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Motor Supply Company Bistro, Columbia, SC
Motor Supply Company Bistro, Columbia, SC
Motor Supply Company Bistro, Columbia, SC
Motor Supply Company Bistro, Columbia, SC
Motor Supply Company Bistro, Columbia, SC

Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
4.7
3800 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in the historic Congaree Vista Motor Supply has been serving progressive, New World cuisine using classic French culinary techniques for over 20 years. The menu features contemporary New American cuisine, with nods to Creole, Cajun, New Southern, French, Italian and Asian cuisine. We are Columbia's foremost "farm to fork" restaurant, working with local, sustainable farms for produce, meats, SC seafood and more. Seafood is caught off of the Carolina coast, and all of our stocks, sauces and desserts are made on site, including our charcuterie, with house-made sausages, bacon, country pate, and rillettes, all the way down to the pickles and mustard. Our early 19th century, solid-oak bar with marble columns, imported from Europe, serves 180+ fine wines, an extensive list of 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • 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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What 3,800 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Great for brunch

  • Columbia

    Innovative

  • Columbia

    Healthy

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Columbia

    Great for fine wines

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

3,800 Reviews
  1. CraigG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as was the service. The side dishes were very flavourful. Really nice experience.

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  2. LyndaLou

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service. Menu changes with fresh items daily. Love farm to fork and local ingredients

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    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, but far overpriced for quality. Went to California Dreamin’ the night before. Equal quality, equal service at half the price.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still the best in Columbia. The care spent in the kitchen shows well on the plate.

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  5. MurphyGirl

    Atlanta Metro

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and I order the Shrimp and Grits and it was the worst ever. I couldn't even eat mine. We were so disappointed as we frequent this restaurant and have always had great experiences. There must have been an issue with the kitchen staff as we noticed a manager taking team members outside one at a time having a conversation. Someone must have been distracted as our food had absolutely no flavor. Truly bumped as we were celebrating an anniversary. I will try them again in a few months, hopefully they will have worked out the staffing issues.

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  6. Vivian

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brandon, our server, was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed our food!! My husband is vegan and he said the Summer Squash entree was, by far, the best he’s had dining out! We sat on the “patio” and, as a party of 6, were able to converse easily! Perfect evening…..disappointed that Brandon will be leaving to pursue his career dreams but know he will be highly successful!! No doubt we will be back soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish, Motor Supply did not disappoint. We were greeted by the owner and brought to our table. Eddie and his staff was friendly and professional in their service. The food was excellent and presented perfectly. Highly recommend eating here for a beautiful night out.

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  8. JohnK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent meals at outstanding venues at a very superb resort in Asheville five days in a row before going to Motor Supply. Motor Supply was even better, though somewhat less expensive. Three of us had halibut, which was prepared perfectly.

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  9. AliciaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service provided by Stephanie and fantastic food!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience, they gave us a complimentary champagne toast for our anniversary. Our waitress Michele was very attentive and knowledgeable with a great personality. The food and signature drinks were very good too. We had the bre and prosciutto app, followed by the NY strip steak and tempura crab. All very well put together, nice presentation and very tasty. We also had the cheesecake after dinner which was a nice size piece and very light.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Number one best halibut dish ever! Great service, excellent food fun place

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  12. EllenW

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service! The entire staff was incredibly nice.

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  13. TracieB

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Motor Supply remains a modern classic, always bringing the fresh culinary trends in a warm, comforting way that feels approachable and welcoming. Delicious!

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  14. TomS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Really enjoyed the meal (brunch) and the experience. We were very well looked after by Brandon. Very well versed in the menu & wine list and outgoing without trying too hard. We sat on the porch where it was quiet but the whole restaurant had a nice calm feeling about it. I highly recommend it and will return.

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  15. JuliaH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delish! Service was great, not too pricey, everyone loved their meal (brunch). Will be back

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  16. sarahp

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite brunch spot! Love the pimento cheese and deviled eggs to start. Curry shrimp and grits was a perfect spice level. Hubby enjoyed the pork.

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  17. DottieR

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My meal was not up to the standard I have come to expect from Motor Supply. The locally-sourced, grass-fed beef was flavorful but full of fatty and some gristled areas. The broccolini listed on menu description turned out to be a few nearly hidden stringy green pieces mixed with sauced potatoes which I thought to be herbs. The potatoes were barely warm and the sauce was unappealing in both taste and texture.

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  18. Gerry

    Atlanta Metro

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was well done but a lot of food allergens and no substitutions allowed so you lose an item. Only offer was to leave it off. Service very nonchalant

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  19. RobertD

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always. The soft shell crab was perfect and our server was on point. As always a wonderful meal start to finish.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Heather did a phenomenal job serving us. The food is always amazing

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  21. StillHungry

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around. Food, service — all top notch. Will definitely go back.

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  22. clinewalt

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my son out for a birthday celebration and neither of us had dined at Motor Supply. All aspects of the meal lived up to its reputation- service, drink, food and atmosphere were perfect. We love the farm to table experience!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Columbia SC! Today I had the eggplant and cauliflower vegetarian dish and I highly recommend it!

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  24. JuliannaB

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So amazing! Second time at Motor Supply and I cannot recommend it more. I have a reservation set for next month and I can't wait!

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  25. JulieE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The bartender was in a bad mood and was short unpleasant while we waited for our table. The food was good but our time was spoiled.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor selection of food for Easter Sunday. What a disappointment! We expected a nicer menu than what is offered every Sunday on Easter Sunday. No wonder it was easy to get reservations! Won't go back.

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  27. JanT

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff up front was very friendly and efficient. The server seemed like she did not want to be there. She took care of us ok but was not friendly and never smiled once. It seemed like she was going through the motions and did not want to be there. The appetizer we got was good and had great flavor. The French toast, eggs, and bacon were good. The honey chicken thighs were very dry and not much flavor. The Brussell sprouts had no flavor at all and were barely cooked. My daugheter lives in Columbia and we were looking forward to eating here, but it was not up to par with what we were expecting unfortunately.

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  28. Besteats

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Motor Supply is consistently the best restaurant in Columbia. The menu changes daily and they use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The best!

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  29. DavidB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I was disappointed. Service was lacking (staffing), tho’ server had great personality. Little things that added up (no spoon for crème brûlée & other minor issues that just added up). Food not the same quality it had been on previous visits (special was a ribeye, okay at best & the desert cakes were simply dry). Bathroom trash bin was full when they opened at 5:00 PM & never emptied. Just very disappointing for a restaurant of this cost. Ambiance is fantastic, noise level was really low considering it was busy. Hope they can get it together but for the $$$’s I’ll go elsewhere in the future.

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  30. RWright

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a good experience including ambience and the waitress except I didn’t get enough to eat. I ordered the trout. It was beautifully prepared, but there was a VERY small serving of the vegetables that came with it. The sauce for the fish was artfully smeared over half of the plate but using a very small amount, and the braised vegetables were tucked under the thin filet of trout—and not much of them. I don’t have a trencherman’s appetite, but even for me it was not enough food.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Motor Supply has traditionally been our favorite restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., however this visit was lackluster with service and food - room temperature at best. Drinks were fine. Overall this was not up to Motor Supply standards.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate before an evening event at the Colonial Life Arena. Great location to the event and our hotel. Food was awesome and it was nice to have an option that was not a burger.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fav 1st course was the Artisan chz &pickles! Tomato jam was amazing! The Cobia was perfect, Steak was great, duck was amazing! Skip the Curried Shrimp and Grits; despite the name it was blah with little flavor. 🥲 Service was spot on!

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  35. James

    Charleston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Don’t often find Cobia on a menu. Motor Supply does it better than most.

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  36. JayM

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was wonderful as usual. Stephanie make our dining experience extra special.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere. Cool temp compared to outside. Small selection, very good food, high end prices. Nothing to complain about. Would return.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed every aspect of the meal. Shared Mussels and the Pork Belly for appetizers, shrimp and grits, the strip, and the pork chop for the meal…all were outstanding! Great “old fashioned” cocktails, excellent wine, and professional service. Highly recommended to us and didn’t disappoint! Plan to come back again!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a nice time here for our date night, but this time was even better. The mussels appetizer was fantastic, so much so that they should make an entree dish out of it. Our server, Patrick, was amazing and definitely deserves credit for making our time there so nice.

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  40. Crystal

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I typically have a good experience at motor supply but this visit just didn't hit the spot. Service was average. Food was underseasoned and nothing special. My friend and I both got the breakfast bowl and felt the same.

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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 3800 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

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • 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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