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Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
(803) 799-3838
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Ranked #19 of 826 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Dessert, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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382 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The service was excellent. Unfortunately, the Award Winning Blue Marlin Shrimp & Grits was either loaded with MSG or a-heck-of a-lot of salt. The prices are too high to be left with that Chinese food dry mouth feeling after the meal. If I were inclined to try the Blue Marlin again, I would definitely order something else.

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South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

I great place to eat in Columbia, whether for lunch or dinner. The food is always consistently good and the service excellent. The shrimp and grits are the best in Columbia. It is, of course, very popular and busy, so a reservation is recommended for peak period.

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Colbert, WA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The facility is pleasant and well decorated. The food is well prepared but not superb. The crab cakes were very good and worth a return trip. The service was excellent and attentive even though the evening was very busy. With the sauces and food selection, the wine selection was fine but not inspired and the by the glass choices needs... More

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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Daughter and I had dinner here while visiting USC. We walked from our hotel. Service was excellent, had a southern combo app, that was almost a meal in itself. Daughter had ravioli and I had Tuna...both outstanding. Place was crowded, but we only had to wait 5 minutes. Really impressed.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Comfortable atmosphere, great service, good food. I had terriyaki salmon that was perfectly prepared. The glaze and the rest of the meal met expectations, but was not exceptional. Spot on for the price, though. Would dine there again.

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Greenville, SC
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My company did a dinner for about 20 there last month. Great experience. They have a great building that is separate from main restaurant out back. The staff that was waiting on is was awesome and very helpful with any needs. The food was great. Everyone loved it and the desserts also! About the only negative is parking can get... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I am not a seafood lover but ate there with a group of friends. Steaks were available but were pricey (around $28.00). No hamburgers here, either. It would be a nice spot for a romantic dinner out on the town, but not a family friendly atmosphere. I chose a simple salad and added chicken. That was a reasonable option for... More

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Irmo, South Carolina, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It is a cute restaurant in downtown Columbia, very clean and the waitress was nice. The food was disappointing since I had heard great things about it. One dish had too much tomatoes it seamed like that was all I ordered instead of the seafood that's supposed to come with it. The she crab soup was good but everything else... More

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Hamilton, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Loved walking through the city to get to this restaurant. As soon as I saw it was in a train station I thought it would be touristy and I was right. The decor is dated and musty ... matched the food. We had the soup and then a steak. Both were "Blah" at best. The steak was insanely thin and... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

all 7 ordered something different!....most very pleased with steaks, fish, salads.....used to the she-crab soup in Charleston...didn't care for Blue Marlin's (watery, tasteless, not very "clammy"....service efficient and friendly.

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