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“Great downtown restaurant, try the swordfish.”

Motor Supply Co. Bistro
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Ranked #2 of 973 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$35
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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“Great downtown restaurant, try the swordfish.”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

I recently took clients to the Motor Supply Co Bistro for dinner (and it happened to be my birthday). The staff was very accommodating and the food was great! Try the swordfish and the Persuasion Pinot Noir! Great location downtown Columbia!

  • Visited May 2014
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Columbia, SC
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“Excellent food!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

All the food here is very creatively prepared. The flavors are wonderful and portion sizes are just right. Would highly recommend a dinner here!

  • Visited April 2014
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Unique Meals”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Went there to celebrate USC graduation and enjoyed our evening. Menu changes daily based on what is fresh and available from local suppliers. We ordered several unique dishes and no one was disappointed. While it sounded a bit strange at first, the peach & cucumber margarita was delicious.

I would go again and would certainly recommend to others.

  • Visited May 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very Nice Meal”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Enjoyed meal here. Busy restaurant with very nice and efficient servers. Dishes are sourced locally and they make some of their stuff on site like the sausage. Had a smoked bacon app and the charcuterie plate which were excellent. For mains had the sirloin and duck dishes that were both size able and well prepared. Had a nice wine selection at reasonable prices. Would go back.

Visited April 2014
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“Good meal”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

This restaurant changes its menu daily. we had bbq and quail which were both good. Helpful hint ask for bread and they will bring you some at no extra charge. Limited parking

  • Visited April 2014
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