Blue Marlin

4.6
3288 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipJohn
Charleston
62 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood dinner enjoyed by all our family. Firecracker shrimp and crab cakes for appetizers were delicious, as were all the entrees. Great selections.

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Codyfam
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As usual, excellent food and attentive service... but we learned that the booth at the end of the bar where all the staff congregate and pick up bar orders is noisy and the chatter is not always family-friendly. We'll be back, but we'll definitely ask for a different spot.

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Chinana
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Blue Marlin. Eat here all the time. Delicious seafood. This time the fried oysters were especially sweet and tender.

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SandraMc
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best in Columbia, the whole staff are so kind and friendly the food is excellent and this is a great place for celebrations.
You will not be disappointed here.

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magslovesyums
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was overall pretty good, but it wasn't that warm. Our waitress was friendly and attentive.

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vipCarleneB
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Close to Koger Center for theater nights. Definitely will be back for another evening.

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vipMattH
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shrimp and grits, best thing on the menu but you cannot go wrong with any of the dishes! Great place, and great food!

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excellentbelong
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything expectation was there. Pleasant and accommodating server, excellent food, a perfect dinner.

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bobS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but cold and the fish was slightly undercooked. The ambiance of the restaurant was festive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and comfortable for whatever the occasion is. Also GF Sensitive menu. In a great location so fun to walk around the Vista area and take in the fun vibe. Def go.

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GraceS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There isn't an item on the menu that isn't fabulous, hence while we have office lunches there monthly

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JonathanP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The waiter was great and all the food was amazing

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AJD23
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Service was excellent!! Food was fair. Crab cakes entree was luke warm and the actually crab cakes were full of stuffing, very little crab. Disappointed in the food but appreciated our server and overall service.

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ThomasL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We ate outside and the service was superb.

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ducky
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food ordered was very good and everyone had different appetisers and main entrees. Joyfully everyone remarked on the the,quantity and taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was incredible. Food was amazing and served promptly. This restaurant is always on point. 10 out of 10!!

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vipNick
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were 5 Star, however, my martini glass was smaller that normal and half full. Please make a drink that measures up to the food. The scallops were the best that I have ever eaten- 5 huge seared scallops cooked perfectly! We will definitely return, but will order a beer.

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RichardC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Arrived shortly after 5:15 p.m. for our reservation at 5:30 and the restaurant was approx. 50% full. Promptly seated and give a very nice booth table. Server was excellent throughout the service and the food was quite good. BLT salad was a hit and not too heavy on the ranch dressing. Shrimps in the salad and shrimp & grits were superb.....very fresh and cooked perfectly. Meals delivered to other tables looked enormous. Great value from what we experienced. Enjoyed the dinner and only real complaint was that as the restaurant filled towards 7 p.m. the noise level became quite high.

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lisan
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Best shrimp and grits I've ever had!

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Buddy727
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Once again a very enjoyable dining experience. As the name implies, seafood is the vast majority of the menu. The staff provide courteous and comfortable service and the libations are appropriate for an upscale restaurant.
Parking can be at a premium, very little on their location. Don’t go on a fowl weather night for you might have to walk a few blocks to/from.

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YvonneP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I could not hear the music playing at the table, but only the other customers' chatter. The music could be heard in the restroom really well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Springfield
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Blue Marlin.

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KayA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nikki was fantastic with her service and needs a raise.

Breading on fried catfish a little too salty.

Location and atmosphere of restaurant excellent.

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TamaraM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good as usual. Not my first time there.

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SherrieT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visiting but won’t be the last. Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was in town for a concert. Great food and atmosphere.

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SandraC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So many delicious options. Scallop dish featured large scallops prepared perfectly. Sweet potato purée perfect addition

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Kramer
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!

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chilly
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good green beans were a little to raw. Excellent service

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JosetteT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I’ve dined at Blue Marlin, it’s been a wonderful experience. The service and food are always top notch!

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WayneD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends came to town. They'd heard from others about Blue Marlin and wanted to eat there. It was already one of our favorites, so we agreed. It did not disappoint. I had shrimp both were good. Others had salads, steak, and fried flounder. Everyone loved their choices. Others also loved the collards; I don't eat such things ;-)

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom the server was outstanding. Excellent food and wine.

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MattC
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have liked the Marlin. Our service was great and food was terrific. A little loud last night, which I don’t usually mind but we were on an interview

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Lillabette
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Outdoor dining is exceptional.

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Maxie
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were very pleased with the overall experience at the Blue Marlin. Food was very good and served in a timely fashion. We look forward to returning to this establishment to try additional items from the menu.

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KahlillM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to Southern seafood spot❤️ The atmosphere was great and food was exquisite 👍🏾👍🏾 Highly recommend it👏🏾👏🏾

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MichaelR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

A good southern style restaurant. Very noisy and difficult to talk to others at your table. Food above average and service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We’ve always heard about the Blue Marlin being a Columbia staple, and now I know why! I put off going because I’m not a big fan of seafood, but their vista chicken was amazing!! Like most restaurants right now the timing could be a little better (appetizers immediately then long break before entree) but the food quality was great and our waiter frequently checked in. Overall, highly recommend!

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StephanieB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! My husband and I were in Columbia for four days and ate here twice. The food was fresh and well prepared. Service and staff were great! I only wish there was one in my hometown! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great service and food as always. We sat outside and the ambience was perfect! We return as often as we can!!

FAQs

Blue Marlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 799-3838.

Blue Marlin is rated 4.6 stars by 3288 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.