The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.8
3286 reviews
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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!
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
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

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the New Year with Chef Richard's special Five-Course Dinner with a choice of two selections for each course!
The New Year's Eve Dinner
is 115.00 per guest and is the only menu served for the evening.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the New Year with Chef Richard's special Five-Course Dinner with two selections for each course! The New Year's Eve Dinner is $115 per guest. This is the only menu served for the evening.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3286 People Are Saying
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Would definitely go back

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed our dining experience at The Refectory. It is one of our favorite venues for all occasions. The food is wonderful and the service is second to none.

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ED
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and had a great time and experience. The food was very good and the service was top notch. The attention to detail is second to none.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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MD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always admire the atmosphere and the background of a famous French church environment. Always a pleasure for a party from 15 up to a more than 100 guests. Pricing reasonable for the class of dining and occasion of upper class (4 to 5 star rated).

Also very convenient serving hours, very tasty foods usually prepared fresh, very flexible for carryout when too much for one serving per individual. Prefer to have too much than not enough for the price charged.


Staff very knowledgeable of the menu and always sees to it that the Chef prepares it well for its patrons desire which is well appreciated.


Happy holidays to you now that we are three weeks away from
Christmas Day at present. Area decorations along the Bethel and Henderson Road area very decorative. most exactly right for the use of electricity (approximately 80 percent of homes and business).

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Will be going back soon I’m sure

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F
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outside of the noise level being more than what we expected, our dinner was exceptional. The quail was the best I have ever experienced in both the United States and Europe. Our server was outstanding, all the staff were quite friendly and courteous. We will plan to dine at the Refectory more frequently!

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

from time placed order for soup, it was one hour wait!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Only concern is that the it took a long time for us to get our food.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wine list is wonderful, food is very good, service is excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I was up set that supposed upper crust people came in with Baggy shorts and shower sandals with socks. There was a table near us that had a few minor children. I always though this was to be an adult restaurant. And a dress up affair, not the local McDonalds or Roosters.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Food was delicious and interesting

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Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place! Great food, kind staff!

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EM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dominic was great very professional and knowledgeable of the menu items. We celebrated my mother's birthday here. Everyone enjoyed the food and it was a very nice ambiance for a fancy dinner to celebrate my mom. Some of our group are vegetarian and vegan, and while there were options for us, I'd never complain about having more :)

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S
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is not a finer restaurant in Columbus Ohio! Drop the mike hands down the best!

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GC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service was exceptional. Celebrated my wife's birthday. Not our first visit to The Refectory.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Restaurant is over rated. Food was ok, the arugula salad was amazing!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our engagement anniversary at the restaurant on Saturday. The food was wonderful, but we were dismayed that the waiter rushed us through dinner. Unfortunately, it diminished the dining experience a bit for us.

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New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant has an unusual food menu, and good and flexible choices in wines. For example, wines can can be bought in 3 oz., 6 oz. , or bottle sizes. If your food taste is more conventional, this is not the restaurant for you. Meat choices, for example, feature antelope and partridge, which may have buckshot in it. Seating is very comfortable, which is important as on the night we went, it took almost 45 minutes to get the main course. As my husband joked, you enter the restaurant young and you come out old. For a restaurant of this caliber and price, a small amuse bouche or petit fours should be offered as par for the course, but expect only warm bread.

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AS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant I've gone to in my young life. The duck was superb as was the bisque. I left a generous tip and even got dessert.

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RL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As we have come to expect, our experience at The Refectory was excellent all around. We took a few minutes to have a drink at the bar before heading to our table. The bartender was informative and pleasant, and the atmosphere restful. Justin and Jacob kept us well fed and we never lacked for drinks. I had a rich and delicious mussel soup recommended by our waiter, Justin, followed by a barramundi dish that was perfectly cooked. The meals of the others at the table were equally as good. We had a wonderful time, were able to speak among ourselves without raising our voices, and the birthday guests were recognized with little placards. We will definitely return.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked around and this was a favorite. It is in a former church built in the 1800s. Great service and food. I My daughter loved it for a fun dinner with mom for her 18th Birthday. We are not drinkers, but those who are like the extensive wine list.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. My wife is still speaking about the experience 3 days later. Food, Service and ambiance were outstanding... HIghly recommend...

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DB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our welcome was very cordial and we were seated in a very private, quiet booth. Our server was very knowledgeable and professional. Food presentation was over-the-top lovely! My wife had salmon and I had barramundi meuniere (sp?). Everything was delicious. The only negative was that the barramundi was not very hot, temperature wise. All-in-all a very delightful setting and delicious meal although expensive.

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PL
Columbus
81 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been here in probably a year, and once we got seated, we remembered why we think this is such a special place. The menu is unique, and they definitely have the way to order down to a science. They expect you to enjoy the ambience and not be in a hurry. Everything we had was top notch. The server was seasoned and guided us very well.

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love the Refrectory. The food is amazing, the service is outstanding, and the atmosphere is cozy. The chef is great with allergy adjustments. Every time we dine at the Refrectory we are always trying new dishes. This truely is a 5+ star experience!

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JA
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Columbus. The food is always exceptional and creative. Presentation is excellent and you are never rushed. It is a true dining experience. We definitely will go back.

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WJ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, remarkable wine cellar. Servers are very knowledgeable about food and wine pairing. If you are there to celebrate a birthday, they keep track of it. They will remember and recognize the occasion in later years even if you don't let them know.

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KA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful table settings. I loved the lighting. I felt very welcoming when I walked through the hall way and got my table. Great services. Food was excellent. I would love to go back for special occasions.

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G
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as good as it gets from the minute we walked in until we left. The good food, the attentive wait staff,the wine and my husband’s scotch were all perfect. Even after a mistake with the bill, they sent me flowers and a gift card. And the mistake was no big deal. Could not have been a better 70th Birthday for my husband.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!

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j
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always the whole evening was very enjoyable...from the ease of making a reservation to the friendliness of the staff, our waiter Justin, the wonderful menu,the complimentery salad, and of course the great food. we were with friends and were discussing our old age ailments...at no time were we rushed. looking forward to our next visit and will tell our friends again, how great things were at the Refectory...jack

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, accommodate allergy issues. Very friendly staff and owner is very genial. Wine selection is wonderful.

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Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another terrific visit to this great restaurant. The venison rack was perfectly cooked and presentation was impressive. The wine list is top notch and fairly priced. Joseph and Chris provided outstanding, knowledgeable service and advice.

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RR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding meal and experience at the Refectory. Such a unique menu (Ostrich and Wild Boar this time). We only go for special occasions as it has gotten very expensive for a full meal with appetizer, drinks and dessert, but for me, worth every penny. My only slightly disappointing part of the evening was dessert. I've always held the Creme Brulee at a high level, the best I ever have and no one can come close, but tonight's was sub par. Is it a new recipe, new dessert chef? It was very average, still good, but not above and beyond all others I have ever had as it has in the past. It has been a while since we have been in. Still, highly recommended, I love the Refectory.

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MM
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wine sommelier was very helpful and the list was great

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is simply wonderful, good food, great service, lovely ambiance

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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gorgeous converted church is the perfect backdrop for a fine dining meal!

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our 8 year anniversary, everything was fantastic. We loved our waitress Michelle, very attentive to anything we needed, was not hesitent to explain anything on the menu to us, we would definitely ask for her again when we go. The food was cooked to perfection, we got the boar chops and the ostrich filet, both were fantastic! The only downside we had was the seating was a little snug, the bottom of the table touched the top of my legs. The live music was nice too even if we weren't seated to see it, listening volume was still at a nice level to where we didn't have to talk over it.

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