About Blue Marlin

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.

1200 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Low Country, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Gervais Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 799-3838

Website:
http://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/

Catering:
Blue Marlin Signature Catering is dedicated to elevating the food and entertainment experience for corporations and individuals. We are known for exceptional service, experienced friendly staff, creative menus and our attention to detail.

Executive Chef:
Meagan Horton

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Blue Marlin Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (59)
Special Occasion (53)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
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Business Meals (44)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Worth the Drive (33)
Casual (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Cozy (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Romantic (17)
Authentic (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Fun (11)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
People Watching (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Scenic View (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Vegan (2)
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·Dined a day ago

Devon was amazing best server I’ve ever had

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·Dined 3 days ago

I took my wfe here. Because she loves seafood , so I made it our Valentine's date dinner. But VERY DISAPPOINTED for the service there. First, after we were seated Our waitness came 15mins later. We got a drinks 10 mins after requested water. Our waitness cater more to the table after us. Not asking us we needed anything else. I need more water and never got it. Just NOT A GOOD experience from BLUE MARLIN. The servers need to work together It makes the environment better for the customers and the servers and the kitchen as a WHOLE.

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·Dined 4 days ago

It was very easy to make a reservation but parking was very challenging. The service was good but a bit slow. Good was great and the lemon drop was excellent!

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Tried Blue Marlin for first time. Made reservation on Open Table and was glad we did based on the crowd and wait. Seated immediately in nice booth by window. Server was very helpful and had good recommendations regarding menu. We ordered the crab cake and it did not disappoint. We ordered steak and seafood mains. We ordered the steak medium and it came out jerky well done. Both server and manager immediately rectified and offered a salad to fill the timr it took to correct the order. The manager stood at the kitchen and made sure the correction was top priority. We enjoyed speaking with him after he delivered a perfectly prepared medium steak. It was very refreshing to receive the type of service so lacking everywhere today. We highly recommend Blue Marlin to anyone dining out in Columbia. Only wish they would have shared that a house secret is unlimited collard greens. We swapped out mashed potatoes for them on one entree. We are not from the South but can share we have been to plenty of authentic Southern restaurants and none prepare greens like Blue Marlin. Worthy of a meal all by themselves.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

First time visiting this restaurant. Drove from Charlotte to celebrate a birthday and I was impressed. Our waiter, Tremaine, was superb! Surely will visit again if I’m ever back in Columbia.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food! The service was even better! Great experience, upset I haven’t came here sooner.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Chicken special tonight should be added to menu. Had steaks last two times, ribeye and strip, both were disappointing. Come regularly, but won't order steak again.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent, attentive staff. Delicious food...when we arrived (had a reservation) we were seated at a table near the bar. I'm a big man and it was a little bit of a tight fit. Our waitress immediately took notice and re-seated us- much better! REALLY appreciated it. A+ experience...one small quibble. Our wine was delicious- $8 a glass....fair price, I thought, for so tasty a wine. I decided to research it because we were thinking of buying a bottle for home...$10 a bottle. Come on now.... :)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Blue Marlin was an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. The atmosphere was nice, the waiter was very helpful, and the food tasted amazing. I even received a beautiful carnation. The only down side to the night was this very loud obnoxious woman laughing a few tables away.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Went there for Valentine’s Day. Server was excellent. Food came soon and was tasty. I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Mashed potatoes were cold

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

As always, Blue Marlin was fantastic. One of my top three choices in the entire Columbia area. Took my wife for Valentines Day lunch and were seated right away thanks to my open table reservation. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food arrived promptly and was delicious as always. Make sure you ask for the complimentary collard greens. They are fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food and service was outstanding as always. When we arrived at 7:45 it was very loud and bright but I thought at 8 they would lower the lighting to improve the ambiance but that didn’t happen.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a sure bet when I’m in Columbia. Dinner was flawless!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was the best ever! Witness Paul took care of us and was on point! Excellent customer service. Very professional!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Have been to the Blue Marlin several times and it never fails. In addition to great food, our waiter was both friendly and helpful. Great place to dine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The black and blue ny strip was great but the sides were a little basic. Long wait on a saturday night, which should be expected for the area. Great service

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyable food, ambiance and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good as usual

