The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.8
3441 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!
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The antelope and pear tarte were delicious. The foie gras was very good as an appetizer. Our server Steve and all his support staff at our table was outstanding as usual at Refectory.

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

We celebrated one of my best friend's birthday last night. It was a party of 10 and they seated us in the Wine Room on the lower level. We all had a marvelous time. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious. We ended up being there 3 hours! I will go again.

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

6 star restaurant. We went with our 11 year old and did a 5 course sampling of the regular menu. Delicious, creative, precise meal and service. Granted our 11 year old has a wide and varied palette, but everything was awesome in this random Thursday evening!

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JS
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, which matched the quality of the food. From appetizer to entree everything was done properly. The list of 1/2 bottles of wine was surprisingly large and wide ranging.

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HT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been to The Refectory a couple of times now and have never had a bad experience. This was our second time having Joseph as our server and we will absolutely be requesting him the the future. This restaurant has become one of our favorite places to dine in the city.

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TS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole experience was wonderful, as usual. Food, service, ambiance were all exceptional.

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MP
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

We went for the game menu: Shared a salmon and tuna sashimi dish as a starter, and had the bison and antelope for mains. The food was very good (especially the bison), service not so.. Waiter was hardly to be seen, left our food sitting on the service station while he chatted with other customers for ten minutes.. We complained and they took the entrees off the bill, which was nice of them.. Sad that i could not give a five star although the kitchen was doing such a good job.

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JA
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST restaurant in Columbus. I cook as a hobby and the chef there is my hero!!

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YB
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and delicious. Server made great suggestions for wine selections.

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K
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at The Refectory for Wild Game menu. Shared foods included Appetizers: Lobster Ballotine Dinner: Duet of Texas Antelope Dessert: white, milk and dark chocolate entremet and opera gateau. This is one place that I never question if the food will be good.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a better dining experience than every time at Refectory. The food is terrific, the wine list is unique and expansive, there’s interesting history to the building, and the staff and owner genuinely and effortlessly make dining there welcoming and personal - as if they’ve known you for years and are a guest in their elegant home. They always hit the exact right notes to tailor the food and wine selection to personal tastes, recognize if there’s a special occasion, and to even engage our kids in conversation while modeling proper etiquette. I cannot say enough good things about Refectory, the owner, and its staff.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service (the servers and the sommelier) + delicious food + delightful ambiance = a most enjoyable dining experience in the Bistro.

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GF
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 22 year old foodie son here for his birthday. He was so impressed with everything from the aroma when we walked in to the service (outstanding), food, and wine. He had never ordered wine before, and the waiter made him feel comfortable and not at all intimidated. Lovely! The food was amazing and memorable. We will be back for the most special occasions.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very special evening for all in our party: two birthday celebrants, one of them marking the 80th! The steps to the elevated seating area scared me at first, but it was all OK. We loved the setting and the quietness of the place. We all ordered different foods and all loved the selections. All were excellent choices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. It was great.

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ES
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and the food was excellent. My favorite restaurant in town.

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place looks pretty casual from the outside but is incredibly nice inside. The formerly church is beautiful, and well lit with candles and warm colors. Service was great. They took a while between bringing portions of the meal which was nice way to encourage us to enjoy our evening rather than rush through the meal. They don't put on the menu what comes with each main which I personally loved. They pair everything very well together. They even gave us some sorbet as a pallet cleanser and free piece of carrot cake for dessert. Wonderful place. Quite expensive, but you won't find a place that earns your business better.

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CA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had dinner with a good friend to celebrate (late) our Feb. birthdays. We had a great time. Every bite of the food was delicious - I had salmon and my friend had beef. It was the Mardi Gras menu for the bistro. We had great service. The whole experience was wonderful and my friend and I had a great time eating and catching up with each other.

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BC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the Refectory...in fact we got married in their wine room 7 years ago and go back at least once a year! We usually sit in the dining room but decided to try the Bisto (bar area) for their Mardi Gras dinner. We made a good choice!!! The food was amazing, super good value and we loved the bar/bistro atmosphere! Well done!

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OD
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an enjoyable experience to dine at the Refectory. Highly recommended.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the environment was beautiful, the staff was unified as one making the experience easy, fluid and enjoyable, and the food is beyond compare. Every time we get something new that is inexplicably delicious and some standards that we can't do without. And dessert... the best.

