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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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Ranked #3 of 1,972 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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143 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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English first
Tampa, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We only get to visit this area once a year. That is probably a good thing or I would have to take a position at the Refectory to support my enjoyment of the food here. The food, ambience, wait staff and bar is always the highlight of my summer travels. We started our visit out at the bar to take... More

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Dublin, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a really fine dining establishment in Columbus. From the ambience to the service and food, it is simply exceptional. Definitely, ask to be seated in the main room. The ambience is much nicer than the side room. Also, it is a bit pricey, so more suitable for special occasions. On our last visit, we had gone as an... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Over the past 30 years, I've gone here several times. There's a 100% chance that the acidity of the dishes will bother my stomach. I came this time because a gift certificate was due to expire. I called ahead, because it was Bastille Day and the restaurant was running two specials (specials not included in gift certificate). I was there... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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102 reviews 102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Once again we visited this wonderful place, and it never disappoints. From the greeting at the door to the goodby when we left, everything was perfect. It was "Restaurant Week" in Columbus, so a 3-course (4 choices for each) prix fixe menu was available. Three of us partook in that and one ordered off the menu. The elegant presentation of... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Refectory has been our top "special occasions" restaurant for many years. The dishes are exquisite in presentation and taste. The service is probably one of the best you'll find in town. The quality of the traditional fine dining experience here can't be beat.

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Refectory consistently is ranked as one of the top restaurants in Columbus, but I have generally been able to keep my enthusiasm for it under control. However, on Saturday night we ventured there again to partake of a jazz offering. My enthusiasm is renewed. In an intimate, private seating area, a jazz quartet (although a trio the night we... More

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Columbus, OH
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120 reviews 120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Having been to many restaurants over the years, I can safely say that The Refectory provides one of, if not the best service to its customers. The decor of the restaurant is also quite nice, and the tables are nicely spread out such that you feel you have a bit of privacy. The waitstaff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and... More

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Utica, New York
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235 reviews 235 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Completely enjoyable meal with superb service. Beautiful burgundy suggested by waiter with the knowledge of a sommelier. Lamb and veal dishes were superb. We were visiting Columbus (students in the late 1970s) and the eating scene in Columbus has changed dramatically. There is, here and in other great restaurants in Columbus, a real chance to enjoy a wonderful meal. As... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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49 reviews 49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We visit The Refectory a few times each year during Restaurant Week and other special events. Last month we stopped by for their annual Tax Relief Dinner, a three course menu for about $32 a person. We were seated in the small dining room, which provides an intimate environment for dining. Our server Joseph recommended a wonderful old vine Zinfandel... More

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Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Everything was just perfect, the place is a 100 year old church transformed into a bistro, the service is impeccable and the food is just posibly the best French cuisine we have had out of France. It was totally unexpected because we were not in New York, Las Vegas or LA, we are talking about Columbus, Ohio. In my humble... More

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