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The Refectory, Villanova, PA

The Refectory

4.6
4.6
381 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Refectory is a stunning new restaurant located on Lancaster Avenue in Villanova. The menu (designed by Director of Culinary & Hospitality, Chef Biff Gottehrer, and executed by Chef Michael Murray) features modern and upscale interpretations of American comfort classics such as homemade pastas, wood-fired flatbreads, a raw bar, craft cocktails and specialty 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 7 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 65 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–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 381 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Western Suburbs

    Contemporary American

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  1. G

    Geno

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Our Server was great. Overall the portions were small for the prices charged.
  2. JS

    JudyS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first experience at the Refectory - a “winner” all around. It was so convenient, tied to our attendance at the Villanova Theater. The food was excellently prepared, the setting is beautiful and comfortable . Kudos to the excellent service provided by James and all the wait staff assistants. They made our meal even more enjoyable. We will be back!
  3. 4

    4boys

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Wonderful service but did not enjoy the food. Very cool atmosphere and fun place to be.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We have been here a few times before and always had a great meal. Sadly last night, that was not the case. Our server was lovely however it took her forever to get to our table and then she forgot to enter our appetizers. We asked for a gluten free menu for one guest and then placed our orders. Our entrees came to the table however the lamb had couscous. :( the fish - well - the fish was disgusting. The Mahi Mahi was bland and grainy - it tasted like it had been previously frozen and then thawed and cooked to death. I actually sent it back which I never do. Two orders of tuna were bland and chewy - again probably frozen. Our server did her best but the food was truly disgusting. Far from the prior meals we had before. To top it off, there was a large party next to us for a birthday or something (which is great) however it included 3-4 small children who continued to scream at the top of their lungs over and over. I understand that the restaurant cannot control that however it persisted for over 45 minutes. Sadly we won’t return - except for maybe a drink because those are yummy and the bartenders are terrific!!!
  5. NW

    NedW

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food1service1ambience5
    We had a terrible experience at our dinner at the Refrectory last night. It was our 2nd time there. The first time was enjoyable and we wanted to introduce our friends to this restaurant. One of our friends ordered a risotto dish as an entree (about $25.). The portion was tiny (6 ounces according to the manager). It should have been an appetizer. The manager was totally unsympathetic and defended the position of the restaurant that the costs of the ingredients are high. Other than the option of purchasing another entree, including another portion of the risotto, no accommodation was offered. When we expressed our outrage about this situation and this response, the manager ended the conversation and walked away. We have never been so disrespected at a restaurant. It's not about the cost of the entree, or the other parts of the meal. Any of us would have paid more for it and would have been happy with a generous portion. It's the total unwillingness to accept a reasonable criticism of this item on the menu that was so upsetting. We would have been happy with a sympathetic explanation and even a small symbol of generosity such a complimentary bread basket, dessert item or a beverage. The other items that we had were of variable quality-appetizers excellent and entrees, just fair. I understand that costs for food are higher these days but, a $9. charge for a bread basket is outrageous! Lastly, it was so loud there such that conversation was nearly impossible. I don't think that we're going back there anytime soon.
  6. J

    Jamie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous experience
  7. RW

    RussW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mixed drinks and food were incredible. If you go during a busy time, don't be in a hurry.
  8. K

    Kate

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender was so kind and made me a special drink. Recommend!
  9. SZ

    ScottZ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time there, but the start of many more times. Food was delicious and a good variety on the menu.
  10. b

    bluechicago

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so pleasantly surprised to find such a restaurant gem on a college campus. We had a selection of main dishes and shareable plates. Everything was delicious; the asparagus was cooked to perfection. So was the pasta, pork chops, shrimp scampi...everything. Eric was the perfect host and server.
  11. CD

    CarlD

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Our server, Alejandro, was superb. Overall great experieence.
  12. LL

    LaureenL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at the Refactory. Food was great, service was awesome and the ambience was perfect. Would definitely recommend and go back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & delicious food!
  14. JS

    JamesS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place to have lunch on Villanova Family Weekend. Food was high quality. Something for everyone. Sandwiches were great, as was the entree harvest salad.
  15. JP

    JillP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great brunch for Family weekend! Food was great!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parent’s Weekend at Villanova. Experience is always excellent here. Food is superb and the service (this time with Eric) could not be better. Had a chance to speak with the owner, who is incredible, he made sure we had everything we needed and were enjoyed our time. We did! Phenomenal place, perfect location.
  17. SO

