The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

For New Year's Eve Chef Richard presents a special Five – Course Dinner with two selections for each course! This is the only menu served for the evening.
The New Year’s Eve Dinner is 115.00 per guest. It is our sincere pleasure to serve you, The Refectory

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dover sole is incredible! Ambiance is one of a kind in Columbus with the historical feel

TI
Columbus
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Refectory is culinary art. Our experience was simply exceptional. Every course, every bite, every minute. This is the definition of fine dining! Kamal and his seasoned and well-trained team have something so special in this place. I can’t find enough adjectives to heap the praise on this establishment. Thank you for a perfect evening!

RB
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second to none in Columbus, Ohio

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b
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal and great service. We will soon be back...

c
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best dining experience in Columbus, year after year.

C
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance, service, and food surpass even the finest French restaurants my son visited while in Paris a year ago. We especially love the foie gras and duck breast on the menu. We had mixed views about the pumpkin soup. It was heavy on spices, particularly curry, and overshadowed any actual pumpkin flavor.
When you want a really different experience complete with atmosphere and outstanding service I'd highly recommend The Refectory.

b
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at the Refectory lived up to their reputation! We've heard nothing but great things, and we had an excellent time for our first time there. The service was outstanding. We typically don't go to super fancy restaurants, so this was a real treat. Highly recommend the sea scallops which were the best I've ever had. Everything was cooked perfectly and had amazing flavor! Can't wait to go back to celebrate another special occasion.

CE
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday celebration. Thank you!

KS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE. We were celebrating a night with friends and it could not have been a better experience! We love coming here, the service is amazing, the food is unforgettable. Don’t look anywhere else!!

BH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service.

TP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eden and Chris were great! Food was excellent and even on a very busy Friday everything was running very smoothly! Wine service was impeccable as always.

GL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience, as expected!

BH
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a last minute date night dinner and was such a delicious experience! We even bought more wine on our way out. Perfect every time!

b
Columbus
37 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kamal and his team are outstanding. In my opinion the Refectory is one of the 2 best restaurants in Columbus. Been dining there for many years and it has been consistently top notch

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service a little stuffy. Worst Dover sole ever. Party of 4. Everything else excellent

CC
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at The Refectory! Our friends and we were celebrating their 25th and our 36th anniversaries and they had Happy Anniversary cards on our table noting the years and our names. Such a nice touch!

JV
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Refectory for years and they continue to surpass our expectations on every visit. Creativity, service, quality of food are not surpassed by any restaurant in Columbus. Truly an amazing experience as always. Thanks to Kam, Richard and team for always making us feel welcome and special on every visit.

BB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would not normally choose french cuisine, but this came highly recommended so we went and were NOT disappointed. Food was excellent as was the service.

OT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well what can I say except excellence par none! An outstanding meal of baby rack of lamb and Mediterranean bronzing en papillote, preceded by a soothing mussel soup and an arugula salad with smoked blue cheese. This place is a Columbus treasure and the chef and staff enhance and reward you with a memorable dining experience.

JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Constantly consistent continental cuisine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We had an amazing time dining here during a long road trip across the country. The owner is so attentive, he wrote a “Bon Voyage” card and made sure we were well taken care of from beginning to end. The service was honestly the best I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant and the food was delicious. I particularly loved the mussel soup and the skate wing with fois gras. Don’t miss the crème brûlée for desset! The cocktails are also amazing and unique. The decor and ambiance are unparalleled and the history of the place is so unique. If we ever visit Columbus again we will be sure to come here!!

JH
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a truly stellar place! What a fabulous meal. The kitchen here is loaded with talented chefs. It is easy to tell that the pastry chef has worked for Paul Bocuse!

LE
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kamal and team always impress us! Wonderful meal!!

KS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we were celebrating my wife's birthday. We did a chef's choice dinner and wine pairing. While I was a little apprehensive not knowing what we would be served, I was also looking forward to trying some new things I may not have otherwise ordered on my own. Every single dish and wine pairing we were presented with were outstanding!!! The entire experience from the host to the servers to our wine and food were amazing. I can't recommend this restaurant enough and we are eagerly looking forward to returning with family to share the experience with them.

DH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, excellent food and service. Restaurant remains among our favorites.

VR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was OK the service was OK unfortunately for the price point there was nothing there that Wowed us that would make us want to recommend it to a friend

JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent celebration! Joseph was superb!

MF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Refectory is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. When I made the reservation I wrote that it was for a (named) friend's birthday. When we arrived there was a specially printed card for her on the table and she felt very special. The service was impeccable. We like to eat dinner early, so made a reservation for 5:00 pm and ordered from the fixed-price Bistro menu. At that time of day the room was not packed and sound level was low. The Bistro menu included two options for each of three courses. We were delighted with our choices. Each dish was perfection. We were seated in front of a beautiful stained-glass window near the fireplace and the photos of the occasion turned out beautifully. Why wait for a special occasion? We plan on going back again soon.

AT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience at a restaurant yet! Planning to go back many times!

r
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was suburb, excellent staff, nice atmosphere. One of the best restaurants out there. The wine was a bit pricey but everything else was fantastic.

SA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This experience was outstanding, and the food was superb. The staff, particularly our Waiters Steve and John, were amazing; they were very friendly, and ever present but non intrusive. We were celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday, and a memory was definitely made! The only thing that kept this from being a perfect dining experience was the din of the dining room; it was a little loud, and at times it made it difficult for us to hear the waiter as he was recommending wines or offering explanations on the plates. Overall, I highly recommend this excellent restaurant for special occasions!

DH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, excellent quality, value and service. Noise level due to other activities on the high side. Our favorite Columbus Restaurant.

LB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is simply fantastic. We will go there many times again!

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! From the food to the service! Not to mention, they have the most wonderful wine list! If it’s in season, don’t pass on the butternut squash soup, I dream about that soup!

MD
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was amazing and the food exquisite. I have shared our great outing with our friends on Facebook.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kamala and the entire staff assisted with a wedding proposal and I can’t thank them enough for their help!

OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go-to restaurant when we want something special, a cut above the rest. Wonderful food, service and ambiance. We ordered from the special menu (dine originals, I think it was called), and it was an exceptional value with no sacrifice of quality or quantity.

L
Columbus
35 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We were very disappointed with this experience. First we were seated in front of an air conditioning vent that they had to cover with a table cloth so it wouldn't blow in our faces. Then waited an hour after ordering our dinner. THEN the scallops (2 out of 3 dishes) were undercooked and cold, not even seared on both sides. At a place like this you expect so much more.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Our waitress was great. The sommelier was borderline rude. He seemed knowledgeable but really did not present as you would expect from a place that claims to be all about great wine. He simply gave minimal answers to questions with no enthusiasm at all... Yes, they do have a nice wine selection but the prices are over inflated. The bottle of wine we had would normally be about $80 at other nice restaurants. It was $100 at the Refectory. We noticed several other familiar wines on their list with similarly inflated prices. One more thing... the bench seats were uncomfortable. I understand the 'old church' theme, but something needs to be done about those seats. By the end of the meal we both had lower back pain. I will repeat... Yes, the food was very good.

KH
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a reason that The Refectory has been one of the top restaurants in Columbus for years. For a special meal in a special environment, there is no better place. The food and service are excellent.