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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
+1 614-451-9774
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife and I love this place and had our first anniversary dinner last year. This year we wanted to stay in but LOVE their mussel soup. I called in to see if I could do takeout and on first ring, got in touch with...More

Thank js309806
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent setting in 1852 old building. Cannot beat the service, food, and wine. We had a large round table, which was perfect. We could see everyone and hear everyone.

Thank John B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went out for a midweek date night. The Refectory was offering a “Tax Break” special. We have been there very many times throughout the years. Not only was our dinner wonderful , as usual, but the selection was very generous even...More

1  Thank Margie M K
Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Margie, Thanks so much for dining with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the entire experience! Keep in mind the Dinner Music Series for a very unique evening out. We host over 100 live Dinner Music events a year in our upstairs private...More

Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Excellent restaurant, one of my preferred in Columbus area! Ambiance is fantastic, service is really good and the waiters do not rush you out of the table, one of the few I’ve been in the US. I strongly recommend!More

1  Thank Luiz T
Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Dear Luiz, Many thanks for joining us and we are so glad you enjoyed the entire dining experience! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your impressions and your kind words of encouragement! Also, for a very unique night out; check out the...More

Reviewed March 26, 2018

My first time to Columbus, I wanted to visit the restaurant that most agree is the best in town. I was not disappointed. The Refectory is an outstanding experience in all regards. The food is creatively prepared and artistically served by a caring, knowledgeable staff....More

Thank Anthony R
Kamal B, Owner at The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2018

Anthony, Thanks so much for dining with us and we are so glad you enjoyed the entire dining experience! We have been been blessed with a great team and Chef Richard has been with us 26 of our 42 years. The Dinner Music Series have...More

Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

We come here for special days. It was my daughter’s 18th birthday. The birthday card was waiting for at the table. Lamb dish, $41, was not fitting my daughter’s taste and my scallops, $39, were great.

Thank DublinKG
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

We were welcomed to an early evening reservation with smiling faces. First class treatment. Every food item was prepared beautifully. Our waiter Joseph was fun, informative, and attentive without being intrusive, The appetizers were exploratory in taste and delightful to share amongst the family. However...More

Thank AmericanExplorer8500
Reviewed March 5, 2018

The Refectory never disappoints. I've enjoyed dining in this world class restaurant many times over the last 25 years and each time I am left with complete satisfaction. From the first hand of service until the last plate is cleared you feel that you are...More

1  Thank SleepersGourmet
Reviewed March 4, 2018

I had a few meals at this restaurant ranging for very reasonable to very expensive. The food is expensive for what it is, but the decor is different and the service is good overall. Be careful with your choices.

1  Thank Laurent B
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

This is the finest restaurant I know of in Columbus if you are looking for truly fine dining. The menu impresses with offerings you won’t find elsewhere. The meals we had were beautifully prepared and truly delicious. And our waiter helped with our selections and...More

1  Thank RWOS
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February 17, 2017|
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Response from casnco | Reviewed this property |
You can wear jeans anywhere. Dress them up and they are standard wear. Would I wear jeans to the Refectory, no. It is an amazing dining experience. Dress up...make yourself feel special. But the bottom line is...yes... More
April 24, 2015|
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Response from bongrno | Reviewed this property |
It has been my experience that if you allow the wait staff or even the matre'd to order for you, they often know a special dish that fits the event or occasion. That also allows the chef to "show off" a bit. It also puts a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$60
Dinner, After-hours
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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