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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Local Ingredients (41)
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Creative Cuisine (41)
Special Occasion (39)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Business Meals (24)
Romantic (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Casual (18)
Authentic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Cozy (15)
Fun (15)
Healthy (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Organic (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Great Beer (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined a day ago

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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·Dined on January 14, 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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·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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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Enjoyed very much the dinner with west coast clients!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·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 3, 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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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 31, 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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vip
 (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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·Dined on December 28, 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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·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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·Dined on December 24, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 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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·Dined on December 18, 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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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was wonderful & our server Stephanie was knowledgable & friendly and provided timely service without us feeling at all rushed. Overall, the experience was great. Will repeat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Awesome as usual

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This restaurant has great menu options even though we only eat chicken, seafood, and fish. The food was great and the service was amazing from the valet to the servers. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great time!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Motor Supply Menu has something to satisfy any palate. Service is top notch. The changing menu provides variety, so there's always something to delicious to try. I love this place.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

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 (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
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 (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
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful experience!

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 (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.

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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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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·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
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·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
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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
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