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Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
(803) 799-3838
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Ranked #20 of 805 restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

When we visited the blue marlin it was extremely busy, however the service was fast and efficient and the food was excellent. Thought it was maybe on the expensive side, but would go back!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

In Columbia for a convention, decided to try Blue Marlin because of its reputation in the area. Nice, relaxing, attractive decor. My food (fried shrimp) was served quickly (I dined at around 9:00 PM, the restaurant was still busy but not overly crowded). No complaints about the service (attentive) or the food (delicious). But for the price, I would have... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Not particularly fond of going downtown but the Blue Marlin is worth the trip. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is delightful. If you've never tried "fried green tomatoes" this is the place. Best fried green tomatoes next to those served at the diner from Fannie Flagg's book in located in Alabama. Give it a try you won't be... More

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Warren, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited here to celebrate our 14th anniversary. The food was great, the service was friendly and efficient. You should definitely make reservations because the place was PACKED on a Tuesday. We will visit here every time we're in Columbia

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South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Excellent food and great location. If you can't find a parking space on the brick road, try the parking lot between Blue Marlin and City Art. Go early, because everyone knows how wonderful the food is here! I usually get the lunch special with the parmesan encrusted catch of the day and lately it's been grouper. DELICIOUS!! The other week... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Exceptional service and food quality. My highest recommendation. Nothing more to say really. I have been twice -- once with a large group of friends, and they did not disappoint!

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Elkridge, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting Columbia on college tour and found this gem. We were able to be seated outside. Service was terrific. The food selection was varied and presented to us quickly. We enjoyed traditional southern dishes as well as all American favorites.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

They took Chilean Seabass off the menu, and replaced it with cod, at the same price...nuff said! They do have the best marbled ribeye I have ever had!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My review for Blue Marlin ended as a review for Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens and makes no sense there. However, I love Blue Marlin and Riverbanks.

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Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Converted train depot in historic district. Outdoor seating under the covered platform. Friendly staff, good wine list, lots of old time ambiance. Second visit. I recommend.

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