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

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (37)
Casual (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Cozy (23)
Good for Groups (21)
Romantic (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Authentic (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (16)
Great for Brunch (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Healthy (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Seasonal (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
People Watching (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great Beer (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 16, 2014

It was my husband's and my 10th anniversary! Note was made to that affect, but was not acknowledged by anyone. My food was great. The wine was fine. My husband's dinner was horrible. The mahi was tiny and tasteless. It was on a bed of mashed potatoes that had to be instant. The potatoes were soooo salty that they were only good for gargling if you had a sore throat. It was very disappointing, and it will be a while before we go there again.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 16, 2014

My wife and I agreed - everything was excellent (not necessarily the best we've ever had, but very very good). We had spinach/crab dip for starters, then we both had creole/cajun fish dishes. We ended with dessert - key lime pie and a brownie with ice cream. Seafood was very good, especially for a spot 2 hours from the coast. Atmosphere was great. We most definitely plan on returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2014

The meal was excellent and the portions were very satisfying, not a lot of plate showing. The pricing was realistic and it made for a good value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 13, 2014

Good place for seafood in downtown Columbia. It would be nice if there were some gluten-free options on the dinner menu. There are quite a few on the lunch menu. Good service. My only issue was the server did not ask how the grilled salmon should be cooked. As a result it was a little too rare for my dinner companions liking. The crab cakes I had were wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Food was not prepared as described on the Menu...Example..Salmon was suppose to come with Grit Cake but came with a bowl of grits on all three that were ordered at the table. It was also topped with the wrong sauce. Although the dish was still pretty good, it was not what we ordered. We were at an Early seating (4:45pm) for Mother's day and they still could not get service out on time or correct.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Food and service were excellent! Love the history surrounding this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 8, 2014

I went to Blue Marlin on a date and was pleased with everything .

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 3, 2014

The service as well as the food was wonderful! Everyone in our group was pleased with their food selections and the portion size. Excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 3, 2014

This is one of our most favorite restaurants in Columbia as we always find the food & service to be excellent. The food selection (menu) is for everyone. Love the complimentary "collard greens". All ready looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 29, 2014

My husband and I have been stopping at Blue Marlin once or twice a year for the last 5 years whenever we're in the area. The staff is always gracious and the southern cuisine is fabulous (but not low calorie!).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 23, 2014

I have eaten here multiple times including my wedding night. This most recent visit was to interview a candidate for work. As the night wore on it got pretty loud inside and it was difficult to hear conversation. Probably should have sat outside. Food and service are always excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 23, 2014

Food is really good; however, my gumbo was warm instead of hot when served.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 21, 2014

Your noise level question is worded in a way that indicates you view noise as a positive. The options, "Quiet", "Moderate" and "Energetic" don't go together. If more than "Moderate", noise is a problem in a restaurant. Maybe not so much in a bar but even then, most people want to be able to have a conversation comfortably.

Having said that, noise is a problem at Blue Marlin, especially at dinner when there is more bar activity.

Not sure what "Great for Bunch" means?

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 20, 2014

We like to go here for our special occasion celebrations. Food is good, service is pleasant and good. Good family place!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 18, 2014

Service is always superb and food is always delicious. Couldn't ask for better!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 16, 2014

Quality southern cuisine, great service as always, nice wine list, good mix of grilled and fried selections

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2014

Visiting Columbia and looking for a nice dinner. This hit the spot! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We ate outside and it was great! Priced appropriately. Will probably visit again when we find ourselves in Columbia.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 12, 2014

We go here every year as a part of our trip to the Masters in Augusta. This year was our first time to eat outside, on the sidewalk and we will likely (weather permitting) do that any other time we visit! Inside was packed and quite noisy. We asked to be seated inside and apparently the hostess heard us wrong, so when she took us outside I told my wife that we should try it as the weather was perfect. It was our best experience here ever, and much quieter than inside. The food here, no matter what you get, is always excellent. I don't even remember the names of our dishes (mine had various seafood served over grits) but I can assure you that they were as good as one could hope for. Service was excellent as well. We'll be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2014

Great food and service. Our reservation was kept on time in spite of a large group of people waiting (without reservations). The shrimp and grits are awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 9, 2014

Picture an old railway terminal (c1940s), a long, narrow one. Enter the door and you're immediately at the hostess stand (on L, just ahead) or the rather compact bar (on right). Take a chance on ordering an aperitif, which will be very good if the bartender can hear you (honestly, they make some nice drinks, from traditional to creative). Other than sitting at/standing at the bar there isn't much waiting area and you can easily find yourself interfering with the hustling staff. OK, food. There's a reason that you need reservations for this place, it is a premier seafood restaurant with only a marginal selection of other food types. On my most recent visit, which I set up for friends during The Masters week, no one in our party had a negati

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 8, 2014

I used to live in Columbia and Blue Marlin was one of my favorites. Great food, ambience and scene. All around great experience. So when I've visited on business over the past 18 years I have made it a point to eat there once in a while. But because my last 3 visits have been underwhelming, I think this most recent visit was my last. The food is still pretty good but the overall vibe I got was not much different than my last visit to a Red Lobster.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 7, 2014

