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“Bistro Menu is a Winner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
614-451-9774
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Ranked #1 of 2,022 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $60
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Just west of Route 315
Hudson, Ohio
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Bistro Menu is a Winner”
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 while we awaited our food. For our first course I enjoyed the split pea soup with crispy pork belly and my wife had a delicious seafood dish. We both chose the delicious chipotle marinated tenderloin for our main course. Desserts were good, especially the chocolate bread pudding. The Bistro Menu changes weekly so don't expect these food choices. We will certainly return to The Refectory on our next trip to Columbus to see what is new.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
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 the future and a unique experience here, keep in mind the Jazz Dinner Clubs or if you like classical music the String Quartet events. Both are an entire evening of dining and entertainment that begin at 6 pm and go until about 9 pm. They are very popular and are limited to the first 36 guests. Reservations are accepted by phone only and the set Four-Course menu changes for every event, but we can make adjustments in advance based on your dietary concerns.
The line-up is on our website with the menus posted in advance.

We look forward to seeing you again soon and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of service to you in any way.

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you,
Kamal Boulos
Owner
614-451-9774
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English first
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52 reviews 52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Great place. The food and service is second to none. The menu featured "game" and the chef executed fantastically. The Antelope was excellent. Well wort the money!

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Many thanks for joining us recently. 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!

We look forward to seeing you again soon and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of service to you in any way.

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you,
Kamal Boulos
Owner
614-451-9774
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Columbus, OH
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153 reviews 153 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Excellent dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I have heard about The Refectory since icing to Columbus 11 years ago and finally made my way across town. It lived up to all expectations. First: an unsurpassed wine list. Second: great atmosphere--not stuffy at all. Third: excellent service--attentive but not intrusive. Fourth: excellent good prepared perfectly! An excellent choice for a special occasion.

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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Many thanks for joining us recently and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your positive impressions, but don't wait another 11 years before you return!

We look forward to seeing you again soon and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of service to you in any way.

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you,
Kamal Boulos
Owner
614-451-9774
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Columbus, Ohio
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13 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Superb Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Although this is not a cheap restaurant, the experience dining there is clearly worth it. The staff is very pleasant, professional and not judgmental at all. We were in another expensive restaurant here in Columbus and the waiter who served us made an impression of a bumptious person. Not like here - the waitresses and waiters are friendly, but not obtrusive, and food is always delicious. I especially enjoyed the dessert, which was very sophisticated and good. I love the atmosphere, too - relaxing and calm. For me - Number One in Columbus!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Many thanks for joining us recently and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. They are an added incentive to strive to make a very conscious effort to extend the warmth of hospitality to each and every guest as we would a guest in our home...that is the desire of our heart and service...

We look forward to seeing you again soon and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of service to you in any way.

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you,
Kamal Boulos
Owner
614-451-9774
With respect to the price you mentioned, for a great value and different price, please join us for the mid-week Three-Course Bistro Menu for 23.95. Just ASK for the Bistro Menu when making reservations. This menu changes every week and is posted on our website.
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Huntington, West Virginia
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

The reviews say it all about this place. It has a great atmosphere. The food is delicious. This is a top choice when we visit Columbus.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Many thanks for dining with us recently and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!
We would consider it an honor to serve you again whenever your travels bring you back to Columbus.

Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever be of service to you in any way.

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you,
Kamal Boulos
Owner
614-451-9774
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