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Cornell's Restaurant
Cornell's Restaurant

Cornell's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cornellsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (518) 370-3825
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Armondo Cioccke
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View
  • Private Party Contact: Barbara Patalino (518) 370-3825

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is private parking around the building as well as the attached public parking lot.
A word from Cornell's Restaurant
Founded 70 years ago, we are known for taking authentic Italian cuisine to new heights. Chef Armondo uses only the freshest of ingredients as he carries on tried and true family recipes augmented by his innovative daily specials. We also offer an extensive wine list featuring unique wines at exceptional values as well as homemade desserts. Cornell’s dining experience is ideal for before or after shows at Proctor’s. Our three dining rooms and banquet room can accommodate parties of up to 150 guests, making Cornell’s the perfect venue for your next office party, family gathering, or special event. We are here to have our professional staff serve you great food and wine while enjoying a comfortable relaxing setting or, enjoy same menu at the bar. Patio dining available in season.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Really well rounded menu in that it goes way beyond the basics of an Italian restaurant. The classics are all there and very good, but I appreciate that the chef is innovative, especially with the specials of the day. Graceful ambience without being stuffy, and good service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Cornell's was wonderful! It is where we celebrated our 10th anniversary. The food was great, the service was great. The waiter recommended a nice wine. They gave us dessert when they found out it was our anniversary. It was a great dinner. We'll be going back soon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "... food was delicioso, wine remarkable, service by Liz impeccable, wonderful experience, thank you!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant in the same area of Little Italy in Schenectady, NY. The service is fantastic from the moment you step into the door. The waitresses are also happy to recommend certain dishes and answer any questions. I have been to this restaurant several times while visiting the Capital Region of NY and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food is excellent! Really love the 4 for $20.00 special menu,always delicious."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Warm greetings from Joann... table ambiance...experienced professional waiter, quality fresh well -prepared food, established wine list... definitely a cut above."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our second time at Cornell's. The food was great. It gives a fancy stuffy feel but the staff is warm and friendly. This was our second time and we would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Cornell's. The drinks, food and service was fantastic. There were several large parties that were happy to be there as well, which made for a really good feeling in the dining room!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is exceptional ......service is always right on .....staff is accommodating and Joanne is always there to great you and never misses hitting the table to make sure that things are wonderful ...This place is one of a kind ....Prices are very reasonable for what you get, but there is so much more."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was great, noise level was quiet for a weeknight, and the service was exceptionally good. We each had a different dinner and all were very good. Their seafood dinners were expanded somewhat serving Ahi Tuna and Chilean Sea Bass. I had the Sea Bass and the quantity more than I expected and it was prepared with excellent accompaniments."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "... had dinner on the patio, nothing like it, the linen and candle, soft music, excellent specials .... perfect night!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As always, our reservation went smoothly; our special request for seating in the lounge was taken care of (our table was right by the front window on a beautiful summer evening) and the food was excellent. The place was packed and energetic and our experience was very enjoyable. Would recommend for good food and nice atmosphere. Also, a great place for a drinks after work. Never disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Saturday night reservation. Great food. Pleasant atmosphere. Did not feel rushed. Only shortcoming was that several listed wines from wine list were unavailable. We will go back again!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Restaurant was not busy when we arrived (6:15), service was very slow. It took almost an hour to get our salads. Table of 9 ordered 3 apps, by only 3 people, would have been perfect time to also bring out salads, especially since we had young children with us. Have been coming for years and will continue to come here"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We stopped by with friends who had never been to Cornell's. They had heard good things about the place (from others). We enjoyed our meal, as usual, and they did too. I got a kick out of reading an earlier review that said Cornell's was pricey. Cornell's is in Schenectady, which tends to limit pricing. I have paid more for lessor meals in places like Saratoga, Colonie, and Albany. If Cornell's was in one of those places, one could expect to pay more. The place is an excellent value. I would recommend it to anyone seeking an old-school high quality Italian (family recipe) menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have been twice to the restaurant enjoyed every bit! altho the prime rib was a little "off" didt taste how they normally do. Will return to try new dishes! 4 star pasta fagioli!! Hoped to try cannoli but you ran out of Creme by 6pm :("
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was not our first visit to this restaurant. As always in the past, it was a very enjoyable experience. Food was great, service, etc."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places to go for dinner. The food is consistently good. Our waitress, Brittany, was wonderful! We had dinner with good friends. What more could one ask for"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food at Cornell's is always terrific, and this meal was no exception. The waitresses are very nice and attentive, but what is not terrific is the very long wait for the food to come out. I don't mind a leisurely meal, but we were at the restaurant for about 2 1/2 hours, not including dessert, which would have added another 30 minutes."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My wife and I had the Filet Mignon with shiitake mushrooms with a roasted garlic demi glaze top with broiled assparagus that was out of this world! The Filet Mignon was cooked perfectly and we really enjoyed our dinner. The staff was excellent and very attentative. Great experience and great night out. I would highly recommend Cornell's."