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Blue Marlin

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1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
(803) 799-3838
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Today
11:30 am - 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 271
    Excellent
  • 173
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 21
    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
Will go again next time I am in South Carolina!

En route to The Biltmore, stopped at the Blue Marlin in Columbia SC. Fantastic restaurant, great tasting dishes and reasonable prices. The soft shell crab appetizer and the she-crab soup were to die for! The dinner items,fried oysters and the scallop linguine, were terrific. Server was great. Very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
zigeunerin
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florida
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We went there for my birthday and was expecting a bit more than what we got. The she crab soup was great but the rest of our meal was just average. A bit too salty for our taste. The staff was good and the place was very nicely decorated. Just not for us.

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florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

En route to The Biltmore, stopped at the Blue Marlin in Columbia SC. Fantastic restaurant, great tasting dishes and reasonable prices. The soft shell crab appetizer and the she-crab soup were to die for! The dinner items,fried oysters and the scallop linguine, were terrific. Server was great. Very talented gal! Will have to figure out a way to go there... More 

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Denver, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were pleased to obtain a last minute reservation during graduation weekend. The restaurant is quite large and the menu extensive. The service was excellent; the wine good and well priced. The food was good, but nothing to exclaim about.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I had the salmon with grit cakes, wow! The fish was very nicely done, and the grit cakes were amazing! A little pricey, but we were on vacation after all. I would be happy to go there again.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Awesome restaurant! Service very good and the food was absolutely amazing! You get what you pay for from the appetizers to the main course plus the daily specials. My boys(both college students at USC) claimed it was one of the best meals ever! While it was very, very good, I wouldn't go quite that far. Highly recommend it nonetheless

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Valdosta, Georgia
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21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We had heard so many positive things about the Blue Marlin that I feel we had set the bar to high. It was a good meal but not worth the price versus the quality. I would recommend it but you should go there with an open mind.

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Munster, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I liked the salmon dish with grit cakes. I wasn't impressed with the calamari apetizer. There were a lot of dishes I would have like to tried.

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White Oak, South Carolina
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Drove past this place many many times, heard many people praise it, I will say after enjoying a very good lunch I will be back. The firecracker flounder was excellent, shrimp and grits, very good, and the chicken salad was good, probably won't order that again.

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Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Former train station repurposed. We decided on apps rather than dinner - amazing shrimp and grits, jambalaya and crab cake. You will need quarters for the parking meters outside. Very attentive service and staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I just love eating at the Blue Marlin.....This is the only place we take our out of town guest. We love th Greens.....and you must the She' Crab Soup

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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, Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?