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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.
Columbia, SC 29201
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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