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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

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.

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (67)
Romantic (65)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
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Creative Cuisine (57)
Notable Wine List (51)
Good for a Date (44)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Worth the Drive (31)
Authentic (26)
Cozy (24)
Live Music (23)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Business Meals (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Seasonal (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Casual (2)
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Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We arrived on time for our reservation but still had to wait almost 20 minutes for a table. The wait staff couldn't answer questions about the menu and sent a busboy back to give us the answer. More than 30 minutes passed between having salads removed and entrees delivered. For a high quality restaurant, we felt the service was lacking. The kitchen felt bad about the wait and provide free dessert, but the wait staff did a poor job of keeping us informed/apologizing

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

Everyone was so friendly and the food was delicious!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 2 days ago

Best service, best food and best dining out experience ever! Entire experience was outstanding

Tags: Vegan, Fun, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

The Refectory delivers time and time, again. The wild game menu drew us this time. Heck, we drive up from Cincinnati, just to dine here. The elk dish was fantastic and my wife had the beef - her's was excellent, too. We have always been treated to superb service, wonderful food, choice wine pairings and a fun evenings. The Refectory offers an impressive variety of menu selections - the variety and excellence continues with the beverage/wine offerings. Take your time as you read over the dessert menu. Some hidden gems in the dessert wines. Make sure you ask about "wine served in a spoon". Off the charts entertaining - and delicious! Go for it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding restaurant always! Have been dining here for 32 years and it is never a disappointment.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant in Columbus. We have been going there for 30 years. Thanks again!

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·Dined 6 days ago

The Refectory is one of the most exquisite restaurants in Columbus. They consistently create a wonderful dining experience, regardless of the occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Live Music
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 (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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Bartender was pretty indifferent, but otherwise very nice.

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 (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.

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 (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...

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (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.

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·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)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Authentic
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 (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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (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.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Exquisite dining... Ambiance... Menu selection... Presentation... Service... are just outstanding. Bravo!!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a wonderful evening. We arrived a few minutes late due to weather, and it took a little time to prepare our table. Then there was complimentary champagne celebrating my wife's birthday. Thank you. Following was a confusing 20 minute interlude while we were basically ignored. Then the menus were brought and the evening proceeded as one would expect. Delightful banter with our waiter, wonderful exciting selection of dishes. Our entree's of Lamb and Antilope were excellently prepared and delicious. Thank you for an overall splendid evening.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always amazing service and easily some of the best food in Columbus!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent service and outstanding food. Would recommend

Tags: Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is our "go to" restaurant hands down. The food is creative, and the chef is world class. I would give up going out 3 times to go to the Refrectory just once!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and service is always very good. We have been customers of The Refectory for years and never had a bad meal or service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there on Christmas Eve. The place was jammed but not uncomfortably so. The service in the dining room was outstanding which, IMO, can make or break your experience. The food was very good and presented beautifully. Our waiter offered to pair wines with each course and he did a great job! The food category is minus one star because my husband's dinner was not that good. Perhaps it was a fluke, as every other course was fantastic! Needless to say, we have every intention of going back as the menu that night was limited. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or just enjoy good food, service, and ambiance, this is your place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent cuisine, polished, professional, attentive service, and reasonable prices for the quality. Outstanding wine list with something to suit every taste and budget. Busy, but quiet enough for relaxed conversation. Beautiful, intimate ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I've been dining at this restaurant for years now and it's by far my favorite place. The staff can be a bit formal but don't let that bother you, they are all warm and friendly. The lighting is perfect and the wine list is awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food, service and ambience were all divine. I highly recommend dining here.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful experience. The waitress was top notch and took great care of us. My wife was very impressed. Excellent wine pairings.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 24, 2017

An anniversary tradition. We've enjoyed this establishment for over fifteen years. Always top notch service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our service was wonderful and the food as always was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food and service was excellent. I was very pleased with the friendliness of the staff, but also appreciated the time they allowed my family and I to talk and visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food took a while to receive, but the servers brought out small salads to tide us over. Outstanding service as always!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Exceptional food and ambiance - expensive but worth it

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food! Excellent service. Best restaurant in town.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Good food, lovely presentation and atmosphere. Menu is has several game choices (elk, antelope) and they kept the classic Dover sole....

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent Food and Wine, the best in Columbus. As a person who travels 4-5 times a year to Europe for business and business dinners, I can say this is one of the finest overall experiences I have had anywhere in the world. Foie Gras appetizer, beets salad and duck entrée were amazing!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fabulous atmosphere, service and food, in a unique dining space. Highly recommend for occasions you want to celebrate.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Everything was great but waiter brushed the crumbs off of the table right onto the bench I was sitting on. I would recommend catching the crumbs with something.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 18, 2017

After probably 20+ visits, as usual, our experience was outstanding. The service, atmosphere, and general feeling was the best. The menu is creative and interesting, and you are tempted to order one of everything. My wife loves the wine selection. The food was excellent, but frankly not quite as sensational as in past visits. This could be due to the fact we both ordered something out of our comfort zone, and it was maybe not what we expected. But that's on us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The Refectory never fails to deliver on service, ambiance, good and wine. It's the best!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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