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
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.
Service was okay. Our table waited 15-20 ...
Service was okay. Our table waited 15-20 minutes just for our waiter to ask what we would like as a starter (after we waved him down). Then the starter (buttermilk fried quail) arrived cold. The main course was delicious. All and all, I would recommend motor supply to a friend. I've been here several times and this was the first time I left somewhat disappointed. Maybe they were just having an off day.
Love this restaurant. The food is amazi ...
Love this restaurant. The food is amazing; fresh ingredients, locally grown. However on this visit I was a little disappointed. The waiter was slow and inattentive. We had to get his attention so that we could order appetizers. It took a while for our meal to be served. Also my entrée was slightly overcooked, which could have been my fault for requesting no pink. I will dine here again and definitely recommend to friends.
We had a lot of friends recommend that w ...
We had a lot of friends recommend that we try Motor Supply Company, but overall I don't think I would go again for the price. If you are really into food, then it is worth it, but for two entrees, two drinks, and a 20% tip, it was a little under $100. The food was tasty and well-done, and it is a very casual dining environment (waitress had on a black tank top). Some people are dressed up, but shorts and a nice t-shirt fit in just fine. We sat on the enclosed patio, and it was nice! Overall it is great for certain types of people, maybe just not us! We are used to shelling out money for dinners every once in a while, but to us it just wasn't worth it.
Also, if you need glasses to read, BRING THEM! I am 22 and could barely read the menu. They hand write it (pretty sure its girly writing), and it is very smushed together and difficult to read. One other thing, THEY DON'T HAVE SWEET TEA! That's common at expensive restaurants, but I wouldn't have gone had I known that. I love sweet tea!
Motor Supply always delivers an excellen ...
Motor Supply always delivers an excellent meal with good service. We went for my husband's birthday which I had noted on the reservation. The server was aware and told him Happy Birthday! They gave him a complimentary dessert as well which was a nice touch. He tried the Catch of the Day, wreck fish. That is a rather thick fish but it was perfectly prepared. I had the Duck which had sweet potatoes, collards and a berry sauce. It was the perfect sweet, salty. sour combination to go with the duck. The server was attentive without interrupting our dinner every 5 minutes as some do. Very enjoyable evening.
Perfect experience! The food was incred ...
Perfect experience! The food was incredible. We started with an Artisan cheese board paired with a tomato jam that was out of this world! My husband had the bone in pork chop that was thick but juicy and very flavorful. I had the coulotte steak with an amazing demi glace. Our server Adam was attentive, knowledgeable about the menu and made a wine suggestion that complimented our meal perfectly! I would recommend Motor Supply without hesitation!
Fathers Day brunch with a party of five. ...
Fathers Day brunch with a party of five. Great selections on the menu but would have liked another more kid-friendly options. Service was perfectly attentive and answered numerous questions. Quiche of the day was outstanding and meat-free. We will be back.
Motor Supply continues to be one of the ...
Motor Supply continues to be one of the best restaurants in Columbia. The appetizer and salad prices tend to run higher than those at comparable Columbia restaurants, which is surpising at an establishment with such a good wine list. This visit the restaurant was even more celiac-friendly than they had been in the past. Yummy local food but still down to earth.
Love the food, love the service, love th ...
Love the food, love the service, love the atmosphere. My only complaint is that the handwriting on the menu's is so very illegible. It makes me wish you had someone on staff who would copy over the chef's notes in a more readable hand before you photocopy it. Many of the women in our group - particularly those who use reading glasses - had a very difficult time reading the menu.
I can't say enough good things about Mot ...
I can't say enough good things about Motor Supply. It is my favorite Restaurant in Columbia.
The menu continues to surprise me. The recent trip was to enjoy the farm to table week. Rabbit is not my usual choice but it surpassed any I have had. I recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
This was my first time eating at this restaurant and everything from the atmosphere to the food and drinks was very good; except the service dropped off a little after our food order was placed. It took almost 30 minutes to receive our meal and noticed that a table that was seated 10-15 minutes after us received their food before us. Other than that, this dining experience was very good.
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