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Blue Marlin

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1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
(803) 799-3838
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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247 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In town for business, we stopped in for drinks and an appetizer at the bar before heading to another restaurant for dinner. While our hot crab appetizer was very good - the best part of the evening was Rachel, our bartender/server! Looking over the wine selection, I was vacillating between two wines - and without even asking, Rachel presented me... More 

Thank Luv2Dine55
South Carolina
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've probably had crab cakes at least 50 times, including from restaurants in Maryland and the northeast. Still feel these are hands down the best! Not only the cakes themselves but also the roumalade and bits of fresh corn. Collards are also the best ever - few stems and great balance of a little sweetness, a little pork and a... More 

Thank CUtraveller
New Jersey
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice atmosphere outside. We didn't have a reservation and didn't have to wait long. Our first trip and dinner in SC- service was fine but was disappointed with the food. My pasta was dry and scallops too overcooked to eat. My husbands shrimp and grits was ok. Waitress never questioned that she was removing dishes with an almost full plate... More 

Thank PatA222
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Shrimp and grits! Excellent specials and fabulous fried green tomatoes. Highly recommend for group / work lunch or nice dinner out. Highly recommended.

Thank HorseHound
Raleigh, North Carolina
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was in town on business so I went for dinner by myself and sat at the bar. Two bartenders were working one a man who seemed to be well experienced and good. The other was a college young woman who was nice but a bit inexperienced for such a place. The best thing was the food. I had the... More 

Thank BillCarraway
Columbia, South Carolina
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Top place in Columbia for local and southern cuisine. Conviently located in the Vista. It's a great place to have a meal with family or friends. The atmosphere is very inviting.

Thank dajrodriguez8
Gaston, South Carolina
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The salmon was excellent and she-crab soup was good. Service was good and attentive. They were very busy so it was noisey. Good value in Columbia for seafood.

Thank Diesel1958
Castroville, Texas
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127 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here on the way to North Carolina- Just decided to try this restaurant- It was awesome! I had the restaurant week three course- she crab soup was amazing! Peppered flounder perfect! Too full for desert- I'll report back after I eat it tomorrow😂 My husband had gumbo and the Bienville skillet-- also delicious! Great service !!! Highly recommend!!

Thank cmerun
Charleston, South Carolina
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88 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a self-proclaimed shrimp and grits snob, I rarely give overwhelming positive reviews for this dish. I often prefer my own version of this dish and take great delight in announcing to the table that my version is better. The only reason I wasn't disappointed at not being able to brag on my personal rendition of this classic dish, was... More 

Thank 9Susan9
south carolina
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370 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife & I returned on a Sunday evening & enjoyed our visit. Our server was very good & he made nice recommendations. My wife had a BLT salad & a cup of shrimp & grits, which said said was great. A glass of Chardonnay complemented her dinner well. I had a bowl of gumbo which really good, although not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 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
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (803) 799-3838

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Sumter, South Carolina
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?