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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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Ranked #2 of 1,967 restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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90% Recommend
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English first
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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218 reviews 218 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
107 reviews 107 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We visited The Refectory for the first time on OSU's graduation weekend. The ambiance is perfect, understated elegance in an old church with several small rooms. Wine list was extensive - Food was absolutely delish. I'm in my 50's, but have worked in the restaurant business. The only slight "observation" (vs complaint) is that only the waiter will serve your... More

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Westerville, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We have enjoyed dining at the Refectory for many years, and have always had excellently prepared food accompanied by impeccable service. However, during our last visit, some of the food missed the mark of excellence the Refectory is known for. There were four of us and we were taking advantage of the fixed price Tax Relief menu. We all agreed... More

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