About The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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!

1092 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43220
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Lounge opens Monday - Friday at 4:30
Dinner Reservations Monday - Thursday from 5:30 pm
Friday - Saturday from 5:00pm
Sunday closed, but we do open for Mother's Day and Easter Sunday

Cross Street:
Just west of Route 315

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(614) 451-9774

Website:
http://www.refectory.com/

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!

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

Parking Details:
Ample parking available in the on-site private lot.

Executive Chef:
Richard Blondin

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 Jeff Elasky: (614) 451-9774

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Each year, we only present one Special menu served for the entire restaurant to celebrate the New Year!
Join us for Chef Richard's amazing Five-Course Dinner which will be served throughout the evening with reservations beginning at 4:15. The evening is 99.00 per guest with optional wine pairings.

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
Romantic (60)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
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Notable Wine List (54)
Quiet Conversation (52)
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Creative Cuisine (46)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Worth the Drive (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Authentic (27)
Cozy (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Live Music (16)
Business Meals (15)
Tasting Menu (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Food was outstanding and their was live music playing! Staff were exceptional and overall experience was excellent!

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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

Superb rack of lamb; perfectly cooked and the sauce was a delight. Well balanced meal included a tasty and seasonal sweet potato soup as well as a beet salad . Flavors consistory good and the meal flowed well. Courses built up to a wonderful pear tart. John’s edgy wine recommendation a great success. Perhaps the nicest meal I’ve had at this restaurant.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

The Bistro menu has typically been very good, but three of our party of four chose the fish option, and it was very poor. The dessert choice I made was so light as to be non-existent. Overall, I felt this was not much of a meal.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and experience! There only issue was once we got our main coarse the waitress never came back until we were finished eating to bring the check. I wanted to order another cocktail but never had a chance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Our group really enjoyed out dinner. There were eight of us, and we were sat at a round table which allowed us to talk all together rather than at a rectangle where people can only talk with those near by. We chose a variety of entrees and were all impressed with the taste as well as the appearance of each meal. We had expected a hefty price and were not disappointed there either, but no one complained and we all had enough to eat; some even took part of their dinners home. We will not afford to go often, but several people suggested we try the bistro next time which has a smaller price tag. I was a good night for all of us.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Had dinner in the Bistro and it was wonderful - the Bistro Fix Prix menu is one way to enjoy a delightful meal without breaking the bank. Kudo's to our server who made us feel so welcome.
Try it - you'll like it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food and great service. Best restaurant in Columbus Ohio

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Sweet smiling excellent service. We are treated specially and very delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Another fantastic meal at the Refectory. We thoroughly enjoyed the bistro menu. The price is great for a three-course meal. Nobody has better service than the Refectory. The staff is attentive but never intrusive. Perfection. There's a good reason this restaurant is consistently at the top of the list in Columbus

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love this place, fun to have somewhere in Columbus to get dressed up for a special meal.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 8, 2017

As usual, Refectory did not disappoint. We went for Bistro meals and all had something different. They were all excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was my first time going in and the restaurant had lovely staff, atmosphere and extravagant food. All pluses in my book.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent service by Chris. Food was very good, but not exceptional for the price. Good wine list.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The Refectory is truly the only special event Restaurant in Columbus. The food and service are simply perfection and the wine list is unmatched in central Ohio.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 30, 2017

As usual, the food was excellent. We had the three-course bistro meal, which is a great value at $26.95. The waiter brought my wife some gluten-free bread even though we did not ask for it. This is one of our two favorite restaurants in central Ohio.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Refectory is by far the best restaurant in the area of Columbus Ohio. The service is first class. The menu contains many unique preparations. The bread is outstanding, as is the wine list. It is European dining right in our own backyard. I try to eat there at least twice a month.

