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The Refectory, Villanova, PA

The Refectory

4.7
4.7
817 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Refectory is a stunning restaurant located on Lancaster Avenue in Villanova. The menu features modern and upscale interpretations of American comfort classics such as homemade pastas, wood-fired flatbreads, a raw bar, craft cocktails and specialty homemade desserts. Our kitchen's philosophy is to keep it simple and straightforward, with a lot of thought and technique put behind each dish and ingredient. The goal is to let each ingredient shine.

The Refectory is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. We validate parking in the I-1 garage across the street. For parties of 9 or more guests, please contact the restaurant directly by calling (610) 519-5786 or by emailing info@refectorynova.com. Please call or email with any questions and we will return your message.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (610) 519-5786
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Biff Gottehrer, Michael Murray
  • Private party facilities
    We offer several private and semi-private dining and event options. The private President's Dining Room accommodates up to 14 guests for a seated function, while semi-private areas of our dining room can be set up for guests ranging from 25-80. Inquire for restaurant buyouts. Contact our Event Director, Devin Simpson at devin@refectorynova.com
  • Neighborhood
    Villanova
  • Cross street
    Ithan Ave
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    PARKING GARAGE INFORMATION: Parking is only available across the street from The Refectory at the Villanova I-1 Parking Garage located on South Ithan Avenue. There are no timing restrictions for vehicles parked at the I-1 Parking Garage for guests dining at The Refectory. The rates are as follows: the 1st hour is free, two hours is $2, and up to four hours is $5. Currently, we do not validate parking. Upon entry, pull a ticket and park on any of the first 3 floors. A pay machine accepting cash and credit is located by the Main Pedestrian Entrance/Exit on Floor 2. The exit lanes only accept credit cards and do not accept cash. To get to the Refectory from the Parking Garage from Floor 2, use the pedestrian walkway across Ithan Avenue. The Refectory is located in The Commons, the stone mixed-use residential and commercial building on the corner of Ithan & Lancaster Avenue. Look for restaurant signage and call us at 610-519-5786 if you have any issues
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 817 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Western Suburbs

    Contemporary American

985 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always top notch. Darcy is a wonderful server. Highly recommend!

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  2. Knitone

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good choice for after theatre dining. Very yummy desserts!

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  3. Lily

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was very pleasant. And the food was delicious.

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  4. BBdiner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasantly surprised that this restaurant on Villanova campus was so good. Went before the theater (across the street). Enjoyed interesting cocktails, Violet Moon and Cellar-y Door, and delish appetizers, mushroom toast and spicy calamari. Waiter was professional; experienced, not a student. Duck ravioli special was very tasty. Waiter even offered to validate our parking. Definitely noisy ambiance. Will go again.

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  5. OOPACK

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, some dishes better than others, but all in all delicious. The service was nice, our server bright and smiling. The drinks are way over-priced and I say that knowing they generally are, but I think these were way overpriced for what we got.

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  6. CharmCityDiner

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was interesting and very good, the service from Emily excellent, and the setting attractive. Alas, the noise level turned conversation into everyone shouting, which raised the noise level even more. We would go back but never on a Friday night; maybe a Tuesday or when weather allowed. outside seating. The traffic on Lancaster Ave. would quite literally be quieter than the dining room.

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  7. Ginactrez

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love it here! The desserts were just ok but everything else was great. It is very noisy though.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and an amazing menu. Our server(s) was very professional and attentive.
    The RefectoryResponded 4 days ago
    Thanks for visiting us at The Refectory! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food and found our menu impressive. We always strive to provide our customers with the best service possible, and it's great to know that we met that mark during your visit. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to serving you again soon! Best, The Management Team

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  9. KimM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Jake was terrific!! The food was delicious. We enjoyed ourselves so much we stopped back after the game for a glass of wine and the bartendor Anya was so friendly and professional ! Will definitely come here again!
    The RefectoryResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a great time at The Refectory. We're glad that you enjoyed our food and found it to be delicious. It's always wonderful to hear that our team made your experience enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you back for more drinks after the game!

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  10. VictoriaF

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a good time with good food and service.

