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!
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DH
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

VR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent celebration! Joseph was superb!

MF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

r
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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W
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to The Refectory for many years and it is just a very special place and the food and service are wonderful.

R
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect table location, top drawer service, well trained, food preparation perfect, food delivery was perfect timing, AAAAA Rating.

NE
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first anniversary dinner here. Outstanding in every way.

RF
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and checked in and it seemed the entire staff knew it was our anniversary. We were seated, very nice atmosphere and quiet enough for nice conversation. My wife had Halibut, I enjoyed the filet. Perfect. Presentation was wonderful. Our dessert was very unique. Both our server, Sam, and assistant were excellent. A great experience, one that will be remembered.

RM
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food,service,Atmosphere,every aspect of dining experience!Best restaurant in Columbus,Ohio.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing! catered to all of our needs and went above and beyond to create an elevated and unique experience

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wife’s dinner was rare meat when she ordered medium well. They comped it but it doesn’t tale much to cook as ordered

K
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The radish carpaccio salad is unusual, delicious, crispy and a perfect example of a composed salad. Dozen's of thin slices of radish are overlapped and perfectly arranged on the plate. Dressing is added along with fluffy shredded cheese and a small offering of microgreens tops it off. Yum!

B
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This type of dining is special-old school, fine dining. Not may restaurants still do this. It was declicious! And their wine selection is awesome and reasonably priced!

TB
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, The staff really does a very good job of taking care of you. The food is fantastic. We had a party of 4 and each of us ordered a different entree. All were excellent. We will be coming back the next time we are in Columbus.

a
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. It is expensive but we really enjoyed it.

O
Columbus
107 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have sampled First Friday menus for years, and this may have been the best. Each course was unique and flavorful. Wine flight well matched. Creative and attractive.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful as usual. Any questions about the food or wine were answered. Food was brought to the table in a leisurely fashion as in Europe so that we had plenty of time for conversation. Everything was delicious. A special dessert was brought for the person celebrating his birthday along with a dessert wine for all. Everyone left feeling very satisfied and in a happy mood.

T
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a wonderful experience.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening with Michelle and Clayton taking brilliant care of us. To begin the evening, the bartender, James, allowed us to substitute our favorite gin into a special cocktail, even though the other gin had the strawberry pre-mixed. We were welcomed to the table with a card celebrating our anniversary.

The food was beautiful and mostly tasty, with a couple of exceptions. The salad, starters, and desserts were superb. Our only slight disappointment was the Dover Sole, which I am aware they are known for. However, we found the sole a little tough and possibly over done.

To end the evening, we were surprised with an extra dessert accompanied with dessert wine which was a lovely final touch to a special evening. All in all, we cannot wait to go back for a live music night, and look forward to celebrating at The Refectory.

RB
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Excellent service

MP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome

AM
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food , great atmosphere, and excellent service!

c
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an excellent experience. Probably the best service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. Was almost too good of service if that’s a thing, felt like I was not fancy enough at moments to be there but it was nice being treated really greatly. Not some place I’d go to a lot cause of the prices but definitely if I wanted to experience some excellent fine dining, I’d come back! Food was delicious and they were very accommodating and informative in explaining the different drinks and food and pairings. Also got some free wine to sample so that’s always a good thing! Thanks for helping make my girlfriends birthday special!

j
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is consistently a 5 star event for our dinner out. From the moment we enter, we are greeted warmly and the food is always wonderful and the wait staff friendly, efficient and very professional. Always a treat for my husband and I to take friends and family.

TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful! You have to go and experience it, and judge for yourself. It was really lovely and acceded my expectations.

g
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In our view, the Refectory has been the premier restaurant in central Ohio since Kamal Boulos took over the management, then ownership, of the restaurant many years ago. A range of experiences is available there, from casual, impromptu dining in the bistro to full-fledged fine dining in the main dining room to concerts with accompanying dinner in the choir loft. Yes, we strongly recommend the restaurant which offers excellent dining for a range of budgets.

SS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at the Refectory and were pleasantly surprised with the little extra touches to make are evening special. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our evening.

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