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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
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Columbus, Ohio
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110 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came here for my girlfriend's birthday given it was a "Top 10" TripAdvisor rating and boy were we happy we did. We came here expecting a nice dinner and there was one table opening for the Music Dinner Series featuring Richard Lopez and it turned out to be an incredible evening (note: if ever presented with a unique opportunity,... More 

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New York City, New York
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282 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some restaurants coast on a good reputation for years eventually becoming average, mundane or even occasionally bad. Such is not the case with The Refectory. Their reputation for excellence is fully deserved and merited. There are many fine restaurants in Columbus, but this is truly the best of the best. My wife and I usually choose a special occasion to... More 

Thank AtlanticTyger
Erie, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Was treated to dinner here from my employer with fellow employees and significant others. I ate the best things I have ever put in my mouth...that duck will be dreamt about until I go back. The atmosphere was very fancy in the renovated old church. This place has a long history. The waiter was super accommodating and very knowledgeable about... More 

Thank Dave S
Management response:

Dear Dave, We are so glad you enjoyed the entire experience and that your taste buds are dreaming of your next visit! Also, for the future, keep in mind the Dinner Music Series. A very unique night out that includes a Four-Course Dinner and a private concert! We very much look forward to seeing you again soon. It is our... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

My first meal at the Refectory was about 24 years ago. This year I've been there twice. Living in Washington I won't get there often but I'll plan to go every time I visit Columbus. Our family dined there the evening before Thanksgiving. Everything was superb. It is truly French in all of the good ways and none of the... More 

Thank Ken A
Management response:

We are so glad that you have "rediscovered" the Refectory! This has been our 40th year of serving central Ohio and i have been here for 39 of those years and our Business Manager and GM sharing the journey for 37 years. Chef Richard, a native of Lyon, France, has been with us for 24 years and has totally transformed... More 

San Francisco Bay Area
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

While the outside of the building is pretty unattractive, the interior of the main dining room is beautiful with centuries old wooden beams and ceiling. The restaurant is quiet enough for easy conversation with tables spaced well apart. The service is friendly and attentive. Above all the food was outstanding, well prepared, and well presented. The Lyon training of the... More 

Thank Schwarcz
Management response:

We are so glad you enjoyed Chef Richard's cuisine, as well as the ambiance, the wine program, and the service! We are very grateful for you joining us again with the family and look forward to seeing you again soon. It is our sincere pleasure to serve you, Kamal For the future, check out the Dinner Music Series of over... More 

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70 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This review could be summarized as: Unusual and classic food done very well in a pleasant setting with attentive but unobtrusive service. Appetizers were enjoyable. I had the "Ohio Salumi Board" with a variety of local cured meats and Ohio cheeses. The meats tended to overlap in flavor and consistency but were all good; the cheeses not especially memorable. My... More 

Thank Juba27777
Management response:

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us! Please check out the Three-Course Bistro Menu which is served Monday - Thursday; 5:30 - 8:30, in the Lounge where the bar is. This menu is 25.00 for all three courses and changes every week to two weeks! On Friday and Saturday, the Bistro menu is an early dining... More 

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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Very good ambiance from the cozy bar area to the main dining room. An outstanding wine list and broad menu of appetizers and mains. Service is outstanding and very attentive in main dining room. Presentation is exquisite and foods all taste fabulous.

Thank Jim J
Management response:

Dear Jim, Thanks for dining with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the entire experience! For a unique evening, we are also happy to present a "surprise" Five-Course Dinner menu based on your preferences or tastes and match the wines, as well. Ask for me when making a reservation, if this is an experience you might enjoy! It... More 

Dublin, OH
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We chose the Refectory to celebrate our anniversary as we have done in the past. The service is excellent as well as the food! I had the Dover Sole which I had never had and it was excellent. My husband had the Sturgeon which he enjoyed. We both had the seasonal soup which was excellent. I love the atmosphere; it... More 

Thank meishdublinOh
Management response:

Happy Anniversary and Best Wishes for many more! Thanks for celebrating this with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. It is our sincere pleasure to serve you, Kamal More 

Columbus, Ohio
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160 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

One of the best kept secrets in Columbus is the Bistro menu at The Refectory! $25 for a 3 course dinner. We stop in for the menu prior to Broadway in Columbus shows downtown. We stop in for the menu to celebrate a birthday. We stop in for the menu because we just don't feel like cooking one night! The... More 

Thank SPG-BA
Management response:

So glad you enjoyed an early Thanksgiving dinner with us. Another well kept secret is the Dinner Music Series with a Four-Course Dinner and a private concert! From local, national, and international touring artists. Jazz, bluegrass, Opera Columbus, ProMusica, or the Columbus Symphony; we have it all! We look forward to the privilege of serving you again soon! Kamal More 

Worthington, Ohio
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Earlier this week my wife and two other couples had dinner in the Bistro at the Refectory. As usual, the food and service were impeccable. We each chose the Bistro menu. I had the Elk Dumpling with Mushrooms with Chestnuts, Marsala Sauce, and Whole Grain Mustard Fleuron as my first course. This was prepared to perfection. For my second course... More 

Thank CJTraveler75
Management response:

Thanks so much for dining with us. The Bistro menu does change every week to two weeks and always has a good variety of limited choices! We very much look forward to seeing you again soon! Kamal More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$60
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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

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