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Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.8
4.8
3272 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

7:00 PM


Booked 44 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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What 3,272 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 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

    Innovative

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Columbia

    Great for fine wines

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. MT

    McTaia

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Cocktails! Michael crates best in the city. Create Menu. Live the atmosphere. Cheese Board was phenomenal.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Sat at the bar had a lovely time. Catfish looked delicious wish I got that.
  3. JS

    JudithS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Sunday brunch option as it is an easy walk to venues.
  4. K

    Kayla

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Decent place, but food was cold and not super flavorful. Drinks were great. For the price, I’d rather any of the other nicer restaurants that I’ve been to in Columbia. Came here for my birthday dinner and was a bit disappointed.
  5. KW

    KaylaW

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was.absolutely amazing! We will be back
  6. KM

    KatieM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and ambiance. Dessert was delicious!
  7. BB

    BettyB

    New Mexico

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Stephanie was fantastic and described entrees making it hard to pick but we settled on the pork chop, the butternut squash steak and an arugula salad. Everything was perfect. We’re from NM so eating here was a treat.
  8. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice cozy/fancy restaurant. Their menu changes frequently and what they serve is top notch quality. The staff are amazing and the food is outstanding!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patrick was our server and he was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious, his storytelling of the options was spot on. We had the old fashioned and queen of spades. Queen of spades is my new favorite espresso martini in town. We got the cheese and pickle plate which is so much better than charcuterie boards and the tartare which is also now our favorite tartare in town. We got the duck duo and the ny strip. Couldn’t go wrong with either, both SO DELICIOUS and super filling. The crème brûlée topped off the night perfectly. Already planning our next trip to Motor Supply and love how every experience will be unique and different but always amazing!
  10. JD

    JeffD

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food. We were accommodated with last minute change in the number of diners.
  11. f

    foodie

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Farm to table restaurant that provides excellent service w/ a nice ambiance.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was great, service was not what it normally is. Disappointed in our waitress and how she treated and spoke to us. She just acted annoyed the moment she walked up. I’ve never experienced this here before.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Farm to table and top shelf food. Make it happen here when you’re in town.
  14. AE

    AngieEatz

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service
  15. C

    Carriewat

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner and service.
  16. DW

    DebbieW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal very much! The server was courteous, friendly, not obtrusive, and timely throughout. The cheese & pickle tray was a nice start and salads were fresh with an interesting, tasteful ingredient assortment. The mahi entries were excellent, the snapper had the same preparation, but was not quite as perfectly prepared. The Verde was the only “ok” part of the plate, and was outshined by the rest of the presentation. The shrimp dish was taste-full, but removal of the tails before serving would have made it so much easier to eat (got a bit messy). Coffee and desserts were all stellar! The crème brûlée was the best I have ever had. The texture and contrast was perfect.
  17. W

    Welltraveledfoodie

    Charleston

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pork belly appetizer was fabulous. Both snapper and duck entrees were outstanding. Chocolate peanut butter bar dessert is not to be missed.
  18. JS

    JayS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Motor Supply never fails to impress us. We've been going there for years and love it. Last night was no exception, from the valet to hostesses, wait people, food, all was absolutely great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    So you have to know my background to know why I rated this place the way I did, I'm quite the foodie and am snobby about it too, I'm also aware not everywhere is going to cater to my taste buds. However I am also very well experienced with upmarket food, I worked in a 4-star National Trust Hotel in a 2 Rosett restaurant when I lived back in England. In my dish the collard greens were good nice and acid and tangy not had them like that before, however, the rest of the dish had a strong pepper tone to it so it all just tasted the same, my husband's duck was supposed to be medium-rare it was more medium-well, also not to mention the only choice my 3-year-old had was a grilled cheese with broccoli, not many kids are likely to eat broccoli and the grilled cheese was burnt, what option would you have if your child has a dairy allergy with only that one option?. we was out for my birthday. The food was edible we ate it, well I ate mine my husband ate what he could of his, but I wouldn't go back and I wouldn't recommend this place I'm sorry, if you are going to have Duck on your menu then you need chefs who know the meat and what compliments it because they did here.
  20. l

    lisap

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal with excellent service. Would go back again and again.
  21. s

    sclgeographer

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    food was great. very charming server…but service was slow. however, i wasn’t in a hurry either. great cocktail with lavender.
  22. KK

    KeriK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was friendly and professional. Food excellent and the atmosphere was cozy and romantic
  23. T

    Traveler

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is aces.
  24. NK

    NKYBlue

    Cincinnati

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place. Nice fall brunch menu. Food prepared really well and the service was top notch. Be back soon.
  25. AB

    AntoineB

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    We had reservation for 10:45 and there was no one at the desk when we walked in. Had to stand around for 5-10 mins waiting on the hostess; said that she was filling water glasses. We were seated and order two blood mary's and the M.S.C Breakfast Plate. Very disappointing, the grits were watery and lukewarm, eggs were precooked and cold! The best thing was the biscuit, butter and jam! Two eggs cooked to order would have been great and stiffer grits.
  26. RF

    RichardF

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    No one manning front desk. Waited 10 minutes and then went in and found someone. We had a reservation and we’re on time. Food was good, just cold initially and had to be rewarmed.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal! Love the seasonal menu
  28. L

    Leanwalker

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We definitely enjoyed this restaurant. Everyone recommended the pork chop and the duck. We went with the pork chop and were impressed. It was prepared medium with a touch of blueberry jam on top. Yum! We also ordered the steamed mussels which were fabulous. The jalapeños added a nice spice without being overpowering. Service was good. Everyone was friendly. Only caution is to not let them sit you at the short 2 person table which doesn’t have any leg room.
  29. DC

    DebC

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect level of service! Attentive but not intrusive. Food was delicious. Great wine list.
  30. VG

    VincentG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved every second of our experience here! Service was fantastic, food was top notch!
  31. T

    Traveler

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food & service. Incredibly fresh ingredients & flavor combinations.
  32. MB

    MarkB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was different with interesting flavors but also filling. We ate on the patio at lunchtime to take advantage of the nice weather. It is screened by bushes from a parking lot which was empty, and the effect was to mute the conversations of the other diners, so it was nice.
  33. CK

    ChadK

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My brother took my fiancée and I to Motor Supply Company to celebrate our engagement and we had a wonderful time! As vegans, it can be tricky in some places to "tweak" menu items, but our server was wonderful and truly worked to make it a special occasion. We will definitely be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing! Shrimp and grits were some of the best I’ve had and the drinks were so good!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & service
  36. RO

    RobertO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience with superb service, ambience was great. Brought a colleague to celebrate his birthday and he really enjoyed it. The owner stopped by our table and we had a nice conversation about the history of the location which was quite interesting. A nice fellow too. Whenever I’m in Columbia I make a point of dining here and I will be back.
  37. SB

    SherryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful lunch with an old friend/roommate from college. Food was delicious and atmosphere was perfect. Thank you!
  38. p

    pirahna6

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated after about 5- 7 mins after being greeted by the hostess. Once seated the server Stephanie was great and the other server kept showing us what she was taking to her tables. It was a great preview of the food for the day. We skipped dessert since we full from our lunch.
  39. P

    Paul

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The NC redfish and SC wild caught shrimp dishes were amazing. Our server Caroline was poised, professional and spoke very highly of her team members (the bar tender "Shelly?" I apologize if I misspelled the name). It was nice dinning in a place where the food, the mocktails were excellent and people seem to appreciate working together. Absolutely recommend this restaurant. Thanks for a great experience!
  40. TM

    TarynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quick service, drinks and food were very good. Nice location

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 4.8 stars by 3272 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 44 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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