The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.therefectoryrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6144519774x
  • 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 French, Contemporary American
  • 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 6144519774x
  • 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: 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!

Thank you for choosing The Refectory!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (162)romantic (149)notable wine list (126)fit for foodies (123)neighborhood gem (42)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Wonderful service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    First off, we loved our experience and our server Joseph was extra attentive and knowledgeable about the wines and food. The pairings and choices he suggested were excellent. We sat in the bistro. The stained glass lends itself to a cozy and intimate vibe. It suits the mostly older clientele there. We seemed to be the youngest and we are no spring chickens. It's not vibrant or "cool" but maybe that's why people call it "romantic"--though we thought it reminded us of a had a nice hotel restaurant. My flank steak was great and my partner enjoyed her wolf fish. She had the sushi app upgrade which was generous and subtle. I had the seafood pastry which was delicious. Not inventive but definitely seemed reliably prepared. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I make sure to visit once a year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I discovered this classic restaurant back when I lived in Columbus. I make sure to come back at least once a year to re visit. My favorite Restsurant in the state. Classic continental food. Superb service and a wine list to die for. If you don't mind just eating at the bar the whole menu is available and Eden will treat you great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, with delectable ingredients. All dishes looked elegant. The service was very good, the ambiance very romantic. I will come back for a special occasion for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    ybnm83
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A truly nice place. Wonderful food presented and served beautifully
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memerable Anniversary
    Camillerayhuntrittmanohio
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I choose the Refectory on reviews I had read and was looking for a up scale place to take my wife for our 29th Anniversary. The atmosphere set the night, along with the friendly reception we received at the door. We sat in the main dinning room were we meet our server and she introduced her self and her assistant. The food prepared by Chef was excellent and full of flavor that was enhanced by there wine selection. I will be visiting this establishment again and would encourage any one who is looking to have a memorable evening to do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GmanVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's been a number of years since we visited the Refectory. We came back thanks to their Wine Spectator wine list awards. While food is the most positive factor, and it was delicious, pricing was high and a bit much for what was delivered. The restaurant could do with a good and thorough cleaning. It was musty and dusty. And this took away from what should have been an excellent evening.
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  • Pleasant, peaceful place to eat
    weederVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    You'll find an extensive wine menu and wait staff who can make good suggestions on matching you meal with the proper wine. Food is gourmet and attractively presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable first date
    JeDoc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We dined at the Refectory for our first formal/nice dinner. The service was impeccable, and the good was to be remembered for years. I have requested a special romantic table in the comment/request section in Opentable.com and they did accomodate us with a table that had the perfect light, distance to others. The food was superb. I have not experienced real fancy food much in my life. However, this was a new experience for me and I did not think the price was too high at all for the unique flavorful dishes. If things go well, I'm pretty sure my girlfriend and I will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food and service in Columbus!
    EllesBelles
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I absolutely love dining at the Refectory! The staff and owner are very accommodating and make it their priority that you have a wonderful experience. Most recently I took my parents here and wanted to be seated in a quiet spot because my dad has trouble hearing sometimes. When making my reservation, I requested a quiet spot, and I was so pleased when the owner acknowledged my request when we checked in by saying he had a table for us in a quiet area. As always, the food was outstanding. My favorites are the warm goat cheese appetizer, the seasonal roasted tomato and corn soup, salmon, lamb, beef tenderloin, tiramisu, and crème brulee. My favorite wine is the chef's cousin's Brouilly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An exceptional dining experience.
    TMOHAZ1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Cuisine and service were exceptionally good. Although consistently operating at a very high level, our meals and service were even better than normal. Many thanks to Michelle and the waitstaff team for superior service. Our compliments to the chef for the beautifully prepared whole European Sea Bass and also the Duck Breast entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    Restaurantsurfer
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. The server, Stephen, was informative, personable and interesting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Columbus Must
    hardlyafoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    To the average person, taking a visit to The Refectory calls for a special event, and rightfully so. Like the setting sun over the Pacific Ocean, the refectory is a beautiful spot to take a date with exceptional staff that demonstrate utmost professionalism and knowledge about the food preparation process. If you want to woo your special someone, take them to The Refectory. In hindsight, the big check is a small price to pay for such a unique and classy experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good but not as great as has been
    bobkVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    what has been my favorite restaurant was not the exceptional food it had been. Of the 3 dishes , one was served cold, one was the wrong dish, and the third- duck- was exceptional. Desserts are phenomenal and excellent service. Pretty pricy
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class in Columbus
    hungryasusual
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Generic reviews aside, I knew very little about The Refectory before making a reservation. It was for our first anniversary and my wife is pregnant with our first baby. I made both of these facts known in the special request section when booking on OpenTable. The staff could not have been more accommodating. We received congratulations from multiple staff members and a very nice "mocktail" was provided for my wife. We both felt very special. Needless to say, the meal was amazing and our experience there was perfect. I could see this being a place I will frequent for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice evening out
    JABK
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were very happy with our meals and the soup special- green lentil was awesome! Would have liked to had a steak knife with my beef tenderloin. It was perfectly cooked and did cut with a regular knife but took a bit more effort. The scallops my husband had were outstanding and perfectly prepared. Overall was an extremely good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always top notch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Whether dining in the bistro, dining room or choir loft, the food and service are rarely less than exemplary. The greeting from Kamal, Jeff, or other, is always welcoming, to new patrons as well as regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Rewarding Return
    AZnative
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Brought some friends from West Coast to show off one of Columbus's best bets. The outstanding wine list continues to impress--I enjoy just reading through it! We were impressed with the level of knowledgable service--particulary with the pairing suggestions. Menu provides great selection including single plate variety or multi-course options; with the food itself both well presented and prepared. West Coast friends has nothing but good things to say. Glad to know Columbus continues to have a such a fantastic destination for food and wine that can compete with the best in the biggest cities.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service
    Grumpybear
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were greeted when we first came in, in a timely manner. We were seated, ordered drinks, mine was superb, wife hated hers. Service, was fair but felt looked down on, Then the wait... for food, which was ok.. not great or worth the price. My wife says I cook a better filet on my grill. We finished our meal and waited 17 minutes for someone to ask if we wanted desert, we said no.. then after 10 minutes another waiter brings the desert menu... (don't they talk to each other) he lays it down then walks away... takes another 15 minutes before he comes back for us to tell him what we told the other one.. nom we do not want desert... we are now out of time for a movie we were going to see. Thank you for your time, but we will not be returning.
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  • Made it Rememberable
    HonestAbe
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Tashwitz
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Refectory
    5StarDining
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food and service but...
    RichincmhVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • girls
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Highly recommend this restaurant for food, wine, and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Birthday
    2satisfied
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best ever!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Rock
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Anniversary!
    still2gether
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Philadelphia19119
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    An excellent dining experience. We will definately visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AlandKathyC
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not a wow
    joerunner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding Service
    food101
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Switching sides
    Andy
    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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Sterling
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb once again
    Downthehatch
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Choice for Restaurant Week
    FrugalFoodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Overrated Food.
    Ambrose
    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.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A night to remember
    kasieann9
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.