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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610 (Just west of Route 315)
+1 614-451-9774
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17:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my wife here for her birthday. She had always wanted to go. The waiters were great; very attentive and ready to explain anything on the menu. The wine selection is HUGE, so if you are not a connoisseur (I am not) the list can be very over-whelming. We went when they had Scottish game birds, and my wife loved... More 

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Thank Bfhat
Management response:

We are so glad you enjoyed the entire experience with us! Although, we had brought in the wild game for private dinners or guest requests, The Wild Scottish Game Birds was a first for us to present to the entire restaurant; it seemed to be so well received that we will be making this an annual special. Thanks again and... More 

Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had an amazing dining time at The Refectory, it was a surprise reservation to celebrate my birthday and we got a great table, our waitress was vety funny and engaging, the restaurant made me feel special and celebrated. I ordered the Veal sweetbread as the first dish to share, and the blue crab and avocado, and then finally the... More 

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Thank melindastar
Management response:

Thanks so much for celebrating with us and we very much look forward to seeing you again soon! Check out the Three-Course Bistro menu which changes every week to two weeks. It is our sincere pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

New York City, New York
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly Wow If you ever read my reviews you know by now how picky I am, Well, I have heard about this restaurant for quite sometime and was hesitant to try since after so many disappointing visits to other restaurants based on recommendations I got in the past A friend has invited us and we agreed to go What a... More 

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Thank Shy E
Management response:

We are very grateful for your very kind words of encouragement and we are so glad you enjoyed the evening with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon. It is truly our pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I do love the old school style, but it's time for the owners to invest in a new dress for the grand old lady. My waiter was superb, and the rest of the floor staff is really aware and well-trained. The building itself has a charming history, but good grief I think the decor was last updated in 1974, or... More 

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1 Thank D557JLLeigh
Management response:

Thanks for dining with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We humbly apologize for the lapses with the cuisine that simply should not have occurred. As a courtesy, we would consider it a privilege to present you a dinner for two with our compliments for you to experience a more positive evening. Please contact me directly at... More 

Indiana
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We I arrived I was unsure how the meal would be, the restaurant appeared to have passed on updating decor and dining room features since 1982, but I had heard great things. We were seated and ordered glasses of bubbly and then were told that we could order off of the menu, or set a budget and desired number of... More 

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Thank Jordan B
Management response:

Thanks for being adventurous and we are so glad you truly enjoyed a "taste of the Refectory" with the special Chef menu! We would consider it a privilege to serve you again whenever your travels bring you back to Columbus. It is our pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like the taste of amazingly different cuisine that is unable to be found easily in Columbus or the surrounding areas? Well then, this is the restaurant for you - the cuisine is top-notch and so are the staff! The wine list is a delight too! Also, if you are interested in a quick cocktail or brew stop in at the... More 

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Thank MelHopki
Management response:

Thanks for dining with us and we are so glad that you enjoyed the entire experience including the lounge bar as well! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Kamal More 

Columbus, Ohio
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I typically make it to The Refectory about 2-3 times a year. It is my favorite restaurant in Columbus. We recently went here during Restaurant Week in January and everything was perfect as usual from the warm, homemade bread at the beginning to the crème brulee for dessert. I can't recommend this restaurant enough! If cost is an issue, then... More 

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Thank Danya F
Management response:

Thanks for dining with us and we are very grateful for your support over the years! We look forward to seeing you again soon and don't forget Dine Originals Week; the original restaurant week. It is this week March 20 - 25 and we always do an additional week at The Refectory as well! It is our pleasure to serve... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was our third experience at The Refectory -- each has been magnificent. We were attended to by Sam, who matched our personalities wonderfully. We began with a bottle of Chateau Gamage Bordeaux and at first sip, remembered how much we love that taste. Full of flavor and not pricey in the least. The cowboy likes to splurge at wonderful... More 

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Thank pilwhee
Management response:

We really appreciate you dining with us and greatly value your continued support! Check out the Dinner Music Series sometime for a very unique evening of a Four-Course Dinner and a show. It is our sincere pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I have been in many fine restaurants but in Columbus, Ohio there is no other restaurant that can make your dining experience so special. Chef Richard is a blessing to Columbus and very jealous in serving excellent quality and appealing plates. Worth every penny.

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Thank genesis5503
Management response:

Thanks so much for dining with us and indeed; we are very blessed to have Chef Richard with us for these 25 years! It is our pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

Columbus, Ohio
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Dinner at The Refectory is always an event of the highest calibre. But add music of equal quality and you have a night to remember. The ambiance of the restaurant and the manner of the staff makes us think that we are in the lodging of European royalty. Name cards on each table and a glass of kir royale awaited... More 

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Thank 608sergios
Management response:

Thanks so much for joining us for The Dinner Music Series and so glad you enjoyed the entire experience! It is truly our pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$60
Cuisine
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:30
Saturday
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
    (Just west of Route 315)
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: +1 614-451-9774

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?