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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Fit for Foodies (56)
Local Ingredients (55)
See All
Creative Cuisine (54)
Special Occasion (51)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Romantic (29)
Notable Wine List (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Business Meals (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Authentic (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Casual (19)
Fun (19)
Healthy (18)
Cozy (17)
Seasonal (16)
Great for Brunch (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Organic (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great Beer (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sort by
S
1638 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food and service!! Exactly what we expect every time we visit this place!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Great time!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Never disappointed here, again, with out of town guests and last minute reservations everything was perfect. Very busy for a Thursday evening; however, service and food were excellent; it is our favorite restaurant to take guests and to go ourselves;
we always receive a Christmas gift certificate each year
as a present from family members as we request every year. Valet parking is a plus with excellent and polite attendant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

I travel to Columbia for business a lot. Don't know how i have never been to this place. Customer recommended and it is without question my favorite restaurant and I highly recommend. What a gem.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

This has to be one of the finest restaurants in the Columbia area. From the hostess, the wait staff, and to the chefs everyone is very friendly. That’s a great starting point is their wonderful attitude. But that’s the beginning of a wonderful evening. The food is exquisitely prepared. The cocktails, beer and wine lists are impressive. Definitely will be back every time I’m in Columbia.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My wife and I have been coming to the restaurant for 5 years and have truly enjoyed the fine dining experience every time. The food and the service are just phenomenal. Thank you for providing this wonderful place to a special evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food. Good service. I’ve eaten here often and would come back. The brunch is great too!

Tags: Organic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful experience!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Went here with four work colleagues. The server was very nice. The food took over an hour to arrive! With limited options I have no idea why it took that long. And it was loud inside the restaurant. For the price, you’d expect better. I won’t go back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always great! Motor Supply is fantastic. Best bar mixologists! Great food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I am so mortified I didn't get our server's name. He was excellent and we tipped him for it, but I wish I could shout out to him right here. Every evening ought to be like this one. We were just a couple of friends/colleagues getting together. He met our every need, backed off when he noticed us in intent conversation, but came back immediately when we weren't. He was just the kind of attentive service you always hope you will get. Kudos to the establishment for a wonderful meal (the mussels were devine), but the entrees were too. Great time. I really enjoyed this.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Meh. For the price, I expect much more. The service was slow, and when the food finally came out it was cold. Also, the menu changes daily (which can be a neat thing), but out waitress wasn't up to speed on the food or what was being offered. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is nice for a date, fun business meal, or just a night on the town.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service2
value2

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Have had dinner here several times and never disappointed. Always seems a little pricey but always good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

 
·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was amazing, the squash "steak" with tomato jam was excellent. The service was awesome, our waitress was very knowledgeable about the nights menu, which changes daily. The food was a bit pricey but completely worth the cost.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 19, 2017

My Wife and I came here for our 1 year Anniversary and I was not disappointed. Not even once. The Champaign we selected tasted amazing and the pork chops where perfectly seasoned and cooked with some nicely seasoned greens around it. This place was amazing and we even told the owner it was before we departed and the waiter was excellent as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great as always! Always a different, interesting, and amazing menu. Looking forward to going back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 17, 2017

Tasty! Unique menu, trendy spot!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The kitchen was very slow! The server attempted to justified it by saying that special cook it. Hum i explained to him I go there often. It was slow.

Tags: Organic, Vegan
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service3
value3

 
 (Houston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Crowded. Our table was bumped several times by staff and guests. But the food was awesome. Amazing.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and service. My sea bass was perfect. A little loud, but the place has good energy. Would go again!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Motor Supply Company Bistro was just the thing! Great service and choices, food and beverage did not disappoint. Would love to come back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and fun atmosphere. They were very accommodating to us as we added our son to make it 3 instead of 2 unexpectedly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Consistently good food and differentiating service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pork chop and flank steak were outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Menu is unique and changes on a daily basis.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great dinner as always. Had a late 10:15 reservation, but the place was still full. I had the duck two ways - the rare breast was perfectly cooked with the outer skin seared to a delicious crisp. The confit wasn’t quite to that level, but excellent in its own right. The wine selection was good, but was looking for a specific region in Spain and had to settle for a Portuguese Douro river red...these are first world problems. Motor Supply has been my go to in Columbia for 18 years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We "discovered" MSCB over a decade ago based on a magazine article (Southern Living, I think) and we have been fans ever since. We don't come to Columbia often but we dine here every time we are in town. Creative menu using locally-sourced products - it's the best the South has to offer with a sophisticated flair. If you enjoy nouvelle Southern cuisine; then this is the place for you. Service is always impeccable. Wine list is good. Bar seems to be a big draw on weekends (maybe it's mostly walk-ins waiting on a table but they do stack 'em up at the bar and everyone appears to have a good time). We have only dined on weekends and I recommend you get a reservation (or join all the good folks at the bar for a while). Whatever your wait, it will be worth your time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our first visit and if we find ourselves in Columbia again, it will be a must! The Charcuterie was excellent for starters. We both enjoyed the pan seared redfish with butter beans and grits. Chocolate covered peanut butter bars completed our meal. Service was great and loved the enclosed side porch area.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Again the best, excellent waiter, food and service was terrific.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were disappointed in how long it took for our food to come to the table. It didn't seem crowded on that Sunday evening so we were baffled. Also the waitress seemed as if she didn't know if we could substitute a vegetable and was confused. She came back to our table twice to discuss this with us. Overall the food was excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The best Old Fashioned I have ever had! Food was also very good. Service was outstanding

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had a great night at Motor Supply Co Bistro celebrating the graduation of our daughters Basic Combat training from Ft. Jackson. Food, atmosphere & service were all fabulous!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Motor Supply continues to be my favorite restaurant in Columbia. I would have given the food 5 stars but their Halloween charcuterie wasn't as fabulous as it has been in past years. Otherwise, really great service and Josh, the head bartender, never disappoints. Will be back again and again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the food and the wines. He did not hesitate to make recommendations. The menu had some unusual choices, and the food was outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

Awesome. Will definitely go back. Food was great, everything was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I ate here on a Saturday night and it was lively. The server said it was slow but it seemed like most all tables were used the entire time we were here. Not sure I would enjoy it on a busy night as it was very small. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and extremely helpful in her explanation of how the charcuterie was prepared, made it far more appealing to eat than the names would imply! The wine and craft beer menu was extensive, very impressed. Overall we would indeed come here again, just maybe not on a busy night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great experience, really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, wine, and services. Food was slow to come out, and put us in a rush to get to the theatre, but not a huge issue for us

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Casual, Organic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our daughter, who is a USC student recommended that we make reservations. Got there at our time, waited about 10 mins. Very attentive wait staff, food was amazing and unique. Noise level perfect and price point spot on. Drinks good too. Highly recommend..

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My husband and I just got back from Paris, and this was the best meal we've had since then. We were both so impressed and enjoyed every bite! We highly recommend Motor Supply Co!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Savannah)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious creative menu. Would definitely come back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The best Manhattan. Loved the duck. Perfectly cooked. Wonderful from start to finish. I wish we lived closer to go back more often

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.