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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AnnaJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We sat at the bar after giving our reserve table to an elderly couple. The gentleman was in a wheelchair. The Emily’s at the bar were great. The food was Meh ...The pimento cheese was not very good, the shrimp was not local, the crabcakes were quite good. The colors were too salty. You need to take that down a notch . We will be back, we had a lovely lunch there in May.

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vipPreferthebest4myMoney
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Slow service and one meal was cold and the other over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, and our food came out very quickly. Very enjoyable first visit, and we will definitely be back!

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JohnD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt comfortable with outside dining and spacing during this pandemic. katie, our server was sweet and came back often to check on us.

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JamesK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience and delicious entrees. Servers were friendly and responsive

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SallyH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The abundance of shady, widely separated tables on the front walkway patio was impressive. The food, as it always has been, was delicious and the service attentive!

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SherryC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The server didn't come to check on our table. I had to wave him down for all my refills and even had to stop him to ask him if he had forgotten about us. The establishment was not at all busy at the time of our dinner.

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LeeZ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and waitress was very nice! Place felt safe and extra clean! Will be back soon!

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RachaelR
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the salad and soup. The gumbo is delicious and the crab salad is also delicious. Service was great. Just a good experiencd

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Greenville
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I met for a business lunch. Dined outside. The ambiance was good. Food was excellent.

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MariannD
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time. Walking distance from our hotel, Hampton Inn. Fresh pineapple juice martini was very refreshing. Spinach dip could be shared with four people! Great ambience and service!

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GeorgeC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was excellent, and the service was superb. Cost of the meal was very reasonable considering the quality of the food and the service. We would definitely go back.

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was fine except the salads were set on the table and the other waiter was standing behind her waiting to put down the entrees. Not good timing. Waitress has too many tables.

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AndrewT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch- very fair prices, prompt service and delicious food

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DouglasS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations and then had to change times. The change was handled seamlessly and with no issues. They were ready for our arrival. The wait staff and service were superb!

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JasonG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. Would definitely go back again.

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vipMurphyGirl
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was amazing! Our server Christopher was the best at paying attention to details. It was a bit noisy but we were seated outside.

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vipALT1
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Shrimp and grits were surprisingly bland. Med-rare steak was closer to black and blue. Scallops were just ok. Crab cakes have a gingerbread-like flavor. They didn’t do well with a food allergy. Creme brûlée cheesecake and key lime pie were quite good.

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Educatedleader
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our scallops were undercooked and the waitress was often forgetful at times. The food overall was great but service was a little moderate.

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was excellent. I don't think you can go wrong by choosing to dine at the Blue Marlin.

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Emmanuel
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time here. The firecracker shrimps and crab cakes were amazing.
Nice ambience, quiet outside.
Would recommend it anytime

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vipSteakfan
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a favorite. Seafood entrees very good. Appetizers this trip not up to usual excellence.

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MistyS
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside and the weather was perfect. We enjoyed some pineapple martinis before ordering our meals and they were delicious! The salmon was cooked perfectly and my husband enjoyed his seafood platter as well. Great for a date night!

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Nicole
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely time! The food and service were both good.

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RichC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During this time of Covid19, It's nice to be able to go out and still feel safe. The staff are masked, expect you to be too. They are good about distancing even inside. It was quiet, not crowded and as always the food and service are excellent. You can't go wrong!

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CharlotteN
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Mahi Orleans was amazing! My friend had the scallops and loved them.

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CristinaM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food! It was nice out last Saturday evening so we were able to dine outside 😀

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ABark
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience5

I was embarrassed I recommended this place for my friend's 30th birthday dinner. I went on and on about how good the food was and got there and EVERY SINGLE item we ordered was gross. The she crab soup that I said was to die for? Lumpy, too thick, and cold. The vista chicken? bland, hard, and dry. The cocktails were the best thing we ordered. Everything else was a mess. The waitress refunded one of my friends but we didnt go out to eat for money back. Smh

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Table ready at reserved time. Food and beverages were excellent as was the service. I highly recommend the Blue Marlin.

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NikiM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Server, Great She Crab Soup. Could not ask for a better night out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside due to the nice weather. It was comfortable and we had a wonderful server.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're only comfortable eating outside these days. Fortunately, Blue Marlin has the perfect venue for that! The food and the service were, as always, great.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! The Blue Marlin is one of the best places for lunch in Columbia, SC. My wife had the gumbo and salad and I had the shrimp and grits with a side of collard greens. All staff were wearing face coverings and alternate booths were used. We will not eat in confined spaces nor at any restaurant where adequate Covid-19 precautions are not being used. At the Blue Marlin, the reward is worth the minimal risk. I highly recommend!

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LibbyP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved our meal at Blue Marlin. I know this is silly, but the dinner salads were so delicious - the dressing was amazing! My husband loved his shrimp and grits, and my daughter ate every bite of her steak!

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vipPegg
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Reasonable prices!

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vipjillmed
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were dropping our son off at U of SC and had never been to Columbia. This restaurant was close to our hotel and had outside dining. We were so pleasantly surprised by the quality of food. Everything was amazing. The servers were great too. I will definitely return every time I'm in Columbia.

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StephenL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent, food was delicious. The best spot in Columbia

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CherryB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 1st time at Blue Marlin and we will be back for a 2nd time. The food, service and atmosphere were great.

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Southern cuisine, very friendly staff, always enjoying going there..

FAQs

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

Blue Marlin is rated 4.5 stars by 2996 OpenTable diners.

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