Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
2074 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 Josh Streetman.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary Dinner. Treated to a glass of bubbly on the house. Food, wine selection and service were excellent!

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Just a tad bit noisy. Could have used the heaters outside on the porch. Overall a really great meal

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we always enjoy going here. love the food and love the service.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Outstanding quality.

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L
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Used to be one of the best in the city now it’s nothing special. Right when we got there our waiter told us that we needed to rush so they could get other people in for a concert. He totally rushed our dinner. Our entrees came out before our bread basket. Food was lukewarm at best So many other places to go. Prices are still pretty high for the value

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WL
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal before Elton John concert. Shared the beet salad and cheese board--both were excellent. The flounder special and the diver scallops were delicious entrees. Finished with the lemonade cake and rosemary ice cream. My go to place in Columbia!

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VH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! The food is always good and fresh there, and afterward we stopped by the Carole Saunders Gallery to look at their wonderful jewelry. It was really a nice afternoon for our bookclub. We would definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had in Columbia. Fantastic food, fantastic drink.

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d
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We were at guest table uncomforable. Food was excellent. Service outstanding

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DR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Motor Supply always provides excellent quality food prepared creatively and with care. The result never disappoints. When we don’t want to take a chance on a meal, we make sure we go to Motor Supply.

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B
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and server were great. Kitchen was very slow. Long waits between courses.

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MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. Very enjoyable experience.

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F
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, we will come back. Great wine selection. Great food.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food if you're willing to wait, plan to be there 2-3 hours.

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GT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet service and our attentive waiter to the taste of our meal the experience was exceptional.

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w
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times, when we are in Columbia. The food is very fresh and yummy. I especially like the small plates.

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A
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mardi Gras

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always get wonderful food and excellent service.

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DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only – and we mean only – thing that wasn't perfect was that the red fish was no longer available when we dined last Saturday night. But it ended up being a happy accident because my girlfriend ended up ordering the scallops intended, which were exquisitely prepared and amazingly delicious. Best we've ever had, whether on the coast or not! And our waiter, whose name we forget but whom we learned was from New Orleans, was extremely courteous, very attentive and on point with all of his suggestions. We only go out to eat several times a year, so we always want it to be special when we do, and Motor Supply did not disappoint. We absolutely can't wait to go back. Thank you for a wonderful date night dinner!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Different menu every night.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was good. Service was not. They put us in a corner behind a loud heavily intoxicated 4 top and it was very unenjoyable and genuinely uncomfortable. Was ready for the bill 30 minutes in.

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SC
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be the best restaurant in Columbia, by a large margin.

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E
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by Stephanie.

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U
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic, as always. I love going back every time. Unique perk this time was the Mardi Gras theme to the menu. Chef knocked it out of the park, as always.

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CD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bass was delicious. I plan to return when I am in Columbia to try other dishes.

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t
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointed in dining experience versus monetary value. The appetizer was tasteful and nicely presented; I believe this dish is priced valued reasonably. The main dish; the duck was tasty, but it must of really be the runt or leanest of the flock. The vegetables were unrecognizable as they were pureed and a brush stroke of each across the plate. I believe the duck dish is totally over priced and I was still hungry when we left the restaurant. There are tapas restaurants near by which serve small plate meals I have been to and will be revisiting. I believe these tapas are better value in price, meal size and I leave satisfied.

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JB
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to Motor Supply when we are in Columbia. The food is inventive and delicious, the wine list is great and the servers are always amazing!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks and even better service.

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was fresh and flavorful. Server was professional and attentive.
Table and chairs could use an update.

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m
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is very popular. We arrived at 6:00 and it was very crowded and active. Our first trip was a Tues. night supper and I ordered the cheese board. It was delicious. This time, not so much. The bruchetta was cold this time, but the first time it was right out of the oven. The serving of cheese were very skimpy the second time as well. I guess it was a very busy night our second time. However, the snapper meal was delicious! My husband had it both times and it was very good. Nice with a Pinot Gris.

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GD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in Columbia to eat. Wonderful ambiance and staff.

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CT
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A quality option when in the Vista area of Columbia. Would highly recommend their food and service is always great. The bar tenders know how to make those all important craft cocktails without coaching - Always a plus in my book.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re not from Columbia; in the area to celebrate our youngest’s graduation from Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson. In anticipation of being permitted to leave post, our daughter requested anything but an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat). With that mandate, we started searching and came up with Motor Supply Co. Bistro. Our visit met our expectations (set by all the rave reviews) and most certainly exceeded our soldier’s. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant!! Great Bar! Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Excellent area in Columbia to hang out!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time dining there and the Food and service were all excellent... will be back!!

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j
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We've enjoyed many meal experiences at M S. Typically the food arrives in very timely fashion. This time the wait time between ordering and receiving our meal was extensive; 20ish minutes.

Our waitress was extremely attentive and did a nice job.

It just seemed to take a long time to prepare our order.

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BH
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ref snapper entre was amazing. MSB is always so consistent and fresh. Always a great dining experience.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Would recommend for a nice meeting place NOT for a romantic date. Great service. Have eaten at much nicer places for $40 less though. Bill was surprising.
Probably won’t be back because of price point but great for folks who don’t care about value

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for Valentine’s Day, and the staff was amazing. My waitress gave great recommendations and service. The food is great, although the servings are pretty small for the price unless you get the steak, which was a good size.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

$58 bone-in rib eye was awful, veggie main course was amazing. Beer list was top notch... and corkage for my Silver Oak was great!

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