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Blue Marlin

4.6
2034 reviews
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$30 and under
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Low Country
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Low Country, Seafood
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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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Phone number
(803) 799-3838
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Meagan Horton
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Gervais Street
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2034 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.4
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4.3
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and service was attentive and pleasant

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a lovely time. The food and atmosphere were great. The best part are the shrimp and grits!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Reservations are a must! Greeter acknowledged our anniversary upon arrival (Thanks!) We sat down about 15 min after our table time (It was extremely busy due to a downtown event). Service was initially slow (getting waters & drink, appetizer orders... Probably due to the crowd), but got back on track quickly. Food was phenomenal, as usual. A favorite restaurant of ours for 20 years!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I have been to the Blue Marlin many times over the years. It has always been one of my go to restaurants. I enjoy the variety of food selections.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a wonderful time at he Blue Marlin prior to the Eagles concert and after. A special place in Columbia.....

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent as usual. Never had a bad meal at this place. Teriyaki Salmon is to kill for. Crab cakes are also great. This is my favorite restaurant in Columbia. You cannot go wrong.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Everything was great! When we entered we noticed that “our” table was available and we were seated by a very pleasant hostess. I say “our” table because we come to the Blue Marlin from Delaware when we visit our son, a 25 year resident of Columbia and we have always sat at this particular table.
The server, Jason, was lots of fun and did s great job. We all enjoyed our meals and drinks. Very good bartender by the way and very efficient.
We look forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Awesome dining experience. I would visit everytime that I am in Columbia.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fantastic experience overall. Highly recommend the Firecracker shrimp and the Creme Brûlée cheesecake. Probably the quickest service at the nicest restaurant. Very, very pleased with the experience.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Service was fast and friendly, portions generous. House made ranch salad dressing wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

A modern restored train station with delicious Southern cooking served up by a master chef. A must DO if you are in town.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

As always, the food is extraordinary. The service is exemplary. The ambiance is very special.
One of our favorite places.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Recommended for sea food, had tuna steak, excellent more moist than scallop. Others had daily special and were very pleased. Wine a bit pricey overall good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful all the way around. Great choice !

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The Blue Marlin always brings its best! Great service, Halibut & the She Crab soup is phenomenal! If you’re ever in Columbia this stop is a must.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My Wife & I Always enjoy Blue Marlin. Server was great, but manager hammering on near-by table was annoying.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food, salmon was delicious and the greens were the best I’ve ever had! Very nice restaurant but very noisy!
Parking meters, really????

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A very nice dining experience. We were in town for the Masters. Several locals recommended this restaurant. It did not disappoint. Food was great. Only negative was the white wine sangria that both my daughter and I got. There was not one piece of fruit in it. (The menu described it as having fruit)Also, would have enjoyed bread or rolls with our meal.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great food. My first time here. Thank you for the experience

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Visiting town from London England.
Saw the reviews on line, so thought we would try it out. We were not disappointed. Friendly, lively, good food choice for us.
Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We have season tickets to Broadway in Columbia and eating at Blue Marlin before the show makes it a perfect night. We really enjoy the seafood. The blackout Cake is must not miss treat. We split it, it is so large.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fantastic meal as always! A must if you’re in Columbia

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Beautiful inside but very noisy. Our server was very nice and helpful but seemed to have alot of other tables to serve.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was great. Waitress seemed to have an attitude. One of the food runners almost ran into me he acted like it was my fault not even an excuse me.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food is always very good. We love the Blue Marlin for she-crab soup and seafood. It’s a nice restaurant that we can go to for special occasions or just a laid back weekend night.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch was excellent! Food was delicious and great service!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Extremely disappointing. We went for Easter lunch. The food selection was poor but the food itself was not good. I had pork loin and most of it wasn't eatable due to fat. The sides were barely warm. My son had chicken breasts over biscuits. The chicken was partly edible, the biscuits were not; they were overdone and hard.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our reservation was for 2 at 7 on a Saturday. We showed up with 3 and the host was so happy to accommodate. Amazing. The server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Super engaging. Great job! The cheese spread is awesome. Must have! I had the filet special with crab and shrimp. You know it's fresh when you get a bit of shell. My guest had the ribeye but wasn't impressed. Loved everything else.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Shrimp and grits was extremely average!! The other items were ok. Food not remarkable this visit.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and service. I come here every time I'm in town and it is always great

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great ambiance, great service, outstanding food. It was a great place to meet someone for the first time. It is an outstanding restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent as always, great food, gear service

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food, even better service!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fabulous food and service!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was excellent and timely served...wait staff was very attentive. The only downsides were difficulty in finding parking because of its popular location (go early!) and it was very noisy inside the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The customer service was excellent. I gave 5 stars for that. However the food was cold. We had to send our food back serveal times. The food wasn't very good at all. The local was nice. I may never dine at Blue Marlin again.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Blue Marlin every Sunday I can make it. Great fried oysters, wonderful collards and the very BEST Bloody Mary in Columbia.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Every dish we ordered came out piping hot - fried green tomatoes were delectable. We were going to share the fried seafood platter and they split it up for us automatically which was thoughtful. Friendly fast service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always love the Blue Marlin. The scallop appetizer is delicious along with the crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, shrimp, pimento cheese, and bread. Tried the Blood Orange Mule and it was delicious and refreshing.

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