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Blue Marlin, Columbia, SC
Blue Marlin, Columbia, SC
Blue Marlin, Columbia, SC
Blue Marlin, Columbia, SC
Blue Marlin, Columbia, SC

Blue Marlin

4.6
4.6
4146 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Low Country, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (803) 799-3838
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Meagan Horton
  • Catering
    Learn about our Catering Services. 803.799.3838 https://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/#catering
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it is light appetizers and drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a family style buffet or a formal seated affair, the Vista Room offers the quality of food, excellent service, amenities and ambiance that are sure to make any event a success. Contact our Private Event Coordinator, Alexis Wilkinson for more information (803) 587-8131 -or- TheVistaRoom@BlueMarlinColumbia.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (803) 727-3040
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Cross street
    Gervais Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,146 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Good for business meals

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Great for brunch

  • Columbia

    Good for business meals

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

4,146 Reviews
  1. TimothyH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service from Jackson was great. 10/10 would absolutely come back

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  2. DeeEMyers

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. A little too pricey. The service could have been better and it was not that busy. The server was polite, but one of our guests had to ask for a drink 4 times. The appetizers took a long time to come out. It took 1 1/2 hours to get finished eating. But, I will definitely be back. Shrimp and grits lived up to the reputation!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The firecracker shrimp were delicious and served early. The fried green tomatoes left some to be desired. Quite bland. Not much in the flavor. The bread was very good. My Mahi was close to horrible. They say it had a clam and shrimp sauce which I quickly scaped off. The fish was blackened and flavorless. My husband had teriyaki salmon and he loved it. Sorry Blue Marlin. Our server, Anna, was delightful.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salmon croquet special was delicious as well as the Ribeye and the Mahi New Orleans. Ambiance always delightful and the server was attentive and helpful without being hovering. Will be back.

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  5. suzanne

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always good—particularly the seafood. Love the location.

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  6. LIESLK

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks and service! Will definitely be back.

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  7. cassandrac

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great steaks! Tasty craft cocktails. Service was excellent and attentive!

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  8. Cooper

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My spouse and I celebrated our anniversary, service was great but the food was not as I expected from previous visits; fish was a bit dry, my potatoes were thin and bland and the collards recipe was definitely different. My fish was blackened but no true flavor, if blindfolded I felt I would not know what I was eating other than the collards. Being that it was our anniversary dinner I decided to accept it for what it was. I forgot to mention the appetizer, cheesy crust had to be cut with a knife, no true fondue experience. My husband had suggested Ruth Chris, after this experience it definitely has me wondering....

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent! We enjoyed our visit.

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  10. Suzanne

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Walking into this beautiful establishment and having read some reviews, our expectations for the Blue Marlin were fairly high. Sadly, we were disappointed in both the appetizers and entrees. The calamari was overcooked and more chewy than we've ever had, and the serving dish had so many breading crumbs and relatively little calamari. The steak was unseasoned and seemed to have been fried in a skillet, resulting in uneven cooking and mediocre taste. The fried oysters were tasty, but the portion was small, with only 6 small fried oysters for the dinner entree. We hope our experience was the exception rather than the rule.

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  11. MarkA

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, was on the spot. Cocktails were great. Food was very timely and cooked to perfection. Our waiter Jackson was great. Will certainly be back again.

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  12. JanetC

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salmon is always great ! The she crab soup was good - a bit too much sherry - but still good !

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, atmosphere, and food was really good. The only complaint I have is that my scallop pasta was a little cold and didn't have a lot of sauce making it a little dry. Other than that I enjoyed myself and will be back soon.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious fine dining, very friendly and professional staff. Could use a little decor update inside but otherwise a great dining experience all around

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food and atmosphere were all amazing. From the appetizers to the main course everything was great.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant was convenient to our hotel and offered seafood which was what we were looking for. The food was good, portions large and great drinks. Parking was free and plenty of spots near restaurant. The atmosphere is casual, so we sacrificed a bit in quality of food to avoid a “fine” dining experience. My recommendation is to go here for happy hour and appetizers then eat dinner elsewhere.

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  17. Leland22

    New York City

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were in a rush to get to an event but had we had time we would have sent back our dinners. The waiter raved about the crab cakes being 95% crab….not. The string beans were too ala dente. They must have been cooked for 30 seconds. Overall not what we expected from the reviews.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very pleasant dinner experience. Food was perfect and service was great.

