Motor Supply Company Bistro

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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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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent, as always. The reason for the slightly lower rating is that we had to wait close to an hour for our food. That in itself was ok, but we should have been given some bread and butter (or equivalent) to munch on in the mean time. Our check for 4 people was around $250, so I think a little bread could have been included. The other problem was that our server was constantly checking on the tables around us, but only came to us once. I had to call out rather loudly to get her attention, since waving my arms in the air didn't seem to do the trick.

S
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived a bit early and were seated immediately. Cocktails came out quickly and were done well. Mushroom-truffle soup was perfectly balanced, so yummy we wanted to lick the bowl! Entrees took some time but myS.C swordfish was delicious as was my friends duck . I love that the menu is locally sourced. We would definitely recommend and return!!

MK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal or cocktail in Columbia.

VS
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique combinations of food. Farm to table fresh. Wonderful dinner

NO
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and lunch was excellent! Citrus salad with salmon - perfect! The shrimp and grits were superb! Met a good friend and was able to converse comfortably. Will definitely return!!

BM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Service staff tries hard. Bar staff is on par, kitchen is out of its league, and management falls very short.

Made a reservation a month ahead of time for a romantic wife birthday dinner

Talk to the owner the day before to confirm some of the details because I had not heard back from them.

Ended up with a table set up in a hurry in the loudest spot of the restaurant when it could have been a quiet and more isolated table in the sweet little covered veranda/patio room.

Pre-ordered a nice bottle of wine hoping it’d buy some credibility for the peace I was looking for but to no avail.

The food is average. I let the Chef select both my appetizer and main course as I often do to avoid ordering the same thing. Scallops appetizers were good, the beans over seasoned. I was served the pork chop for main course, which was quality but overcooked although still moist.

The desert was crème brûlées in which they forgot the vanilla and half the sugar. But that might not be fair from someone who has one of the best crème brûlée recipe in the country. I'll give hem my recipe if they want it, so at least they can fix that.

Staff and management was very friendly and kind. No attitude whatsoever, genuine hospitality, just lacks finesse and skills.

It’s possible I expected too much. My expectation was based on that they were rated # 5 out of 260+ restaurants.

I think they can meet higher standard with better management and training. Looked like no-one was in charge but those who were there tried hard.

Arrived at 7:40 for a 7:45 reservation. Main course was delivered at 9:05.

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NB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was fortunate to bring two "first timers" to Motor Supply to celebrate Boss's Day. They were absolutely blown away. I requested my favorite waitress, Stephanie, and she was cheerful, professional, and informative to my guests. We all had the oyster salad and the redfish entree. I think the redfish was the best fish I've ever had a MSC and I hope it becomes a staple on the menu. The sausage and okra sauce gave it just enough spice without overwhelming the fish. Magnificent!!! One guest had her first creme brûlée and I think she practically licked the dish. Thanks Stephanie and MSC for always coming through for an excellent meal and dining experience. I consider myself a "regular" and absolutely can't wait to come back!

J
New England
132 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Motor Supply Co is our go-to place when we pass through Columbia, SC. This was our fourth visit and as each previous visit it was excellent. Their menu changes daily and is very interesting. I started with a roasted vegetable salad that was warm and tasty. My husband chose the potato leek soup which he enjoyed immensely. We both had the crispy duck entree served with farro and carrots. I probably would not have picked farro if it had been a menu which has you choose sides. But it was delicious with the duck. They have an extensive and interesting wine list. Our waiter was very formal at first until he learned that he could joke with us. He took good care of us. All wait staff pitch in to be sure that meals are delivered from the kitchen the minute they are ready. I always appreciate this type of service. I would highly recommend Motor Supply Co Bistro.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Alice was awesome, food was above average

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was a winner! Each item was exactly as described.

TE
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Usually Motor Supply is the BEST! That night:::duck was wayyyyyy too salty. The sauce on the tuna was also too salty!

JD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 6 all thought the food excellent and the dessert choice improved.

D
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Motor Supply had an extremely nice ambiance and great service, but the food left a little to be desired. I had the duck thigh, and my girlfriend had the cobia, and neither of us were overly impressed by our meals. The flavors were nice and the food was cooked well, but were overly salty and greasy. I am glad we finally made it to Motor Supply, and it was a super nice environment for a date night, but I don't know that we'll be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Night club booming sound was very annoying among with large table of very loud patrons

TH
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Motor Supply is a great restaurant and bar for business meals, dates, or just friends getting together. I was seated on the porch on this last visit, and it was very comfortable, busy with dining activity, but still quiet. Food choices and preparation was fantastic, Salads, Oysters, Grouper special and steak specials were all cooked to perfection and very high quality. The drink menu is always creative, seasonal, and made with the freshest ingredients by an expert mixologist. We even had a perfect dessert cocktail with a flan and creme brule. The wine list is as affordable or pretentious as you want for the occasion. Wine by the glass is great quality, and the list covers any style to quaff or pair with food.
Service was excellent. Good suggestions and around just enough to service the table. A class act all the way around!

AR
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner before the concert. A very enjoyable experience.

CB
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. However the restaurant was freezing.

y
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was wonderful. It's my favorite restaurant, but I've been living in Memphis and it's been a long time since I could go. Did not disappoint!

s
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and wine. Nice space a d good service. Good choice for parents visiting U of SC

BT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, always a little noisy

G
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment... Motor Supply is my go to when I want to expose out of town business partners to our great cities food culture

B
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good meal on a Sunday night.... reasonable prices and excellent food....I loved the scallops and my wife enjoyed her steak....the peanut butter chocolate dessert was nice to top things off!

DB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Hostess very nice and everything very clean. Food was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal- will definitely be back next time we are in Columbia!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my Daughter, a junior at USC out to dinner while visiting her from Virginia for Parents weekend!
We had an awesome meal and an awesome meal.
We both had the snapper and almost licked our plates clean. So delicious!!

DM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food, everything tasted great! Everything comes out in a timely manner and the cocktails were delicious.

A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Motor Supply was the perfect place to celebrate our 6th anniversary. Everything from the cocktails to the food was delicious and unique. Our server Alice was extremely kind, timely, and knowledgeable about everything. Wonderful experience! Can’t wait to go back.

P
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the dining experience was exceptional. The service, food, drinks and value. Although we were there for an “occasion”, it will now be on our rotation of regular dining out.

MG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All fresh daily

LS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely atmosphere

DM
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food at Motor Supply. We were there on a busy Friday night and luckily had reservations. Entrees(duck, steak and halibut) were all delicious. We really liked the mussels just wish it automatically came with bread or crostini but our server was very accommodating and brought us some when asked. Service was attentive but did not hurry us out. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

L
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and menu and service. The food would have been better with less salt.

E
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Motor supply Company: Simply the beat in Columbia.

JE
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch place with a great menu and locally sourced food

MC
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and the atmosphere was great as always. We sat in the bar and had dinner. The Bartenders are professional and personable. Good for the lone business person travelling by themselves. The rest of the restaurant was very busy and all seemed to be having a good time.

DD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food always is terrific. The sign at the street should be more visible though.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing chicken thighs like what was that purée!!!!

EF
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was superb, service was outstanding!

NK
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great time. Food is creative yet well thought out. Will be back soon.

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