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We were attending a conference and heard some other participants talking about the Blue Marlin. We booked a reservation online and we fully enjoyed the atmosphere, food and especially the great waiter, Cody. He was knowledgeable and welcoming. He made sure we were taken care of even thought he had a large group to take care of at the same time. We will be back for another conferand will plan on eating all evening meals at the Blue Marlin as well as bring more associates with us. Great place, great food and great staff. Thanks you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My only issue was the server seemed to disappear a good bit.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Had the mahi and it was great. Will definitely dine again when I’m in town.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a great experience! The food was good, no long wait for the food, and the atmosphere was quaint. I will be returning!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were visiting the Columbia area, and wanted to try a local seafood restaurant. The prices were a little high for everyday dining, but it was definitely worth it! The service was impeccable, food was delicious, and portions exceeded expectations. This is a great place to go for a special occasion, and I will definitely go again when in the area!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We dined tonight for my dads birthday....we had a really good time. The food was wonderful as always and our waiter Chelsea was OUTSTANDING. I have been to Blue Marlin many times and the service is always great but she was WONDERFUL.... attentive and quite pleasant to have as a waiter. We thoroughly enjoyed her!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I usually love crab cakes, but those served here were mostly filler and just so-so. My son had the salmon and he liked it but it wasn't among his favorites either. The grit cakes were yummy. We were also sitting at a table where we felt the frigid outside weather come pouring in every time a diner came in or out. Our waitress, Stephanie, was exceptional and the prices were very reasonable. Blue Marlin would not be my choice of restaurants to return to when visiting Columbia.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very nice we enjoyed ourselves.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had an early reservation as we were going to a basketball game that evening. We had the calamari and gumbo which were both good. My friend had the chicken Cobb salad which he said was tasty, and I had the blt salad. I had to ask for bacon as there was none on the salad! I thought the salads were overpriced for the size.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food and excellent service

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I absolutely love The Blue Marlin. We traveled from Overseas to celebrate our son in the military and they welcomed us with great customer service. The staff made sure they accommodated our party of ten. We ordered different entrees so that we can try a little bit of everything and everything we ordered was DELICIOUS. I’m a foodie and this one is definitely our family favorite. Thank you The Blue Marlin for making our dining experience a great one.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Overall not a bad experience I felt very rushed by the server who seemed more ready to send us on our way and get another table in then to make us feel comfortable the noise level was very high and a bit cramped on space the portions the food for the price was extraordinary The Taste was okay but could have used a bit more wow factor and although primarily a seafood restaurant some more options for those that do not eat seafood would have been nice

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great Food, ambience, customer service and location. Loved it and will return again!

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We have Guest in town for a company visit and made reservations at Blue Marlin with great expectations. You guys impressed our guest and provided a memorable dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

SUNDAY BRUNCH. CRAB CAKE WAS TASTY BUT TOO MUCH BREAD (SO NOT LIKE ONE GETS AT THE SHORE). CHICKEN WITH BISCUITS, GRAVY AND COLLARD GREENS (GOOD!!) WAS JUICY. SIDE SPICY SLAW WAS GOOD TOO. GOOD SELECTION OF WINES BY THE GLASS. WAITSTAFF WERE FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We fully enjoyed our meal here. The mahi was delicious, our waitress was attentive. My only complaint is we were seated 20-25 minutes after our reservation time and we arrived 15 minutes early... overall we would be back if in the area again (we are from out of town).

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was my wife's birthday dinner. We do not get out often with three kids so this was supposed to be a special treat. Calamari appetizer was overcooked and rubbery. My wife was unable to eat the shrimp and grits due to amount of hot spices that it had in it and she normally enjoys spicy food. The seafood platter was decent but there was more breading than anything else.

I know this is one of the premier restaurants in Columbia, but this was the second time I have dined there and I have been disappointed both times. Granted the first time was roughly 20 years ago but ... fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me ... there wont be a third time.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall great experience. Service was wonderful as was the food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love this restaurant, always on my list to visit when in Columbia. Chantelle is sweet and attentive. A must try!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Spicy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Fantastic fried oysters!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is the second time I was at Blue Marlin, and on both occasions the food and service were excellent and the prices were reasonable. Would highly recommend to anyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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