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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
  • Address:
    1092 Bethel Road
    Columbus, OH 43220
    Neighborhood:
    Upper Arlington
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $31 to $50

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.therefectoryrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (614) 451-9774
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00 pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Richard Blondin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: The Refectory Catered to your home or office. Each event is personally planned by owner Kamal Boulos and Chef Richard Blondin.
    Please call 614-451-9774
    ask for Kamal
  • Private Party Facilities: The Refectory offers 2 private dining rooms, one seating up to 20 & the other up to 50 guests. A semi-private dining room is also available accommodating up to 16 guests. AV equipment is available.
  • Private Party Contact: Kamal Boulos or Jeff Elasky (614) 451-9774
  • Entertainment: Each month,
    The Refectory Jazz Dinner Club
    presents a Four-Course Dinner with Live Jazz Show.
    The seating is very limited; advanced phone reservations only
    614-451 -9774
    These events are very popular!
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Refectory schedules special events every month. These are presented exclusively through our Preferred Email Guest List. We invite you to go to our website Refectory.com and sign up for AMUSE! We will also send you a gift for your birthday!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Just west of Route 315
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available in the on-site private lot.
A word from The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
The Refectory's relaxed and quiet pace presents an evening of elegant dining. At the heart of the dining experience are the culinary creations directed by Chef Richard, a native of Lyon, France, who studied under chef Paul Bocuse.

The exceptional contemporary American cuisine and classic French cuisine is complemented by a world-class wine cellar encompassing over 700 selections. An experienced and knowledgeable staff and the personal touch of owner Kamal Boulos, complete the gracious yet unpretentious service that enhances a memorable evening. Our commitment to excellence in presenting each guest with the finest cuisine and service possible makes The Refectory the perfect setting for an important business dinner, a special celebration, or simply to treat yourself to an elegant dining experience!

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Diner Reviews
  • "The Refectory really went out of their way to make our dinner outstanding. We celebrated our daughter's engagement there and the waiter, even the owner, all did their best to make it special. Food and service of course were outstanding as always. Thank you Kamal."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went here for the first time ever and mentioned on our OpenTable reservation that it was my birthday. The staff said happy birthday from the moment we entered the restaurant and even added a birthday candle to my dessert. They went out of their way to make sure I had a great birthday and I appreciate that so much. The food was EXCELLENT. We ate the escargot, veal, filet... everything was outstanding. The presentation of the food was just on a whole other level. There is no better place to eat in Columbus for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Took my parents there for their 50th wedding anniversary. They commented that it was the nicest place they had ever eaten. The service was excellent as always and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The Refectory is located in an old church so the ambiance is unique. The food selections are plentiful and a gluten free menu is available. My choice was delicious and attractively presented. I could not have requested better service. The Refectory is definitely a five star restaurant."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I finally made it to the Refectory for dinner.....and all the praise I have heard over the food and service were well founded. Our server, Michelle, was knowledgeable, gracious and very warm. She was a great ambassador for the restaurant. Both me and my date had four courses....all delicious and well prepared. I had the fish special (grouper) and my date had veal....both were exceptional. And if you stay for dessert try the pear tart - perfect and not too sweet. I really love the history of the building and the vaulted ceiling and stained glass in the dining room are great. But the decor was a distraction. While tasteful, the wall and floor coverings, light fixtures and upholstery were just tired and worn. Update needed to design."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Highly recommend this restaurant for food, wine, and service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The accommodation to the table request was granted, the food was exquisite, the service could not be improved upon, and I scored points with my wife for taking her there for her birthday!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We celebrated multiple events recently and this was the place to do it. Preparation and attention to detail is unsurpassed, the taste and aroma is sublime and the service, both in knowledge and attentiveness, was great."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Stopped by on the last day of restaurant week. A nice selection of offerings for each course was available. The goat cheese appetizer was a nighlight of the evening. The pork in the bacon sauce was delicious, and the beef dish was also enjoyed. We always look forward to dining at The Refectory!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary! Special greeting in our menu and two complimentary wines - one before dinner and one before dessert! Thank you for making our anniversary special."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "An excellent dining experience. We will definately visit again."