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Blue Marlin

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Wed, 3/20
8:00 PM

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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southern caviar
"pimento cheese" house-made w/ aged white cheddar, served w/ low country pita chips
charleston crab cake
authentic low country recipe made w/ lump & claw crabmeat, served w/ a sweet onion remoulade & roasted corn salsa
fried green tomatoes
green tomatoes breaded w/ a mixture of cracked cornmeal & lightly seasoned flour, deep fried & served w/ a chipotle cream sauce
pecan dusted calamari
fresh​ calamari, flash-fried & dusted w/ crushed pecans & romano cheese, served w/ a sweet onion remoulade
petite shrimp & grits
an appetizer portion of our signature dish w/ adluh stone ground grits, creek shrimp, andouille sausage & tasso gravy
firecracker shrimp
fried shrimp tossed w/ cherry peppers & served w/ roasted garlic ranch
crab & spinach fondue
fresh blue crab & spinach in a creamy mornay sauce, served w/ pita chips & toast points
ahi tuna
seared ahi tuna paired w/ ginger aioli slaw, pickled ginger & wasabi
she crab soup
fresh crab meat in a rich, creamy soup served w/ a spoonful of sherry
new orleans seafood gumbo
an​ original new orleans recipe w/ shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage & okra bowl
barbecue salmon salad
barbecued salmon fillet on a bed of mixed greens, julienne tortillas, & vine ripe tomatoes tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette & drizzled w/ barbecue sauce
blue marlin cobb salad
a tossed version of this classic salad. grilled chicken, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, tomato, diced egg, cucumbers & crispy greens tossed in our herb vinaigrette dressing
al fresco salmon salad
grilled salmon w/ a salad of mixed greens, carrots & cucumbers, tossed w/ a herb vinaigrette & garnished w/ lemon aioli
charleston crab cake salad
Mixed greens tossed w/ avocado, bacon & herb vinaigrette, drizzled w/ ranch dressing & topped w/ our Charleston crab cake
southern pecan grilled chicken salad
juicy grilled chicken over a bed of mixed greens, danish bleu cheese, candied pecans, dried cranberries & herb vinaigrette
grilled chicken blt salad
grilled chicken, crisp greens, vine ripe tomatoes & bacon tossed w/ ranch dressing
fried green tomato salad
deep fried green tomatoes served on a bed of mixed greens w/ goat cheese, diced tomatoes & herb vinaigrette drizzled w/ a chipotle cream sauce
southern crispy chicken salad
crispy greens & vine ripe tomato tossed in ranch dressing & topped w/ sliced crispy chicken breast & swiss cheese
soup & salad
a bowl of our soup served w/ caesar, wedge, southern candied pecan or blt salad
old fashioned cheese burger
fresh ground & served w/ lettuce, tomato, pickle slices, onion, mustard & mayo
crispy chicken sandwich
lightly breaded & served w/ lettuce, tomato, pickle slices, onion, mustard & mayo
blackened salmon charleston
Topped w/ our shrimp & crab cream sauce w/ collard greens & Adluh stone ground grits
blue marlin award winning shrimp & grits
our signature dish. adluh stone ground grits topped w/ creek shrimp, andouille sausage & tasso gravy
grilled catfish & grits
Cajun catfish fillet, stone ground Adluh grits & collard greens
charleston crab cake
Authentic low country recipe made w/ lump & claw crabmeat served w/ sweet onion remoulade, roasted corn salsa, Savannah red rice & collards
low country shrimp creole
blue​ marlin's original creole sauce w/ bacon tossed w/ sauteed shrimp over rice
blue marlin’s chicken pasta
chile-rubbed grilled chicken breast w/ asiago cream sauce, smoked bacon, & penne pasta topped w/ green onions & tomatoes
grilled tilapia & succotash
Grilled or cajun tilapia fillet w/ choice of creole or Charleston sauce, served w/ adluh stone ground grits & succotash
portabella mushroom ravioli
ravioli w/ sautéed spinach & vine ripe tomatoes in a rich portabella mushroom broth
firecracker flounder
fillet of flounder breaded in our special firecracker seasoning & served w/ creamy grits, collards & firecracker sauce
fried large gulf shrimp
lightly breaded in our special firecracker seasoning served w/ cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, seasoned fries & tortilla slaw
salt & pepper catfish
boneless catfish breaded in our special salt & pepper seasoning served w/ fries, tortilla slaw & tartar sauce
parmesan encrusted catch
a mild flaky fish fillet w/ homemade mashed potatoes, green beans & tartar sauce
crispy gulf oysters
apalachicola oysters w/ seasoned fries, tortilla slaw & tartar sauce
blackout cake
homemade gooey chocolate fudge cake, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, butterscotch sauce & whipped cream
key lime pie
made fresh in house, our traditional key lime pie is made w/ a graham cracker crust & topped w/ fresh whipped cream
creme brûlée cheesecake
vanilla bean cheesecake w/ a caramelized sugar topping, vanilla wafer crust & topped w/ fresh berries & strawberry sauce
signature blt salad
iceberg & romaine lettuces, vine ripe tomato, & bacon tossed w/ ranch dressing
southern candied pecan salad
spring mix w/ candied pecans, blue cheese, dried cranberries & herb vinaigrette
iceberg lettuce wedge salad
iceberg wedge w/ creamy bleu cheese dressing, candied pecans, bacon, blue cheese crumbles & vine ripe tomatoes
classic caesar salad
crispy​ romaine, house-made caesar dressing, seasoned croutons & grated parmesan
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Seafood
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food is always excellent. Menu highlights local cuisine favorites. You can never go wrong with shrimp and grits or any fish dish. Wonderful collards!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank REA658
Reviewed 5 days ago

