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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.7
4.7
3489 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (614) 451-9774

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Blondin

  • 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

  • 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 David Cotter: (614) 451-9774

  • Neighborhood

    Ohio

  • Cross street

    Just west of Route 315

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available in the on-site private lot.

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 3,489 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. j

    johnv

    Minneapolis

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very good food and service. Prefer the main dining room rather than the bar pub area.

  2. L

    Lem267

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fabulous dinner! Thank you so much. The food and service were impeccable and we look forward to returning. Highly recommended.

  3. TJ

    TJ1313

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and I could not be any happier with the service.

  4. SB

    SamiB

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    This review isn't meant for our March reservation but a reservation we had in November 2020 (I'm not sure why it's not showing up here on my account). Refectory is one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus. We always have exceptional service (we usually have Joseph who we love!) and the overall atmosphere is one of a kind. We usually always come for special events, bring our family to enjoy what the Refectory has to offer and usually come for the outstanding food. During our November experience, we were pretty disappointed in the new menu. They were more tapas-like plates which is fine but definitely priced higher for the portion size. Not that that is a bad thing, but for us we always loved the original menu: the duo filets, the dover sole, the pistachio dessert. These were items we always looked forward to and the reason we made the reservation in November for my birthday. I understand if certain ingredients are hard to come by due to COVID relations; however, we didn't care for the new menu at all. Everything else was top notch as always; however, we will likely not be back until the original menu and original classics come back. Looking forward to that day!

  5. O

    Orca

    Columbus

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the nicest meals that I’ve had there over many years.

  6. S

    Sadface

    Columbus

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easily the best restaurant in Columbus. This visit was excellent in every way.

  7. GF

    GF1Doc

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    THE BEST restaurant in Columbus! We love it for annual big events like special birthdays. Thank you for your kindness, great food, help with wine selection, and always making us feel welcomed and like we belong.

  8. CM

    CMJR

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dining experience from start to finish.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Our first disappointing experience. The service was awkwardly slow. We are fine with a slower paced dining experience but we sat for 1/2 hour after we finished our salad for anyone to stop by and clear the table . No one ever asked if we would like a 2nd drink. The food was unremarkable (antelope for my husband and the red snapper for me) . Rather bland. Dessert was the pear tart and it was wonderful, but sad to spend $200 on dinner and walk away thinking it was disappointing.

  10. E

    Easterbunny46

    Columbus

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were outstanding. It was a perfect celebration of my mother's 104th birthday. She specifically chose the Refectory because Dover Sole is always on the menu. She was not disappointed! The tableside preparation was perfect. Dessert was also a lovely surpise from the restaurant.

  11. KS

    KenS

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Went for dinner on a desire from a friend. I wasn't impressed. Drinks were good but food was way overpriced for what you get. Nice history and ambience but yikes. It was costly.

  12. E

    Eyeguy

    Columbus

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food wine and service were excellent as always. I wonder if there was an issue with the fireplace as there was a very smokey atmosphere which did detract somewhat from the wine and food experience and I am having to send my suit to the dry cleaners as it smells very strongly of smoke like I have been on a camping trip. Normally I love the fireplace, but this night it was not set well.

  13. BG

    BobG

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Everything was very nice. Michelle did an excellent job. My wife and I found it relaxing and enjoyable. I ordered the pheasant but I didn't care for the sauce

  14. T

    Tommy

    New Mexico

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again, the Refectory proved that is is a first class dining experience. Service was impeccable and included kind comments to my son who was celebrating a birthday. Menu and wine suggestions from our waitstaff were very helpful. Our duck, sea bass and Dover sole entrees were meticulously prepared and plated. The night we were there, the Refectory was hopping with a bourbon tasting and another event. I appreciate the creative scheduling and collaboration with the Columbus music scene!

  15. CB

    CarolineB

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I celebrated my birthday at the refectory. My mother is French so when she visits we make sure we have reservations. This restaurant is all the things I love about a great dining experience. Quiet, professional and well dressed staff, attention without disrupting conversation, and most importantly beautiful food exceptionally prepared with a fantastic wine list. They printed a personalized birthday card for my table and offered a lovely opera cake with a candle. These little details make for a great experience!

  16. TR

    TR10

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best French restaurant in the Columbus area. Actually the best I’ve been too in the US!! Highly recommend, great food, ambiance, service, and wine! Make sure you join them for one of their Dinner Music Series events. They are great for special occasions or a fancy night out!

