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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

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1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610 (Just west of Route 315)
+1 614-451-9774
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

Try out the Bistro. Less expensive than upstairs and excellent smaller menu. First class service. Excellent wine menu. Try the three course menu which is a reasonably priced item. No regrets having gone there!

Thank steenie1
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Me and my husband can't believe how absolutely amazing this place is! Its a little expensive for us to go everyday otherwise we would!

Thank swatsonk1978
Columbus, Ohio
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We go the Refectory a few times a year for some extra special occasion. This time it was Mother's Day. The tab this time, before tip, and with just water to drink was $115. But, once in a while, the splurge is worth it. Their French ambiance is great. Their handsomely adorned wait staff delivers heal clicking service. The food... More 

1 Thank NoneColumbus
Columbus, Ohio
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the luxury of going to the Refectory with my husband for his birthday. We had the 5 course dinner with wine tasting. Every minute of the entire dinner was totally devoted to our happiness, comfort and tasty delight. I would highly recommend this experience. From the first taste of champagne through the dessert, we were pampered with a... More 

Thank Travelgirl3927
Zanesville, OH
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have lived in Ohio for 25 years and I have always wanted to go to this restaurant. We finally made it for a very special occasion. We live a little better than 1 hour away. I am glad we finally got there, it was pleasant, but I am not necessarily interested in going back. The atmosphere was pleasant and... More 

Thank College-Schlepper
Granville, Ohio
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful, calm , essential atmosphere for fine dining experience. complimentary champagne toast brought to table when asked ( politely) any special reason for visit. everything from beginning to end- exceptional. been many years since last visiand was afraid it had changed; any changes are for the better. just as wonderful as we remembered. MUST make this a regular part of... More 

Thank goldenstate2016
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017

My friends and I had a lovely evening at the Refectory during restaurant week. The menu was exciting and we all tried new things. Don't expect to get in and out quickly, this is an experience. They aren't trying to turn the tables and get you out. The servers were extremely attentive and friendly and helpful with suggestions. Everything looked... More 

Thank Susan K
Management response:

Susan, We are so glad you enjoyed the entire evening. We would never try to rush guests out to seat the next table. We make a very conscious effort to let our guests relax and enjoy the dining out experience. However, if guests are on any time-schedule, we are also able to pace them accordingly. We very much look forward... More 

Middle Caicos
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Four of us spent a Friday evening at Refectory. This particular dinner took over 5 hours and was tremendous. We enjoyed a cocktail, a bottle of Darioush and Fixin wine, appetizers, dinner and dessert. All dishes were fanastic and included the Portabellini Pork Belly appetizer (so tasty and savory), Goat Cheese appetizer, a seafood appetizer, salads, artichokes. The main dish... More 

Thank AmyCaicos
Management response:

We are so glad that you truly enjoyed the full dining experience! We would highly recommend an upcoming Dinner Music Series event for another unique experience unlike any other in central Ohio. We began with 6 events per year in 2011 and we now present a 100 events per year in our upstairs private room; which is magically transformed into... More 

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94 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

We haven't visited this restaurant in about 10 years, but found ourselves very pleased. We tried the First Friday (offered the first Friday of each month if you reserve the option) Menu. There were 3 separate courses followed by a unique desert. The food was out of this world fabulous! This menu offering allows you to sample multiple entrees which... More 

Thank Allen M
Mansfield, Ohio
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2017

We went for dinner during Dine Originals Week which is always enjoyable. I ordered the Venison Terrine which is "Out of this World" Delicious! This was followed by the pork tenderloin, also fantastic. This restaurant is never a disappointment for the food, although service may be a little slow if they are having one of the music series in the... More 

Thank midohioman
Management response:

Thanks for dining with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the evening! We look forward to seeing you again soon and don't ever hesitate to let us know upon arrival that you would prefer to have a dinner that is a little less leisurely and we will pace you accordingly. it is our sincere privilege to serve you,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $60
French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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: +1 614-451-9774
An upscale dining experience with a very unique ambiance in 19th century historical building. Contemporary and classic French cuisine. Unparalleled service and a wine program unlike any other.
In addition to Dining Room Menu; Wine Retail Store, Wine Tastings, Bistro Dining, Dinner Music Series
No dress code required; dressy casual or business casual

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