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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610 (Just west of Route 315)
614-451-9774
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 155
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Varied atmosphere

We go here at least once a month and the food and service are consistently great. They have inexpensive wine tastings ( 10/10 dollars) , the bar offers a small quiet venue to meet for drinks and apps and the dining rooms as well . The food is always beautifully prepared and presented by their wait... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Frexinet
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

We go here at least once a month and the food and service are consistently great. They have inexpensive wine tastings ( 10/10 dollars) , the bar offers a small quiet venue to meet for drinks and apps and the dining rooms as well . The food is always beautifully prepared and presented by their wait staff . We enjoyed... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This place feels different than any other in Columbus. It's located in the heart of German Village and the menu is very unique and delicious. It is small inside so if you have a large party, go on a warm day and sit outside. You'll be glad you ate there.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

From the moment you walk inside... You walk into Paris. Great food, great wine, and spectacular service. Relax and enjoy!

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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Columbus has excellent restaurants, so when I say this one is the best, that's giving it high praise. You can't go wrong with any selection here. The chef is from Lyon, France and this menu reflects his French training. Not only is th food perfectly prepared and presented, but service is professional. This is the place for your special occasion.

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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been going to the refectory for the past 4 years and this place have not let us down! The food is incredible and above all the service is excellent!!! It can be a bit pricy but we are never disappointed! My husband and I have celebrated every birthday, anniversary, special occasions here! It's a must try if you... More 

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Columbus, OH
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129 reviews 129 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Refectory always has an interesting menu, often featuring local wildlife such as bison or rabbit. We have eaten here many, many times and always enjoyed it. The food is exceptional and consistent. The portions tend to be small (in the French tradition), but since I think most restaurants give too much food, I'm okay with that. Each room has... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Visit after visit one of Columbus' four or five best and easily the most glamorous. The thought, execution and presentation are all top notch. Many restaurants of this genre can become dated, not The Refectory. It is on a par with many of the top restaurants in other cities but 10-15% less expensive. Great choice.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A wonderful night out with visiting physicians. The service was excellent, staff very knowledge and friendly. Great flavors; the Dover sole was deboned at the tableside for those that ordered, and the wine was perfect. As another reviewer suggested, this is a dining experience and not a quick meal. Perfect for special occasions. Even better when the boss it paying!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Several good alternatives but this is always a safe bet for a very good experience. I recommend strongly.

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Kentucky
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

An amazing experience for my Fiancée and my self. I planned a evening at here to create a memory for my sweetie and myself on her birthday. In addition I planned to ask her to marry me at this dinner. Before the dinner I called ahead to plan the evening. I sent them a pic of my GF and myself... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 614-451-9774

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 60
  • Cuisine: French, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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