Motor Supply Company Bistro
Motor Supply Company Bistro

Motor Supply Company Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com/
  • Phone: 8032566687x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
    Friday-Saturday, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
    Sunday, 5:30 pm-9:00 pm

    Brunch: Sunday, 10:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wesley Fulmer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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
  • Special Events: We host a biannual farm-to-table celebration to give back to our local, sustainable farming partners called Harvest Week. For details about the next Harvest Week, visit http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park and Lincoln Sts.
  • 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.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.
A word from Motor Supply Company Bistro
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 Josh Streetman.
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Motor Supply Company Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)special occasion (91)notable wine list (57)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (43)great for outdoor dining (31)great for brunch (30)good for groups (30)hot spot (30)great for lunch (29)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Awesome business dinner
    LindaLou
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    we selected this restaurant for a business dinner, and it could not have gone more smoothly. One of our dinner guests had several food sensitivities and they were really able to guide us effortlessly into selections that would work. I had seared scallops with green beans, and it was outstanding. One diner had the vegetarian dish (eggplant). He thought it was delicious...just wished there had been more. This is definitely "California Cuisine" .. You WILL have room for dessert! I LIKE that...he wanted a little more. Next time he will order a salad pre entrée!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love their food!
    gagalVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We only visit Columbia once every two years for the certain football game but we have been coming here for the last three games. Their food has incredible flavors and I am always intrigued by their food combinations. Makes me want to take out one of my 3000+ cookbooks when I get home and start cooking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner!
    RIdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been here three times and it has always been excellent. The changing menu keeps it fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    rachez
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We came for our 2 year anniversary and we were very impressed. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and made every dish sound delectable. We finally choose 2 different steaks and both were exceptional: crispy and flavorful on the outside and melt in your mouth on the inside. My boyfriend said it was the best steak he's ever had. We can't wait for an excuse to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go to date night!
    cchoos
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always come back to The Motor Supply Company for our date nights. My husband and I love the atmosphere, the service is always great, and the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dining experience
    MichaelBVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Party of 4 and each of our meals and appetizers were excellent. Motor Supply has been a long time favorite and we keep wondering how it just gets better and better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gervais Gem
    Wacowilly
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Don't let the name fool you . This is not a burger and beer joint. My wife and had the Cobia, daughter the CAB sirloin and son-in-law duck. All were exquisite in presentation and taste. Service was second to none. This just went to the top of our list of best places to eat in Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GIGIVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    TOO LOUD - TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THE VALUE AND VERY LIMITED MENU. WILL NOT GO BACK. AND OUR GUESTS FELT THE SAME.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not to be missed
    Ekwalker80
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took my 2 children ages 3 and 7 for dinner. They do not have a children's menu which is wonderful! We enjoyed mussels, the butcher block, salad, and Cobia. The service was friendly and the wine list extensive. They source their food locally and create amazing dishes full of passion! We had a truly amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shen98
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Nice ambiance, nice wine list. Fun bar scene and great patio. Good option for a nice dinner in the vista.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Willie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Would have had 5 stars but the outdoor seating had a huge glare, then the sun was coming in through the unfinished patio and making us so hot we had to move. The waiter said they were almost finished and that it wouldn't be an issue when completed. Would recommend this place, but don't sit outside until they are finished with the remodel. Food was excellent and local/fresh. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    BigJeff
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Service was outstanding, from the time we were greeted at the door to the time we left. Our server was attentive to our needs, helped us decide what meals we were going to have and was knowledgable about the beer list. It's one thing to have someone knowledgable about the wine list, that's pretty much a given, but when you're knowledgeable about the beer list, its a huge plus in my book. Wife and I had the Duck and flat iron. Both were outstanding and cooked perfectly. Great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rawrf
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The experience started outside. Valet was very kind and welcoming. Price included in meal tips only. Hostess was intelligent and quick to help us. Server was knowledgeable. Kindly gave excellent suggestions to aid in our decisions. Appetizer was so good it only left us wanting more. Bread was brought to the table with specialty butter. Bread left some to be desired. Entrees were both outstanding and the menu is fresh and changes regularly. MSco. also had an extensive unique cocktail and wine list. Overall wonderful experience would go back in an instant if looking for a nice meal in the Vista.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hangin in columbia
    visittocharleston
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It is a bit hidden on the main street, but completely lovely on the inside. The patio was just renovated and is quite lovely. The food was amazing! Everything I had melted in my mouth and was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FABULOUS!!!
    grubgirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is my first time at Motor Supply Company. I have been wanting to go for some time and I was not disappointed. I will dine here as much as possible especially due to the ever changing menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    foodiemom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Motor Supply is by far my new favorite restaurant! Small but definitely big in ambiance and overall experience. Our server was promp, polite, and very knowledgeable. The menu changes every night which I personally love. The food is absolutely fantastic and unique with a wine list to match. If you are looking to make an impression or just want to try something fun and new. This, is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    HappyDiners
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our youngest son just started his freshman year at USC. Not being particularly familiar with Columbia we hunted around on online to find a nice place to eat when we come to visit him. Boy, did we win the lottery on finding this restaurant! The food was excellent and the server was very attentive and friendly. The restaurant itself had a nice upscale feel to it without being pretentious. Parking is a bit tight so be sure to take advantage of the valet service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little shy of perfection
    Makeextrasyrup
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After making a res. on OT, we waited another 10 min. once we arrived. We ordered the charcuterie plate, but the pickles were way to vinegar-y. My mom ordered sweet tea & was told they only served unsweet. I get that, but when I asked for simple syrup (something I knew they had at the bar), they told us they only had a little & couldn't give us any. It's only water/sugar; not some magical concoction. Geesh! For a place that touts themselves as local/fresh, they should have a sweetener that's not artificial. The rest of the meal was delicious. We shared the cobia, coulette steak & mushroom/avacado salad. All scrumptious. We eneded the meal w/ coffee & lemon/blueberry cake. Yum. Overall good exp, but I'd work on the sweetener & res. issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected more/better from rec
    7plates
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Never write reviews, but MS was recommended to us by some hometown (Austin) friends. Obviously, we are used to hip dining and "foodie" experiences being from Austin. While the food was good, the drinks were too sweet and the waiter couldn't tell me the ingredients. The staff, from hostess to waiter was blah, and the decor stuck in a time warp. The handwritten menu, while obviously meant to be unique, was difficult to read. Again, ok, but MS so doesn't give a cool, hip, local vibe, farm to table type place that we usually enjoy and are used to. Additionally, we are not food/restaurant snobs, but this place seems to rely on hype and not enough follow through. Would not go back and won't recommend to other USC parents. Up your game.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding Service Delicious Food
    Philly16fam
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    From the friendly greeting we received at the door by Stephanie, to the fabulous service from Emily we knew we had stumbled upon a gem. Each one of us enjoyed our lunch so much that day, we returned two days later for Sunday Brunch! The food was very fresh and the quality for both meals was just delicious and so enjoyable. We look forward to another great dining experience and outstanding service at The Motor Supply Company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food is great, but the cheese grits at brunch were extremely salty. I could barely eat them. Otherwise, the food was delicious. Service was ok. Server didn't separate checks for our 5 party group. She stated would should have told her ahead of time and wasn't very polite about it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious menu
    Sabelle315
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and the cocktails were wonderful. The fresh, daily menu keeps you on your toes so you never have the same thing twice. It's a lovely, small restaurant. If you are seated in the area with the bar, the tables are great and not too noisy. However, if you're given a table in the small entryway, it can be distracting. Staff and other customers constantly walking past your table when you're trying to enjoy a quiet, romantic night can ruin the mood. Try to request a table in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • expected more, got less
    Lynne
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    portions small, prices high, food good, but not good enough to warrant these prices for the small quantity. Scallop appie had 2 scallops for 12 dollars! really? good thing we split it...wouldn't want to ruin my appetite! Husband ordered the hanger steak medium. it came out rare, sent it back. got it back as i was finishing my meal...these things happen, but no compensation what-so-ever. at least offer a free dessert, a free round of drinks or something! cheapos! probably won't be back so soon because of that. I ordered shrimp and grits...nothing special, seemed like frozen shrimp and were small. I had higher hopes for this $100+ meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Colafoodie1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We are never disappointed. Their ever-changing menu ensures that every dining experience is fresh and new! Our favorite restaurant! New York has nothing on Motor Supply!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    YumYums
