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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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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 142
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    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
Most recent review
Birthday dinner

I took my husband to our favorite place for his birthday on 2-15-2015 Like always they sat us in our favorite place and we had a great server named Joseph and very knowledgable about the wine list. Our food was fabulous and they did a birthday dessert for my husband at the end of our meal. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Mrsoct62
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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175 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I took my husband to our favorite place for his birthday on 2-15-2015 Like always they sat us in our favorite place and we had a great server named Joseph and very knowledgable about the wine list. Our food was fabulous and they did a birthday dessert for my husband at the end of our meal. The service is always... More 

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Westlake, Ohio
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The definition of the word refectory is "an eating room or dining hall in a religious house." What an appropriate name for this restaurant which is now located in what was once an old church...circa 1853. The west wing of the building features the original hand-hewn beams and exposed wooden roof structure. There are stained glass windows and candlelight adding... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Excellent service! We were offered a specialty order of hors d'oeuvres made by the chef. Unique presentation that we enjoyed in the smaller dining area.

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Dublin, Ohio
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We took my inlaws to this restaurant on a Saturday evening in January. The building is beautifully restored and has a lot of charm. We arrived less than 10 minutes before our 7:15 reservation and were asked to sit in the lounge and wait for our table. I thought this request was strange, and I couldn't believe the table wasn't... More 

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Grove City, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Last night was our first trip to the Refectory in many years. We were celebrating my parents' 60th anniversary. Everything was perfect: the ambiance, the food, the staff. The four of us enjoyed the cheese symphony and sweetbread appetizers, asparagus soup, mesclun salad and each chose a different main dish. Each was beautifully presented and best of all - delicious!... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My wife selected The Refectory for my birthday dinner, and what a choice it was. Without doubt it was one of the finest meals we have ever had, along with first class service, it really did make us feel special. Every course was paired with different wine which really did complement each course. We started with 3 apps all superb.... More 

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Ohio
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We were very happy to return to this restaurant to celebrate a birthday because it has always been a wonderful experience. It is pricey for our family so we don't go often and had not been there in several years. This time we enjoyed the following: lobster bisque, blue crab and avocado appetizer, roasted goat cheese appetizer, the lentil salad,... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

One of the top three restaurants we have eaten at in the USA. I commend the owner and his staff for a very enjoyable evening. Thank you

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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I applaud the comments from owner even though he was much kinder than I would have been. It is sad to hear ANYONE would have had a bad experience with the staff or the quality of the dishes served. Hands down, this is the BEST of the best restaurants in central Ohio. Most French restaurants serve small portions. Any good... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

For a special occasion, no restaurant in Columbus is better than this one! Food, service, wine, and ambiance are unmatched in town. For New Years Eve, a five course dinner and accompanying wines was the perfect way to celebrate the new year. For less formal occasions, the bistro and bar area are perfect, as well.

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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: European, French

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?