About Motor Supply Company Bistro
Columbia, SC 29201
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.
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
Park and Lincoln Sts.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.
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.
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
Atmosphere was very good, but not great. Food was excellent! I wish we had not been seated across from the bar. There must have been 20 people crowding it and it was loud. My only complaint about the food is that we both left hungry. We ordered a first course, steak entrée and dessert, spent $100 and left hungry. A little more bread or veggies please?
This place was OK. Honestly, I could have prepared the food items at my house. I had the coulotte steak over mashed potatoes. My wife had the "Shrinp and grits". The shrimp were overcooked (Mushy) and there were barely any grits. I can't remember the fancy name they gave it...The salad was mostly lettuce with a vinegarette. The bread and parsley/olive oil combination was interesting. Butter would have been better. The atmosphere was good. The drinks were great. Was it worth $140 for dinner? Absolutely Not.
Motor Supply was a great choice for our Valentine's Day meal. We love the farm-to-table menu and the creativity put into each dish. The food and service were great as usual. This is one of the best restaurants in Columbia for the choices the chef makes and the caliber of the food. Enjoy!
The restaurant has a nice ambiance, it is relaxed and comfortable. High ceilings give a sense of open space. The waitress was well informed about the menu which changes daily. The food was fantastic. The salads were varied and outstanding. The entrees were delicious with an appropriate amount of food. Our group had different items and all were excellent. We passed on dessert so cannot comment. We ate at several restaurants during our business trip and all agreed it was the best.
Food overall was great. Oyster salad was good. Lamb appetizer was ok. Would go for a different choice. The charcuterie was good as well. The grouper entree was excellent. One person in our group had the duck two ways. The breast was amazing. The confit was too crispy/dry. Good wine list. We ordered multiple courses and our food service was a bit slow, but others around us with entrees only or maybe salad and entree seemed to have pretty quick service. Would definitely go back. Servers and staff were excellent and very helpful.
Holy cow! I wish I could give Motor Supply 10 stars. The ambience, the foodand service are all exceptional. The farm to table is truly practiced here. My coulotte steak was prepared perfectly. The shrimp dish with polenta was just right. Nice little kick time it. Our server Mike B was friendly and helpful. Easy to talk to. Wish I lived closer.
The waitress we had was exceptional. I can't remember her name but her timing was great, her recommendations were great, the whole meal was better because of her! Besides the fact that the food and wine list were EXCEPTIONAL, but we already knew that.
Great job. We'll be back.
I brought a couple author friends of mine. (To be honest, I was trying to impress them) The food was memorable, the service excellent, and I couldn't have been happier. And yes, my author friends were suitably impressed. Thank you, Motor Supply for a reliably excellent meal every single time.
Came here for restaurant week, excellent special menu, great food, great value. Appetizer, main and dessert for $40. We sat at the bar, always lively and good conversation. The bartender was interesting and creative, do try his "inventions". We shared everything, beet salad and lamb carpaccio apps, crispy duck and osso bucco mains, chocolate lava cake and crème brulee desserts. Best duck I've had in a long time and everything was very good, not a miss in the bunch. We don't come often, it's over 45 minutes from our house; but always worth the trip.
We were visiting from out of town and we were lucky enough to choose Motor Supply Co. Based on the name, I wasn't expecting much, but oh, the food, glorious food! It has a wonderful menu - local, seasonal, fresh. They do a few things very well - you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. It was restaurant week and for $40, I choose a 3 course dinner. Everything was delicious and beautifully prepared. I would go back again, but I live in Virginia!
While the overall food and service was good, my family is still in shock that a restaurant in the capital of South Carolina doesn't serve sweet tea. Given the price point, I would have liked to have seen more attention given to our table and to my uneaten kale and beet salad, which was short on both beets and dressing. It was basically 3 or 4 whole, undressed kale leaves in a bowl for $13. Entrees, however, made up for our disappointment with the starter. There are just too many great places to eat in Columbia for me to take my family back here.
The food was delicious and I was impressed that the chef was so accommodating for the Celiac (gluten-free) diner in our party. Our server was very understanding about it and quite knowledgeable as well. We went during restaurant week, and everything from the apps to the dessert was great, especially the crispy duck. I recommend this place.
I travel a lot for work. I love one off and unique restaurants. MSCB was recommended to me a few month ago and Ive been eager to try it ever since. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and were seated right away. Bread and drinks came out quickly. I loved the chimichurri style dipping sauce. The fried oysters were the best Ive had. Not overcooked but with crispy breading.
I ordered the bone in pork chop with pureed radish and greens. Chop was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Carrot cake for dessert, not overly sweet but the perfect ending. Service was on point and price was very fair. Ill be back next year!
Motor Supply is my wife's favorite place to eat and we went there for her birthday. Service was a little slow however the place was busy. For a nice place in the south and not having sweet tea was very disappointing. We ordered the cheese board and it was great! The tomato jelly was delicious. My wife ordered the Swordfish and it was cooked perfectly. The sides and garnish was lacking. The radishes where very bland and had no taste. I had ordered the flat iron steak which was cooked perfectly as well. It was seasoned nicely and tasted great. The garnish was lacking again and very poorly designed. Fingerling potato's had no flavor and no seasoning. Also had 5, that's right 5 green beans that slightly under cooked but seasoned nicely.
I think the price of the meal was high for what was served. Overall it was not horrible and will continue to be a patron.
I surprised my wife for her birthday. We were seated on the patio, which appeared to be a romantic setting and it otherwise would have been had it not been for the draft of cold air coming in from the closed windows. The waiter said that someone would be coming soon to work on the windows. It was a chilly evening! The food was great! I had never been here before and the idea of the ever-changing menu was awesome. I had the swordfish and my wife had the pork chop. The pork chop came out too pink and it was quickly taken back to the kitchen. I was almost done with my food when the pork chop finally came back out. Definitely not ideal, but altogether a good meal. Hopefully the drafty windows will be corrected soon!
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