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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 - 11:00 pm
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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, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
My favorite restaurant in SC

Great Food! Great Fun! We come here everytime we visit family. The food is delicious, I love the collard greens and fish!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Delores W
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
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English first
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great Food! Great Fun! We come here everytime we visit family. The food is delicious, I love the collard greens and fish!

Thank Delores W
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were in town for a night and found the Blue Marlin on trip advisor. We were excited given the reviews, but the food was very average. My filet special was lukewarm and tasted average, the mashed potatoes and beans were bland. My wife's corvina was the smallest serving of fish we've ever seen...the waiter agreed and brought out a... More 

Thank TandJ_8
Chapin, South Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful service always-No matter the occasion, each and every time has been great!

Thank Debbie C
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the city with some friends, and we made a reservation for dinner. My boyfriend and I were waiting on our friends to show up, so we sat at the bar and ordered some wine while waiting. Our bartender was friendly, and promptly served our wine. We ordered the 8 oz glass, and she definitely gave us more (no complaints!).... More 

Thank maboulhoz
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100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They didn't have the ingredients needed for a cocktail my date wanted. They also did not have she crab soup and we weren't told this until after we ordered and waited for a few minutes. The meal was OK, I really enjoyed the crab cake appetizer. The bottle of wine we ordered was also delicious. The fireworks of the meal... More 

Thank Caleb M
Columbia, SC
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never had a bad meal here and I have had a lot of meals here. Their new Tuesday lunch special is tomato basil bisque with grilled pimiento cheese sandwich, on sourdough bread. Enough said. It is amazing. And it is a lot. I usually take half the sandwich home for dinner.

Thank dstevenson
South Carolina
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is seemingly a very popular place so we decided to take our friends there for dinner. The wine selection was good and the food was good too - I just thought that the portions could be a little smaller and they could do a better job with their tuna steak plate - it's a bit dry and not a... More 

Thank jimaj
Fripp Island, South Carolina
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

We eat here regularly, both lunch and dinner. Blue Marlin has not missed the mark. Food is always fresh, made to order, served hot and timely. Servers know their jobs, know their product, and make wine recommendations that compliment the meal. Its a busy restaurant with a good bar so you may have to wait a few minutes but its... More 

Thank John D
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Blue Marlin on a business trip with some of our clients. They didn't have many large tables, so 6 of us squeezed into a large booth - my only complaint was that that was pretty tight. Our waitress was great and very friendly. She accommodated our traveler who was gluten free and was able to answer her questions.... More 

Thank Carly E
Woodstock, GA
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121 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the she-crab soup and petite shrimp & grits. Both were excellent. My husband had a grilled salmon Cesar salad. The salmon was superb!!!

Thank Gamecock97

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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?