Happened to try and get a reservation when there was a big concert downtown and the wait at 5:30 was 1:45, but we gave our name anyway and got in in less than a half hour. Service was terrific and the food was great all...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank O7638VXpauls
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Columbia for a couple of days with 3 other couples. I made reservations for 8 directly with the restaurant, as Open Table doesn't accommodate larger groups. We were taken to a great table perfect-sized for us. We had appetizers, entrees, wines and drinks. The...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank grumbles
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were seated quickly and served just as quickly. Our server was very cordial and helpful. We were disappointed with our dinner selections. I ordered what I was told was a 12 ounce ribeye. However, a much smaller steak, resembling a NY strip was presented....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank LTCTigerFlash
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and atmosphere. Hard to say what’s the best to eat, we both had good meals! Make reservation as they fill up quickly!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 872stevenl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife & I went for an early dinner prior to a local play & it was superb us usual. The wine list is very good & the service was excellent. I hap the seafood gumbo which is my favorite anywhere. My wife had the...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tgrdvrmd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blue Marlin is in the Vista district. The menu offers a good selection of seafood dishes and a few 'land' dishes as well. All at fairly realistic prices. Service was very attentive (Mary) and cheery. Meals were also a good size - 6 large scallops...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank GeneG547
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not first time here or last. Food is always excellent, as is service. Son's favorite lunch dish is Firecracker Flounder w/grits and collards. GD had Chicken Pasta and I had the Shrimp and Grits w/sausage. Everything was wonderful. FYI, they have a non-menu item called...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Paradise789269
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favorites in Columbia. The food and service are consistently excellent. If you're looking for seafood gumbo, collard greens or a steak, this is the place to go. My wife loves the Firecracker shrimp appetizer! I always have seafood gumbo --...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Tom U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family. Being a Key Lime guy, this drink caught my attention. They even lined the rim with crushed graham crackers! Besides the awesome libation, the service and food were 1st class. We enjoyed a meal of Crab Cakes that were...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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March 13, 2019|
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Response from JaxMahan | Reviewed this property |
This is more of an adult, upscale restaurant, and not a chain, There is no children’s menu online. I suspect well-behaved and hungry kids would be fine. Expect to pay adult prices though.
Michael H
September 30, 2018|
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Response from kimfarrelly | Reviewed this property |
Just casual
August 15, 2018|
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Response from Margi S | Reviewed this property |
Street parking...fills up fast Sometimes you need to park around the block.
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