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  19. TiffanyL

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good and the service was fast. We enjoyed our experience and will probably return if we are in the area.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Justin was an excellent server. The food is always delicious. We chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary here because we knew everything would be wonderful.

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  21. enjoythejourney

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    crab cake was all cake no crab shrimp tasted strang

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A classic Columbia experience you will not go wrong

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  23. Cynthia

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always love the crab cakes or salmon. The She Crab Soup is just wonderful. The shrimp Creole is a bit spicy for my taste. Oh - the shrimp and grits are yummy too! One of my favorite places to eat in Columbia.

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  24. JeffP

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Blue Marlin often after church and make online reservations for noon and usually get seated almost immediately upon arrival, but that day turned out to be especially busy in the Vista due to Carolina basketball. We got there about ten till noon and there were multiple parties waiting, so I was a little concerned about that...but we were seated at exactly 12:01. Nice! We tend to order the same thing each time- I get a Bloody Mary to start things off, then a petite shrimp and grits (Blue Marlin sets the standard for shrimp and grits) and collard greens (another standard-bearer for them). My wife gets a crab cake. Each time we go it is spot on by way of the food and the service. We do go there for dinner sometimes as well and order more...my favorite is the Charleston Tilapia. Always excellent. Thank you, Blue Marlin!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside even a though a little cooler today but the heaters made it very pleasant. Food was delicious as usual and our server, Aiden, was awesome.

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  26. paml

    New York City

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hailey was exceptional!! She helped us make great dinner decisions!!

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  27. BillC

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blue Marlin never fails to impress us, whether for lunch, dinner, dinner for two, or a large party. They are always on their game, and we appreciate it! Great service, hot food, always seasoned and prepared perfectly.

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  28. Senwho

    Western NC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. My only concern is the noise level in the center section of the restaurant which is where we were seated. We considered asking to be moved which I’m sure they would done. There are plenty of tables around the perimeter to choose from if a diner has concerns about noise.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food, nice atmosphere and the cheesecake is the best dessert!

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  30. Erin

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My last experience at Blue Marlin wasn’t the greatest, but they truly redeemed themselves! Food, drinks, & service were perfection.

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  31. FredC

    Atlanta Metro

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at restaurant. Had inside reservations but it was beautiful weather and ate outdoors instead. Server, Riley, was excellent. She crab soup and the pecan-crusted calamari were excellent. Trying to choose between shrimp and grits and seafood platter, Riley suggested getting the platter and having shrimp and grits as a side for a nominal up charge. Perfect solution. I’m sure the deserts would have been great, but we had a recommendation to go a block away to Kaminsky’s for desert and that was amazing -sorry Blue Marlin, but my recommendation to anyone would be absolutely go to Blue Marlin for a great dinner but walk over to Kaminsky for a real desert experience.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great service and even better fellowship.

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  33. NiLhe

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed ourselves, service, and Colby our server was OUTSTANDING. It was an awesome experience matching the ambiance. They did not rush us to eat our meal despite them cleaning up and preparing to close. The staff that we encountered were all professional and friendly making this an experience to remember.

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  34. ChrisB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and very affordable for the amount of food and people.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently great experience both with table service and at the bar. I always over order and forget how large are the portions. We were traveling and couldn’t take the leftovers, so we should have skipped the appetizer course, but it was so good! Maybe next time I’ll ask if they will serve smaller entree portions, or simply order an app and salad. Blue Marlin never disappoints!

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  36. MarkS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not the “award winning” shrimp and grits we expected.

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  37. garyf

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional experience with delicious low country food, attentive service, and convenient location.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and location but sometimes it can get a little noisy.

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  39. LindaB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was friendly and attentive. My food selection is consistently good!!

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  40. KelliL

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My calamari and she crab soup was delicious as usual! I love the spice of the crab soup it is perfect! I had the pimeapple martini for the first time and it was superb! Also our server Jackson was amazing!

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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 4146 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Gervais Street
  • Neighborhood
    Columbia
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Low Country, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Meagan Horton
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (803) 799-3838
  • Catering
    Learn about our Catering Services. 803.799.3838 https://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/#catering
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it is light appetizers and drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a family style buffet or a formal seated affair, the Vista Room offers the quality of food, excellent service, amenities and ambiance that are sure to make any event a success. Contact our Private Event Coordinator, Alexis Wilkinson for more information (803) 587-8131 -or- TheVistaRoom@BlueMarlinColumbia.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (803) 727-3040
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