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About Casola Dining Room - Schenectady County Community College

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.

78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International, American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday and Thursday: Seatings at 12:00pm and 12:30pm;
Dinner: Monday and Wednesday: Seatings at 7:00pm and 7:30pm

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 381-1391

Website:
http://www.sunysccc.edu/culinary

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Rocco Verrigni

Additional:
Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, View

Casola Dining Room - Schenectady County Community College Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.9

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (9)
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Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very tasty but just Luke warm. Disappointed in that. Coffee was also not hot at all. Soup was delicious and just warm enough, but the rest of the meal was not at all hot enough to serve. Have to wonder how long it was sitting there before our table was served. Server was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was really good and different from what I normally eat.
The students do a great job cooking, serving, hosting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Exceptional service and food. The students are well trained and well prepared.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Our waiter Tyler was terrific and the food was wonderful. Our compliments to all the chefs and the instructors who teach them.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The luncheon menu was outstanding.... a very delicious three course meal for an inexpensive price. We enjoy going with friends and just wish we could go more often. Sometimes it might be nice to have 8 people at a table, rather than just 6 .

The service was excellent and the food was prepared to our liking ... what more could we ask?
Some of our friends object to the two week previous reservation requirement, but I found doing the reservation on the computer quite easy.

Emily Koch



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Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I've been to the Casola Dining room twice this year. Each time I've been impressed with menu variety, the preparation, and the service. Great food and great value. I'll be back soon.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent experience. Fish was slightly overcooked.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Unfortunately, the food was cold, as well as the coffee after dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We had a delicious lunch and were not rushed at all. Servers were attentive without being annoying. The students did a great job. I’m not fond of corn muffins but these were delicious.
Will be going to dinner there soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great value. Interesting to participate in the different themes they present

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This is a great way to support the culinary arts students of SCCC while enjoying a pleasurable evening dining out with friends. The food and the preparation are excellent, the price is extremely reasonable, and it's fun to interact with the waiters and waitresses.... and learn about their goals in the food service industry. This is an inexpensive night out during the week. You won't be sorry you made reservations here!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

SCCC culinary school has fantastic meals and it's a lot of fun dealing with the students. We've been regulars for almost ten years now. Best deal in town.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

As always, a tasty lunch in a very pleasing setting - and for a great price. In recognition of a friend's recent retirement, my husband and I treated her and husband to lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Excellent opportunity to try regional food options professionally prepared and serviced by students!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

As we have found in the past, the temperature of the food needs to be worked on. In this
Instance, the appetizers, both soup and pasta were barely warm.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Open Table web site does not work for this restaurant very good. :( Tried to contact someone, anyone at open table and only contact available is email which looks like automatic response. Very poor service. Can't wait till next year when SCCC will no longer be using this website for reservations.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 23, 2017

The food, as always was fabulous! I have a bike-hike group (SOS Outdoorsie group ... largely older singles) that we attempt to get together at the Casola after a bike-hike meeting, and it is always well attended, and the group loves it! The only down-side is trying to get reservations for 12 people. I'd like to choose a date and call someone several months in advance. This time, try as we might, we were only able to get seating for eight. We left a few people very disappointed, and I hate to do that!

As always, a visit to the Casola Ding Room is a treat! Great job!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Everything about the experience was mostly lovely. Our waiter however seemed seriously inexperienced. He did not introduce himself, seemed awkward, needed to learn more waiter/table etiquette, ie.taking plates away without asking if we were finished or saying anything, not very friendly, not chatty. That put a negative spin on our first experience. Food was very good but the bread was too salty. We had to ask to have our bottle of wine opened. The gentleman handling the wine that evening was charming. We would try it again definitely.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Excellent lunch and professional service provided by our most pleasant student server, Johnathan. Hopefully we will have success with booking another (lunch) reservation at his table before the Spring session ends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Our server (Michelle) was very cordial and knowledgeable with questions we had asked.
The floor manager (Devon) was extremely personable coming by each table to meet and greet us and to ask us if we were enjoying our meal.
All in all it was a very enjoyable luncheon at the Casola Dining Room on 3/10/17 - 12:30 pm seating. Thank You.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Can't have extremely high expectations, as these are students, but the food is enjoyable and ambiance good. Our server seemed a little unknowledgeable about the entrees but that wasn't a huge deal. Looking forward to returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Food in the French style was very good; our server, Gabriel, was very good and quite attentive, despite being a freshman in the culinary arts program.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 6, 2017

