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Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.6
4.6
3099 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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Booked 32 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 3,099 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 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

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    Lunch

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    Neighbourhood Gem

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    Notable Wine List

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  1. D

    Dona

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our server was wonderful and gave us full attention. I would give a 5* review but three of us ordered the entree strawberry salad with goat cheese & pine nuts but we were very disappointed. There were maybe three sliced strawberries and fewer pine nuts. We did order an appetizer that was delicious so it was quite surprising to dislike the salad. Dessert was very good too! I feel certain we will return but order something else.

  2. AB

    AnnB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Motor Supply earlier this week. There was no trouble getting a reservation for a Tuesday night and we were seated upon our arrival. Our server, Stephanie, greeted us within 5 minutes of being seated, took our drink order and let us review the menu. Drinks were delivered and perfectly done after a slight correction, we're very particular about our dry martinis! We ordered the fried oyster salad---beyond delish! The oysters were so fresh. I ordered the duck w/farro, artichoke confit, rutabagas, and a cranberry relish-chutney - done perfectly and delicious. My husband ordered the shrimp and fried grits, that was dynamite! I would order both of these dishes again but if the shrimp & grits were on the menu the next time we visit, I'm ordering that. We shared a Panna Cotta for desert which just a perfect ending. I had a French Gamay-Pinot blend that worked nicely with the duck & my husband has a crisp Italian Pinot Grigio. This was just our second time to MSCB and each time they knock it out of the park.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We have eaten many times at Motor

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Motor Supply’s food, staff and ambiance. One of our favorite places..

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an enjoyable dining experience. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciate that the restaurant rotates various vegan entrees on their menu.

  6. KO

    KrisO

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a very nice dinner

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We weren't super impressed. Their menu is rather limited and pricey. I ordered shrimp and grits which were good. I liked that it wasn't a cream based sauce. My friend ordered the strip steak and it came out the wrong temperature. They happily took it back to prepare it medium rather than rare but it was very tough and grizzly. I don't know that we would return. Disappointing as it is highly recommended.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was flavorful, however it was cold when it got to the table, I feel that it had sat in the window awhile. Also, the waitress did not mention that the special was $26 more than the regular New York Strip which was $42. She stated that it was the same as the NY Strip, but just included a ribeye. Overall experience was good, would have rated them higher if it were not for these two very important details. Probably will go back, but will say something if the food is cold again.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Food was fresh, tasty and portion size was a fair size. Service was sub-par. We waited at least 10min after being seated before being greeted by the waiter. A quick, hey I will be right with you, goes a long way. Service was slow, not friendly, came across rude. The personality was straight faced, serious and appeared to be bothered. It was communicated that the tip was in cash and the waiter grabbed the bill, no eye contact, shrugged a thanks and kept briskly walking by the table. Having waited tables and now an executive in customer service, it was a disappointing experience for our first time and we likely will not return.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Service was excellent and the food was great. However, very pricey. Over all it was a great experience.

  11. JJ

    JimJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Could not have been better. It was a Mothers Day brunch for my wife. She wondered if it was too early to book a table for next year’s Mother’s Day. She had catfish and I had pork loin. Food was outstanding. Our waiter was Blayne R. Was very knowledgeable about menu and was always there when we needed him without being obtrusive. Thanks for a great experience.

  12. c

    chilly

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Rated the food bad as my chicken was raw in the middle, The waitress was very responsive and management did not charge me for my entree

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  14. GM

    GordonM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Motor Supply never let's us down. We will be back

  15. KS

    KrSanchie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Drinks, appetizer and one main dish was great. One dish had over cooked pork. Veggies were perfectly cooked. Service took longer than it should have, even being Mother’s Day. Not my best Motor Supply experience, unfortunately.

  16. MS

    MarkS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another wonderful evening at Motor Supply. This restaurant has moved up to #1 for us in fine dining in the Columbia area. No better dishes anywhere in town for foodies and the atmosphere and the details to service and their customers is 2nd to none. see you again soon. Mark S

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was outstanding!

  18. TB

    TiffanyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious, great service, fresh ingredients, we'll be back!

  19. r

    robertn

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    thanks to our server Stephanie and a late lunch, we got the graduate there

  20. KV

    KatieV

    Baltimore

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Pork Chop w/turnip mash was outstanding , as were the mussels . Our Server Jennifer was perfect -attentive while not overbearing .

  21. PD

    PickleDrPepper

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hands down, Motor Supply is the authentic dining experience in the Midlands and is our go to for special occasions or just because. Discovering what is on the menu each time we go is a treat, and the food is always amazing!

  22. SD

    SDono

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, great service and ambiance.

  23. Q

    Queenene

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Pork chop was succulent but a bit fatty and the turnips, although tasty were undercooked. They didn’t have chamomile tea. The strawberry salad was super and plentiful and my friends loved the chocolate peanut butter desert

  24. f

    frankp01

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is sone of the better restaurants I've been to, anywhere in the US. The creative cocktail list, extensive wine list, and absolutely delicious entrees all make for a very memorable visit.

  25. JB

    JulieB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always have a wonderful meal at Motor Supply! The food was fantastic and the service was excellent!

  26. RC

    RomC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Very nice menu, friendly staff, food was just okay, great place for drinks

  27. AP

    AllisonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great place! My husband and I added it to our "Places to Go Back To" list. Our food was delicious! Everything was presented very nicely and tasty. The staff was wonderful as well.

  28. J

    James

    Charleston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    How can you beat Motor Supply for food and service. My favor it

  29. JS

    JacqSprat

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed lunch on the patio. At our table we had trout, burger and a shrimp fish. Everyone had positive outcomes. Very nice staff that allowed 2of us to be seated prior to opening to discuss work while waiting for our 11:30 business associates to arrive. Always look forward to the menu and good service. Great for business or pleasure lunch/dinners. Parking in lot was readily available at lunch.

  30. JB

    JustinB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great Food. Excellent Service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food came out quickly and was very fresh.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic, as always!!

  32. j

    johnb

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The strawberry salad was wilted and very salty. The entree was okay. There was loud music from the college bar behind the deck seating. The waitress was nice, but she never came to our table to ask how our food was. She gave us the check and never asked if we wanted desert until after she gave us the check.

  33. D

    Dine42

    Savannah

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was excellent. Always good. I had the Sheepshead fish and husband had Shrimp and Grits.

  34. D

    Dottie

    Charlotte

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We had excellent food as always! It was a little noisier than I remembered from my last visit, so conversation at our table of four was challenging.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Daughters birthday

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service.

  37. BH

    BrendanH

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful restaurant and amazing service from Melissa

  38. MH

    MirandaH

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    We have always loved Motor Supply. It was our 1st date and anniversary dinners several times. We went there Friday night for our anniversary and ordered a steak mid-rare. Food came out, sides were hot, steak was cold. Waitress asked if we wanted it heated... At $35/steak i said no I want a new one. My husband enjoyed his food while I waited. My steak came back, it was warm and good...however it was the same steak. Sides were half eaten and steak had same bite marks. I thought Motor Supply was better than Applebee's. Very disappointing.

  39. G

    Gordon

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best fried oyster salad. Great shrimp and grits!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fort Jackson Graduation Dinner and couldn’t be happier with our dinner

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

Motor Supply Company Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 3099 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 32 times today
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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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