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

Special Occasion (64)
Good for a Date (50)
Casual (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Business Meals (40)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Worth the Drive (38)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Local Ingredients (34)
Great for Lunch (33)
Fun (31)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Comfort Food (27)
Romantic (25)
Authentic (25)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Cozy (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Hot Spot (13)
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)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Spicy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service!! Took my husband for a bday dinner and he was very satisfied.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

As I suspected, The Blue Marlin was an excellent place to dine for lunch. The food was wonderful as was the service. The fare was very reasonably priced and I would be inclined to visit again for any occasion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Spicy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Casual, Quick Bite, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As usual, Blue Marlin was F A N T A S T I C! We love coming here for lunch after church. Make a reservation and be seated as soon as you arrive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had been there once before and thought the food was average but decided to give it another try. Based on feedback from friends. The gumbo didn’t have a lot of flavor. The crab cake had a fishy taste, was too firm and had a lot of filler. Probably won’t go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service Teshia was extremely attentive without being overbearing and we enjoyed our meal thoroughly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our waitress was awesome and was hustling because it was a very busy game day. As for the food, I think it's a bit over rated. The green beans were tough and the mahi dish I ordered had too much pepper. I'm not even sure it was suppose to be peppery. My son's filet was cooked perfectly. And my husband enjoyed the shrimp and grits but he wouldn't call it award winning, as they do. Overall good experience. Not sure if return as there are other great restaurants in the Vista of Columbia

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Took forever to get our food

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome as always. One of my favorite restaurants in Columbia for over 20 years.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Had a group of friends from Mizzou in town and they LOVED it! Highly recommend and our server was excellent (can't remember his name but a USC student in engineering), attentive but not over bearing, friendly and fun, made thoughtful recommendations and was very patient as people decided what they wanted.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Disappointing and I assume it was “just one of those days” as historically they are known for their excellence in food. I started our meal with the she crab soup that had multiple pieces of shell in it, luke warm and tasted and appeared as if someone placed the inside of a biscuit into it to thicken it. I followed this with the evenings seafood special, fish, that was dry with also little flavor. The mashed potatoes had the consistency of an instant product. My daughter, who I dined with, had a salad that appeared to be delicious. Our server, like many there, was a college student with little knowledge or experience. Maybe one day I’ll venture back with hopes for a better meal however with so many other choices, not sure how soon that’ll be.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Delicious food and incredible service. The fried green tomatoes, filet, and creme brûlée cheesecake were amazing!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Oh my! The food was delicious! The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The service was quick, but not rushed. All in all, a perfect evening. Afterwards, while walking under the awnings and walkways , it was nice to be able to read about the history the Blue Marlin.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very friendly and attentive staff. Was very loud on the night we dined, was not quite expecting that as we are older and prefer a quieter, more romantic ambiance. The food was excellent, however I would recommend a few more wine selections, especially in lower price range. There are many great wines in the $20 - $ 30 range.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our waiter, Ben, was fantastic!! We had my mothers 85 birthday party there. So FUN!! She loved it and we did , too. I am a transplanted Southerner (live now in Miami, Florida) so the Southern food was so good!! We had the appetizer medley- pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, spicy shrimp-All good! Mom and her friend ( we celebrated his 93 birthday too!) had she crab soup which they both loved..

Tags: Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Customer service started out great with the hostess and Manager. Service outside is very slow. Table of 5 was served drinks and food at different times. Literally took 15 minutes to get our wine.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best restaurant I've visted so far in South Carolina!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service. I reconmended to a friend for lunch. She loved it especially the "Shrimp and Grits"!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Cozy, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overall good meal everytime I’ve dined there. Is usually a place I would recommend in the Vista.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Have eaten here before and had good experience. Very disappointed in the quality of the food. Ordered rib eye that was very grisly, poor quality. Expect more for a $24 steak. Not planning to return.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This gem is located just a few blocks from the beautiful capitol building . Metered parking right outside . Comfortable booths or tables . Beautiful interior. Waiter was friendly and attentive . She crab soup was exceptional. Fish prepared and served timely. Don’t miss this great place !

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very disappointing, gumbo had little flavor, spinach and crab dip appetizer was basically spinace dip with some crab and cheese thrown on top and the "fresh catch" was trout? How is farmed fish a fresh catch?

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food and service were great. This was a birthday celebration and it was on my reservation and when the restaurant called that afternoon to confirm my reservation I reminded them of the birthday celebration. Our waitress was never told. Very poor communication. Also, at a restaurant like the Blue Marlin the manager should be coming around checking on the guests to see how their meal is going. We saw no manager.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Loved our waitress Hillary! She was very helpful and friendly.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Knew it would be great and it was. Service was outstanding and the food (especially collards and crab cakes) was excellent. I always look for reasons to eat at the Blue Marlin. The Dukes family runs a tight, tasty ship.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our waitress, Haley was amazing. The shrimp and grits were amazing as well.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Went to Blue Marlin following a morning worship service. Service ended early and reservations were kindly updated for our early arrival. Service and food were outstanding from start to finish. Waiter recommendation for the day was scrumptious. Highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had wonderful service and great food, I would recommend Blue Marlon for many occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, People Watching, Healthy, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We love eating at Blue Marlin, moved from the Midwest we tried shrimp and grits here and don't know how we lived with out this wonderful dish. We have tried many others throughout SC and Blue Marlin is still the best!!! Tried a new dish Friday and were so disappointed extremely salty and our server didn't seemed to care to ask if we needed anything! But don't let this stop you from visiting this outstanding restaurant food is wonderful.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We have eaten many times at The Blue Marlin and have never been disappointed ! It was even quieter on a Thursday night and with two hard of hear guests in our group, that made a huge difference. We will be back soon.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Nice setting, I think it was a train station back in the day. Had lunch there and I have to say my food was pretty average. I had the crab cake salad. Too much filler in crab cake. Place was packed and fairly loud. It was my first time in Columbia. If I go back I’ll probably try somewhere else.

Tags: Authentic, Vegan
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food & service were great. Sat near the bar area, so it was a little loud for a business meal, but still had a good atmosphere. Look forward to being back in town for my next visit to the Blue Marlin!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. I would recommend as a must in Columbia SC.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were seated promptly. The waitress was attentive without being overbearing. I liked the portions of the food. It was just enough to feel full, but not bloated.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and the service were excellent!! Highly recommend the Blue Marlin!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My friends and I had a great experience at the restaurant. We all got the "seafood platter" which included shrimp, crabcake and one piece of fish. Everything was good except for the fish. The fish was fried well like I like, but however it was not seasoned well. But as for that "shrimp", oh my it has been the best fried shrimp I have had and it did not have the aftertaste like the sea. The crabcake was too die for, it was really good.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Ordered a ribeye and they brought me an over temp strip. Wife’s fish order was way over cooked and visually unappealing. Won’t be back.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our food was excellent...well prepared and conceived. It is a busy and noisy place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Usually a winner, I was a bit disappointed this time as I ordered the Salmon Ponchartrain. The salmon IMHO was overdone, so it was a bit dry. I ordered it medium rare and I think it was over cooked by 5 minutes from that. But, I’ll go back... usually a great meal.

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Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

The service was fantastic; our server was friendly and kept our water glasses full!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious food!! 3 out of 4 of us had the Mahi and it was amazing!! Very friendly service and comfortable atmosphere make this a definite stop if we are ever back in town!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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