About The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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!

1092 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43220
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French

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

Cross Street:
Just west of Route 315

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 451-9774

Website:
http://www.refectory.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Catering:
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

Parking Details:
Ample parking available in the on-site private lot.

Executive Chef:
Richard Blondin

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.

Private Party Contact:
Kamal Boulos or Jeff Elasky: (614) 451-9774

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

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 Refectory.com and sign up for AMUSE! We will also send you a gift for your birthday!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Each year, we only present one Special menu served for the entire restaurant to celebrate the New Year!
Join us for Chef Richard's amazing Five-Course Dinner which will be served throughout the evening with reservations beginning at 4:15. The evening is 99.00 per guest with optional wine pairings.

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (80)
Special Occasion (78)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
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Notable Wine List (68)
Quiet Conversation (63)
Good for a Date (58)
Creative Cuisine (54)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Worth the Drive (41)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Authentic (33)
Cozy (27)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Bar Seating (19)
Business Meals (19)
Live Music (18)
Tasting Menu (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Comfort Food (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

We appreciated the 7 top table in a secluded corner of the restaurant that embellished our celebration of an engagement. Our server and her assistant, and the sommelier delivered impeccable service. Everyone enjoyed their appetizer and entree selections and the wine recommendation was to everyone's liking and paired well. It was a fabulous experience we'll all remember.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Their food is just not our cup of tea. Too fancy, could not make heads or tails of most of menu. Didn’t care for our meals. However the service was exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my second time in this restaurant. The first time was almost perfect which made me want to come back. My second trip was disaster. My waiter was almost automated, if you put a robot on his place you wouldn’t know the difference. It took forever to get the food out. I was starving the whole way. You get a single piece of bread while you wait and I had to ask if I can get another one so I don’t have to die in the restaurant. The food was great well prepared but the service was terrible.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding service and food. What a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great ambiance and exceptional service - table service better than equivalent and superior restaurants in many larger markets. Very good wine list. Nice seasonal selection of food options for all courses. Food was good and presentation was very nice. Excellent pasta appetizer. Not impressed with 'famous' mussel soup and dessert 'tart' was a complete disappointment - definitely not a traditional French preparation. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a reliable meal and superior service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent and we had a great server at our dinner on Saturday evening. For some reason we kind of forget that the restaurant is there, but The Refectory has never disappointed us when we've dined there.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Another extraordinary dining experience at this Columbus gem. Tried a different menu selection than normal for me, and each course was a solid hit -- preparation, presentation, temperature, overall quality ... just perfect. Paired with excellent wine, and an unusual selection of dessert wine, wrapped up a memorable 3.5 hour meal. Exceptional in all the ways that really matter.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The ambiance is old world wood and stone architecture. The service is top notch, attentive, and there when needed, and not there when not needed! The food is some of the best I've ever had in Columbus. You can't go wrong at this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The filet mignon was way overcooked. The meal was too slow. We were there for two hours.
We have been there many times and have enjoyed it in the past.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was exceptional! Every staff member we encountered was pleasant, interactive and professional. We were celebrating our anniversary and everyone there made it feel as special to us as it was to us! Food was incredible and wine amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service and ambiance is absolutely second to none. The servers are upscale yet friendly and welcoming. The wait for the food was a little long, but it was somewhat to be expected based in the type of food. The food was unique, visually appealing in its plating, and tasted great as well! It is a bit pricy but again, based on the type of restaurant this is, it was to be expected. Overall a great restaurant I would definitely suggest.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent food and superb service. Business dinner. We didnt realize the place had closed. No one on staff even hinted it was time to leave. We were there so late, no one not once changed their attentive attitude toward us. The food and the feel of the place are without question well worth it. Thank you to the staff for being so patient. And again, we are sorry to have held you there so far past your hours.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was great . Our waiter was informative about the cuisine and the restaurant. Wine selection incredible. Just a very classy place to enjoy the evening.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is our go to place anytime we visit Columbus, OH. On this trip the food was exceptional (as usual) and no complaints with the service either. I don't think we have found anywhere else in the midwest a restaurant as good as The Refectory.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My Husband and I had dinner at The Refectory for our date night. We had a lovely time. The food was amazing and our waiter was wonderful. He went out of his way to make our time there special. This is the second time we have been there and we look forward to going again.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was excellent service excellent, wine list outstanding. Truly one of the best restaurants in this area

