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Motor Supply Co. Bistro

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$18 - $50
American, International
Sponsored by: Motor Supply Co. Bistro

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Local Farm-To-Table
1. Local Farm-To-Table
"Motor Supply is the original farm-to-table trendsetter"
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2. Regional Gem
2. Regional Gem
"one of the top 5 restaurants in the southeast"
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3. Attention to Detail
3. Attention to Detail
"attentive service and the food was fresh, well-prepared and delicious"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Expensive and average small portioned food. My wife and both had the salmon dish. We thought is was average but the piece of fish was extremely tiny. Also, no bread service. High price tag for diner food in skimpy servings Scratched off the list

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed December 12, 2019

Motor Supply is, in my opinion, one of the top 5 restaurants in the southeast. It's tucked away in an alley off of Gervais St. in the popular Vista area of Columbia SC. What a find for a business lunch or a romantic dinner. Chef...Wes is spot on with fresh farm to table ingredients. Their fresh catch and steaks and chops are second to none. Now... let's discuss Josh and his staff behind the bar. Absolutely the best mixologist in the south, and maybe beyond. Great up scale wine list of favorites without the usual proud markup of other establishments. This is my go to restaurant for beverages and appetizers at the bar, or a nice special dinner at one of the table inside or on the weatherproof porch. The wait staff will accurately describe the specials and be spot on with service. Enjoy!! Cheers!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 11, 2020

Great farm to table in Columbia,SC. Clean, appropriately spaced. Good service, fair prices. Excellent cheese plate, duck duo, and trigger fish.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 30, 2020 via mobile

Our family — two adults, two college students — visited Motor Supply Company in September. We had been there in the 90s for a graduation celebration and wanted to continue the tradition now that our son is a student at USC. Food: The menu is...limited and very Southern. There are only three items (one salad, one cheese and pickle plate, and a squash entree) that are vegetarian. The descriptions looked great and the portions were plentiful for fine dining — for example, the “Lowcountry Boil” had 8-9 large shrimp. However, the execution was a little off. Nothing tasted as good as it sounded. And the veg options? The Green Apple Salad was large, but had only three slices of apple. Service: My husband ordered a side that they were out of, so he chose Brussels sprouts instead. This was the side that already came with his entree, so he had two identical sides. That’s an oversight a better server would have helped him avoid. Service overall was slow: more than 45 minutes from seating (13 minutes past our reservation) to food arriving. Value: Our meal (1 app, 1 salad, 3 entrees, 1 side, 3 alcoholic drinks) with tip was $234. This was a nice dinner at a nice restaurant, a special meal. I recommend MSC for visitors wanting to try upscale Southern cuisine. For those of us with plenty of options for upscale Southern, try something else. Covid/reservations note: We requested our reservation “outside” and we were seated on the “patio.” This is an enclosed room! They have the ability to open garage doors and windows (the weather was lovely) but did not. I feel we should have been advised they did not have outdoor seating upon making/accepting our reservation or at worst, upon arrival. We did not feel crowded at our table and our server wore a mask.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 13, 2020

The absolute smallest portion of food I have ever experienced...but be sure to bring your stimulus check...if high prices...marginal service...and the smallest amount of food is your thing?...By all means...this is your place...

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 6, 2020

Unless you know we're you're going, not going to be able to find this needle in Columbia's haystack :) If you do, you are in for a treat. Took my dear daughter out for dinner when in town and made some reservations on a Tuesday...night due to the 50% restrictions in place. Our entire experience was very good! From the first we sat until we left, all facets were great. We started with a cheese plate appetizer and some local beer for myself. We then moved onto the duck 2 ways and pork chop. ot only were the cheeses great but the main course was awesome. Some of the best duck I've ever had. The pork chop was huge and daughter has at least 2 other servings off of it. No dessert tonight, no room to eat more. Definite receommendation!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 10, 2020 via mobile

Solid dining experience. The server recommended a chef add-on to the cheese plate, smoked fish pimento cheese. It was outstanding. The main dishes are locally sourced and very tasteful. The menu was limited due to COVID so we will return to get a full glimpse...at the entire menu. Staff was very friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 19, 2020

We spent a long weekend is Columbia...the city was less than interesting due to the college being closed and COVID restrictions, however this restaurant was a highlight. Staff were excellent and restaurant followed CDC guidelines, so we felt safe . My husband had the pork...chop and greens...also the best ever! I’m a foodie and asked for the ingredients.....was treated to having the recipe given to me! Thank youMore

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 12, 2020

We were a party of four and each ordered something different. Everyone enjoyed their food very much, cooked perfectly. Great service from Michael. It is a bit expensive, but worth it for a great meal with excellent service.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020

The food was very great. My husband and I shared a Beet Salad. It was very good and tasty. It had chickpeas on it which I do not like but other than that--excellent. We each had the Culotte Steak. Excellent flavor and presentation. Cooked the...way we ordered. For dessert I had the Creme Brulee and my husband had the Cheesecake. Both were decadent. It is very small inside as stated by others. We thought the prices were high. That's why I only gave it four stars. Recommend for a special date night like an anniversary or birthday, but not an everyday meal.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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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.
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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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