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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%
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128
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Reviewed yesterday

On a recent trip to Columbia a business associate recommended Motor Supply C. Bistro. Is was an excellent recommendation to say the least. The restaurant is located downtown on Gervais St along with a number of other restaurants and bars. We found the decor to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jim N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Shared a meal with my wife tonight that consisted of two glasses of wine, a salad, medium rare flank steak and a delicious lemon cake. Overall a nice meal....

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gsteinme
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As a woman dining alone, I am often relegated to a very uncomfortable seat at the bar. Here, I was treated as a valued customer. I was not rushed and had a delightful meal served by a competent and attentive server, who will receive a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Karen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of favorite restaurants in COLA. They have great vegetarian options which is always nice; not just an after thought. It is a staple in our restaurant dining catalogue!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BKGplayharder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The French toast with the Strawberry syrup was excellent as was everything else along with the service & nice people definitely would suggest to folks if ever in the area !!! :) :) :)

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jackson S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Motor Supply Co Bistro! It is our “go to” restaurant for special occasions and taking guests to, The food is excellent always! Drinks delicious! We make sure that we are hungry when we go so that we can indulge in the charcuterie and...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank crdcrz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First, our waiter Theron was amazing! He made our dinner a true experience and not just a nice dinner. Felt like we were celebrities at a very nice restaurant. The food was excellent call my and we each had something different. We will definitely be...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 975lianet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bartender is a wizard; the chimichurri is a surprisingly delicious concoction; the blueberry arugula salad disappeared into my stomach soon after it arrived; the apples that accompanied the braised quail were not poisonous and very tasty. Snow White would approve. A magical experience indeed.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank egathedragon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this hidden gem not long after they opened but I don't get downtown to eat often enough. First experience was many years ago with an amazing brunch. Recently took some colleagues to a wonderful lunch here. We were celebrating Case Management Week and reserved...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JCBoggs
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food was terrific. Steak was cooked perfectly, broccoli rabe and potatoes were delicious. Service was a little off though. First time visiting, so I can't say if it is typical or not, but drinks were empty for quite a while before server checked to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JWrightAU1224
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Response from Edward C | Reviewed this property |
There are smaller side rooms, but I don't know how they use them.
June 8, 2017|
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Response from PatriciaL6071 | 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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$18 - $35
Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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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