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The Refectory, Villanova, PA

The Refectory

4.6
4.6
261 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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Booked 38 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, Jessica Jefferson at jess@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

Popular dishes

Menu

Raw Bar

  • Refectory Tower$75.00

    • Nova Tower$110.00

      a little bit o' this, a little bit o' that

      • Oysters*$18.00

        1/2 dozen, corpse reviver #2 mignonette

        • Shrimp Cocktail$17.00

          cocktail sauce, marie rose sauce

          • Chilled 1/2 Lobster$21.00

            smoked dijon, marie rose sauce

            • Cobia Crudo*$13.00

              pomegranate, tarragon, pinenut, radish

              • Spicy Tuna*$16.00

                red chili, ginger, puffed wild rice

                Wood-Grilled Flatbreads

                • Cheese$9.00

                  cheddar, grana padano, marinara

                  • Spicy Pepperoni$11.00

                    oregano, hot honey

                    • Brisket$14.00

                      onion purée, smoked cheddar, bleu cheese, horseradish

                      • Wild Mushroom$13.00

                        sweet onion purée, truffle, egg yolk

                        • Squash$13.00

                          butternut squash, goat cheese, spiced pepitas, pinenut

                          • Steak Tartare$17.00

                            beef tenderloin, capers, arugula, parmesan

                            • Tuna Pizza*$19.00

                              sashimi, flour tortilla, jalapeño aioli, serrano

                              Shareables

                              • House-Made Bread Basket$9.00

                                parker house rolls, focaccia, multigrain

                                • Brussels Sprouts$13.00

                                  bacon lardon, apple, balsamic mustard

                                  • Baked Cheese$18.00

                                    grilled bread, honeycomb, black garlic mustard, pesto

                                    • Mahi Tacos$14.00

                                      plantain crust, cabbage, chipotle mayo

                                      • Grilled Octopus$18.00

                                        ricotta, smoked tomato, black olive oil

                                        • Saffron Maine Mussels$19.00

                                          foccacia, andouille, white wine

                                          • Buffalo Cauliflower$14.00

                                            house hot sauce, buttermilk ranch

                                            • Grilled Shrimp Toast$14.00

                                              ricotta, multigrain, avocado, beurre blanc

                                              • Nova Fries$9.00

                                                brisket, house whiz, pickled onion

                                                • Deviled Eggs$9.00

                                                  crawfish salad, tarragon bread crumb

                                                  Soups & Salads

                                                  • Caesar Salad$13.00

                                                    baby gem, focaccia croutons, dill, cured yolk

                                                    • Lyonnaise Salad$14.00

                                                      bacon lardon, soft egg, frisee, fingerling potatoes

                                                      • Green Salad$11.00

                                                        avocado, radish, cucumber, green goddess dressing

                                                        • Truffled Apple & Celery Root Soup$14.00

                                                          flaxseed granola, sourdough croutons

                                                          • Fall Harvest Salad$12.00

                                                            apple, beet, date, goat cheese, candied pecan, balsamic mustard dressing

                                                            From the Land

                                                            • Nova Cravers*$18.00

                                                              (3 2oz. burger patties) cooper sharp, jalapeño aioli, house slider buns

                                                              • Roasted Chicken$22.00

                                                                salsa verde, honey roasted carrot, chicken jus

                                                                • Kobe NY Strip*$33.00

                                                                  onion soubise, royal trumpet, cippolini, bordelaise

                                                                  • Bone-In Shortrib*$32.00

                                                                    maitake mushroom, hollandaise, bearnaise bread crumb

                                                                    • Whole Duck$36.00

                                                                      duck leg confit, foie gras, corn cake, blackberry jus

                                                                      Potatoes

                                                                      • Fries$6.00

                                                                        tomato & vinegar emulsion

                                                                        • Crispy New Potatoes$8.00

                                                                          chili oil, salsa verde

                                                                          • Hash Brown$8.00

                                                                            hollandaise, chive

                                                                            • Mashed Potatoes$7.00

                                                                              chive butter

                                                                              • Loaded Hasselback Potato$8.00

                                                                                bacon bits, fondue, scallion

                                                                                Pasta & Grain

                                                                                • Spicy Vodka Rigatoni$16.00

                                                                                  calabrian chili, tito's vodka

                                                                                  • Spaghetti & Meatballs$19.00

                                                                                    marinara, parmesan, oregano

                                                                                    • Coq au Vin Risotto$24.00

                                                                                      braised chicken, barbera, parmesan

                                                                                      • Saffron Casarecce$27.00

                                                                                        clams, lobster, crab, sauce americaine

                                                                                        • Bucatini*$26.00

                                                                                          cacio e pepe, black truffle, soft egg

                                                                                          • Ricotta Raviolo$25.00

                                                                                            braised lamb, lamb jus, root vegetable

                                                                                            Post Grad Burger

                                                                                            • Post Grad Burger$25.00

                                                                                              rogue smokey bleu, pickled onion, truffled mushroom, special sauce (served with nova fries)

