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Motor Supply Co. Bistro

920 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 256-6687
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Ranked #4 of 840 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $35
Sun 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Bistro, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Park and Lincoln Sts.
Transit: 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.
Description: 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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English first
Westfield, New Jersey
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Our second visit for dinner was just as good as our first with all the reasons we returned ... friendly atmosphere, helpful wait staff, delicious farm to table selections - new choices every time, well stocked bar. Relatively small venue so recommend reservations.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Found this little gem while in Columbia for the night. The menu changes daily and consists of quality, local ingredients. House made Charcuterie. Cocktail list also changes daily and is seasonal. I was so impressed. Will definitely return!!

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This was recommended to me by the Hilton front desk staff. When I asked what was good in the area, all it took for me to want to go was when the concierge told me they change their menu twice ever day so they can offer the freshest food around. Very cool atmosphere, the staff was extremely attentive and I... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Motor Supply Co. represented the best of the Vista before the Vista even WAS the Vista. As a long-term Columbia implant, I have visited this restaurant many times. It never changes because it is always excellent. The hand-written menu changes daily, with the chef using a lot of imagination with fresh, local ingredients. The choices are limited compared to some... More 

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Beaufort, SC
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87 reviews 87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I visit Columbia a couple of times per year, but somehow missed this gem, which is on Gervais in the Vista area, right in the midst of other excellent dining spots. The menu isn't too long, maybe a dozen entrees, but you will have trouble deciding between excellent choices. The hand-written menu changes daily. I was there for dinner. Entrees... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I came to Columbia to visit my daughter and go see the Joe Banamassa concert. I immediately went to my favorite local spot for great food and drinks. It was exceptional again and very happy I went. My daughter and I shared everything. We had the salad with blackberries and some excellent cheese. For our appetizer, we had the fried... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

First time here and food was about what I expected. It was early in the evening, so not a large crowd, so food was quick in coming out. Chain style pub food. Priced accordingly but the experience was prejudiced by our waitress. While she was friendly and helpful, we smelled her coming 10 feet away by the overpowering smell of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My go to place! Never had a bad meal. Chef is constantly striving to serve the best local farm to table offerings with unique flair. Wonderful beer selection, great bourbon. Great staff that really know the dishes and are able to guide you through choices. Menu changes frequently based on what's in season. Always something new to try!!! Small, intimate,... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been going here since they first opened up, I use to go more when I was working in town but still love to go when I'm in town and it remains one of my favorite restaurants! The food is wonderful! I have never had any regrets on any choice I made!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Been awhile but we went for brunch on a rainy Sunday and it was awesome. Service was good ( this can be hit or miss) and the food was outstanding (as always). Won't wait so long to go back.

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Additional Information about Motor Supply Co. Bistro

Address: 920 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: (803) 256-6687
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 18 - 35
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Bistro, Organic

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