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Motor Supply Co. Bistro

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920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128 (Park and Lincoln Sts.)
+1 803-256-6687
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Providence, United States
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I just love that their menu is hand written every day! There is so much personality to this place, every time you go there the experience is different. The food and cocktails are amazing and the ambiance makes for a great date night. I would keep the kiddos at home--the food is pretty funky and not really kid friendly.

Thank Taia M
Crestview, Florida
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346 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No wait for seating on a Saturday afternoon, for lunch for four. The art work is interesting in every room, including the amazing hostess stand at the entrance. Our waitress was friendly and efficient, and kindly took our photo so we could have a memory of this lunch with old friends. I loved the quarter chicken with mashed sweet potatoes... More 

1 Thank kmsmolen
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 419 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For appetisers we enjoyed a salad that was very good and a cheeseboard that was excellent The problems came with the duck duo dish. The confit leg and thigh were far too salty; the green beans were lukewarm and the puree was cold. The sensible server asked how things were and was immediately understanding and proactive in offering alternative dishes... More 

1 Thank David G
Wise, Virginia
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The steak was delicious (even though I was disappointed they didn't have a filet on the days menu.) I got the cowboy bone in ribeye and it was delicious. The staff was also very family friendly. I would recommend if you are in Columbia for any reason!

1 Thank Travelingman1990
Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding food, great atmosphere. This place is a little hidden. It's very easy to walk right past it and never know it was there, but once you find it, the food was amazing. Very nice staff also. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures, we were too busy enjoying our food. Prices are reasonable for the food that you get. With... More 

1 Thank Benjamin M
Grapevine, United States
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I tried this based solely off TA reviews. It was all I expected! I have French toast and Bellini. completely amazing! The bar is totally cool and old !

1 Thank Katie E
Greenville, South Carolina
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great dinner last evening at this fun little bistro. This is a local farm to table restaurant with a hand written menu that changes daily. The beet salad was delicious and I had shrimp and grits and my wife had striped bass. Both were very good. For dessert we shared a peanut butter pie... More 

1 Thank LPS789
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best food in a long while! We travel quite a bit and this was our best meal in SC! I had the Duck Duo and my husband had the steak colette. The duck confit leg was delicious. My husbands steak was cooked to perfection! Our wait staff, Ashley took very good care of us! We will make the trip... More 

1 Thank Suebedoo06
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to this restaurant. The food was great, prepared just right ! I had the pork chop which was moist and cooked to perfection. If I have a downer about this place is the noise . Despite the ceiling baffles it's really hard to have a conversation.

2 Thank Michael O
Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Motor Supply Bistro has been around for a long time. It is hidden down an alley but easy to find. The menu is hand written because they use fresh ingredients for their meals. What they do with these is always WONDERFUL. The bartender was on vacation last time we went but he is a master at his craft. Sorry we... More 

1 Thank fbh53

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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
$18 - $35
American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Dinner, 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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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
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?