                                                                                              From the Sea

                                                                                              • Pistachio-Crusted Salmon*$24.00

                                                                                                broccolini, lemon beurre blanc, trout roe

                                                                                                • Blackened Mahi Mahi$22.00

                                                                                                  papaya salad, jalapeño emulsion, coconut curry

                                                                                                  • Grilled Yellowfin Tuna*$27.00

                                                                                                    brown butter spaetzle, leeks, pepita togarashi

                                                                                                    • Fish & Chips$21.00

                                                                                                      tempura fried line-caught cod, tartare sauce, lemon

                                                                                                      • Branzino Filet$23.00

                                                                                                        butternut squash, celery root, brown butter, red chimichurri

                                                                                                        Vegetables

                                                                                                        • Sumac Dusted Carrot$9.00

                                                                                                          golden raisin, pine nut

                                                                                                          • Charred Broccolini$9.00

                                                                                                            garlic conserva, chili, pickled lemon

                                                                                                            • Maitake Mushroom$9.00

                                                                                                              sherry butter, hazelnut, herbs

                                                                                                              • Cheesy Cauliflower$9.00

                                                                                                                bechamel, cheddar, parmesan

                                                                                                                • Crispy Baby Sweet Potato$9.00

                                                                                                                  tamarind, ancho chili glaze

                                                                                                                  Last updated: April 2, 2022

                                                                                                                  What 261 people are saying

                                                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

                                                                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                                    BruceW

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall2food2service1ambience5

                                                                                                                    Service was terrible. On a Monday when it want crowded. No ice. Drinks came late or not at all. Veggies with meal were cold.

                                                                                                                    The RefectoryResponded 2 days ago

                                                                                                                    Hello Bruce, We would like to thank you for your honest feedback and sincerely apologize for our performance yesterday. That is certainly not the standard we have trained our staff to provide. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to regain your trust in The Refectory and would like to invite you and your guest back for a complimentary dinner, with the guarantee that your experience will only be positive!

                                                                                                                  2. SG

                                                                                                                    SuburbanGal

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    37 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    37 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    The food is excellent! We loved the roasted chicken Coq au Vin Risotto! The sides were delicious and can easily serve 2 people. Can't wait to return!

                                                                                                                  3. S

                                                                                                                    Surgchair

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                                                                    Very loud. Small portions. Food was just average. Pricey.

                                                                                                                  4. AF

                                                                                                                    AlexF

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Fantastic from start to finish! Such a bonus to have this beautiful restaurant right on Villanova’s stunning campus.

                                                                                                                  5. J

                                                                                                                    Jane

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great service. Friendly staff. Love the atmosphere. A little pricey but what isn’t these days!

                                                                                                                  6. J

                                                                                                                    Jenna

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Always an enjoyable time at Refectory. Great service, tasty food, can’t wait to come back in 2 weeks!!

                                                                                                                  7. NN

                                                                                                                    NoNoSmith

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    20 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    20 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    We decided to try Refectory due to recommendations of a friend. Parking was easy as Villanova classes are over and the parking garage is across the street. Our waitress was pleasant and the food excellent. We came at the tail end of happy hour, so it was a bit loud, but after happy hour ended, noise level was good. Food sizes were substantial, so next time we won't order a flatbread as an appetizer. But the brisket flatbread was excellent. Great find. We will be back this summer as The Refectory will be open during the summer months this year.

                                                                                                                  8. k

                                                                                                                    kris

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Food and service were very good. This is our 2nd visit and we will be back.

                                                                                                                  9. p

                                                                                                                    pedro

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    First time eating there. It exceeded every expectation. Great drinks, great menu, great service. We will be back.

                                                                                                                  10. LD

                                                                                                                    LanD

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Amazing food and wonderful service !!

                                                                                                                  11. w

                                                                                                                    writeway00

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                    Good food. Lunch service was very slow. Would still recommend.

                                                                                                                  12. S

                                                                                                                    Stephenj

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    It was a wonderful experience for me and my guest. The food was fresh and the service was good.

                                                                                                                  13. R

                                                                                                                    Renee

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                                                                                    My chicken was overcooked but most of the food was pretty good.

                                                                                                                  14. MR

                                                                                                                    MollyR

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    Every dish that we had was well-executed and delicious, and the seafood was fresh and delightful. Great ambiance and décor, and friendly service. We were there late in a brunch shift and the staff seemed tired, but they were very friendly and accommodating.

                                                                                                                  15. MS

                                                                                                                    MarkS

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Nice place. Would revisit. Portions were in the smaller side for the price point

                                                                                                                  16. J

                                                                                                                    Jerome

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    Good ambiance, friendly staff, comfortable seating.

                                                                                                                  17. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great food. Awesome drinks. Great service.

                                                                                                                  18. J

                                                                                                                    Jessica

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    It was very nice and low-key, but the food could have been better. Their lemonade is amazing, but their deep-dish brownie a solid 3/10.

                                                                                                                  19. NM

                                                                                                                    NancyM

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    service is outstanding and cocktails were great! Harvest salad is wonderful . Some foods were overdone but overall a pleasant experience.

                                                                                                                  20. J

                                                                                                                    Jennifer

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Everything we had was delicious! We just had shareables and they were all great - muscles, shrimp toast, baked cheese, mahi tacos, tuna pizza. Will definitely return when we are back in the area.

