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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.
Columbia, SC 29201
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
While it was more expensive than a usual date night for us it was 100% worth the price. One of the best steaks I have ever had and was cooked perfectly. Everything we had was delicious. We went off the recommendation of others to make a reservation and the services was very fast but we did not at all feel rushed. They had our table waiting for us even though we were nearly 30 minutes early. The staff was so knowledgeable about everything on the menu and when I did not know how to pronounce what I wanted the waitress knew exactly what I wanted but did not make me feel uncomfortable about it. The beer menu was great as well offering local options from breweries within the state. Everything we ate was to die for! Great Birthday dinner overall. I would highly recommend and I know we will be coming back here again!
It's nice having the complimentary valet parking. My coworker and I were seated earlier than scheduled which was nice. I had a Moscow Mule which was nice but not outstanding in my opinion. I had the pork chop which was very tasty. I recommend it. The place is very noisy and was full at 8:30 on a Tuesday. It's a great scene, but not if you want a quiet meal. Service was good and attentive. I feel the meals were a bit pricy though. Fortunately I was on my company's nickel. Not sure I'd spend that much money, over $45 for drink, dinner, tip for one person, otherwise.
The food was great. The service from Ashley was spectacular - she really knows the food and gives enough information for you to know what to expect from each dish. She did a thorough review of the menu and we each were pleased with our meals. We had the pork chop, duck, red snapper, a ceviche appetizer and a fried oyster salad appetizer. The fried oyster salad was an amazing surprise, as the oysters were juicy and the added bacon (or bacon-like meat) went so well with the grape tomatoes and other ingredients. The duck dish also was great, but had one thing I did not like - the squash-butter-puree - the flavor was great, but I did not like that is was cold while the rest of the dish & fixings were hot. For me, it did not work well. All in all, a great time and a great meal.
Barbecued shrimp app was four tiny shrimp with sauce scallops over beans was delicious but small the waiter hovered and took everyone's plates as they were finishing the last bites even though there were no patrons waiting and plenty of open tables. For three people we had one glass of wine ( not a piece, just one) two apps theee enters and the bill with tip was $173. A little pricey for what it was
This is the third time I have been there and every time has been a positive dining experience. I particularly like the original menu choices. I had the duck and it was cooked to perfection, speaking as an old duck hunter. Our waiter was excellent, attentive and responsive. Will definitely dine there again.
Tahoe Johno from Nevada
Phenomenal experience from start to finish. Our waitress was very friendly, knowledgeable, and was able to describe the dishes and specials perfectly. Cocktails were delicious and strong, and all of the food was fresh, innovative without being strange, and delicious. Absolutely one of the top restaurants in the Southeast.
We enjoyed our meal and overall had a good experience. However, I feel the prices are entirely too high for the quality and quantity of food served. We walked out of there spending almost $130 for an appetizer, two entrees and four drinks, total. Our appetizer had 5 shrimp ($13) and one piece of french bread. I'm definitely willing to spend good money on a quality meal on occasion but I didn't feel we got a lot out it. We likely won't be back.
The atmosphere and menu were oustanding! Our starters were underwhelming, but the main courses were top notch. The bar was nice and the service was attentive. I found it very good, but in that price range there are other local establishments I prefer. I will try them again in the future.
I got the Cuban which was good but not an authentic Cuban and had wasabi like mustard on it which overwhelmed the sandwich and made it hard to enjoy the rest of the sandwich. The salad that came with it was fantastic though and the ingredients are always fresh! The atmosphere is always enjoyable especially on the patio on a day like today (85 and ☀️). Our waitress was busy but good. There was a waitress wearing very short dress and tall boots that was kind of inappropriate for this restaurant and my whole table felt a little uncomfortable with her filling my water at times and being so close to our food with that short of dress but other then that wait staff was good. Definitely a favorite lunch spot and will be back.
We live in Charleston SC where the food is outstanding so are always hesitant of restaurants when traveling, but Motor Supply Co was excellent! From our server's recommendations, which were all on point, to the service and most importantly the food, nothing disappointed. We would definitely recommend this to others and would dine again when back in the area.
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!
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