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Blue Marlin

4.6
4.6
3530 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 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 3,530 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbia

    Great for Lunch

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  1. SC

    SCBlue

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a wonderful evening eating outside at the Blue Marlin for her birthday. We always love the food!
  2. SM

    SandraMc

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Marlin is my favorite place to eat the food is excellent and the service is great you will not be disappointed. Nice homey atmosphere
  3. S

    Summer

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the overall atmosphere and the food and service are amazing. The staff are very efficient and attentive. Collards are one of our favorites and we always love their shrimp. Our favorite dining in Columbia
  4. M

    Miriamwp

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites. Food and service are always excellent!
  5. B

    Brucew

    Charleston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    A little slow getting our server over but things progressed smoothly once she arrived.
  6. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Did not wait long for appetizer nor entrèe. Waiter was also tentative, respectable and very professional.
  7. MM

    MaryjM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience with business dinner - drinks, wine and appetizers especially good.
  8. MC

    MattC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Marlin is one of the most distinctive high-end southern style food options in the city of Cola. Always a great environment, the bar is humming and food is consistently good. I highly recommend getting reservations. We have celebrated 5 of our 20 anniversaries while living in Cola at the Marlin
  9. JF

    JamesF

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our lunch at the Blue Marlin. Good food, good service and good ambiance . And, free dessert for our friend, celebrating a birthday.
  10. GS

    GeneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food and ambiance. Great experience. Lots of diners, so noise slightly elevated.
  11. SM

    SuzanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific birthday celebration for my daughter who is a University of South Carolina student.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great in every way! Will definitely be back.
  13. F

    Foody

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Awesome service with wait staff very attentive to your needs. Variety of food - all delicious!
  14. g

    geoffhaim

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lived in Irmo 20 years ago. Blue Marlin was a go to for date nites. It's nice when you get to go back and have new happy memories. The Shrimp and Grits are to die for
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Marlin was fantastic. Food outstanding service impeccable. Karl our waiter was great. Wonderful experience
  16. AM

    AmberM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Recommend the crab cakes and the vista chicken.
  17. LH

    LoriH

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Marlin is consistently delicious and the service is exceptional! One of the best spots in Columbia!
  18. RC

    RarelyCook

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a delightful dinner outside on a beautiful evening! The ambiance and service were both great. My husband had a bowl of the gumbo which was excellent as always. I had the blt salad which was good but the salad dressing was much blander than usual.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always always awesome !!
  20. C

    Coco

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time going to Blue Marlin. The food was way beyond GOODT! I will definitely be going again and again! The atmosphere was energetic.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time at the Resturant and the entire experience was outstanding. Our server Rylee was wonderful.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food, love the atmosphere, great service!!
  23. R

    Reviewer

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food was delicious from appetizers to entrees. My husband and I were too full to order dessert.
  24. JD

    JoeD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had the bacon wrapped filet. It was so tender and had good flavor. It comes with the garlic mashed potatoes which were good as well. The collard greens are awesome. So tender and full of flavor. We ended the night with the cream brulee cheesecake....so good.
  25. RB

    RonnieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The salmon Pontchartrain with scallops topped with Alfredo sauce was excellent. I had a side bowl of collard greens. My compliments to the chef! Overall a very good value for your money
  26. WM

    WilliamM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The BLT salad hardly had any dressing so was very dry and some of the lettuce was very brown
  27. RH

    RachelH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was very friendly and fast once we got a waiter.
  28. DO

    DavidO

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Wrong dish delivered to me. Super salty veggies. Waiter didn’t offer to make right. I didn’t have time to wait anyway. Disappointed.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I always make reservations and ask them to seat us by the back parking lot. The new girl seating guests obviously didn’t know what she was doing and seated a guest in front of us at the last booth available in that area. Then seated us on the row next to the bar. I complained and moved to the next available booth on the row requested.
  30. S

    Sharijerry

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere. Very pretty inside and out. Service was good but the food was disappointing. Crab cakes were not hot and had too much filler. I liked the crab and oyster bienville though.
  31. EB

    EastBeachBum

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Reasonably priced. Delicious She Crab soup, mini Shrimp and Grits and Palmetto Cheese appetizers. Great service from Anna.
  32. J

    Jenny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Menu variety was good but the quality of food was mediocre. I ordered calamari, friend green tomatoes, ahi tuna and the shrimp and grits.
  33. RC

    RobynandChris

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good, bar area was a little noisy as we were trying to enjoy an anniversary dinner. Waiter was attentive and polite. The hostesses weren’t very welcoming or friendly when we first walked in.
  34. JS

    JuliaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress what great. She made sure we were taken care of.
  35. R

    Rich

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was excellent! Will definitely return again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, made to order, served hot. Great waiter. Seated on time per reservation.
  37. JI

    JImB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very accommodating to our increase. Wait staff was so friendly and attentive. Food was fantastic!
  38. b

    briank

    Denver

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great experience. The seafood platter was great. Lots of shrimp. Drinks were creative and service impeccable.
  39. J

    Jeannieb

    New England

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Very noisy. Apparently understaffed; servers are rushing, always busy (except for the two who chatted about drinks with the two men across from us. Soup lukewarm. Waiter explained that the kitchen was backed up (so why was the person seated immediately before us paying his bill before our entrees arrived?) - entrees took 55 minutes; they arrived just as we were discussing leaving. Fish dry, flavorless. Will not return
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect evening entertaining first time visitors from Newfoundland. They were super impressed and the wait staff was outstanding. A bio-chem major at USC. Don

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 3530 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 40 times today
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

  • 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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