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  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (607) 255-5292
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 5:45 - 7:45pm for dinner during the school semester.
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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Our restaurant is the culmination of a multi-year process by the students in HAdm:3350 Restaurant Management. This capstone course allows our upperclassmen to incorporate every aspect of their Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration curriculum to develop a restaurant concept and manage its execution. We invite you to join us in this truly unique experience!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "main dish was very undercooked (the potatoes). some female servers weren't very professional (hugging friend guests and chatting with them for an extended time? i understand they're friends, but wasn't very professional at all). overall, though, i'm have pretty great experiences at establishment (it's just so cool that it's entirely run by students!), and thanks for the work you put in."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The specials for the seoul food event at the establishment were not that great, but the regulars (dashi salmon and truffle fries) that we got were splendid. I think that you have to take the specials with a grain of salt."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Once again, I had a fantastic time at the Establishment, supporting my friends Ari and Francesca! The food was amazing and the service was stellar, as per usual! I enjoy the concept of the Establishment and will certainly be back next year to try out the different dinners! The service of the Hotel students is always on point and I am very impressed with the training they receive! :)"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "They run out of specials 1.5 hrs before close, not cool. Especially because we went there for the specials! Service was OK, however stuff seemed to be inexperienced. People were too loud but overall it was a good experience. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Establishment is a restaurant on the campus of Cornell University, managed and fully staffed by students of Cornell's School of Hotel Management. Prices are reasonable; staff is enthusiastic; management is competent and the food is very good. It is a pleasant dining experience! Kudos to the college students!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I loved that the setting was very intimate and set the mood for a date night out, but the food reminded me of home, in terms of the slow-cooked, tender meat in a velvety broth. I had wine paired with my dish as well, so it complemented the pork nicely, and the dessert was a rich, creamy finish."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I enjoyed my dinner greatly. We had a wonderful table overlooking spring blooms in the garden outside. My recommendations: the Establishment is well known in the Hotel school, but other guests would find directions very useful. It is a little tucked away. A better entrance would help!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I ordered the hibachi chicken and rice special and it was delicious. I am so glad that I ordered the special and I was a fan of the establishment. I had never been there before and I am glad I decided to go. I plan on going to the establishment more on the future."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Although things are available vegan, they remove the defining elements that make a dish tasty (such as the Parmesan on truffle fries) these elements should be replaced or substituted with something. In addition there should be more items (and desserts) that are meant to be vegan."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I had to put ketchup on my room temperature, dry, $20 steak that took one hour to "cook"."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "These Cornell Hotelies know how to run a restaurant. I had my wife and kids with me. My 4 year old ordered the Dashi Salmon and said "it is so good I can't stop eating it. " This is one of my favorite restaurants in town."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Only had a small snag with the wait, but they made sure we were happy and gave excellent service!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "What a fun night ! Food was delicious... Game playing on large screen Just a win win"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have been to Establishment tons of times, and never have I left disappointed. Students from the Hotel School at Cornell University run the restaraunt completely on their own and amaze me every time. The service is always great, wonderful food, and an enjoyable ambience! I would definitely recommend all to come check it out next time your in Ithaca or visiting Cornell's campus. P.s. Definitely try the Kale Caesar Salad!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I once again enjoyed my time at the Establishment, this time coming out to support a friend who was managing that night! The theme was To Cornell, From Japan With Love and I had the special, which was the Umami burger! I really enjoyed the taste and the meal was very done very well! The service and ambience were superb as well! :) I highly recommend the Establishment to any Cornell students or anyone who happens to be in Ithaca!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I had a really greta time as usual. I go to Establishment a lot. Miami Spice and California Vice was one of my favorites!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Amazing food and amazing service, good came quickly and well prepared. Delicious!