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  11. HRKoffee

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is great and the kitchen is consistent, whether it’s the weekend and brunch or the evening and dinner. The staff is friendly, helpful and professional. We have enjoyed every time we go, which is frequently! Highly recommend you try it.
    The RefectoryResponded 7 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind words, we strive to provide an enjoyable experience and meal, and we greatly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was a little slow. When the waiter said he’d return in a few minutes, it was more like 10-15 minutes. I ordered the duck special… it’s usually served rare…mine was much more overdone than I liked and also more saltier than I like. My husband ordered the sea bass special.. It was very salty. This was our second time here. I would definitely return and give it one more try.
    The RefectoryResponded 7 days ago
    We greatly appreciate your feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve and grow. We look forward to hosting you again soon and providing a fantastic dining experience!

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  13. ColleenR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Cocktails were filled 2/3 of glass- for $15 it felt skimpy. OLF fashioned was delicious! Chicken cordon blue delish but minimal, as was Campanella pasta dish- very little meat. No rolls or anything to start on. Overal:l expensive, good food, small portions for price.
    The RefectoryResponded 5 days ago
    Thanks for the review, ColleenR! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our fashioned cocktails and Chicken cordon blue at The Refectory. We understand your concern about the portion sizes and we appreciate your feedback. We strive to provide an excellent dining experience and we're sorry to hear that it didn't meet your expectations. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again and improve your impressions of our food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  14. KellyG

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorian was wonderful and we had a wonderful dinner. First for dinner, but we’ve been here a lot for lunch - will definitely be back!
    The RefectoryResponded 7 days ago
    Thank you for your kind feedback, we look forward to hosting you again soon!

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  15. Lisa

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was cozy and vibrant. The staff could not have been nicer. Would go again for sure
    The RefectoryResponded on February 18, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, Lisa! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and found the atmosphere at The Refectory. Our staff always aims to provide a cozy and vibrant atmosphere, and we're glad you appreciated it. Your kind words mean a lot to us. We're looking forward to your next visit and promise to keep up the good work. See you again soon!

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  16. Mimi

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delightful experience in every way . Several people in our party have food allergies and the server, the chef, and the manager could not have been more accommodating !
    The RefectoryResponded on February 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for your kind words. We're thrilled to hear that you and your party had a delightful experience with us at The Refectory. We're glad that you and your friends were able to enjoy your meals safely and that our team was able to cater to your needs. We truly appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  17. AdamS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and great food, the service was also great 10 out of 10.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 17, 2024
    Hi AdamS, We're overjoyed to hear that you had a wonderful experience at The Refectory! It's fantastic that you enjoyed our ambiance, food, and service. Your kind words truly mean a lot to us. We strive to provide the best to our guests and it's always rewarding to hear when we've succeeded.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our time at the Refectory! The food was yummy, our server was very friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was fun. Great value for your $!
    The RefectoryResponded 5 days ago
    Thanks for the review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time at The Refectory. It's wonderful to know that our food and service met your expectations. We strive to provide a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all our guests. Your kind words truly mean a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back for more yummy meals and great value experiences.

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  19. PatrickJr

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive staff. Unique cocktails. Good time here. I like that waitstaff shares their favorites and other recommendations
    The RefectoryResponded 4 days ago
    Thanks for visiting us, PatrickJr! We're thrilled to hear that you had a good time at The Refectory. It's great to know that our unique cocktails and attentive staff added to your experience. We love sharing our favorites and recommendations with our guests. Your kind words mean a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  20. Sage

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a little worried when we saw this restaurant buried in a college campus (give yourself 5-10 mins to navigate the parking garage), but once we stepped inside, all worries were gone. Very tasteful and modern décor, food was awesome mix of elevated comfort foods and inspired chef creations (the pork belly was way better than expected). Our waiter Keven was excellent! Laid back but attentive and helpful with menu questions and recommendations. He had a good knowledge of the menu without being pushy or salesy, and helped us settle on some options that pushed our comfort zone and made for a good culinary experience on top of being a good date!
    The RefectoryResponded 5 days ago
    Hello Sage, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Refectory! We're glad that our pork belly hit the mark and that our waiter Kevin contributed to a memorable culinary experience. Your kind words mean a lot to us. Thank you for choosing us and for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, The Management Team

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  21. Foodie

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have eaten here for dinner before and was a great menu and great food. Lunch menu today was nothing special. Mini sliders were good even though well done. Rock shrimp tacos with avocado were recommended to us, but wouldn’t order again. Shrimp was good, but barely any avocado and tortilla was rubbery. Flatbreads on next table looked good, but we didn’t order .
    The RefectoryResponded on February 17, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, Foodie! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your meals at The Refectory before. We're sorry to hear that your lunch experience this time around didn't match your expectations. We pride ourselves on delivering great food and it seems we missed the mark with our lunch items. We appreciate your feedback on the Rock shrimp tacos and will take it into consideration. We hope to have the opportunity to impress you with our lunch menu again in the future. Best regards, The Management Team

