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Motor Supply Co. Bistro

920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128
+1 803-256-6687
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (50 reviews)
“duck duo” (9 reviews)
“cheese board” (11 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 21:30All hours
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128
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Reviewed yesterday

We went here specifically for drinks and appetizers. They have the best bartender! My cosmo actually looks and tastes like it should - pink and cloudy and so, so good! We had the cheese board, the watermelon salad, and we split the Frogmore stew. All...More

Thank Sara B
Reviewed yesterday

Food was outstanding once again but took over an hour after we ordered for our meal to come. Waitress was attentive through out, ...r

Thank PCkid79
Reviewed yesterday

Motor Supply is the original farm-to-table trendsetter in Columbia's historic Vista warehouse district. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, it's packed by 7:00pm - so get there early and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail by one of the city's top bartenders while you wait for...More

Thank 119adriennem
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited for Brunch: Pros Above average food with local ingredients Overall atmosphere Reasonable price Cons Limited parking The first restaurant in SC that does not offer sweat tea? The menu seems to be handwritten which is a nice touch but some words were difficult to...More

Thank Mcrivera53
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Two of my colleagues went for lunch and the place was pretty empty considering. My colleagues both had shrimp and grits while I had the seared salmon salad with pickled pears. The salmon was the crispest I have ever had but it completely worked! Def...More

Thank Avakelly
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went in on Saturday night around 6 and without a reservation. They seated us right away and there were quite a few open tables. By 6:30, the place was packed. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. They gave us bread and pesto before...More

Thank kfairchild4
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was very nice. Food was excellent. I was upset because we were looking for a nicer place to go for my birthday, so we dressed up. The couple sitting next to us, the woman wore a crop top, skinny jeans, and flip flops....More

1  Thank Leroy1988
Reviewed 1 week ago

Menu is unique, hand-written, and changes daily. The "elk" chop was one of my favorites. One of our short-list restaurants for special occasions.

Thank Walt B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great veggies! Decor and food were great. Unfortunately, the day we were there the person that waited on us was not very receptive to people of color. They assumed that my colleague and I were not with a group of white academicians from one of...More

Thank Geechi56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a gem this restaurant is. Local fresh ingredients with a menu that changes each day. You're going to find something that fits every palate. The bartender is out of this world on creative drinks. Open for lunch and dinner except on Monday. Definitely worth...More

Thank Stephanie M
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Questions & Answers
Cel c
8 June 2017|
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Response from Patricia L | Reviewed this property |
I would say that it really isn't all that kid friendly...not that they wouldn't allow kids it's just more of an adult place to be honest.
15 April 2017|
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Response from Dennis J | Reviewed this property |
call them.
Bobby P
28 January 2017|
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Response from Nancy H | Reviewed this property |
The prices are moderate to high, worth every penny!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$35
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, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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
  • E-mail
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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