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Blue Marlin

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1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
+1 803-799-3838
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I ate there on a Saturday night so the wait for a table was rather long. Instead we ate at the bar where the service was probably much faster than if we had a table. The bartender was a whirlwind of perpetual motion as was extremely efficient as well as attentive and nice. After nearly a week... More 

Thank Steve L
Statesboro, GA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate at the Blue Marlin early on a Saturday night. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The fried oysters are especially scrumtptious! The restaurant has an interesting historical bsckground, too. I would recommend reserving at an early time around 5:00 p.m.

Thank JNB26
Palo Alto, California
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309 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was my first visit, as I was traveling through Columbia. I was greeted right away and accommodations were given to me and my service dog. Looking at the menu, I decided upon the Signature Salad and Shrimp and Grits....which were great. However, I wasn't told of any specials before I ordered, and was given the check right away, without... More 

Thank Sharon L
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were seated immediately on a crowded saturday evening. Courteous and professional service. Scallop appetizer was delicious and well presented. Excellent menu was very tasty. Only problem was deciding which to try! My husband's complimentary birthday dessert was delicious and a work of art presentation.

Thank Patricia J
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is my favorite sit down resturant in columbia. food and service surpasses all others. Try the seafood dishes to die for.

Thank 734debraw
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the food and cocktails at Blue Marlin. The Fried Green Tomatoes, Crab Cakes, Firecracker Flounder...it's all good. My biggest complaint is the noise and the service! Our last visit was for my birthday dinner. Even though we made a reservation, they crammed us into a booth, got our orders wrong, and offered no birthday dessert or other treat, as... More 

Thank BellesLettres
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Meal was very good, Salmon was delicious, service extremely pleasant, no rush. Building was old train station in the heart of the Vista

Thank Jeff L
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to dinner with friends great atmosphere and food was excellent. It was a little crowded so we sat at the bar but we still had excellent service.

Thank Kim R
Augusta, Georgia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was embarrassingly awful. The food was bad enough I felt I needed to apologize to our companions. The she crab soup was thin, lacking crab and full of salty sherry. I had a seafood platter. My shrimp were clumped together so that uncooked batter glued them to one another. The crab cake was cold & doughy, the fish... More 

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Trumansburg, New York
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crab and spinach appetizer was a great way to start the meal. Crab cakes were full of crab. Portions were generous. Service was attentive. It was noisy in there, but we were able to carry on a conversation. The building is beautiful

Thank Marguerite S

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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
US$30 - US$30
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?