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience here, be it breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It is our go-to place when visiting our daughter at Villanova
    The RefectoryResponded on February 17, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback! We're thrilled to hear that The Refectory is your go-to place when visiting your daughter at Villanova. It's always a pleasure to serve you with our great dining experiences, from brunch to dinner. We're glad you enjoyed the food and found the service to be excellent. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with a cool vibe. Hard to decide what to eat because so much sounded good. Had an issue with our food and manager was quick to rectify the situation. Would return again.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 11, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and our food was up to the mark. We sincerely apologize for the incident regarding your food and we're glad we were able to rectify it quickly. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Refectory soon. Best regards, The Management Team

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  24. MDmom

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love coming here- great food and service and bustling vibe!
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us! We're thrilled to hear that you love coming to The Refectory and that our food and service met your expectations. We're glad you felt the bustling vibe was a positive aspect of your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently great food and service! We come here often.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoy our food and service at The Refectory. It's always our goal to provide a consistently great dining experience for our guests. We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to serving you again soon!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here on a whim for date night and was so incredibly surprised. The waiter was great and the food was delish. Absolutely coming back
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience dining with us on a whim. It's great to know that you enjoyed our food and found our service to be top-notch. We strive to provide our guests with a memorable experience!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very under staff. Servers where trying their best. We had three orders of food brought to our table that weren’t ours.

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  28. Baloney

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Too many menu options have too much spice. Food was ok and waiter was able to get calamari without a lot of spice. Also asked for marinara. Waiter did not respond and asked again. This was after waiting for 15 min. When I asked again he said they could get it but it would be a $3.00 extra charge. I said fine we will (I think it silly for them to charge for a little dish of marinara when they do not have less spicy sauce but …..). It took to long to get it and calamari was called. He assumed we did not want it as they weee charging extra. Great location when attending Villanova game!
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the review, Baloney! We're sorry to hear that your experience at The Refectory didn't meet your expectations. We take pride in our menu options and the level of service we provide, so we're disappointed to hear that our dishes and service didn't meet your standards. We also apologize for the confusion with the sauce. We'll definitely take your feedback into account as we continually strive to improve. We're glad you enjoyed our location, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again!

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  29. vuwildcat07

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    While it gets crowded during home Villanova basketball games, the staff knows how to get people in and out in time. Despite being seated about 70 minutes before tipoff, we were able to leave in about 55 minutes without being rushed. As usual, there have been few missteps food wise. The short ribs were tender with a very creamy polenta base (the only critique is maybe a bit more sauce). We strayed from our normal dessert to try the autumn tart - despite being maybe a season behind, it was incredible and not too heavy (other than maybe a scoop of ice cream that was closer to frozen solid than pliable). The value for this level of restaurant is good, even if the beers are getting a bit pricey.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hi vuwildcat07, Thank you for your kind words about our service during Villanova basketball games. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our short ribs and the autumn tart. We appreciate your feedback on our desserts and we're always looking for ways to improve. We're sorry to hear that our beers are getting more expensive. We're committed to providing the best value in our offerings. We hope to serve you again soon. Best, The Refectory Management Team

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  30. Factoryguy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I stopped for dinner before a basketball game. First time there and just a beautiful setting with great service and food.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the review, Factoryguy! We're thrilled to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your first visit to The Refectory. It's wonderful to know that you appreciated our beautiful setting and great service. We strive to provide a memorable dining experience for all our guests! We hope to welcome you back soon for another great meal!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and nice menu choices. The kitchen was also flexible with changes on orders. Like no bread or salad instead of fries etc

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  32. cathyb

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was remarkable. The menu had change and he was able to get something from the brunch menu for us. He went above and beyond.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hello cathyb, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal. Our team always strives to go above and beyond for our guests, and it's great to know we hit the mark with you. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again soon at The Refectory. Best regards, The Management Team

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  33. maria

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is beautiful and clean, the food was outstanding, the service was great but the hostess was rude and made us feel very unwelcome and uncomfortable. She needs training to serve in her role.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the review, Maria! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance and food at The Refectory. We strive to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for all our guests, and we apologize if you felt otherwise. We're always looking for ways to improve and your feedback is invaluable. We hope to welcome you back soon for an even better experience. - The Management Team

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Super loud, rushed service staff who didn’t listen
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear that your experience at The Refectory was less than perfect. We strive to provide a comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests, and we're disappointed to hear that we fell short in this regard. We appreciate your feedback on the noise level and the service, and we'll certainly look into these matters. We hope you'll give us another chance to impress you in the future.

