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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Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a greet evening. The service was excellent and the ambiance perfect. We took off one star on the food because one of the steaks was undercooked ( quickly remedied however) and no one seemed to like the green beans..... they needed flavor. ( all had different meals with those as a side)

KB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We had been looking forward to our anniversary dinner. I was especially looking forward to a good steak. Unfortunately my steak was not cooked how I asked and also tasted burnt, so I had to send it back to the kitchen, buy this point I did not want anything else on the menu and it ruined what was supposed to be a nice meal. The server and manager did however give us a free desert and apologise.

w
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great value for the amount of food

RF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb and waitress, Sarah was fantastic!

MK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service , Blue Marlin is a treasure

C
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Temperature was cold inside so take a jacket.

R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The only thing that kept me from giving a 5 of 5 for the food was that I ordered the salmon rare, and it was a little overcooked. Still tasted fine, but I prefer rare.

d
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was nice and the food & service was good.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only issue with the visit was that we made a reservation and we got (in my opinion) the worst seat in the restaurant which was the booth behind the bar next to the restroom. The next time I make a reservation, i will specify to sit somewhere other than that.

TC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

I am a young adult that used to work in the food and beverage industry for quite some time at a five star restaurant. Just because I was younger they assumed it would be acceptable to seat my other half and I right by the busy loud door. I brushed it off, but then it took about 15 minutes to order our drink and almost 20 to even ask for an appetizer. I ordered appetizers and it took even longer to get it to us. The manager luckily took it off our bill. Our food took longer than I wanted to as well. I had to ask everytime I wanted a refill on a drink. Also if you want to have a conversation in there you have to scream across the table. Overall, what I paid was not acceptable for that terrible service.

P
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. My salmon had a great

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before Alan Jackson concert

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Service wasn’t that good at all. Server took huge gaps in between check ups, didn’t even tell us his name. Other than the server, everything else was fine, even being put next to the kitchen.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were meeting some family to go to the Van Gogh Exhibit. Will definitely come again.

SR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening out. Our server was attentive and courteous and our food was outstanding, as always!

TC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere and service Blue Marlin has. Always great service and food.

DE
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Steals were grizzly, veggies hard. Salad was good but not great.

AK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Had some issues with the food...wrong sidedishes delivered with one meal, cold crabcakes, cold mashed potatoes. Problems were remedied immediately upon bringing to attention of waiter and manager. 6pm is prime time for dinner so we shouldn't have had cold food.

GB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and our service was quick. Meals were prepared exactly as requested. Would definitely recommend for a date night.

KG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was New Years Eve so I do want to give them a little slack, but after our food was delivered, we did not have anyone check back with us or refill our waters/ask if we wanted additional drinks. The food was better than average but I don’t know if I would order the same again (Salmon Ponchetrain) The pimento cheese appetizer was excellent.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The waiter was very accommodating when I asked to switch the grits with garlic mash potatoes however there wasn’t a hint of garlic in them. They were rather bland. The tilapia was also very bland. In the shrimp and crab sauce I had 1 piece of shrimp. My husband’s Caesar salad was so drenched in dressing he couldn’t eat it. I picked through it. This is the second time we have gone recently and the food was marginal at best. Was hoping for a great New Year’s eve dinner but was sadly disappointed. Brought the majority of my dinner home and no one wants to eat the left overs🙁

e
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch and service. A favorite place for lunch or dinner. The quality standard for food, presentation, service and efficiency can be found at Blue Marlin in Columbia.

C
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best place for lunch in Columbia. I guess it wasn't the regular staff since it was the day before a holiday but the food is great.

BN
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was mediocre and the food was bland and served cold, which was disappointing.

BM
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food and drink were not up to Blue Marlin standards.

DT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was nice. My food could have been better. I ordered a ribeye and they came back to tell me that they had run out. I had the collards which had alot of vinegar. My mashed potatoes were bland. My shrimp was good as well as the cheesecake. I also enjoyed the crab cake. Our server was the best.

