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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 347
    Excellent
  • 226
    Very good
  • 87
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 13
    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, do try it!!!

Great atmosphere. Wait staff was awesome!! Food was hot and great!!! My son had shrimp and Grits and loved it. My soldier and I fought over the spinach dip (I let him win) lol...Seriously, my son said forget the chips the dip is so good!!!! Would love to go there again if and when I go to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
flo11NorthCarolina
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great atmosphere. Wait staff was awesome!! Food was hot and great!!! My son had shrimp and Grits and loved it. My soldier and I fought over the spinach dip (I let him win) lol...Seriously, my son said forget the chips the dip is so good!!!! Would love to go there again if and when I go to Columbia again!

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Thank flo11NorthCarolina
Decatur, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

College visit to U of S. Carolina and saw that Blue Marlin was #4 on Trip Advisor so we gave it a try. Made reservations ahead of time and then added our daughter at the last minute when she decided it was cool to eat with her parents. Place was packed (Friday night @ 7:30), but they had our table... More 

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Thank Fred B
Columbia, South Carolina
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the good seafood restaurants tin the Vista. The shrimp and grits are always outstanding. On my most recent visit, I had the fish special. Excellent. The service was also excellent.

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Thank redneck6497
Williamstown, New Jersey
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Blue Marlin when my nephew graduated from Basic Training from Fort Jackson. Our server Corey H was excellent. He brought us a sample of grits for us to try (as Northerners we weren't sure if we would like it). Their coleslaw is amazing. I do not eat seafood but my husband and nephew love it. They loved... More 

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Thank Kimi1019
Lexington, South Carolina
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149 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate at Blue Marlin and had their signature Shrimp and Grits and it was very good but not great. They could have used a little more spice, sausage and gravy. The grits were very smooth and delicious as were the shrimp. The service by Taylor was very good and the entree's price was $16.95. The place was packed and... More 

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Thank Robbie H
Columbia, South Carolina
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a late lunch, but still hungry for breakfast. The Crabs Benedict was outstanding, although not on the par with the Four Seasons in Seattle.

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Thank Ernie N
Lexington, South Carolina
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here with my mom and wife tonight. When asked if we wanted wine, we said no but was never asked if we would like anything else so we drank the water. Mom and I ordered the she crab soup and wife had the fried green tomatoes. To me the soup was just average. Not enough crab and too much... More 

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Thank Todd R
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Almost hate reviewing this place as would rather keep it like a hidden gem in my back pocket. But it was really great. The entryway plantings were great, the ambience great, the waitstaff very pleasant. The collard green appetizer was probably the best collards I have ever tasted. The crab cake was good, the shrimp and grits delicious! Yeah, I... More 

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Thank B W
Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good location in marina, great seafood, friendly service. We come back often when in Hilton Head. One of our two best places to eat at Hilton Head.

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Thank Ohio4u
Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was there for a quick lunch with family member. Ordered my favorite bowl of gumbo. Was shocked and disappointed. It was awful. Had the consistency of glue and was tasteless. Had I not had a stressful lunch meeting with family member I would have sent it back.

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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: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?