Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
2182 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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Houston
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Motor Supply and it remains a good choice for interesting and tasty food. Service was exceptional--especially given the Sat night crowd of Dems in town for the convention. The wine lis--though not extensive-- has some good by the glass options fairly priced. Our meals were tasty with a couple of standout dishes--the charcuterie board and the clam starter. Duck entree was good if a bit dry, the salad was terrific but the shrimp starter was bland.
Motor Supply is in a terrific location as well.

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MY
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great but the food was even better! Rack of Lamb for me and the duck for my wife. We split 2 appetizers, dessert and a bottle of wine. It was exactly what I expected cost wise going into the dinner so not problems there. Even if it would have cost more the service and food were so good it would have been okay with me.

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ES
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Prices too high for amount of food. Food was good, but not great.

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JM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak was chewy , ordered medium rare , it brings sirloin II guess it was to be expected but it was flavorful!?

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CJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Portion size for fish was modest.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saw the Motor Supply Co. Bistro listed in Southern Living as one of the top places to eat in the SE. And it was wonderful. We definitely seek out farm-to-table restaurants; the food was delicious and the service superb.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
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 on June 16, 2019
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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DB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and an always original and creative menu. Comfortable ambience. Nice and reasonably priced bourbon selection.

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and atmosphere

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Charlotte
82 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed this bistro for lunch after reading about it as a top restaurant in Southern Living magazine. It is a hidden gem in Columbia and I recommend it. I enjoyed an entree of chicken curry thighs and my husband had their version of a reuben sandwich. His sandwich was on the skimpy side (hardly any meat), though unique in flavor. If you go, I'd suggest trying an entree as there is much more value presented with these meals. We didn't have room for dessert - maybe next time! Lastly, they have a fantastic wine list - be sure to try something new.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite restaurant!!!

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j
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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 on June 13, 2019
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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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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