Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
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2403 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 Josh Streetman.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Had the fish it was tasteless both of my friends I was with said the same thing. They offered me something else so I had the steak and asked for medium it tasted rare. Was not impressed, won’t be back.

NW
Houston
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a return visit for us to Motor Supply..we travel thru Columbia periodically. The food was as tasty and interesting as always. Standouts were the salads, two different steak dishes and grouper. The wine and spirits are interesting and fairly priced. Motor Supply remains a favorite for creative Southern cooking.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and Cullen was a great server!!

PD
Pinehurst
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

e
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We expected it to be crowded but we managed to beat the football fans and enjoyed delicious food in a quiet atmosphere. We were warmly welcomed and served quickly. I had a traditional southern dish - fried chicken thighs - that was moist and flavorful. My dining partner had an equally appealing pork dish. I would definitely return.

LR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Columbia. Annual tradition Thanksgiving weekend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, unique and affordable menu. Excellent service. Back brick patio was perfect.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply never disappoints. The food is wonderful, the service is friendly and attentive with no hovering. We love the ambiance--the art, the sense of calm and style that's perfect for a casual lunch, a nice dinner or anything in between.

E
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good wine list, reasonably priced I had Caymus at 110 I think. Sea Bass very good, we had same dish...the sizes were off though my dates was literally twice the size of mine which was about 4 or 5 bites. Liked the porch area...a little music piped in would add to ambiance but hey that's just me. The one thing we didnt like was Valet. Could have parked in space in front but was told had to use free valet...they didnt tell us he was leaving early, we couldn't find him after 10 minutes was told he was gone and car was at Hilton .had to walk over on a rainy cold night about 3 blocks to find their valet to finally get car..literally put damper on otherwise good night

CK
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike is such a great waiter and made us feel special, as always.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very attentive and friendly. Food was good but not excellent like it has been

AA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Very responsive staff and excellent service.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

I found Motor Supply Co on OpenTable and from the menu and customer reviews it certainly seemed like a cute little bistro within walking distance of my hotel worth trying. However, from the time that I walked in the door I was was incredibly surprised by the lack of hospitality. When I arrived a young lady at the front looked at me as if I was lost and asked “Can I help you?”. I told her that I had made a reservation for 8:00pm, and she looked it up and told me it would be a little while before I would be able to be seated. I told her ok, and immediately looked to book a table at another restaurant. However, a few mins later she returned and did somehow find a table even though nobody had left.
I was sat in the porch area near one of the garage doors. It was pretty cold, and I understand it can be difficult to insulate the garage doors, but needless to say, it was pretty miserable sitting next to them. My waitress eventually made her way to my table took my order. About another 15 mins passed and my first course arrived. Problem was the drink I ordered was nowhere to be found. I asked the gentleman that delivered my first course to check, and I watched as he went to the bar and then to my waitress. He then came back and told me that the bar was “still working on my drink” when clearly it had never even been put in. By the time it came out my first course was cold and lost most of it’s splendor, although it was still an admirable dish. When my entree came out without a knife to cut it with and remained absent for a good portion of the meal until it was finally brought out. On that visit the waitress impressed me by deciding to try to refill my water by reaching over my plate as I was trying to take a bite. When I was done I had to wait at least 5 mins for her to bring the check by and she only did so because I was watching her wander around the dining room until she made eye contact and then remembered I was waiting to leave.

W
Charleston
113 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful as it always is. Table was near the bar and the overflow people standing around were basically at our table. Otherwise, we love Motor Supply.

B
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ladies night out before the theater. Mike was a great server. Loved the food.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Server was helpful and made good menu suggestions.

OT
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb!

D
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. The eggplant was a good vegetarian option! Peanut butter pie was recommended & didn’t disappoint.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and amazing food. From artisanal cheese board to the duck, the steak, the pork chops. And OMG the Panna cotta, ans the chocolate bar.
Please give it a try, I don't you'll be disappointed

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food, and service were wonderful, as usual!

U
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting, alittle difficult to find but was well worth the trip. Food was fantastic and staff was very helpful and personal. Would recommend and we will be back!!

L
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Have had good meals here before but pretty underwhelming on our last visit. Had out of town visitors and was almost embarrassed on the level of service and food quality. Only 2 of us had salads and those arrived before our drink orders. Pretty wilted from sitting under a heat lamp. Many of party had the steaks and one a little too rare. That happens and it was taken back but after 10 minutes I had to look for our waitress to check on the progress. Service was pretty poor for a bill over 450 dollars. Automatic gratuity was applied but not definitely worth it

NK
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

One of my favorites places to visit when I’m in Columbia. The fall menu is interesting and inviting but my entree fell a little short. I had the bone in pork chop but felt it was a small portion and a bit over cooked. Pretty average. Service was great as usual. Will give them another chance soon.

RB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service & drinks were outstanding. Not gonna lie, it's pretty pricey, but it's delicious!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

College son and roommate Parents dinner

MM
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off - love the lighting in this place. It’s just right! The butternut squash soup was the best version I’ve ever had. We were super impressed!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in South Carolina hands down.

D
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh at the bar is the best in town, hands down. Great service and food as always. My go to in Columbia for sure.

MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good but must have been a change in mgmt or chef recently. No longer offering their delicious pesto and bread, also some of the side dishes and desserts weren’t as good as in the past

BK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Motor Suppply! The service was great and the food was delicious.

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, I had steak , mashed potatoes and broccoli all delicious . Service was quick and friendly . We will return

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party had a wonderful on the patio! Great service too

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food as always

TK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a blind date. The food was great as was the ambiance. At times it was a little loud but we could understand each other. The grouper, cauliflower steak, artisan cheese board, Moscow mule, lemon basil cheesecake was all exceptional. It won’t be a night I’ll soon forget

BL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Atmosphere was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Always great.

KW
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor supply exceeded our expectations! The food was lovely, the experience with the waiter perfect! We will definitely be making another visit!

CB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with impeccable service! The wait staff went above and beyond and we had a amazing experience. Will be back! Highly recommend dessert and tea!

KH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal with fantastic service. Great atmosphere with beautiful art on the walls. A wonderful experience.

H
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience4

Apps good but main course disappointing. Husband ordered 12 oz strip loin which was barely able to be cut even with a serrated knife. Replaced by a pork chop which unfortunately was undercooked and fatty and had more bone than meat. A terribly disappointing night. We had heard good things about the restaurant but came away disappointed and won’t go back again.

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