Tags: Organic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Kamal and his staff always present a memorable dining experience. The mussel soup, artichoke salad, and Texas antelope were all stellar.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Superb experience!!!! The food was INCREDIBLE! The service was just as wonderful.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The building was quite interesting, the food was great, and the service was great. Chris and Alex were quite attentive to our wants and gave great advice on what to order.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We appreciated the 7 top table in a secluded corner of the restaurant that embellished our celebration of an engagement. Our server and her assistant, and the sommelier delivered impeccable service. Everyone enjoyed their appetizer and entree selections and the wine recommendation was to everyone's liking and paired well. It was a fabulous experience we'll all remember.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Their food is just not our cup of tea. Too fancy, could not make heads or tails of most of menu. Didn’t care for our meals. However the service was exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my second time in this restaurant. The first time was almost perfect which made me want to come back. My second trip was disaster. My waiter was almost automated, if you put a robot on his place you wouldn’t know the difference. It took forever to get the food out. I was starving the whole way. You get a single piece of bread while you wait and I had to ask if I can get another one so I don’t have to die in the restaurant. The food was great well prepared but the service was terrible.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding service and food. What a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very quaint setting...perfect for anniversaries, dates, and just a quiet night out with spouse

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great ambiance and exceptional service - table service better than equivalent and superior restaurants in many larger markets. Very good wine list. Nice seasonal selection of food options for all courses. Food was good and presentation was very nice. Excellent pasta appetizer. Not impressed with 'famous' mussel soup and dessert 'tart' was a complete disappointment - definitely not a traditional French preparation. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a reliable meal and superior service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent and we had a great server at our dinner on Saturday evening. For some reason we kind of forget that the restaurant is there, but The Refectory has never disappointed us when we've dined there.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Another extraordinary dining experience at this Columbus gem. Tried a different menu selection than normal for me, and each course was a solid hit -- preparation, presentation, temperature, overall quality ... just perfect. Paired with excellent wine, and an unusual selection of dessert wine, wrapped up a memorable 3.5 hour meal. Exceptional in all the ways that really matter.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The ambiance is old world wood and stone architecture. The service is top notch, attentive, and there when needed, and not there when not needed! The food is some of the best I've ever had in Columbus. You can't go wrong at this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The filet mignon was way overcooked. The meal was too slow. We were there for two hours.
We have been there many times and have enjoyed it in the past.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was exceptional! Every staff member we encountered was pleasant, interactive and professional. We were celebrating our anniversary and everyone there made it feel as special to us as it was to us! Food was incredible and wine amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service and ambiance is absolutely second to none. The servers are upscale yet friendly and welcoming. The wait for the food was a little long, but it was somewhat to be expected based in the type of food. The food was unique, visually appealing in its plating, and tasted great as well! It is a bit pricy but again, based on the type of restaurant this is, it was to be expected. Overall a great restaurant I would definitely suggest.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent food and superb service. Business dinner. We didnt realize the place had closed. No one on staff even hinted it was time to leave. We were there so late, no one not once changed their attentive attitude toward us. The food and the feel of the place are without question well worth it. Thank you to the staff for being so patient. And again, we are sorry to have held you there so far past your hours.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was great . Our waiter was informative about the cuisine and the restaurant. Wine selection incredible. Just a very classy place to enjoy the evening.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is our go to place anytime we visit Columbus, OH. On this trip the food was exceptional (as usual) and no complaints with the service either. I don't think we have found anywhere else in the midwest a restaurant as good as The Refectory.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My Husband and I had dinner at The Refectory for our date night. We had a lovely time. The food was amazing and our waiter was wonderful. He went out of his way to make our time there special. This is the second time we have been there and we look forward to going again.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was excellent service excellent, wine list outstanding. Truly one of the best restaurants in this area

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dover sole and duck was excellant, steak, ordered rare was over cooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I expected to be impressed and really wasn't.
Mussel Soup--I was looking forward to this and the pear tart.
Mussel soup was fabulous. Duck slightly overcooked and overwhelmed by rosemary pesto but mushroom/truffle crepes that came with it were great.
Wait staff slow to bring dessert menu after asking me if I wanted dessert. They came and said oh didn't anyone bring the menu and then took a long time for him to bring it after that. And they didn't have the dessert they are well-known for. They ran out. I understand running out of specials but not standard fare. Overall I was underwhelmed. When I'm on business trips I look for good restaurants to try and this one is not one I'd come back to.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Sadly special evening was reduced by food not prepared as ordered and slow service. This is was not the experience we have had in the past. At this price point our expectations were not met. Salads and Appetizers were very fine. Seafood was very over salted, veal and lamb were ordered med and med well and came out medium raw. Should have sent them back. Didn’t to avoid ruining the evening.

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