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a dinner out with another couple who had never been to Motor Supply, and I think we've created new fans! Our meal was very good, although the snapper dish was not as delicious as some of the items I've had there before. Service from Ashley was excellent. Our only true disappointment was that the patio was closed, but we appreciate that it's being renovated and look forward to its re-opening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    not much food for the price but the food was delicious, would not recommend unless someone has a lot of money to spend on food that is delicious and unique but not unforgettable. Just overpriced in my opinion, especially fo rthe amount you get even if is high quality.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep cvoming back
    jscottVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is my second trip to the area and both times I have eaten here. The food and service is great. I will be back next time I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We love that the food is as local as possible. Always fresh and priced right.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great food, very good service and tasty beer. Worth every penny
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    OFPforme
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We scheduled an early wedding anniversary dinner to accommodate travel plans, and the Motor Supply staff once again rose to the occasion! Our food was well served, fresh, and exciting. We were delighted with the entire operation and will travel quite a distance to visit in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Around Excellence
    johnandsarah
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were here Sunday evening for my Mother's Birthday dinner. Our group was seated comfortably at a table for six with plenty of room for drinks, appetizers, and elbows to spread out. Although a pricier dining option I can comfortably say that I have not had a better meal in Columbia, with relaxed but professional service from our amazing server Adam. I would highly recommend that those who love an emphasis on local, farm to table dishes try this spot. The dishes themselves are absolutely phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened?
    Steve
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been a patron of Motor Supply for decades. Thus far, my only bad experience. But it was bad. My wife had the tomato trio, I the duck. Our food looked as though it was pre-purchased of prepared much earlier. The duck looked like a baked skinless chicken. No glazing, sauce, nothing. Just plain duck. Any our dinner was served less than 3 minutes after our drinks were served. Felt very rushed, even though they were not busy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and nice atmosphere
    bulldogdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food here was very good and the atmosphere was very nice. It was a place you can go to get food made with fresh ingredients. My wife and I enjoyed our meal very much. I tasted my wife's swordfish she ordered and it was very tasty. That is saying a lot since I don't normally like fish of any kind. Wait staff was great and everyone seemed to want to make sure we enjoyed out meal. Even the valet asked us when we were leaving how we enjoyed our meal and told us to have a great night and we didn't use the valet service to park our car. Over all it was a great dinner out with my wife.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    very nice food, ingredients were fresh and food was creative, especially enjoyed the tomato trio, and swordfish special. server was nice but seemingly was in a hurry to leave. she presented the check prior to offering dessert, coffee, etc. she actually seemed a little miffed that those things were ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food, service, ambiance all amazing. Adam is the best server ever and all of the food is delicious. The cocktails are just as creative and delicious as the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food!
    Imfromcharleston
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I am not from the area, but next time I am in Columbia, I will make sure to come back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as usual!!
    HolleyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food- amazing!!! Staff- knowledgeable and friendly. You cannot go wrong choosing this restaurant! We took friends that had never been and they were so impressed :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    Colafoodie1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had reservations at 8:30 on a Friday night. Our table was not available when we arrived so we went to the bar for a cocktail. I ordered one of the specials created for the Tasty Tomato Festival celebration. It was refreshingly wonderful...a little kick that was just perfect. We waited about 20 minutes overall for our table which wasn't too bad. We continued our experience by splitting an appetizer that was another Tasty Tomato creation and the duck confit salad. Both were delicious as was the rest of our meal. Everything we ate was carefully prepared and was a true culinary delight. As the menu is always changing to adapt to the seasonal abundance of local fresh food, we definitely can't wait to return for more superb creative dishes!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Motor Supply has become incredibly consistent from start to finish with creative menu options from the bar and kitchen. It can get loud (though not this night), but it's always a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go-to for nice night on town
    Blake
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We really love this place. It's our go-to for a nice night on the town. The food is always incredible and the menu is always new. Their drink menu from wines to cocktails is worth noting. I would give you something specific to try but you really can't go wrong with anything on their menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.