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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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Blacksburg, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

During a short trip to Columbia we realized that this restaurant was right next to our hotel. After reading about it we walked next door and ordered food to go (we were part of a large group eating at the hotel). The vegetarian options were spectacular - roasted cauliflower steaks and a roasted vegetable salad. If we are ever in... More 

Thank Peter V
Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Wonderful food, their menu offers great variety, superb friendly service. My favorite for a special meal.

Thank Herb1953
Columbia, South Carolina
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

My first visit to motor supply, and it did not disappoint. There was a short wait, but well worth it! Efficient service, excellent wait staff, quick ordering (they change their menu daily, menus are hand written) and quick turn around on our order! Food was exceptional! I had a biscuit with gravy, local grits, and a mimosa. I could eat... More 

Thank agglovestotravel
Falling Waters, West Virginia
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

From the pair of friendly hostesses to the superb mix of flavors throughout the meal, this was a wonderful experience. It was our first visit as "fine dining" doesn't fit into our budget often, but it was well worth it. The atmosphere is very casual, definitely not pretentious as one might expect. We started with two of their seasonal signature... More 

Thank DPacileo
Columbia, South Carolina
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Birthday brunch for my daughter. Very nice wait Staff, food and mimosas. Kept us supplied in mimosas and very attentive. Food changes all the time but, wonderful

Thank fmgur
Marietta, Georgia
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155 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Went there for a business lunch. Menu changes daily and is printed on paper that is later cut up and used as coasters on the tables. It's an eclectic place with old wooden floors and unmatched furniture which is part of what gives it its charm. The wait staff was super friendly and the food was delicious. I had fresh... More 

Thank Shana J
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

I have eaten at a lot of restaurants, especially when on business travel. This place was simply and truly amazing. Greeted with a smile, followed by excellent service, we ordered off a hand written menu, making it clear that the specials really were daily specials. Our waitress said that the dishes change every day. The menu was limited due to... More 

Thank JpEkst
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

Great food with a new menu each day. Cannot go wrong with any of the dishes. Business or smart casual to more formal dining is common at motor supply co. Really love their sauces and unique spin on old favorites. Parking can be a challenge but vallet is available

Thank Laurel E
Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

An antique bar in an old automobile parts supply warehouse is the perfect beginning for this unique locavore-oriented restaurant. Their constantly changing menu guarantees you'll be having the freshest locally-sourced food available, always prepared masterfully. Business or pleasure, a sure thing.

Thank LouieCAE
Columbia, SC
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

My wife and I have had dinner here on New Years Eve every year of our marriage. It has never disappointed us. I have had something different every year and they have knocked it out of the park every time.

Thank story_stephen

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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 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?