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I came here because my friend was running it, but I was very underwhelmed by the service. It took us 3 hours to order, eat, settle our checks and leave. One of the people didn't get one of her dishes even, and she received the completely wrong check at the end as well. Our other group of friends just as big as us ate and left in 1 hour and 15 mins...waiters almost never came by. The waiters also spilled water on my friends place TWICE. Please make the service better, the servers almost never came by, I ordered a wine and got it only after a while. The food was great though, though a little overpriced for portion sizes."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Having a meal in this student run restaurant us a joy. The vibe is so electric. It is busy, but they get the food and service right."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Food was good but I thought the restaurant itself looked like it was just in a big room and it didn't have much of a restaurant feel."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Shows that the hotel school is producing good quality students with excellent service skills."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This student-run restaurant really hits the mark. Great food, great service, and what a great vibe. Too bad they are only open for 2 hours a night during the semester."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "It was very interesting to hear about this Ida and I had to taste it, being a chocolate lover myself. I invited a couple f my friends who were as excited and we all had the same reaction: it was worth it. Definitely two thumbs up to the service and environment."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "This was my second time at Establishment and it was just as amazing as my first time! I will continue to bring people back! The food is absolutely delicious - no complains from anyone in my party of nine. All of us were thoroughly impressed. The service is also excellent. Our friendly waiters were helpful, attentive and responsive."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Overall very pleasant. Great food, good service, fun."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Loved it! It gave us a taste of Barcelona at Cornell, while still allowing us to have the option of things that were familiar to us. The entree was delicious and the best part was that it allowed you to taste three different things on the same plate."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "The dinner was great! the potatoes were cold, but overall that didn't have much impact."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "It would be great to have a non surgary drink option besides water. Iced tea would be lovely!"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Service, food, ambiance, and value are all fantastic. Students are awesome and very friendly!"
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "Really well prepared salad, steak was grilled perfect, hamburger very tasty and deserts flavorful. Service was very attentive, friendly with a lot of enthusiasm. Nice to see for students. Very curt"
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "Tired of eating in the dining halls or cooking for yourself every night? Establishment is a fantastic place to go out with friends, a loved one, or co-workers to unwind after classes and enjoy delicious food."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Food was excellent, service was very quick and most of the servers were attentive to our dining needs, even though we only had one server. The ambience was toned down, quiet and intimate. Lights were at the perfect level (not too light not too dim)."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Establishment is run by students at the Cornell Hotel School and is a welcome addition to the Ithaca dining scene. The nightly menu has a lot of variety and a lot of options for diners of all persuasions--from tofu lettuce wraps to steak frites. In addition, there are frequently special nightly menus, often themed, that allow for creativity from the kitchen. The quality of the food is consistently excellent. The service is good and attentive. It's the perfect place for a fancier meal if you are a member of the Corenll community or are up on campus for an event."
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "We went there for a special night when hotel school students were presenting their work for a term project. We ordered from both the regular and the special menus. The items on the students' special menu were surprisingly impressive. They were very creative and tasty!! They are actually better than some of the dishes we tried on the regular menu."
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "We were greeted with professionalism in a timely fashion upon entering the establishment. We were shown to a lovely table for two. We received water by a charming server. The prix fixed menu with wine was a fabulous choice. MMMMMMM to everything! Creativity abounds with precision in the preparation! Thanks to all."
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "The atmosphere was cool, calm and relaxing. The food was great and the service was outstanding! The nan and the meat stick taste really good. I love it. Overall, I enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 4/23/2013
  • "Nice dinner, good food and good wine, very personable and very attentive manager, prompt and friendly service - good effort on the waiter's part. Excellent value."
    Dined on 4/23/2013
  • "The student run restaurant was a wonderful experience. Recommend others to come and enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/17/2013
  • "I had a waitress who blew my world. She not only explained the political scnerario behind the argentine wine, she also sat us quickly and in an egalitarian manner."
    Dined on 4/17/2013
  • "Was a great night out with the family. Enjoyed being served by the students you see everyday. Food was fantastic along with the service. Needs to be advertised more so others can enjoy."
    Dined on 4/15/2013