Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
2174 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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AJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

My steak was not cooked to order, I requested medium well and it was served a red medium. Overall, the ambiance and fine dining was wonderful!

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ES
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our evening at Motor Supply! The menu was super creative and the food was delicious. They also have a great wine selection and our service was fantastic!

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

It took an hour and a half to be served our food. Very slow service overall. My husband had scallops for dinner and was ill all night and now we are on day 2 at our daughters orientation and he is still under the weather. Pretty certain it was from his meal. Would not recommend this restaurant

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RC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and atmosphere

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite restaurant!!!

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j
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in Columbia, food and service are always top notch. Chef Wes Fulmer is always changing up the menu with fresh local foods and new preparations. Josh behind the bar is one of the top bartenders in the south. Worth the trip if your in Columbia.

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TB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I got the flank steak medium well; came out medium ..... waiter immediately notice it and ask if I wanted it more cook; after
That the food was perfect

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MP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The kale with chicken salad was disappointing. Kale was extremely tough and very little “stuff”(chicken , carrots, etc) in the salad. Guess I should have gotten a sandwich... they looked delicious!!!

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KV
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! I’ve visited many of the better restaurants in cola and this is top 3 for sure!!!

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v
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, best shrimp & grits I have had so far.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, exceptional service... We did feel the items were overpriced for the portions.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an AMAZING steak!!! The service was primo and the wine list is great!!

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AF
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group for my daughter’s high school graduation. Motor Supply was able to accommodate us with a great table. Food and service were wonderful.

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HF
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were in town from Durham,NC for my Husbands hip surgery and the nurses highly recommended Motor Supply. The food was disappointing. I had the tomato soup which was a bit watery but most disappointing was the brisket sandwich as the bread was sopping wet from the side salad. I was starving so ate it but not a great experience. I did take my Husband a piece of peanut butter chocolate pie for a post surgery treat and he proclaimed that outstanding.

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JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We loved the free valet parking and service was very nice. But the food was subpar and my salad I thought was a joke. The chicken looked like tiny pieces of hard defrosted chicken and it tasted like it too..

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s
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good Vista location. We had an excellent experience - thank you!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. We love motor supply!

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ML
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food an service! The menu was very adventurous! I loved the Spanish Octopus! It was very tender and tasteful. The fried oyster salad was fantastic too . . . Lightly ‘dusted’ and golden brown! Definitely recommend the MSC Old Fashioned too. See you soon!

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

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Each person, in our family of 6, ordered a different dish, and we loved them all!

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CE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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HS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For a quiet Saturday lunch with wonderful service, very good food and great drinks, go to Motor Supply.

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BK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another great meal at Motor Supply! Everything was fresh and delicious and perfectly cooked. Will definitely be back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time! Cocktails were amazing, and the dinner menu had lots of options. Dessert was a must...we ordered multiples. Always a pleasure!

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BF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated us very well, great food

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AM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great anniversary dinner!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend from Charleston for lunch to encourage her through a difficult time. The setting was quiet and we were seated in a private spot as requested. My friend had a pork chop dish w/ beans that she loved. I had a grilled chicken breast w/ Mexican Street corn. My dish lacked flavor definitely not Motor Supply quality. I’ve enjoyed many delicious meals here before and will be back. Please add the Twisted Sister Cocktail w/ Basil Hayden’s Bourbon & St Germain back to the Cocktail Menu it is my absolute favorite.

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MA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful night with friends at Motor Supply. Ownership and staff are incredible and the food is great. Josh Streetman was behind the bar and made us great drinks and turned me onto a special bourbon he had in house.

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BM
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here before for dinner but never lunch. Lunch was super. Great food, wonderful service and the portions were lunch appropriate. Clearly one on the best places to eat in Columbia.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always unique and delicious. Service was incredible, and the quaint space creates the perfect setting to celebrate with a few friends. Loved it!

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

At 10:30 on a Saturday night the place was empty and the waitress desperately wanted us to leave - very disappointed in the experience and this is one of my favorite restaurants in Cola

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat in Columbia! We loved our food the other night. One minor snafu...I ordered the Strawberry Creme Brûlée, but was served the regular Creme Brûlée. I was offered a free dessert for the mistake. I really suffered through that regular Creme Brûlée!

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k
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant always meets your expectations. Service is excellent. Starters, entrees and desserts are great. Drinks in particular are very good. They are on our regular dining list.

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RH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, but not intrusive.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyable evening, great food in a cool environment. Looking forward to my next visit

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and his prom date were the ones who went and they absolutely loved it. My son doesn't even eat vegetables, but he said that even the vegetables were delicious 😄

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BA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really excellent food! Responsive and very knowlegible service. A bit noisy.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good food but went for the atmosphere and cool asthetic

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had the yellow tuna which was wonderfully prepared and the presentation was great. Next we had the scallops which also were excellently prepared and presented. Caulifleur mashed potatoes....AMAZING.
Mike our waiter, forgetful but quick on the pick up. Great personality made up for having to repeat our app order to him.
There was not much room between tables so we heard everyone's conversations which made it loud. In addition, when my date moved his chair back to get up, he bumped right into the back of a patron at the table behind him.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were real good too much background noise for my liking would not sit in the sunroom next time but we will go back.

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