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Blue Marlin

4.6
4.6
3601 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

7:00 PM


Booked 42 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

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Cross street

    Gervais Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,601 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Good for business meals

  • Columbia

    Good for groups

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. p

    pzam

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were outstanding! The manager came around a couple of times to make sure we were taken care of. The only problem we had was that it was very loud.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating two birthdays. We sat outside and with the heaters it was very comfortable. Too noisy inside so we love your outdoor seating. Food was delicious as always. Jessica was a terrific server. Very attentive and so friendly.
  3. JF

    JeanetteF

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    It was ok, as we've been here several times. However, for a party of 6 i don't think we should've been seated at a booth. It was very tight. Also food was cold when it came out. Particularly the collard greens. We asked for replacements but it was cold as well.
  4. JF

    JosephF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First, enjoyed the great menu selection plus specials. Some unique. Also enjoyed the food. Great place to meet family.
  5. PP

    PamelaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was nice and staff was great. This was our first visit and it was awesome!!
  6. MS

    MacS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent Presentation is superb Staff is super friendly It is a treat to dine there
  7. h

    houseelf

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Overall a good evening. My meal was okay not great but all else was very good.
  8. BA

    BevA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you love seafood, this is the place to go. Enjoyed it! Will be back.
  9. DC

    DianeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful lunch at Blue Marlin, specified that it was a business lunch on the reservation, and we were in a booth away from the main area, which was perfect! The food was very good with large portions and our server Billy, was very attentive. Highly recommend a visit.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to dinner for Columbia Restaurant Week. The food and service were fantastic!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Good experience good wasn’t bad but just not as great as it used to be. Still will be back.
  12. R

    Reservation4two

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Our server, Taylor, was great! I was very disappointed to have made a reservation and to be seated next to the restrooms. The food was great though, and portions for restaurant week were generous. The she crab soup was my favorite part.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always enjoy going to Blue Marlin. Great food.
  14. PG

    PattiG

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal, the only disappointment was the string beans. Besides that I enjoyed everything else
  15. L

    Lillabette

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch was fantastic! Service was excellent! Highly recommend!
  16. MD

    MichaelD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was very good and a special during Restaurant Week. I had shrimp and grits which is always good. Wife had chicken breast with goat cheese and other toppings. Waitress was excellent and anticipated our needs (which is very unusual today). It has been awhile since we ate at Blue Marlin but we will return soon.
  17. e

    excellentbelong

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect early evening dinner. A delightful, accommodating server, Elena. Great food, warm and served at appropriate time. A favorite place for she crab soup and a salad.
  18. PB

    PabloB

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Outstanding service and food. Hostess can be friendlier. I will still return.
  19. N

    Neek

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my lunch at Blue Marlin! Hailey was our server and she was AMAZING! I truly appreciate her attention to detail, her positive energy and kindness towards me and my friend during our dining experience at the Blue Marlin.
  20. SW

    StacyW

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Justin our waiter was awesome. He made great suggestions for drinks and the food.
  21. J

    Jayrow

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great staff, great service but the noise level makes it very difficult for conversation with people sitting right in front of you.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful when we arrived we were seated promptly. Our server Krystal was amazing and very attentive. The shrimp and grits were amazing. 5 stars!
  23. B

    Bobby1949

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The Tilapia was excellent as were the grits. There. Was a big business group seated that acted like the were in their board room and therefore talked as loud as they wished
  24. C

    Cleverknc

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent. Only issue- didn’t much like the crab cakes. All the other food was wonderful- shrimp, flounder, chicken.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice private lunch w good service and food downtown.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 7 had a marvelous time. Four of us had the blackened Charleston Salmon slathered in a tasty, shrimp and crab sauce accompanied with creamy, smooth grits and rough-cut collard greens. Others had the shrimp and grits, Everything was delicious. Carrie was our fantastic, personable waitress. She was very attentive to our requests and kept the drinks flowing. Happy Birthday, again, Carrie!
  27. EG

    EricG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was very good as always, it was a very busy night so it was crowded and loud in there but they sat us as soon as we arrived, and the service was excellent. **always ask for the collards and bread before your meal.
  28. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The ribeye was fantastic, the firecracker shrimp was great. Not sure I'd order the crab soup again but it was worth a try. Wife had shrimp and grits which were ok. The service, however, was exceptional! Overall a very enjoyable meal. We'll be back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Blue Marlin is our favorite date night spot. The calamari and crème brûlée cheesecake are my favorite things on the menu.
  30. J

    John

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great here. I've been going to Blue Marlin for 18 years and have never had a bad meal.
  31. i

    izzy

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious Salmon Ponchatrain! Wonderful server! Enjoyed our meal.
  32. D

    Daisy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Its one of my favorites ...you can still ask for the collards to share and parmesan encrusted grouper yum my favorite. My dear friend over the shrimp and grits. Its so difficult to pick an entree as everything is delicious.
  33. m

    michael

    Tampa

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and the food was very good especially the salmon. The she crab soup and gumbo was ok and could have had more crab and seafood. We will be back to try other dishes next time in town
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have dined at Blue Marlin periodically over the last 15 years and have always had a great experience. The shrimp and grits are always so good. Great cocktails and its hard to beat the feeling of that wonderful interior. Anytime I am in Columbia I will eat here.
  35. DS

    DebbieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had shrimp/grits and crab cake salad. All was delicious.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and experience
  37. TV

    TriciaV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Atmosphere great! Please don’t take interior lights away. Waitress great and continuously checked on us, food really good although the appetizer calamari needs some banana pepper in it to give it a zest. Sonoma caterer Chardonnay a little over price for glass. Crab cakes great as well as my husbands mahi. Will visit again
  38. L

    Leshomorego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided on our anniversary dinner here and were not disappointed. Food was excellent and Josh, our waiter, was excellent. Save room for the crème brûlée cheesecake. Holy moly!
  39. DH

    DonaldH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    I definitely picked the wrong restaurant so loud terrible lighting felt like I was being interrogated for a crime.
  40. KC

    KarenC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the items we tried were delicious. Staff was very courteous and quick to make sure we had everything we needed. Great experience

FAQs

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

Blue Marlin is rated 4.6 stars by 3601 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gervais Street

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • 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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