Columbus >The Refectory
The Refectory: to some, a landmark of dining greats in this city; to others, a link to yesterday, where beneath its old majestic ceiling,
the spirit of its past and the presence for which it was set apart can still be felt.
The exceptional classic and contemporary French cuisine is complemented by a world-class wine cellar encompassing over 700 selections assembled by our wine director. An experienced and knowledgeable staff and the personal touch of owner Kamal Boulos, complete the gracious yet unpretentious service that enhance a memorable evening. …
The best!. I have dined in many fine restaurants in numerous places but this is still my favorite. The Refectory has delivered a consistently great experience over the last eight years we have dined there. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, the food is prepared to perfection, the wine list is unmatched, and I have not experienced better service anywhere else in this area. Furthermore, we have found that because The Refectory is so fair with their wine prices we can enjoy a great multi-course dinner with wine for less than we could at some of the more well-known 'chain' restaurants. Also their Bistro menu allows for more frequent but less 'extravagant' dining. Truly a superior restaurant!
Great Graduation Celebration. A group of eight of us dined at the restaurant to celebrate the graduation of our son's girlfriend from OSU. Only my wife and I had dined here before. The food was superb, and the wine selection was outstanding. All eight of us unanimously agreed that it was a dining experience worth remembering, and repeating. If you want great service, food and wine, don't miss this one.
I didn't think it was going to be like this kind of restaurant. I'm relatively young and have traveled the world for good food. This place, according to this website was supposed to be top notch.
The food was dressed well but lacked ingredients to call itself 'best french'. The frois grois was extremely heavily and lacked the hint of duck liver. Nonetheless the service was great, but the atmosphere was a archaic barn yard.
Nonetheless, it is not suited for young people.
fabulous. there is not a finer place to dine in columbus. the service is impecable and the food to die for... plus the wine is out of this world
Delicious!. Hands down, the Refectory is the nicest in Columbus. Be warned, though, the Refectory costs a pretty penny and should only be reserved for the most special occasions. This is not a restaurant to take your date to for Prom or for children under 18. This is a restaurant for adults. Everything is expensive, and skipping alcohol will help save money. The atmosphere is incredibly quiet and tables are very secluded. If you're looking for romance, this is the place. But be careful who you take. The service is designed to be slow and sparse to give you time to enjoy yourselves, and you will only talk to the people seated at your table. If everything on the menu seems foreign, try the swordfish... it was the best meal I have ever eaten in my life! Save the Refectory for a once in a lifetime meal, you won't regret it.
An amazing (but expensive) dining experi. The refectory is the perfect place for a special romantic dinner. The main dining room is in an old converted church. They have the most attentive and knowledgeable servers. The food and wine selection is second to none. For those on a budget they generally have a specially priced menu in their bistro, and their wine tasting events are a great opportunity to sample some great vintages and some delicious hor d'ouvres (spelling?) Also they do a great job on private parties, I have been to a number of business dinners there and everything was perfect.
The Refrectory is a consistent winner.. The Refrectory is a consistent winner. Not only is the food consistently outstanding but the service level has always been great. I especially like the way Refectory staff help out with special requests. Recently, we attended their Burgundy wine tasting dinner.Not only was the Refectory able to accomodate an unexpected out of town guest, but they improvised a wonderful white wine tasting on the spot when we discovered the guest had medical problems drinking red wines.
Fine Dining Personified.
This is one of those places that you go on special occasions (unless you are rich).
The Refectory has an outstanding wine selection and is recognized by Wine Spectator as having one of the finest wine lists in the world. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and will help you pick something out. With all that, I still had to get a rare treat when I was there: Ayinger's Celebrator Dopplebock on draught. There truly is no better beer available in the states.
Dinner was excellent as well. The waiter was nice enough to throw in a small piece of cake since it was my birthday, which I thought was a nice touch (there was no singing and clapping either, which was a nice change of pace). I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys a nice, upper-scale meal and a great bottle of wine (or glass of beer).
stiff. the last time( and only) i was here the place felt a bit stiff, it was to formal for romantic, it was high power business night, or something. the food was good, just not the warmnest of lantibes(sp).
I have never had service as wonderful as I had here. PLease understand the The Refectory is dedicated to giving you a certain level and quality of experience that other places do not provide. If you want to pour your own wine or push in your own chair, this is not the place for you. The Refectory treats you as if you are the most important person in the world and it does its job well.
The food is fantastic and the wine list is one of the best you will ever see in America. Yes, this meal will be expensive but remember, you aren't simply paying for a meal-you are paying for an experience.
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