The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.8
3111 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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Cuisines
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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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
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Neighborhood
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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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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!
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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 Refectory.com and sign up for AMUSE! We will also send you a gift for your birthday!

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 3111 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Yet another perfectly exquisite evening at the Refectory!

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Monday night dining service wasn't as glamorous as I'd hoped for. Out of caviar.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Highly recommend if you are looking for an excellent dinning experience !

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food is excellent. The service couldn't be better. The wine list can't be matched anywhere in Ohio. Just magnificent.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. Each course was delicious, the ambiance was perfect, and service was exquisite.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Unbelievable attention to detail and care from all staff across every board. If you are looking for a premier dining experience, look no further. I would recommend the live music events as they are very unique and tastefully top off the atmosphere of The Refectory.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I went to this restaurant to celebrate my fiance's anniversary and I couldn't be happier with the service and the food we received. The waitress was extraordinary and the food was absolutely divine. It Is definitely a place I will be bragging about for months to come. I definitely recommend this to anybody that wants to have a nice restaurant to go to for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

A wonderful dining experience. Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, personalized service. Highly recommend The Refectory.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great meal as always. Service was good, but not perfect as usual (forgot coffee with dessert and I asked about the whiskey in the Manhattan and he didn’t get back to me). Minor complaints.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent service, excellent food. We always love coming back!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Attractive place great service, best desserts ANYWHERE,

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great! You will like it!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Celebrating life with my family! Great environment and fantstic service! Worthwhile

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We had a wonderful meal and great service! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Beautiful and classy restaurant where everything is done right. Have always loved this place and I am glad it survives. It is one of the crown jewels of Columbus.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Always a great place to dine. 5 star restaurant great atmosphere "......................."

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Columbus has a variety of top notch restaurants, steak houses, and tremendous Italian offerings, but the Refectory remains the Gold standard for others to hope for. The atmosphere is still unique, the food incredibly good, and the creative presentations by chef Richard unequaled in the Midwest. I highly recommend them for any great dining occasion!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Waitress Jamie was amazing! She was helpful and responsive.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

We totally enjoyed the relaxed pace of dining and the pleasant, courteous staff and excellent choices of food. We highly recommended this dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The server was very nice and help us with all the special request we made during the reservation. It’s a great place for celebrating special days.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Limited menu allows them to focus on excellent preparation. Don't miss hor d'oeuvres gravlax or escargot. What was once a very stuffy place (we've dined here for many years) is now quite welcoming.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful time! The food, service and ambiance were perfect!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

My friend and I have dinner frequently in the Columbus area and I decided that we should experience French cuisine. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food. Suggested wine pairing was a nice added touch. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends. The mussel soup was absolutely AMAZING!!!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Best restaurant in Columbus!!Great food, great service, and quiet!Never rushed. Whole filet of sole to share for 2!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Incredible spot. Very authentic in the French cuisine and wine list. There's also something to be said when you can have an open conversation and it isn't too crowded and you're able to hear each other talk. Enjoyed this place very much and we will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had the pleasure of dining at The Refectory. We were seated quickly and loved the Happy Anniversary note on our table.

The service as always was amazing. And, the food was incredible.

Huge thank you to The Refectory team for making this a night to remember.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

By far the most expensive dinner I have had. That being said, it was WELL worth every dollar! Be sure to dress your best and have plenty of time to enjoy your delicious meal! The service was friendly and very knowledgeable of all the items on the menu. The steak was *perfect* and drinks were amazing! We went for our 1 year anniversary, and first time for us both. We were not disappointed and hope to return!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Columbus's "go to" restaurant for the finest food and service. Gave 5 stars only because 6 wasn't available.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The best dining experience in central Ohio on all counts!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My husband and I enjoy going to the Refrectory because of the wonderful cuisine, wine list and staff. We are always greeted with a warm welcome. This is our favorite restaurant in Columbus.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We love the Refectory! Every experience has been absolutely perfect. The staff is wonderful, the ambiance is unique, and the food is beyond compare. We took my parents there and they still say that this was the best experience they have ever had in any restaurant (and they are world travelers). You have to, have to, have to go here!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

By far the best and most unique restaurant experience I have had in Columbus, OH. All of the staff were very attentive to the needs of their patrons. The chef is very creative with all the dining options, clearly a master of his craft. This restaurant is deserving of all of their accolades.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our 50th anniversary and the Refectory did a fabulous job of making it memorable without being intrusive. The welcome and service was exceptional. We were a little early for our reservation, but they were ready for us and had a perfect quiet table all set for us.
Food was exceptional and the service pace unrushed, and perfectly timed. Portions were plentiful and after the entree we didn’t order desert, but they brought us a small desert sample with candles to finish off the evening with a very nice 20 year old tawny port.
We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent food and service. This has to be Columbus's premier restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Do have the tasting menu, it is fabulous!!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The Refectory Bistro never disappoints! Truly a refined dining experience underpinned by classic French culinary expertise and a world class wine list.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My girlfriend and I tried this place and it is superb

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food and service were exceptional. This place has been a landmark for almost 40 years and shows no hint of complacency in presentation, service, innovation or ambiance. If you’re in the mood for old school elegance you can’t go wrong. And one of the best wine cellars in Ohio.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great as always.

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