AJ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I partially messed up my experience because I'm not a fan of grits. We ordered an appetizer of shrimp and grits (which was good), but I ordered the "Blue Marlin Award Winning Shrimp & Grits" and all I saw was the "blue marlin", I was expecting there to be swordfish steaks on my plate. I did not read the menu closely and when I gave the entree order I basically ordered a double-size plate of the stuff. I was not happy of the result. Shame on me!!

So while I wasn't able to gauge more of the food offerings, that fault should not be imposed on the rating. At any rate, my wife ordered the chicken pasta. That was really good! (making my poor decision all the more burdensome) The sauce was tasty, the chicken was cooked with a delectable tenderness, the pasta was also prepared just right, and the compliment of the bacon and veges made this dish delicious. I only had a few fork-fulls, but the sight alone (which was visually appealing) made me regret my decision. We ordered the blackout cake and keylime pie. The cake was GOOD while the pie was overwhelming. Big slice!

Other aspects of the experience, we witnessed two servers basically "fight" over us. One server came to us in the beginning to get us drinks, before that one came back another one said that "I'll be taking care of you guys for the evening," and we just repeated our drink orders. The second one came back with a couple waters and then the first one appears, they seem to have an awkward moment there, we all looked at each other, their exchange of glances settled that the first would continue to be our server. Odd experience.

The ambiance and decor were not noteworthy. The bar seemed to have a more refined modeling than the rest of the dining area. I noticed that for a name of "blue marlin", I saw only 1 fish mounted and I had to look to find it. Our drinks were prepared well, but were not noteworthy either. Pricing and entree size were average for the level of dining.

DR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

we had a party of 6 .One person did not get their steak until everyone else was finished.
the server did not check with anybody to see if their steak were cooked correctly.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our guest most enjoyed the experience,as did we. Without a question we will be back.

CG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an early evening dinner for two Christmas Eve. Service was friendly and efficient, the food was excellent. I've heard that it gets loud at times, but at 5:00 to 5:30 pm, the atmosphere was just right. The She-crab soup was maahvelous.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Seated timely with an excellent waitress. Food was on the mark. Couldn’t have been better!

CS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The atmosphere and location was great although you need to allow extra time to find parking before your reservation.
The menu reads wonderful - the actual taste of the food just so-so. It was a busy time - lunch the Sunday before Christmas. The appetizers (she crab soup - just so-so) the petite shrimp and grits (very good). I wish I had of ordered the shrimp and grits as my entree'.
The entree's - grilled catfish and grits - very under cooked, cool and tasteless ( it , singularly, was taken back to the kitchen and ??? warmed ??? cooked??? )
The grilled tilapia and succotash - tasteless with no seasoning. The only tasty thing for both of the entree's was the collard greens as the side.
I was very, very disappointed in the taste of the items (just truly average /buffet style seasonings ).
If you do go - you can't go wrong with the Shrimp & Grits / Collard Greens. Good luck - hopefully the day we went the chef was out sick and your experience will be better.

GT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed a delightful lunch at Blue Marlin. The food was excellent and the staff made us feel like we were the only ones there. Everyone was so attentive even taking our picture in front of the Christmas tree.

MM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The seafood is really good here. However, the chicken was not good at all. It was rubbery and not very edible. Would also recommend they use a different Bloody Mary mix as it has a bitter taste at the end.

All the other food was great. It is great they have a petit shrimp and grits option in appetizers. Fried green tomatoes were delicious.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Portion of the meal, potatoes, green beans, grits were cold. Unfortunately we did not have time to send it back due to another commitment. I’m sure they would have corrected the issue.

PL
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This place has the best shrimp and grits around. The collards are great. We even took a quart home to share with the neighbors. I wish they had a cook book that shows how to make these dishes. Lunch time prices are good and the side salads are very large!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! The waitress was very attentive and she was friendly. Food was delicious

M
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A favorite of ours when in Columbia. Basic menu has plenty of good choices but always wait to hear the daily specials. Staff is well trained and attentive.

F
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Restaurant and staff too busy for adequate customer service

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat at the Blue Marlin before Broadway in Columbia Events. They night becomes a special event.