About Motor Supply Company Bistro

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.

920 Gervais St.
Columbia, SC 29201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm

Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Friday-Saturday, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday, 5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Brunch: Sunday, 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Cross Street:
Park and Lincoln Sts.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 256-6687

Website:
http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Wesley Fulmer

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host a biannual farm-to-table celebration to give back to our local, sustainable farming partners called Harvest Week. For details about the next Harvest Week, visit http://www.motorsupplycobistro.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Motor Supply Company Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Local Ingredients (40)
Fit for Foodies (39)
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Special Occasion (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Romantic (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Business Meals (19)
Fun (16)
Cozy (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Authentic (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Healthy (13)
Casual (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Organic (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic dining experience! We can’t say enough about the creative menu, the delicious food and the wonderful service we received. It is our new favorite restaurant in Columbia.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed a fun evening w/good food, some excellent wines and terrific service. What else would you need?

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

We were less than impressed, considering this came highly recommended. Menu wss not ecciting, and we do typically love farm to table. Very expensive for what you get and our waiter seemed disinterested in his job, or us as patrons. We left after a few small plates and salads and went to Blue Marlin, an outstanding experience overall.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Motor supply is out favorite restaurant in Columbia and we go frequently. The service is great, the food is always wonderful and we love the atmosphere!!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Absolutely terrific food! I ordered flatiron steak but they were out and gave me a ribeye for just a few bucks more - had the most amazing mix of cauliflower and sweet potatoes with it. Plus the steak had this lovely and interesting glaze/gravy on top that I think might have had bourbon in it - a little bit sweet but not overbearing at all - it was just sooo savory. And the atmosphere was very lively. We had a reservation and when we got there the place was quite full with people waiting upfront and in the bar area, but our reservation was honored in less than fifteen minutes. I would highly recommend for a fun evening with friends or a casual business dinner with a few colleagues - would not want to have too big a crowd for business, unless seated somewhere separate as it is pretty loud, but in a fun way and my work colleague and I still had no problem hearing each other. One thing I had a good chuckle about though was our young waitress talked and looked directly only to my male work colleague and barely talked to me at all except to write down my order, it was so obvious it was hysterical! I am in my late fifties and my co-worker in his early forties - I just had to laugh as she was so blatant about it but obviously clueless at the same time. I paid the check by the way, and I still gave her a twenty percent tip, but honestly someone else might have been annoyed it was that ridiculous; I almost said something to her on the side, which is something I would normally never do, but figured she would not even get it so just chalked it up as a funny episode and enjoyed the food and a nice conversation with my work friend about his kids and movies : )

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The wait was minimal we grabbed a cocktail from the bar. Then our server recommended wines for our entrees, and we started with a cheese plate. Everything was delicious and the restaurant was beautiful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food as always. Great service. Motor Supply never lets me down.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent food with excellent service. Not a bad combination

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Neat atmosphere with delightful food! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves-

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Promptly seated, friendly and knowledgeable server, excellent selection with local sourced foods.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We went for my daughter's 21st birthday. It was a very enjoyable night. I found the prices to be a little high for some of the menu items. The cab steak was not bad for $29 but I felt that some of the other menu items were too pricey. Normal sized mixed drinks were $9. I was a little annoyed when I received the bill and was charged $1 per person for cutting the birthday cake we brought. There were 6 of us. Overall, it was a good experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 3, 2018

5 adults and 4 fifteen year old boys for a post soccer match meal. Food was great. Service personnel efficient and appropriately friendly. Shrimp and grits was a hit enjoyed by 1/2 the group. The skirt steak plate was beautiful. Bonus points for split checks - 4 checks for 9 people.
All agreed we’d happily return for next trip to Columbia.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We love this place. Lots of good things to recommend, but we are most impressed with the bar, the mixology and the selection of liquors. Food is varied and artfully prepared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I’ve dined at Motor Supply 3 Times, and each time has been enjoyable. I have never been disappointed with any of my experiences there. The food is excellent and well thought out. I always enjoy three courses when I go, and the wait staff plans it out well. The service I’ve experienced is as good as the food. We definitely recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great! Motor Supply Company Bistro is the dishes ---- beef tartare, oyster salad, duck, grouper fish....

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Grouper and Butternut squash dishes tasted great. Cooked not too long, but just right. Served with broccolini, I think. I’m not sure but it was delicious. Ally, our waitress, knew her stuff and checked in when needed.

Love this place. Oh and the glass of Sangiovese was so good, Nikki had to get one as well.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We arrived, pleasant hostess. Lack luster and unintended wait staff. Took 15 minutes before being greeted despite 3 young ladies hanging out in the bar.

Food was good but average vs most other city criteria.

