The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

4.8
3780 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
90 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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Lem267
Chicago
7 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.

TJ
TJ1313
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOrca
Columbus
111 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSadface
Columbus
64 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGF1Doc
Columbus
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.

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CMJR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience from start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
7 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.

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vipEasterbunny46
Columbus
109 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.

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vipKenS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 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.

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Eyeguy
Columbus
34 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.

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BobG
Columbus
2 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

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vipTommy
New Mexico
15 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!

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vipCarolineB
Cleveland
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!

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vipTR10
Phoenix
3 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!

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vipDonM
Columbus
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.

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vipErinS
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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.

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photodoc
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipTheICC
Columbus
89 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kfick
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DavidK
San Francisco
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

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vipdvandreli
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. The best. Period.

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vipbaxter
Cincinnati
41 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

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
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.

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Simon
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.

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Jiggs
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarkF
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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yuttiwatv
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LukeG
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!

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vipWinedownwednesday
Columbus
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!

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Diana
San Francisco
3 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+++

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Columbusmaestro
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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

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vipLorrieG
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing evening!

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vipTanya
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
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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Miguel
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful atmosphere. Quiet and quaint. Servers were very knowledgeable and attentive. The wine sommelier was very helpful with selecting the right wine for our meal. I would recommend for any occasion.

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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 3780 OpenTable diners.

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