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Casola Dining Room - Schenectady County Community College

4.6
4.6
151 Reviews
$30 and under
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The Casola Dining Room is a student operated dining facility located on the first floor of Elston Hall at Schenectady County Community College. The Casola Dining Room provides our students in the Department of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism the opportunity to learn the necessary cooking, service, and managerial skills required for a la carte service. The Casola Dining Room is first and foremost an educational experience for our students.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Seatings Tue, Thu 12:00 pm–12:30 pm Dinner Wed 7:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (518) 381-1391

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Courtney Withey

  • Neighborhood

    Schenectady

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Parking details

    Ample parking is available in spacious campus lots.

  • Public transit

    Schenectady County Community College is centrally located in downtown Schenectady at the corner of State Street (Route 5) and Washington Avenue. Bus and Amtrak train terminals are within easy walking distance, and Albany International Airport is 25 minutes by car or taxi. The College is also served by CDTA local bus service.

  • Entertainment

    American Regional and International music. The music chosen for that particular day or evening is chosen to best match the culinary theme of the cuisine served in the Casola Dining Room that week.

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access

What 151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.8Value

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  1. PH

    PeterH

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice experience, food was excellent
  2. DS

    DSSS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The students running the Casola Dining Room always do an incredible job and it is so important to support them in this class.
  3. T

    Traveler

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy visiting the Casola dining room. Great value and the food is always exceptional. It's popularity has grown so much that reservations are very difficult to obtain but well worth the effort.
  4. b

    beiniksm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience. Fantastic food and great service.
  5. T

    Traveler

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First meal for the semester. The students and the school should be proud of the fine dining experience they provided. The food was very good and the presentation was outstanding. Highly recommend Casola Dining at SUNY SCCC!
  6. S

    Susie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was not particularly interested in the Colarado-Southwest menu, however, it was excellent! We had both, the salmon and lamb, very different preparations, and exquisite. My only criticism was our server did not make a point of serving the ladies first. Is that not a tradition any longer in fine dining? Also, it is really hard to get a reservation. I've stayed up late to log onto Open Table right at midnight and only once so far was I able to get in.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2nd time there brought girls from work and they were blown away ! Everything was amazing.
  8. PL

    PatriciaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Disappointed that there were no remaining biscuits for those of us with a 12:30 reservation. Also they ran out of the banana pudding. Otherwise the meal and the service was great.
  9. LB

    LizB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    On 10/12 the lunch at Casola was excellent: service and food were the best. Sadly 10/19 was disappointing in every way
  10. b

    beiniksm

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I have been coming to the Casola and this was one of the best I've ever had. I had the roast pork loin. cooked to perfection.
  11. PL

    PatriciaL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great atmosphere. Staff was friendly and the service was impeccable. Great value.
  12. RR

    RobinR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty. Nice portion. Service was good. We could of used a soup spoon instead of a teaspoon to eat soup, but they are learning. It was fun.
  13. RA

    RANDYA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AS ALWAYS A GREAT EXPERIENCE , FOOD WAS GREAT THE STUDENTS AT THE COLLEGE MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU,RE AT A 5 STAR RESTAURANT . HATS OFF TO STAFF THAT ARE TRAINING THESE NEXT GREAT CHIEFS .
  14. DF

    DeniseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious. Server got confused on who got what, otherwise all was great.
  15. KM

    KarenM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not a better place to eat for fine dining! And you can't beat the value. You have to remember that everyone is a student but I find that it makes the atmosphere interesting. I just had the BRAZIL menu - the menu was well planned, unique, and probably one of the best meals to be had in the Capital District!! Draw back is that it is hard to get a reservation but when you get there the service is extremely attentive and elegant!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It took 2 years to score this reservation but was worth the wait. The meal and service were outstanding.
  17. MV

    MsV2Lo

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything about this meal was over-the-top amazing. The quality and preparation showed expertise especially in the preparation, flavors and plating. My compliments to the students and their instructors. Comparable to a 5 star restaurant!
  18. M

    Maria

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fantastic program for all! Food is top notch and the staff is above par!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’d heard about Casola Dining Room from friends for years, I finally was able to experience for myself what everyone was talking about. It was a very pleasant experience for me, from beginning to end. Our Server Madeline was very pleasant and answered our questions with patience’s and a smile. The portions of the soup, entree and dessert were just right, the food was amazing! It was my first time having trifle and it did not disappoint, it was delicious. Looking forward to coming back to check out a different country.
  20. J

    John

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Service was superb; courteous, knowlegeable and attentive without being intrusive. Soup was not really hot enough for our tastes. Picnic platter was wonderful. Fish fry was good, not great; but duck confit was really wonderful. We wish it was easier to reserve online.
  21. MB

    MichaelB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Culinary school training ground so service (by people too young to be familiar with fine dining) shows. This is what the school is for so if this is not acceptable then not for you.
  22. PP

    PaulaP

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Normally we love going to the Casola dining room but on this occasion we were very disappointed. Both my husband and I ordered the salmon and it was completely undercooked! Our server did her best to make up for it by apologizing and bringing us an extra meal to take home but no-one above her ever came to our table to address the situation. Being that this is a learning environment, we felt that someone higher up than our server should have talked with us and looked into the situation in the kitchen. The rest of the meal was great as usual.
  23. FB

    FrancesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 5(1 was unable to come) thoroughly enjoyed our lunch on Thurs. 10/31/19. We love it there at the Casola Room. The problem is getting a reservation, probably won’t try until next semester. Fran B.
  24. MB

    MichaelB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Culinary school training ground so if you expect a fine dining experience this is not for you as the staff are in training. The food is always the highlight as the program is very good.
  25. KG

    KarenG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The meal was delicious!! Everyone at the table loved their appetizer, meal and dessert. Service was very good, our server was very attentive. For me, music is a little on the quiet side. I did hear some Roy Orbison which we all enjoyed. Highly recommend SCC! I'll be back soon.
  26. BB

    BettyB

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent experience to dine at Casola. Wish they would mark the menu when items are gluten free though.
  27. FO

    FOODIE64

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu for this evening had many wonderful choices. Some of us had the salad and others had the empanada. Both were delicious. For the entree we all had the bourbon lamb which was quite large and again delicious. So were each of the desserts we enjoyed. The presentations were impressive. This was the best meal I have ever had at the Casola Dining Room.
  28. RR

    RobinR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Everything was wonderful except our main dishes were dry and over cooked.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The grilled cabbage was not grilled enough. Pork Mofongo was a bit dry. Red snapper was perfectly cooked. The sofrito shrimp was delicious. The chocolate cake and ice cream very good. Raspberry cream horn light and airy. Well worth the money overall. The students really try their best.
  30. LP

    LynnP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was delicious! The students work very hard to make sure you have everything you need.
  31. BB

    BettyB

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visit Casola every fall and it's always a good experience. This year I became gluten sensitive and it now is the driving force in any restaurant I go to. At Casola I ask the wait staff to ask the chef for foods that are gluten free and get the response. However, I don't think the chef is being asked because a decorative piece of food looked suspicious and I asked them to double check. Sure enough it had a gluten coating. It was easily removed but it could not have been noticed and it really doesn't take much for me to get a reaction. My suggestion is that the menu be marked with items that are gluten free. There would be no mistake if that was done.
  32. J

    John

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good!
  33. p

    pegfromupstate

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    always enjoy casola and supporting the college. very happy with the new menus. must mention their soups. always outstanding. they try so hard to please while learning.
  34. LA

    LaurenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have attended the dinner service several times and every time we have had a wonderful experience. The food is delicious and well prepared, the student waitstaff are all focused on doing their best, and the supervisors/teachers in attendance ensure everything runs smoothly. We always get an excellent meal & experience for the price.
  35. KG

    KarenG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Everyone in our party really, really enjoyed their meal!!! Our server seems nervous and a little unsure of herself, but she's just learning. Everytime we needed something she was right there. We were seated near the window and it was cold. So next time we will all be wearing our heavy sweaters or jackets. I know you have to take care of what music is played in the background with people having different taste, but I don't particularly like the music played. Maybe you could change it up a little. Italian maybe Frank Sinatra, England the Beatles, California the Beach Boys, and so on. Overall, I love dining at SCC, we always have a great meal and good conversation.
  36. BS

    BetsyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Folks who get in need to know it's a learning experience for the students -- so service might not be spot on, but it is so worth the value! I love the changing menus. I especially love the dedication to fresh and local ingredients wherever possible. Keep it up SCCC!
  37. EO

    EllenO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food and had so much fun with our server Marie D!
  38. MV

    MsV2Lo

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal celebrating New England. Compliments to Chef Courtney and her students for yet another five star meal. The flavors of every course were a symphony in my mouth and absolutely masterful!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    One of the very best meals I’ve ever had. Having said that, however, the entree I chose was supposed to be pan seared scallops. Plural. I had a singular scallop. Now, the taste of the entire meal was very, very good. But to say the meal was accurately portrayed, hmm, I think not. A bit skimpy from the salad to the misnamed entree. My dining partner’s meal by contrast was three times the size of mine. Lol. My luck. Partner had the shrimp appetizer and pork chop. Truly worth the cost. I feel I loved my meal but not the cost for what I had. Surely one more scallop would not have broken the bank. 😋
  40. DI

    DonaldI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. We enjoyed the evening and our friends were extremely enthusiastic. The waiter for our table seemed ill at ease and did not communicate effectively with us. Hopefully his confidence will improve.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Casola Dining Room - Schenectady County Community College is rated 4.6 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Neighborhood

    Schenectady

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Seatings Tue, Thu 12:00 pm–12:30 pm Dinner Wed 7:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample parking is available in spacious campus lots.

  • Public transit

    Schenectady County Community College is centrally located in downtown Schenectady at the corner of State Street (Route 5) and Washington Avenue. Bus and Amtrak train terminals are within easy walking distance, and Albany International Airport is 25 minutes by car or taxi. The College is also served by CDTA local bus service.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Courtney Withey

  • Entertainment

    American Regional and International music. The music chosen for that particular day or evening is chosen to best match the culinary theme of the cuisine served in the Casola Dining Room that week.

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access

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