Blue Marlin

4.5
2291 reviews
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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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TM
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The server Ashton was courteous, professional and attentive. The ceasar salad was mediocre but the calamari was the best I have had; fried to perfection.

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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food from appetizers to dessert. We had 4 courses. Good energy

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PR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was awesome! She told us about app opportunities that we did not know existed. She checked on us in a reasonable amount of time and was very polite. I have no complaints

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JN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This is the first time that the service has been a bit off. Food selections were not correct for several in the party but corrections were made. One item was taken off the bill because was never received.

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BS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, although my salad was a bit skimpy....it was Restaurant Week so I don't know if they cut on portions. Waitress was a bit rude...when asked for our dessert, which was taking a long time, she told me "You have to be patient"! When I told her we had a 7:30 show, she told be "everyone in here has a show to go to"! She blamed the cook for the delay. Just stuff you don't want to hear! The atmosphere is noisy. BUT, location is great and the food was good... tad pricey but good. Probably a place for a younger crowd (than me...in our 60's). I would recommend this restaurant to a younger person.

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as usual!!!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak was a good cut and was cooked to the requested temperature but it was far too underseasoned. For the money paid I could have done better.

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M
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Sunday afternoon dinner. Wife had Salmon and it was great. I had NY Strip and it was a bit tough. Very good service. Overall a very nice meal.

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WM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very nice dinner here on a typical Saturday night. Our waitress was very nice. Food was definitely good. Will return!

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M
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Food is FANTASTIC but such a noise level you really can't have a conversation.

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LM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent package menus for restaurant week. Entree service was a bit slow but the restaurant was completely full and the staff was very busy. The she-crab soup and shrip & grits appetizers were some of the best in South Carolina.

Overall: a worthwhile experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed specials on the menu. A bit pricey for lunch but good quality food. Wish they had more cocktail options.

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CH
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was excellent and our server Emily was outstanding.

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LA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We were so excited to finally try Blue Marlin during restaurant week. And my husband loved his food (fried flounder with grits and slaw). Unfortunately, my salmon was cold and undercooked with too much cheese sauce and non-blackened “blackened” scallops and shrimp. The salads were delicious, but again we disagreed on the quality of dessert -my husband’s creme brûlée cheesecake good, but my chocolate blowout cold and mediocre at best. We noticed many people had ordered fried food not on the restaurant week menu, so perhaps Blue Marlin is best for strictly southern comfort food. But then, it seems quite overpriced (maybe due to the location in the Vista?). At that price point, I’ll take my business to one of the other delicious restaurants in Columbia.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at the Blue Marlin! The lunch prices were great and the food was cooked perfectly. We will definitely come back the next time we are in Columbia!

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, really good food, outstanding service and atmosphere in a beautiful building. right outside the door parking and easy access back to main downtown roads with lights at the intersection. Not a bad choice if you are in the Vista area.

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GC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Originally set our group of 4 at a table for 2 and beside the kitchen door. They did move us to a bigger table after complaining. The restaurant was so noisy it was hard to have a conversation. Food was good though and the waiter was good.

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BK
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit too noisy for my taste. Service was excellent and the food was good. The drinks were very weak.

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GM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real good food and great service. Will return soon

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service great. Negatives - very noisy, parking difficult

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Some of the food was cold at serving especially the vegetables. That’s the downside.

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BN
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I have loved dining at the Blue Marlin and look forward to it each time. Our visit on New Years Eve was disappointing for all of our party of six. I had Salmon Pontchartrain which is always good this time it was fair, the green beans hard and boring and the crab cakes very boring due to no taste. My wifes mashed potatoes did not have a taste to them once again very boring. My friend had the Shrimp and Grits and another friend Fire Cracker flounder. No one was pleased with the meal, nothing to want to come back to.

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S
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service on New Years Eve. Great Food. Great Service.

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Blue Marlin is an ideal restaurant for casual dinners, relaxing atmosphere, exquisite menu, and delicious cocktails. Enjoyed every minute of my time there. The Blue Marlin will become one of my favorite go to places!

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LT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our times at Blue Marlin. Excellent food

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, well prepared and service was outstanding!

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BM
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our every Sunday after church place. Always a wonderful experience.

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Atmosphere. Food was cold when it first arrived but the waitress corrected it quickly.

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t visited Columbia for a while and wanted a special place since we were only there two nights. The sampler appetizer platter was good enough to be a meal and was plenty for the 3 of us. We loved the shrimp and grits and salmon entrees. We were too full for dessert. After living in Carmel and Monterey, California, we’ve had some amazing dinners and this was right up there with our favorites!

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BN
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding as usual!

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

we have eaten there a lot i was unhappy my husband chicken was stuff my crab cakes were cold and the rice was crunchy that is the first my sister gave us a 75 dollar gift card i sure she would be upset with that

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and great food for a good price. Delicious shrimp and grits and the gumbo was awesome!

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CG
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It’s been a tradition to have Christmas Eve lunch at The Blue Marlin. Unfortunately, my crab cake was cold. The shrimp and grits were very good so that made up for it a little.....

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AB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall a very pleasant experience for our first time. Server was ok could be more attentive. We recently moved to the area from So. Calif and have been enjoying trying new restaurants in Columbia. We’ll be back.

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LP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very good food and waitress was wonderful. Only downside was the noise level. Very noisy and hard to talk to entire table.

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Lauren was da bomb! The food came out in perfect timing, even though there was a large party before us. My wife's self proclaimed new "favorite" restaurant! My reservation at Blue Marlin made me fell like the "King" of date night! Thanks again for a wonderful first time experience! We will be back!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed myself and the food. Our server was great, she really made us feel comfortable and welcomed.
She was timely but not pushy. She kept and eye on our table. we did not want for anything. I am lookin forward to returning with my family. Hopefully for a special ocasion.

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Molly was great. She made sure are steaks came out perfect and always near by incase we needed something else. We loved her recommendations on the food and drinks. Definitely be coming back again.

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JH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service very good.
Comfortable. It was loud.

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