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
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.
Always the best fresh, local food. With ...
Always the best fresh, local food. With a new menu each day you'll never have the same dish. I've been three times and each time has been as good as the last. Always exceptional service. Really great beer and wine list, also. The perfect date night spot in Columbia, SC.
It's billed as the best restaurant in Co ...
It's billed as the best restaurant in Columbia and that's definitely right. Our Friday night treat included the charcuterie board, flat iron steak, sirloin, and bone in pork chop. We finished the meal with the always perfect creme brûlée. If you're trying to have a fantastic dinner in the perfect ambience go here! We will be back. It never lets us down!
Nothing special here . Server was effici ...
Nothing special here . Server was efficient and friendly, but the initial reception from the two young ladies at the door was ho-hum........almost as if we were an inconvenience. Menu was limited and too much of the same thing. I ordered the bone-in pork chop. It was mostly fat.
Would not recommend and don't plan to go again.
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!
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