THis was our third visit and we had a very nice meal. Service was friendly, room was clean and comfortable and the food was very good. Dessert was very nice this time and our server, Glo, was really friendly and hard working.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Dining at Casola Dining Room at Schenectady County Community College is always a pleasure if you're lucky enough to get a reservation. It is all run as part of the culinary program at SCCC so don't expect perfection, but the students are very good at what they do, are eager to please and enthusiastic. My friends, family and I have been dining here for years. The biggest hassle is getting a reservation, which needs to be made 2 weeks in advance to the day you desire. Lunch served two days a week, Tues and Thurs, at two limited seatings, Noon and 12:30 PM. Dinner is served Mon and Wed at 7:00 and 7:30 PM. The dining room is higher end (linen tablecloths and napkins), with a quiet relaxing ambiance and student art work adorning the walls. The menu varies each week depending on the curriculum, fall semester is regional American and spring semester is International. Three courses of delicious, well presented food, multiple options for each course, including vegetarian in a great dining room, all for $16.00 all inclusive, ($22.00 for dinner).

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

We went for the Brazil Menu and it was excellent. This is not our first visit and we find the lunch dining a great value as the portions are the same as dinner but $6 less. I had the potato chicken croquettes and my wife the brazilian salad and both were very good. I ordered the chile and cumin marinated hanger steak which was out of this world like a 5 star quality restaurant. Perfectly cooked. Our waiter Abby did an excellent service at our table, she was very friendly and efficient.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Brazil was fantastic food was absolutely amazing! I try to make it here once a week to try all the food its so good! great deal!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2017

I absolutely love going out to eat at the Casola dining room, the BEST food 3 course meal for 16!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2017

What a gem we have in our community college! The Ireland menu was superb. Everyone in our party of 6 had an excellent appetizer, entrée and dessert. Of note is the cod cake app and the Whiskey cake dessert.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2016

The Casola dining room was great. The food was excellent and the service we got was good. Keeping in mind that the food is prepared by students and the servers are also students, this was a cool experience. And 3 courses for $22? What a deal. $3 corkage fee, even better.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2015

For quality of food, excellent service, ambiance, and price, one cannot beat having a lunch at the Casola Dining Room. Each week, the selection changes to a new theme. The students prepare and serve the food as part of their curriculum. I highly recommend attending the Casola especially if you have a special occasion. You will not be disappointed. As an added benefit, you get to ask the students about their program and what they hope to do when they complete the course work.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2014

The Casola Dining room at Schenectady Community College is a not to miss for lunch or dinner during the school term. The culinary students must work the dining room as part of their course work. The service is excellent and well supervised. Behind the scenes, other students are preparing the dinner (same meal served at lunch and dinner). Each week offers a different theme. This dining room is not to be missed. $16 for lunch and $5 more for dinner all inclusive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2014

Students do a very good job in all phases of the restaurant. Background music is most appropriate at its present sound level

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2014

Our group of 4 had a very pleasant dining experience. We were seated promptly, our server was knowledgeable. The crab cakes were the best ever.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2014

The dessert of the deconstructed banana pudding was very good. I also enjoyed the ceviche of scallops. My friend enjoyed the pork dish. The only complaint I have is that it was cold in the restaurant. Service was very good and the questions we asked were answered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2014

This was my third visit to the Casola Dining Room for lunch, and each time I've found the food excellent, service is very good, the waitstaff are pleasant and efficient. I have recommended to many friends and family that they, too, should go and enjoy a relaxing, delicious lunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2014

Unfortunately, when we arrived at the restaurant, which is attached to Schenectady Co. Comm. College, it had been evacuated because of a bomb threat. The entire lunch and dinner were cancelled for the day! Very disappointing! It was also the last Tues. for the semester so I will have to wait til the Fall session.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2014

Enjoyed another great meal with my wife and brother-in-law and his wife. Looking forward to another awesome meal on 4/21.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2014

Canola Dining was a great dinner experience for us. The students did a great with the preparation and presentation of the meal. Our service was excellent. We will definitely return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2014

Our waiter was fantastic, and obviously experienced at it.
The students worked very hard. Wonderful food! A great value!
The restaurant was a little on the chilly side for comfort.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2014

Excellent ambiance,food and service. They aim to please!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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