    ScottO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe Food excellent Happy hour great value
  18. M

    Macman

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Alex was a wonderful server - very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was very good and unique, something for everyone. We will definitely be back!
  19. DA

    DiningAround

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All three people are our table were very pleased with our entrees and the attentive service of the waiter.
  20. LV

    LilyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Loved the food and the ambiance was awesome!
  21. K

    Kelly

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The bar is beautiful and energetic. The food is good for the price; I’d return for the bar and cocktails.
  22. MP

    MariaP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, good food, good service
  23. JH

    JacquelineH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We just had heavy appetizers and salads. Food was great and easily shared amongst the 4 of us. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu!
  24. FF

    FredF

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience
  25. KB

    KBH1106

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We loved the shrimp toast. My daughter had the flatbread which had a weird burnt chemical taste to it. I had the filet mignon salad. Very weird combo on the salad. The steak seemed like very fatty poor quality. The Brussels were too crispy. It was all lettuce, not a lot of steak. It was only ok for me. The restaurant and bar are lovely. Maybe I just ordered the wrong dish.
  26. r

    robertc

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great setting and very interesting and savory items a true pleasure to be in a beautiful setting with great food
  27. JD

    JonD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Meatballs were raw in the middle. Not a bad place, just not great either. Nice atmosphere, good service just middle of the road food.
  28. w

    wildcat07

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Approachable fine dining on a college campus. Have been wanting to try The Refectory for a while and was able to grab a reservation for outdoor dinner on a beautiful night. The food was well worth it. I don’t think we had a single miss. The Brussels sprouts were excellent with the apple and bacon, and the handmade pasta was the envy of the table. For dessert, we ordered the brownie and were not disappointed. It was rich without being too overbearing, with colorful chocolate candies as garnish. The only disappointment was the service. While our server was friendly, our appetizers arrived well before our drinks, and things seemed to slow to a crawl from there. Overall, we enjoyed our visit though and would definitely return.
  29. c

    carolined

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience—highly recommend!
  30. DA

    DavidA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very enjoyable meal. Food was very good. Service was fine. Did not care for the mock cocktail with ginger.
  31. GB

    GeriB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation at the Refectory for September 6 for my six friends to celebrate a special occasion. After we all parked in the parking lot, we found out that the restaurant was closed. I confirmed my reservation with Open Table as requested. I was very embarrassed that this happened and, frankly, surprised. I've been to the Refectory many times and like the restaurant, but don't think I will return at this point. This was a very bad first impression for my five friends.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food and service in Villanova!
  33. CC

    ChristopherC

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I dined on a busy Friday evening while the Villanova campus was buzzing with activity. The designated parking area was closed and we could not find the “overflow parking” but were then helped by a cheerful security guard. We were promptly seated at a nice table and our server greeted us and took our drink order. It was restaurant week and my husband ordered Steak Frites from the special menu and I ordered the Master Class Burger with the most incredible smothered fries. Steak Frites was ordered medium but came to the table on the rare side and cold. It had the look of a steak that had been sitting for several minutes. Our server checked back with us quickly and was able to have a new plate sent back out to the table in just a few minutes. It was a very good dish overall. The burger was definitely a master class and I loved every bite. It’s worth mentioning that a true test of a great restaurant and indeed a great server is how they react when something doesn’t go right. The staff at The Refectory took very good care of us and my husband quickly forgot that the mistake ever happened. We look forward to returning.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were fantastic. Loved the ambiance.
  35. J

    Jackie

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding but the food was not a good as it was when I dined there earlier this year.
  36. EK

    ElaineK

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our night started at the bar. Chris our bartender was wonderful. Very personable. Eric our server was attentive. Food was delicious. Very enjoyable night!
  37. S

    Susanf

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were friendly, the food was good and the ambience was relaxed.
  38. l

    local75

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with many interesting choices and options. Good service and very nice setting. Would highly recommend.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent attentive service, ambience perfect and noise level perfect for larger table conversation. Cocktails delicious!
  40. SH

    ShannonH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Brussel sprouts were drowning in sauce, crab cakes had great flavor but were overly fried, the muscles and Burrata salad were good.

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The Refectory is rated 4.6 stars by 381 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 65 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–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 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, 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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