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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
614-451-9774
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Ranked #2 of 1,941 restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $60
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Just west of Route 315
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English first
Akron, Oh
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This has to be one of the best places to eat in Ohio. From the greeters at the door to the wait staff, they all make you feel special and the food is affordable and will melt in your mouth. I loved the entire experience and will definitely be back.

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Western Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Because there is no 4.99 and no restaurant is perfect. As you might guess from all of the other reviews, it's a very elegant restaurant, and we have no complaints at all with our meal, the service, or the ambiance. I would recommend it to friends and try it again myself sometime. The menu had some unusual entrees that were... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Greetings, We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and impressions! For a more casual evening, check out the the mid-week Three-Course Bistro Menu. This menu changes every week and is served in the Lounge for 23.95 for all three courses. If joining for us this menu, please ask for... More

columbus ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I was there for my 54th birthday tonight. We are not fancy people but they always treat us like royalty. And I don't mean they're obsequious, either. They always seem very genuine and friendly- I don't know how they manage to get that many great servers! I had some gorgeous veal ravioli to start and then skate wing and green... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Kat, Welcome Back! We are so glad you enjoyed your birthday celebration with us! We greatly value your continued support and appreciate your very kind words about our staff. The most important decision we make is finding the right staff that truly care about the experience of our guests, so it is nice when our efforts are noticed over... More

Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have been going here for 30 years. The quality is superb and has never wavered. Such elegant ambiance. Normal size portions of delicious food, prepared perfectly. They will make suggestions for wine pairings with your meal and have a huge wine cellar.

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Susan, Thanks so much for coming in and THANK YOU for making us your all-time favorite Columbus Restaurant! We have privileged to serve central Ohio for 38 years and over the years have been blessed with a great team, some of which have been here between 20 and 34 years. Without their efforts and your continued support, this would... More

Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Great French restaurant! We were very pleased with the selection & portions. We had the duck & filet mignon for our main courses, excellent. Along with those, the highlights were the beet salad with Gorgonzola cheese & the creme brûlée. Can't wait to go back!

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Lexi, Thanks for dining with us and for taking the time to share your positive impressions! For a more casual evening, the mid-week Three-Course Bistro Menu changes every week and is served in the Lounge for 23.95 for all three courses. If joining for us this menu, please ask for the Bistro Menu when making reservations. Refectory Bistro Menu... More

Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Finally had the opportunity to try out this restaurant and take advantage of their prix fixe Valentine's Day menu. I must say, we were VERY happy with our selection! Definitely on the pricey side of Columbus' restaurant scene, but well worth it! The offered menu options were unique, and they were more than happy to accommodate my vegetarian requests. I... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for celebrating Valentine's Day with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we really appreciate you taking the time to share your impressions and your kind words of encouragement! For a more casual evening, the mid-week Three-Course Bistro Menu changes every week and is served in the Lounge for 23.95 for all... More

columbus, ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We visited the Refectory for the first time this weekend for Valentine's Day. This kind of restaurant certainly is a treat for us as we're not accustomed to dropping 100 + for a night out, but I thought this would be a nice place to try and they did give us a coupon for $25 off for signing up on... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Many thanks for celebrating Valentine's Day and we are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your impressions and your kind words of encouragement! For a more casual evening, the mid-week Three-Course Bistro Menu changes every week and is served in the Lounge for 23.95 for all three courses. If... More

Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It's Restaurant Week in Columbus, so my husband, sons & I decided to finally visit The Refectory. All reviews we have read in Columbus Monthly, The Dispatch, etc. always rated them highly. Can I say we were not disappointed. We made reservations a few days before, had no wait, & were seated in the Refectory Room. Soothing music was playing,... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Lynn, Thanks so much for discovering us with The Refectory Restaurant Week menu! We are so glad you enjoyed the entire experience with us. Brent has been with us for many years and has helped to train the staff. Chef Richard has been with us for over 20 years and in fact, he is in France visiting his family... More

Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We went during Columbus' Restaurant Week, where area restaurants feature a Prix Fixe menu to introduce the restaurant to new diners (and bring back some old ones). The menu for this event was quite extensive (usually there are just a few choices at most restaurants involvede in this event). There was an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35. I had... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks so much for joining us for The Refectory Restaurant Week menu and we are so glad you enjoyed the evening with us. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your positive impressions and thoughts! Over the last 38 years, we have been blessed with a great staff that makes this all possible! We very much look forward... More

Hudson, Ohio
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We chose The Refectory on a recent trip to Columbus. The Bistro Menu is served in the Bistro [bar] and at a price of $24 for a three course meal sounded tantalizing. To start we perused the vaunted wine list and chose a nice bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir for a reasonable price. We enjoyed some delicious bread and butter... More

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review

Many thanks for joining us recently and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your impressions and your kind words of encouragement! The Three-Course Bistro Menu is not as well known, a bit of hidden gem, so to speak, so we are so glad you discovered it! For... More

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