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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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Ranked #5 of 1,975 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $60
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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
Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Refectory is an outstanding restaurant that's located in an old church building that's been remodeled and repurposed into one of the most elegant places to eat in the Columbus area. Bonus?--the food's great too (which, of course, is the main reason to go there). It's not cheap--think special occasion (proposal, anniversary, promotion), but it's worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very disappointing experiences. Been to other places much better than this Refectory. The appetizers have no taste. The entree are not so great. This is far the worst restaurant we ate.

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

Thank you for joining us and we also can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. This is obviously not the type of impression we strive for and we humbly apologize for your experience with us. We feel very badly about the lapses in the quality that simply should not have occurred. Although, we... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Excellent the best in Columbus. The dining experience is 100% professional no other etiquette like it in town!

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Chapmanville, West Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Once a year near my birthday I treat myself (and girlfriend) to a very fine dining experience typically followed by the Symphony. I struggled for some time trying to find something in Columbus that wasn't overdone and franchised to death. Found the Refectory somewhere online, so I booked it. We were actually the first people in the restaurant because of... More

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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We came here during restaurant week with another couple and had reservations. When we arrived for our reservations, we had to wait at least 30 more minutes; what was the point of the reservations? When it was all said and done, I don't think we even got to eat until about 9:00pm- very European, no? Although slightly annoyed by the... More

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Tampa, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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Senior Contributor
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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