Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.7
2217 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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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us dining together - and we couldn’t have enjoyed the food, drinks, and service any more. Well done, Motor Supply Co. - we’ll be back!

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food and service at Motor Supply Company Bistro. The menu was not as robust as i have seen it in the past but still was great. Due to a storm, we were running late but called and they kept our reservation, excellent customer service

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PG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent! The couple who had dinner with us remarked that their food was the best they had eaten in ages.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend, we had a delicious dry aged rib eye... the best!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and service! Interesting menu. My friends each ordered a seafood entree, and both said they enjoyed. I, however, had a salad. It was mostly lettuce with very little topping. Next time I will order differently.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed eating dinner at Motor Supply. The service was excellent and food was very special and the atmosphere was perfectly energetic. We'll definitely return soon.

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Noticed the quality and selection of menu items decreased. Waitress brought appetizer while we were still having cocktails... the two did not complement each other. Even though the restaurant was half empty we felt we were being rushed. The duck dish was excessively greasy and very unappetizing. I selected 2 appetizers instead of a main course because except for the snapper which I have had twice before, nothing seemed appealing. None of the 3 appetizers we had were notable though nothing was wrong with them. The wine by the glass options were reasonable priced but limited in selection.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad experience here or anything remotely close to it. I’ve dined here 5 times and the food and service have always been on point. It is more on the expensive side, but I have always felt the cost was worth it. The food is some of the best in Columbia.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a consistently pleasant dining experience with nicely paired wines.

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MA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, cozy. Steaks were good. Shrimp and grits was definitely not southern, came out with a green sauce (curry I think). Didn’t care for it. Wait staff was very attentive and timely on when dishes should be served. Will eat there again.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Our waitress had a smile on her face the entire time and was super sweet. When I didn't like the drink that I ordered, our waitress'took it off of our bill without us asking. I thought that was very nice. The food portions were extremely small for the price that you pay and it wasn't as tasty as I expected it to be.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

While the foo was good, this is the second time the service has been terrible. I took my parents out for their birthday and called ahead to see if they could do anything special. The hostess said they either offer champagne when we sit down or dessert. When we sat down, the waitress did not mention that it was my parent’s anniversary or ask if they wanted champagne. Also, when I asked questions about the menu, the waitress only made eye contact with my father, I’m guessing because she thought he was paying. We ordered an appetizer and the waitress finally came back 15 minutes later to take our the remainder of our food orders. My father ordered a salad, which she forgot, so when our entrees came out we asked to cancel the salad. The manager came over and apologized because he mentioned the waitress was upset and had yelled at kitchen staff. When we ordered dessert, the waitress brought it and said it would be comped because of the mistake regarding the salad, again making no mention of their anniversary. While they were eating dessert, I went to ask the hostess why nothing had been said about the anniversary. The hostess spoke with the server and manager. When the waitress brought the check, she made no mention of their anniversary. I told my parents that I had called ahead and as we were leaving my father spoke with the manager. He talked us and said the waitress denied she didn’t mention their anniversary and basically said we were lying. While the food was good, I will not be returning due to the horrendous treatment we received.

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LS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from out of town and we were charged with choosing a dinner reservation. We didn’t know one of the party. Everyone ordered something different and they were all excellent. The ambiance is eclectic and interesting and always a pleasure. Enjoyed seeing a local artists work on the walls.
Very enjoyable this and every time we go.

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PV
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing...fresh and delicious. We each got something different and everyone was pleased.

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FD
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dinner was in celebration of our 55th Wedding Anniversary. The menu was awesome and offered a variety of entrees. Our server was right on with her knowledge of the menu, and most helpful in answering our questions. We ended up with the flat iron steak and roasted duck Finally I received duck that was perfectly prepared. The atmosphere was just right before the occasion. We highly recommend Motor Supply

The topper was the glass of champagne they gave us to start our evening.

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Vegan option was AMAZING! Service was perfect! The whole experience was spot on!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal in taste! The presentation however was not representative of the taste. The plate lacked the beautiful colors of the fresh vegetables. The addition of color will definitely add to the overall good experience of your dining experience.

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SK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the changing menu!! For me it makes me try things I would not normally order and I’m always impressed!
The staff is excellent as well!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but menus limited and portions small. They tried to seat us at a cramped table near the door when other ‘more desirable’ tables were available, but they moved us upon request.

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LS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a high quality dining experience. The grouper was perfectly prepared - everyone in our party enjoyed the evening.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Scallop entree was perfect. Their cheese board left a lot to be desired. Very poorly done. One person in group got the watermelon salad and it was two oieces of watermelon on top of what looked like 3 pieces of mixed greens. Husband's pork chop had to be sent back as it was extremely pink in middle. Some aspects of meal were great while other parts were disappointing.

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KM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have been to Motor Supply a few times and this year we chose it for our anniversary dinner. It was lovely and the food was fantastic.

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CT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good and good was amazing!! We will be back again!

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Motor Supply in a while and it did not disappoint. Best place for lunch in Columbia. Shrimp and grits were delicious as well as the fried quail.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great place to eat and changes to menu each day make it a no-brainer to take others. A Columbia staple.

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JP
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place. We are up here for a Wedding and was told this was a must visit place. It was really sumptuous. Thank you and we will recommend

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P
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For the price you would expect the crispy duck dish to be a duck breast, not thigh, and actually have some crispy skin.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve very much the restaurant. I’ve never been there before. It was good dining, that was casual yet still good for me and my wife to celebrate her birthday. We were well dressed and felt very at home awesome others were in business casual and were fit in perfectly. Food was good and tasty, unique, menu changes often and will want to look in the earlier week we could not get, but we lucked out and had some pretty incredible food. We will be back

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the eggplant steak and the grouper...really nice, sat at the bar, no complaints

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EL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

It was over priced. My food was good but nothing special. Our waitress was very rude and didn't want to be bothered.

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Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding from start to finish.

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CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!!! The food and the service was fantastic!!!

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food! Good Service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In Columbia for college orientation. Great dinner with our son at a special time.

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Houston
63 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Motor Supply and it remains a good choice for interesting and tasty food. Service was exceptional--especially given the Sat night crowd of Dems in town for the convention. The wine lis--though not extensive-- has some good by the glass options fairly priced. Our meals were tasty with a couple of standout dishes--the charcuterie board and the clam starter. Duck entree was good if a bit dry, the salad was terrific but the shrimp starter was bland.
Motor Supply is in a terrific location as well.

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MY
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great but the food was even better! Rack of Lamb for me and the duck for my wife. We split 2 appetizers, dessert and a bottle of wine. It was exactly what I expected cost wise going into the dinner so not problems there. Even if it would have cost more the service and food were so good it would have been okay with me.

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ES
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Prices too high for amount of food. Food was good, but not great.

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JM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak was chewy , ordered medium rare , it brings sirloin II guess it was to be expected but it was flavorful!?

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CJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Portion size for fish was modest.

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