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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (40)
Business Meals (40)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Worth the Drive (39)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Local Ingredients (33)
Great for Lunch (33)
Fun (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Comfort Food (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Romantic (25)
Authentic (24)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Cozy (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Seasonal (12)
People Watching (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
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Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent dinner and great service - perfectly attentive. Honest suggestions

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We've been to Blue Marlin before for dinner with friends and it was excellent. This time, we met friends for lunch/brunch. The place was packed and I was glad to have reservations. Service was slow but our server was pleasant and helpful. Our shrimp appetizer was wonderful. I ordered Crabcake Benedict as it was listed as one of the day's specials. Eggs were decidedly overdone. I sent it back, and eggs remained overdone. Disappointing since this was a special. The oysters and parmesan encrusted catch were wonderful. Spinach and mushroom ravioli was tasty but sauce seemed a bit heavy. Manager was very responsive to our concerns and that was much appreciated. We'll go back, but, maybe avoid the Benedict.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice, casual vibe with decent service and a familiar Southern menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent meal and service! We will be back next time we are in town.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Made reservations through OT, table for 6 was ready when we arrived 5 min prior to our reservation. Very impressive especially given the amount of people waiting at the door and bar. This is why I trust OT. Service was excellent, Ashton was attentive and professional. Food was also excellent, every item ordered was cooked perfectly, served at the right time and prepared specially for our table. A vibrant atmosphere, loud, not a conversational dinner in the dining room, it just depends on the atmosphere you are seeking. There is also outdoor seating that may be a bit more suited to talk. Overall great evening, thank you Blue Marlin, we will be back on our next visit to USC.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Visiting our daughter for parents weekend from Chicago. Overall a good experience. Appetizer plate was very tasty especially the firecracker shrimp. Crab cake disappointing due to an over abundance of breading. For entrees, the tuna and salmon were very good but the Ponchertrain fish dish was average at best and not recommended. Very good server.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Awesome food, staff and Ambiance. Our waitress was super nice and made sure we had everything we need.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great dinner with the parents. Food and service was top notch.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Today's meal was the best we've had from there!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is delicious and service is always great. It's a little loud if you are seated in the middle but other areas are much quieter. I don't live in Columbia but I try to dine here anytime I'm in town.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food at a reasonable price. My only drawback was the noise level that was distracting and degraded experience. I continue to search for a nice restaurant where I may enjoy a great dinner and intimate conversation with close friends. It appears to be increasingly hard to find the right ambiance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It's a must stop, whenever visiting Columbia, SC. Food is always good

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

First time to Blue Marlin and really enjoyed the experience. Seafood was very good and will return.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a good meal at the Blue Marlin. I gave it four stars overall only because they did not get my order correct.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is always excellent. We love the greens and calamari. Try the BLT salad. Crab cakes to die for.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great location, great food, good prices, friendly staff. Would go back again for sure.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

My wife and I ate there with a niece for supper on a Tuesday evening. This was our first visit to Columbia & they were not very busy. We had a wonderful meal, drinks & a short walk around the area. We would all recommend this restaurant/bar to anyone whom asks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Wear a coat it was cold inside. The salad wasn't as good as usual but still good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is my favorite place for lunch after church on Sunday. The food is wonderful and service is always great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service! I had the cajun-style grilled catfish and grits with collard greens as a side. So good with just a little bite to it. Make sure to squeeze fresh lemon juice from the provided lemon half all over your entree. You won’t regret it!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We waited for table outside; only about 20 minutes.
(we were early for our reservation anyhow)
Staff were all very pleasant, Ethan our waiter was prompt, gracious and very efficient. He gave us great recommendations that did not disappoint.
Crab cakes and fried green tomatoes were great!
We all had the special: bacon wrapped filet mignon with crab and shrimp. Excellent choices! So nice to experience southern hospitality in a beautiful setting along with some good food and wine!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was amazing, had the ribeye which was perfectly cooked. Waiter was extremely friendly and always checked up on our table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

My husband and i ventured out in to Columbia for the evening for his birthday and decided to try out Blue Marlin, and we were so glad that we did! The food was phenomenal, the service was even better. I believe our server's name was Ashton, and she was not only pleasant while also being super busy, she was helpful with every aspect of our experience! She answered out chain of questions, and was able to joke and cut up with us at the end! We had a wonderful time and the food was fantastic!

Tags: Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great place. Good food and atmosphere. A little noisy. Parking is a challenge.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Crab cakes were filled with crab and quite large. Delicious! She-crab soup was also good.
Salmon was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We celebrated a birthday. Waitress was attentive without hovering. She made excellent suggestions when appropriate. Food came quickly but we didn't feel rushed. Everything was delicious, well presented. Portions were ample without being enormous. We truly enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great service and food! I would recommend this establishment to all of my friends and coworkers.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Wonderful meal in an historic building. Great wine & beer with friendly service. Enjoyed our stay in Columbia & Blue Marlin.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Good food but not outstanding, not worth the cost. Waiter was outstanding. Resturant was nice but noisy.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Very good. Cleaning staff a bit rushed.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Waiter made the dining experience very enjoyable. He was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. Food suggestions were "spot on", wine was excellent (Malbec).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I was there for brunch & it was a very pleasant experience. The Bloody Mary was excellent. The blackened salmon with grits & collard greens was excellent.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Yummy collards! Sweet tea! Shrimp and grits! Can't get more southern than that.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Not as good as we remembered it from about 2 years ago.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were looking forward to an anniversary dinner at The Blue Marlin. The hostess led us to a table next to a screaming toddler. Even the hostess was embarrassed, and took us to a quieter table at our request. The restaurant had lots of empty tables. Before we could look over the menu, the waitress wanted us to order appetizers. We ordered drinks and entrees. The food was delivered very quickly and was well prepared and very tasty. We just felt very rushed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2017

After living in the Columbia area for a little over 2 years now - Blue Marlin is our "go to" place to celebrate all special occasions! Great food, great service!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Favorite place for lunch in Columbia. Great staff and the collard greens are free and GOOD.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Love the history of the building. A great location and wonderful that they take reservations. If you want seafood, this is the place to go.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Long wait time for anyone to acknowledge we were sitting down. After that, it was good, food was warm not hot. Wine menu price was not what was charged so menu needs updating.
Anyway, this was odd as usually a really great experience in every way, so will feel this a fluke.
Oh, the she crab was outstanding, as usual!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We love eating at Blue Marlin. I love the collards, especially. They were very accommodating and the service was great. We went on a Sunday and if you want to beat the rush, definitely get there early, because by noon, the place is getting packed!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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