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Blue Marlin

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1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
(803) 799-3838
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 260
    Excellent
  • 166
    Very good
  • 55
    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
The Blue Marlin is the bomb!

This is my wife's and my FAVORITE place in the world to eat. From the she crab soup to the endless entrées and a key lime pie that will make you slap your mama! The she crab soup is by far the best we've tasted and we have tasted a bunch of it! Seriously, we've had the shrimp and grits,... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
chaznsc
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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chaznsc
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is my wife's and my FAVORITE place in the world to eat. From the she crab soup to the endless entrées and a key lime pie that will make you slap your mama! The she crab soup is by far the best we've tasted and we have tasted a bunch of it! Seriously, we've had the shrimp and grits,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I've been to this restaurant only a few times and each time, it's mediocre. The best thing was the she crab soup

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The food and service in this restaurant is amazing. The restaurant is located in a former train station that has been re-utilized in the historic Columbia district.

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High Point, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Our family went to Blue Marlin while visiting USC. We took the advice from the reviews from Trip Advisor and as with most places, it did not disappoint. I had a nightly special which was a Filet with a Shrimp and Crab topping. Along with Grilled Asparagus and Garlic Mash Potatoes. It was Excellent!!!! They also had a nice choice... More 

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Cincinnati
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant was at the top of my list. I ran past it earlier in the day and it seemed like a great local place. Several people suggested it as well. The food was really good especially the shrimp and grits. Highly recommended.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

If you want southern style food done right, this is the place to visit. The decor complements and in some ways sets the tone perfectly. We appetizer sample plate is a good starting point and the sample of collar greens are mouth watering. All of the entre served at my table were right on the money. Very well done!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

What a pleasant experience. The atmosphere was relaxing- not too loud, not too quiet. Our server was very knowledgable and made awesome recommendations! Definately made our night!!!

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Radford, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We absolutely loved everything!! Southern caviar (pimento cheese with pita chips- yum). Grilled catfish with the best collards I've ever tasted and grits. Grilled tilapia with succotash and grits and New Orleans gumbo. We were too full for dessert so we are going back tomorrow! Great location and in an old RR depot with wonderful old woodwork, beautiful bar, and... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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68 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We arrived around 1 PM and were seated quickly even though we had no reservations. The meal was delivered quickly and the grits were very tasty. The shrimp were seasoned well and very tasty . Good food!

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Cary, North Carolina
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153 reviews 153 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Blue Marlin is a very nice restaurant in the heart of a restored area of Columbia. There is plenty of on-street metered parking on a weeknight but weekends may be much more crowded. There are many shops, galleries and s frozen yogurt shop across the street from the restaurant. The décor of the restaurant is very nice. We were... More 

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

Questions & Answers

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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?