Refectory

4.3
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136 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Refectory is the newest concept in the Zavino Hospitality Group profile. We are focused on a New American cuisine, featuring our raw bar and osaka style sushi. Come and try some of our favorites : baked brie, spinach and artichoke dip, and grilled branzino. Our wine program is a mix from around the world. Our six cruvinet options allows us to pour some higher end wines by the glass.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The restaurant is hard to get to. The parking is across the street. Too many banquettes. Food mediocre, Three of us ordered chilean sea bass and we all got different sizes. The 'grill' marks on the fish looked like branding and we suspected the fish had been frozen. The salmon was not edible. The only good thing was the onion soup. Sorry. We will not be returning

m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

food was just OK and oversalted. not going to hurry back.

l
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was inconsistent , some items were fair value others outrageously expensive. Some staff very nice while others outright rude. Would not go back.

PG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was good, but there is no intimacy in the dining area. Felt as though we were part of the bar. I would recommend happy hour, or eating at the bar if that interests you.

CR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good but baked potato was undercooked & cold. Portion sizes were not adequate. Drinks were good. The waiter Eric was awesome.

LH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Beautiful restaurant with wonderful service by our waiter Eric.

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great options for everyone from steak to sushi to the best sweet potato ever. Great looking space. We loved it. Parking is too far though.

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

the marguerita flatbread was hard as a rock and not very flavorfull.

MM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Pretty good

BA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the Refectory. Such a great addition to the Villanova campus. Keep up the great job. Great food and service; nice happy hour, good vibe.

C
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First time there and really enjoyed it. It was a game day so the energy level was high but didn't take away from a great meal and great service.

B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

Not worth the cost. Could have gone to WaWa for a better cheesesteak under the guise of a prime rib sandwich.
The only saving grace was Yusef our waiter and the blueberry cobbler.

N
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Good but noisy. They did turn down music volume when asked to. Food was good but service was just okay. Got more attention from bus boys than waiter. Also quite pricey! We will go back again. Location is so convenient. Will give it another try.

u
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

6 of us all had a good dinner. I have to say, it’s a weird mix on the menu but everything was good and that is all that matters. Shrimp cocktail was expensive considering it’s 4 “medium” size shrimp. Pace was leisurely but it was packed so maybe that was why. Server didn’t want to honor our game day ticket (20% off) because we forgot to mention it when he rung us up, which was a bummer. We produced it right after and he wanted no parts of accommodating us.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Took our server a good bit to finally get to us for our 6:45 reservation. When he finally came we chatted and ordered two apps and a bottle of wine. Few minutes later he brought bread. No wine. Then our apps showed up(tuna poke and some sushi). Still no wine. 1/2 way through apps the wine shows up. It was a nice white but wasn’t chilled very well. He poured a ginormous amount of this unchilled white in our glasses then set the bottle of wine on the table. No chiller? Then every time he walked by he topped off our already super full glasses. It was ridiculous how full our glasses were. Entrees came and he pours rest in our glasses. After dinner he brought dessert menus and asked about dessert. So when I mentioned we wouldn’t be hanging dessert as it was my husbands birthday (which was noted on my OT reservation....) and we had cake at home he brought our coffee and the check. Now, he did comp the coffee since we couldn’t do bday dessert. But had I not mentioned it he wouldn’t have known even though it was on the rez.

Overall apps were the best. Entrees (crab cakes and mushroom pasta) just ok.

Need to work out server kinks

PG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Fun atmosphere. Highly recommend.

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

While there were two mistakes with our order, they fixed them quickly and then comped the meal without us asking.
I hope they stay busy because it's a great space for Nova to take off campus guests.

F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great addition to the Main Line. Food and service were great. Highly recommend for lunch meeting. Noise level not too high and can have conversations without yelling.

MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious meal with excellent service. We are already planning our next visit to the Refectory!

g
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Food was ok but a bit pricey for what was served. Noise was terrible on a Saturday evening. Not in a hurry to return.

RB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere. Enough variety of food

MF
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Went for lunch with a group of friends. We had the spinach dip and each had a salad or poke bowl. Food was good, but service was SO SLOW. There were 6 other tables when we got there, so they were not packed. My friend was there the night before and said the same thing. SLOW service. Lunch was over 2 hours. Everything just took forever. Food was good, but I don’t think I will rush back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and romantic 💕

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good overall.

JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. Renee is fantastic

AA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Had dinner there on a Thursday evening, seated at the back of the restaurant next to a large group - the noise level was unacceptable, we could barely hear each other. Food was ok, but not great, skinny fries were a disappointment since they turned into something that resembled eating toothpicks. Server was nice enough but again not great.
Overall an ok experience but I had higher expectations. I would also recommend improving the directional signage since we walked around campus for a while looking for it!

s
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was inconsistent some appetizers and entrees were very good others very bland or average. Our server was very attentive and the atmosphere was great, lively with energy and well appointed....fun. For the money the food should be more consistent

H
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

First time here. Very nice ambiance and wait staff was very attentive. Great place for a business meeting. Prices are comparable to other similar spots. I had the Asian salad and was very good and a nice size portion.

ET
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

The only glitch in this newer restaurant is the service, specifically the bar service. Both times I have been there, I have been sitting for so long that I had to literally flag down a bartender and ask if I could order a drink. The girls at the hostess station are also very clueless. The restaurant was mostly empty and my reserved table wasn't ready , 10 minutes after my reservation time. But there were 3 hostesses just standing there prior to that. Otherwise, atmosphere is nice, and can be festive when there's a Nova game. Food is mainline decent, not amazing.

EA
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We went to the Refectory prior to a Villanova Men’s basketball game. The place was crowded and energetic.
The Refectory offers a great happy hour. We went hoping to grab a few appetizers and cocktails on the happy hour menu but they no longer offer it on game day. That was a big disappointment.

JJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome happy hour food and drink menu. Regular menu is a bit pricey, but the happy hour appetizers are regular size portions for $5.00 each.

SG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious. Service was great and such a beautiful restaurant. Can’t wait to go back!

b
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So much fun! Great food and atmosphere!;)

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Staff was excellent. They are all friendly and committed to seeing to it that guests have an awesome experience. Food was outstanding.

VF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I have been to The Refectory quite a few times.
I go with a group of friends before Villanova basketball games at The Pavilion. The service and atmosphere are great. The food is adequate.

G
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was our first experience at the Refectory and we were very pleased with our meal. We had the French Onion soup first, Brussels sprouts and the fried chicken sandwich with fries, Caesar salad with chicken and the Asian salad for our entrees.
The service was good and the restaurant is very comfortable. The decor is tasteful. We will go back to sample the other choices on the menu.

JC
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a good time and the food was pretty good
They didn’t have two of our choices though

H
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Too loud. Food good but too salty. Our Server forgot special dessert I dropped off as surprise.

V
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Unfortunately our salads preceded our appetizers followed by the bread so our table was stuffed with everything but our entrees simultaneously - some coordination between the servers and the kitchen would improve the diners experience and serving the diners in a timely yet not rushed manner would be wonderful.
We’ve been there many times and intend to return.

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great meal (Sea Bass & Salmon) plus veggies for each. Those plus Asian salad (split between two diners) were all excellent. Super fresh and all very bright. Each item prepared perfectly. Started with Artichoke and Spinach Dip which was good but not amazing for flavor. Ended with Vanilla Gelato which had quirky flavor - sort of “birthday cake”. We didn’t love it but liked it enough to enjoy half a serving of it.

Service was excellent especially for that venue. Absolutely the best experience of a team concept wait staff that I ever seen. They seemed to be able to read each other’s minds.

We’ll be back