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M
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you appreciate excellent food prepared with great skill and attention to the fine details, superb attentive service begining at the front door, a great atmosphere, fine wines and extrordinary hand crafted cocktails and special music events of all genres the look no further as the Refectory Restaraunt is the place!
If you really want a special treat attend their Music Series. Top Notch tallent from around the globe every time paired with an amazing dining experience, outstanding service in an almost private venue that is all above and beyond any other dining establishment in the region!
You have my word that you will not be disappointed.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal, every bite was just so full of flavor. My wife and I rarely get to eat like this, it was a special treat for us as part of my Christmas gift to her. Perfectly enjoyable. We had the Mardi Gras beastro 3 course meal and were very happy with it.

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JM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to the Refectory after saying we'd go "someday" for many years. My only regret is not going sooner! It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. As foodies, we love to try all the new spots in town and I can honestly say that the Refectory takes food to a whole new level. The restaurant is elegant, yet still very cozy and our server was fantastic! We'll definitely be back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad dining experience. The Dover Sole is excellent!

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BP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Michelle was AMAZING! We were celebrating our retirements with friends, and her wonderful service made the evening even more special. Will definitely go back again. Thank you!

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HK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory Restaurant is great restaurant for spend time with close people.

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GV
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussel soup, the filet, and Pecan Dauphinoise are the best combo in Columbus

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food divine, the atmosphere warm and comfortable, and it was quiet enough for easy conversation.

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OH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful, service was attentive, polite, patient, and paced the courses excellently. The restaurant was clean and had a nice atmosphere, legitimately the nicest place I have ever been.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't believe I took this long to eat here. It's a great place.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always exceptional. We celebrate our special occasions at the Refectory.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. This was a belated valentines dinner and the atmosphere was very romantic.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our special dates at The Refectory. Kamal is the best in the business.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was exceptional. I would put it above anything in Columbus. The service was marginal and not what I would expect from a high-end restaurant. Might have just been an off night for the server. Overall, we will go back. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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CW
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

passing through columbus and had to stay one night. looked up on tripadvisor nicer restaurants. So glad we decided last minute to go here and happy to book a table for two about an hour ahead of our seating time. Some pre-civil war structures. Greeted courteously with minimal wait. had coat check if you wanted. My wife declined any appetizer but had some white wine which she liked. I ordered malbec which was also good, as usual. Had beet salad - quite good. Had rabbit stew - best of the day. She ordered filet mignon and ordered medium well but came back medium rare so we had it cooked up a bit - not a big deal. She still is raving how good it was. I had burramundi(fish - probably spelled wrong). quite good. Had us try a dessert wine which we inquired about and bought a bottle. Easy recommendation. Just know it's pricey. Waitstaff was excellent

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at the Refectory. Even better than last time! Steve, our waiter, gave us several options for dinner. We chose a 4 course tasting with wine pairings. Every course was amazing! Chris did an excellent job with the wine pairings. Each wine complemented our food perfectly. Chris took the time to tell us about each wine - we know almost nothing about wine. Thanks to Steve, Chris & Jim for a fantastic evening!

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c
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a late Valentine's day dinner. My husband loves it here. The space is very quaint and cozy with low lighting. The food is an experience and always perfect. This time I decided to try the Texas antelope upon advise of our server and my husband had the stuffed duck. I have never had antelope so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. The taste was very good, however, the texture was not for me. I tried a bite of the stuffed duck and it was absolutely amazing. All of the accompaniments were outstanding as well but I did not care for the shallots. They were a little on the dry side and not a lot of flavor. The scallop on the other hand melted in my mouth. I am not typically a fan of seafood but I wish they had an entree featuring this recipe!

Service here is always top notch. The servers are very knowledgeable about the cuisine and are happy to explain what things are and make suggestions for wine pairings based on your taste. Service this time was very good as usual...almost a little too fast but we did not feel rushed. We just wished for a little more time in between salad, entree and dessert.

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GC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always the best. It is incredibly hard to make a decision on which dish since they all sound delicious. You could never ask for better service. The staff are always nice and attentive but never a bother.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a little noisy and little overpriced but great food and a nice experience overall Would love to see more vegetarian options and one vegan main option on the menu.

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