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Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
4.7
3140 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in the historic Congaree Vista with a heated patio and free valet parking, Motor Supply has been serving progressive, New World cuisine using classic French culinary techniques for over 20 years. Led by Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer, the kitchen's lunch, dinner and brunch handwritten menus change daily, featuring contemporary New American cuisine, with nods to Creole, Cajun, Southern, French and Asian cuisine. Motor Supply works with local, sustainable farms for produce, meats, dairy and more. Seafood is caught off of the SC coast, and all of our charcuterie, desserts, stocks, sauces and dressings are made in-house. The bar boasts an extensive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning list (2006-13), imported, domestic and local craft beers, as well as an artisan farm-to-shaker cocktail list made from house-infused liquors, handmade bitters, barrel-aged spirits and locally-sourced ingredients and garnishes, mixed up by Head Barman Jake Smith.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 256-6687

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Wesley Fulmer

  • Area

    Columbia

  • Cross Street

    Park and Lincoln Sts.

  • Parking Details

    Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.

  • Public Transit

    There are several public transit stops throughout the Columbia, SC downtown area, one of which is located a half-block from Motor Supply Co. Bistro. During the evenings, especially on weekends, taxis are readily available throughout the Vista.

  • Entertainment

    Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia Museum of Art, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; local bars, clubs and nightlife; several hotels and shopping venues all within walking distance in the Vista

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 3,140 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbia

    Lunch

  • Columbia

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Columbia

    Notable Wine List

  • Columbia

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  1. NG

    NathanG

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I have been to motor supply several times and it has always been fantastic. We went there most recently for a special occasion and when we received our meals most food was lukewarm to cold. Everything tasted/seasoned/cooked great. But was cold, so was not the best quality. The manager did try remedy the situation by reheating the food which helped but still not what was expected. Anyway they offered free dessert which was very nice of them. I will go back for sure, but just disappointed which the experience that night. Overall I would recommend.
  2. SG

    StephanieG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped in for lunch on our way to Asheville. Yummy food and great service.
  3. h

    houdinner

    Houston

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific as usual. The salad and cheese plate starters were great, and the NY strip and shrimp and grits were equally good. Capable service as usual. We will be back when pur travels take us to Columbia.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day Brunch
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great Father’s Day brunch!
  6. DM

    DaleM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super good and service
  7. D

    Dirk

    E. Tennessee

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Went to motor supply company for brunch. The location was very interesting. The atmosphere in the dining room and on the porch was unique and different. The menu, however, was very odd. We ordered the most typical “brunch “entrées available. They came out very bland and uninteresting. If the menu is going to be odd, the food needs to be spectacular. With as brilliantly rated as this place was, we were quite disappointed. We shall not return.
  8. AF

    AspiringFoodie

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motor Supply is our go to restaurant for great food and service. This visit was for Father’s Day and everything was great.
  9. MW

    MaryW

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious. Service was excellent
  10. L

    Lindsey

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    💯. Yummy as always.
  11. MK

    MattK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No complaints. The food and drinks were great. Our server was wonderful. We will definitely be back again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place for weekend brunch. Nice menu selection and not too loud.
  13. EM

    EMJJJJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Brunch menu was very limited and definitely not kid friendly. I'm not sure if I will return and if I do it definitely won't be for brunch.
  14. S

    Shauntel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the staff provided great customer services.
  15. KO

    KrisO

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice dinner with my husband
  16. K

    Kimbra

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Food was fabulous! It was expensive for the size of servings. The ambiance is non existent. It is HOT in the dining room and they are very slow to serve entrees, so plan to be there awhile. The server was professional and pleasant but not always there when needed.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails, food, service, we’re all excellent.
  18. D

    Dining68

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place to dine. I was visting Columbia for the weekend and I enjoyed the restaruant. Waitress was very personable and helpful.
  19. J

    John

    Charleston

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding food and service. Tonight we had appetizers of beef tartare and a fried oysters salad. Both were delicious. For entrees we had Halibut and the duck duo, both superb. Ended with chocolate peanut butter tarte, rich and very good. Enjoyed a nice bottle of Williamette Valley pinot noir.
  20. D

    Dannyzzzzzzzz

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonder farm to table menu! Invoative menu and hearty portions. Strongly recommend!
  21. m

    mangiagurl

    Greensboro

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Disappointed in the menu as it never seems to change. Use to Look forward to eating here. Food was just ok but very expensive. Service was slow
  22. b

    beckyh

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The brunch menu needs a Benedict dish. And some bottled water
  23. A

    Anna

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything - the vibe, the food, the drinks, the genuine friendliess of every employee. We'll be back!
  24. HT

    HunterT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner and service were fantastic. Would definitely go again for a special occasion. The food is locally sourced and cooked beautifully.
  25. JS

    JoanneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very pleasant. Unique menu with excellent food using local produce and SC chef. Highly recommended.
  26. R

    Revi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, small portions, food not as amazing as it was in the past. Burger size noticeably smaller.
  27. MO

    MelindaO

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday dinner at Motor Supply for my 87 yr old mother! Great handicap accessibility! Outstanding service and great food and wine!
  28. RC

    RachelC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and staff at Motor Supply were excellent. They were so patient with us lingering for a long business lunch!
  29. BM

    BillM

    Charleston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My favorite restaurant in the Columbia area. Fresh ingredients, great flavor, beautiful presentation of dishes and top notch service. Our table had five different menu items and everyone was arguing that theirs was the best.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service outstanding dining experience! We come back as often as we can.
  31. CB

    CindyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Quick! Great atmosphere! Parking isn’t the best. I recommend finding parking on a side road and walking a block or so.
  32. TS

    TimS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motor Supply was recommended by our niece and her husband as we were in town for their wedding. The staff was incredibly creative and helpful with our large party of 24! The service and food were excellent for our Sunday Brunch. I highly recommend!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch and our entrees were delicious. And try the pimento cheese board as an appetizer!
  34. L

    Lindsey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were terrific. Seeing this restaurant support and partner with local farmers and artists brought so much joy. It was exactly what we were looking for on our trip from Chicago to SC!
  35. KM

    KathrynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, my pork was slightly under but everything was delicious and the service was excellent. We really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend the cocktails.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great lunch with a friend
  37. c

    chrise

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I am not in Columbia a lot - but I found this gem and it is must - great atmosphere and creative menu.
  38. DR

    DavidR

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Good ambiance. Delicious food. Would have liked to see a dinner salad in the menu.
  39. J

    Jane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous! We will definitely be back.
  40. E

    Eric

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased with my experience at Motor Supply. I will definitely return when I am back in town. Great service, food, and atmosphere.

FAQs

Motor Supply Company Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 256-6687.

Motor Supply Company Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 3140 OpenTable diners.

Motor Supply Company Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Motor Supply Company Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Park and Lincoln Sts.

  • Area

    Columbia

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.

  • Public Transit

    There are several public transit stops throughout the Columbia, SC downtown area, one of which is located a half-block from Motor Supply Co. Bistro. During the evenings, especially on weekends, taxis are readily available throughout the Vista.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Wesley Fulmer

  • Entertainment

    Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia Museum of Art, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; local bars, clubs and nightlife; several hotels and shopping venues all within walking distance in the Vista

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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