We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Jazz Venue”

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
Reserve with OpenTable
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #6 of 2,333 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $60
Cuisines: European, French
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Just west of Route 315
Description: 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
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!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Jen711
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (396)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

257 - 261 of 396 reviews

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.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Jason C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank RonL40
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank SPG-BA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 5, 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!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank salomon v
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro also viewed

 

Been to The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing