Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
2940 Reviews
$30 and under
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 Jake Smith.

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AGMK
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We used to love Motor Supply but the last few times we’ve been in, it’s been a bit disappointing. The falafel was a delicious small plate and made for a great appetizer, split 2 ways. The swordfish was overdone and the sides where undercooked. The beans were still crunchy. The duck duo was delicious! Unfortunately, same story with the sides. The broccolini was barely cooked, raw to the point of almost being difficult to cut, and very crunchy. (And I tend to like my veggies on the underdone side!) the grains were undercooked, as well. However, the flavor on everything was delicious! And we very much enjoyed the chai spice cheesecake. Overall, not a bad experience but the kitchen has some things to work on.

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David
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect from parking, to service to food was outstanding.

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vipLAdins
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal and Rose provided amazing service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Awesome services

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ChrisW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. The food was just amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite date night restaurants. The food is great -- hard to go wrong with the steak option of the day or shrimp and grits if the seasonal offerings are not to one's liking. The service is always top notch and the valet parking makes parking in the Vista a breeze.

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MydaT
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Abbey was just wonderful! And the food, great as always.

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ClaudineI
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A nice surprise to find this in the Vista. Didn't appear to be much from the outside. Host staff was outstanding. Valet as well. We tried the Steak - Pork and Duck. All were very good but the Duck especially was outstanding. Combination of flavors were very well done. They do crafted cocktails very well. Wine list just ok.

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KaylanN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, waitress was very helpful. Food and drinks were delicious!

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vipFriday
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Great food and good wine selection

WB
WillBBack
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to go whether for a special occasion, we went for a birthday dinner, or a luncheon with friends! The menu changes and the choices are always interesting and exquisite! The drinks are diverse and beyond tasty!! The staff friendly and wonderful and the atmosphere relaxing and many interesting paintings to look at!
Overall one of the top restaurants in the area.

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BARBARAB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service. Just what we were looking for date night.

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billyidol197
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our anniversary. We had been before at Sunday brunch. This dinner was great! They brought us a champagne toast for our anniversary, the food was delicious, the cocktails were superb. You should come here anytime you are looking for a great dining experience in Columbia.

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FrancesH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, wonderful food. I've never had a less than fantastic meal at Motor Supply. It is always a treat.

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Alex
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best restraunts in the Columbia area. Always a fantastic dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

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amandar
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I haven't been here in a few years. The menu is no longer hand written. The choices weren't that great or different from years ago. I don't know what happened to the cheif but bring him back! You can tell there is a huge change in the food.

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TommyG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was everything we we were hoping for for my wife's birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate and relaxing….will definitely be coming back!

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DinaS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, waitstaff was informative and attentive. The snapper was very good and the sides were complimentary of the dish. The duck was good as well. The vegetarian plate was lacking and could have been better. Dessert was good and the drink/beer selection was good as well. The overall price was a little high.

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ncccc
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I am not normally one to complain. The atmosphere was nice, but it was just a bit too noisy. I expected maybe a bit of music for the ambiance or something. Service was slightly delayed, and I do not think we were checked on when it was necessary or when we needed anything. I think had we been checked on before our drinks were empty, we would have been more likely to order more drinks. I ordered the filet and I was really excited to have it since the server recommended it. I was expecting a tender, juicy cut of meat, and instead it was dry, unevenly cooked, and fatty. Overall, the meal was underwhelming. The server was very sweet, and I know it was not his fault, as he did not cook the food. Maybe I picked poorly last night. But I do not think the quality of the meat I received was worth $45.

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FredC
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp cooked to perfection…not over-cooked. Excellent service.

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Nancy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated on the porch which was great atmosphere. Our server Millie was outstanding. Service was prompt and courteous. The meal was outstanding. We had a great time. It has been awhile since we had been there. We were so glad we dined there and will definitely be back soon.

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biggtroy
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall quite good but a couple of our dishes were way over salted.

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MeganK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible lunch for my husband’s birthday and we will absolutely be back in the future!

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WonderWarthog1952
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Motor Supply never disappoints. Creative dishes beautifully presented and, most important, delicious.

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carolm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a bit noisy but the food and service were both great.

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vipBigjoe
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place...you can't go wrong eating at motor supply. Great service, food,and abeyance

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was very good and cooked as requested. Staff was accommodating and checked in often, but not often enough for drink refills and some other needs. It was very loud towards the later time, but that is no fault of the restaurant; so ambiance and intimacy was challenging to talk/connect.

The quality of the food was top-notch, but the amount of quantity of some menu items was sparse. For example, the pork belly was tiny portion, but more aimed at presentation/taste.

Spent $250+ for two people dining with one appetizer each and two entrees and a drink each.

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AnitaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails. Tried a few and they were delicious. Had the steak and was cooked perfect.

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vipKristiB
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor supply is always good. We have been coming here for years. Great lunch dinner or Sunday brunch

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davidt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great
Will do again

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LisaJ
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great from the time we checked in, until we checked out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was all great. The food was delicious and enjoyed the service. The menu was just a little limited. Wish there were a few more choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was not up to par for them. Service was fine.

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JayKayBee
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed a nice brunch with my daughter during USC family weekend. We were seated at our reservation time (actually a few minutes before) on the lovely patio. Fairly limited selection for brunch but both of our meals were yummy (salmon salad and shrimp and grits -with a side of crispy potatoes to share). I'd like to return for a regular lunch or dinner. Service was great. I definitely recommend!

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Good brunch options. Great service.

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vipNYgirl
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great meal and good service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience; awesome food & service

MW
MichelleW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal for our 4 month anniversary was a highlight of our visit to Columbia.

FAQs

Motor Supply Company Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 256-6687.

Motor Supply Company Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 2940 OpenTable diners.

Motor Supply Company Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.motorsupplycobistro.com/gift/gift-certificates/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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