Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.6
2971 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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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and service. Ambiance was nice. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The overall experience was good at Motor Supply. We ordered our appetizer and entrees at the same time. We waited for what seemed like an excessive amount of time for our entrees. When our food came out the proteins were cold while the sides were hot. The food was sent back and warmed up but this unfortunately affected our experience. The food was not worth the price based on our experience.

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vipfoodfan
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious duck duo and Wadmalaw Island shrimp and grits!

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JeffreyW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. We will come back. Definitely a go to place if in the area

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MatthewB
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very warm and welcoming and food was amazing. Don’t be too
Late for brunch they were out of a couple items but overall it was amazing and will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Duck duo was incredible! Fantastic selection of signature cocktails and canned/bottled beers.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, Awesome Experience. Friendly, accommodating and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Well, we'd just come up from Charleston where we had been indulging the myriad of options available; this place was not a disappointment but slightly a step down from the previous couple of dinners. Everything very good, no reason to eat elsewhere (at least from my research - I don't live here). And why wouldn't anyone at least consider dining at a place named Motor Supply Company Bistro?

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vipDominicB
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a superb, joyful discovery in downtown Columbia. I was here on business and met an old friend for dinner. We were both delighted by the service and the quite superb food and interesting menu. It is also very reasonably priced for what it is. I am sure it is the best place to eat in Columbia.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner.

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KyriK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Lovely old building adds to the ambiance.

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GlennK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, service wonderful. We came in for an early lunch and were very happy with the entire dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Went in last night for dinner after a movie. They were totally out of white wine. After about ten minutes a band started sound testing. Really loud and annoying for dinner conversation, so I asked if the noise could be lowered to which I was told, “it’s about to get a lot louder”. Really? We should have been informed that a band was about to start and it would be too loud to hear each other at dinner.. not to mention it wasn’t music but 30 minutes of “check” and loud screeching noises. Server was fine, Food is not bad, but rude staff and bad vibe..

Motor Supply Company Bistro
Responded 7 days ago

We believe you are mistaken and are reviewing a different restaurant. We do not have live music or bands. We certainly didn't run out of white wine either. Please correct this on your end. Thank you, Motor Supply Co Bistro

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Larry
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The brunch was cold, but burned and very salty. The service was exceptional.

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TomL
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service, and atmosphere! Convenient on-site parking, too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family lunch before we scatter for the holidays. One of our fav restaurant restaurants. Never disappoints.

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vipColaK
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exemplary service of delicious and creative dishes in a lovely environment.

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vipJeffL
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was disinterested. They seemed tired and bored. Potions were shockingly small. On a brunch platter of eggs, grits any a biscuit, there was more visible plate than food. I'll never return.

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Charlestonfoodie
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately it was underwhelming. Some of the apps were good, but from our party of four no one was impressed with their entree. For reference we ordered cocktails, apps, entrees, wine, and desserts and we left feeling underwhelmed. Maybe it was an off night though, because the restaurant was full.

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vipNonnaB
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply never disappoints. Our go-to for an outstanding dinner. To make the night even more special, our favorite server, Stephanie, has returned! Yay!!!

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vipmaxwellevent
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I have eaten at MSC Bistro several times and enjoyed the meal. This time it was sub par. I ordered a beet salad and the strip steak. The steak was the most expensive item on the menu, however, the steak was cut thin and tough. The flavor was suitable but you needed to chew small small pieces in order to swallow. My husband finished my steak, but I should have sent it back. The side vegetables were hard and under cooked as well. Beet salad was fair.

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AprilK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed dinner and service at Motor Supply.

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PamM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply is, hands down, the best restaurant in Columbia. The menu is amazing, wine list is extensive and their cocktails are amazing! Our server was Stephanie and she was so attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. If you have never eaten at Motor Supply, you are missing out!

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GraceS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoy office lunch meetings here, the ever evolving menu means a new chance to taste something new without any disappointment!

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JulieB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic here! We have never had anything less than an amazing meal at Motor Supply!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the simple man was delicious! Highly recommend to just get away from it all.

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vipSenwho
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Another great Sunday brunch at Motor Supply. The menu is different each time and is always interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the country

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

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SitaTown
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was fantastic! Service was super slow. Waited too long for cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and consistently good service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great too! The portions are a bit small but still the value is good because it tastes so yummy that you leave very satisfied. Will definitely be back whenever we visit our son at U of SC!

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance!! Amazing food. The New York strip was pricey ($45) but had wonderful flavor. Duck gumbo was also amazing. Our waitress was knowledgable, attentive and gave us wonderful descriptions of the entrees. Great recommendations. A memorable meal and dining experience! We will be back!

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JackG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this gem while traveling from the coast back to the mountains and used it as our halfway point, and it was quite the find. We were greeted at the entrance with complimentary valet parking, and then we were seated in less than a minute with our reservation. We ordered the blackened catfish, which was seasoned perfectly and served with local red rice. We also had the brioche French toast and creamy scrambled eggs. A mimosa and excellent gin cocktail rounded out the meal. The service was on point, and the setting was intimate and relaxing. We will definitely make this our go-to when in Columbia.

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Zchan
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good atmosphere, great brunch food, and good drinks. Recommend!

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BerksCouple
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipWelltraveledfoodie
Charleston
176 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Both the Red Fish and Lamb entrees were outstanding. The salted chocolate peanut butter bar dessert is awesome.

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vipCharlesP
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining spots in Columbia. We try to dine here whenever we come to town. Locally-influenced menu, enticing specials, nice wine list, and great service.

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vipKristiB
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Motor Supply when we are in Columbia. Las night the food was great.

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vipNonnaB
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Motor Supply is my favorite Columbia restaurant and never, ever disappoints. We met our Granddaughter (a sophomore at UofSC) for a dinner treat and that it was. It’s wonderful to have such fine dining in our own backyard!

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 4.6 stars by 2971 OpenTable diners.

Motor Supply Company Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.motorsupplycobistro.com/gift/gift-certificates/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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