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Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.6
1756 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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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
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Phone number
(803) 256-6687
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Wesley Fulmer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park and Lincoln Sts.
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Parking details
Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.
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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.
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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
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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.
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
What 1756 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

10 year anniversary

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food and service

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Tried out for brunch, was not disappointed! Food is always excellent at Motor Supply.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Dinner was amazing

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Dinner was, as always, delicious!!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Traveling through and wanted a nice dinner. Staff was lovely, food was SO yummy. Only negative was our table was a little close to the hostess stand so there was a lot of coming and going and we couldn’t see the rest of the restaurant. Other than that we enjoyed our evening immensely!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Pre-dinner drinks with Josh were superb! The meal was great and Stephanie was great!! Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We traveled from Augusta, Georgia to join family traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina for a birthday celebration. I had lunch year last year and really loved it. So I recommended it to the group. I was a little surprised by the price of the menu for dinner. I just felt like since this is more of a casual dining place that the price didn’t reflect that . Entrées should’ve been about 4.00/5:00 dollars less in my opinion. And I’ve owned two restaurants and now have a catering business... so I think I kind a know when I’m talking about when it comes to food pricing . That said, we all really enjoyed ourselves!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I was a little disappointed… We been wanting to dine there for sometime and all three of us were not real happy with our food it was OK but it wasn’t great. My husband and I both agreed that we probably will not go back.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Extremely pleasant dining in Columbia. Fun atmosphere, very interesting menu and deep wine list with very reasonably priced bottles. Service could not have been better.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The trout dish with black-eye pea relish, squash, zucchini and tomatoes was phenomenal!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Birthday dinner for my mom- service and food were both outstanding. This is the new birthday spot!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was my first time and it exceeded expectations. Stephanie our waitress was amazing and I cannot say enough about the food!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We’d heard and read a lot about Motor Supply Company Bistro for many years while attending the Masters Tournament. It’s rated one of the best in Columbia. Our server Drake was outstanding—very attentive, professional & personable.

We ordered two entree’s—the Delmonico steak special & Halibut. The Halibut wasn’t cooked thoroughly & was sent back. An entirely new & properly cooked Halibut was delivered to our table & was excellent. Unfortunately, we were so distracted by the uncooked fish that we failed to recognize that our Delmonico was also served very rare—when we ordered medium-rare—and a it also had a considerable amount of gristle that was uneatable. Given the cost of the steak—$58 after what we thought would be a good experience turned out to only be average. Definitely recommend checking the temperature of any meat cooked here very closely since none of what we ordered was originally prepared correctly.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food and atmosphere were wonderful as usual! A little disappointed about the service. I have never ever had a problem at all but our server this time was distracted and we would have to flag him down. It was Master's Weekend so maybe that had something to do with. Otherwise, totally loved the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great classic fare, and great service, cannot go wrong!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Have been several times and food is some of the best in the Southeast. Excellent cocktails and perfectly cooked farm-to-table food.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food was excellent but a little over priced for Columbia, SC

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My husband and I eat here often. Fabulous food and great service coupled with a charming atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very poor service. Can only presume that once 6+ sat 15% was a lock.
Hell no
I generally do not tip on wine unless exceptional sommelier service
15% added anyway. Became an issue.
Never offered dessert or coffee et al.

Fish dishes super salty.
Overall very disappointing

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great food and service. Favorite place in Columbia.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Motor Supply never disappoints. About once a year my husband and I travel through Columbia and always plan to have dinner here. This restaurant has an interesting and changing menu. I look forward to their specialty vegetarian entrees. My husband enjoys the steak. This time we both had an arugula, strawberry and mozzarella salad. My vegetarian meal was a butter bean frittata served over roasted asparagus. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but as always it was both interesting and delicious. The steak was served with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. My husband thought he was going to have asparagus envy but the spinach was so good he didn’t even offer me a taste. We were lucky, Motor Supply is generally closed on Mondays but due to the Masters Golf tourney they were open. The service is always outstanding. I highly recommend dinner here.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was good but overpriced for its value. Service was good and friendly. Menu was not very clear, needs more details about the plate written clearly. Also note that not every cisitor of yours is from the U.S.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I made an Easter dinner reservation for eight and had to add another three with less than a week notice. The folks at Motor Supply Co. were able to accommodate my party and provide us with a wonderful experience. None of the eleven people in my party had anything but glowing reviews of the food and service. I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was nice but didn’t feel special.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Outstanding overall experience. We were celebrating a birthday, and everything was executed superbly. I had the halibut which came with vegetables; the fish was cooked to perfection and the vegetables were seasoned and slightly smoked- both in perfect balance. My gf had the "coulotte" steak, which was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Our server Biancha was just everything you could hope for on a busy Saturday night at a trendy hot spot- pleasant, efficient, attentive- a perfect 10 score goes to her. Wine list hits all levels- something for everybody and at all price points. Excellent restaurant, excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our food was good, but we waited a long time for it compared to other tables. It was cold when delivered. Had to always be asking for things, because our waitress never checked on us. We’d have to glad down other waiters for water, etc.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Tonight was a Birthday Dinner for my wife. Motor Supply was a perfect location both in ambiance and cuisine. It was a special yet relaxed restaurant atmosphere with a superb menu of items that pleased the palate. Service was excellent too! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Motor City was as it always is, amazing. Service was outstanding, recommendations were spot on and food was fantastic! They always have creative fare that tastes wonderful! This place is spot on every time we visit!! Keep up the amazing work!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Alice was our server. Very knowledgeable and friendly. She offered great options to consider and knew the menu cold. We had the bone-in pork chop and ribeye. Not only were these mains outstanding, but the collard green sides were simply the best with a fine balance of savory and sour. We’re never disappointed with an evening at Motor Supply!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Casual, artsy interior. Menu changes daily with a focus on fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Well-prepared and flavorful.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Some friends and I decided on Motor Supply for a girls night out. The food was good but the service was lacking. I ordered the chef selection board but received a cheese board instead. I ran out of water and never received a refill. Our server was never around for me to even request a refill. For the prices on the menu, i would’ve expected much more attentive service.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was prepared very well and was delicious. Atmosphere was friendly and romantic.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was excellent. Good menu.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Very tasty dinner, great service, I will happily return to Motor Supply

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Columbia. Always my go-to.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always the perfect night out.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I absolutely loved the experience. My fiancé and I thought the food and environment were absolutely fantastic. Definitely a place will come back to again and again.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Pretty good experience overall. Menu was seasonally sourced but portions were heavy and everything we ate was under seasoned. Other than that a nice dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was wonderful. The bar service was great. Our server was friendly and very helpful.

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