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  35. KarenF

    Atlantic City

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first visit. We were greeted in a friendly manner. Our waiter was Kevin. He did a super job and made certain to answer all questions and then brough our food in the order that he had asked us to provide. We did not feel rushed at all. The drinks and the food were tasty. I enjoyed salad and a short rib pasta dish and my companion loved the scallops and risotto. We share a mushroom flatbread and the bread pudding. Great evening. We would return more often if the noise level was less. Parking was in the garage but was covered by Refectory. Convenient. We will return!
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hello KarenF, Thank you for taking the time to review The Refectory! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed our menu. It's wonderful to know that our team was able to provide attentive service and that you found our food tasty. We're sorry to hear that the noise level affected your dining experience and we'll certainly take your feedback into account. We're glad you found parking convenient and we're excited to welcome you back soon! Best regards, The Management Team

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  36. MrPhillyDiningManAwesome

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The noise level was a bit too high but, otherwise it was good.
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hi MrPhillyDiningManAwesome, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Refectory. We always aim to provide a comfortable environment for our guests, and we appreciate your feedback on the noise level. We're glad you found our food and service to be good. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards, The Management Team

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  37. deborahb

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the food and the service is great. It’s loud tho

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  38. ClaudiaV

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We went there for the first time and really enjoyed the food. The service was great as well. Highly recommend.

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  39. LisaP

    Philadelphia

    94 reviews

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    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous meal! Wonderful service and delicious food. The Brussel sprouts are not to be missed! Enjoyed the pistachio encrusted salmon. The peanut butter cake was delicious. Our server Alysse was attentive and friendly!
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hey LisaP, Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you had another fantastic meal at The Refectory. We're especially glad you enjoyed our Brussel sprouts, pistachio salmon, and peanut butter cake. It's always a pleasure to know that our team's efforts to provide excellent service and delicious food are appreciated. We can't wait to welcome you back for another delightful dining experience soon! Best, The Management Team

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  40. Barbara

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time I was there in 3 months, and I have had the same great experience every time. I have gone with a different set of friends, and everyone enjoyed their meal. And our server, Dorian, deserves a "shoutout" for his very good service. I have noticed his patience with new customers, and it is to be commended. I love the menu selections -- lots of shareables, as well as interesting sandwiches and salads, as well as some very delicious cocktails. I find the parking very convenient, which is another plus. Looking forward to my next time back!
    The RefectoryResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, Barbara! We're thrilled to hear that you and your friends have enjoyed your meals during your visits to The Refectory. It's always a pleasure to hear from satisfied customers like you, and we're proud of our menu selections and service. We're looking forward to your next visit and promise to keep up the good work!

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The Refectory is rated 4.7 stars by 817 OpenTable diners.

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862 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085

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Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ithan Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Villanova
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    PARKING GARAGE INFORMATION: Parking is only available across the street from The Refectory at the Villanova I-1 Parking Garage located on South Ithan Avenue. There are no timing restrictions for vehicles parked at the I-1 Parking Garage for guests dining at The Refectory. The rates are as follows: the 1st hour is free, two hours is $2, and up to four hours is $5. Currently, we do not validate parking. Upon entry, pull a ticket and park on any of the first 3 floors. A pay machine accepting cash and credit is located by the Main Pedestrian Entrance/Exit on Floor 2. The exit lanes only accept credit cards and do not accept cash. To get to the Refectory from the Parking Garage from Floor 2, use the pedestrian walkway across Ithan Avenue. The Refectory is located in The Commons, the stone mixed-use residential and commercial building on the corner of Ithan & Lancaster Avenue. Look for restaurant signage and call us at 610-519-5786 if you have any issues
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Biff Gottehrer, Michael Murray
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (610) 519-5786
  • Private party facilities
    We offer several private and semi-private dining and event options. The private President's Dining Room accommodates up to 14 guests for a seated function, while semi-private areas of our dining room can be set up for guests ranging from 25-80. Inquire for restaurant buyouts. Contact our Event Director, Devin Simpson at devin@refectorynova.com
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