Welcome to the Blue Marlin Restaurant, proudly serving "A Taste of the Southern Low Country," located in Columbia South Carolina's thriving Congaree ... More
Welcome to the Blue Marlin Restaurant, proudly serving "A Taste of the Southern Low Country," located in Columbia South Carolina's thriving Congaree Vista District. Stretching from Savannah to the South, and Georgetown to the North, the Low Country is resplendent with the bounties of the sea and coastal marshlands. Succulent shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish and catfish abound. Lush greens, corn, rice and ripe red tomatoes are plentiful. Low Country cuisine brings all of this food together in a sumptuous array of unique and distinctive dishes.
This is a beautiful restaurant, well appointed, comfortable. The staff is terrific, the service was great. We both started with a very good ceasar salad. The bread they brought wasn't great but the salad was. I had the fried oysters with slaw and grits. The slaw had a hint of apple and was fresh and crisp. Some of the best I have ever had. Same goes for both the grits (local mill) and the fried Apalachicola oysters. Even the cocktail sauce with horseradish was wonderful. Miriam had the bienville shrimp and oyster dish. It was served in a cast iron skillet with toasted rounds of bread and a bowl of grits. It was a bit rich and in digging around she found only 2 whole oysters. A word to our waitperson and just minutes later they brought a generous side of fried oysters. The dish was very tasty, they used a very good tasso. I think they could have backed off on the cream or the cheese but it was still very good. We can't wait to go back to try some more of this beautiful menu.
The Blue Marlin is not a fine dining restaurant. Kinda like Harpers in Five points. They both have some nicer items but in reality are burger and steak joints. Anyway....I worked there for a couple years and they are horrible about not fixing refridgeration equipment in an appropriate manner, using old food from their catering service in the actual restaurant and actaully buying premade food from the local Publix, right up the road, and serving it.That isnt fine dining, nor are they traits of any place I want to eat. There are alot better places in Columbia
I had been reading the reviews of the Blue Marlin for months and noticed a few recent ones started to rate the place lower. I went on Dec. 1st and didn't notice that at all! The place was excellent! The food was amazing, but more importantly the wine list was full of good options. I planned on asking my girlfriend here to marry me, so I stopped by beforehand and arranged everything. The staff was very helpful with this. Thank you to the staff of the Blue Marlin. My fiancée and I will be attending here often to relive the memories.
A great location with outdoor tables, good menu selections and prices, and attentive service. I tried the candied walnut and blue cheese salad which was excellent, and the shrimp and grits for the main course. I'm not the one to rate the shrimp and grits since it was my first time trying them and turns out not a huge fan of grits, but the shrimp and sausage on top was delicious. Ask for the lunch size portion if you're planning to have salad or appetizers - it was plenty unless you want leftovers.
First the food is great, I had the shrimp and grits. The inside is nice and the servers are nice aswell. It is not all that fancy, some people were wearing khakis and button ups but most were just casual, I wore jeans and a tshirt, so did most of the people in my group. We did not feel out of place. The food is a liitle expensive but, I think my shrimp n grits was about ?18? dollars but you get a lot. NOW, I must say that the parking is terrible and the reason I would not go back again. We made reservations for 6:30 and we arrivewd there around 6:30, by the time we FOUND and GOT the parking space it was already after 7:00. It is basically a circle that you have to make aroiund and around the parking area, and if someone is behind you , which there was at all times, then they would get any spots that came available behind you, there was no backing up. We eventually pulled off to the side and sat there for 10 mins. Food-good, service-good, Parking- absolutly horrible.
Great food. Best seafood in the Vista. The lunch menu is limited compared to the evening menu, but the prices and food are great and the food delivered quickly if you are in the area for lunch and under time constrants.
This was my first visit and I was impressed! The decor was modern and very nice. Great ambience.
Service was OUTSTANDING, not to mention easy on the eyes. She was very attentive yet not intrusive.
Food was very good as well. Our server had great knowledge of the menu and excellent suggestions. I had the Gumbo as an appetizer and the salmon for dinner both were prepared well and satisfying. Prices were extremely reasonable as well.
Bottom line for me in recommending this restaurant is 1) I definitely would recommend this place to friends; and 2) I would return.
I first visited Blue Marlin Several years ago, and I dine there to this day. The atmosphere is nice, the Food is Excellent! I highly recommend the Sesame encrusted tuna, and the Shrimp & Grits. And you cannot leave without having dessert...Strawberry CREME BRULEE CHEESECAKE..It's the talk of the town.