The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.7
3408 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
What 3408 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always exceptional. We celebrate our special occasions at the Refectory.

Report
Helpful
M
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. This was a belated valentines dinner and the atmosphere was very romantic.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our special dates at The Refectory. Kamal is the best in the business.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was exceptional. I would put it above anything in Columbus. The service was marginal and not what I would expect from a high-end restaurant. Might have just been an off night for the server. Overall, we will go back. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
CW
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

passing through columbus and had to stay one night. looked up on tripadvisor nicer restaurants. So glad we decided last minute to go here and happy to book a table for two about an hour ahead of our seating time. Some pre-civil war structures. Greeted courteously with minimal wait. had coat check if you wanted. My wife declined any appetizer but had some white wine which she liked. I ordered malbec which was also good, as usual. Had beet salad - quite good. Had rabbit stew - best of the day. She ordered filet mignon and ordered medium well but came back medium rare so we had it cooked up a bit - not a big deal. She still is raving how good it was. I had burramundi(fish - probably spelled wrong). quite good. Had us try a dessert wine which we inquired about and bought a bottle. Easy recommendation. Just know it's pricey. Waitstaff was excellent

Report
Helpful
JW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at the Refectory. Even better than last time! Steve, our waiter, gave us several options for dinner. We chose a 4 course tasting with wine pairings. Every course was amazing! Chris did an excellent job with the wine pairings. Each wine complemented our food perfectly. Chris took the time to tell us about each wine - we know almost nothing about wine. Thanks to Steve, Chris & Jim for a fantastic evening!

Report
Helpful
c
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a late Valentine's day dinner. My husband loves it here. The space is very quaint and cozy with low lighting. The food is an experience and always perfect. This time I decided to try the Texas antelope upon advise of our server and my husband had the stuffed duck. I have never had antelope so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. The taste was very good, however, the texture was not for me. I tried a bite of the stuffed duck and it was absolutely amazing. All of the accompaniments were outstanding as well but I did not care for the shallots. They were a little on the dry side and not a lot of flavor. The scallop on the other hand melted in my mouth. I am not typically a fan of seafood but I wish they had an entree featuring this recipe!

Service here is always top notch. The servers are very knowledgeable about the cuisine and are happy to explain what things are and make suggestions for wine pairings based on your taste. Service this time was very good as usual...almost a little too fast but we did not feel rushed. We just wished for a little more time in between salad, entree and dessert.

Report
Helpful
GC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always the best. It is incredibly hard to make a decision on which dish since they all sound delicious. You could never ask for better service. The staff are always nice and attentive but never a bother.

Report
Helpful
A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a little noisy and little overpriced but great food and a nice experience overall Would love to see more vegetarian options and one vegan main option on the menu.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience start to finish. The food was spectacular as expected, but what really made the experience was our waiter, Chris Antczak. He couldn’t have been any more gracious or helpful. He started us off with a champagne toast to celebrate, recommended the perfect bottle of wine, and artfully described dinner selections to assist us in making our choices. He was there anytime we wanted for anything, but never interrupted. Phenomenal service!!!

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at our favorite restaurant in Columbus!

Report
Helpful
RD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We did an early (5 PM) Valentine’s Day dinner. The only option was a 5 course meal with only 2 choices for each course. Two dinners + 1 glass of wine + tip cost around $300, but I was still hungry after eating the 5 small courses. Also, our entrees sat on a counter a long time before the server brought it. By then, the entrees were cold. Worse, I asked my filet to be cooked medium, but it came out almost raw. They did take it bakc and nuke it, but when it cam back, it didn't taste as good as a Longhorn Steak. Lastly, though I appreciate a leisurely dinner pace, 2 ½ hours is too leisurely.

Report
Helpful
SK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was not fully explained as far as the special and the wine pairing. At the end of the night the bill was twice as much as expected because of not properly explaining how it worked.

Report
Helpful
DG
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New waiter for us. Excellent job. Moisi was her name. It’s the little touches that make this place special. Personalized card at table whisking is a Happy Anniversary with our names. Just a great restaurant.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for early Valentine dinner. My wifrle and I very satisfied with food and service

Report
Helpful
g
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had two appetizers for dinner...Hunter's Terrine and Scallop Rossini...exquisite.

