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Blue Marlin

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1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
(803) 799-3838
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 304
    Excellent
  • 197
    Very good
  • 75
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent service in a great location.

Good seafood restaurant in downtown location. The place is decorated in an old world gentlemen's club decor (wooden ceiling, walls etc). The staff is super friendly and helpful. they do have a good selection of local brews. Food is better than average, but the points are for service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I've had the shrimp and grits here numerous times. The most recent was the night of the James Taylor concert. Maybe it was just really busy, but the shrimp and grits were not at all what is used to be. Very bland and plain with hardly any of the gravy that normally comes with it. I was disappointed - but... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed the Blue Marlin. There was a wide variety of food to choose from (beef, chicken, fish, pasta). Prices were reasonable. We'd definitely go again!

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Houston, Texas
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Good seafood restaurant in downtown location. The place is decorated in an old world gentlemen's club decor (wooden ceiling, walls etc). The staff is super friendly and helpful. they do have a good selection of local brews. Food is better than average, but the points are for service.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Visited with friends from out of state. We were looking for a special place while showing them the area. The food was fantastic, the staff very friendly and the restaurant immaculate. The seafood was freshly prepared and tasty, the salads crisp with no brown silty lettuce and the soups hot. We will visit again!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

My spouse and I ate lunch after an appointment in Columbia. My spouse had seafood gumbo and a pecan chicken salad and I had shrimp and grits with a side order of collard greens. The gumbo was perfectly prepared and the salad was also excellent. My shrimp were perfectly cooked, just done enough so that the last shrimp was not... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Wonderful shrimp and grits. Great atmosphere. Next time I am trying the pineapple martini. (It was a little early to try it today!)

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Blue Marlin is where our family met for meet and greet Friday, July 31. The space was nice and cozy - actually a bit tight for the size of our group. The food was delicious and servers did an excellent job of keeping the food coming. I loved the setup outside, serving as a great place to continue to... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I came here looking forward to trying the shrimp and grits. I was unfortunately disappointed. I started with the she crab soup and that was tasty but the shirmp and grits were not great. I couldn't even eat half of it. One of the shrimp still had the shell on it. That was unfortunate. I had also ordered a glass... More 

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Arcadia, California
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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Food was good but have had better gumbo and She crab soup. Shrimp and Grits was nothing special. Waitress was friendly and helpful. I wanted the Firecracker Flounder but she advised against it. I ordered Crab Cakes instead but was disappointed..more bread filler than crab. Great service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Hadn't been here in quite some time. Had a friend coming in to town and met him here for dinner. Great choice. I think it was better than I remembered. Each of us had a different dish and all four were great. Service was very good. Drinks were great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (803) 799-3838

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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