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "First time at your place primarily because we live in Pickerington and our busy lives keep us local. However, we enjoyed the Refectory so much we will be back, and are telling our friends wonderful the food and staff were. Al and Kathy C."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Did the restaurant week prix fixe menu. Service was impeccable and food presentation was excellent. Food itself was not out of this world good, but well-prepared. My wife had the roast chicken and what I ate of hers was overly salted. The pork chop I had was excellent, as was the tiramisu. A bit expensive for what you are actually getting though."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had decided to try The Refectory after receiving a much hyped review from friends. We arrived and were immediately introduced to the menu. We started off with a round of cocktails and appetizers, then got a bottle of wine and our main course, and finally finished off with dessert. The food was delicious (exactly what I would expect from a four star restaurant), but the true pleasure of dining here was the service. The wait staff was quick, knowledgeable, and highly recommended. We never had a dry glass, and got to try lots of different wines. In particular, for dessert, our server brought us a few samples of Asti which paired perfectly; something we would not have known to order. He made it a true food tasting experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Most the food was fantastic. However, they switched the side on one dish to something very plain, with no sauce. Did not receive adequate response. Also, was not told at time of ordering"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The Refectory is the place in Columbus to celebrate a special occasion. The service is outstanding, and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is my fourth dining experience at The Refectory. This is the second time to have Justin as my waiter. He is a talented, knowledgable, impeccable waiter who made the evening perfect. The food and wine are amazing. The atmosphere is unique and beautiful. The Refectory is truly a dining experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food at the Refectory is usually excellent but on this occasion (7/24) it was extremely salty and mediocre. Even though it was early in the evening 1 chosen appetizer and 1 chosen dessert were not available. Service was great as usual. I have had better here but may have been an off night?"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My Husband and I have always wanted to dine at The Refectory, however we have a VERY modest income. The Restaurant Week prix fix menu was well within our budget, and we began our dining experience with the idea that we may get discounted service as well. We were pleasantly surprised!!!! Our service was incredible- of the highest quality! The first course was beautiful, aromatic and thoughtful. Our entree was filling and elegant. And deserts and drinks were divine !!! We even received complementary glasses of wine ! We HIGHLY recommend The Refectory for it's elegance, service, but mostly for the delectable art created by the chef! Worth every hard earned dollar and then some!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Appetizers Roasted Goat Cheese - Excellent! I would go again just to have two of these! Crab Pannequet - Good. Though most crab cakes are good. Entrees Salmon and Lobster Ravioli - Awful. The salmon was seared on the outside and raw on the inside. Not opaque - raw - like sushi. However, the quality of the fish was very good - sushi grade, in fact. The single ravioli on the plate was not lobster at all. It may have been mushroom. The entire dish was cold. Baby Rack of Lamb (ordered medium rare) - "Meh" Thin, overcooked and chewy. Again, the dish was cold. Deserts - like anywhere else, but smaller. "Been there, done that" list. Overrated and expensive. I MAY go back for wine and appetizers, but not for dinner."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have never been to the Refectory before but have heard only great things. So, for my boyfriends birthday/brothers going away dinner we decided the perfect fit would to celebrate both at one of the most beautiful restaurants in Columbus, Ohio. The service, from the moment we walked into the restaurant, was divine. The ambiance was elegant, it made even a dinner with the man I love and my entire family romantic. The food was exquisite, we decided to do the restaurant week menu, and all ordered something different, we planned it so we would take a bite or two of our own and then pass it around the table. EVERYTHING was just amazing. The wine list was impeccable, I wanted to try it all. It was definitely a night to remember forever."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was the best dining experience I have ever had. The waiter (Justin) was fabulous, knowledgable and entertaining in a subdued way. The wine list was amazing with a variety of prices. We ordered both a red and a white. All entrees were exceptionally plated and tasted wonderful. We passed bites around the table. The desserts were like the entrees exceptionally plated, fabulous tasting and shared by all!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The Refectory is one of our favorite French restaurant...it makes me feel like I'm in Paris :) We went on restaurant week for the food banks. We was not disappointed with the service or our meals....it was fantastic!!! We had creme brûlée and it was perfect!!!! We will be heading back soon:) Great job to all the staff:)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed by the Refectory. We went for Restaurant Week and it was a great reminder of how exceptional their food and service really is. We'll be going back again soon and have moved it to the top of the list for our special occasions. This is what haute cuisine is meant to be!