Report
Helpful
JM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was off the charts good. Service was impeccable. Pace was perfect. Can't think of anything bad to say other than the weather, can't blame them for that!

Report
Helpful
CS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always wonderful food and great atmosphere! love this place!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The kitchen must have been backed up because it took us quiet some time to get our food but it was delicious. The service was great and we had an exceptional time.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal was enjoyed!!

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was so nice, except the service was extremely slow. We sat down at 6pm. We ordered our food around 6:30pm (which was our choice, but our food didn’t come out until 7:40pm. Even getting and paying the check took a long time. The servers were so kind and our waters were always full, but the food took way too long.

Report
Helpful
JB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was wonderful food & service. Lovely place! We went here early 5 pm good time not til busy nice bar area as well.

Report
Helpful
l
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was a little slow but the owner was very gracious. Food was wonderful.
A lot going on at the same time but overall it was very nice visit. Looking forward to dining there again.

Report
Helpful
OH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

40 mins wait to get a table even though we had a reservation. So we had to rush our dinner.
Had to wait 15 minutes to get water after we got our table.
However, food was amazing, we got complementary desert and drinks for our wait.

Report
Helpful
L
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, not rushed, wonderful atmosphere in such a unique building. Service was attentive but not obtrusive.

Report
Helpful
MR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food!

Report
Helpful
LL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with a beautiful decor. The food was not what I expected, however the service and desert made up for the entree.

Report
Helpful
J
Columbus
112 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time we went for the Bistro Menu. It is a real bargain for the quality of food and service. The Refectory has to be the number one restaurant in Columbus. It is unique for a restaurant like this to have such quality food over the years. The newer restaurants with "tasting menus" can learn much from the art of truly combining foods in modern and classical ways to create a gastronomical experience - especially without the hype of a server telling how great everything is. Bravo to The Refectory and your continued success.

Report
Helpful
JW
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is a bit pricy, so we did appreciate the availability of the restaurant weekly specials. We both thoroughly enjoyed the Bison; it was cooked to perfection. The service was great. Once we got Clay and Misa to talking it made the meal more enjoyable as we could relax more.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere! We ended up sitting at the bar (preference), and our bartender/server, James, was wonderful! The Refectory is definitely one of my favorite restaurants & I highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
M
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole dining experience made for a wonderful evening!

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son and his girlfriend to celebrate their birthday and show them what a real fine dining experience was like. Service, food, ambiance were all superb.

Report
Helpful
p
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere, great food and even better service. Always lives up to it's reputation. Never had a bad experience there.

Report
Helpful
H
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner took advantage of restaurant week menu!

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Refectory is my favorite restaurant in Columbus without a doubt. Their service is top notch and the food is amazing. The goat cheese as well as the seafood coulibiac are delicious appetizers. I have tried their short rib, their pork, the lamb, steak, and more. All have been wonderful. Their desserts are always a nice way to end the dinner. Maybe enjoy a dessert wine that pairs well with it, too! I recommend all three courses because you may as well make it an experience from start to finish. Their staff is extremely professional and knowledgeable. I always tip them very well as they deserve it given the service they provide. Thank you to everyone at The Refectory. Such a fantastic restaurant and experience.

Report
Helpful
r
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time. They gave us the table by the fire which was nice on a cold winter night. The wait staff was great and very kind. The food was excellent. Great wine. Good cocktails. We will be back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection !

Report
Helpful
OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had spectacular time. Everything about the evening was perfect.

Report
Helpful
R
Columbus
93 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a very enjoyable dinner! We chose from the restaurant week menu, so a wonderful offering of 3 courses for $40. Service was spot on, and since they knew we had Hamilton tickets at 8 pm, they ensured we got out on time to head downtown without being rushed thru dinner. The complimentary digestif was a wonderful ending to a fabulous dinner!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was everything we could’ve hoped for! Thank you for making our wedding so special!!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
86