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Motor Supply Co. Bistro

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920 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 (Park and Lincoln Sts.)
+1 803-256-6687
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
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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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Columbia, South Carolina
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168 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to try this establishment on a Friday evening; our first visit to it. It is in a quaint old building with most of the first floor converted to the restaurant. They pride their menu (which changes twice a day depending on availability of ingredients we were told) on farm fresh local ingredients. There was even a posted board... More 

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rumson, nj
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Showed up 5 minutes before closing, still treated like royalty. Two of us dined. My daughter had a perfectly cooked rib eye with parsnips and brussel sprouts. Meat was of the highest quality and cooked perfectly. I had a shrimp dish that was made with fresh SC shrimp served over grits. Complimentary bread also served and I had one local... More 

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Pittsfield, Maine
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ambiance, service and meal together created a picture perfect Valentine's dinner. The wine menu is extensive and specialty Valentine's Day cocktails created. Our server was knowledgeable and checked in with us throughout the meal without hovering. We started with scallops and shared a steak and the duck duo. The pairing of side dishes were amazing compliments to the perfectly... More 

Thank tattooedtravelOT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Motor Supply is a farm to table bistro with delicious offerings that change daily. In addition to a great wine and beer list, Josh, the bartender, stirs up some great cocktails. Motor Supply is located in a renovated warehouse in the Vista. It has great ambiance, a friendly staff and is suitable for a casual gathering, a business lunch or... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is always fabulous and with a daily changing menu each visit is always like exploring a new restaurant. One of my all time favorites in Columbia!

Thank joyb345
Columbia, South Carolina
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Columbia for 17 years and this is consistently one of my favorites. There is always something new and fresh on the menu. Also, Sunday brunch is very good. Once of the best for late night dining when most everything else in Columbia closes up.

Thank lolathreads
Chapin, South Carolina
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83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have, over the last 15-20 years, eaten here during special occasions. Their food is superb, the wait staff is always very accommodating, and the atmosphere has a classy, vintage flair. It is always a real treat to dine here!

Thank CEpting
South Carolina
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu has entrees with novel sides and sauces. I enjoyed what I ordered (shrimp and grits) but really didn't see anything else that I wanted to come back to try. The waiter said that the menu changes at least daily.

Thank afriendinSC
Boston, Massachusetts
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226 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wish I could rate this really really excellent!! Wish I lived closer. The atmosphere, the food, the service the drinks were really wonderful. Our waiter, Mike B was friendly and very helpful. My coulotte steak was great prepared just right. The shrimp dish was perfect over polenta was just awesome with a little kick. This really is going on... More 

Thank Dennis J
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in Columbia for nearly 3 years and the best meal I have tried during my stay was at Motor Supply Co. It was a pork chop with coffee butter. They consistently change their menu which is great but I have never seen the pork chop with coffee butter since.

Thank Tyler S

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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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 Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    (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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?