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Motor Supply Company Bistro

1686 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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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
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Phone number
(803) 256-6687
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Wesley Fulmer
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Cross street
Park and Lincoln Sts.
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Parking details
Free valet parking Tuesday-Saturday evenings and Tuesday-Friday at lunch. Parking lot with ~20 spaces. Easily accessible street parking.
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Public transit
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.
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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
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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, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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
What 1686 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 15 hours ago

Great meal. Excellent food

vipPMJr (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 15 hours ago

We didn't know what to expect having never stopped in Columbia. The rating on Open Table was 5 and we agree. The beef barley soup, roasted beet salad, and cheese board were fantastic. The malbec I had was delicious and the coffee and dessert, lemon poppie cheese cake and crem brulee were just as good. The service was terrific, our server was prompt, cordial, and pleasant and we weren't rushed. All-in-all 5 stars and we hope to be back.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic dining experience! We can’t say enough about the creative menu, the delicious food and the wonderful service we received. It is our new favorite restaurant in Columbia.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Enjoyed a fun evening w/good food, some excellent wines and terrific service. What else would you need?

613Karen (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We were less than impressed, considering this came highly recommended. Menu wss not ecciting, and we do typically love farm to table. Very expensive for what you get and our waiter seemed disinterested in his job, or us as patrons. We left after a few small plates and salads and went to Blue Marlin, an outstanding experience overall.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Motor supply is out favorite restaurant in Columbia and we go frequently. The service is great, the food is always wonderful and we love the atmosphere!!

HaveMyFavorites (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Absolutely terrific food! I ordered flatiron steak but they were out and gave me a ribeye for just a few bucks more - had the most amazing mix of cauliflower and sweet potatoes with it. Plus the steak had this lovely and interesting glaze/gravy on top that I think might have had bourbon in it - a little bit sweet but not overbearing at all - it was just sooo savory. And the atmosphere was very lively. We had a reservation and when we got there the place was quite full with people waiting upfront and in the bar area, but our reservation was honored in less than fifteen minutes. I would highly recommend for a fun evening with friends or a casual business dinner with a few colleagues - would not want to have too big a crowd for business, unless seated somewhere separate as it is pretty loud, but in a fun way and my work colleague and I still had no problem hearing each other. One thing I had a good chuckle about though was our young waitress talked and looked directly only to my male work colleague and barely talked to me at all except to write down my order, it was so obvious it was hysterical! I am in my late fifties and my co-worker in his early forties - I just had to laugh as she was so blatant about it but obviously clueless at the same time. I paid the check by the way, and I still gave her a twenty percent tip, but honestly someone else might have been annoyed it was that ridiculous; I almost said something to her on the side, which is something I would normally never do, but figured she would not even get it so just chalked it up as a funny episode and enjoyed the food and a nice conversation with my work friend about his kids and movies : )

JohnathonD (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The wait was minimal we grabbed a cocktail from the bar. Then our server recommended wines for our entrees, and we started with a cheese plate. Everything was delicious and the restaurant was beautiful.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food as always. Great service. Motor Supply never lets me down.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent food with excellent service. Not a bad combination

4COOLDINERS (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Neat atmosphere with delightful food! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves-

Travelalot33 (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Promptly seated, friendly and knowledgeable server, excellent selection with local sourced foods.

Sweetums67 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We went for my daughter's 21st birthday. It was a very enjoyable night. I found the prices to be a little high for some of the menu items. The cab steak was not bad for $29 but I felt that some of the other menu items were too pricey. Normal sized mixed drinks were $9. I was a little annoyed when I received the bill and was charged $1 per person for cutting the birthday cake we brought. There were 6 of us. Overall, it was a good experience.

OpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

5 adults and 4 fifteen year old boys for a post soccer match meal. Food was great. Service personnel efficient and appropriately friendly. Shrimp and grits was a hit enjoyed by 1/2 the group. The skirt steak plate was beautiful. Bonus points for split checks - 4 checks for 9 people.
All agreed we’d happily return for next trip to Columbia.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We love this place. Lots of good things to recommend, but we are most impressed with the bar, the mixology and the selection of liquors. Food is varied and artfully prepared.