Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
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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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AH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were amazing. We had a reservation for later but they sat us early anyway.
We started out with the charcuterie board and a couple of house mixed drinks.
For our main course, my wife had the duck duo and I had the dry-aged ribeye. Everything was perfectly cooked.
Finished it up with a creme brulee for her and the cheesecake for myself.
We wanted to eat some legit fine dining without breaking the bank for our 15th anniversary and this place delivered in spades.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice waitress and the food was really good! Recommend the pork chop for sure. The building itself is a tiny bit small and crowded for that reason

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful first experience at Motor Supply over the weekend. We arrived at six and it quickly became busy.
Though loud and a bit crowded, we were still able to have a nice conversation throughout our meal. Upon arrival, there was a child playing a game on a device with the volume up quite loud. Management seemed to notice and nicely asked them to turn the volume down which I thought was great. Service was on point; there when we needed it and scarce when we didn’t, allowing us to chat the hours away. My favorite part of the meal was the cheesecake!

BD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Eric, was spot on. Never too pushy but always there when something was needed. The food is just outstanding. Thanks for a perfect evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have ate here a few different times and the food is always the best. It is one of my top two restaurants in the world.....yes the world. The Motor Supply Company is amazing food. You will not be let down ever.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It started with our excellent service from Stephanie and ended with the peanut butter and chocolate desert. The tile fish was out of this world. This is a must in Columbia.

d
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town, but I'll be back if I'm ever in the area.

TE
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Stephanie was Great

AR
Charleston
55 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This was not our first time here, but this time we were sadly disappointed. First we found out that they discontinued bread service. They claim to be a French inspired restaurant, but yet don't serve bread. So we ordered the cheese board as an appetizer because it had bread, but the crostini was so hard it was like eating pine bark. My Spanish octopus appetizer was smothered in a remoulade that overpowered any other conceivable flavor in the dish. The real failure was the 28 minutes it took from clearing the appetizer to having our main course tabled. First we had to capture the attention of our server, Eric, to remind him we existed. He brought the owner over, Eddie, who apologized but offered no explanation or even an offer of compensation. I do recommend the duck duo. However, the breast meat was exceptional compared to the cuisse. Thé Blackberry cheesecake was ...meh. Luckily this was just a Friday night dinner. Had it been a special night we would not be back.

T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 6 and had a fabulous dinner. Delicious cocktails and food. The swordfish, scallops and duck were our highlights. Highly recommend Motor Supply. Our server was also fabulous- knowledgeable, friendly and very patient with us. All around a wonderful dining experience and meal.

NL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good wine selections, delicious food, recommend the creme brûlée.

a
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful olde to celebrate an anniversary

MB
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always interesting. Menu literally changes daily. Food prep is terrific wine list exxellent. Wait staff great will be back.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!!!

RC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply continues to be one of Columbia's great dining experiences. Great food, service, atmosphere.

HA
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was fantastic and I would recommend this establishment highly for what ever occasion.

JE
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! First time dining in Columbia and we couldn't have been happier with our dinner and drinks before at the bar with Josh, mixologist extraordinaire! We wanted to order everything on the New Year's Eve menu. I guess we'll just have to come back!!

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in SC! This gem is housed in an historic building, where art abounds and a huge, stunning antique bar awaits. Motor Supply is competitive with the best restaurants in the world. The owner, Eddie Wales, has devoted himself for many years to making sure his restaurant is consistently the best, by making sure there is very little consistency. The menu is customized daily around the season and best available local ingredients - while also staying ahead on fresh ideas and trends for more more flavorful dishes. You would rarely, if ever, see a menu item you have seen elsewhere. The food presentation always evokes the feeling of fine dining, but the atmosphere is more one of warmth/welcome. Wine offerings are made with great intention and consideration of the menu items and patrons. The bar is beautiful - and Josh is well known for his cocktail creations and suggestions. Though the demand for reservations can be high, Eddie values his patrons and makes an effort to give them his personal attention and thanks.

JE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor supply consistently serves fantastic food and the Sunday brunch is one of the best options in town.

JL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great meal! treat yourself, start with the charcuterie and a craft cocktail (we always do).

I
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husbands steak was the ribeye special, his was good. Mine was the New York strip and was very tough not much flavor. The roasted root salad was very tasty , I would recommend that.

SB
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu choices and great service in a very eclectic and energetic atmosphere. Not too loud for date night, but fun enough for groups as well. Hats off to the chef for the wonderful cuisine and our server was amazing and fun!

G
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delightful food selection and attentive server. Front door service was top notch. Will be going back again.

MC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the variety on the menu with great dishes for omnivores and vegetarians.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow! Homerun. Everything was amazing. Hands down, the best duck I’ve eaten outside of France. The quail was delicious too. Those are really hard and we’re amazing. The guys had steaks and loved them. Cheese and pickle plate was also a nice selection. The deserts were simple but over the top execution.

v
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff very friendly and accommodating.

M
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate during a power outage. The wait staff and management handled it admirably. Highly recommend this venerable Columbia establishment! One of my family’s favorites.

MW
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and quality food

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and flavor!

CF
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak Tartar was wonderful. The grouper was delicious. Service magnificent, waitress worked with the chef to get our side dishes just saw we desired.

C
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved a dinner out at Motor Supply. From appetizer to entree to dessert, it was all excellent!

OT
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely a foodies heaven..............................................................................................

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumptious

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience, we were a party of 7. The food was more quality than quantity and the service was great. There wasn’t anything we order that wasn’t outstanding. Only thing we are sad about is that we didn’t discover Motor Supply earlier in our daughters stay in Columbia at college.

l
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Worth a visit when in Columbia. Quite busy in a good way I suggest making a reservation. My wife and I were very satisfied with our visit.

b
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our night was amazing! The food and drinks were fantastic. The service was beyond great. We were celebrating our 10th anniversary and were greeted with a glass of champagne. Our server Eric went above and beyond to make our night perfect. Motor Supply never disappoints!

B
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply continues to be a go-to place for dinner, especially with out-of-town guests. Regardless of where they are from - San Francisco, Tampa, NY - or their food preferences, the unique choices offered at Motor Supply delight everyone. Thanks for still being exceptional after all these years. Happy 30th anniversary.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall good meal. Grill was closed, so steak wasn’t available. Wait staff and atmosphere were outstanding. Entrees and first course were excellent, but sides were underwhelming. We left not feeling full.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary Dinner; good food, great service.

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