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dover sole and duck was excellant, steak, ordered rare was over cooked.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I expected to be impressed and really wasn't.
Mussel Soup--I was looking forward to this and the pear tart.
Mussel soup was fabulous. Duck slightly overcooked and overwhelmed by rosemary pesto but mushroom/truffle crepes that came with it were great.
Wait staff slow to bring dessert menu after asking me if I wanted dessert. They came and said oh didn't anyone bring the menu and then took a long time for him to bring it after that. And they didn't have the dessert they are well-known for. They ran out. I understand running out of specials but not standard fare. Overall I was underwhelmed. When I'm on business trips I look for good restaurants to try and this one is not one I'd come back to.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Sadly special evening was reduced by food not prepared as ordered and slow service. This is was not the experience we have had in the past. At this price point our expectations were not met. Salads and Appetizers were very fine. Seafood was very over salted, veal and lamb were ordered med and med well and came out medium raw. Should have sent them back. Didn’t to avoid ruining the evening.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Ate in the Bistro and it was outstanding. There were so many choices on the fixe prix menu that it was hard to decide. Bottom line -everyone loved what they ordered. Additionally, the server did a terrific job. Definitely worth the trip!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

The service here was outstanding. Everyone is treated with extreme kindness and the food was amazing. The gentleman who served us was great at stopping by frequently and making the night special.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent wine pairing with entree and dessert. Beautiful presentation. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service was outstanding! Although the menu does not have a huge selection, all of the dishes are unique and everything we ordered was delicious!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

awesome experience. Great food, service ambiance

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Neither of us had been to Refrectory for quite a while, we live in New Albany so tend to stay closer to home. The impetus to come over was that I won a gift card at a Pelotonia golf fundraiser. We were so pleased that we had re acquainted ourselves. It was as if seeing an olde friend! The meal was outstanding, the salmon scallops etc melted in out mouths. we will be back soon, many thanks for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Steve, our attendant, was superb. He educated us on so many culinary things that we will definitely be going back. Their menu was exquisite and wine selection perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything is amazing! It is the place to go to try something new because I trust the chef(s) to make even the ordinary taste extraordinary. The warm pear tart is to die for!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It is always a delight to dine at The Refectory. On this visit, my wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. I enjoyed the soupe du jour (lobster bisque), the gravlax appetizer, a classic Caesar salad (with anchovies, of course) and the sous vide veal. Everything was prepared to perfection and the plate presentations were perfect. Owner Kamal Boulos and chef Richard Blondin know how to treat you to a great experience. Be prepared to spent some money, but you will have an extremely memorable dining experience.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dessert was so good we forgot to take a picture 1st!!! Everyone that works there is so great!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Unusual and tasty First Friday menu. Oxtail terrine very different for American palate, but traditional rural France and tasty. Chef an expert with pheasant. Would be a nice menu item. Likewise the truffled Gambas risotto. Attentive service by John perfect for our evening with guests. Nice wine pairings.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

One of the best dinners I’ve ever had. We tried six glasses of different wines, and all of them were spectacular. We even purchased a few bottles to take home with us. If you like classic food prepared perfectly, the Refectory is for you. My Dover sole entree included a cooked “breakfast radish” that blew my mind. The ratatouille soup seemed humble on the menu, but it was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Consider the Refectory vegan friendly. Our outstanding server Joseph mentioned that we could be placed in the hands of the chef for the evening for him to create a multi-course dinner for my wife and me. What better place to be than in his hands! It was an fantastic treat to be catered to when being vegan. We had a four course meal, starting with a fan of white asparagus and mushroom, with vinaigrette emulsion (cold plate,) followed by an heirloom tomato course. Our plat principal was a seasonal vegetable presentation, and a fruit cocktail to finish. All of this with wine pairings! Great evening, thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We celebrated our 59th anniversary there, with a nice bottle of Voigner, and a delicious filet dinner. As an internet subscriber, we received a free dessert for two, which was also delicious. Our server was excellent. Very delightful evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Ate in the tavern and enjoyed the bistro menu. Food, service and value were excellent. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service, mussel soup, and Dover sole very good. Unfortunately the beef dish was returned, Tasteless, over cooked.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Absolutely amazing meal! And the service was incredible! Perfect experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I come here every time I travel to Ohio. An amazing meal and the atmosphere is perfect! They treat you like a queen or king! An absolute place to stop in Columbus!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing food and service. Not cheap, but not over priced! A very special experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very good service, upscale. Not a place to bring the kids.

Tags: Romantic
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