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As a first timer, I was really impressed by the food, people and environment of Cornell's. It is a beautiful, updated Italian-Tuscan feel restaurant. I loved the Veal saltimboca. It was a generous portion and the greens were so yummy!the soup was delish and I absolutely loved the balsamic dressing on the salad that came with the entree. Definitely, go and try this place! You will enjoy the little Italy feel of the neighborhood! Parking was a slight problem."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Once again we had a fabulous dinner at Cornell's! It's fast becoming one of my favorite Italian restaurants to go to. We live about 40 miles away and don't mind the drive at all when going to Cornell's. We were caught in traffic and had a 5:15 p.m. reservation and I called to tell them we would be late. I spoke with Joanne (the owner) and she said, "don't worry we will hold your table for you", with out hesitation. They were so accommodating knowing we were attending the show at Proctors at 8:00 p.m. I would recommend this fine Italian restaurant to anyone! Do yourself a favor and partake...you won't regret it. P.S. Mamma Joanne's cavitellis are a must; for a meal or side dish!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was our first time at your restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the waiter was excellent. We plan to be back. Carolyn & Chuck Melszer"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I had a party for my wife's 75th birthday, with 18 other guests. We ordered "off the menu", so everyone could order what they wanted. I ordered a Birthday Cake through the restaurant as well. The food, although absolutely outstanding, was a little slow coming out. The ZUPPA was out of this world!!! The cake was delicious. The coffee was also slow coming out. Some of the appetizers were pricey (eg) 3 shrimp in butter sauce $12 (I found out the hard way) Overall it was GREAT FOOD and a good time. We will definitely eat here again "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We totally enjoyed our dining experience from beginning to end. Great food, great wine, great staff, great ambiance! Loved it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food (you've got to try the calamari). My gauge for measuring Italian Restaurants is Veal Parm and this is one of the best in the capital region. Save room for desert. An extra benefit is the parking...off street, well lit and plenty of it."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Service was pretty good (we had an 8pm show, and traffic delayed our 6pm reservation to 6:30pm, food came out quick). But our first choice bottle of wine was out...fine, it was a busy night... to replaced by our second choice, a white that was served to us at an incredibly warm temperature. I was happy that they knocked $10 off the price of the wine, but the follow up was awkward. Resolved when I suggested they put our opened bottle in the kitchen freezer. Food was standard, a nice menu. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Service was good. Waiter was friendly and knew the menu. Food was interesting. Everyone like theirs but I think it's a little high priced for Schenectady."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "A friend meet up after the Proctor's matinee. We were able to easily get reservations for an early dinner at 5 p.m. While we didn't take advantage of the wine, it was an impressive list. Our server was good and friendly enough. Our meals were all excellent beyond words - very, very good. The staff was very kind and allowed us to take our time and enjoy our friend time together."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The Tuesday and Wednesday night specials are the best kept secret in the Capital region. I highly recommend this restaurant the four course dinner id unbeatable"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Went for our favorite appetizer...hot anti pasta:.eggplant parmesan, shrimp, clams, green and roasted peppers, artichokes and a red sauce you will want to lick your plate clean for, but you'll politely use your bread instead. Dinner was just as yummy...Veal Mamma (veal with eggplant) and veal Alfredo. REAL blue cheese salad dressing and attentive service and time to relax and talk between courses. What more can you ask for? A perfect meal!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "There were five of us - we all ordered something different - we all left happy campers - food was very good - served in a timely manner, attractively plated - four of us brought home leftovers, which reheated beautifully. Will definitely be back again!!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Love this place!!!! Friendly staff, very accommodating and attentive. Menu is extensive and all the dishes are fantastic and abundant. Specials are creative and fresh while the 'old world' Italian favorites are as good or better than my grandma's (and that's a huge compliment)! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Went to Cornell's on Mother's Day and they were so accomadating- no eggplant Parm on the special menu but chef made 2 wonderful eggplant dishes for us. Desserts were excellent too!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful restaurant!! Food is superb, decor is very tasteful, parking is abundant which is very important."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "To be honest, I picked Cornell's by chance after doing a quick internet search of restaurants in the area; we had never been there before. We could not have been happier with our dining experience. We were welcomed immediately upon entering, & escorted to our table promptly. The waitstaff was very attentive, but not to the point of being obtrusive. The menu was classical Italian; & easy to find something for everyone. (my son can be a challenge when it comes to fine dining). Our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time, & was certainty worth the wait. I could tell everyone was happy when the conversation ended; everyone was busy enjoying their meal! Mom was very happy (It was Mother's day); I got an extra kiss! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent mouth-watering food and a great staff! We took our moms for Mother's Day and even though the restaurant was packed, our food came out impeccably prepared and was served by a friendly and efficient team! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We arrived at 5:30 and were immediately seated. The waitress was very professional and fun. The food was amazing we can't wait to have the opportunity to dine again with you! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!!! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We stopped to have dinner before a show ar Proctors. Excellent food, many choices. Our party of three loved oue dishes. But what stood out most of all too us was the service. I have to say best wait staff we have ever encountered. And we dine out often. I would recommend everyone to try this restaurant, we will be return soon."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We went to Cornell's for our 22nd wedding aniversary and was very pleased with our dinner, service and overall dining experience. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014