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Blue Marlin

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1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
+1 803-799-3838
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 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
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Columbia, South Carolina
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to this restaurant with friends for dinner. We had a reservation and were seated within 5 minutes. We all ordered drinks (mule, white moscato, red cabernet sauvignon, and beer) and all were good. The two men ordered the seafood platter (all fried and included a crab cake (with lots of filler)), and the two women ordered the salmon... More 

Thank GSimmons03
Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very pleasant atmospher, dine in or on the patio. The shrimp and grits is yummy to your tummy and gumbo is lip smacking good. Nice evening out, can stroll in the University of South Carolina vicinity to make room for dessert at nearby ice cream parlor. Tour the State House grounds, as well.

Thank dorisg711
Myrtle Beach, United States
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We go there often when in Columbia. Went to dinner Saturday night and as usual it did not disappoint. The shrimp and grits are awesome. Wife got a bowl of She Crab soup and enjoyed it as well. Decor inside is classic. Outside dining was first come first serve. We ate outside this time as it was mild weather. Service... More 

Thank Robin F
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although the wait for a table was a little long , it was well worth it. The seafood is absolutely great, Firecracker shrimp spot on, and the blackout cake was a great finale

Thank Phil M
Columbia, South Carolina
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to dinner with my boss and another colleague and the food never disappoints. I got the seafood platter that comes with fried flounder, fried shrimp and a crab cake for $23.95. This is a very large portion. You can get the same thing at lunch for around $13. I usually have them substitute more shrimp or another crab cake... More 

Thank Cristy G
College Station, Texas
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80 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firecracker Shrimp was a great appetizer... but be careful - cherry peppers have some punch! BLT salad was very good. Mahi Orleans was fresh and delicious - topped with shrimp and crab meat - great flavor. Service was attentive and prompt - great experience (again).

Thank macnjac89
Northwest Arkansas
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I may not need to eat any more butter for the rest of 2017 (and it's just January) but the Oyster and Shrimp Skillet is an excellent way to get it! Think of an oyster pie with shrimp and cheese. I can't really explain it - just order it and you'll be convinced too. Comes iwth a side of really... More 

Thank ejchron
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great server here. The sheepshead fish was fresh but slightly small (with the skin on)...it was the daily special for 27$. Tasty but not amazing. Seems a little expensive for what you get. The crabcakes were great and had a very good sauce with mashed potatoes and well-seasoned green beans.

Thank mydayjob
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The she crab soup was wonderful -- thick with crab and super creamy. The crab cake (main course) was the best I have tasted in the area. Dessert of house made key lime pie was perfection. The young woman who was our server was attentive and pleasant without being intrusive. All in all a perfect lunch.

Thank Wickey E
Columbia, South Carolina
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shrimp and grits are best in town ! Wahoo special was delicious and perfectly prepared with corn salsa Complimented the fish perfectly. Surf and turf was tasty however meat was a tad undercooked. Service was superb! Great evening out with family. Vibrant atmosphere. Highly recommend making reservations.

Thank evernie

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
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: +1 803-799-3838

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