Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
2961 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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4.7
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4.6
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Larry
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The brunch was cold, but burned and very salty. The service was exceptional.

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TomL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service, and atmosphere! Convenient on-site parking, too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family lunch before we scatter for the holidays. One of our fav restaurant restaurants. Never disappoints.

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vipColaK
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exemplary service of delicious and creative dishes in a lovely environment.

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vipJeffL
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was disinterested. They seemed tired and bored. Potions were shockingly small. On a brunch platter of eggs, grits any a biscuit, there was more visible plate than food. I'll never return.

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Charlestonfoodie
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately it was underwhelming. Some of the apps were good, but from our party of four no one was impressed with their entree. For reference we ordered cocktails, apps, entrees, wine, and desserts and we left feeling underwhelmed. Maybe it was an off night though, because the restaurant was full.

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vipNonnaB
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply never disappoints. Our go-to for an outstanding dinner. To make the night even more special, our favorite server, Stephanie, has returned! Yay!!!

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vipmaxwellevent
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I have eaten at MSC Bistro several times and enjoyed the meal. This time it was sub par. I ordered a beet salad and the strip steak. The steak was the most expensive item on the menu, however, the steak was cut thin and tough. The flavor was suitable but you needed to chew small small pieces in order to swallow. My husband finished my steak, but I should have sent it back. The side vegetables were hard and under cooked as well. Beet salad was fair.

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AprilK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed dinner and service at Motor Supply.

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PamM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply is, hands down, the best restaurant in Columbia. The menu is amazing, wine list is extensive and their cocktails are amazing! Our server was Stephanie and she was so attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. If you have never eaten at Motor Supply, you are missing out!

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GraceS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoy office lunch meetings here, the ever evolving menu means a new chance to taste something new without any disappointment!

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JulieB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic here! We have never had anything less than an amazing meal at Motor Supply!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the simple man was delicious! Highly recommend to just get away from it all.

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vipSenwho
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Another great Sunday brunch at Motor Supply. The menu is different each time and is always interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the country

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

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SitaTown
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was fantastic! Service was super slow. Waited too long for cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and consistently good service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great too! The portions are a bit small but still the value is good because it tastes so yummy that you leave very satisfied. Will definitely be back whenever we visit our son at U of SC!

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance!! Amazing food. The New York strip was pricey ($45) but had wonderful flavor. Duck gumbo was also amazing. Our waitress was knowledgable, attentive and gave us wonderful descriptions of the entrees. Great recommendations. A memorable meal and dining experience! We will be back!

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JackG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this gem while traveling from the coast back to the mountains and used it as our halfway point, and it was quite the find. We were greeted at the entrance with complimentary valet parking, and then we were seated in less than a minute with our reservation. We ordered the blackened catfish, which was seasoned perfectly and served with local red rice. We also had the brioche French toast and creamy scrambled eggs. A mimosa and excellent gin cocktail rounded out the meal. The service was on point, and the setting was intimate and relaxing. We will definitely make this our go-to when in Columbia.

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Zchan
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good atmosphere, great brunch food, and good drinks. Recommend!

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BerksCouple
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipWelltraveledfoodie
Charleston
176 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Both the Red Fish and Lamb entrees were outstanding. The salted chocolate peanut butter bar dessert is awesome.

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vipCharlesP
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining spots in Columbia. We try to dine here whenever we come to town. Locally-influenced menu, enticing specials, nice wine list, and great service.

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vipKristiB
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Motor Supply when we are in Columbia. Las night the food was great.

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vipNonnaB
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply is my favorite Columbia restaurant and never, ever disappoints. We met our Granddaughter (a sophomore at UofSC) for a dinner treat and that it was. It’s wonderful to have such fine dining in our own backyard!

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RichardF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to have lunch or dinner at Motor Supply. Over the years probably one of the most consistent dining venues in Colatown!

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, but the noise level made it difficult to hear 2 of my guests who were not next to me.

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PhillipY
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just didn’t walk away thinking that this was something special that justified the prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend from Charlotte loved it as much as I do!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sydney, the hostess, was very polite and got us seated promptly when we arrived. Our waitress was attentive and the food came quickly. Excellent experience.

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EvelynH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice birthday dinner. Service and food excellent. Complimentary dessert was a nice touch. Nice quiet corner table was great. Great place for a celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Table was ready as soon as expected and service was great. The cheese plate was well appreciated by the table but both the catfish and french toast were nothing special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the cooking. The quail was one of the best among many restaurants where we had tried this dish - tender, juicy and tasty. The pork chop was also one of the best. Shrimp and grits was pretty standard fare and was ok. Wish they would offer more interesting choices for dessert.

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GGgrand
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Motor Supply is traditionally a good place to eat. Our dinners on 10/24 were both outstanding. The service, when we had it, was good but our waitress was frequently no where close which wasn’t consistent with the high quality of the meal. Still I’ll take it every time as opposed to great consistent service and mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service! It was a bit loud and in the beginning it was cold in the window area.

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AGMK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
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 on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLAdins
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal and Rose provided amazing service.

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 2961 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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