The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.7
3336 reviews
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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We look forward to you celebrating Valentine’s Day with Chef Richard’s special
Five – Course Dinner with two selections for each course!
The Valentine’s Day Dinner is 115.00 per guest. This is the only menu served for the evening. It is our sincere pleasure to serve you, The Refectory

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our birthday celebration at The Refrectory! So personalable, delicious and the presentation was beautiful! No hurry, we lingered and enjoyed every minute and morsel:).

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from out of town and dined here with 4 friends from Ohio State University. Wanted a warm, special occasion place and this was it. Service was spectacular, as was the food and especially the wine. Sommelier was helpful and friendly - I requested a Montrachet and a Nuit St George, asked would he please select two bottles for us; he came back with a two superb choices, including an alternative white which he said was every bit as good as a Montrachet but a fraction of the cost - and he was so right!

We shared several appetizers, then into the more serious entrees. I asked for a vegetarian plate, and then chef whipped up a beautiful customized spread.

We had such a lovely evening that we made a pact do do this every January. Can't recommend this place highly enough!

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CS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary here. It was, by far, one of the best meals and experiences we’ve ever had. From the service to the food and ambiance, you feel like you’re in France, not Ohio.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire dining experience was exceptional!

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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was devine and the service outstanding. Do not go here if you are expecting the usual dining experience of shuffled in and out as soon as possible. This is definately a place to sit and enjoy your company and the food.

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ZC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE!!!! Amazing service and fabulous food!!!

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NO
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for her birthday and she was very happy about it.
very professional restaurant.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing except the duck breast had some inedible gristle. The wine that the sommelier chose for us was perfect! Food progression was slower than normal, but they made up for it with a palate cleansing sorbet that was delicious. Service was excellent. Always recommend.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We go to the Refectory fairly often. I think it is one of the better restaurants in the city. we like to sit in the bar area and order off the bistro menu, which I believe is a good value. sometimes, the service in the bar can be a little slower than usual, since there usually seems to be only a single server. Nonetheless, the food was excellent, the ambiance very nice and the server was quite friendly and accommodating.

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k
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Food was delicious, very attentive staff in a nice quiet environment.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been in a long while and was impressed by how consistently they deliver great food and service

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j
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server #4 was outstanding! All the special touches, from Kamal, made for a very special evening. We thank you for your thoughtfulness!!

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful. The service is excellent. It's our big treat place.

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are in the Bistro selecting items off the Bistro menu: three courses for $30. Outstanding value for fantastic food. The Bistro is not as elegant for dinner as the main room, but a beautiful room , decorated very nicely for the season. The service was a bit slower than normal but, a great place for a meal. It would have been nice not to hear other guests cell phone dings for messages or for a call (one person at the bar, fairly short call).

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!

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PK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic restaurant with good ambiance! A great place to spend a special date night with your significant other.

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CG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice dinner. Special requests were not honored, however, like no chives, truffle oil.

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DT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as good as advertised. The service was exceptional. The Refectory has been on my bucket list of places to go for several years, so I am glad I got to take my wife their for our anniversary. It was a jazz night upstairs and occasionally the music was heard in the main dining room, which made me glad I was not up in the concert, so I could talk to my wife. We really enjoyed the creative presentation of vegetables, and the pear tart.

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HX
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a good time at refectory. Quiet. Beautiful music. Good service. Delicious food. They waive our one dessert because of our anniversary. Very thoughtful. Wonderful experience.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience is wonderful! The evening was perfect!

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J
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, knowledgable server. It was our anniversary and the added amenities were just the right touch. We highly recommend.

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AD
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Not inexpensive, but truly a treat in all respects. Our server Michelle was excellent, and took care of the six of us skillfully with her usual good humor and attentive, but not intrusive, presence. The chef brings a continental flair to every dish. Many dishes involve game meats: three of us had ostrich, a special treat for sure, and bison and antelope were on the menu, along with an assortment of beef, seafood and vegetarian options. They treat their guests extremely well and the food is incredibly good. We will be back regularly in the new year.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with my grandson for his 17th birthday. It was his first "tablecloth" restaurant!
Everything was wonderful.

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ostrich was excellent ... rest was just ok ... ambience very nice but menu needs upgrade

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Gluten free entree did not test gluten free, despite being made twice. Dining experience was ruined. Entrees comped but other items still full charge.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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JR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Christmas Evew

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PH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve at the Refectory has become a tradition for my wife and me (2018 was our 14th consecutive.) We're not alone in the tradition as we know some families have attended for over 20 years. This year, however, was truly amazing and the roast quail was one of the best meals I've ever had. Paired with a nice Côte de Beaune burgundy from the exhaustive wine list and served by staff are more like friends than servers, it truly was a memorable and magical event. Evenings like this are why the Refectory is consistently the highest rated restaurant in Columbus. If you like fine dining and you haven't been, you should.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve

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ED
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! It's been our family's go-to special occasion restaurant for more than 25 years.

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KK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is outstanding - it's consistent & a very special restaurant.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful. The food was great. Really enjoyed the service. We always enjoy the experience. Classy place.

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AR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had high expectations for the Refectory, and I am happy to say they delivered! Our Waiter was fantastic and the entire experience will be a night I will never forget!

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H
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Columbus. Outstanding in all respects - service, ambience, imaginative food preparation, great wine selections, lots of special events.

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G
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife there for her birthday. Arrived early and was seated promptly. The food and service were both excellent. She had the lamb and I had the ostrich. Both very tasty. The highlight was the Wine Sommelier who spent time with us visiting about our favorite wines and brought a couple of surprise tastes. We were very pleased with the whole experience.

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MJ
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really nice. There for our 60th anniversary. Savored every bite of the mussel soup and duckling. Wife had similar reaction to grouper cheeks. Our servicer was excellent, very informative.

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DA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening for our anniversary that was highlighted by the ambiance, service and great food at The Refectory. They have a way of making you feel special by doing an excellent job of providing attentive at your own pace service while going that extra bit to remind you that you are celebrating (champaign to begin, a note card at the table, dessert with candles and a digestif). Just a very pleasant experience and why we come back.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding Dinner Music Series event - Pro Musica and the Nutracker. Well worth it - a sublime combination of music and food!

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KA
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is a perennial favorite for us. We've celebrated several anniversaries and birthdays there. The food and service is always top notch. We can't always splurge like this so it's an extra special treat when we go. Thank you for always making us feel special!

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M
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious bistro meal, excellent service and ambiance in the bistro!

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