is very friendly. Had the shrimp and grits and it was too salty. Rest of our party said the food was average

SF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food is off the hook! Our first time here, won't be our last. Can't wait to go back :)

R
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! The food is always delicious and the service was great. Will definitely be back.

KB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good and the service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La comida era deliciosa y el servicio excelente.

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M
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, it was a great experience. I highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Starting college

E
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh seafood and drinks. Great timely service! Love the location in the heart of the Vista.

BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly enjoyed my visit to Blue Marlin. The food was better than I expected. Hillary, our server, was excellent.

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