Blue Marlin

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Low Country
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.
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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Flounder would be better w/o black skin on. Everything else was good. Service was excellect

F
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Marlin has become our favorite place to celebrate special events. Service is excellent, and food is always sooo good. A Great Southern Restaurant I would recommend to anyone.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The first seat that we were seated at the air over head was too much and we had to be moved. Our booth was in the back near the rest rooms. Our waitress was just ok and Bryant’s all I will say about her.

AM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Blue Marlin has great service.. I would visit again..

g
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was very good; the blackened Mahi was the best entree of the night; the calamari appetizer and the blackout cake desert were also excellent. Service could have been better.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I have eaten here many times and it is always very good.

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the she crab soup with a touch of Sherry followed by Shrimp and grits. All delicious and served by a friendly courteous server. This will be a regular stop.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The spinach and crab "fondue" was more of a thick dip, was very fishy. Ordered the filet medium rare and was given what was probably blue rare - I'm not one to send back food but it was really just seared on the outside. They gave back the steak not really any more cooked, thrown back on the plate. Overall I wouldn't recommend, there are much better places in Columbia for the same price.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Lunch!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was luke warm. Tasted like a home cooked meal. Didn’t seem like fresh ingredients. It was an ok experience overall.

GM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Saturday night special was not prepared well. Sloppy presentation. Vegetables were quality of “out of a can”. The ahi tuna appetizer was the best part of the meal! Saving grace for dinner was management intervention.

PS
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Beautiful venue.

SA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had great lunch there as usual, but with our best friends. We live in Charlotte and are only in Columbia a couple of times a year, but it is our favorite restaurant. The food and service have always been great. We had grilled salmon as usual, with salads , and then shared some excellent cheese cake. Nary a complaint. Our waiter was Matt, and he could not have been any better. Right on the spot serving and removing empty dishes, etc. Plus he was friendly and helpful. Just right.
So we highly recommend everything about the Blue Marlin!

MG
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, great service. Hostess need a little polishing. I had a reservation and still has to wait 10 minutes before being seated.

TK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian was great. Food was tasty and a we will be back to try something different!

H
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was pretty average. Fries not great. Pretty bland food.

n
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

First we arrive early and they were nice enough to work us in however that is where everything went down hill. The service was awful. The waitress took our drink order and when she dropped off our drinks we ordered and were told she would be bringing us bread. We waited about 10 minutes before it was brought to us and then a few minutes later we received our food. She came by once to see how everything was and then disappeared. My food was spicy and I had to drink my daughters water as I was out of mine and the waitress never came back. We had to literally grab her as she walked by us (hand out in the aisle to stop her) so we could get a refill and the check. The other patrons in her area were all complaining. The food was just okay. To me it seems like one of those tourist trap restaurants that are at the beach. The big places that everyone flocks to that is overpriced and the food is not memorable at all. It' s one of those places where after you eat there you know you've been duped. I would not recommend this at all. It was my daughters birthday and I was so annoyed at the service and food that I forgot to remind them (I mentioned it in my reservation). The place is also extremely loud.

KM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Marlin is always a treat! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful!

RN
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbia! The food is outstanding and we always have a wonderful time here when we come to town to visit our daughter. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially the crab cakes and grits.

DF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Blue Marlin to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. The food was excellent and the presentation of the food was professional. The serving staff was also professional. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our food.

R
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was kind, helpful and professional. The food was expertly prepared and delicious.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loud, sat us at bar with a reservation. Food was very good - rushed out

SF
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They have added spice to the she crab soup. I loved it the way it was. Don't like the new recipe. Should give customers a choice.

JC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was underwhelmed. The food was very good, but not outstanding as I had heard about. The service was almost terrible. Our server was not friendly and it appeared he was annoyed we didn't drink alcohol (big tip accelerator). He forgot two of our dishes and the others in the party who had their meals had to wait several minutes before they could eat theirs until the full table was served. In boxing meals he spilled on one of the guests and was barely apologetic about it. I wouldn't come back based on our server alone.

G
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! The waitress was fabulous--very professional and fantastic service from her. She was very attentive and provided everything in a timely manner. We enjoyed the fellowship and never felt rushed,

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the fried seafood platter with flounder, shrimp, a crab cake, mashed potatoes and tortilla slaw. It was delicious.

SM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

All of our food was cold. Had to send it back. By the time we got our food we weren’t all that hungry any longer. $146 wasted.

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice setting. Excellent service and food quality.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Service was Great!

RG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was bustling. Service was great even though very crowded. We had reservations and got seated right away, but in a table next to the door and the bar on a cold, rainy night with many people standing right by the table. Cold and drafty with wet coats and umbrellas nearby. Lots of talking by bar patrons within a couple of feet of our table.

Food very good (crab cakes and seafood platter) but both of us commented that while warm, it wasn't as hot as it should be.

ML
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The bathrooms could use a good cleaning and supplies

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We had a reservation and the only waiting was waiting to get through the crowd to tell them we were here. They did a great job with the others and quickly getting tables for them.

MW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

This was my 2and visit, and although I enjoyed myself,the food was not as graat as my first time. However my server Simone was outstanding,and knowledgeable of the entire menu,she was very friendly and attentive throughout our meal. I will be back again ,very soon.

L
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a table of 6. 5 meals came out. Did waiter even notice we were missing a meal??? We finally had to ask for the 6th meal. It finally arrived about 10 minutes after inquiring about it. Other 5 had cooled off by then, but no one complained.

EF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great visit every time. Little obnoxious and inconsiderate birthday group beside us but other than that it was wonderful as always.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was fantastic and the food was well proportioned and reasonably priced. Drinks were great! Definitely a great first visit & will be back!

e
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We enjoyed our selves the food was spot on and the restaurant is in a great location downtown area.

DG
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting USC and went to Blue Marlin for dinner - it was wonderful! The food was delicious and the service very outstanding. Loved having a booth. Highly recommend the pimento cheese appetizer, she crab soup and the chocolate cake dessert (double wow for the cake). Definitely a must if you’re in Columbia!

RA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very good good and vibe.
Love the shrimp and grits

RK
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Marlin never disappoints! Great again. We had appetizers & entrees. The food came out in good time at the right temperature. Our server was there for us, but didn't hover. Great job!