Ali Menasria… Remembering our Dear Friend

It is with a heavy heart that I share this… Ali is no longer with us. He passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday evening, after a short stay in hospice. Many of his extended family gathered from around the world to be with him in his final hours, and fourteen of them came in for a late dinner the … Read More

Refectory earns four diamonds from AAA

AAA announced its annual 4 Diamond awards and, for the 24th straight year, The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro earned its Four Diamond designation. We are one of 656 restaurants in North America and the Caribbean to earn the honor and two of five in the state to be so recognized alongside Lola in Cleveland, Boca Restaurant and Nicola’s, both in Cincinnati. … Read More

Refectory to debut new wine shop!

As several area wine retailers — most notably The Andersons — have closed, a Columbus dining institution that knows a thing or two about vino is uncorking a new business. The Refectory is opening a small retail wine shop in its 1092 Bethel Road restaurant that its owner thinks can grow to something bigger. “It’s going to start off very … Read More

The Refectory Restaurant Welcomes Chef Laurent Blondin!

On Friday February 3, 2017, the award-winning Refectory Restaurant is privileged to have the highly acclaimed Chef Laurent Blondin visit the Refectory Kitchen Brigade. Chef Laurent will prepare a culinary masterpiece Five-Course Dinner unlike anything else we have presented! Among Chef Laurent’s career highlights are his work under Alain Ducasse and Fernand Point and being a French finalist for the … Read More

Jeffrey Elasky … A Celebration of Life!

When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, the steward of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This story is from the book of John in the Bible. … Read More

It is with a deep sadness and profound sense of loss…

To all, It is with a deep sadness and profound sense of loss that I share with you all that Jeff Elasky went home to be with the LORD at 5:33 am Sunday, October 2, 2016. In the words of his son, Jordan Elasky. “He passed away peacefully in his sleep after my mother and I spoke with him and … Read More

The Refectory stands out at the 2016 Taste of Dine Originals

The Refectory Restaurant and Bar was one of over forty locally owned, fine dining restaurants at the 2016 Taste of Dine Originals on May 12.  Along with six others, Christina Mancuso, a writer of BroadwayWorld.com, named The Refectory as one of the standouts. After arriving at the Franklin Park Conservatory, we were provided with disposable wine glasses, plates and utensils … Read More

Our very own Brian DeMatteo…

Chef Brian Dematteo of the Refectory Restaurant and Bistro in Columbus was named Superior Chef for the Ohio Farmers Host Chef’s Competition at Annual Taste of Elegance Reception.

Drawing Circles… The Refectory Journey

What do you think of when someone says fine dining? How do you define a fine dining restaurant? Is it fairly uniform from one city to another or is it defined differently in Columbus and New York? Is it defined differently from one generation to another as an example, to the High School prom date or the CEO taking out … Read More

Columbus Opera Flash Mob Performance

Refectory guests recently enjoyed a magical surprise guest appearance by Opera Columbus singers in the Lounge! The “flash mob” performed the infamous “Brindisi (Toasting Song) from “La Traviata” and created a lasting memory for many guests. Credit: Sway The Crowd (video production) & Opera Columbus