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Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
+1 803-799-3838
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp and grits” (237 reviews)
“seafood” (132 reviews)
“crab cake” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201-3136
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went with another couple after a football game. We had an early dinner and the restaurant was filled with people - about half of them in football attire. We all enjoyed our dinners, all seafood dishes. My husband said he would...More

Thank scrapgator
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be sure to ask for Blue Marlin’s collard greens with your meal. They will convert you to a collard lover even if you have disliked them before!

Thank Vicki F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This has history, atmosphere, good parking (watch out for the meter end of day. It's an $8.00 parking ticket if you get it wrong like I did!), 1930 - 1940 period music, and a lot of great wood making it seem as though you could...More

1  Thank gregoryhW5089PE
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I had the chance for a night out and I had always wanted to eat at the Blue Marlin. The outside area is so neat with lights strung overhead. The building used to be a train depot and is beautiful with dark...More

1  Thank Linda G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere was nice and inviting. We were served in a very professional manner. The food was great and served hot. the servicers extended them selves to ensure that all our needs were met. I would recommend the Blue Marlin to all my family and...More

Thank BeverlyStewart
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attended the SC fire academy and everyone there recommended the place. Well worth the visit. Sat outside in beautiful weather and had some of the best shrimp I’ve ever had. Must visit

Thank jcnungester
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We find Blue Marlin is our go to when we want seafood in town. We love that the shrimp and fish are wild caught sustainable quality seafood and not farmed, flown in from Asia. I have eaten here more times than I can count and...More

Thank Seetcarolina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here a few times because my wife likes their shrimp and grits but I think they are just average. The shrimp seem to be from frozen and the sausage had the quality of Hillshire Farms. Anything fried is greasy. Tried the calamari and...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As we were driving from NY to FL, we stopped in Columbia for the night. We checked reviews for the Blue Marlin and decided to try it. We were concerned that parking would be a problem on the historic district but it wasn't. We also...More

Thank Joanne G
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Based on Trip Advisor reviews and ratings we gave Blue Marlin a try and we were not disappointed. Enjoyed their delicious crab cakes and hubby had the swordfish special. The calamari appetizer was tasty and they had a nice wine list to accompany their seafood...More

Thank ljtraveler_11
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6 December 2016|
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Response from AMiller121 | Reviewed this property |
If you go to their website there is a link @ the bottom which mentions buying gift cards.
Desere S
4 December 2016|
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Response from 715harryb | Reviewed this property |
12-15 dollars
18 January 2016|
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Response from Terrie J | Reviewed this property |
Probably. It is a restaurant with a bar at one end. Babies should be welcome and there are booths as well as tables. Not sure if they have high chairs or boosters so you may want to be prepared.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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