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, 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
The service was excellent; the food was ...
The service was excellent; the food was superb! We asked to move to another table because the lady behind me was wearing a strong perfume, and I did not want for the food to be spoiled by that smell. The waiter, Kyle, graciously helped us with the seating arrangments. Great experience!
Hands down one of THE BEST restaurants i ...
Hands down one of THE BEST restaurants in Columbia! It is always my go to whatever the occasion, as the food never disappoints. The fact that the chef continuously changes the menu and brings in new delicacies leaves my husband and I coming back for more!
We went for restaurant week. The menu o ...
We went for restaurant week. The menu on line said 3 courses for $30. When we got there they presented the same menu but the price was $40. Not really any value for the serving sizes & regular menu prices. Very disappointing!
We were there to celebrate a special occ ...
We were there to celebrate a special occasion, and the food was special too. We were seated on the porch, and the weather was near perfect. The locally sourced menu was superb. Service was less enthusiastic than usual, but nothing to detract from a great evening with great food.
Excellent menu which changes. Love to g ...
Excellent menu which changes. Love to go there and try new dishes. Service was great and they have a very nice selection of wines. The Bone in Ribeye was perfectly cooked and the quail paired with he potatoes was heavenly. One of the best restaurants is Columbia.
The ever-changing menu is creative, and ...
The ever-changing menu is creative, and the locally sourced, seasonal cuisine is amazing!! However, the portions are skimpy for the price (example: I had the shrimp and grits-- tiniest spoonful of grits. My sister had steak on mashed potatoes-- puny scoop of potatoes. Why skimp on cheapest sides?) and Gamecock fans straight from the game were super loud at the table next to ours.
Every time I am in Columbia I make it a ...
Every time I am in Columbia I make it a point to get to MS. Each nights menu is different and the food is always locally grown. The fish dishes are fantastic and Josh always has a great drink available at the bar. The wait staff is attentive but never 'on top' of the guest. You will not be disappointed. If the room is full the noise level will be a little higher but the atmosphere is worth it.
Food was excellent. Told them by phone, ...
Food was excellent. Told them by phone, when they called to confirm, and upon arrival that we were celebrating my daughter's birthday. They didn't do anything special for her. Maybe that's typical? But it seemed like a lot of build up for nothing!
Poor hostess and management had to wait ...
Poor hostess and management had to wait 30 minutes for our table with our reservation. Rude greeting, not welcoming at all. Waitress was excellent. Food was salty and buttery and I have been to better farm to table restaurants that truly care about their guests. As an out of town guest I will never go back or ever recommend it.
Visited during parents weekend at Univer ...
Visited during parents weekend at University of South Carolina. The service was excellent and not rushed at all, which I greatly appreciated. Creative charcuterie and cheese platters. I had duck which was excellent. My daughter enjoyed one of the steaks (not a traditional cut) and it was cooked perfectly. I will go back.
It was extremely noisy sitting in the su ...
It was extremely noisy sitting in the sunroom area. We had a hard time having a conversation. I will blame a lot of that on a very noisy table next to us.
My pork chop was the toughest piece of meat I'vd ever eaten at a nice restaurant. I have had better and tastier at cheaper restaurants. Our server told me that I was the third person to complain about it early in the evening.
We did enjoy the cheese tray and were given all of the extra bread we desired.
Extremely disappointed. We'd been looki ...
Extremely disappointed. We'd been looking forward to this meal for some time, given the restaurant's reputation. Our appetizers were fine but our entrees were inedible. My pork chop was under cooked. My husband's fish was inadequately cleaned. We live in a big city, we're more than familiar with the concept of Farm to Table, but that doesn't mean raw or full of bones. Worst of all, our server could tell that we hadn't touched our meals but was completely indifferent to our poor experience. It's a shame. We have a son in school in Columbia and visit family there often, also. Had we had a better experience, we would be back for sure.
Our dinner was excellent but beyond that ...
Our dinner was excellent but beyond that was the excellent customer service. We were called the day before our reservation and warned of possible traffic issues (streets blocked for a race event ) that might interfere with our ability to get to the restaurant. We made it there without any issue. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with questions about the menu. We chose the rib eye and pork chop and each was cooked perfectly. It was just a great dining experience overall and I would definitely recommend it to anybody visiting Columbia.
Took my daughter out for dinner , it was ...
Took my daughter out for dinner , it was parents . This was the second year we have come here , it has become our go to first night restaurant . The food and service are fantastic , I can't say enough . We Love this place .
We took our son this weekend to celebrat ...
We took our son this weekend to celebrate his 21st birthday.
While the service is still pretty good, I feel the food quality has gone down lately.
My shrimp and red polenta had so much broth in the bowl, the polenta was non-existent and I needed a soup spoon to eat it. My son had the "fried chicken", while the chicken was tasty they laid the chicken in a bowl of broth or jus as it was listed, and the fried exterior became soft and mushy. My husband's pork chop has so much fat and gristle on it only a fourth of it was edible. The waiter was only there to take our order and to bring a check as other staff members served the meal and didn't even ask if everything was alright. Very disappointed, there are too many other choices in the Vista for the price we paid. We left our birthday celebration on a poor note.
Overall, was pleased. However, have not ...
Overall, was pleased. However, have not been blown away with preparation of quality ingredients. Always seem to have overcooked my shrimp/chicken every meal I've been served at Motor Supply. The Seared Scallop and Pork Belly dish was fantastic-- but was only the one dish worth worth raving about. Underwhelmed with cheese plate and shrimp and grits.
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