This is small town good, city average overall. Basic chef work. Execution of the meals could have been better.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Disappointed that they weren’t participating in restaurant week and had a hard time choosing entree. Food was good but nothing stood out on the menu. Usually enjoy the choices more.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was nice - we were celebrating our anniversary and they had 2 glasses for us when we sat down!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food great service. Our food took a long time to be served. Around 40 min. That would be our only negative comment. Maybe don’t go on a sat night due to slow service

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We celebrated a milestone birthday tonight and had a terrific experience ! The staff is outstanding: bartenders are attentive and crafty; the wait staff was constantly swarming in a nice way; and our waiter, Daniel, should be up for a local award. The menu was seasonal with a lot of variety. We each had different entrees and were all thrilled with our decisions.

MSC, we will be sure to return on our next visit to Columbia! Thank You!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had to ask about specials and for the table to be cleared after the appetizer.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service from wait staff was excellent and food was good. We had a bit of a wait on our entrees that I would say was longer than normal and no apology for the delay. Cheesecake Dessert was outstanding. Other than the wait a good meal and night out.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Motor Supply is one of my favorites. Food is always delicious. Service is exceptional.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful food and great service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Enjoyed very much the dinner with west coast clients!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Interesting menu. Good location. Valet parking was a pleasant surprise. Food was good, but very average, not 5 stars to justify price. Food was too salty, in all fairness I am a low salt person. Service was functional. Will try the other "places to go in Columbia" before thinking about returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Terrific dinner: charred octopus outstanding followed by duck duo (done just right) and juicy tasty pork chops. Excellent beer on tap too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

All-in-all it was a good time with family. 4 of the 5 of us were very satisfy with our meals. But I have to say that my meal was definitely not very good. I ordered the pork chop meal and the waitress was very good to let me know that instead of the 10oz pork chop they would be substituting 2- 5oz chops, which was fine with me. However, both chops were very dry and tasteless and the mushroom porridge was very odd, texture was weird and it was also very bland. I didn't want to complain to the waitress because everyone else truly enjoyed their meals but I definitely would NOT order the pork chops if I dine there again!....oh, and VERY pricey! About $28- $30 per plate

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great atmosphere. Nice menu for New Years Eve, the special dessert was a great touch

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was the 3rd year my husband and I have celebrated NYE at Motor Supply. We have also been on a number of other occasions, including my most recent (excellent) experience treating two of my employees for lunch. Last night, though, was a major disappointment for the first time ever. From the moment our waiter approached the table asking if he could “get us some drinks” (a greeting do not ever expect at a fine dining establishment) to the half hearted service he gave us compared to other guests around us, to the temperature of the food (even after sending it back -(for the first time ever at Motor Supply), the experience was unfavorable. The lobster was cold - even after sending it back, and the starch was returned luke warm. Prior to last night, Motor Supply was my favorite restaurant restaurant in Columbia. I had never had a bad experience there. Every waiter has approached our table asking if it was our first time visiting, explaining some features from the menu, making recommendations, etc. The food has ALWAYS been excellent and the service has been the same. I will not go as far as to say that the restaurant is bad, but I will say that one waiter who seemed to treat my husband and me as guests who were less than worthy of the service of the others he served made for a less than stellar experience. Still, we tipped him 20% because I understand many restaurant workers’ livelihoods are dependent upon tips. I hope our act of generosity in spite of our experience sent a message about kindness.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went for my wife’s birthday and we had a great time. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing. They made her feel special. Would definitely recommend Motor Supply Company.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great meal! Would highly recommend for date night or brunch

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We've been to Motor Supply on several occasions and have always had a wonderful meal. The charcuterie board is outstanding. We had both the mahi and flat iron entrees and both were very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was good, not great, and so ridiculously overpriced for what you get it’s difficult to imagine ever going back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As usual everything was great! We had to wait a little because of the wheelchair but once the staff understood our ease in getting around, we were seated immediately. The menu selection varied nicely to serve different likes. According to everyone at our table each entree was wonderful.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

As usual, food well crafted! As usual, wait staff ready for exceptional service. Nothing left undone.

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The setting was great, the food was great, the atmosphere was great, and the staff was great! Need I say more?

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great location in downtown Columbia and terrific food. The menu at Motor Supply Co. Bistro changes on a nightly basis and the food quality was superb and the service by the restaurant staff was excellent. The tables in this restaurant are a bit too close to one another and it made for a somewhat uncomfortable seating arrangement with the table next to our table on both sides. Highly recommended for visitors to Columbia- SC to visit and to enjoy this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had an amazing time. Our server (Stephanie) did and incredible job.

The booze was a bit pricey but acceptable for a special occasion. Bar area wasn't that good for waiting. They could use a more inviting area to wait and enjoy a drink before the meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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