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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4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (54)
Special Occasion (54)
Business Meals (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
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)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Comfort Food (19)
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)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent dinner and our server, Ethan, was fantastic!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

A great staff that works well together. We enjoy the lunch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

NY strip was tough but edible. Staff advised but as said edible.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

The menu offering during Restaurant Week was more expensive then ordering off regular menu.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Blue Marlin is our place for lunch after church EVERY Sunday. The fried oysters are outstanding and never disappoint. The slaw is wonderful and the collards are the best I have ever eaten. You will L O V E this place!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

We had the she crab soup (fabulous!), the shrimp and grits (yummy as always), and the crab cake (love it!)! Server was so professional. Had a really good time, and the check wasn’t as high as you’d think.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Spouse date. This is our favorite place to eat. We were glad to see that nothing had changed since the last time we were there. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere is perfect.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wow! Superb meal in every way. Collards, bread, she-crab soup, wedge salad, filet with crab and shrimp, fried shrimp, green beans, pineapple martini...and PAUL! Excellent service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was very mediocre. Shrimp and grits was not up to South Carolina standards. Grits tasted like instant grits. Hawaiian ribeye was over cooked. Tremendous server in Ardi and stiff drinks but food fell well short of expectations.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Impeccable service. Diverse menu. Food was prepared correctly but lacked flavor. Good pricing for dinner and drinks.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a great night at The Blue Marlin. Everyone was very nice, our server Graham was a joy to talk to. We will be back for the Collards!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Blue Marlin has been a Columbia favorite of ours since they first opened 25 years ago. It's amazing that this establishment has maintained the highest level of quality all these years as other restaurants have come and gone. Our meal this week confirmed that this restaurant uses the very best ingredients and pays unbelievable attention to detail. Our server, Jarvis, was polite, informative and attentive. The petit filet special with shrimp and crabmeat was perfectly done and extremely tender. My wife's shrimp and grits (their signature dish) beats anything found in the low country where we live. The Blue Marlin will continue to be our go-to restaurant when we visit Columbia.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

First time going to Blue Marlin for lunch and was pleasantly surprised that the food portions were the same as dinner at a reduced priced and was still great!!!!!! I yet to be disappointed during any of my visits *

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding dinner. Service was excellent. Food was great

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year's Eve. We had reservations so we were seated immediately. Obviously they were trying to hurry b/c our entree came about 2 minutes after our soups and salads which made us feel like we had to hurry. There were only two of us and we were in and out in about 75 minutes. Would have like to have had more time there and enjoyed our time but with the food coming out right on top of each other we felt like we were being hurried out of there. We do love this restaurant and will come back-maybe not on a holiday night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and Service is the best Columbia has! Great Place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We eat at Blue Marlin at least twice a month on Sunday's after church. It is truly a wonderful place to eat.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant was entirely to loud with obnoxious people. It was hard to talk during my dinner due to all the noise. Also the waiter was not attentive to us.
We ordered an appetizer and it came the same time as our dinner. Totally annoyed with that. If I going to come to your restaurant and pay a high price then I expect better service and to not leave with a headache from listening to loud people.
I will say that the food was great though.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Blue Marlin. The food was delicious, and we were impressed by the courteous and friendly staff.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

AMAZING Christmas Eve dinner with family!! Food is always good....never disappoints!! Ashton was our waitress and was awesome!! Fun times with great food!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food, service and overall experience for our family Christmas dinner. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was delicious. Paul was our waiter and he did a wonderful job. I had the she crab soup, southern candied pecan salad, and portabella mushroom ravioli. The sangria was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend dining here.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Family in town for the holidays. After an afternoon and early evening at the zoo, had a wonderful dinner.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious with impeccable service! Always a favorite. Will be back soon!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Have been there often. Consistently very good. Wish they could dampen the noise level a little.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I took my staff of 5 to Blue Marlin for our annual Christmas lunch. We had a reservation and were immediately seated. We had great service and delicious food! The Parmesan Encrusted Catch of the Day (Grouper) was excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

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Evan was a great server!! Our drinks and food were AMAZING!!! Perfect date night for my hubby & I!!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening there-- the food and the service were excellent. It was noisy, but since it was the evening before the USC winter graduation, that was to be expected. I wish the server had acknowleged it was our anniversary-- we had put that on our reservation, and it would have enhanced the experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was in town for my son's graduation from USC. There were six of us dining and we all had separate dishes that were incredible. I had Salmon topped with Shrimp and Scallops topped with a wonderful cream sauce. My son had one of the specials. It was Swordfish encrusted with Pumpkin seed or something like that. So creative. So tasty. All the meals ordered were fantastic.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We love this restaurant. The service is wonderful and food was outstanding. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very nice place, was our first time there. We had wonderful service and our food was amazing! Ask for the bread and collard greens they are out of this world amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fresh, good seafood at a moderate price. It was a great lunch choice.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner, waitress was very attentive. Food was delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fabulous food! I'm from Greenville, one of the "foodie" cities of South Carolina. The Blue Marlin was just as good or better than our Greenville restaurants! Highly recommend. Great food and great service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

The restaurant location is in town, so have some change in hand for the meters, there is very affordable Public parking nearby. My vey first impression was not the best, did not feel vey welcme, perhaps it was because i had arrived about an hour before my resevation time. However, the restaurant was nice and clean, the waiter was vey professional and friendly and the food was vey good, i would deffinitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We celebrated my husbands birthday. Shared a generous cup of delicious she crab soup and an excellent Caesar salad. The waitress even found anchovies for my husband. I had amazing teriyaki salmon, garlic mashed potatoes and really yummy Brussel sprouts. We shared crime brûlée cheese cake which was on the House. The service was excellent. Overall a great experience. Cannot wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Good meal and service!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was simply amazing... the appetizer special (pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, fried shrimp, and crab cakes) was a highlight of their classics, the seafood gumbo is perfectly seasoned, thick and creamy... the Blackened Salmon Pontchartrain is a must!! The standard for fine dining in the Vista!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great restaurant!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delightful and delicious, a great start to my evening out with my dear son-in-law.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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