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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cornell's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)special occasion (65)good for groups (48)romantic (43)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (20)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The restaurant features some of the finest Italian cuisine available in the Capital District. Service is exemplary, portions are generous, and the menu has a number of choices which will please any palette. Appetizers are another area where this restaurant excels, and the pricing of it all is very competitive. The restaurant recently did significant renovations which add to the ambiance. The ability to make reservations via Open Table adds to the ease of getting into this very popular restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Appetizers (mozzarella en carozza, braciole) were very good. Three of us had veal entrees (Piccata, saltimbocca, and a specialty of the house), that were delicious. Our 4th had homemade cavatelli (a bit like gnocchi in texture and flavor) with sausage. Coconut sorbet was yummy; I didn't care for the key lime pie but another of our party loved it. All in all, it was a lovely meal, with great food and service.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Deliciosso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner and the owner went out of her way to make us feel welcome. Would highly recommend to people interested in old style Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top of the List
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food, great service, friendly staff. What more could you ask for? One of our top five favorite restaurants. We are always so impressed at how delicious everything is that we order. A real treat for your taste buds. Their Chicken Parm may be the best around the Schenectady area. Their red sauce is top notch. Everything we have ever tried has exceeded expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    achw
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Having been to this restaurant three times now, I know it is the place to have time to visit with friends while eating a fine meal. This is not a fast paced place. The food is excellent. Everyone I have brought here wants to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food and excellent value
    Niskayunan
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    In recent years, Cornell’s seems to have returned to or even exceeded its “glory days” of yesteryear. The quality of the food is outstanding and the Tuesday/Wednesday four course meal has to be the best buy in Capital Region dining. Where else can you get delicate risotto, delightful stuffed calamari, delicious fresh made gnocchi and soup or salad all for $20? Their regular menu contains both Italian standards and some inspired original creations. It’s hard to go wrong with any choices here.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is delicious, service outstanding. I have eaten there many times. I have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mateo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is by far one of the best and most consistent restaurants I have ever frequented . We go there quite often and every time we or anyone else goes there they can expect to have a great experience and also be made to feel special . They know how to do it right. The wait staff , the hostess , the chefs and all the employees are trained to perfection . This place can't be beat !!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistantly good
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Never been disappointed here and tried the chicken liver appitizer and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A fine evening, as always. Carefully prepared and delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Consistent!
    janiepeanut
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    There were seven of us - and we all enjoyed our meal! Not only good food, but enough leftover for another meal!! We will be back -
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended for groups ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    ... eleven old friends gathered for the $20 meal on Wednesday night. Everything was perfect. Nadine did an outstanding job and paced the dinner so we had plenty of time to tell stories from our past, even the ninety-two year old mom of a friend was thrilled with the evening ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    reesing
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had family from out of town and they wanted to take my wife and I out to dinner to a nice restaurant. They were very impressed by the nice ambiance, the food and the very friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a Fantastic dinner meal. Great pasta items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rreggroup
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went to cornells for the first time and I have to say the food was excellent, I would definately come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our experience at Cornell's was very positive. The food was great and the service was attentive. Reservations were made by us for a special accommodation at the last minute and it was honored with the appropriate seating arrangement. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
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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.
  • eats
    kyle26k
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    good food and atmosphere - great place to take a date
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
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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!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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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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    • 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
    Mateo
    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.