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.
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, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
Farm to table restaurant. Food was good ...
Farm to table restaurant. Food was good, just overall wasn't that impressed. Prices seemed a little high. It was good, unfortunately not great. Maybe just an off day. Many similar options in Columbia so not sure I'd return. Great bar scene
Chicago natives, this was one of our bes ...
Chicago natives, this was one of our best meals ever. The evening's pork belly appetizer was exquisite, and the pork chop with bacon braised kale and ground grits was absolutely amazing. Dessert and coffee were both excellent. The bourbon menu could be expanded a bit; but all-in-all, the biggest disappointment was that this dining experience had to come to an end. We can't wait to go back when we're in town again!
We picked this for our anniversary dinne ...
We picked this for our anniversary dinner. I kinda wished we hadn't . It was much more pricey then we expected. It was a little cramped for us. We were In a corner table that kinda felt tight. The food was good and the plates were nicely put together. But for 2 meals, a cheese board and 2 beers our cost was $88; $101.20 with tip. I don't mind paying extra for good food but definitely overpriced for sure. Beers were $6 a piece... A Little much for me, which seemed odd as this place seemed to be a college hang out that day. It was definitely not what we expected. Good food but not for the price they charge.
For myself, it was a overall nice experi ...
For myself, it was a overall nice experience. We ordered an appetizer, salad, and entrees. However, after we received our appetizer, we had to wait an hour before our server even asked us if we were ready for our salad (which we weren't all that impressed with, but that was ok). My sword fish was fantastic, but my wife's ribeye was almost 70% fat. And that was, perhaps,the biggest disappointment. Considering the price of your meals, I would have expected a better quality cut of meat. Overall, it's very difficult to give a review. I was quite happy, but my wife was not. And considering it was our anniversary dinner, I would say that it was not a great experience.
I commute to Columbia for work and this ...
I commute to Columbia for work and this restaurant is terrific. I googled best restaurants in Columbia and this was at the top of everyone's list. Very good farm to table ingredients, great service, nice wine list. The food is very fresh and unique. A wonderful gem in downtown Columbia. Not to be missed!
Consistently great food and service, the ...
Consistently great food and service, the hallmark of any fabulous foodie find. If they don't know something, they find someone in house who does. They are knowledgeable about what they are serving, which is seasonal, southern, low country farm to table locators preparations with pizazz!
I wanted guests from out of state to exp ...
I wanted guests from out of state to experience the best of Columbia. That is definitely Motor Supply. My guests were very impressed with the repurposed building, the decor, and most especially the farm-to-table menu. The food was excellent.
we loved our experience at motor supply. ...
we loved our experience at motor supply. we were celebrating my moms 72nd birthday. the food was amazing. just the right amount and the flavor was great. we said we need to start eating there at least once a month. keep doing what your doing. love motor supply...................
The MS has become our "anniversary" plac ...
The MS has become our "anniversary" place to be, thanks to past visits served proficiently by Adam, and, this year, by Ashley. We are delighted to report a continued warm welcome by the entire staff. Fine food, multiple surprises, and expert service are unparalleled. Thank you to one and all for making our 75th birthdays and our 55 wedding anniversary well worth the trip from Texas and, more locally, Hilton Head Island!!
We had a great experience at motor suppl ...
We had a great experience at motor supply. The meal was amazing , my husband had a steak (was one of the best in Columbia) and I had a fish dish (the creamed corn was amazing). We also had the key lime pie (I would try something different next time as it was lacking on the crust). It would also be nice if they would offer sweet tea but overall great dining experience and we will be back!
9 of us had a reservation at Motor Suppl ...
9 of us had a reservation at Motor Supply and we had a great time. We split basically every appetizer they had, all had different entrees and split all of the desserts. No one had any complaints. We had a wonderful time.
Great meal. Lamb could have been cooked ...
Great meal. Lamb could have been cooked a little less. Not quite between rare and med rare. Excellent wine suggestions. Server knowledge was superb. Recommend the duck. Probably the best I have had. Will come back again and again
Made the reservation in advance of a con ...
Made the reservation in advance of a convention trip to Columbia. Had to add to the head count twice. We went from two to six and were acccomodated. We were not given a choice of table location and were seated on the porch where it was hot which was didn't seem right considering it was an advanced reservation. We had a scenic view of the parking lot. For a 6:15 reservation on Friday we got out at 8:30. No per-fixe that we saw online was offered, that is only for restaurant week we were told. Difficult menu to select from but changes daily. One wine list for six people then the waiter asked for it back before we ordered the wine not knowing selection or price which was $10 per glass. Immediately ordered the cheese board when we sat down. Cheddar was substituted for the Gouda stated on the menu. Not much for $15. Next ordered the $12 tomato salad with is very small. The fried oyster salad for $14 was three times the size with protein. Desserts tasted fine but are small, not for sharing. The 3 that ordered meat and potatoes said it was fine. Would not recommend or go back. The only thing of interest was the old Motor Supply calendar behind the hostess stand. We were looking for a much more positive atmosphere, experience and outstanding food based on reviews. One ladies room for a restaurant is completely inadequate. I had indigestion all night from the apple cider vinaigrette.
Overall was very good experience. Food w ...
Overall was very good experience. Food was outstanding! Some portions could be larger but overall excellent. Only complaint is that we had a somewhat rude and unwelcoming hostess when my group of 5 showed up. Very short with us and made it very uncomfortable for the group. Maybe she was just having a bad day. Other than that, every other person we encountered, bar keeper and waiter, were exceptional. Definitely try it out.
My meal was good as always but my husba ...
My meal was good as always but my husband's was not up to par. The steak cut was not good and the manager did nothing about it when we brought it to their attention. I emailed the restaurant and told them about our experience 5 days ago and I have heard nothing back from them. It was my husband's birthday and he was disappointed as was I. It is our favorite place to go and I was surprised that they didn't take care of us this one time out of many.
We loved Motor Supply!! We had a group o ...
We loved Motor Supply!! We had a group of five celebrating a birthday on a Friday evening. Our server Caitlin was so sweet, attentive, and prompt! Started with the cheese board (which was sensational), my husband had the filet of beef, and I had the duck. Everything tasted amazing and was perfectly cooked! Great selection of wine, craft beers, and cocktails too. We brought in a birthday cake, which Caitlin stored in the cooler and plated for us after dinner. We really appreciated that they didn't charge a cake-cutting fee too. Will definitely be back!
We took a friend that we havent seen in ...
We took a friend that we havent seen in quite awhile - wanted to take her to a great new place...we were NOT DISAPPOINTED!..the charcuterie plates were awesome and the drinks very tasty!! Our dinners were well cooked and delicious. The menu was very eclectic and made choosing what to have difficult! :) Will definitely go again!!
I had a group of 7 for a business dinner ...
I had a group of 7 for a business dinner. Guests from Chicago, CT and MO who had visited Columbia several times but this was their first visit to Motor Supply. They said hands down this was the best dining experience they've had in Columbia.
Food was just meh. Worst bread I've ever ...
Food was just meh. Worst bread I've ever been presented at a table. No salt or pepper at table and none offered. No butter just oily dip for rock hard bread. Wasn't super busy and service not really attentive. Steak undercooked and poorly presented. I don't understand this lack of effort at this price point. Much to improve on.
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