The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.8
3235 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
What 3235 People Are Saying
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MG
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To my taste there is no better restaurant in Columbus. The service is a step away from having your own fleet of servants, their dotage so complete that it's rare to make it more than five minutes without being presented things you've ordered or complimentary dishes or sides to pass the time while you wait. The ambience is immensely comfortable and quiet. Though there are other patrons in the room, it feels like you've got the place to yourself.

The food itself is, without exception, amazing. You pay a premium price for premium dishes. Full stop. Antelope, elk, ostrich, beef fillets, seafood; every option will upset your metric for what that thing should be.

My only ding is that the desserts, while lovely, have never been the match of the entrees or appetizers (or drinks, which are fabulous). That said, the desserts are not nearly as expensive, and so still provide quite the value.

Take a date, be prepared to spend $150 on your courses, leave a legend. Can't say enough about this place. Go.

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

The food is amazing, but it is the service that keeps us going back for more. Joseph's service is outstanding!!

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L
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is a Columbus Dining Institution. If you have not been there, you are missing out on one of the most attentive, delightful, scrumptious meals, Columbus has to offer. The service is out of this world. We were celebrating our 17th Wedding Anniversary. They had our reserved table ready when we arrived with a congratulatory card. From our bar drinks to our dessert, it was an extraordinary experience. We haven't received that kind of service since we dined at Alinea in Chicago. If you don't want to travel that far, this is right in our backyard. Go. Eat. You won't regret this experience.

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O
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

!00% amazing experience with experts on wine and food. Dom, our server was helpful and informative. He recognized our needs and adapt his service to match. I purchased 2 bottles of wine from the new wine store. I was provided great advice on the types and tastes and was matched with affordable bottles. Very awesome experience and can't wait to return for dinner and music events.
Thank you

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AH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service are exceptional at the Refectory. I had a mesclun salad and the Kühlbarra Barramundi Meunière. The fish was perfectly prepared, with a crust on the exterior and moist inside. The sauce was subtle yet full of flavor. I had the charlotte for dessert, which was exquisite. Everyone who I interacted with was attentive and friendly. My only suggestion is that the decor might be updated.

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C
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a five star restaurant. You will never be disappointed in the food the service or the atmosphere. This is the finest restaurant in Columbus Ohio.

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C
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive. For our entrée I had the Dover Sole which was absolutely amazing. My wife enjoyed the filet. Can’t wait to go back.

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SA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The chef's fall menu made up primarily of game was an over reach for my taste. The razorback boor was tough though flavorful. The wild arugula salad with blue cheese, walnuts and maple vinaigrette was superb on the other hand. All in all it was an overpriced pretentious experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an excellent experience we had! The food was outstanding: some of the best flavors I've had in a long time. Service was, of course, on par with a Five Star restaurant. Joseph was instrumental in getting us a front-and-center table for the Music Series that night. We hosted a guest as a Thank You dinner, and she continues to text us about how well the meal was, how well she was treated, and what a joy our meal and evening was. Highly recommend this excellent restaurant for a true dining experience.

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D
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to the Refectory for her birthday. We received special treatment all the way. From a Happy Birthday card on the table, complimentary bubbly, a visit to our table from the owner Kamal, to a candle on her dessert. The experience was wonderful, the food was superb, the service was excellent. We've been coming to the Refectory to celebrate special occasions for over 34 years and will return for many more!

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything! Food, service, environment, and drinks were all spectacular.

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SP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the First Friday pre fixe menu as we usually do. As always, food, service and wine pairings were on point. We will continue to make it a point to visit this establishment whenever we come to Columbus.

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JR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated very well - from welcome to departure...

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and we loved it. The sommelier, Chris, was incredible! We will definitely return!!!

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OT
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is a very special place. I had the wild boar chops and my wife had the scallops which were both fabulous. We also had the most decadent desserts - the pear tarting and the chocolate cake. Both are incredible with the suggested wine pairings. As always the service was impeccable and the food stellar.

