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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4.6
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4.4
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SR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mind you, with the Christmas Holidays, the place was probably more packed than usual. But we enjoyed ourselves.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was warm but not hot.Play was undercooked but that could can happen. All of the food including the fillet and the soup was bland.
The waitress was very nice and attentive
We were in a booth but a large table of 10 was an arms length away from us to the right. They have a child it ran around the table.
My college daughter who I was visiting thought it was fine. Her expectations are low. It meet those expectations.

c
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Made reservations and didn't have any wait time when we arrived, food and customer service was awesome

DG
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All aspects of our dinner reservation were terrific. The ambiance, food, service were great. I would certainly recommend Blue Marlin to others for a special evening.

AN
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice, food was good.

AM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2019 is the second year I have spent Thanksgiving with my parents at Blue Marlin. We celebrate on Wednesday because the restaurant is not open on Thursday. I love Blue Marlin on any other given day of the year for any reason because the restaurant is a comfortable place to celebrate anything!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, as usual.

OT
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. The shrimping grits are great!

b
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Never disappoints. Gumbo is as authentic as what we get in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the Firecracker Shrimp are always a treat. Love the hot bread also. Great setting.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniv. And Bday

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner and service. A top spot for fresh seafood in Columbia

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Columbia for the weekend and decided to try this out. I had the tilapia which was amazing!!! Huge portion and my husband and I could have easily shared it. Our waiter, Mitchell, was so nice and very prompt and helpful. He even made a great recommendation for an activity for the next day, when we asked him.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely collard greens are a must!

CA
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was professional, timely and attentive. Our entrees arrived at the table at the same time . They were warm and delicious

MB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful and the scallops were great. It was incredibly loud for a Tuesday night.

JP
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was fine, but not excellent,v and heavy on the oil. Shrimp appetizer has small shrimp with a lot of breading, crispy and tasty, but bready. Service was excellent, helpful, pleasant. It was a fine meal, just had hoped for a bit more.

J
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly on arrival. Food was good and service was very good. Yes, I'd recommend this place to a friend.

S
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating at the Blue Marlin. It seems to be a very well run operation. All of the food items I’ve ever tried are good. You can easily get a dinner for under $15 a person. Even so the service is top notch and the ambience is very comfortable. About the only problem is there is very limited parking just outside of the restaurant. However there is a city lot just over half a block away. The parking there is free for the first two hours. Reservations are available and recommended for busy times.

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was tasty, the service was very good, it was a little bit noisy but overall good ambience, a little pricey but worth it in the end I would return in a heartbeat!

S
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except the crab cakes were cold. I like my crab cakes hot.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

31ST birthday!

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked a table without knowing much about the restaurant and were very pleasantly surprised - it was very busy (a good sign) and we were seated very quickly. Our server Molly was excellent - on point with recommendations and "there" without being intrusive. The food arrived at correct temps and at an appropriate pace. We had a couple temporarily join us while waiting for their table and Molly was right on it. Excellent food and the dessert portions were extravagant. I heartily recommend.

LA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! She crab soup had more cayan than I care for but another in our party loved it so just a matter of preference. Would definitely return!

DH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My service was amazing. The young woman who assisted me was wonderful. I am a vegan and she made sure that all of my food choices were plant based. I know you are a seafood establishment but I was pleased that I was accommodated while hosting my potential new business client.

KM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic. The food was delicious, my only complaint....and it wouldn’t stop me from returning, is that it was really loud. Other than that I was very happy and will definitely be back!

GB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The she crab soup had too much pepper. She crab soup has a very special and delicious flavor and the pepper overpowered whatever was there.

b
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had flounder with collards and slaw. Some of the best collards I have ever eaten. I liked the flounder but felt it had too much breading on it for me which kinda overpowered the taste of the flounder. I would order it again but would ask to blacken it. Not your usual slaw but very tasty in a different way. I recommend it. Our service was very good. Can’t wait to visit again when in the area.

t
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place but the acoustics are so load.

TW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I’m not sure if we’d recommend BM or not. We heard so many positive things so we’re excited to go there for our 38th wedding anniversary.
My husbands dish had to be returned.
Crab cake appetizers were good but not the best as others claim.
We felt the noise level was a bit much.

ON
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were immediately greeted at the front desk and accommodated. There was also a rude lady that came after us and thought she should be seated before us because we were looking for a business associate we were meeting for the first time. The hostess politely asked her to patiently wait until he finished getting us seated. Good job.

The food was great and the service was as well.

l
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was fantastic, the server was attentive without being disruptive, had a nice evening.

GR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I used to love this place and took my husband here to celebrate his promotion. Our table had dirty utensils and the spinach fondue was very runny. Our server was great and the firecracker flounder was pretty good. I just feel that this place has lost something over the years. :-(

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. High quality seafood for a reasonable price. Unique wine selection. Will definitely go again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We've been to Blue Marlin before and everything was great but this time,the plate was not, steak was overcooked and the mashed potatoes were a sloppy pile of tasteless crap.I ordered spinach and got green beans. Service could of been better.

KP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our overall experience. Food was very good and good size portions. Had a booth and was tight for five... would have preferred a table. Loved how this historic train depot has been converted into The Blue Marlin. Great vision...

SV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Marlin is wonderfully consistent in their service and food, always a nice meal and fun time!

F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A solid restaurant...decent service...average food. Steak special was good. Fish was, at best, average. Dry and a bit rubbery. Desserts were good! Service good.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits were salty, the scallop appetizer was cold, and my fiancé’s salmon was rare. I’m hoping this was just an off night.

CH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of mine and my husbands favorite date night spots! This place never disappoints. I always get the shrimp and grits and my hubs gets the seafood platter. Yummy!!

GJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience3

I ordered the crab cakes. There wasn't much crab meat, a lot fillers. Green beans were not very tasty. My husband had shrimp and grits. He said it was a little to salty. We were celebrating our 23rd anniversary. Very disappointed with our meal.