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Motor Supply Co. Bistro

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920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128 (Park and Lincoln Sts.)
+1 803-256-6687
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
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All hours
Sun 10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Hilton Head, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best dining experiences I have had in a while. The food was stunning and wine list fabulous. We could not have been more pleased with the meal. We tried to go the following night but there was no open reservation times. Highly recommend.

Thank Brodyhaskins
Wexford, Pa
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised to give this spot a try and with high praise. What a disappointment. The service was just o.k., the meals were, at best o.k. and the prices way out of line for this experience. We dine out and travel frequently and have been blessed with the ability to visit the eastern seaboard when we want to do... More 

Thank polecat5
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful evening. The cod fish, duck, the shrimps, the chocolate and the creme brûlée were so good! The atmosphere, service, too. But the starters were all quite disappointing.

Thank Sebastian A
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent! Love all the items from Edisto and local farms in SC. Loved the Old Fashion w burnt orange peel. Service was perfect thanks to Allison? She was very knowledgable of the menu preparations.

Thank chefnickbell
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Motor Supply Co really knows how to combine flavours together to come up with something special! The menu changes twice a day, but the one thing that stays the same - it does not disappoint had braised beef ribs and the duck - all amazing. Shout out to Stephanie our server who brought the menu to life for us. She... More 

Thank Ursula G
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is by far the best restaurant we have found in Columbia during our 10 months living here. Price was reasonable and portion size perfect. Cannot imagine the negative reviews as everything we were served was perfection. We started with the potato leek soup and the crispy fried oyster salad. The oyster salad was one of the top salads I... More 

Thank FranklyTravel
Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the cheese plate to start. The Duck Duo was plentiful and interesting, well cooked. The pork chop was perfectly cooked and juicy, supposedly, a high demand item. If you have tummy space leftover, get the key lime pie!

Thank AlwaysUpForGoodFood
San Francisco, California
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a full-day's flight, finding Motor City open on a Sunday night was a pleasure. The atmosphere is comfortable, with a warm feel. The bar staff has great knowledge of their wide selections of wine and beer (as well as cocktails). I had the steamed-clams appetizer, flat iron steak main, and followed with a cheese plate. All were well-balanced in... More 

Thank Jeff K
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a tough one the food was good but not great the waiter and bus help we're great the Manager maitre d didn't even acknowledge me on way in or out. The short ribs were tasty but a very small portions. My son and I left hungry, you need to order sides ala carte. Peanut butter Reese's dessert was... More 

Thank CarreraPorsche
Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've heard wonderful things about Sunday brunch here, but I was underwhelmed. My fruit was completely unripe and I wasn't even able to eat it. My food was fine, but nothing special. I may have gone on an "off day" but I was not impressed.

Thank adgriffith

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$35
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128
    (Park and Lincoln Sts.)
  • Public Transportation: There are several transit stops throughout the vista and downtown area, one of which is located half a block away from us. Taxis are also readily available.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-256-6687
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, New Southern, French, Italian and Asian cuisine. We are Columbia's foremost "farm to fork" restaurant, working with local, sustainable farms for produce, meats, SC seafood and more. Seafood is caught off of the Carolina coast, and all of our stocks, sauces and desserts are made on site, including our charcuterie, with house-made sausages, bacon, country pate, and rillettes, all the way down to the pickles and mustard. Our early 19th century, solid-oak bar with marble columns, imported from Europe, serves 180+ fine wines (Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, 2006-12), an extensive list of 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.

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