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The Refectory, Villanova, PA

The Refectory

4.6
4.6
517 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. 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 54 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 Mon, Sun 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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! Love the decor, arrangement of table and seating, the wait staff is fabulous and the food is delicious.
  2. w

    williamo

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding service and really great team at the bar! Enjoy everything ‘Nova!
  3. K

    Kentucky

    San Francisco

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We tried the Refectory on a cold Saturday night in early February. The energy in this Villanova focused place was good; students at the bar, lot of families but also couples enjoying the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our server (Hannah) was friendly and attentive. Menu was eclectic and we tried three appetizers (Figs with bacon, cheddar broccoli soup and mussels) and a spring mix salad. Everything was excellent except the overdressed salad. Wine list was strong and we were offered tasting of ones we were curious about. This is a very nice place that should work for many.
  4. s

    sandy

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a wonderful restaurant. Excellent food, imaginative, fresh, attractively presented and delicious. The restaurant makes good use of its academic setting with clever use of space and comfortable seating. Wait staff are attentive without being intrusive and no one asked how my food was tasting!! Badly needs better signage, hard to locate. Noise level is painful. At least turn off the background accompaniment! Eager to return!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great location, Great service. The only negative is a brunch menu
  6. DC

    DanielleC

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant! Really good spot for a date night. We enjoyed the mussels with coconut curry broth and homemade focaccia. We both had pasta for our entree and shared the ricotta doughnuts for dessert.
  7. ST

    SusanT

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and victuals at the bar with our server and mixologist Chris !!!
  8. KW

    KateW

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful first experience! Delicious food, attentive service and an atmosphere full of energy.
  9. V

    Vancouver

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Darcey our server was excellent. Great personality and guided us through the menu and offerings of the bar and kitchen like a pro. The food was excellent. The mushroom risotto was worth ordering another serving to take home. I’ll be back. Great experience.
  10. P

    Paulad

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very interesting sides with entres Great appetizer selection
  11. j

    jessp

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Unfortunately didn’t have a great experience. We wanted to love it here- the atmosphere is great, restaurant is beautiful, and the menu is fun and different with lots of unique selections. And the staff was great as well. However, two of our dishes came out disappointing us. We ordered calamari and a burger. The calamari came out tasting VERY funky/ fishy/ chewy. Seems as If I were not fresh and not thoroughly cooked. The burger was ordered as medium, but came out very rare- while this is not the end of the world… after having the funky tasting calamari appetizer that we already had to send back, it was just unsettling and disappointing to have to send back a second item.
  12. EH

    ErinH

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great staff and ambiance, but frustrated when we arrived as all 3 people in our party had trouble finding the place! Better signage, especially for parking, would be helpful. GPS takes everyone to the dorms.
  13. TC

    TrishC

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great dinner! Food was good but it’s been better on other nights. Still love the restaurant though 😊
  14. C

    Chris

    Philadelphia

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Good and creative food at Refectory. Very noisy!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a nice place to have dinner with my villanova student Thank you
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  17. m

    mollyt

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great Birthday dinner with my girlfriends. Service and food were both excellent
  18. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is OUTSTANDING! It reminds me of dining out pre-COVID. I highly recommend dinner.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and impeccable service!
  20. EG

    EddieG

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends were in town looking at NoVA. After a day of touring we took them to refectory. Our second time there. Love it. Recommendations: 1 deviled eggs 2. Oysters. 3. Buffalo cauliflower 4. Chicken pot pie. 5. Tuna is also very good. Bar was very popular
  21. w

    webhill

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was very good; appetizers and entrees were great. We were told that they have an in house pastry chef, but I think they should hire someone else. Also parking costs $5.
  22. SJ

    StephandJas

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was perfect for our family of 4.
  23. DO

    DrewO

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the staff. The food. The drinks. Everything. Our favorite spot!!!
  24. s

    sjcr

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The restaurant is not staffed properly-not enough trained servers along with inexperienced bar help pouring minimal glasses of alcohol. So unprofessional to see waitresses RUNNING down the kitchen assembly line of the open air kitchen. What happened to the stellar management that opened the restaurant??
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and awesome service! Love this place! So cozy!
  26. w

    wildcat07

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Keep coming back for the pasta and dessert, and the food quality doesn’t disappoint. The service is definitely better on non-game days but the staff still makes sure tables are well attended.
  27. K

    Kyle

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really great vibe here and the food was amazing! I highly recommend the sunchokes and the chicken pot pie
  28. BK

    BillK

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a pre game meal/drink....great food and service.
  29. WA

    WAP1010

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely, diverse menu in a very Pleasant atmosphere.
  30. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Philadelphia

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at The Refectory! We started at the bar which was a great vibe and we loved the bartenders, Chris and Prometheus! Our cocktails were so good (strong but yummy!). For dinner we sat in a cozy booth in the dining room and 4 of us shared a bunch of food. Everything was delicious, especially the steak tartare and bacon stuffed dates. We will be back soon!
  31. GS

    GeorgeS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very good food and ambience. A bit pricey for the portions especially $5 for a scoop of ice cream.
  32. RJ

    RJMoyer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, so even though some things on the menu get a bit expensive, it is worth the price. Went after a basketball game so it was fairly noisy inside.
  33. R

    Riddler

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made our NYE great place! Ambience, food and service top notch!
  34. P

    Patricia

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Villanova Basketball Pregame. Alexandria is a phenomenal server. Go Cats!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful space! Our food was delicious, cocktails were excellent, and our server was a delight. We can’t wait to go back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A notch above the typical fare found in the burbs. The shareables were especially impressive. Interesting cocktails and nicely prepared entrees. Better than most of the dining options in the area. Nice to see a menu with a little creative flare and solidly executed dishes.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Delicious food. I recommend the buffalo cauliflower:)
  38. S

    Stef

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was ok, nothing special. We had good service and it was moderately busy. The food is extremely overpriced even for this area.
  39. TH

    TaneekaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess and server were attentive and friendly. The food was tasty and the portion size was fair.
  40. j

    johnbosphl

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Brisket dip was awesome; mahi tacos were well designed, including pickled onions, but the mahi was overcooked. Given the Villanova school holiday, the place was quiet, with very nice ambiance. Service was excellent! Prices were high, especially for lunch.

    The RefectoryResponded on December 30, 2022Hello! We are so glad to hear your recent experience at The Refectory was great. Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We look forward to hosting you again in the very near future. Cheers and be well! 

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The Refectory is rated 4.6 stars by 517 OpenTable diners.

The Refectory does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Google Map for The Refectory

862 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085

Dining areas

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 Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • 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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