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Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
4.7
3172 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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 256-6687

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Wesley Fulmer

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Cross street

    Park and Lincoln Sts.

  • Parking details

    Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.

  • Public transit

    There are several public transit stops throughout the Columbia, SC downtown area, one of which is located a half-block from Motor Supply Co. Bistro. During the evenings, especially on weekends, taxis are readily available throughout the Vista.

  • Entertainment

    Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia Museum of Art, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; local bars, clubs and nightlife; several hotels and shopping venues all within walking distance in the Vista

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • South Carolina

    Contemporary American

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbia

    Great for Lunch

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Columbia

    Notable Wine List

  • Columbia

    Special Occasion

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for a great meal and a chance to introduce a new colleague to the vista and your establishment. Quiet, range of food options, and an interesting food backstory
  2. LB

    LynnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a wonderful evening and meal with excellent Service
  3. AA

    AidanA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A welcoming atmosphere with excellent food and very responsive service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Disappointed. Food was overcooked and table service not friendly. Menu more limited than expected. Very expensive as well. Will not return.
  5. J

    Jane

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and service are the best in town!
  6. CF

    CassidyF

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really calm space for a quiet brunch, lunch, or dinner.
  7. TC

    TheCoolAzul

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motor Supply is always our go-to for family celebration dinners. Lately we’ve loved going for a wonderful lunch with warm, friendly and attentive service and always fantastic food! Lunch prices are great as well!
  8. KH

    KathyH

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Took my manager for her birthday, was good service and food. When I mentioned that it was her birthday, the server told her that she got a free desert, so she order one and we shared it. Will go back.
  9. SC

    SusanC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had dinner before seeing a show - have eaten lunch here several times but not dinner. Very enjoyable.
  10. RC

    RayC

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a phenomenal experience. Top notch from back of house to front. My happy place in COLA!
  11. RB

    RandyB

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 4 and had a 7 PM reservation and were promptly seated. We all ordered different First Course and then we tried each of them and they were all excellent. Then we ordered dinner and it was exceptional as well. I highly recommend this restaurant and Dave was a super.
  12. P

    Professor

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    mediocre execution. vegetarian dinner was quite poor. seems like things have slipped a lot from visit last year.
  13. CC

    CynthiaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal. Our server made great suggestions to help us with the menu.
  14. NM

    NathanielM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Motor Supply Company Bistro a few times, but my husband had never been. We celebrated his graduation with an amazing meal. MSCB has never disappointed and always has an amazing menu with local farm sourced ingredients. My husband was delighted in his first experience and definitely recommends the braised greens.
  15. NK

    NKYBlue

    Cincinnati

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a favorite of mine when in Columbia. Food and drinks are always well crafted and MS is a perfect place to take out of town guests.
  16. AS

    AnthonyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and atmosphere were excellent!!!
  17. HA

    HarryA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We will definitely eat here again.
  18. K

    Keely

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I used to live in Columbia and Motor Supply was a favorite. This was road trip with two colleagues to visit the Pat Conroy Archives at the U of SC. My colleagues were so impressed with Motor Supply...the food, the service, the ambiance and the prices are all first rate.
  19. e

    elizabethe

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Small menu, delicious dishes, and great value! The valet parking was great too.
  20. PH

    PaulaH

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    As always, the food was delicious. I was bummed I could not order the potatoes as a side dish - this is one of my favorites. Other than that, it was awesome.
  21. P

    Pudge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Small menu, overpriced, but food was good. Noise level high due to noisy large group
  22. PP

    PatPerrella

    Exclusive

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every app, entrée and dessert was amazing. So much flavor. Red fish, steak and shrimp were all outstanding. Server was amazing and folks were so friendly wine offerings very good as well. Definitely worth the money
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place! Blaine, Blaine, Blaine! The most amazing service I’ve ever received. He was attentive, well spoken & handsome. He made our dinner an experience. Summer salads were wonderfully made & delicious.
  24. KO

    KrisO

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, the food was delicious. A fun dinner out with friends.
  25. DR

    DonnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food great as always. service better experience yet and with relatively new server. well run joint.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good, drinks and service absolutely top notch. Unpretentious, informal, yet 5-star in my book!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motor Supply never disappoints, great food and service one of our very favorite spots !
  28. BP

    BillP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, as always, and great friendly service from the hostesses and Rachel our server!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely fantastic.
  30. J

    Jude

    Charleston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently wonderful!
  31. C

    Captain

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have been a patron since early 90’s. We returned to Columbia on a weekend visit with our family and were excited to go to our favorite “date night” restaurant as we had not been in 10 years since our move with careers. The quality appears to have suffered over the years . The culinary creativity and the ambiance is tired. Part of my meal was undercooked as was reported by other guests . It could just be post Covid issues to be generous . The art on the walls was not as impressive as in the past . The wait staff was disinterested and the restaurant was not at capacity, to be fair there could be staffing issues. In summary it’s not the special evening anymore.
  32. JS

    JacqulineS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time eating here and it was phenomenal!!
  33. TG

    TressaG

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, as always! The duck was the best ever.
  34. M

    Mcrobin

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I live in the Asheville area, and were in Columbia for the night for a concert. I researched restaurants in the area and chose Motor Supply Company because of the fresh local ingredients they use. We had a reservation and the hostess greeted us politely and we were seated immediately. We ordered cocktails and they were so good. We shared the cantelope and peach salad and it delicious. I am going to try to recreate this one at home. My husband ordered the pork chop, and I had the tile fish. Both entrees were wonderful, and we ate every bite. We split the chocolate peanut butter dessert and finished the whole thing. Our server was attentive, polite and everything came out in a timely manner, leaving us plenty of time to get to the concert. Next time there is a concert that we want to see inColumbia, we will definitely be back.
  35. AH

    AlfredH

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and great food.
  36. NG

    NathanG

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I have been to motor supply several times and it has always been fantastic. We went there most recently for a special occasion and when we received our meals most food was lukewarm to cold. Everything tasted/seasoned/cooked great. But was cold, so was not the best quality. The manager did try remedy the situation by reheating the food which helped but still not what was expected. Anyway they offered free dessert which was very nice of them. I will go back for sure, but just disappointed which the experience that night. Overall I would recommend.
  37. SG

    StephanieG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped in for lunch on our way to Asheville. Yummy food and great service.
  38. h

    houdinner

    Houston

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific as usual. The salad and cheese plate starters were great, and the NY strip and shrimp and grits were equally good. Capable service as usual. We will be back when pur travels take us to Columbia.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day Brunch
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great Father’s Day brunch!

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 3172 OpenTable diners.

Motor Supply Company Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Motor Supply Company Bistro

920 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park and Lincoln Sts.

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.

  • Public transit

    There are several public transit stops throughout the Columbia, SC downtown area, one of which is located a half-block from Motor Supply Co. Bistro. During the evenings, especially on weekends, taxis are readily available throughout the Vista.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Wesley Fulmer

  • Entertainment

    Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia Museum of Art, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; local bars, clubs and nightlife; several hotels and shopping venues all within walking distance in the Vista

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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