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10 Seafood Restaurants In Columbia, South Carolina

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The city of Columbia is in the heart of the historic state of South Carolina. It was listed by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the best places to retire. Kiplinger Magazine, in July 2013, named Columbia as one of the “10 Great Cities to Live In”. Downtown Columbia is filled with art galleries, restaurants, unique shops, and professional office space. Because the state of South Carolina has direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. It comes as no surprise that the bounty of the sea can be found in the menu of the hundreds of seafood restaurants in Columbia. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 seafood restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina.

1. Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant

Posted by Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant on Thursday, 8 February 2018

This Greek seafood family restaurant has been serving one of the finest broiled seafood for 30 years. Sink your teeth in some Tilapia fillet, Alaskan white fish, Coldwater codfish, and many more. You can even get a slice of steak with fried baby shrimps. The prices of their food are very affordable and their customers like the speed and care in preparing their food.

Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant

Address: 7375 Two Notch Rd. Columbia, SC 29223

Website: Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun, Tue-Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm / Fri-Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm / Closed on Mondays

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

2. Oyster Bar Columbia

Mother Shucker and what we are famous for....

Posted by The Oyster Bar Columbia on Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Dubbed as “The Pearl of the Vista”. This old-fashioned oyster bar serves some of the freshest Gulf oysters, your choice of steamed or raw. They have an assortment of beer and wine to help you wash down your food. We recommend the jalapeno infused vodka oyster shooter to get you started. You’ll love the laid back and casual atmosphere of their place. They said that one of the secrets to their success is their sauce. You can take home a bottle of Mother Shucker’s Original Cocktail Sauce for only USD 6.95 to spice up your parties.

Oyster Bar Columbia

Address: 1123 Park St. Columbia, SC 29201

Website: Oyster Bar Columbia

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm / Thu-Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am / Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

3. Captain D's

Posted by Captain D's on Monday, 11 February 2019

This family-friendly restaurant prides its self on offering affordable and quality seafood. They use ingredients like wild-caught Alaska Salmon, whole muscle fillets battered and breaded to perfection, and other freshly caught fishes. Each one made-to-order to ensure that their customers are only getting quality and affordable seafood. Some of their house specialties are the North Atlantic Lobster Rolls, Giant fish sandwich, Oysters and butterfly shrimps, and Southern-style white fish. Their prices are very affordable because they believe that quality seafood meals shouldn’t break the bank.

Captain D's

Address: 656 Bush River Rd. Columbia, SC 29210

Website: Captain D’s

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

Average price for two people: Under USD 10

4. Ocean View Seafood Restaurant

Posted by Ocean View Seafood Restaurant on Broad River Rd. on Saturday, 30 December 2017

If you’re big on shrimps then Ocean View Seafood Restaurant should be your next stop. They have daily specials with different combinations to ensure that they have something for everybody. However, their mainstay is their shrimps. Fried Whiting and Baby Shrimp, Fried Baby Shrimp and Alaskan White Fish, Fried Flounder with Baby Shrimp and Chicken Fingers, and more. The list goes on and on and you won’t be disappointed with the taste, so get ready for a “shrimp-tastic” time.

Ocean View Seafood Restaurant

Address: 1904 Broad River Rd. Columbia, SC 29210

Website: Ocean View Seafood Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm / Fri-Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

5. Blue Marlin

Posted by The Vista Room at Blue Marlin on Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Enjoy the finest blend of African, West Indian, and Caribbean flavors; a fine dining atmosphere mixed with a familiar home cooking spirit. To get your taste buds fired up, try their Southern Caviar with its “Pimento Cheese” House-made with aged white cheddar. If you want to go green, then we recommend their Blue Marlin Cobb Salad with its perfect herb vinaigrette dressing. Then finally, chow down on the star attraction of this festival of seafood, the Blue Marlin’s Chicken Pasta. Its Chile-rubbed grilled chicken breast with Asiago cream sauce is a dish fit for the gods.

Blue Marlin

Address: 1200 Lincoln St. Columbia, SC 29201

Website: Blue Marlin

Opening hours: (Lunch) Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm / (Dinner) Mon-Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm / Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm / (Weekends) Sat-Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

6. Garners Ferry Seafood and More

Posted by Garners Ferry Seafood and More on Saturday, 9 December 2017

A well-known seafood place in Garners Ferry Road in Columbia. It’s not unusual to see a long line of locals waiting for their orders. Not to say that the service is slow. In fact, the reason why people don’t mind standing in line as they know that they don’t need to wait very long to get their orders. This place is well known for such house specialties like Snow crab and shrimp special, served with potato, sausage, corn, and eggs all sauteed to perfection. Another must-try is the grilled shrimp platter; it has 12 shrimp kabob that goes perfect with the zucchini.

Garners Ferry Seafood and More

Address: 8006 Garners Ferry Rd. Ste C Columbia, SC 29209

Website: Garners Ferry Seafood and More

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

7. Mr.Seafood restaurant

Posted by Mr.Seafood#1 on Thursday, 20 December 2018

This place personifies what seafood means to Columbia residents. The “Mr” in their name implies that they are the very embodiment of good food and service. The owner likes interacting with his customers by sharing stories and taking some pictures with them. If the rapport doesn’t make you want to come back, their garlic butter sauce and blue crab will. We can’t get enough of their Fish and Shrimp Basket “Flounder”, with its two pieces of fish, six shrimp fries, and Hushpuppies.

Mr.Seafood restaurant

Address: 3902 Two Notch Rd. Ste F Columbia, SC 29204

Website: Mr.Seafood restaurant

Opening hours: Wed-Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm / Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

8. The Crab Shack

Posted by The Crab Shak on Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The Crab Shack is home to some of the best blue crabs in South Carolina. A true must try is their Garlic Blue Crab and Shrimp Tray, perfect seafood harmony in one plate. You can amp it up by adding potato, sausage, corn, and egg. If you are a blue crab-eating enthusiast then you can simply order it with no sides. Your choice of steamed, fried, sauteed, or you can even buy them live.

The Crab Shack

Address: 7201 Two Notch Rd. Columbia, SC 29223

Website: The Crab Shack

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm / Sunday 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

9. Blue Fin Restaurant and Bar

This restaurant has an upscale classy design but as soon as you walk in, you’ll notice that there is also a laid back relaxing tone in the air. They also have Karaoke nights so you can be your own superstar. You can order their Seared jumbo sea scallops which go well with their Cajun shrimp penne (onions & peppers, tomatoes, creamy parmesan). They also serve an amazing assortment of beer, wine, and cocktails to help you unwind and let loose.

Blue Fin Restaurant And Bar

Address: 461-4 Town Center Pl. Columbia, SC 29229

Website: Blue Fin Restaurant And Bar

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm / Fri-Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm / Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

10. Pearlz Oyster Bar

Now here is an oyster bar that truly has something for everyone. If you’re out for raw oysters, they have some of the best in town. Order it on the half shell or steamed, it comes with cocktail sauce or mignonette. You can even order some Peel and eat jumbo shrimps served boiled with old bay and cocktail sauce. Their signature sandwiches and burgers include crab cake sandwiches and New England lobster rolls. For the kiddies, they offer fish fingers served with tartar sauce or try out the fried shrimp served with cocktail sauce.

Pearlz Oyster Bar

Address: 936 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Website: Pearlz Oyster Bar

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am / Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am / Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

Deep-sea cravings

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Source: Photo by user Ossewa used under CC BY-SA 4.0

A visit to Columbia will never be complete if you don’t try out most of the places we’ve listed here. To satisfy your deep sea cravings, just take your pick of the top 10 seafood restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina.

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