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“Great Jazz Venue” 4 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 #2 of 1,962 restaurants in Columbus
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
Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Jazz Venue”
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 were there due to some emergency for one of the members) we enjoyed a professional, extended , fun excellent concert. Introduced with a complimentary kir royale, the solitary three course fixed price menu includes the cover charge and may be paired with a wine flight of the chef's selection for an additional 50%. Alcohol may also be ordered separately. For a 'mass feeding' ( n = about 48), the food arrived at reasonable temperatures and times, and was a cut above for these kinds of affairs. The service was fine, but a bit slow when presenting the bill. We would go back, as the jazz is very, very good. Beware: no talking during the music...one patron arose to chastise a table that could be heard!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, OH
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Incredible service and high-class dining experience.”
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 make terrific recommendations. As for the food, it is all prepared in a very refined way, and looks extremely elegant on the plate. That being said, sometimes the dishes don't hit the mark 100%, and feel like they are trying too hard to be fancy rather than delicious. Don't get me wrong, everything still tastes good, and many of the dishes are prepared to perfection, but some dishes leave you wondering if they would have left off a bit of the fanciful aspects, if it would've tasted better. This restaurant is also quite expensive, so be prepared! We would definitely eat here again, and it is worthy of much of the praise that it receives.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Utica, New York
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200 reviews 200 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Superb service. Impeccable.”
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 good or better than meals we've had in Firenze, Bologna, Paris, New York. Truly world class. And dining in a former church with walnut beams hewn by hand 150+ years ago? Unbeatable ambience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Always an amazing dinner!”
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 (Bedrock), which was reasonably priced at about $50 and complimented the dinner. The beauty of their extensive wine list is that there is a fantastic wine at every price point! Their delicious bread is always served warm straight out of the oven! My dining partner had the quiche to start, and luckily I was able to steal a bite of it! Delicious! His flank steak entree was cooked a perfect rare. I had the smoked salmon rillette to start, which was amazing. My pork brisket was delicious! We both selected a different dessert from a list of four for the third course, and Joseph brought all four desserts for us to try. Service was spot on without being intrusive. I'm so glad we signed up for their email list as there are always special dinners, wine tastings, and other events to enjoy the wonderful restaurant that is The Refectory!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Columbus Ohio.”
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 opinion THE REFECTORY is without a doubt the best restaurant in Columbus Ohio and if it was located in New York it would also be a strong contender for the best restaurant there. It is that good!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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