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had a very good dining experience, thanks to our waiter, Joseph. He suggested wine pairings, if we did not want full glass. It was a wonderful idea and we thought the 2 ounce glasses, per course, were great. I observed my wife sitting back, and her fork on her plate. Thinking something was wrong, I asked about her salmon. She said it was delicious and that she was just enjoying the taste between bites. My sea scallops were delicious as well. I am not a dessert person, but the warmed pear tart was excellent. The Refectory was well worth our 20+ year wait."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food was really good, but not exceptional (I arrived with high expectations), and a bit expensive. The place is quiet, romantic and comfortable. Great for a date or special occasion. Service was great. I won´t become a frequent costumer due to the price, but I´ll probably be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The Refectory is your classic French dining experience; delicious small plates bursting with flavor, with lengthy intervals between each. I can't say enough about their scallops, most definitely the best I have had. Their wine list is extensive, and the staff very knowledgeable about each. If you are in the mood for a three hour dinner, consisting of top quality food, I highly recommend the Refectory. If you are looking for a large plate in short order, I would suggest finding an alternative venue."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The building is beautiful and the food is amazing! Great for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The Refectory happens to be our favorite restaurant. When we want to celebrate a special occasion, or if we just want to indulge in some fine dining, our first though is finding out if we can get a reservation at The Refectory. The atmosphere is quiet, the food excellent, and the service outstanding."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Once again I have to give the Refectory a top rating. Wonderful dinner and excellent service to celebrate our wedding anniversary,"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We so enjoy going to the Refectory Resturant....Special Ocassions and Notable Events, they never disappoint."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I regularly dine at the Refectory for special occasions, and we're always blown away by the quality of food and service we receive. I was especially impressed on this visit at how well she was treated for her birthday, with just a simple note added to our reservation request. Everyone greeted her with "happy birthday," and there was even a special "Happy Birthday!" message added to the inside of her menu. We always feel so welcomed here, and always have a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is the epitome of food and service. When we saw we were going to be a little late for our reservation time we called and told them and they said that would not be a problem. Upon arriving 20-25 minutes late we were seated promptly and what makes the staff exceptional is they are always welcoming and interested in what the occasion is and it is the norm for the entire evening. The food and wine selections we made were complimented by our server and he was indeed correct in his opinion. Everything was perfect for our 54th anniversary dinner. Larry & Marilyn Delk"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Chef Richard always offers a special 4-course prix fixe menu for Bastille Day, but this year the Bastille Day menu was available Mon-Fri, not just on the holiday itself, a great innovation. We've enjoyed these Bastille Day dinners for a number of years now, and it's become something of a tradition for us. As always, the entire meal was wonderful, planned, prepared, and presented with great care and imagination, making a memorable evening's dining. We enjoyed the "Wine Flight" of 4 French wines, selected to complement each course. I've remarked on it before, but you can't beat the bargain pricing on these prix fixe dinners, and I heartily recommend them."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "hands down the best dining experience we have ever had! every single aspect of our meal was perfect. the service was like any other in the city. michelle and the rest of the staff made perfection look effortless while keeping the night feeling relaxed and inviting. the food was second to none. the lamb and filet dishes were cooked to perfection and accompanied by amazing sauces and sides. even though we dined for 2+ hours, I feel that is their way of captivating the true "French dining" experience they are trying to achieve. thank you for a unforgettable evening!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great food great service, truly a dinning experience!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Refectory continues to set the standard for exceptional dining in central Ohio. The experienced staff delivers flawless service that is attentive but not overbearing; like most great restaurants, the owner (Kamal Boulos) is ever present, providing the added "touch" that makes this a special place; the food is, of course, amazing...... the creativeness, quality, and pesentation is simply impecable; add a world class wine list and you can see why Kamal and his staff have delivered unmatched exccellence for years."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We live in Florida and visit Columbus from time to time. We have been visiting the Refectory during each of our visits for at least 20 years. The food and service are absolutely outstanding every time. We are always greeted by the owner and every morsel is delicious. Can't wait to return"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I often go to the Refectory, because it is generally the best restaurant in town. However my last meal--veal ragout--was disappointing. During my last two visits the service was too slow. The restaurant has bistro meals, which are served only during early hours. These are three-course meals for around $25. They are a good value, and the meals are usually quite good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Can never go wrong with The Refectory. Recent menu change has several outstanding choices. The best dining experiences I've ever had."
    Dined on 7/10/2014