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BW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was fantastic, service is mediocre , wine glasses empty and we have to ask for new glasses, wine being delivered to the table and the staff certain what it was, a Merlot or cab, felt like the waiter was stretched between several tables which is OK just need to be attentive to your guests if you want a nice tip

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OH
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Refectory never disappoints these days. The food was outstanding and beautifully presented, the staff was helpful without being intrusive. We each had an appetizer (mine the carpaccio, hers the creamy,saffron scented mussel soup), then split a small Caesar (no charge for doing so), and opted for fish entrees (the meats seemed a bit less interesting). The pear tart with pistachio gelato for dessert was a pleasure to the eyes and especially the palate, enought to share, and came with complimentary tastes of a dessert wine!
I especially commend The Refectory for offering some outstanding wines by the glass at fair prices . We began with half flutes of Billecart Brut for $12 (a full 6 oz pour would have been $22, not much above retail). At $10 for a glass, the white St. Joseph was being offered at BELOW the retail equivalent.
A minor glitch in the ambience was the noise level, as there was a jazz event in another part of the restaurant that night.
As return customers, we had received an e-coupon for my wife's birthday, which helped soften the blow a bit when the check arrived.
Bravo! WE WILL BE BACK.

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BM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chris the Sommelier, was outstanding. Great man that understands what you want for a great wine. Thanks again.

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F
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our daughter, who is attending Denison University, out to dinner here on Parents Weekend. The food is a 10 on a scale from 1 to 10. However, it’s quite pricey so know that going in.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 40th anniversary. We have been looking for a special Restaurant since we frequented the old Kahiki for our special occassions. We have found it, we thoroughly enjoyed the total experience at the Refectory. We felt special and it was completely wonderful. We look forward to returning!

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Refectory since moving to Columbus a little over a year ago. I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for a great experience.

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EP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with incredible food! The goat cheese is exquisite and my husband and I had a blast at the music series. The drinks were phenomenal and the service is friendly, knowledgeable and so efficient! It is a perfect special occasion spot!

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a
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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LK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thought it was abit louder than we remembered, but we were still able to converse. We went early, and had great service. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus.

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M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food and service. Really appealing menu. Good appetizers, mains and desserts.

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DP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, charming. Easy to hold a conversation. Food was excellent, portioned to satisfy an appetite without leaving you feeling stuffed. Service was excellent, water glasses filled as the need arises. Definitely got our money's worth.

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MP
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server and bartender went out of their way to accommodate our small group. Dinner was delightful, ambiance exceptional and the seating comfortable.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing as always.

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AH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is a gem. I’ve dined there a number of times over the years. The food and service have been consistently excellent. I hosted my son and daughter-in-laws rehearsal dinner here last year and it was a wonderful experience.

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KG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother and Son dinner. This is our 4th year in what hopefully will become a long-standing tradition. Wonderful food, wine and service.

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RM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always with this restaurant. Friend had never been and absolutely loved it. Server was great

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p
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable seating, ambience, noise level. Food was excellent. Restroom access difficult for handicapped.

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good but not extraordinary. To be honest....I expected more. It was a great meal and service was impeccable. Just nothing really stood out as amazing from the food or drinks. I was honestly hoping for a more private/intimate dining experience.

Again...service was off the charts. Food was very good. Nothing bad to say at all.

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R
Columbus
92 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mom's 75th birthday and Mom/Dad's 54th wedding anniversary at The Refectory last Saturday night. It was Dine Original's Week, so there was a special fixed price menu to choose from. We started with a glass of bubbly to toast the celebration! The goat cheese salad with beets and the escargot got rave reviews. Even the arugula salad, which is simple but elegant, was deeply enjoyed! We tried different entrees, including the short ribs, the pork tenderloin, and the walleye. All were delicious! For dessert, we ordered creme brulee, opera cake, and chocolate entremet with raspberry coulis. They arrived with candles to celebrate our parents! They even threw in a passion fruit mousse dome and a glass of dessert wine for each of us!

The Refectory is our favorite restaurant to celebrate all family events. It's also our pre-theatre choice of dining off the bistro menu!

Thanks Kamal and team for another wonderful celebratory dinner!

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G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Quality food, great service as expected. One of the best restaurants in Columbus.

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LK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Beautiful setting. We went during Dine Originals weeks and had the preset menu. Great deal!

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J
Adelaide / SA
54 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ultimate dining experience. The food is fantastic and the service outstanding. It's the perfect place to celebrate every occasion.

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s
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John provided excellent service presenting a marvelous meal. He's also very helpful with suggesting wines to pair with the food.

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L
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and impeccable wine selection! The staff was attentive, professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. We’d absolutely dine at The Refectory again!

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L
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous meal! We enjoyed each course, start to finish, and the service was outstanding.

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