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Blue Marlin

4.5
4.5
3373 reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

22:30


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Low Country, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 799-3838

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Meagan Horton

  • Catering

    Learn about our Catering Services. 803.799.3838 https://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/#catering

  • Private party facilities

    Whether it is light appetizers and drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a family style buffet or a formal seated affair, the Vista Room offers the quality of food, excellent service, amenities and ambiance that are sure to make any event a success. Contact our Private Event Coordinator, Alexis Wilkinson for more information (803) 587-8131 -or- TheVistaRoom@BlueMarlinColumbia.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (803) 727-3040

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What 3,373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • South Carolina

    Lunch

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbia

    Hot Spot

  • Columbia

    Lunch

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Chip

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Our service was very good. The Calamari appetizer was good. Cocktails were a very light pour…and my second cocktail was lighter than the first. The Fried fish platter was fair…not good for a seafood restaurant. The Key Lime Pie filling was good…but the pie was 3/4 crust and 1/4 filling ! These items were pointed out to a Manager when I complimented our Server…who thanked me, but made no effort to remediate anything.
  2. p

    patriciaj

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Ribeye was served cold and over cooked. Spinach crab appetizer was bland. Crab cakes too salty. Service was good.
  3. SS

    SarahS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Scallops were raw inside, huge disappointment. Overpriced. Would not return
  4. t

    thp1

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    As always a good food experience. Very hard to chat and hear someone right across from you
  5. JP

    JulieP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The catfish was delicious! And service goid!
  6. EJ

    EllieJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    The food needs some seasoning! The service was good though.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambiance was great. Our server, Shatiah was great. She offered food & drink suggestions. She has a great personality & excellent customer service skills. Will definitely go back & request her.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Colby was OUTSTANDING!!!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have lived here three years and hadn’t had the chance to try the Blue Marlin. Finally I remembered early enough to make reservations and we celebrated our 41st anniversary for brunch this Sunday. It was a perfect place to celebrate and our waiter Colby was a dear and very attentive. We started our meal with Southern Caviar, Blue Marlin’s take on pimento cheese and pita chips, and we were not disappointed. So good! We ordered the Blackened Salmon w/crap cream sauce and shrimp served with Adluh grits and Collards and Fried Shrimp plate with French fries and coleslaw. The dishes were perfect and deliciously seasoned. We ended with the Crème Brûlée cheesecake w/puréed strawberries which was devine! I can’t wait for our family to visit so they can enjoy a taste of Southern low country cooking at the Blue Marlin. We will be back!
  10. S

    Susu

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were offered bread and collards as appetizers. The collards hit the spot while we waited on our Sunday lunch. Evan, our server was super!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was extremely nice and attentive. I believed her name is Carrie. The food was excellent and so were the drinks. Thank you so much for a great time!
  12. DL

    DanL

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Luke warm food, crab cake - all cake no crab, small martini, inexperienced waiter. So many better restaurants in the area.
  13. TB

    ThomasB

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere! Carlos was amazing. Thank you!
  14. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When traveling through Columbia, the Blue Marlin is where we stop to eat almost every time. Excellent service. Excellent menu selection. The food is always spot on. We'll keep coming back as long as they keep delivering the quality.
  15. JY

    JanetY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good value. Server,Max, was very pleasannn
  16. B

    Brighteyes

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with VERY attentive service! Will definitely be returning in the future.
  17. GH

    GingerH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Scallops were great!!!
  18. SC

    SCgal

    Charleston

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure dining at the Blue Marlin! We had Firecracker Flounder and it was cooked perfectly. Crisp, not overcooked, delicious sauce. Grits to die for. Our waiter was excellent. Lovely meal
  19. LM

    LindaM

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Blue Marlin is a Columbia tradition. They have some unusual items on the menu and food is good. The complimentary collards and bread are the best! Our server was excellent going out of his way to be sure we were taken care of.
  20. ES

    EbonyS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and drinks.
  21. NS

    NancyS

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Father’s Day brunch Great server!!! Food was very good!! A little too loud to carry on a conversation at the table
  22. RO

    ROBERT

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad to see a diverse clientele enjoying having lunch and visiting with family and friends.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The server, Riley, was attentive & courteous. She made sure our special food requests were perfectly executed. The food came quickly & arrived hot. Try the Cobb Salad… delish!!!
  24. M

    Mimi

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    One of my main reasons for going back was to get the spicy jalapeño margarita! I was so disappointed that it was no longer on the menu. My husband had to send his crab cakes and sides back because they were not hot. Kind of disappointed….,
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night
  26. PG

    PaulaG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mahi Orleans was delicious! Great place to celebrate Father's Day!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well prepared upscale food at a reasonable price.
  28. T

    Ticia

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed my visit. The waitress was great. My opinion is that the food is good but not as good as what I've heard people say. Overall I would return.
  29. RJ

    RonishaJ

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! We were able to hold conversations without yelling at each other so that was also helpful.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service in pleasant surroundings.
  31. KW

    KatherineW

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Blue Marlin for brunch right after church. Food was excellent. Service superb and with the open table reservation we were seated promptly.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Over all just wouldn’t go back
  33. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My waiter was Carlos and his service was excellent.
  34. HH

    HalH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Order the crabcake appetizer and fried green tomato appetizer and both were wonderful. My wife ordered the scallops grilled for her entree (6 extremely large scallops). I had the oyster-shrimp beinville and it was delicious. Overall an excellent meal!!
  35. TW

    TrishaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best southern collard greens besides grandmas! Salt and Pepper Catfish isn't on the menu but you can order them. They are fantastic as are the Shrimp and Grits and most everything on the menu. I am not a fan of their grit cakes but you will not find better Shrimp and Grits anywhere in town!
  36. DD

    DiamondDave22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Had a great time and we will be back sometime soon.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to Blue Marlin in Columbia and meeting our group before the Koger shows. We are from Charlotte, NC
  38. e

    excellentbelong

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Columbia’s best, respectful servers, great tasting meal and good value. A great evening dining out.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and always good service
  40. E

    Edge

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    I've had dozens of she-crab soup bowls there, this was the best yet. Shrimp was also perfect. Great help from Ashleigh, the waitress. The noise, however, especially from the guy at the table across from us, was obnoxious.

FAQs

Blue Marlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 799-3838.

Blue Marlin is rated 4.5 stars by 3373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:30


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Gervais Street

  • Area

    Columbia

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Low Country, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Meagan Horton

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (803) 799-3838

  • Catering

    Learn about our Catering Services. 803.799.3838 https://www.bluemarlincolumbia.com/#catering

  • Private party facilities

    Whether it is light appetizers and drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a family style buffet or a formal seated affair, the Vista Room offers the quality of food, excellent service, amenities and ambiance that are sure to make any event a success. Contact our Private Event Coordinator, Alexis Wilkinson for more information (803) 587-8131 -or- TheVistaRoom@BlueMarlinColumbia.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (803) 727-3040

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