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“A great chef, terrific menu and professional staff = Great Dining” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
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Ranked #11 of 2,214 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$60
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Just west of Route 315
Columbus, Ohio
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296 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A great chef, terrific menu and professional staff = Great Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Once again we visited this wonderful place, and it never disappoints. From the greeting at the door to the goodby when we left, everything was perfect. It was "Restaurant Week" in Columbus, so a 3-course (4 choices for each) prix fixe menu was available. Three of us partook in that and one ordered off the menu. The elegant presentation of each dish matched the wonderful tastes, and the wine list and server's (Chris) recommendation matched perfectly.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ohiomitch
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coco88
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“One of the best in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Refectory has been our top "special occasions" restaurant for many years. The dishes are exquisite in presentation and taste. The service is probably one of the best you'll find in town. The quality of the traditional fine dining experience here can't be beat.

Visited April 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Jazz Venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jen711
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Baltimore, Maryland
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184 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Incredible service and high-class dining experience.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jason C
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Utica, New York
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1,767 reviews
553 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 668 helpful votes
“Superb service. Impeccable.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RonL40
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