Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 16, 2014

We all know the Refectory. With owner Kamal Boulos and Chef Richard Blondin, the Refectory has been considered by many to be the best restaurant in Central Ohio for 37 years, and the only AAA four-diamond restaurant in Ohio. We know that the Refectory’s wine list is among the best in the Midwest.

But you may not know about the exciting menus and special events at the Refectory.

Bistro Menu

Quite possibly the best value in Columbus for the quality of food and price, the bistro menu in the lounge or on the patio offers a choice for each of three courses, appetizer, entree, and dessert, for only $23.95. Check the website for the menu, which changes weekly and available times.

Jazz and Chamber Music Nights

Photo: Steve Stover

Jazz Night Photo: Steve Stover

The Refectory offers special dinners with local jazz or classical groups. We enjoyed a jazz dinner with a three piece comba and a menu featuring a duet of beef medallion and lamb tenderloin. Check out the Chamber Music Series, featuring Pro Musica.

Wine Tastings

The Refectory offers regular wine tastings, including the wildly popular “10 for $10” events. We recently attended a tasting of 10 French wines, five priced at $10 and five over $20, with artisan breads for only $10.

Wine Dinners

Photo: Steve Stover

Photo: Steve Stover

Wine dinners, featuring world famous wine makers are another popular event. We attended a Triumph Cellars dinner featuring owner Roger Louer and with a menu by Certified Master Chef Hartmut Handke. The dinner included duck consomme in pastry, fresh Oregon morels with capellini, braised veal, phyllo-wrapped Ohio goat cheese, spring greens, white and dark chocolate terrrne, and six wines. All for the unbelievable price of $65!

And then there is the “Champagne Celebration” from August 4 – 30 with state minimum retail prices for champagne by the glass or bottle.

Check the Refectory website for more special events, or better yet join their email guest list for advance notice on all events.


The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
1092 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220

Monday through Thursday, 5:30pm-9pm
Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9:30pm

  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.