  17. DM

    DonM

    Columbus

    217 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    217 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I cannot say enough good things about the Refectory, which is far and away the best restaurant in the Columbus/Central Ohio area and one of the best in the Midwest. Wonderful French food in a variety of formats and price points; the best wine list in the area, again with selections at many price points; a retail wine shop; a charming interior and exterior; a nice patio for warm weather dining; and probably the best and friendliest service that a guest could find anywhere. The also have terrific dinner music events with some of the top acts in many different genres, and wine tasting events ranging from $15 everyday wine tastings to elaborate sommelier and winemaker dinners.

  18. ES

    ErinS

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I had so many great things about this place from friends and family over the past 10-15 years and had high hopes. It wasn’t bad at all, but we were not impressed. And for a nearly $400 dinner (125x2 set menu, wine pairings 55x2, coffee x2) you don’t want to walk away feeling lackluster. Our waiter was super awkward and would come to our table but have nothing to say, we had listed that it was my wife’s birthday, but they didn’t say or do anything. We’ve been to Michelin Star restaurants all over the world and paid less for better. I don’t want to say it was “good for Columbus” because Columbus is a fabulous place with so much to offer and deserves more than that. I suppose I see what they’re trying to do here and it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t an impressive food or service experience.

  19. p

    photodoc

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    An exceptional place to eat! Just the perfect amount of food for each course.

  20. TJ

    TheJDS

    Columbus

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The entire experience at The Refectory is one to be savored and not rushed. It is an oasis that allows you shed the outside world for a little while and get treated like royalty for a few hours. I couldn't help but think that I was transported to Downton Abbey, and dining with The Crowley's...except better because we weren't stuck in the Victorian traditions...just the exceptional personal service. The Choir Loft music is a Columbus treasure that welcomes national acts and regional talent, and this was the perfect setting for our Valentine's celebration. As we worked our way through the courses on the menu, I just didn't want it to end, each course being a stand-alone experience. We can't wait to find another night on our schedule to retreat to Kamal's little haven from the real world and experience the best atmosphere, service and dining in region!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was fantastic! Wine was a bit pricey but overall experience was amazing

  22. K

    Kfick

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our Valentine’s Day and the pre set menu was delicious!

  23. DK

    DavidK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening and ambience. Chris, the sommelier provided an exemplary wine pairing. It felt as if we were back in Napa

  24. d

    dvandreli

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply outstanding. The best. Period.

  25. b

    baxter

    Cincinnati

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always the Refectory lives up to its reputation for excellent cuisine and fine dining with an impressive wine list

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food we have had in a long time, well worth the price. The bistro menu is especially worth it since we left full at half the price of what would have been the main menu. Great friendly service as well, would recommend and will be returning.

  27. S

    Simon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Overall it is a pretty good restaurant and I had good experience with my girlfriend there to celebrate her birthday! The preparation of birthday is good and the Mr. Steve is pretty gentleman.

  28. J

    Jiggs

    Columbus

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrating my 80th birthday at the Refectory was the end to a perfect day in Columbus!

  29. MF

    MarkF

    Columbus

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oh my what service(thank you Justin our server and James the wonderful bartender). Food was tremendous. Ambiance wonderful. I have resisted dining here because I thought it would be awesome and would have to come back often...I was right.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional stood and service, our waiter nick and his team went above and beyond. I can't wait to come back!

  31. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service. Food is prepared well and very delicious. I would definitely be back with my friends. Love the restaurant week menu.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect! Thank you so much for an amazing evening!

  33. LG

    LukeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible! The food was immaculate and the staff were impressively attentive! We loved the history and ambiance and can not wait to go back!

  34. W

    Winedownwednesday

    Columbus

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic experience at my favorite restaurant! A group of friends and I attended for restaurant week. There were 10 of us on a busy Sat night. We felt pampered the entire time. From the greeting we received as we entered the front door to food restrictions that were accommodated, I would highly recommend. Misa took care of our every need and was personable, knowledgeable, and attentive to detail. The cauliflower soup of the day was creamy and flavorful. The salmon and beef entrees were some of our favorites. Each bite melted in our mouths. Looking forward to joining again soon!

  35. D

    Diana

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meal!! The staff were very professional and attentive. Truly a fine dining experience. Owner was so nice and greeted us at the front of the house. A+++

  36. TH

    THEColumbusmaestro

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience as usual. Service great. Ambiance great. Noise level perfect. Food absolutely perfect. Kamal and his team do everything humanly possible to make your experience perfect. They nail it each and every time

  37. LG

    LorrieG

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an amazing evening!

  38. T

    Tanya

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It was great. The server was a bit of a quiet talker though.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server (Eden I believe) was amazing. She made the experience so memorable with her kindness. We loved the history of the building. We can’t wait to return.

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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 3489 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Just west of Route 315

  • Neighborhood

    Ohio

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available in the on-site private lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Blondin

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (614) 451-9774

  • 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

  • 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 David Cotter: (614) 451-9774

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