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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SF
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They have added spice to the she crab soup. I loved it the way it was. Don't like the new recipe. Should give customers a choice.

G
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! The waitress was fabulous--very professional and fantastic service from her. She was very attentive and provided everything in a timely manner. We enjoyed the fellowship and never felt rushed,

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the fried seafood platter with flounder, shrimp, a crab cake, mashed potatoes and tortilla slaw. It was delicious.

SM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

All of our food was cold. Had to send it back. By the time we got our food we weren’t all that hungry any longer. $146 wasted.

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice setting. Excellent service and food quality.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Service was Great!

RG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was bustling. Service was great even though very crowded. We had reservations and got seated right away, but in a table next to the door and the bar on a cold, rainy night with many people standing right by the table. Cold and drafty with wet coats and umbrellas nearby. Lots of talking by bar patrons within a couple of feet of our table.

Food very good (crab cakes and seafood platter) but both of us commented that while warm, it wasn't as hot as it should be.

ML
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The bathrooms could use a good cleaning and supplies

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We had a reservation and the only waiting was waiting to get through the crowd to tell them we were here. They did a great job with the others and quickly getting tables for them.

MW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

This was my 2and visit, and although I enjoyed myself,the food was not as graat as my first time. However my server Simone was outstanding,and knowledgeable of the entire menu,she was very friendly and attentive throughout our meal. I will be back again ,very soon.

L
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a table of 6. 5 meals came out. Did waiter even notice we were missing a meal??? We finally had to ask for the 6th meal. It finally arrived about 10 minutes after inquiring about it. Other 5 had cooled off by then, but no one complained.

EF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great visit every time. Little obnoxious and inconsiderate birthday group beside us but other than that it was wonderful as always.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was fantastic and the food was well proportioned and reasonably priced. Drinks were great! Definitely a great first visit & will be back!

e
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We enjoyed our selves the food was spot on and the restaurant is in a great location downtown area.

DG
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting USC and went to Blue Marlin for dinner - it was wonderful! The food was delicious and the service very outstanding. Loved having a booth. Highly recommend the pimento cheese appetizer, she crab soup and the chocolate cake dessert (double wow for the cake). Definitely a must if you’re in Columbia!

RA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very good good and vibe.
Love the shrimp and grits

RK
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Marlin never disappoints! Great again. We had appetizers & entrees. The food came out in good time at the right temperature. Our server was there for us, but didn't hover. Great job!

DT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ran out of three things we had ordered and were notified 10-15 minutes after the fact... steak, chocolate cake, and mahi. Temperature almost too warm with the number of people in the place. We like the restaurant a lot, but it did not seem as great on this visit.

FW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We love Blue Marlin, however, four of us were a bit disappointed
with the meal. The waiter was great. We were celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday and she, myself and my son ordered filets and were told you were out of them. We substituted a ribeye instead which was not nearly as good. Then my daughter's boyfriend ordered the mahi mahi and the waiter delivered salmon instead and told him they also ran out of that. He accepted the salmon but it would have been nice if he'd been given an option. It was very crowded that evening and there were a couple of large parties. The waiter brought our drinks out in a timely fashion but the food took an hour which I thought was excessive. We've always had an excellent experience in the past and we will definitely return. I was just a little disappointed with the meal considering the occasion and that my husband spent $275 on a meal that four of us did not want.

Sincerely,

Juli Wadsworth

d
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It may have been all the recommendations, but I expected more/better. There was nothing wrong. I can now say that I have been to the Blue Marlin, but I am not sure that I need to return any time soon. There are so many other restaurants to try in the area.

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Collards weren’t cooked as normal

MC
Savannah
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Very crowded, which affected the food delivery. Apps were comped which helped. Not a great experience.

DN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy. Kitchen clearly overwhelmed, so it took a long time to get food. Food was great once it arrived. Service was great.

GS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Marlin is a very special place for my husband and I. We had our first date here on 12/19/09. We have been back several times since then, coming from Atlanta, and will continue to come back for the wonderful food and service.

TF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very busy on Friday 02/07/2020. Food was good but Crab cakes were dry and fried fish was a little cold.

LL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the service was too. We were having a birthday celebration and we enjoyed our visit.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town!

JH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The historic building and decor provide a great ambiance--excellent seafood and steak complimented by delicious martinis!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was our server and was amazing!

ST
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good seafood, menu has a lot to choose from. Priced right for what you are getting. Service was great

TT
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service and food were average. Our server stated they had a large “take out order” that backed up the kitchen.

Our food as such came out cold or slightly over cooked. Below expectations for the price.

CJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Very disappointed. We use to visit often and we were looking forward to dinner after returning to SC for a visit. The noise level was ridiculous. They had inserted a table in the middle of the floor and the waitress kept bumping into us because there was no room to move. The people at that table were loud and did nothing to keep their chairs pulled in. We couldn't even get out of our booth! The waitress was great and I felt very bad for her trying to navigate that mess they set up. Greed trumps service in this case. Will not be going back.

KM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service and food was good for the price. I’ve been there several times.

G
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful setting with a a menu for all tastes. It was a busy night, but service and food was outstanding. We'll be back.

EH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I were in town for the Jason Aldean concert and wanted to go to a restaurant near the venue and our hotel before the event. I checked out the Blue Marlin on Yelp and based on the reviews there decided to try the Blue Marlin. We were not disappointed, I had the Mini Shrimp and Grits as an appetizer, it was delicious. For a main course I had the Crab Cakes and my wife had the special, filet topped with shrimp and crab meat. Both entrees were great. The only thing I could find fault with was that the food could have been a little hotter. Other than that, the service was great, cocktails were very good and the value I received exceededmy expectations. I would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Service was just a bit slow to get started but it was very busy.

RB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I reallyenjoyed our meal. We had the breaded grits with crawfish for an appetizer which was fantastic. We both had seafood, Salmon Ponchartrain and Mahi Orleans both highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Completely too loud to enjoy the dining experience - we could not have a conversation.. Had reservations and first table was at bar next to bathroom. Table area reeked of bathroom smell. Requested to move after initial seating.

Overall not a good dining experience.

J
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with family and friends. Our waitress did a great job of not rushing us throughout the meal, which was very much appreciated.

BB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Everything came out within 5 minutes. Crab cake, cup of gumbo and salad came out together. Less than 5 minutes later entrees came out. No room on table for two. Food placed in warmer until we were done with the fist items. Seafood over cooked and just blah. The server was nice but the kitchen was terrable.