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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

2869 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lounge opens Monday - Friday at 4:30
Dinner Reservations Monday - Thursday from 5:30 pm
Friday - Saturday from 5:00pm
Sunday closed, but we do open for Mother's Day and Easter Sunday
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Phone number
(614) 451-9774
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Blondin
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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.
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Private party contact
Kamal Boulos or Jeff Elasky: (614) 451-9774
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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
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Cross street
Just west of Route 315
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Parking details
Ample parking available in the on-site private lot.
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Each month,
The Refectory Jazz Dinner Club
presents a Four-Course Dinner with Live Jazz Show.
The seating is very limited;

These events are very popular!
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Special events & promotions
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 and sign up for AMUSE! We will also send you a gift for your birthday!

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine


Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Each year, we only present one menu served for the entire restaurant to celebrate Valentine's Day!
Join us for Chef Richard's amazing Five-Course Dinner which will be served throughout the evening with reservations beginning at 4:30. The evening is 99.00 per guest with optional wine pairings.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 2869 People Are Saying
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Dined 2 days ago

The Refectory is a favorite for our family. The food is delicious and the dining experience is second to none. You definitely pay for it, but is a great value simultaneously.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined 5 days ago

Price was little high but it was worth it beautiful restaurant and romantic

vipDlogan34 (Columbus)
Dined on January 10, 2018

Although my order was messed up, I ordered gluten-free and it did not come out gluten-free, the staff and management did the right thing and comped my meal. The food and service here are usually impeccable. I rated it as I usually find it although the staff was a little down this particular night. I’ve never been there when the staff has mixed up so much at our table. With each course , they placed the food in front of the wrong people. It’s really no big deal and it didn’t diminish my love for this restaurant. It just was very strange because usually they are spot on. We will be back and actually signed up for one of the jazz dinners in February

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
Dined on January 6, 2018

Bartender was pretty indifferent, but otherwise very nice.

vipOrca (Columbus)
Dined on January 5, 2018

Venison rack for two from the Game menu was a delight. Very generous roast was easily enough for 3. Superb tenderness and flavor. Presentation was gorgeous. Excellent Bordeaux pairing by John. Remainder of the meal— squab, beet salad, and creme brûlée likewise. Unrushed and comfortable meal on a bitter cold winter night.

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
Dined on January 4, 2018

The restauraunt was freezing when we arrived at opening, and never warmed up during our visit..And, we were close to the fireplace that seemed to be the only heat source...The meal selection was very unique and many dishes we never heard of..Food presentation was very nice. We took pics of everything..The bread was great, the steak so-so, the vegetables wonderful, the desert perfect...Service was fantastic.. Maybe going later in the eavening would result in a warmer visit...

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
Dined on January 4, 2018

We love Refectory. The experience is different than anywhere else in Columbus. Definitely go there with the idea that each course will take a bit to get out of the kitchen. It’s more the experience than a get-in, get-out restaurant. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic. The wine selection is fabulous and I love that they offer small wine pours as well. We enjoy the experience overall.

Dined on January 1, 2018

Horrible New Years Eve experience! Had a 7:45 reservation for their special 5 course chef's menu. Seated at 8pm and didn't get done until 11:40pm!! Ruined our New Years Eve plans!

I've had 12 course Chef's Tables in NYC that didn't take that long! Time between courses was sometimes 30 minutes.

We had to miss the rest of our evenings plans to celebrate the New Year at a party. Instead we had a frustrating night and wasted over $300!!

Will never visit again. Very disappointed as we had always dreamed of going to this famous restautant but always balked because of their inflated prices. Very sad.

Portions were EXTREMELY small also. $50 for a mediocre 5oz filet was also RIDICULOUS. They did have the BEST scallops we have ever had, but there were only 3 of them and very small.

The entire evening a woman in the room talked in a loud, bositerous and obnoxious manner distrubing EVERYONE. The staff refused to ask her to quiet down. She was so loud you could hear her OVER the singer and guitarist!

Wish I could get my $300 back! (The wine flight and the two guitarists were FANTASTIC though.. only highlight)

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I spent New Year's Eve at the Refectory. Their special menu and live music made for a festive and gastronomic success. We met friends there and spent several hours dining and conversing with no feeling of being hurried along.
The servers and sommelier were adroit and helpful the entire evening, even though the room was full all night.
The five course meal was very French and exceptional. The wine was superb and reasonably priced.
All-in-all, we had a wonderful evening and plan on returning soon.

Freqdiner13 (Columbus)
Dined on December 31, 2017

Took my parents to The Refrectory for their 67th wedding anniversary as the restaurant is one of my mother’s favorites. Had asked for a quite table but was originally seated in a very noisy/traffic area near the wait stations and corridor up the choir room where Saturday night jazz was playing. The maitre d’ realized the mistake after a time and we were move to a quieter table.

The food is always excellent and I appreciate the restaurant recognizing the mistake and correcting it. Simply wish they had been more careful in reviewing and executing on my request in the Open Table reservation.

That said, The Refrectory is always an exceptional dining experience.