Love this place! I have to eat there every time I'm back in town. And I tell all my TX peeps who visit they have to stop in!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 5, 2014

We discovered Blue Marlin when our daughter became a student at SC. We have established a ritual that includes taking her to a very nice dinner at Blue Marlin each time we visit her. We have eaten at Blue Marlin on three different occasions; we have never been disappointed with the food or the service. The menu offers options for everyone. I make a habit of ordering an entrée that comes with the grits. My husband favors fried seafood, and our daughter the shrimp and grits; everything is all ways seasoned to perfection and in the perfect portion size. We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and the crab cakes as appetizers.The restaurant is always full, but the staff is always very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 5, 2014

Food came very quick and service was very freiendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 4, 2014

Blue Marlin is consistently excellent. When we had a guest from out of town who loves seafood, I knew just where to go. They didn't let me down. Some of the best food ever.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 30, 2014

A group of 4 of us ate here after a showing of The Jersey Boys at the Koger Center. Food selection was good, service was quick, and ALL of us enjoyed our meals. We all ordered something different. I eat at Blue Marlin almost every time I'm in Columbia. I can always count a having a great meal. Only down side...no bread was offered. Asked for it and we got a small piece (half of a very small loaf) because they were running out. This was at 4:30 in the afternoon. Seems they were unprepared for the after show rush.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Our visit to Blue Marlin was fantastic. The food was great and came hot and fast. Our waiter did a great job stayed right on top of everything, and was very unobtrusive. We had mussels, teriyaki salmon and steak. All was cooked very well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Arrived 15 minutes before our 5:45PM reservation for four people. Table was not ready @ 5:45 although booth was empty but not cleaned.
Had to remind hostess of reservation. When seated had to ask another waiter to tell our waiter that we were seated. Once our waiter came things moved without interruption.
Ambience was noisy and stuffy, although place was packed. Outside doors were opened to help cool the environment but with little effect.
Food quality was acceptable but not memorable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 27, 2014

great restaurant with an small but diverse menu...something for everyone with an emphasis on low country cuisine. service was great as was the food. consistent, dependably great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2014

Food was great. I had the fried seafood platter and it was delicious.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 25, 2014

Our waiters name was Jeff. Jeff did a fantastic job taking care of my fiancé and I, even though we wore him out with having to get us so many refills :) I brought my fiancé there to celebrate his birthday and I asked Jeff If he could present a key lime pie with a candle on it to surprise my fiancé. Jeff said he had me covered and he helped make it fun and special. There are so many more things I could say but don't have enough space :) Jeff is a really great waiter and though he has only been there a short time, I think he deserves a raise ;). I am in HR in the QSR industry and people with a personality like his make some great managers :) just a thought. Please tell him to keep up the great work, we look forward to returning to see him!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 21, 2014

One of the best places to get local seafood in Columbia.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 20, 2014

Seeing that this was our first time visiting SC, we were determined to try authentic low-country dining. Let me say, the Blue Martin didn't disappoint. In fact, the food was excellent. The wait staff was extremely accommodating and didn't snub my four year old. It's a little pricey for family dining, so I don't recommend bringing the "gang." Overall, great place to dine. Don't forget to stop by the local shops directly across the street.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2014

We were visiting and this was near our hotel. Had the filet topped with crab and shrimp, mashed potatoes and green beans. Excellent meal! Steak cooked just right, flavorful. Potatoes not too salty (a rarity) and green beans perfect. My friends had shrimp and grits which they liked also. Easy parking and staff welcoming

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 17, 2014

The food and service were both very good.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 16, 2014

I have eaten here a number of times and this time, like the others, did not disappoint.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Had reservations for 6, on arrival we were crammed into a booth more appropriate for 4. Crammed conditions definitely detracted from otherwise good meal. Wait staff was very good, and food was good as well. Seating issues will definitely weigh in our future decisions on a re-visit.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Made a last minute reservation here on Sunday after the place we had originally intended as our brunch spot had a 45 minute wait. Thank you open table app! I thought that would have a brunch menu, but I was sad to discover they did not.

Ended up going with lunch items for our table of 6. Everyone seemed happy, but I thought the service was subpar. Our waiter kept telling us that he was going to return with things like drinks and straws, but it seemed to take an exorbitant amount of time and when he finally did come with straws only the ladies got them. Odd.

Wish they would add brunch to their sunday offerings, and that the service was a little better.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Very pleasant experience - ambience, service, good selection of dishes offered and wine by the glass. My only reason for 4 stars for the food ... served lukewarm. I didn't say anything about this to the server regarding the she-crab soup (still very tasty), but did mention it with the crab cake entrée. It was returned to the kitchen to warm up, and actually a new meal served which was at the proper temperature. Delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 15, 2014

Blue Marlin was good but not great. The service was polite and competent. The noise level was high but probably celebration of St. Patrick's Day encouraged higher volume. The food was good. We went there for fish and got interestingly prepared dishes but nothing stood out compared with other places we ate in Columbia. Probably the fact that we got a really good white wine was due to a recommendation of the waiter. We're not sure that the wine list was superior, however. For a good meal, we recommend this as a place to try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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