                                                                                                                  21. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    I came here for a birthday dinner. Food was really great and unique. The service was very good. The atmosphere was relaxing and had a lot of space and it was a very lively environment with music.

                                                                                                                  22. s

                                                                                                                    slink

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We had driven up from the eastern shore of Maryland to watch the Villanova/Georgetown lacrosse game on Friday night. Found your restaurant online and decided to give it a try. Food and service were excellent! We’ll be back again!

                                                                                                                  23. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We've dined at the Refectory after special occasions on Villanova's campus twice in the past few months and both experiences were excellent.

                                                                                                                  24. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Meeting friends on a weeknight. Great experience.

                                                                                                                  25. LZ

                                                                                                                    LorraineZ

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Food was fabulous and the service was excellent would definitely return!

                                                                                                                  26. HD

                                                                                                                    HenryD

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    This is a great dining option right on the campus of Villanova U. We had a great brunch there. Kids were raving about pancakes, eggs, and the BACON

                                                                                                                  27. r

                                                                                                                    russellp

                                                                                                                    Baltimore

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    Overpriced for the food, Nova fries however were excellent but a small portion

                                                                                                                  28. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Just awesome. Loved every minute and everything we ordered! Our servers were awesome, friendly, attentive and personable. Five stars…

                                                                                                                  29. ML

                                                                                                                    MainLiner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Amazing in every way!

                                                                                                                  30. JS

                                                                                                                    JSRR

                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We went for a dinner on Monday evening. Place was somewhat busy but quiet. We were seated quickly. Great ambience. Our service person was very friendly and explained menu options and drinks. The drinks were on the smaller size for the price. Food portions were also smaller than expected we had to order extra dish to supplement. Salads were fresh albeit were topped with a sprinkle of salt which wasn’t expected. One of the pasta dishes was also topped with salt and we had to get it replaced without the unwanted topping. Overall great place on campus for a lunch or dinner. Will return to try more on the menu sans the salt.

                                                                                                                  31. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                                                    Loved the ambience of the restaurant! Food was delicious, I will say, if you are really hungry expect small portion sizes. My boyfriend and I had pasta dishes and it wasn’t nearly as much as we were expecting. The service could have been better, we waited a while to place our order but other than that it’s a great spot for a meal.

                                                                                                                  32. MB

                                                                                                                    MaryB

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                    Brussel Sprouts & cauliflower appetizers were exceptional! And salmon was wonderful! Great ambience, restaurant was busy for Easter dinner, so service took a little longer, but our table of 5, all thoroughly enjoyed our dinners!

                                                                                                                  33. E

                                                                                                                    Elelvee

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    37 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    37 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We went for Easter dinner. The service was amazing from our hostess, server, busboy, and a manager checking in! We loved our food, particularly the lamb lollipops, mussels and branzino. The atmosphere was lovely. My only negative was the calamari appetizer. It was extremely chewy, but it was flavorful so we ate it!

                                                                                                                  34. m

                                                                                                                    michellet

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Literally, the BEST restaurant on Lancaster Avenue. Food is outstanding, staff is friendly, atmosphere is fantastic! Overall it was PERFECTION!

                                                                                                                  35. P

                                                                                                                    Patricia

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Easter Brunch. Wonderful restaurant.

                                                                                                                  36. T

                                                                                                                    Tony

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great food and ambiance ease of parking . Excellent.

                                                                                                                  37. KO

                                                                                                                    KatyO

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Our server was excellent. Friendly, professional, accommodating. I’d skip the bread basket next time. The calamari special and lamb special apps were both excellent. One son ordered the coq au vin risotto. I blanked that the traditional dish has mushrooms and it was not listed on the menu. There was hardly any rice at all, which the teenage boy wasn’t thrilled about. But most important is that he won’t eat mushrooms. Since it wasn’t on the menu, I asked that it be taken back - which I NEVER do - and they replaced it graciously with pasta and meatballs. Husband loved the fish and chips, desserts were great. The cocktails were delicious. I’m looking forward to sharing some apps at the bar without the kids, but also to a post-Confirmation brunch we have in a few weeks. The menu is so tempting that I can’t wait to try the other items I was contemplating!

                                                                                                                  38. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    We loved it! Had a great time, ate delicious food and had nice server and hostess! Had a tough time finding the restaurant. We used GPS and still had a hard time. But definitely worth the effort. Thanks to the student walking by that directed us to the parking garage and restaurant.

                                                                                                                  39. EO

                                                                                                                    EileenO

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    As Villanova alumnae, my friend and I were delighted to be back on campus. We were greeted warmly when we arrived; our food was well prepared; our server, Maggie, was friendly and professional. And I love the echoes of monasticism in the name "The Refectory". So glad you're open again -- The Refectory is a wonderful addition to the Main Line.

                                                                                                                  40. EF

                                                                                                                    EFoodie

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    50 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    50 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Excellent all around!

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                                                                                                                  The Refectory is rated 4.6 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                  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, Jessica Jefferson at jess@refectorynova.com.

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