Cornell's Restaurant
Cornell's Restaurant

Cornell's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cornellsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5183703825x
  • 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, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • 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 5183703825x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cornell's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)special occasion (72)good for groups (52)romantic (48)fit for foodies (45)notable wine list (18)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (12)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I ordered linguini with clam sauce; clams were like rubber bands and pasta was mushy; my companion, however, had chicken parmesan with ziti which she said was perfect. Most restaurants cannot give you al dente pasta and have trouble with clams. Great service, nice wine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian Food in Schenectady!
    D1672
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Cornell's is an outstanding Italian restaurant and remains consistent in terms of food and service. There were four in our party and we were seated at a lovely table in the front of the restaurant as we had requested. Drink orders and food orders were taken and delivered in a timely manner and perfectly paced. Our waitress was warm, friendly and took special requests with ease. We shared a seafood antipasto which was delectable. The waitress even brought the table an extra clam when we discovered one had not opened! Every entrée from the halibut to pasta dishes obviously used fresh ingredients and were wonderful. Cornell's is a special place and will not disappoint the most discerning diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very tasty food, wide ranging menu with lots of options. Would have liked to see a couple more fish dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal and Service
    MauiVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Cornell's was featuring a Travers dinner special for $18.64 so we thought we would try it. Amazing food and we had a really great waitress. Other restaurants should learn from what Cornell's did with their special - multi course with great selection. Giving such a nice meal and deal gets customers back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BettyBoop42
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went on a Friday night, and it was quite noisy until the bar cleared out a little. Other than that, it was very pleasant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Italian family restaurant
    Chas
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went for dinner before a show at Proctors. Arrived and were seated immediately but waitress did not return to take drink order for over 15 minutes. Ambiance is somewhat sterile, definitely not romantic or cozy. Food was good and reasonably priced. Wine list limited. Overall not bad for a quick dinner in Schenectady but not for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian food!
    barbVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We brought relatives and friends for dinner after the races in Saratoga and wanted a quiet place where we could enjoy good food and talk. It was perfect! Turns out one guest (a retired assemblyman) and his wife are self proclaimed "sauce snobs" and they couldn't stop raving about the food. From the Alfredo to the fish and steak the food was to die for. Service was friendly and the owner took time at our table to chat. Will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious. Delicious. Delicious.
    LCsreview
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Delicious. Delicious. Delicious. Go there and eat Do it now.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner, great service
    foodlovers
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First of all the food was delicious. The menu was really nice. There were so many good things to choose from. The service was better than excellent. And not many restaurants can say that. We had a very nice evening. Thank You Cornell's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, staff, relaxed ambience
    HelenOfSchdy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Have not had a bad experience at Cornell's. Food is delicious. Servers are friendly, relaxed, helpful. Owner comes around and talks. Not too noisy; can actually have conversations without yelling.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chrisw
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    excellent all the way around. food, service, price - great meal at a fair price. service was great.hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    Cornells
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We love going Cornell's. The food is always great, the service is excellent and Joanne makes the best home made Cavatelli!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Just a wonderful dining experience - you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Zhivago
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Anniversary
    louie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night with old friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    ... food was delicioso, wine remarkable, service by Liz impeccable, wonderful experience, thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian must in Schenectady
    NorthernNeighbour
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food always
    Susie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is excellent! Really love the 4 for $20.00 special menu,always delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Rinaldo
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Warm greetings from Joann... table ambiance...experienced professional waiter, quality fresh well -prepared food, established wine list... definitely a cut above.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time
    celebration
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Michael
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superb place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well pleased.
    Gene
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    ... had dinner on the patio, nothing like it, the linen and candle, soft music, excellent specials .... perfect night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still one of the best around!
    DiningDiva71
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable
    datenight
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EllieleahVIP
    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
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  • A lovely dinner we had
    BeBack
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Familyof5
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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 :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice night
    SocialMom
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal, slow service
    ItalianFoodLover
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Tuscan feel
    Kerry
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Night!
    forza1italia
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chuck
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really "Happy Birthday"
    RonyDee
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Weeatout42
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We totally enjoyed our dining experience from beginning to end. Great food, great wine, great staff, great ambiance! Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Food in Schenectady
    Peter
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair food, warm wine
    MCCon
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate