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Thu, 6/21
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Motor Supply Company Bistro

4.6
1811 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 1811 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined a day ago

Slow bad service food came with only some of the items listed did not have knives to cut food

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The overall experience was wonderful. The food was exceptional and the ambience was warming.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were on vacation. We went to Motor Supply last year and loved it so we returned. We made reservations. It was so good that we went back with reservations the next night too. The menu changes daily and the food is fresh. Everything we had was delicious. Both steak and seafood choices were good. The service is good and it is a nice setting for a special meal. We will definitely continue that Father's Day tradition.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent meal! Excellent service! Vegan dish was so delicious and the seafood dishes were superb. High quality ingredients and experience. Thank you, Motor Supply!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

No problems with last minute reservation through Google. Seated right away. Attentive service without being pesky. Great cocktails and very good food. Shrimp & grits delicious -- grits were broken rice instead of corn. Companion had oustanding pork chop. Two entrees and three cocktails for $98. No room for dessert! Will dine here again.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Very disappointed with steak. It was full of gristle. Hard to cut and even harder to chew. This the second bad steak I have gotten at this restaurant. I have learned my lesson.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My seat at the table faced the women’s bathroom door, which was a busy place. It was distracting when people walked out making faces like it smelled horrible. That’s not what you want to think about while you are eating. Our waitress was very nice and new the menu well, however, we didn’t see her much. We didn’t receive an appetizer we ordered and we weren’t able to tell her until after we got our food bc we didn’t see her. The food was just okay. I got the duck, cooked two ways, it was mediocre.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

used to be my favorite restaurant, but food is not as good, 6 shrimp & paltry amount of grits drowning in some bland sauce, appetizer size but $30 entrée. Out of steak entrée my son wanted for his Birthday meal. Chef used to WOW me with great choices and plentiful portions, but now it's hard to find anything that really sounds great and portion size is small for the price. Sad to finally realize it's not getting any better but on the decline. Looking forward to some new restaurants coming to Columbia

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I was disappointed in our dinners the other night. I had the halibut which was very dry and over cooked. My husband had the oyster salad which was skimpy and tasteless. The lemon poundcake, on the other hand, was delicious! For $100 (including the tip), we thought it was a very poor value.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Lovely dinner for two in a quaint restaurant with great drinks, food, and service. No issues accommodating gluten free needs (allergy) and many delicious choices on the menu!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It was, as always a great experience. MSC is one of our favorite restaurants in Columbia.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Food great! I had to ask the waitress to tell me the special. She was very reserved. I love when the staff sell the food to me.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

I am ready to say that this is the best restaurant in Columbia.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Always GREAT food with a daily changing menu. Motor Supply would be ranked as the best restaurant in Columbia.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The menu was the exact same as I what I ate from two weeks prior.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Went to celebrate my Husbands Birthday... we love going here for special occasions. Always a surprise with the menu which changes daily. We love it and will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

A truly fantastic dinner! The food and service were outstanding as was the ambiance of the restaurant. All the ingredients in all the meals were local and fresh which added to the overall quality of the meal. It was absolutely in the top three meals I have ever had! Cannot wait to return.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Creative and fresh menu, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff, accommodating service.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The service was very nice. The wine was poured . We started with the cheese board. There were only 3 cheeses on it, which was a bit surprising. I expected at least four. I had the halibut which was very fresh, another member had veal, and another steak. All prepared well . I recommend a reservation .

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary with dinner out. This was our first time here and it was good...not spectacular, but good. The cocktails were watered down (Had to send it back), the cheese plate was odd and didn't have many choices, and the dinners were decent. Highly overpriced and with strange ingredients. The steak was hard to cut and lacked flavor. We were never asked about dessert, so we left and went down the street to get a cupcake. Having a valet was a nice touch, though. Most likely, we won't be back as there are better restaurants nearby.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Outstanding service with a unique menu.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Loved the food and birthday dessert! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We always love going to Motor Supply. For us it is a little pricey but not for what you get. We like how you are going to see a different menu at different times of the year so you get to try different things.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

A friend recommended Motor Supply Company Bistro to me and the restaurant did not disappoint. We had the cheese board and various other things from the menu. We all enjoyed everything we had. The server was great! We appreciated the complimentary valet parking as parking is difficult around there. It was great, we will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Creative menu. Delicious cocktails. Menu changes daily.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience at Motor Supply Co. We had dinner here with our friends following our elopement and could not have asked for a better staff or atmosphere to celebrate in. And the food-oh my! Beautiful presentation and amazing combinations had each of us stunned when our main course came out! The restaurant made out special even more amazing by sending out champagne as a congratulations. Little touches like that go a looong way with patrons. My husband and I have already discussed returning for each anniversary as long as we are living in South Carolina.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Number one restaurant. Consistently serves great food. The menu is full of surprises.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

One of my favorite places in Columbia. A hidden gem. Food is weekdays creative, i always ask for the patio.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Motor Supply use to be a very good restaurant. I think the food and service is terrible now.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Excellent food, drinks and service!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Wonderful service and delicious food however we were told we would be out for theater time. We were not served until five minutes before we needed to leave. A 35 minute wait after we ordered.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I have been to MS many times and will continue to go and my group had a great time. However, the food was average and not up to what I have experienced In the past. Not sure what was going on that night.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The food was delicious and our server was attentive. It was a lovely meal before the theatre and for celebrating my husband's birthday.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The food is always delicious here but Tuesday night seemed especially wonderful! Our table had the strawberry sald, quail & waffle app, cauliflower steak, coulotte steak, cheese board, and peanut butter/chocolate dessert..........every single item was oustanding!! Our server was awesome and she made sure everything flowed well so we could get to the theater on time.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our meal was terrific. Each dish including appetizers was great. Loved the mussels and the shrimp and grits. The staff was friendly from the hostesses to the servers. Wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Fabulous as always. My favorite in Columbia. I am always proud to take guests because I can trust the quality of the food and service. My friends were wowed

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always unique and excellent food with perfect service. Plus, they make their own dessert. None of that slicing cheesecake from the grocery store. Finally, great beer menu! Everything they do here is the real deal. This is truly one of Columbia’s best restaurants. It’s a must if you’re passing through. You won’t be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Prices were very high for what we got. Don’t mind paying for good food though. The flat iron steak was tough, but you did comp the meal, so that’s great customer service. This was our 2nd experience there. The first one a year ago was much better. Treated special for birthday’s so that was good ... thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

loved it - meal perfect - service was great. hadn't been in a while but was happy to see they still provide great food & service

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our son goes to USC and we love visiting this restaurant when we visit him. This was our first time for brunch and it was outstanding.

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