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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610 (Just west of Route 315)
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Columbus, Ohio
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268 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Usually a very high quality place to dine, and one of our favorites, but the regular chef was apparently off tonight, so it was not up to par. Be careful where you are seated. The air conditioner can blow like a gale on the north side tables by the wall. We finally had the server bring out tablecloths to cover... More 

Thank Ohiomitch
Dublin, Ohio
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141 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In my opinion, there's nothing to compare with the Refectory in the Columbus area. Even just reading the menu is a pleasure! Of course, the wine list is outstanding. Our dinner selections included the golden beet salad [delicious] and classic caeser salad [ditto], followed by the tournedos of filet mignon [delicious and perfectly cooked with an interesting cardoman sauce], the... More 

Thank RLane_11
Management response:

Thanks so much for dining with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the evening with us! We will be more mindful of not having it too chilly! For the future, check out the Three-Course Bistro menu served during the week and as an early menu on Friday and Saturday. All three courses for 25.00 and the menu changes... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wondering if they always serve rice and scant vegetables with their beef instead of potato. Good bread heated in microwave is bad bread-very chewy. Beef was very tasty! Service was good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Management response:

Greetings, Thanks for dining with us and we humbly apologize for the dinner and feel badly about your experience with us. This is obviously not what we strive for. All of the dinners are served with accompaniments the Chef has selected and many have potatoes and some may be served with rice. We are more than happy to serve your... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a Scotch tasting this summer and was impressed with set-up, offerings and food pairings. We had welcome cocktails with Whiskey "ambassador" on the patio and we led to the "wine room" downstairs. Comfy, well appointed with impeccable fine dining service and a surprisingly reasonable price point for the experience. Great bar area in a former Church. Worth a... More 

Thank Bradermd2
Management response:

Thanks for joining us for this event and we are so glad you enjoyed the experience with us! For other events; check out the 10 for $10 wine events! It is our pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

Worthington, Ohio
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172 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had our wedding anniversary dinner at the Refectory; the consistent #1 in Columbus year after year. This is a well deserved ranking. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary and have a special extra menu with items that were served in the beginning. Everyone on the staff congratulated us on our anniversary. They had a special notice of the event... More 

Thank Steve7373
Management response:

Steve, You are very kind and we appreciate you taking the time to share your impressions. For a very cool date night; check out the Dinner Music Series events. We promise a very unique and memorable evening! It is our pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

Ashville, Ohio
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner there on a Friday night. Requested the classic menu and was not informed it was not available until after we were seated. Ordered off of the normal menu and was not disappointed. The wine list here is second to none in Columbus. We have attended numerous wine events here over the years and always have a great time.

Thank John P
Powell, Ohio
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72 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up eating here with my family, and it's still an incredible experience. The staff is so knowledgeable on the menu and wine. We had them pair each of our courses with wine. It was a fabulous experience. Everything was on point. I can't wait to come back in the winter for the game they get that can be... More 

Thank Elise W
Dublin, Ohio
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295 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined at the Refectory last evening. It is celebrating its 40th anniversary and they have special pricing on retro menus from back in 1976. A good assortment of choices on a three-course menu. As always, it is a lovely venue, very nice. The food was prepared perfectly as always. The only thing that disappointed me a little was our... More 

Thank Margaret B
Dublin, Ohio, United States
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190 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We come here once or twice a year. The service is very professional and foods are always exceptional. I try to order what I can not at other restaurants. Try duck, rabbits, and other meats. They have extensive wine list, but we ordered a bottle for $56 which was reasonable at this restaurant. The service is great and we need... More 

Thank DublinKG
Powell, Ohio
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We had an early evening meal to celebrate an anniversary. We ordered the mesclun salad which was good and a special cream of mushroom soup that was outstanding. The French themed pan seared veal/ chicken tasted better than any meal I ever had in France and the scallops were perfectly prepared and flavored with curry. I never can resist the... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $60
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?